All photos by Chrissy Mahlmeister
Trust me, I know hearing the words "trade show" and "Long Beach" in the same sentence probably makes you want to gag, but Agenda ain't your typical dad-filled convention center escapade. It's the place to be if you want to trade business cards with some of the coolest kids in the surf, skate and streetwear industry, and by some strange stroke of luck, half of a booth needed to be filled at the last minute. A friend of a friend mentioned my business (Rad Nails) to one of the organizers, and I was asked to join the invite-only list of brands two weeks before showtime. To put it lightly: I was stoked.
Photo: @HM's Instagram
Alexander Wang and H&M have been teasin' the heck out of us lately, and we like it. Well, kind of. It all started three months ago when A. Wang announced via Instagram that he would be collaborating with H&M on a clothing and accessories collection come fall (November 6, to be exact!). While simultaneous screams were heard 'round the world, things have been pretty hush-hush since the initial announcement. Until, well, right now.
Snoop Dogg gettin' sock happy.
Photo: Happy Socks
Just when us fashion nerds thought nothing could top Snoop Dogg's "Saint-Tropez" music video featuring Karl Largerfeld (seriously, that happened), today the rapper announced he's partnering with Swedish brand Happy Socks to create the Art of Inspiration collection, which "aims to encourage and explore creativity and artistic expression" ...through socks. Basically, this means you can wear Snoop Dogg art on your feet 24/7, which is all we've ever wanted. (How did they know?)
Jared Leto at the Chanel Haute Couture Show and a look from Chanel's Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art 2013/14 RTW show.
Photo: Getty Images/Chanel
We're already well aware that Jared Leto was trying to make leggings a thing (see: our boy wearing spandex on Instagram with the hashtag "realmenwearleggings"), but today he turned heads when he arrived at Chanel's Paris Haute Couture show in skintight gold tweed trousers paired with an inside-out graphic tee, chambray shirt, beaded necklace, and his signature ombré strands. There was something about his pants-tucked-into-cowboy-boots ensemble that made us want to investigate it a bit further, and as it turns out, he was actually pulling a look straight from Chanel's Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art 2013/14 women's RTW show.
Whether it's Rita Ora's plastic tattoo necklace or Elle Fanning's stacked diamond and pearl strands, there's no doubting that chokers are back in a very big way. The '90s staple even made an appearance in Lanvin, Miu Miu, Carven, and Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2014 collections, which means, yes, this trend is really happening (and isn't going anywhere soon!). But if you're still side-eyeing the resurgence of jewelry you wore in middle school, we found some awesome options no matter your style or budget. Seriously! Check 'em out below.
'90S INSPIRATION: Mathilda from Léon: The Professional
WHERE TO BUY:
+ Sun Charm Choker, Topshop, $18
+ '90s Cross Invisible Choker Necklace, Asos, $16
+ Alien Black Velvet Choker, Storenvy, $9
+ Yin Yang Choker, Shopjeen, $35
Tip: If you want to find some of the best hidden gems on the internet, head to the hair accessories section on any shopping website. Beyond the flower crowns and feather headdresses, there's some seriously insane stuff happening in those deep, dark corners of the web (see: floral cat ears). Just the other day, I discovered something called "hair rings" on Asos. It's exactly what it sounds like: rings you wear in your hair. You can buy a set of open silver or gold bands for either long, medium, or short strands ($13 to $20), which you place among braids or buns. Basically, it's the butterfly clip's badass older cousin.
Yep, it's the time of year where we all stand outside and stare at the sky while we sweat/shiver/get rained on for the sake of cool explosives. Oh, and celebrate our country's independence. But with every Fourth of July comes the inevitable question, "Ugh, what am I gonna wear?" Well, since we're BFFs and all, we did the hard part and put together a fail-proof ensemble that'll be sure to get you through all those outdoor festivities in one piece. Not only is it sweat-proof, rain-proof, non-flammable (seriously), and drunk-proof, it's also comprised of pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe. Let's break it down.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dang, dudes. We were 100% sure that nothing could top last year's “Punk: Chaos to Couture" Costume Institute exhibition, but yesterday The Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that their next fall spectacle (the first in seven years!) will be called "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire." Translation: All goth everything. Yasss.
From October 21 through February 1, the exhibition will feature around 30 "mourning ensembles" from the 19th and early 20th centuries that will "reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century," according to The Met's press release. Judging by the images, we're expecting to see tons of high-fashion veils and breathtaking, sculptured, Victorian-era gowns, which were the original inspiration behind most modern goth looks today. (I mean, where do think all those corsets came from?)
Last summer, Katy Perry went ALL out to promote her new Killer Queen fragrance (think: corsets, canes, and powdered wigs) and just when we thought all the amazingness was over, KP recently revealed she would be releasing another "sassy sapphire sister" scent called Royal Revolution. Before today, we only peeped the super-sleek silver and blue bottle, but Katy just posted the first pic from her fragrance campaign on Instagram, and we're so ready to see her take over the throne, y'all.
Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora ~taste the rainbow~.
Photo: @MileyCyrus' Instagram/@RitaOra's Instagram
Technicolor hair is in the air, y'all. Yesterday, both Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora traded in their platinum locks for insanely awesome rainbow-colored hair. Miley debuted her "new liewkkk" on Instagram, which featured strands dyed (literally) every shade in the color spectrum. (Also, remember long-haired Miley? Awwww.) She paired her out-of-this-world wig with a makeup-free face and, um, not to get all stalker-y, but we're 99% sure she copped her colorful weave from Party City for only $17. (NYC Pride Parade 2015, here we come.)