Crackle nail polishes by China Glaze, OPI, and Mia Secret.
Photo: Courtesy China Glaze, OPI, and Mia Secret
Polish is polish is polish. Unless, of course, it crackles. The hottest new trend to hit the lacquer world are these polishes that create a shatter effect when they dry on your tips. The look is raw and gritty, yet amazingly intricate (i.e. if you tell 'em you sat in a salon for hours to get the look, they'll probably believe you!).
How to wear:
For day, coat your nails in a flat/matte polish, then top with one of these crackle polishes; for night, go with a layer of glitter lacquer topped by a shatter effect polish. Done and done.
If you can only try one, try one of these:
+ China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy ($6.49, SallyBeauty.com)
+ Katy Perry Collection Nail Polish by OPI in Black Shatter ($12.75, Amazon.com)
+ Mia Secret Crackle Nail Polish in Rose ($4.10, Amazon.com)
We'll be the first to admit that trying to make plans for New Year's Eve stresses us out: the 12-month anticipation, the unavoidable crowds, the ever-important, gotta-be-stunning outfit of the YEAR. OK, so maybe we're being a ~little~ dramatic, but with less than a week to prep your look after a month of holiday hustle and bustle, sometimes you just gotta reach into your closet and hope for the best. Of course, you also want to LOOK your best, so why not start with one of your tried-and-true basics? Instead of going full-on Toddlers & Tiaras, take what you know and give it a new life by adding a few easy-to-find pieces from your local mall. (And TBH, this is how WE plan to roll, so don't knock it till you try it.)
Photos: Forever 21/Nordstrom/Urban Outfitters
+ Dress: Must-Have Bodycon Dress ($6)
+ Kimono: Fringe Floral Jacquard Cardigan ($136)
+ Shoes: Report Zinny Velvet Heels ($69)
+ Necklace: Silk Road Falling Coin Necklace ($58)
+ Bag: Iconic Quilted Minaudière ($20)
The Little Black Dress: Chances are, you don't just have one, you have like, 100. It's the one wardrobe staple that every woman has been conditioned to own since the 1920s, when Coco Chanel made it "a sort of uniform for all women of taste." Give your little black dress a big night out on New Year's Eve with a Stevie Nicks-approved fringed kimono, velvet strappy pumps, a heavy metal statement necklace and a cross-body clutch for hands-free dancing.
Grimes for'Hunger' magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Hunger'
You hear that? That sound is just the undeniable buzz that zips around the MTV Style HQ whenever one of our faves like Grimes, Rita Ora, or Iggy Azalea finds herself firmly planted upon some glossy prime real estate. But now that that all THREE emerging stars have landed themselves individual covers for HUNGER magazine, this buzzy feeling has morphed into a bonafide EXPLOSION that practically crackles right off of the screen. Publications are quickly learning that one way to sell issues like hotcakes (or, in this case, concert tickets) is to produce multiple covers and often with more than one star. So perhaps taking cues from Teen Vogue's success with all five of its One Direction covers, HUNGER upped the ante with seven different editions for Spring/Summer 2013, each featuring a different rising female artist. Yes, you read that right...seven! In addition to Grimes, Rita, and Iggy, Jessie J, A*M*E, Gabrielle Aplin, and Crystal Renn all landed smack dab on an issue and repping a style that's undeniably her own. Editor-in-chief Rankin handpicked each of the girls himself, explaining, “I had begun to notice a pattern emerging in film and fashion, but most notably in music; where people (most obviously, young women) were taking control of their creative lives and output in a way I hadn’t seen before,” he said. So the natural step was to put them on the cover of his magazine, and it's an awesome thing he did.
Rihanna clutches Mario Testino's "In Your Face" photography book.
Photo: Getty Images
Essentially, what's happening here is Rihanna, non-verbally, saying, "Alright, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. I see your book clutches, and I raise you... clutching an ACTUAL BOOK... And an unreleased one at THAT!" Then she sprinkles all the chips in the middle of the table and fireworks explode behind her. BLADOW! *soft crackle of fizzling out pyrotechnics* Okay, soooo that may have been a 100% surmised situation, but can't you just imagine it happening? And all of it topped off with a tweet from Rihanna punctuated with "#ph***yohandbags" or something similar (also, uncensored)?? *shrugs* Maybe it's just us. Regardless, it brings up a great question: could Rihanna's book-clutching look out-pace the quirky-cute book clutch steez we've grown to love? We take a closer look.
Looks from the Rag & Bone show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 7.
Photo: Getty Images
When we think Rag & Bone, we think layers. Like, layers upon layers upon layers. Basically, the design duo behind the NYC-based label, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, are the masters of piling it on. If you remember last season's collection, they painstakingly put together one visually stunning mixed pattern ensemble after another, but for spring 2013, they decided to go for a much simpler, sleeker and stripped-down look. Their athleticwear-inspired shift dresses, slouchy miniskirts, and bomber jackets all have a hint of sportiness to them—whether it's the addition of an unexpected cargo pocket here or the use of jersey mesh fabric on a sculpted dress there. Even the slicked-back hair suggests the life of an active girl-on-the-go. Although the exterior emits a strong and powerful look, the black lace trim peeking out beneath a set of sculpted leather shorts or a barely-buttoned up blouse add a soft, feminine feel to the overall edginess of the ensemble.
