One of Laura Willis' expertly styled costumes for Target.
If you're a vintage fashion fiend and have ever visited New York City, there's a good chance one of your first stops was Screaming Mimi's in NoHo. The eclectic village boutique offers expertly curated vintage wares making it one of those stores that you enter and leave three hours late in a euphoric fashion daze. And that's just for most of the year. If you're planning a trip to Screaming Mimi's, as the name might suggest, the best time to go is around Halloween. The shop's owner, Laura Willis, is the queen of Halloween, and decks out the bright exterior of her shop with heart-stoppingly elaborate window displays that would put the winner of any costume contest to shame. It's only natural, therefore, that when Target was looking to add a little stylish flair to their Halloween lookbook they would enlist Willis, and that she, in turn, would create amazing, totally prize-worthy costumes from just what the store already had in their stock.
Lena Dunham in ASOS Magazine.
Anyone who is acting like it's any big surprise that Lena Dunham gives great face in the latest edition of ASOS magazine is just plain silly, because we've known she was basically the coolest for a while now. The 26 year old renaissance woman (I mean, writer/director/actress kind of qualifies, right? Or maybe triple threat would be more appropriate?) has taken the world by storm this year with her HBO smash Girls, which we usually love but sometimes hate because it's a liiiiittle too close to our own lives in New York (but we still love it, even then). But all that aside, Lena looks super cute running around the streets of Brooklyn in a-line skirts, adorable embellished collars, acid washed denim, and saddle shoes. It's basically a fall trend feast, brought to you by ASOS. Before we max out our credit cards getting ourselves suited up to reenact the shoot (where can one get balloons shaped like dogs wearing bandanas?), we just wanted to squeal over this spread a little more. Check out more photos after the jump, and see what Lena has to say about her own fashion sense.
First, can we just say we wish every online shopping experience included GIFs. Not only are they super fun, but they also show the clothes in action, which is super important and basically the thing that's missing when shopping online. Well, Liz Lee knows our pain, which is why she has given MTV Style exclusive gifs from her shoot for her eBay store (launched today!) The.Grays. She's selling everything from limited edition Black Milk bathing suits and leggings, vintage starter jackets (GET AT US), Jeffrey Campbells, vintage boots and denim, and TONS more. She will be adding items throughout the day, so keep checking back as more and more awesomeness goes up. Need even more incentive? A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Lee's grandfather Ron Trego. Sick new duds and good deeds? Co-Sign. See more exclusive gifs and hear more about the sale after the jump!
Kiernan Shipka and Hailee Steinfeld channeling Peter Pan with their collars at Teen Vogue's Young Holywood party.
Let us tell you: we've seen the future of Hollywood, and it's bright. Not to say that there aren't some promising young actresses in the older half of the "young Hollywood designation," but we sincerely think that there are a few 16 and unders who are poised to give even older actresses a run for their money. Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka and True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld are two of the most exciting young whippersnappers making their mark on movies and TV these days. Add to their jaw dropping acting chops the fact that both these young ladies are also budding fashion plates and what you have is a recipe for MTV Style to plant ourselves firmly in their corners, forever. Hailee is the face of Miu Miu and took a turn as a fashion correspondent for Teen Vogue at this year's New York Fashion Week. Kiernan is quickly becoming a red carpet favorite and showed off her formidable closet to Harper's Bazaar earlier this year. With a combined age of less that 30--Kiernan is 12, Hailee 14--these two young a-listers are undeniable. At Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood party, they embodied yet another of the traits that we love about them: while both are sophisticated and meticulous dressers, they always wear age appropriate, fun dresses, experimenting with trends and high fashion while still sticking firmly in the realm of (really fancy) kid-dom. On last night's red carpet, both girls wore Peter Pan collars, one of our favorite trends for fall. Kiernan went the traditional route, with a collared cocktail dress, while Hailee Steinfeld decided to switch up the trend in a detachable metal collar. Will we be able to decide who wore it better? See for yourself after the jump.
Michael Jackson rehearsing for the 1995 MTV VMAs.
