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.
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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.
Kendall Jenner in LOVECAT Magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of Julian Ungano/LOVECAT Magazine
Someone get Tyra on the phone! Kendall Jenner is not messing around when it comes to becoming America's Next Top Model. No stranger to the catwalk (she made her New York Fashion Week modeling debut for Sherri Hill in September), she can now add bonafide supermodel to her fashion-y resume by nabbing (and, um, KILLIN' IT) with her very own stunning spread in quirky model fanzine LOVECAT. Yes, THAT zine who previously featured super bad girl covers like a dramatically-shot Lindsay Lohan and a very flashy (heh) Paz De La Huerta. But wait, does this mean Kendall is totally having a "Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" moment? According to LOVECAT founders Prince Chenoa and Jacob DeKat, there's no need to fret just yet. "We normally don't feature 16-year-olds in LOVECAT, so when we got Kendall for the issue, we just wanted it to be fun," the creative duo tells MTV Style. "She's 16 so it needed to feel like Lisa Frank and cutesy—not sexy. If we were shooting Kim, it would be a lot more va-va-voom sexy 'cause Kim just purrs! We are really happy with Kendall's shots."
Andrej Pejic in a push-up bra ad.
Photo: Courtesy of HEMA
You can see some strange things on the interwebs, y'all! Babies who stop crying when you play Biggie Smalls, a woman with mile-long fingernails, your celeb guy crush parading around in a onesie, but a male model in a push-up bra who looks GOOD, like Victoria's Secret catalog GOOD, tops them ALL!!
To be fair, androgynous model Andrej Pejic is the most undeniably GAWGUS man we've ever laid eyes on (those cheekbones are what the Zoolander stare was MADE for!), and his lithe frame could easily double as a woman's since most models' bra cups don't exactly runneth over. Pejic's breasts, though, don't even exist. (PROOF!) And Hema's mega push-up bra transformed them into a VA-VA-VOOM moment, or at least a full A cup. Yeah, we're going to need five of those.
2NE1 sits down with MTV Style after their first U.S. performance.
Yesterday marked the first U.S. performance of K-Pop girl group 2NE1 (pronounced either "To Anyone" or "Twenty-one"). For anyone who missed MTV Iggy's Best New Band livestream or are unfamiliar with the four-member outfit from South Korea--CL, Park Bom, Dara, and Minzy--you can read all about them on this gloriously exhaustive write-up but for the rest of you...ZOMG, YOU GUYS! THE CONCERT WAS SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD.
First of all, the line for the show which began at 4 p.m. ET was out of control by 10 a.m. and since the Best Buy theater in Times Square is, like, a yard-and-a-half away from MTV, every time 2NE1's exuberant fanbase (known as Blackjacks) cheered, our office windows would shake. And, yeah, hi, we're on the 17th floor. So you can imagine the excitement when the ladies (clad in varying iterations of scarlet military uniforms with gold metal armor panels) stormed the stage. There was so much screaming you could feel the reverberations on your ribcage.
Khloe Kardashian, Elle Fanning, and Gwen Stefani wear the week's best shoes.
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Holiday gift-giving season is a whole different beast of anxiety-making for me. It's not that I leer at the thought of swiping my card for the sake of others. In fact, the exact opposite is true. And there's such heart-palpitating fulfillment that comes, for me, with finding the perfect gift for someone that I almost wish it came around more often. That is... Except for the bank account gobbling Pandora's box it opens as I up my visitation to brick and mortars and ecommerce sites, like, eleven-fold. You see, coupled with a job in which I stare and maaaarinate on clothes and jewelry and makeup all day, 'tis the season that I wake up in a cold sweat every night from my quaking bloodlust for so many OBJECTS. And nothing in this world can thwart my gifting focus quite like a truly incredible pair of shoes. This week, Khloe Kardashian, Elle Fanning, and Gwen Stefani stepped out in the most deliciously covetable footwear, and there may or may not have been a casualty on my holiday shopping list as a result (sorry, Mom).
If there's one thing we could talk about for days, it's Jared Leto's hair. (Amiright, Echelon?) Seriously though, his locks are alwaysalwaysalways changing, and he never fails to impress us with a new surprising 'do (our favorite possibly being his short bright blue fuzz. Possibly). His latest hair creation is a shaggy spiked mullet, which he was spotted sporting while hanging out with Terry Richardson earlier this week. This isn't the first time Jared's worn this '80s-throwback hairstyle—he used to sport a shorter, edgier platinum blonde version last fall, and DUH, of course there's a Facebook page dedicated to it. But um, can we talk about the steez he's currently rocking? It very David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust minus the bright red hue and face paint. It's spiky on top, shaggy on the sides, and long in the back. In fact, we're gonna need a closer look here. We need to see this mullet in its FULL. GLORY. We're talking a 360-degree view of this bad boy. This way, ladies and gents. This way.