A still from Rihanna's "Stay" Video.
Photo: Island Def Jam/Vevo
There's been much ado made about how unbelievably beautiful Rihanna is. Having seen her in person myself, I can attest to the fact that nobody is exaggerating—Rihanna is insanely gorgeous. It seems to radiate out of her in that way that seems to be particular to the very, very famous, and it stops your mind a little bit. One of the main reasons for this, though, is that Rihanna doesn't need to rely on a lot of makeup pyrotechnics to make her look extraordinary—she's got everything she needs already. In her new video for "Stay," Rihanna goes sans makeup, proving to the entire world what we already knew, which is that any bells and whistles a makeup artist adds to that face are really just that. While going minimal makeup is hardly news, going NO makeup in HD is keeping things really real. HD cameras are not forgiving, ya'll. Rihanna still, of course, looks amazing, and now women all over the world know that she has pores. Can you believe that? RIHANNA HAS PORES?! *Slaps palm to forehead because society is sad* Her bare face isn't the only thing that's naked in the video though. Rihanna is in the bath throughout the clip, and you can get a good look at almost all of her shoes through water. A little scandalous, yes, but more beautiful than anything. The "Stay" video is stark, and beautiful, and as emotional as the song, which is one of our favorites off of Unapologetic. Although we love the epic "We Found Love" video, we have to say it's nice to see Rihanna harnessing the emotional weight of this song. Watch the full video after the jump!
Betsey Johnson leading her models in their workout.
Last New York Fashion Week, we celebrated Betsey Johnson's 70th birthday with a retrospective show, and it was MAJOR. This year, however, the cartwheel queen took a totally different approach, debuting her new dress line with what a pre-show press release promised would be a classic runway show with a secret theme. As the lights dimmed and the music came up on the backlit pink runway, with the mysterious "BJ Kicks A" emblazoned at the end of it, we still had no idea what was about to go down. However, an announcer came over the speakers and told us that we would be seeing the debut of Betsey Johnson's new aerobics program AND her workout line. The aforementioned press release ALSO said that Johnson's bags, shoes, and jewelry would be worn, so with this new development we knew we were in for a doozy of a show. As the models began walking down the runway, they mimed talking onto cell phones, doing flirty kicks and winks, and generally being a-dor-able and entirely unlike the dour super serious runway gaze we're used to. The clothes themselves were a mix of workout gear, party dresses, and accessories, all styled together in a wild explosion of colors and layers. If you're trying to imagine all of those things put together, just picture a bright blue tracksuit and hot pink sneaks topped with a faux fur white tie-necked shrug. Honestly, though, it wasn't the new collection that really had everyone talking after the show, it was the very Betsey antics that ensued.
Can you believe Karlie Kloss? The woman is an alien, being able to go straight from the Grammys to LAX and open a show at New York Fashion Week all in the span of 24 hours. We're really in awe. We're also in awe of Editor-at-large Mary H.K. Choi, who woke up at the crack of dawn yesterday to bring us all of the Grammys red carpet action, from her Reformation romper, to Karlie's glam-squad routine, to all of the night's crazy looks. Whew. All in the name of fashion, though, right? And boy, did the red carpet ever deliver on that front. From 2 Chainz's Versace cape, which Choi said was "classic to the point of medieval," to Rihanna's classic, old Hollywood glam red gown that Kloss said "made her blend into the carpet" (in a good way) and Florence Welch's custom Givenchy which VH1 host Carrie Keagan said was "channeling her inner dragon," there was so much on the carpet to talk about, we knew we had to pull all of our hosts together to rehash it all. Watch the full recap right here!
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Florence Welch is always on her fashion grind, so we knew she would wear something eye catching on the 2013 Grammys red carpet. We were NOT, however, expecting what we got, which was a custom Givenchy gown that was downright reptilian. With deep emerald green sequins and, yes, spikes covering the shoulders and neckline, the dress goes amazingly with Flo's signature red hair, but also has that little bit of quirkiness that we love from her. Our red carpet correspondent Karlie Kloss caught up with Florence on the carpet to talk the dress, the nails, and the beauty.
