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Not to be weird, but we kind of miss seeing Alexis Krauss around these parts. We last talked with the Sleigh Bells frontwoman in January about her favorite fashion-y things, and nearly nine months later our girl is BACK—this time with the release of her latest music video "Bitter Rivals" (and album of the same name). Eeeee! We caught up with her firsthand to get all deets behind her killer ensembles because, you guys, she looks AMAZING. She sports her signature straight jet black strands and bold red lips throughout the video paired with a totally badass 'tude, which we love. Her first outfit is a black zip-up corset paired with shredded UNIF cutoffs and lace biker shorts. The coolest part about this entire look, though, is that the pieces were hand-studded by her nail artist Ria Lopez—yes, the same gal who did Alexis' balls-out mani with us nearly a year and a half ago. Whew, time is flying, y'all!
For a lady who's obsessed with menswear, Ciara certainly knows how to rock a super girly look like it ain't no thang. The singer pulled out ALL the glamorous stops for her September Paper magazine cover shoot—Old Hollywood waves, bright red lips and hot pink nails. (Also, um, PLEASE peep the contouring on those cheekbones. #dead) She sported an embellished Christian Siriano mesh top over a custom black fishnet Natalie Joos shirt with high-waisted pale pink Marc Jacobs shorts and leopard print Christian Louboutin heels. To add that high-fashion edge, Ciara did the infamous "couture hunch" in a floral print chair to really pull the entire look together.
Listen, people. We know everyone can't stop talking about Miley Cyrus'
twerk sesh "We Can't Stop" performance, but we have some serious VMA style moments to discuss here. Before any of the onstage shenanigans went down, we were peeping what the celebs were wearing outside the Barclays Center--you know, on that thing called a red carpet. We saw our favorite gals sporting everything from jeans and a T-shirt to super glam statement gowns, and we loved it all. As you know, though, we MUST narrow it down to our top 10 favorites, so check out who we picked below (and be sure to comment on who you liked best!).
LADY GAGA IN PRABAL GURUNG
Lady Gaga at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Lady Gaga looked dashing in her all-black Prabal Gurung gown, and we know it's hitting us in a special place because we never, ever say the word "dashing." Honestly, we love seeing a sleek, goth-y Gaga wrapped up like a perfect little present, and for that, she makes it to the top of our list.
Sure, the 2013 VMAs may be over, but we still can't stop talking about those nails! In case you missed it, we had a STELLAR spot on the red carpet *brushes shoulders off* where we could shoot some of our favorite celeb's manis up close. While some ladies went for a super simple design (like our MTV.com red carpet host Rachel Antonoff!), others went BALLS. OUT. with some seriously decked-out tips. We have a total soft spot for girls that take their nail game to the next level, so we picked our 5 favorite designs to share with y'all! FYI: Be sure to peep the poll at the end of the post, so you can see the winning design recreated in a step-by-step tutorial right here on MTV Style. Pretty cool, eh?
Rita Ora's nails at the 2013 Video Music Awards on Aug. 25.
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Our first favorite mani comes from Ms. Rita Ora. She sported seriously chic nude stiletto tips with just a hint of rhinestones on the pointer and ring finger to match her all-crystal-everything Alexandre Vauthier gown. *picks jaw up off floor*
Rihanna at the 2013 Video Music Awards on Aug. 25 in Brooklyn, NY.
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You know, only Rihanna could roll up to the 2013 VMAs in a T-shirt and jeans and still totally kill it in the style department. RiRi skipped the red carpet (sadface times a million!), but when we spotted her inside the Barclays Center, she looked as cute as ever in her casual-cool ensemble. She sported a distressed MC Lyte graphic tee with super dark cuffed jeans, black stilettos, a decked OUT diamond choker, diamond studs, massive bauble rings, and tons of stacked bracelets. Our favorite accessory of all, though, definitely had to be the teeny cross-shaped grill she wore between her two front teeth. I mean, between the gold gun mouthpiece she sported earlier this month and the diamond grill from July, it's safe to assume that this girl is growing QUITE the collection.
