Robyn performs on "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 10.
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The pop music stars were (literally/figuratively/awesomely) aligned on Saturday evening when Swedish pop gem Robyn (and her BANANAS custom platform Timbs) took the SNL stage and former tour homegirl Katy Perry was the night's hostest-with-the-mostess. But was America ready for the Swedish pop tart with a bite and her body-rollin, making-out-with-herself dance moves? She did a backwards-somersault-into-a-full-on-dance-floor-hump while rocking a pristine bowl cut (which our little brothers totally had in '96) WHILST singing "Call Your Girlfriend," and it might've actually changed our lives, like, forevs. *dead* Call US, girlfriend. Not only do we wanna borrow those bouncy moves, we also want to raid that suitcase of yours.
All right, roll call: So far we've shown you the best shoes, the best nails, and even the best makeup, but, girl, we need to talk about that HAIR. From Evan Rachel Wood's dramatic change from shoulder-length waves to a choppy, textured pixie to Katy Perry's slow-but-steady transition from black to pink (!!!), 2011 was filled with epic tonsorial moments that definitely merit mention in our countdown. Some would say we've got the best HAIR RIGHT HURR. Others of us would say that it's corny to say stuff like that out loud. Others still would say that this is a free country and naysayers can suck it. ANYWAY: hair.
RETRO WAVES AND VICTORY ROLLS
Rihanna on May 27, Kelly Osbourne on Nov. 19, and Katy Perry on Nov. 20.
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It's one thing to spot a gal sporting '50s pin curls or a Marcell waved blonde bob, but it's a whole other ballgame when stylized 'dos look modern. Rihanna's twin Victory Rolls are offset by the casual cascade of bright red curls down her back. Kelly Osbourne's perfected the Marilyn Monroe waved bob with the ideal degree of structure and softness, but the thing that prevents it from becoming too slavish an homage is her rock and roll dark roots. Katy Perry sported a barrel-curled bang that's a fantastic throwback to '40s style but with the contemporary edge of a bright pink palette.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez in Los Cabos on Dec. 8.
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Attention all other pop culture couples: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez could possibly be the best matchup of all time, of all TIME!!!! (Kanye West voice). No matter what your opinion of Selieber, you have to admit they're pretty freaking cute. And the IDEA of these two adorable STAHS attending a wedding together? That's right up there with the Jay-oncé baby announcement and the Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake reunion we've been planning in our heads. Yes, Belieber were spotted getting their romance on in Los Cabos and folks, THIS is how you attend a wedding in style!
Charlotte Ronson's version of Katniss' Fire Dress inspired by "The Hunger Games."
Photo: Courtesy of InStyle.com
If you're anything like us, the mention of these three words—The Hunger Games—has you giddy with excitement. We're predicting that the upcoming movie adaptation of this incredible book series (which, we can attest, will keep you up at night thumbing through it like a wild-eyed lunatic) is going to be the movie of next year. We also think the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the main character of this post-apocalyptic, fight-to-the-death adventure, will reignite GIRL POWER and she will do so in some killer costumes. Katniss, you see, has a stylist (who will be played by Lenny Kravitz—ZOMG), and in a pivotal moment in the story, he creates this totally amazing fire dress that is supposed to make her look like she's, literally, on fiiii-ah. We simply cannot wait much longer to see what this will look like and neither can the folks over at In Style, so in a stroke of sartorial genius, they called upon several designers to sketch what they think the fire dress should look like. Everyone from Christian Siriano and Rachel Roy to Charlotte Ronson, who designed this insanity above, have come up with their own versions of this soon-to-be iconic costume, and we're practically on fire ourselves just looking at this goodness.
When looking back on the Best of 2011, we can't help but proclaim this a banner year for accessories. From animal hats and food-themed jewelry to suspender tights and tiny clutches, the style STAHS of the year truly accentuated their finest red carpet frocks and street style ensembles with the most eye-catching (and unusual—thanks, Nicki Minaj!) accoutrements we've seen in some time. Thus, without further ado, here are our picks for the best accessories of the year.
ANIMAL EAR COWLS
Jessie J, Demi Lovato, and Nicki Minaj sporting animal hats.