Would you wear Eastpak's Hungry Henry cheeseburger backpack?
Photo: Courtesy of Eastpak
Backpacks are BIG right now. Not, like, physically, but as a trend. We're not sure if it's just because of back-to-school season or if maybe The Row's pricey alligator one was the sparkplug for a larger movement, but whatever the reason, the scholastic carry-all is a big deal this season and one we're certainly not fighting with. What's up for discussion here today is the cheeseburger photo print rocking all over this Eastpak. We want to know what you think: is it a yay or is it a nay?
Rita Ora wears skullcap by The Hundreds; jacket by Moschino, vintage; silk crop top by Pavonine; shorts by Joy Rich; custom shoes by Bess NYC; necklaces and watch are Rita's own; bangle by Laruicci; double ring by Materia Prima.
Photo: Marley Kate
In the 10-plus years that I’ve been working with musicians, nothing beats that crackle of atmospheric electricity when an artist is about to blow up. You can feel it. Rita Ora is poised for something major. She’s already a sure thing in the U.K. where she’s had two #1 hits in “R.I.P.” and "Hot Right Now," a track she's featured on with DJ Fresh, but what with being our Push Artist of the Week and Jay-Z spouting glowing things about her energy and talent it looks like this vivacious Londoner (by way of Kosovo) will be unstoppable here, too.
You can imagine how psyched we were when she accepted our invitation to play dress up for a fashion editorial and video because she’s totally normal to hang out with and gives great face. Plus, maybe has the BEST hair. Never mind that she commemorated her visit stateside with $100 bill nails courtesy of Rebecca Black in London.
We might be a little biased, but MTV-themed nails are probably the best ever. And we're not even talking about the shows or celebrities or anything our network has created over its 30 plus years of existence—we just mean the straight-up iconic "M" logo with the word "TV" scribbled in front of it. We found UH-MAZING homages to our channel thanks to some killer nail artists across the globe, and we just had to share them with y'all. Not only do we feel honored that ladies are dedicating some serious time to painting mini MTV masterpieces on their tips, but DUDES—the execution is phenom. We couldn't have done it better ourselves (literally), so here's a shout-out to some of our favorite fan-based nail art! (And, yes, once you're done drooling over these designs, there's a tutorial on how to create the logo in a few simple steps.)
Netherlands-based nail aficionado Nina (whoa, hi alliteration!) created an MTV mani with the logo on EVERY finger. Whew, talk about a lot of work! She used a white base and added a splash of color on each tip with the 3D logo on top. We give her major props for not giving up after one nail (lord knows we would), but that's just the beginning! The rest of her nail art handiwork will make your jaw drop. Seriously, YOU MUST LOOK.
WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid.
Photo: Via WAH Nails
Long story short: I'm obsessed with WAH Nails. Ever since I found out about the London-based nail art salon, I've been following (OK, stalking) their Tumblr for nail inspiration. I CANNOT get enough of their cool, punky-haired girl gang who dish out hundreds upon hundreds of killer mini masterpieces a week, so I knew I had to meet the founder behind one of the biggest nail art movements of the decade, Ms. Sharmadean Reid. Lucky for me, she stopped by NYC to promote her new book, The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art, and I chatted her up inside the luxurious W Union Square hotel while other ladies got their nails did. Truth be told, the beauty entrepreneur (who also works full time in Nike's energy marketing department) is even more smart, poignant, and straight-up gorge IRL than she is online. She gave me ALL the deets about her new step-by-step nail art book, how MTV largely influenced who she is today, and what the future holds for WAH Nails (spoiler alert: It's nail stickers!).
WAH Nails' nail art.
Photo: Via WAH Nails
Solange Knowles in V Magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine
When a legendary rock photographer pairs up with some of the freshest singers in the music biz, you KNOW something amazing is bound to happen. For V Magazine's first ever music issue, they put Mick Rock behind the lens to shoot ladies Solange Knowles, Cassie, JoJo, VV Brown and MNDR in an all-out sultry neon beauty photo sesh. We can't stop staring at all of these florescent makeup looks because, um, we NEED to try all of these trends for spring! One of our favorite looks is on Solange—she wore neon coral eyeliner on the top of her lids, but only took it halfway across her bottom lid. Iiiiinteresting! She topped off her peepers with super long (but not thick) falsies that pop against the orangey-pink liner. Solange kept the rest of her face au naturale, including her hair and nails, as to not distract from her fiercefully-lined lids. And that metallic green motorcycle jacket? It's Bess NYC by Doug Abraham. (You're welcome.)