It's been almost EXACTLY a year since we first peeped Rihanna sporting some seriously confusing headgear in London. Like, we were beyond baffled when we first peeped this headpiece: Was it a hat? A visor? A head harness? What IS it this leather skull bondage thing RiRi is wearing? We couldn't quite figure it out, but when Rita Ora sported the same piece a few months later, we knew it was bound to be a trend. Fast forward to this week, and TA-DA! We were right. *brushes shoulders off* Iggy Azalea Instagrammed a picture of herself wearing the same harness hat thingamajig Rihanna wore nearly a year before but in a bright red hue. Iggy sported her bold hat with blonde, center-parted straight strands and plunging paisley print dress, while Rihanna went more casual in a black cap with a graphic tee, layered chains, and super dark sunnies. (LOVE the pop of red on the lip, Ri!)
Rita Ora in London on June 24, and Rihanna in London on Feb. 28.
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Ladies, we need to talk. You may remember back in February when we saw Rihanna sporting a confusing head harness/visor/hat thing while in London, but we brushed it off thinking, "Those Brits and their kooky hats! RiRi is just living the moment, soaking up her culture, and being a fun and fashion-y gal!" But, you guys, IT'S BAAAACK. *horror movie scream* Earlier this week Rita Ora stepped out in another version of this bondage headgear, and we are SO. CONFUSED. Like, what is it? It has a brim so it's technically in the hat/visor territory, but all those random straps and buckles are making us second-guess ourselves. Also, beads?! That's basically a HEADBAND then. Why does a visor need so many straps? Why won't someone tell us what's going on?! *sobs*
Kristen Stewart wears a BCBG Pre-Fall 2012 dress in Madrid.
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Way to go, K.Stew! Our favorite jeans-and-tee wearing cool girl has officially grown up...fashion-wise, at least. Just within the last week, Kristen Stewart has already donned a see-through Marchesa gown at the London Snow White and the Huntsman premiere and gotten in touch with, uh, her manlier side for Elle magazine. Her latest style baby step was at the film's photo call in Madrid earlier today, where the star worked one of the season's biggest trends: the harness. She attached the black leather embellishment to her altered BCBG Pre-Fall dress (shortened from the runway version), giving the already-edgy frock a tough twist. Paired with a side braid (hello, Katniss Everdeen!) and barefaced beauty look, it's a high-fashion version of the actress we already know and love.
Nicki Minaj wears a leather harness while out in London, England.
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About this time last week, we spotted Nicki Minaj wearing an outfit that can best be described as an arithmetic equation: sheer shirt + body harness - pants. It appears the formula has altered slightly, but the base of the sequence is still there. There remains a severe lack of pants, we're not sure what lies beneath the new addition of a squeaky looking Members Only jacket, and while there is still a harness involved, it has grown considerably. Perhaps Nicki reads the blog and really takes our trend pieces to heart which, you know, would be really flattering were it true. We just... IDK, we thought maybe we mentioned wearing these trendy harnesses with clothes underneath, not in substitution of them.
Nicki Minaj at a 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' album release party in Miami on April 8.
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Dudes, I don't know HOW we missed this, but apparently Nicki Minaj celebrated the release of her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded over the weekend wearing... this. We're getting serious bondage vibes with that giant gold and patent leather body harness completely encapsulating her upper body paired with a totally sheer white mesh shirt (at least she wore a bra underneath, unlike *cough* Rihanna *cough*) and high-waisted undies. Typically we refer to barely-there shorts as shunderwear, but these are definitely just underwear—there's no shorts a-happenin' here, friends. She finished the look with some illusion striped garter tights, giant cocktail rings, and long blonde hair. We're glad to see Barbs doing something different than her stuffed animal steez (see: Nicki's pink furry bear hoodie and teddy bear wedges), but dang, she's really gone to the dark side with this ensemble.
Leather harnesses from ASOS.
In the realm of fashion accessories, you may have noticed an uptick in leather harnesses. Although long associated with a more underground sort of, uhhhh, "fashion" (Google it), harnesses are now totally wearable in an everyday sort of way and have even made their way onto many of the fall 2012 runways (hi, Herve Leger by Max Azria). We can thank Lady Gaga for all of this, of course, because she famously ushered the harness-as-accessory into existence via her "'Yoü And I" video. We were all over that biz and even paid a visit to designer Zana Bayne's studio where the vid's megatastic creations were born, but as you can imagine, these custom pieces don't come cheap, so our hopes of harnessing ourselves have been delayed. Even though we've already decreed harnesses a major fall 2012 accessories trend, we have some major issues, such as A) how to afford them, and B) how to wear them. It's an accessory CONUNDRUM! Thankfully, ASOS has a whole bevy of harness goodness available, and OMG *GASP* some of the pieces are already on sale.
