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.
Rihanna leaving a London hotel in a Topshop Unique sweatshirt.
Photo: Splash News
Rihanna is a style chameleon. She can go from wearing the snazziest, razziest performance outfit to sporting uptown turtleneck chic to dressing down in a Village People Chanel sea captain look all in the span of a week. What we love so much about Ri is that she doesn't stick to one particular look or theme; she can go from bananas-omg-what one moment to craymazing-where-can-I-get-this the next. And sometimes she puts both of those themes together at once, such as with this Pixelated Cleopatra Sweatshirt by Topshop Unique. Like we said: bananas, craymazing, and WANT.
Miley Cyrus, Sky Ferreira, and Katy Perry at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in Beverly Hills on Feb. 26.
Photo: Getty Images
Whew, it was a loooong 2012 Oscar night. From a fash parade of Best Dressed lovelies to Angelina Jolie's leg workin' the red carpet (and Oscar stage) like a seasoned pro, it was an evening full of style sensations and straight-up style shenanigans. And it didn't stop with the actual awards show, either. As you know, there are many post-Oscar bashes to attend, and Elton John's annual dinner, in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is always a celeb- and musician-friendly fave. This year's event drew everyone from Miley Cyrus and Sky Ferreira to Katy Perry and Nina Dobrev. Also? It was an evening awash in silver sparkle and matte black panache.
Our favorite time of year is here! We're talking about the 2012 Oscars, aka the Academy Awards, also known as the closest thing fashion stylists get to competing in the Olympics. Watching the nominees and Hollywood royalty waltz down the red carpet in all their fairy-tale princess glory is our sport of choice, and we've been glued to the pre-show proceedings ready to decree the fairest of them all. We were captivated by giant crimson bows, voluminous blood orange confections, lace trains, and a particular prince who broke the black tuxedo spell with some swoon-worthy velvet panache. It wasn't easy *wipes sodden brow* but here, without further ado, are our Best Dressed looks of the night.
EMMA STONE IN GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE
Emma Stone at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
Photo: Getty Images
Dear Emma Stone, YOU WIN. In the category of Best Vivid Oscar Dress of Classic Feminine Delight, you get the imaginary MTV Style golden button statue. Not only was this crimson Giambattista Valli gown a triumphant choice due to the gargantuan halter neck bow, elegant silhouette, and undulating floor-grazing hem, we were particularly taken with the poise in which you wore it. Look at the relaxed arms anchored by that single diamond bracelet, the subtle makeup that highlights the skin yet doesn't detract from the gown, and the side-swept hair that is at once classic and crowning in a complementary strawberry hue. We're smitten, bowled over, and utterly transfixed by this ensemble. BRAVO to one of the most stunning gals of the night.