Crafting a "Best Of 2011" compilation of outfits worn by Beyoncé Knowles is hard. You'll run into dangers, toils, and snares, mostly because there will be looks you can't bear to cut. Combine the tendency for indecision in the face of beauty (or a desire for completism) with a self-professed, wholly STANNISH obsession with the former Destiny's Child frontlady (to where you've already imprinted on the MorphThing image of baby Jay'oncé), and you've got one helluva post. So without further ado, MTV Style brings you the best and brightest style moments of Beyoncé's 2011.
COUTURE RUNS THE WORLD
Stills from Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
For the first single off 4, Beyoncé not only offers up one of the most thrilling displays of power in her "Run The World (Girls)" music video, she does it swaddled in 10 entirely different designer looks. That's nearly two outfits a minute, if you're counting. We caught up with Bey's stylist Ty Hunter for all the ins and outs of the credits that run the gamut from Gareth Pugh to Alexander McQueen to Givenchy.
Justin Bieber wears a custom "Bieber" jacket.
Photo: Courtesy of Justin Bieber's Instagram
Is it possible to make an article of clothing your thing?? Because we have a feeling that's what Justin Bieber is trying to do with jackets. Make no mistake, we're ALL about having a signature piece, whether it be door knocker earrings or tailored blouses buttoned to the tippy top or brooches or whatever! But to indiscriminately stake your flag in an entire category of vestment? That warrants a bit of an *eyebrow raise* and a *head tilt*, AMIRITE? Perhaps it's a little presumptuous (maybe even dramatic) to put words in the dude's mouth and this is all just a result of fashion happenstance, but given this recent Instagram of his latest outerwear acquisition, we just can't shake this notion that The Biebs is decreeing JACKETS as his personal steeze.
Versace for H&M's 2012 Cruise Collection.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
All right, we're taking a poll. Raise your hand if you went certifiably BANANAS over the first Versace for H&M collection. DUH! Everyone did. We ogled each piece in the lookbook, stalked celebs wearing the clothes (yeah, we're talking about you too, Kanye!) and ran like crazed animals into H&M to buy a leopard/neon/printed jacket for ourselves. We also quite possibly (OK, totally) set up a tent somewhere near Fifth Avenue and froze in the cold for fashion. For hours. And now that we've FINALLY recovered from our retail frenzy-induced hangover, H&M has announced a second collection with Versace. SQUEAL. It's so epic, so magical, so full of sartorial brilliance that you must stop what you're doing and take a look. Like, NOW.
Listen, Rihanna Navy. You better get those life jackets ready because the Rihanna ship is about to sink after y'all watch this smokin' behind-the-scenes peek at her Armani Jeans campaign shot by fashion photographer Steven Klein. Ri Ri looks all kinds of INSANELY DIVINE as she takes it all off in the backseat of a car, and we still can't get over the show-stopping platinum pixie she's sporting from the previously released ads. Watch (and diiiiiiee) as Rihanna struts her stuff in a vacant New York City parking garage while a few foxy/suspicious men clad in suits ogle her (note: Do not attempt IRL, OK?) being the naughty, pin-up girl/crooner that she is. Ri unzips her amazing leather jacket and uses the backseat of an old -school town car as her dressing room. Um, #werque! (P.S. Did someone mention this being a denim ad?) Rihanna's certainly not the first bleached bowl cut, lingerie-clad mega pop star in a steamy black-and-white Klein-directed video clip, but, duh, we're not complaining. We just cannot stop ourselves from talking that talk about our beloved Rihanna. Go on with your bad self, girl!
Jimmy Choo sells coffee sleeves.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of Jimmy Choo
Ahahhahah, guess how many times I cracked my knuckles and stretched my neck before hunkering down to write THIS sucker. Look it, it is not news to me that rich people do reprehensibly dumb things. Case in point: I (along with my pal Anderson Cooper) strongly dislike the $39,000 alligator backpack that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released on The Row earlier this year.
Also, this article in Business Insider that talks about "The Most Expensive Watches..." etc., etc., bums me out. The nut of which is this Patek Phillipe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002P that costs $1.5 million, has a leather band, tracks celestial movement, and has 686 parts, some of which are microscopic. UM. A metal watch part that's microscopic? They have another word for that, it's called GLITTER.
That said, the thing that most goads me into full-tilt vitriolic blindrage is this reality-insulting, EMBOSSED MOCK CROC COFFEE COZY by Jimmy Choo that costs (in this horrifying economic climate) $165 (there are TWO kinds too!). WHO IS THIS FOR? What style-blind mail order child-bride of an oligarch or despot would want this thing? Sure, you could be all, well it is eco-friendly and to those people I say, "ZOMG, STOP TAAAAALKING" because they obviously know nothing about what it takes to piece-dye leather and emboss that ish to look sorta/kinda like an aquatic reptile in the most unfortunate drag. Another very pressing question: Does anyone at this company handle their own drinks? Why would anyone ever take leather and put it so close to an unreliable plastic lid for a container filled with liquid? Who green-lit this? TELL ME, I WANT NAMES.
