What the WHAT! After a winter of glamourous floor-length gowns, rippling trains, and even a cape or two, the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards are SUCH a breath of fresh air for those of us neck-deep in spring fever. From the vibrant candy colors popping against the orange carpet to the flirty shorter hemlines, there were a lot of pretty young thangs free-legging their way into the slime convention. Narrowing the slime-tastic night's truly exemplary showing of stylish ladies, like Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez, and Emma Stone, down to a top 10 list was tricky business, but we rolled up our sleeves and got it done!
Kristen Stewart at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
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One of the brightest shining style stars of the night was undoubtedly Kristen Stewart. KStew was absolutely stunning in this lacy cobalt Stella McCartney number. Though long-sleeved, the dress was still fresh and youthful with a peekaboo nude lining and mini-length hem. She finished off the look with minimal makeup, focusing on making her baby blues pop, an effortless ponytail, and matching Barbara Bui pumps (though, in classic Kristen fashion, she swapped them out for a pair of Converse kicks upon entering the show).
Willow Smith, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber change up their hair at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
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Oh man! The 2012 Kids Choice Awards were SO SATISFYING. There's just something so enormously rewarding about seeing gorgeous, dewy-skinned, long limbed ladies and dudes get dolled up for an event and then get RIGHTEOUSLY SLIMED. The show was all in fun, and we saw a lot of bright, bold, mini dresses on the "Orange Carpet" but something we also noticed was that Willow Smith, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber flipped their proverbial wigs for new hair dos.
The ever adventurous Willow (who's been steadily making her way through the entire color spectrum) opted for pink for her close-to-the-dome shorn coif, which was just the perfect zany dash of color under a black porkpie. The added collar, stud earrings and retro rhinestone cat's eye sunnies offset the black, leather jacket (also, is it us or does the whole Smith fam have the best collection of jackets EVER?) and while we love the truly, truly, truly outrageous hue we're def curious about what's next. We'd bet blue but we're not ruling out any patterns either. Maybe she'll twerk camo?
• Birthday girl Lady Gaga showed us her softer side this week, tweeting a pic of herself without makeup.
• In the wake of The Hunger Games premiere weekend, Jennifer Lawrence had another big week on the covers of German Interview and Rolling Stone.
• We uncovered that James Franco will play absurdist rapper Riff Raff in Spring Breakers and not Kevin Federline, as we had briefly thought.
• We caught our first glimpse of Katy Perry's Adidas campaign. We're WAY into sporty sherbet-colored KP and can't wait to see more!
• Brett Alan Nelson gave us the inside scoop on Kat Graham's "Put Your Graffiti On Me" music video. Spoiler alert: It's not short on the Jeremy Scoot. *SWOON*
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The shooting of Trayvon Martin has swept the country in the past few weeks, stirring a nationwide debate on the importance of an article of clothing, namely the hooded sweatshirt. Long a staple of leisurewear, workout wear, everyday wear, snuggle wear, cold weather wear, and just about every other kind of "wear" you can think of that involves covering your person, there has never been a reason to think twice about the meaning of a hoodie until the shooting of 17-year-old Martin (on his way home from a 7-Eleven with a bottle of tea and packet of Skittles in hand) by a neighborhood watchman who claims it was self-defense. Thousands have taken to the streets wearing hoodies to protest both the shooting and lack of arrest made on George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. Celebs have also been showing their support by tweeting and Instagramming photos of themselves wearing hoodies.
Diddy tweeted support for the Million Hoodies March by wearing a black hoodie and carrying a picture of Trayvon Martin as a young boy. Swizz Beatz Instagram'd a double image of himself in a hoodie, saying, "Had to Hoodie up for Trayvon, what a sad situation. Blessing to his fam." Odd Future's Frank Ocean Tumblr'd a photo of himself in a hoodie, and Ludacris Instagram'd an "I am Trayvon Martin" message with a photo of himself wearing a printed hoodie while standing in front of a plane. The outpouring of support for Martin and his family sheds light on the fact that a young person was killed, seemingly, as a result of what he looked like.
