A look from Betsey Johnson's new dress collection.
Photo: Betsey Johnson
It's getting kind of hard to keep up with Betsey Johnson. Between her reality show; her wacky, aerobics-filled New York Fashion Week presentation; and her much-anticipated line of dresses, the legendary designer is a very busy lady these days. We've been anxiously awaiting the release of her dresses since we heard about it in December, and yesterday the designer finally revealed the collection's lookbook. Filled with technicolor touches (and poodles!) the whimsical frocks have all of the signature Betsey Johnson flourishes. From pin-up style halter dresses with bright crinolines peeking out from under their hemlines to a neon leopard bodycon number with a tiny little whisp of a peplum, all of the looks just scream cute. And starting at $99, they're affordable, and hey, summer season is just around the corner. They're not all party dresses, though. While all of Betsey's looks are soiree-ready, you could also definitely wear them to work, or out for a night on the town. Can you tell that we're a little obsessed? Give us an a-line with a pearl-crusted collar and we'll be happy. Paging Blair Waldorf.
Anne Hathaway in her Prada Oscars look and a dress from Valentino's s/s 2013 collection.
Who would have thought that NOT wearing a dress could cause such a stir?! Who would have thought that Anne Hathaway could be so controversial?! We never would have pegged the now-Academy-Award-winning actress as either the progenitor of a meme or as the spark for a firestorm, but that's exactly what went down at the Oscars on Sunday night. One of the preferred activities of fashion pundits is, of course, to speculate about what the biggest names on the carpet are going to wear, and Anne was thought to be a no-brainer. "She'll wear Valentino!" they all said, and moved on to the less predictable starlets. It was something of a shock, therefore, for Anne to take the red carpet not in her trusty Valentino, but in the pink Prada dress heard round the
world Twittersphere. While Anne's "les nipperables" moment may have take center stage to the designer she had chosen to wear, once the meme-frenzy died down heads began to be scratched. Anne was quoted on the red carpet mentioning over and over that she had chosen her dress mere hours before hopping in her limo and heading to the ceremony, so there was definitely an air of something a little fishy going on. We, on the other hand, are extremely familiar with the last minute quick change, as we frequently get almost all the way out the door before deciding that we have on the wrong shoes, or necklace, or, well, whole outfit! So, what's the big deal anyway? We unpack the great dress debate after the jump!
Grimes illustrated t-shirts for Saint Laurent.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of Vibe
Take a moment to breathe after reading that headline, because we know you're totally freaking out, and if not, you should be. Grimes, Canadian electro-pop sorceress and all around rad girl, is collaborating with none other than Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane on a capsule collection for the legendary French brand's menswear arm. The t-shirts feature illustrations drawn by Grimes herself and inspired by YSL's legendary 'Love' poster campaign from the 70's. They're graphic and evocative, featuring the YSL logo entwined with snakes, inside of creepy goat heads, or surrounded by planets and celestial creatures, and remind us a lot of Grimes' music, which is mystical and dark but also modern and completely accessible to a wide audience. The 5 piece collection will be released next month alongside the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 collection. You can see all of the tees, and read an interview with Grimes, from Vibe.
Quvenzhané Wallis and a selection of puppy purses.
Photo: Getty/Poochie & Co.
If you grew up in the 90's like some of us here at MTV Style did, you probably looked at Quvenzhané Wallis' puppy purse and were like been there, done that. Back in the late 90's animal backpacks blew up, and *digging out my barely hidden valley girl accent* oh-my-god-everybody-had-one. Personally, I rocked a plush backpack in the shape of a cow. It ruled, and fit all of my gel pens perfectly. Ravers also really liked animal backpacks, usually in neon, and that carried all the way into the early 2000's. Important history, y'all. Looks like the animal bag trend is well on its way once again, as Poochie & Co., the company behind Little Q's adorable canine carry-alls, is reporting (via TMZ) epic sales spikes since their custom "Sammy" yorkie purse appeared on the Best Actress nominee's arm at the Oscars this weekend. You can get Q.'s exact purses at tons of retailers like KMart, Marshalls, and Ross, among many others, and you can take a peek at some of their selections, including quite a few of the same purses Q herself has worn, here. Those of us who are a little *ahem* old to be carrying around a stuffed animal, though, aren't left out of the trend, either. We show you some high fashion options to get your puppy purse fix after the jump!
