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Sustainable prom looks from The Reformation.
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Despite all the talk of sustainability and environmental consciousness in the fashion industry these days, it can still be hard to find a prom dress that looks amazing but isn't hurting the earth in the process. Not only are a lot of clothes produced using processes and materials that aren't all that good for the environment, the people producing them, or ultimately the girl wearing them, a lot of clothing is produced in such enormous quantities that a certain amount of waste is inevitable. Don't think that means you have to wear hemp to your prom, though. While one of the biggest trends in socially-conscious formal wear are dresses made of cotton alternatives, that is by no means the only option (although there are also some really rad hemp dresses out there, just saying).

BUY DRESSES MADE OF RECYCLED FABRICS

The first is, of course, to buy a sustainably-produced gown. There are some designers making incredible dresses in an environmentally conscious way, most notably New York City's The Reformation, which uses over 80% reclaimed materials to make some of the most eye-catching dresses and rompers around. We're big fans of the whimsically printed Ladybug Dress ($298); the long sleeved, slit backed Gulf romper ($218); and the sweet and effortless red teepee dress ($188). You may ALSO remember that our Editor-At-Large Mary H.K. Choi wore a romper from the brand to this year's Grammy Awards. See y'all, red carpet tested, prom approved.

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Carrie Underwood's three Academy Of Country Music Awards looks.
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You might not realize it, but here at MTV Style we can get a little bit country. We like to think of ourselves as open-minded, but it doesn't even take an open mind to get down with some of our favorite Nashville ladies. Arguably two of the reigning queens of country, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, took to last night's 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet AND stage in multiple looks that have us swooning. Both women brought it consistently throughout the night, but we have to talk about Carrie first because not only did she do red carpet to stage style like a pro, but she changed her performance look TWICE throughout the night. Starting out the evening in a floral photo printed Naeem Khan gown and a flippy updo, Underwood was a picture of spring. The dress, which featured a sweetheart neckline, A-line silhouette and contrast black sash, also had an epic blown-up tulip print. A daring choice on a carpet which was otherwise relatively tame, and we're wholly in support of it.

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Before we say anything else, we need to tell you about something SUPER exciting happening TONIGHT. Jessie Ware, the British crooner responsible for such songs as "Wildest Moments" and "Sweet Talk," is playing MTV's Artist to Watch Live in New York City, and you can watch it via livestream right here on MTV.com at 9 PM EST. It's going to be great, and you're going to absolutely fall in love with Jessie, if you haven't already, that is. We've been head over heels for her soulful sound AND her signature style ever since we first came across her calling her a rising style star last month for her love of crop tops and wearing pants on the red carpet. We're beyond excited for you to get a chance to get to know her too, which is why we sat her down and had a quick chat about some of her favorite style items, where she gets them, and who she's sweating sartorially.

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Breathe, everyone. Get ready. There are A LOT of things we need to talk about with regards to the latest trailer for The Great Gatsby so we want you to be prepared. Baz Lurmann's epic adaptation of the great American novel is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and with its release date rapidly approaching (May 10th, so soon so soon) our excitement is heading into fever pitch territory. We've already learned that the men in the film--none other than the great Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton—will be outfitted by Brooks Brothers, and that the ladies, most importantly Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan, will be dressed by Miuccia Prada. Vogue got their hands on some exclusive sketches of the Prada looks, so naturally we had our eyes peeled for them when the brand new trailer dropped yesterday. Besides featuring a snippet of Beyonce's cover of "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse, the trailer also has new songs from Lana Del Rey and Florence And The Machine, but the INCREDIBLE soundtrack isn't what we're here to discuss, is it? No, we're here to discuss the AMAZING DRESSES on Carey Mulligan. Deep breaths, it's going to be ok. The trailer features more than SEVEN looks, and those are just the ones we can get a good look at.

A look from The Great Gatsby.
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We already know that The Great Gatsby is all about opulence, with the title character's quest for a magical life at the forefront of the narrative, and Mulligan's costumes reflect that desire in their exquisite details and luxurious fabrication. Her first look in the trailer isn't one that we recognize from the Prada sketches, but it could very possibly be one of Miuccia's creations. Dusty purple lace covers Mulligan like a springtime spiderweb, and wisps of fabric bloom from her shoulders like flower petals. While the dress is only visible from the waist up, a blue sash is visible. We're incredibly curious as to the cut of the rest of the dress, and unfortunately the trailer only affords us that one look.

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Demi Lovato without makeup (and no, we didn't photoshop this AT ALL).
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Holy smokes, Demi Lovato. Ok we're not surprised, but Demi posted a photo of herself bare faced and presumably fresh out of bed this morning and she looks flawless. In a campaign she launched on Twitter this morning, the singer is encouraging her fans to go makeup and Instagram filter free today to show off their natural beauty, and to show them just how committed she is to supporting her Lovatics, she naturally took the plunge first. We want the number of Demi's dermatologist, because it's clear that she takes immaculate care of her skin. While it's too late for us--we already put on our makeup this morning, we LOVE that Demi is encouraging her fans to appreciate and share their natural beauty. It really is sad that a photo of a star without their face on, as they say, is even newsworthy, but these days it really is. And don't let that make you think we don't love makeup, we do, and we love playing around with it and trying new looks, but we also wish there was more room for women to just be themselves.

