Looks from the Fall 2012 Kenzo show at Paris Fashion Week.
Photo: Courtesy of Kenzo
It's official. We're completely OBSESSED with Kenzo. The love affair began with the newly revamped label's first Paris Fashion Week show last October, which featured Chloe Sevigny on the runway and Jason Schwartzman behind a drum kit. Our hearts swelled even more with the crazy colorful pre-fall presentation turned out to be our dream wardrobe. But the fall 2012 show—which took place in a space-age looking French university building with 50 models walking a runway that spanned four floors—catapulted us to beyond smitten with its bold mix of pattern, color, print (GRAPES!), accessories (WALNUTS!), and a front row cheer section that included Robyn and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Did we mention there were Magnolia Bakery cupcakes flown in from New York and placed on every seat? (#delicious) But, seriously, the clothes were even yummier.
From left: models wearing Sea NY, Acne, and Diane Von Furstenberg in the Barneys CO-OP Spring 2012 video.
Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York
Typically not two words you associate with each other, "funny models" is exactly the kind of thing we're into. It's not that models aren't funny, it's just that we so rarely hear them speak (or see them smiling), and especially not for a store campaign. Barney's CO-OP isn't your typical store, though. For their new spring 2012 campaigns, they shot two videos (one for women and one for men) featuring models telling life stories while wearing looks from various spring collections. But the stories? They're HILARIOUS. We're talking stuff involving interesting/bizarre dance moves (otherwise known as Butoh, which is actually a real dance technique, and The Pancake, which we think is completely made up), as well as issues involving toes, small towns, swallowing quarters, and a model dude yelling "AHORCALA!" really passionately for no apparent reason. You guys, you need to see these videos to behold their fash-magic.
Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Photo: Getty Images
• Angelina Jolie's leg and dress got a lot of attention at the Oscars.
• Selena Gomez explained her new music note tattoo and "J" ring from BF Justin Bieber.
• Snooki bought a zebra shoe chair to match her zebra couch and continued to show off her guidette interior design prowess.
• Justin Bieber turned 18, so we made a style evolution flipbook.
• Nicola Formichetti gave us an exclusive on the runway music for Mugler's fall 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
• Beyoncé debuted her post-pregnancy style while taking baby Blue Ivy out to lunch.
• Lady Gaga wore a classy Sally LaPointe dress and aerodynamic headpiece to launch the Born This Way Foundation at Harvard. Paws up!
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Gummi Bears Refreshee Body Spray; Leighton Meester at an amfAR New York Fashion Week gala.
Photo: Courtesy of Parfums de Coeur/Getty Images
I was quietly perusing Tumblr on a slow afternoon (aka falling into its photographic wormhole) when a bottle of perfume caught my eye. It was bright pink and featured a fresh-faced young girl on the bottle wearing a heart sweatshirt while holding a giant green gummy bear. I thought, "Hmmm, that looks a lot like… NO, couldn't be." Then I looked closer and was certain. This gummy bear girl is Leighton Meester. Even though she's sporting a parted-down-the-middle hairstyle typical of both the late 90s and early aughts, and even though she's older now and splitting her time between Gossip Girl and the upcoming Adam Sandler movie I Hate You, Dad, this has to be her—at least in her younger days. RIGHT? But I could be wrong. It's a total celebrity fragrance conundrum (that's driving me crazy). Thus, I did some sleuthing to get to the bottom of it all...
Did you hear that? It was the collective cacophonous girlie scream of the MTV Style staff taking in the news that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino is launching a line with Urban Outfitters. (We were about to type multiple *SQEEEEEE*s right then, buuuut we'll spare you.) It's no secret how much we love Best Coast. But this news about a line designed by Cosentino—announced via Best Coast's Twitter feed—as well as an actual PHOTO has us positively verklempt at the thought of an entire line of indie rock inflected onesie wonderment.
A still from Santigold's new "Disparate Youth" video.
Photo: Courtesy of Downtown/Atlantic Records
We've been waiting quite some time for Santigold to put out another album since the 2008 hit Santogold. (Sidenote: Remember how awesome that cover was with the gray background, white tank top, and gold glitter mouth bubble? #Love) Santigold frontwoman/singer Santi White has been make more appearances recently, though, namely on the front row at NY Fashion Week and in a T By Alexander Wang fall campaign video. And even though the Santigold follow-up album, Master of My Make-Believe, isn't due to drop until May 1, we have a BRAND-NEW VIDEO to tide us over until then. Did you say floral on lace on floral print mixing with mega stripes and a jaunty fisherman's cap? Why yes we did.
Rachel Korine, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson on the set of "Spring Breakers" in Florida.
Photo: Ashley Benson's Instagram
OK, ready to have your mind blown? Selena Gomez, Pretty Little Liar Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens are in a movie together called Spring Breakers that is currently shooting in Florida. (WE KNOW.) Oh, yes, and James Franco and Glee's Heather Morris are in it, too. Also, just to up the craymazing WOW factor, the film is written and directed by Harmony Korine, who pretty much changed the face of teen flicks with his hard-core '90s indie film Kids. There are so many exclamation points we're mentally inserting right here, but what we must discuss right now is this seemingly '90s on-set style. You guys, we spy denim overalls, mega ombre pink hair, and a MUST HAVE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt. Also, accessories from Cracker Barrel.
Lady Gaga at Harvard University; a look from Sally LaPointe's Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Courtesy of the Born This Way Foundation and Sally LaPointe
Holy Mary Mother of Little Monsters, LADY GAGA is back!!!! (Cue exploding confetti, rando fishnet stockinged dancers, cutoff jean shorts, wild hats, a cagillion leather harnesses falling from the sky, stiletto tap dancing, and multiple paws in the air.) You guys, we were at a breaking point where our Lady was concerned because, like, where in the Beetlejuice has she been?! Yes, she was wearing custom Versace at the 2012 Grammys, but she didn't walk the red carpet. Mama M just showed up all ninja stealth style to the awards show—in which she was nominated—wearing a netted face mask and holding the arm of a bodyguard, her other hand grasping a giant gold queen cane. This is not OK...because it's not enough Lady Gaga. We need her on red carpets, being spotted on the street, doing some sort of tour, going pantless at baseball games, and, you know, JUST HER around every day. *deep breaths* Well, our confusion and mild obsessive tendencies can rest, because Mother Monster launched her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University with, ahem, a speech by Oprah yesterday. Also? Gaga wore the most amaze-craze Sally LaPointe dress.
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.
Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards.
Photo: Getty Images
While it hasn't been that long since Whitney Houston passed away in a Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, those looking to sell pieces of her memory have begun to put items up for auction, namely dresses she owned as well as a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard. In an auction entitled "Hollywood Legends," Houston's style memorabilia (including 15 dresses total) will go up for auction along with pieces that once belonged to Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana. OK, wait. Is it just me or does this seem super duper fast? Like, let people MOURN for a sec, Auction House! Can you wait a bit until you start a freaking bidding war on Whitney's earrings for goodness sake? According to Julien's Auctions, this sort of accelerated selling isn't uncommon. "Her items can increase 10, 20, even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death," Julien tells the Daily News. "These items become part of history really." Hmmm, something about this seems very question-mark-above-head to me. Let's discuss.