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Looks from Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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We really could have used Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 collection today. The weather outside was, as they say, frightful, but just looking at the luxurious furs, gorgeous leather, and cozy-yet-elegant layering on Wang's t-shaped runway made us feel a little warmer. Outfitting each of his models with a rich auburn ponytail, Wang's show seemed to be all about warmth, and it's not just because of the weather in New York right now. Combining a very sophisticated, urbane silhouette, with architectural collars on coats, graceful folds in everything from skin to wool, with unexpected touches like dark aubergine or silver fur, this was not your usual collection. Perhaps trying to send a message about his upcoming Balenciaga debut, Wang presented a confident collection that immediately had both the Twitterverse and the fashion world talking. There were a number of truly unexpected pieces in the collection, the most striking being Wang's opera-length gorilla mittens. Part boxing glove part king kong's paw, the dramatic gloves also come in a shorter, very high fashion rocky, silhouette. While definitely not suited to everyday wear, the gloves create an animalistic feeling, rendering the models both ready to fight and somewhat immobilized. Wang also took an interesting take on one of fashion's most hated shoe shapes: the mule. The fashion nightmare of many an editor (Carine Roitfeld has declared that she would never wear them), the mule is one of the least popular shoes. They appear, though, to be having a comeback, making appearances both that Alexander Wang and at Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony today.
Bleached performing "Think Of You" at the Chloë Sevigny For Opening Ceremony Autumn/Winter 2013 Presentation.
The last time I was at St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery, it was to see some of the most legendary poets of the last century read the work of the late New York School poet Ted Berrigan. From Alice Notley to Jim Carroll (you may remember Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Carroll in The Basketball Diaries), some of the greatest New York Poets of the last 50 years were there. What I'm trying to say is, St. Mark's Church has some serious history, which is why the fact that Chloë Sevigny chose to have her Opening Ceremony autumn/winter 2013 presentation there today is so significant. One of the city's most famous children, Chloë Sevigny is an East Village girl to the last, and choosing to have her presentation on the same hallowed ground where Patti Smith first performed is a statement that she understands and is contributing to her city's history. That she also cast her presentation with some of the most influential female musicians alive today also speaks to her desire to do something unlike the usual runway show + live band scenario that we're used to seeing at New York Fashion Week. Kim Gordon, playing with DNA's Ikue Mori, played alongside newcomers Bleached, an all-girl California valley girl surf rock band; Lizzi Bougatsos' I.U.D., a two-girl drum project; Lissy Trullie's band, Thinner; and Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess playing with Rafael Radna. When i first heard about this musicians-as-models-as-performers concept, I was really excited to see how Sevigny was planning to pull it off, and I was not expecting what she came up with. The bands were arranged around the church on five stages, and played in a round robin style in the shape of a pentagram, at least according to Bleached lead singer and guitarist Jennifer Clavin, who we chatted with after the presentation. The theme of rebellion permeated the collection in both nuanced and overt ways, the most obvious of marker of which were the signs that two models on each of the stages were holding up. Clavin explained that each band had been given the signs the day before and were asked to decorate them. The result was a mixture of band names, song titles, and obscene non sequiturs encircling the room, lending the whole undertaking a slightly bent vibe. The collection, on the other hand, is straight forward and wearable, with 60's and 70's silhouettes that looked right at home on the go-go dancing models in the middle of the room, but would also look completely right on a regular, albeit fashionable, girl walking down and East Village street.
Lady Gaga at the Grammys in 2011, Nicki Minaj at the Grammys in 2012.
The Grammys is celebrating its 55th birthday this Sunday, can you believe it? While they might not yet be eligible for a senior citizens discount and probably aren't getting the AARP magazine yet, 55 years is a loooooong time. Both music and fashion have undergone major transformations since their early years, and the last decade has seen a major shift in on-the-carpet styles. With fearless pop stars like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj not only taking risks with their looks but also collaborating with major designers to do so, the carpet has not only become a place to see what everyone is wearing--it's also become another venue for expression and performance. Of course when I say all this I'm mostly thinking about Lady Gaga's great entrance to the Grammys in 2011, when she was carried down the carpet concealed inside of a giant egg, which she then proceeded to hatch from on stage to perform her song "Born This Way." Gaga's not the only one to elicit some gasps on the carpet, however. Since she was first on the scene we've known Nicki Minaj one to watch for on the carpet, but at last year's look surprised even us. She strolled onto the Grammy carpet draped in a red, vaguely religious looking Versace cloak, with one of the most outrageous accessories in the history of any awards show, ever: a bishop, or cardinal, or other be-robed man of the cloth. With those two iconic, unforgettable moves in our recent red carpet past, it's hard not to wonder who is going to try and top it in 2013. Will it be Rihanna, who is more known for her Grammy memo-violating tailoring than anything else, or Katy Perry, who has worn her share of crazy hats and wacky outfits to other awards shows in the past, but has tended to keep it elegant, not edgy, for the Grammys?
