Ashley Benson's new Faviana campaign
Photo: Courtesy of Faviana
Ashley Benson may not have attended prom herself, but turns out the actress knows a thing or two about shopping for— and wearing— fancy dresses. After all, there's absolutely no question this girl can work it on the red carpet (just check the entire Spring Breakers press tour for evidence!), but she's also the face of Faviana, the New York-based label that designs celebrity-inspired special occasion gowns. We stopped by the company HQ recently to check out the new prom styles and get the lowdown on all the offerings from Ashley herself. In between chatting about all things Spring Breakers-related, she filled us in on her new spokesmodel gig and the best parts about helping girls pick out dresses for their own big nights. She also dished on her signature red carpet steez, gearing towards "edgy, chic looks" that's a more glamorous extension of her casual everyday uniform. Oh, and one more thing: clearly we're not the only ones obsessed with the Olsen twins around here, because Ashley admitted that MK&A have been her style icons since Day One (and still are today!). Get the scoop on all this and more in our interview below!
Beyonce revisits her "Bootylicious" look for Pepsi's "Mirrors" commercial.
Photo: Via Pepsi's Youtube Page
It takes a LOT for us to set our alarms extra early in the morning, but if there's anyone we'll do it for, it's Beyonce. Yesterday the superstar hinted that something huge would be coming at 9 AM on 4/4/13, and she stayed true to her word, dropping her brand new Pepsi commercial upon the world bright and early today! Although an ad might not be quite as heart-stopping as a new music video, the clip (featuring a preview of her new song "Grown Woman") DID take us down Bey memory lane. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it game of Beyonce style trivia with her most iconic music video looks, all stuffed into this one minute commercial. We're talking about that pink one-shouldered crop top and slit skirt from "Bootylicious," the white tank and denim hotpants from "Crazy In Love," and the black leotard and Sasha Fierce hand from "Single Ladies." Are your brains exploding yet?! There's moreee!
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.
Danny Brown in Uniqlo's "Life in a Minute" video portrait.
Photo: © Keith Haring Foundation. Licensed by Artestar, New York
The creative geniuses over at Uniqlo have already given us some really cute clothes (and a case of hair envy!) to look forward to for spring 2013, but the Japanese retailer isn't finished quite yet. It's serving up another helping of style, this time starring the one and only Danny Brown. The rapper and former Mark McNairy model is part of the brand's UT TruckShop, a seasonal promotion that takes Uniqlo's rad new UT tees on the road... literally. Danny will join fellow faces like Miss Info and Curtis Kulig at pop-up events, performances and t-shirt stores around New York City this April. Before all THAT kicks off (his performance is this weekend!), check out Danny's new campaign video. His is the first of Uniqlo's "Life in a Minute" clips, which give us an intimate peek inside each artist's life in a mere 60 seconds. Watch it below, and find out more about the campaign here!
Emma Watson cover the May issue of British 'GQ'.
Photo: Courtesy of British 'GQ'
We already know that Emma Watson is a versatile actress. After all, her genre-skipping onscreen roles are exactly the reason she's received the MTV Trailblazer Award! However, the 22-year-old's talent for transforming herself isn't restricted just to movies— she's proven her style chameleon status time and again in magazines, too. But despite her recent edgy Marie Claire UK look, her preppy-cool NYLON style, and repping her inherently chic beauty in T, the actress's new British GQ cover STILL called for a double take, because it's just so different than how we're used to seeing her. The star graces the publication's May issue decked out in total Bling Ring fashion, channeling her onscreen alter ego Nicki with the same long hair and body-hugging styles she sports in the forthcoming Sofia Coppola flick. The cut-out dress might conjure up major '90s Pretty Woman vibes (see the resemblance?), but the body jewelry, the giant Frappuccino, and the sunglasses propped atop her head keeps the ensemble firmly planted in the here and now.
A still from Nicki Minaj's "High School" music video.
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Despite the fact that Nicki Minaj has been ALL over the place recently, what with her American Idol gig, her Pink Friday perfumes (and the accompanying bottle clothing collection) and her ELLE cover, we've got to admit, we miss her live shows. The pop star says she's (understandably) too busy with her various fashion projects to plan a tour right now, though, and you know what? That's OK, because her new "High School" video is an excellent alternative.
Yep, after days of giving sneak peeks and BTS snaps on Twitter, the time has finally come! Barbz dropped her video upon the world earlier this morning in her MTV First, and we've had the neon-drenched clip on loop ever since. Director Benny Boom captured the lovey dovey vibes between Nicki and Lil Wayne (who's also featured on the track), following the duo as their steamy romance heats up in and around a gorgeous mansion. Not to mention, there's also some crime and jewelry thievery thrown in for good measure (but you'll have to watch to find out what happens!). The style is predictably eye-popping, with Nicki swapping her Moschino, Balmain and McQueen "realness" for highlighter-hued swimwear and body con dresses. But enough with the generalities...let's get down to business. Get all the "High School" nitty gritty outfit deets below.
Taylor Swift wears her custom Vintage Shoe Company 'Red' oxfords.
Photo: Splash News/ Vintage Shoe Company
If you follow Taylor Swift's every footstep as closely as we do, then you already know that the pop star is a huge fan of Vintage Shoe Company. She's rocked a tobacco-hued lace-up pair in a photo shoot for her Red album cover, sported a similar style for Rolling Stone magazine, and—here's how you know she's genuinely obsessed—wears them off-duty, as well. She stepped out in New York City this weekend in a red suede version of her beloved Aubrey oxfords, and the bright kicks added the perfect amount of prep to her buttoned-up, skinny jeans ensemble. But it turns out these aren't just any shoes... the pair was actually created specifically for Taylor and her Red tour.
Ever since they first met back in 2011, Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld have been two peas in a pod, closerthanclose, and total BFFs. Some people might even go so far as to call them soul mates. After all, the elusive Chanel designer is a notoriously tough nut to crack, but if ANYONE can do it—and pick up an award and tons of haute couture dresses along the way—it's Mother Monster. Given their tight relationship, it's not that shocking that the Kaiser would give the pop star a shout-out for her 27th birthday last week. But instead of showering her in free clothes, he did something unexpected (to us, anyway) and sketched Gaga a handmade birthday card!
Ciara wears looks from Givenchy's Resort 2013 and Spring 2013 collections.
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Despite its name, menswear is so totally NOT just for guys. We've been fans of stealing style ideas from the boys on the runway for a while now, but now Ciara has one-upped us all by lifting a pair of outfits straight from the Givenchy men's catwalk! And she looks AMAZING, we might add. Immediately after sitting front row at Riccardo Tisci's Paris Fashion Week womenswear show last month, Ciara stopped by Music Choice’s SWRV TV Network in New York City sporting a printed jacket from the men's Resort 2013 line. Splashed with an updated military pattern, there's NO arguing that this luxe bomber adds a decidedly masculine edge to the rest of her all-black outfit. We love how the topper's oversize fit complements her super skinny leather pants and heeled boots...and these perfectly opposite proportions are one of the reasons menswear on ladies works so well.
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper at 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere last night in New York.
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We've been tracking the fashion in the new flick The Place Beyond The Pines for a while now, and how could we not? I mean, METALHEAD WARDROBE, people! But while the on-set stills have given us plenty to talk about as we wait for the movie's release this weekend, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's premiere looks are an entirely different topic of discussion on their own. The two stars hit the red carpet last night in New York City looking dapper as usual, but with some, um, unusual twists to the traditional formal dude uniform.