A still from Haim's "Falling" music video.
Photo: Polydor Records
You know what they say, there's just something about California girls. Maybe it's their free spirits or just the fact that they aren't as vitamin D deficient as us cranky goths here on the east coast, but lemme tell you, it's something. Los Angeles sister-band Haim have whatever that California lady magic is in spades, and their latest video, for synth pop stunner "Falling," makes that abundantly clear. Set in LA's Angelus mountains, the video shows the three sisters (in descending age and height order: Este, Danielle, and Alana who is also known as 'Baby Haim') arriving in the forest only to shed their more prim selves in exchange for living off the land and dancing ecstatically in the firelight. Transforming from wide-eyed explorers in vintage collegiate garb (high waisted skater skirts, buttoned-up blouses a la The Virgin Suicides) into wild girls fishing with their bare hands in cut off shorts, crop tops, and printed ponchos, Haim manage to capture all of the dynamism and magic of their live show in the clip, combining the arresting visuals with the emotional, driving tempo of the song. There's also dancing, and a lot of it. We were so into the clothes in the video, which range from vintage to local LA designers, and fit both the narrative and the girls' personal styles perfectly, that we knew we had to have a chat with Los Angeles stylist Sophia DeArborne to go a little deeper.
The Oscars are the biggest night in movies, to be sure, but they're also definitely one of the biggest nights in fashion as well! Who doesn't love seeing their favorite movie stars on the top of their game, both professionally and sartorially?! We absolutely do. We had two of MTV's style experts, MTV News' Christina Garibaldi and MTV Style Editor-At-Large Mary HK Choi weigh in on their favorite moments on last night's red carpet, from Jennifer Lawrence's romantic Dior gown to Anne Hathaway's Prada wardrobe malfunction. Were the best accessories on the carpet K.Stew's crutch (and accompanying crutch holding secret agent) and Quvenzhané Wallis' puppy purse? Watch the video below to find out all that and more!
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We're a little woozy from all of the Oscars excitement last night, and we didn't even go, let alone win a coveted statue, so we can hardly even imagine how our award winning actresses are feeling today. Probably a little more than woozy, but we're sure they're also elated. Bravo, ladies! But we're not just applauding their achievements, we're also applauding their sartorial success. Not only did all of these women make it onto our 10 Best Dressed List, but they also managed to wear not one but TWO amazing dresses, by changing before the Vanity Fair party that night. Ok so maybe Anne Hathaway wins the big prize because she actually wore THREE dresses last night, but we're not splitting hairs here. When was the last time we got to wear an incredible designer gown, you ask? Yeah...we're not gonna answer that.
ANNE HATHAWAY IN PRADA, ARMANI, & CUSTOM SAINT LAURENT
Anne Hathaway on the Oscars carpet, on stage, and at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party.
It was really hard to decide who would lead this post, but with three Oscars looks, Anne Hathaway had a clear advantage. She started the night in a now-infamous pink Prada gown, which had her, shall we say, standing out in the crowd a little more than perhaps she would have intended? Sorry, we had to. But really, we think it was a combination of the dress' darts and the chilly LA air that was the cause for Anne Hathaway nipplegate, and that really, all press is good press right? And who doesn't want to join Angie's leg in infamy? For her second look of the night, Anne took to the Oscars stage in a draped, glittering Armani gown to perform a medley of songs from Les Miserables along with the rest of the cast. The dress features tiered cream fabric with glinting royal blue gems on the neck and hemlines, and, while it keeps to the empire waisted silhouette that Anne is fond of, it's a much more relaxed look than the structured Prada. For her final look of the night, Anne stepped out in custom powder blue Saint Laurent at the Vanity Fair party. She is understandably beaming with her well-deserved statue, and she herself is statuesque in the wholly unstructured column gown with a densely beaded neckline.