THE CLASSIC HARNESS
The ASOS 4 Strap Pastel Harness Belt ($28.65), above left, comes in pale green and is all about major drammmmz. Because it straps across half your body, we suggest pairing it with a long maxi dress or trying it with something floral to edge out the pretty lady factor. It would also work over a body-con minidress if you're into that sort of pronounced binding.
Yesterday we brought you prom dress options for under $150. Today we bumped the budge higher—up to $350—and found 10 more dresses that are totally perfect for prom. These options are affordable and high-quality—you may even want to wear your dress after prom. Yeah, that's how good they are. Check out all 10 picks below!
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Based on our research (aka trolling our favorite websites), we can confirm that sheer overlay is a huge trend for Prom 2014. The first dress option is classic and feminine, with black lace on top of a nude bodice ($198). The full skirt is perfect for twirling, which is all that really matters at prom. The second option is one of the few colorful lace options we saw out there, which automatically makes it a contender ($179). The third option is the most expensive on the page ($338), but, I mean, look at it. The strong lines across the front create a harness effect, which toughens the dress up without completely undermining the delicate lace. The final option is a bold choice cause who knows what types of foods and drinks will be spilled at prom, but it's also worth it ($170). It's prom—live on the (sartorial) edge!
As you can probably imagine, we are pretttty excited to see what everyone will wear to the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday. It is perhaps the most casual awards show out there, which leads to memorable outfits year after year. With a number of our faves like Lupita Nyong'o, Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, and Shailene Woodley slated to appear, and Ellie Goulding and Rihanna on tap to perform, we're basically counting down the nanoseconds until the red carpet.
Because it is Movie Awards weekend, we figured we'd dedicate this week's #TBT to the 10 most memorable outfits (IMHO) of Movie Awards past. Check them out in all their glory, below.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.
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Before Ryan Gosling was ~Ryan Gosling~, he was The Dude From The Notebook™. At the 2005 Movie Awards, Ryan decided to make a political statement, wearing a plain white tee that simply had "Darfur" printed across the front. He wore a black blazer with the shirt (hello, it's a red carpet), but ditched it when he and Rachel McAdams decided to reenact their kiss from The Notebook on stage. Rachel was dressed in bootcut jeans, pointed toe stilettos, and a strapless lace bustier, which is perhaps the most 2005-y outfit to ever exist.
Hey, remember how the biggest conversation in the weeks leading up to this season of New York Fashion Week was about how the whole enterprise was starting to feel a bit like a circus? There was talk of designers pulling out of the traditional tents/Lincoln Center situation and turning toward smaller, more intimate (and more spread out) venues, and that Alexander Wang might even move his presentation all the way out to *GASP* Brooklyn! Well, it happened. All of it. And while we agree that NYFW, as it exists, begs to be disrupted, this week, we turned toward the eye of the storm and walked straight into the zoo. OK, a zoo. A gathering of animals, at the very least? We went to the New York Pet Fashion Show. And, BTW, (HAI, HATERZ) it was THE BEST.
Lorde and her cornrows in the 'Team' music video.
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When we think of Lorde, one thing (other than the lyrics to "Royals") pops into mind: that hair. Sure, she pulls off goth-inspired style and dark lipstick insanely well, but that curly mane is kinda her thing. Even though we've seen it matted down and pinned back on the cover of Clash magazine, we were still taken aback when we peeped her video for "Team" and her signature curls were M.I.A.
From what we can see in the few (and dark) shots of Lorde in the video (wearing a Zana Bayne leather harness, BTW), she seems to have braided her hair into cornrows and tied it into a ponytail at the nape of her neck. When we chatted with Lorde a few weeks ago, she revealed the secret to her hair was not washing it frequently which, TBH, we can get behind. Good news for Lorde (and us, as Lorde worshippers): Cornrows don't need to be washed that frequently either! A new style to add to our encyclopedia that doesn't require maintenance? Sign us up!