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Not only were animal hats a favorite of the fall season, they were EVERYWHERE all year. Leading the pack was Jessie J in a warm n' wooly SpiritHoods leopard hat. Jessie prowled the streets of her native London in this cute head snuggie, choosing to pair it with an orange blouse, matching orange lipstick, and a fierce visage that actually recalls the animal in which she's enrobed. Similarly, Demi Lovato wore a panda hat while hanging with pals at a haunted house in LA. We love that Demi chose to embody the sweet nature of the panda by donning slightly subdued smoky panda eyes and one adorbs smile. The aforementioned Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, wore her tiger hat to the Oscar de la Renta show for New York Fashion Week and took it one step further by throwing some leopard spots atop her hair for an extra added animal dimension. While this is a risky move (especially for a more uptown type of fashion event), we applaud Miss Minaj's brazen, double-layering accessory audacity.
Katy Perry's new blonde bob.
• Newsflash: Katy Perry is totally a mature and sophisticated California Woman as of late, y'all. She went on and made us weep with her "The One That Got Away" cinematic Danielle Steel-romance-gone-wrong music vid. And now, this week's SNL hostest-with-the-mostess opted for a severely chic bob over her multicolored signature wigs. *FAINTS* Butttt in true adorable Perry fashion, her chopped locks got the soft strawbs milkshake tint treatment, which proves you can take the girl out of Candyland, but you can't take the Candyland out of the girl.
• Demi Lovato wins the "I Hate You Cuz You're Absolutely Beautiful Sans Concealer" award this week, posing without a DAB of makeup on the cover of Glamour Magazine. Not even a little eyelash-curling action, Dem? (Are you a real, like, person?) We insist Lovatz get on a little "Teenage Dream" pop-crooning covering ASAP, because we think you're super pretty without any makeup on, girl.
• This week in Lady Gaga related style news: she's still amazing. Mommy Monster rocked some Jessica Rabbit-ish-if-Jessica-Rabbit-was-a-kick-ass-biker-chick ensembles at the KIISS FM Jingle Ball in L.A.. Sequins, studs, and motor engines, oh my (GAGA)!!!
• Did we like, nail it or WHAT with our Best of 2011: Celeb Nail Art post? From Beyoncé's adorb neon rainbow paint job to Lauren Conrad's cutely colorful DIY nail work of art, it was a good year to put a ring(s) on it.
• Oh, and Lisa Frank makes clothing now. Some of it's only OK and some of it's FIRE.
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Justin Bieber's "Someday" is named Prestige Fragrance of the Year at 2011 WWD Beauty Inc Awards.
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Dear Every Other Fragrance That Isn't Justin Bieber's Someday Perfume. It might be time for you to quit while you're ahead. For as long as teenage girls (and other men and women swayed by a smooth set of pipes and a break-neck swoop of golden bangs) roam the Earth, they will beg for nothing but the cloud of cartoon hearts-conjuring eau de parfum replete with sparkle-magic possiblity that is The Biebz's very first lady-scent. Sure, you'll have a market in catering to the haterz, but Bieber and his eponymous Fever are both only getting stronger with age. The fragrance has been out for public purchase for scant a half-year, and already, it's been honored in this year's WWD Beauty Inc Awards as "Prestige Fragrance of the Year."
Our Fridays are usually all about easing out of the workweek and into the weekend at a more leisurely pace. We like to take the time to smell the flowers, thank our coworkers for jobs well done, and casually peruse the World Wide Web for anything that might tickle our fancy or enflame our virtual wallets. We here at MTV Style were content to stay mired within the cutely overloaded confines of kittens dressed up in jean jackets until we came across what is, quite possibly, the most AMAZING fashion time capsule video EVER. Folks, we're talking about JC Penney's Fashion Flash 1980s denim fashion show, a fash-parade of magical retro magnificence that will have you marveling over and over again at the "newest fabric on the fashion scene...denim!" Watch as models Tracy, Bernard, Julie, and "total cool" Joe dance to David Bowie's seminal song, "Blue Jean", while showing you how to rock a pair of green jeans or get down in double stonewash. Listen as the overzealous announcer says, "You've heard the saying everything old is new again, well it's really true!" And we totally agree...
Selena Gomez shoots her new fragrance campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Selena Gomez's Facebook
Just because she doesn't know exactly what it will smell like yet, doesn't mean Selena Gomez doesn't already know the general mood of her to-be-released new perfume. From the looks of this behind-the-scenes shot Sel posted to her Facebook page, somehow a giant fish tank of pink and purple water is involved. In a BIG way. Girl gets dunked (or more likely, hoisted and gently lowered via a Swarovski-laden swing) into a vat of the girly hued liquid for her fragrance campaign.