A round of applause for the gentlemen of Hollywood, everyone! The Oscars red carpet is all about the dresses, so much so that sometimes our swoon-worthy leading men get left in the dust just a little bit. Is there anything better than a man in a suit though? I mean yeah, looking at beautiful gowns fills our little hearts with joy, but there's another part of our hearts reserved solely for a dashing gentleman in a crisp bow tie. I mean right? Some of MTV Style's biggest crushes were out on the carpet tonight, and it was hard to focus on picking our our ladies' top looks while we were busy writing our initials inside of hearts with theirs on our notebooks *throws "MD hearts JGL"-covered notebook under desk*. But seriously, you might think all suits are created equal, but pairing the right cut and fit with the man is super important and not actually that easy. Behold! Our favorite gentlemen of the 2013 Oscars!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the 2013 Oscars.
I'm kind of a creep about Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He has such kind eyes. And he seems so funny and nice. But this isn't about that, this is about his TUXEDO! The Lincoln actor went super classic for his turn down the red carpet, in a black tux with a classic bow tie and white shirt with contrasting black buttons. Joseph also accessorized his look with his signature red button, which is for his organization HitRecord. All pretty cute right? You have no idea how cute it gets. The actor revealed that he didn't actually tie his own bow tie, but co-star Sally Field did it for him in the car on their way to the awards! It doesn't get much better than that, guys, it really doesn't. With just the right pleat in his pants, structure in his jacket and shine on his shoes, we have to say JGL is killing the suit game, and our hearts at the same time.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior at the 2013 Oscars.
THIS JUST IN: Jennifer Lawrence rounded out her epic awards season by wearing a blush pink Dior Haute Couture gown on the 2013 Oscars red carpet. It's not a big surprise that J. Law would wear the designer on the carpet, as she previously perfected her french pronunciation of "haute" on the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards carpets, but Jennifer threw us a curve ball last night in an angular Lanvin spring/summer 2013 dress at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, as well as in Rouland Mouret at the Vanity Fair pre-Oscars party, so we kind of thought she might break from her Dior ball gown tendencies. We have to say, we're glad she didn't. Of the three Dior gowns we've seen her in, this one, with its dramatic fishtail shape and voluminous train, is our favorite. Jennifer looks stunning in pale pink, and the epic silhouette just screams Oscars. This dress is really all about texture as well, with an all-over leaf pattern on the fabric almost making it look wrinkled.
Jennifer Lawrence in Lanvin at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
We dare you to find us a gown that doesn't look incredible on Jennifer Lawrence. One of the things we love most about Jennifer is that she isn't afraid to experiment on the carpet, and doesn't just stick to one cut or color. Be it a classic old Hollywood style gown, something sleek and sexy, or a dress so directional it has some people's eyebrows up to their hairlines, Jennifer Lawrence has probably tried it out at least once, and we're willing to bet money that she looked amazing when she did. We're BEYOND excited to see what she's going to wear to the Oscars tomorrow night, and even more so because she looks INCREDIBLE in Lanvin at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. We love that Jennifer has been working a lot of very classic looks this awards season, from her coral, strapless Dior Haute Couture at the Golden Globes to the navy sheath (also Dior) she wore to this year's Screen Actor's Guild Awards, but we're beginning to think she's changed her sartorial tack. A sleek black Spring/Summer 2013 gown with cut-outs at the waist, an angular hemline and a silver halter-style collar, Jennifer's Indie Spirits look is anything but basic. Between today's Lanvin and the black and white, architectural Rouland Mouret dress that she wore to Vanity Fair's Campaign Hollywood Pre-Oscars party, Jennifer seems to be moving away from that classic hollywood glam and taking a more modern approach to the carpet. Will she continue in the same vein tomorrow night or will we see her back in classic Dior Couture? We're giddy with anticipation.