One Direction poses with Miranda Cosgrove on the set of "iCarly."
Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon
We don't know about the rest of you, but we are certifiably OBSESSED with the color-coordinated awesomeness of boy band sensation One Direction. (JK, we know the collective heart of the world is throbbing for these cuties.) Having only recently begun to bubble up stateside, it's only a matter of time before Niall, Louis, Zayn, Harry, and Liam become intercontinental household names. They'll be performing this Saturday (tomorrow!!!) for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (check back here for the Orange Carpet coverage *wink*), AND they'll make a guest appearance alongside Miranda Cosgrove on iCarly in all their matchy smatchy glory!
Beyoncé wears a colorful outfit out around New York City on March 29, 2012.
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Forgive us for the severe "Celebs! They're just like us!" moment, but we have just uncovered a fashion easter egg that makes us feel infinitely closer to one of the most universally revered ladystars of our time: Blue Ivy's mom herself, Miss Beyoncé. Pull up a comfortable chair for this news because if you're anywhere near my league of Stannish superfandom, this will rock your afternoon. We know you've all done this. You'll be shopping online or flipping through a catalog or magazine, see an outfit that really speaks to you, and think, "Wow, I'm definitely going to try that out because it would look AMAZINGGGG on me!" So you quickly scrounge up all the necessary pieces of this dream ensemble, put it on, and WERQUE IT at your earliest chance. Wayelllll, it seems THE Queen Bey runs through this very same styling song-and-dance.
Madonna introduces Avicii at Ultra Music Festival on March 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida.
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WHOA. According to the New York Post, the Queen of Pop, aka Madonna, was asked to tone down the new ad for her Truth or Dare by Madonna perfume, as it was deemed too racy for ABC network television. Clocking in at 30 seconds, the ad features Madge rolling around in black lingerie while the refrain "I know I shouldn't act this way/I know good girls don't misbehave/But I'm a bad girl," is repeated in the background juxtaposed with shots of the white and gold perfume bottle. Aside from licking her mega-rouged lips and briefly fondling the same cleavage and bum dimplage we've ALL seen again and again for decades, there's really, um, nothing to see here, folks. Thus, our question is this: What's the big deal, ABC?
Nicki Minaj performing 'Starships' on 'American Idol' in Hollywood.
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Emerging from a giant pink space ship, Nicki Minaj descended onto the American Idol stage last night to perform her upcoming single "Starships" in cascading blonde curls, starfish earrings, and a rainbow bright mullet skirt. Conjuring an image of both an undersea confection and the actual Rainbow Brite cartoon character from the '80s. It was a mish-mash of themes that seemed to reference both space travel and a maniacal beach rave. Even though Nicki M's video has yet to make landfall (heh), we do know that it will include neon hair and a pink bikini thanks to numerous paparazzi shots of her writhing around the beaches of Hawaii.
Douglas Booth for BULLETT Media Spring Issue.
Photo: Courtesy of BULLETT Media/Grant Thomas
It is, in fact, uncomfortably difficult to tear myself away from unabashedly STARING at these images of Douglas Booth in the latest issue of Bullett Magazine. I mean, seeeeriously, the happy juxtaposition of Booth's fateful genetics and the fantastic rugged-yet-also-tailored styling of Ruben Moreira elicits the kind of slack-jawed joie de vivre that is just SO necessary on a Friday morning, AMIRITE? I know I am.
From left: Rihanna leaving her hotel, taking the subway to Drake's show, and heading back to her hotel while in London.
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If there's any pop star truly doing it ALL right now, it's Rihanna. There isn't a morning that goes by where she doesn't jump into our RSS feeds wearing something jaw-dropping all while buzzing around the planet making music, movies, and fashion happenings like it ain't no thang. Not only is she designing a fashion line, she's making her film debut in the upcoming sure-to-be-a-blockbuster Battleship. Oh, and did we mention that she's also doing a fashion reality show set in London? No wonder she's been spotted all over the damp gray streets of England's beloved city wearing a wardrobe of printacular madness. Seriously, though, what's with all these prints, Ri?