In Michael Jackson's groundbreaking video for "Black Or White" he used a technology known as "morphing" to seamlessly transition from one face to another. When the video was released in 1991, this was cutting-edge film making, and that, coupled by Jackson's enormous star power, let the video to be one of the most-watched video premieres of all time. Technology has come a long was since the 90's, however, and we now have digital means to "morph" faces without having to go through all of the steps we used to. This is the technology that was used to create a new tribute to Jackson's "Bad," which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year (it was released on August 31, 1987). In the video, 1000 Michael Jackson fans of all shapes, ages, and sizes were recruited to perform the song while wearing shirts featuring Jackson. When the frames were edited together, the t-shirt Jackson dances like he did in the video, creating an effect where the fans and Jackson are almost dancing together. We love a good old classic Youtube tribute--you know the ones, photos of an artist slowly fading into one another while a song plays--but this is by far the best artist tribute we've seen so far. The video was, in fact, produced by Sony Japan, who picked through over 30,000 fans to pick the final thousand for the clip.
& Other Stories atelier will be the more luxe version of H&M.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
First of all, can we let out a collective petulant foot stomp, pout, and arm-cross for the fact that H&M is holding back online sales for the United States? We were so excited when we heard that we would be able to shop without leaving our beds/houses/desks (not that we EVER shop at work) this fall, just in time for the retailer's collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, but we've learned that, alas, our dreams of lazy consumerism have been dashed, and online retail won't be available until next year. Before we run off to get in line for the MMM collab (months early, if that's what it takes *straps on fashion sleeping bag and backpack*), we do have some good news, though. The European retailer has announced the launch of another brand, this time with a higher price point and more luxe spin than it's sister stores H&M and COS, and this time, for women only. The brand, called & Other Stories, is designed for a woman who cares deeply about fashion, and wants to meticulously create her entire look.
Sarah Jessica Parker's big reveal on Glee.
When we heard that someone would be portraying a Vogue editor on Glee, of course our mind immediately started spinning. Who could it be? What actress could possibly fill Anna Wintour's impossibly chic shoes (besides, obvs, Meryl Streep, our all time fave Anna impersonator)? Why, Sarah Jessica Parker, of course! The veteran actress, is a stranger neither to singing (she got her start on Broadway!) nor to the hallowed halls of the legendary fashion magazine. In her role as Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, Parker wrote for Vogue, and some of our favorite episodes took place there. In her episode of Glee, she plays the editor of Vogue.com, who is interviewing Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, for an internship. We have a sneaking suspicion that her portrayal is going to be pretty far off from the icy, tough editrix Meryl portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada. In fact, from the promo video below, SJP's editor seems positively, well, sweet.
Nicki Minaj posing in her lollipop bra.
It's here! That's right, you can finally get your grubby little hands on Nicki Minaj's debut fragrance, Pink Friday! To celebrate the occasion, Nicki wore a bright and sweet lollipop bra to her perfume launch event at Macy's Herald Square in New York City, making us wonder if the fragrance itself smells like candy as much as Nicki's bra looks like it (you'll find out soon, we promise). The bustier features rainbow cups, a dainty little ruffle and hard candies in the place of the traditional bow, and she paired it with a bright pink blazer, blue and white striped leggings and a pink policeman's cap. Nicki posed next to her totally insane perfume bottle, which is a miniature bust of the singer, complete with pink wig and tiny little nameplate (so. killer.). Nicki sat down with MTV News at her perfume launch to discuss Pink Friday. She goes into everything from how long she's been thinking about launching her fragrance, to the process that went into the design of the bottle. Watch the video after the jump!
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Ok so, we're pretty sure this is as close as we're going to come to seeing Taylor Swift in one of those ubiquitous (for pop stars at least) nude bodysuits. Her performance look at the iHeartRadio festival this weekend was part beauty pageant tap dance costume and part, as we said, embellished nude bodysuit, and we have to say, we're into it. She's sticking with the cute, girl next door style that we saw in her VMAs performance, but definitely kicked it up a notch for her performance in Vegas. Paired with some super current silver loafers and a bowler hat cocked just so, Taylor looked every bit the performer, but still looked like herself. Not only is this outfit just the right balance of comfort and glitz, but it's also SUPER wearable, so we set out on a mission to find versions of each item that could be worn everyday!