All The Notorious B.I.G. stuff you'll ever need.
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The Notorious B.I.G. is Brooklyn, y'all. The late, great MC lived and breathed BK, and in honor of the 2013 VMAs being held in his hometown borough, we have to pay homage to Biggie Smalls and his roots. So, how do we do that? With clothes, duh. We scoured the internetz to find you the most decked-out Biggie duds so you can show off your Brooklyn pride in style. First up, we have a graphic stars and stripes sweater ($65) complete with a double dose of Biggie (in a Coogi sweater, no less!). This is a surefire way to let the world know you rep for the King of New York—in the coolest way possible.
Lady Gaga in a full leather jumpsuit in NYC on Aug. 20.
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Hold on, y'all—just yesterday we obsessed over Lady Gaga's insanely on-point '80s steez, but she ALREADY swapped out her sleek, short 'do for voluminous golden curls and a futuristic head-to-toe leather jumpsuit. If it wasn't obvious already, Mother Monster is the master of transformation, and to be totally honest, we have absolutely no idea what to expect at her 2013 VMA performance this weekend. (Well, except for pure and total awesomeness #duh). She was spotted in NYC yesterday sporting a skin-tight leather number, and we have to admit she looked HOT—and we mean that literally. It's pushing 90 degrees right now in the Big Apple, and we have to give her may-juh props for pulling off a turtleneck and pants look without letting a single bead of sweat drip from her face. *golf clap*
Grimes and Rachel Antonoff will be the MTV.com Video Music Awards red carpet hosts!
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Breaking news: MTV Style is so excited to announce that Grimes (Claire Boucher) and Rachel Antonoff will host the 2013 Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report for MTV.com on Aug. 25. AHHHH. That's right—this year we're bringing you double the awesomeness with two hosts instead of one because, well, we go hard in Brooklyn, y'all. You may know Grimes for her ethereal vocals, but we also know her as a style icon who has landed numerous fashion mag covers and even launched a clothing collab with Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane. Teaming up with Claire will be Rachel—an effortlessly cool New York-based designer who is also just an all-around amazing and hilarious gal. We fell in love with her during our House of Style episode where she and bestie Mae Whitman picked out their favorite dresses and dished on how they first bonded over flatulence. (Seriously.) "I couldn't be more excited to be co-hosting this and so excited to be doing it with Grimes, she is the coolest! I'm thinking of wearing a long floral skirt with matching bra top but we need to secure the closure first so people don't get a big (tiny) show." Man, this is gonna be good.
Lady Gaga in NYC on Aug. 19.
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We'll admit we've been going a little cray-cray for Lady Gaga these past couple weeks, but between her fashion-heavy "Applause" music video, INSANE V Magazine covers, and glorious, avant-garde face paint, it's hard to not be obsessed with Mother Monster as of late. (Also, did we mention that she's opening the 2013 VMAs this weekend? #dead) Most recently, though, we spotted Gaga out and about in NYC dressing like an '80s bombshell, and we NEED to discuss.
Haley Webb as Julia Baccari, the Darach.
Oh. My. Gah. Teen Wolf is officially over (for now!), and we can barely wrap our minds around what just happened. We will say this much, though—the Darach's dress was out of control. I mean, a leather corset GOWN? On Teen Wolf? #dead Usually we stick to Scott, Allison, Stiles and Lydia's on-point outfits, but this week we got an extra special insight into the finale ensemble. Teen Wolf costume designer Barbara Vazquez told us ALL about how this specialty outfit came to be and what the (month long!) process behind creating such an intricate piece of clothing involved. "[Creator] Jeff [Davis] came in and said he had this idea and he started sketching. We tweaked it a little bit and agreed on it, and finally, came up with the finished product." Ooooh! But how was was it made?!