House of Style host Karlie Kloss
How excited are you for the Grammys on Sunday? Between performances from some of our favorite artists, like Rihanna and Frank Ocean, to seeing our favorite pop stars decked out in their finest on the red carpet, the biggest night in music can't come fast enough. There's another reason we're excited though, and we've been wanting to tell you guys soooo bad. Karlie Kloss, model and House of Style host extraordinaire, will be coming to us LIVE from the Grammys red carpet as part of MTV's pre-show livestream. That's right! Karlie will be interviewing celebs, talking fashion, and also giving us some sneak peeks into her own Grammy red carpet experience. Karlie will be live from the carpet on MTV.com from 6 PM - 8 PM eastern time, along with MTV News' Sway Calloway and James Montgomery, and Big Morning Buzz Live's Carrie Keagan and VH1's Top 20 Countdown's Jim Shearer. For more info on all of the Grammy madness, head to MTV News. We'll be bringing you behind the scenes updates from Karlie and all the Grammy awesomeness right here at MTV Style!
Rihanna rocking killer under curvature of the breast in Armani at the 2012 Grammys.
Here at MTV Style, we subscribe to the to each her own, flaunt what you've got school of thought when it comes to style choices. Not so fond of said philosophy, however, is CBS, the network that will be broadcasting the 55th Annual Grammy Awards live on the east coast this Sunday. In an email with the subject line "55th GRAMMYS: Standard and Practice Wardrobe Advisory" that has been making the rounds on the internet today (first reported via Deadline), someone, who we're going to venture to guess is probably a dude, laid out some ground rules affecting what our favorite ladies can wear on Sunday night. The email reminds us of a puritanical high school dress code, with the assertion that artists and their stylists, and we quote, "please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered," among other things being, frankly, pretty hilarious. To elaborate on what they mean by "adequately," the memo goes on to say that "bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic." Does anyone else feel like they're listening to their principal give a lecture before a high school dance? *Cue Peanuts gang Wah-Wah grownup voice* Also "problematic" are "thong type costumes" and the "bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack." Once you're done chuckling at the phrase "buttock crack," stand beside us in solidarity for side-boob. Speaking of, what exactly are "female breast nipples," as in, "Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples." I mean, duh, we know, but like, do females have other kinds of nipples that we're not aware of (also shudder at the word "females")? Are male breast nipples allowed? Heaven forbid the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Sisqo can't let their shirtless freak flags fly (ok so maybe the dudes being shirtless trend is a little over). And one more thing, when CBS says "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure," what exactly is that? That's one of those things where we think we get it but aren't totally sure and we just have to shake our heads. We're tempted to stand up on our soap box with a megaphone and start yelling now. Leave our "female breast nipples" alone! Rihanna, Katy Perry, don't lose sight of who you are. Viva side-boob!
Oh wait ONE more egregious affront to freedom that we just have to mention: "The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory," which means, no pink breast cancer ribbons, red AIDS ribbons, or American flags on your lapel? Is this all just a set up to get the rebels of the music industry to #OccupyGrammys? It's not like we think anyone is going to take this sitting down (or butt cheeks covered, as it were), but honestly, what does THE MAN want, a pop star uprising? In memory of sartorial freedom from tyranny on the Grammy red carpet, we've put together some of the most surprisingly (and not so surprisingly) memo-violating looks from the past three years after the jump. Look at them while listening to Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" on repeat.
fergie: February 12, 2012
Chloe Sevigny, Kim Gordon and Lissy Trullie.
MTV may have changed since its early days, but we're always looking out for the music. Here at MTV Style, we're continually looking for the places where music and fashion come together, and, lucky for us, it happens fairly often. One of the brands we can always count on to make the connection is Opening Ceremony, and this New York Fashion Week, designer Chloe Sevigny is upping the brand's usual music and fashion game even further than before by casting musicians in her Autumn Winter 2013 presentation. Taking place this Saturday, the clothes will be worn by the punk legends Kim Gordon and Ikue Mori, singer Lissy Trullie, Lizzi Bougatsos of I.U.D. and Gang Gang Dance, Bleached, and Light Asylum's Shannon Funchness. It's basically all of the coolest downtown ladies getting together and trying on clothes. But wait, that's not all. This isn't just a musicians-as-models scenario: the presentation will also feature performances from each of the artists, at least according to Women's Wear Daily.