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From top left: ASOS leather shirt collar, Dannijo silver Aram collar, and Delfina Delettrez cotton Priest Collar
Photo: ASOS; Dannijo; Yoox
We have to share something with you. It's a declaration of sorts from the entire MTV Style staff. WE ARE OBSESSED WITH SHIRT COLLAR NECKLACES. Totally and completely obsessed. It's like a whole staff sweeping kind of thing that cannot be stopped. Every single one of us, at some point, has noticed a shirt collar necklace and shared it with the rest of the staff as if it were this amazing thing that we just found. Then we started to realize these necklaces were kind of a thing happening EVERYWHERE. They were being made by some of our fave accessory designers like Dannijo or worn by stylin' fash-bloggers around zee globe. We each knew we had to have one but couldn't decide between metal or leather, cloth or beaded Peter Pan. It's been a total style conundrum for the last few months, but now that the holidays are here, we're ready to go bold and ask Santa for what we want (and that's, namely, a shirt collar necklace to adorn our New Year's Eve outfits). Here are some of our faves!
There's nothing that screams "HOLIDAY!" more than a pair of red and white swimsuits. Wait, what? Seriously, stay with me here. The holidays are all about festive attire in every imaginable incarnation—from ridiculous Christmas sweaters to wooly mufflers and capes—but in some parts of the world swimwear is a totally legit option for this colder holiday month. I'm talking places like Southern Cali or onstage with The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Another place where these two examples seem to crisscross in candy cane-striped harmony? The set of Glee. Dianna Agron recently posted the cutest pic evah to her Twitter feed with the caption, "Today at the pool. You would think we were filming a classic movie with @DarrenCriss." Funny, that's exactly what I was thinking, only the classic movie I was seeing in my head had sparkly floating icicles, synchronized swimming snowmen, and Darren and Dianna singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to each other while dancing around an ice floe with gigantic candy canes. Seriously, though, what's going on in this adorable retro-inspired photo?
The Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Forever 21
We've been THE hugest supporters of Alex & Chloe ever since we feel in love with their killer laser cut mirrored drippy Chanel necklaces wayyy back when (which, sadly, are no longer on sale), so we could NOT have been more excited when we heard they would be collaborating with Forever 21! You guys know what this means, right? It's going to be affordable, and WE CAN BUY ERR'THANG. The collection hits stores and online this weekend, and between the layered cross chain necklace and rhinestone geometric bangles, we seriously can't decide what to buy first.
The only consistent thing about Katy Perry's style is that it's ALWAYS changing. This year alone, the pop singer went from being a classic brunette beauty to a fun-loving, pink-haired pin-up girl to a chic blonde with a razor-cut bob and the whole thing looked like SO. MUCH. FUN. And while it does make picking your favorites a little more challenging, at least we have a BAJILLION options to choose from. We manned up, hunkered down, gathered in a windowless room, ate lots of Twix, and whittled it all down to the 10 that epitomize style, glamour, and, most of all, a spectacularly good time. So take a moment, grab a looksee, and let us know what you think. (P.S. We're soooo juice cleansing when this is all wrapped.)
Katy Perry at the Pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills on Feb. 12.
Photo: Getty Images
Katy Perry went Old World glam for the Pre-Grammy gala in this sweetheart neckline, curve-hugging Nicolas Jebran, nude fishtail gown. The dress was smothered in silver sequins, which when paired with sparkly skin, nude nails, minimal jewelry, clutch, smoky eye, and long shiny hair, totally reminded us of the prettiest mermaid ever. Ariel, eat your heart out!
Lana Del Rey for "Spex" magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of "Spex"
Did we call it or WHAT? Back in July, we gushed about then unknown Lana Del Rey's covetable vintage "Gangster Nancy Sinatra" style, and now, scant a half-year later, girl and her music videos are blowing up all over the interwebz and she's fronting foreign magazines. Lana graces the cover of Spex magazine, the German glossy that rolled out one of our absolute favorite images of a barefaced and vulnerable Lady Gaga to date, for its forthcoming Jan/Feb 2012 issue. If it weren't for the immaculate lighting, with nary a hair out of place, we'd put money on this image being a candid or test shot, one wrong move away from being relegated to the cutting room floor. That, instead, the snap was decorated in German cover lines just makes it THAT much more amazing.