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Hey Miley, where'd you get that jacket?
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You didn't ask, but in case you're wondering what we dream about, there are a few things, and only one of them is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Another thing we definitely fantasize about is an app that would make it easier to identify the provenance of people's clothing. Can you imagine? You could be walking down the street, see the perfect whatever that you've been looking all over for walking by, and just creepily hold your phone up to the person and instantly have all the information about where their perfect whatever came from. Yeah, so, that might be awkward, but it would also be SO RAD (and totally easy for people who regularly take creepshots/secretly photograph dogs in sweaters on the train). We've become totally addicted to song recognition app Shazam for when we're out at a party and hear an amazing song we've never heard, and the possibility of being able to apply it to other facets of our lives sounds, frankly, too good to be true. Welp, we've got good judgement, because that whole fantasy? It's just that, but the upside is that the technology necessary to make it a reality MIGHT not be so far in the future.

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The countdown to prom is ON. Yesterday we hooked you up with some amazing dresses that can be yours for under $150, and today we're upping the ante just a little bit more. While it TOTALLY doesn't matter how much you spend on your dress, just the way that you wear it, prom is a big deal and sometimes you want to be a little spendier. There are TONS of low priced options that will have you snatching prom queen crowns all over town, but we also found some breathtaking options between $150 and $350 that will guarantee you're the belle of the ball. From totally trendy to completely classic, the 10 dresses we're going to show you have a little something for everyone.

BEAUTIFUL BEADING

Photo: ASOS/Bloomingdales/Nordstrom

When searching for dress inspiration, we love to think back to some of our favorite historical eras. Now, we're not encouraging dressing up in a costume, but if you don't have the option to hunt for the perfect vintage piece, looking for more modern frocks in old timey cuts or styles can be a great way to get the look you're longing for. One of our favorite eras to pull from is the roaring 20's, when flapper style was all the rage. Sheaths, drop waists and, most essentially, beading were big in the era, and there are some great new options for you to effortlessly channel your inner Daisy Buchanan. In a classic drop waist sheath silhouette, we love ASOS' Frock and Frill Sequined Embellished Dress with Deep V Back ($244.44). For a more red carpet feel, the Adrianna Papel Beaded Gown ($260) sets our hearts aflutter. And finally, somewhere between period and modern is the Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Gown ($198)

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Courtney Love for Saint Laurent Paris.
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As far as fashion rock stars are concerned, Hedi Slimane is the top of the heap, so it's only natural that he would enlist the help of some actual rock stars for his latest Saint Laurent Paris portrait series. We already shared the first glorious image, of Marilyn Manson, with you last week, and now we have not one but THREE more images from the campaign for you to feast your eyes upon. Slimane recruited Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink to style themselves in looks from past and present collections, and the results are austere, brooding portraits that function almost as a branded extension of Slimane's ongoing Rock Diary project. Initially we thought this was Slimane's latest SLP campaign, but further info courtesy of Dazed has revealed that like with all of his endeavors the boundary pushing designer-slash-photographer isn't doing anything the traditional way.

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We don't know about you, but between bouts of spring fever, we're having a little bit of a crisis. We got so used to our boots and our all black ensembles this winter that now we don't know what to wear! While it's tempting to throw all of our chilly weather staples out the window and jump head first into floral dresses, bare legs, and denim shorts (mmm, summer), we have to admit that it's not THAT warm yet, and some serious in-between dressing is called for. These, friends, are the times that separate the women from the girls, as they say. Good transitional dressing is truly an art form, and it is not to be discounted. It's also not nearly as challenging as we all think once you have your anchor pieces locked down, and one of those is without a doubt a solid pair of flats. Ballet flats, loafers, sneaks, all will do, but right now what we're really falling for are playful oxfords. Whether floral, neon, holographic or just plain BRIGHT, the classic lace ups add that springtime je ne sais quoi to all of our outfits, and serve as a bit of a buffer when we're not sure what jacket to wear, whether it's warm enough for that microfloral dress, or...well, you get the idea. Lucky for us oxfords are trending in a major way, so there are tons of options to choose from!

FLORAL OXFORDS

It may not quite be time for those floral dresses, but oxfords are the next best thing.
Photo: Clockwise from Left: Forever 21/Urban Outfitters/Shopbop/ASOS/ALDO/Urban Outfitters

Probably the simplest way to make your wardrobe pop without having to do a whole spring overhaul is with a pair of bright floral oxfords. Luckily, there are a ton of options out there, spanning an enormous variety of price points. Some of our faves are Forever 21's Floral Oxfords ($26.50), Dr. Martens Floral 3-eye oxford ($120.00), Splendid Nickerie Oxfords ($78.00), ASOS Mastermind Flatforms ($46.55), Aldo Foliroli in Natural Print ($40.00), and Kimchi Blue embroidered eyelet oxford ($49.00).

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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