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Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, Drake, Migos

The 2013 Versace Family: Migos, Drake, Lady Gaga, and Donatella.
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The intersection and overlap of music and fashion is nothing new. In fact, it's the very foundation on which MTV Style exists (without it, I'm pretty sure we would implode on ourselves in a flurry of glitter, which would be pretty...but very, very sad *whimpers*). It's been an exciting year for our favorite cultural cross section, with each side informing the other countless times, from designers tapping musicians for campaigns to musicians revealing their own designs. But the phenomenon we enjoyed the MOST this year? The designer track. That is, a track inspired by a specific designer or label, usually featuring the fashion house's name in the hook.

Sure, we've seen these in previous years—Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's "Louis Vuitton" in 2011, Kanye West's "Christian Dior Denim Flow" in 2010, Jennifer Lopez's "Louboutins" in 2009, and so on—but the sheer volume of songs dedicated to fashion darlings in a year amplified by the earworm "and we'll never be roooooyaaaaals" is SUPER interesting and worth a closer look.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has been repping the Chicago Bulls for years.
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I've gotta get something off my chest: I was a little scandalized by Miley Cyrus' Chicago Bulls ensemble for Mike Will Made It's "23" music video. No, not because she was basically wearing underwear with high heels or a pair of bike shorts with a trompe l'oeil thong. Not even because of that microscopic Chanel bag! (But while we're on it, WTF can even fit in there??) Nope. Miles got me with that chopped and screwed Michael Jordan #23 jersey. I get goosebumps picturing a pair of scissors hitting that mesh. Does she know what she's doing?! I mean, what would MJ say??

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" music video.
Photo: Jive Records/GIF: Jenny Shafei

...Baby One More Time was the very first CD I picked out and purchased on my own, which positions me at the epicenter of a generation of young girls who looked to Britney Spears as a beacon of ~cool~ in their formative adolescent years. Before Baby, I latched on to the Spice Girls, but something about their over-the-top packaging and nicknames (and maybe also accents) kept them at arm's length—kind of like an IRL version of Jem and the Holograms. But then, Britney broke out with her video for "...Baby One More Time," and you could almost feel the reverberation of jaws dropping from coast to coast. The song alone was an instant pop classic, but coupled with her sexy schoolgirl steez, Britney's debut all but held you by the collar and screamed at you to take notice.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" music video.
Photo: Jive Records/GIF: Jenny Shafei

Truth be told, I may have been too young at the time to fully comprehend the sensational Lolita vibes in this video—all I saw was a girl singing in a school that looked like mine, hanging with a basketball, and showing a lot of stomach. (Sadly, pink maribou-feather hair ties did not survive to this year's '90s reboot.) I did know that it scared the s*** out of my parents, which, as a bratty preteen, obviously made Britney infinitely more appealing.

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Justin Bieber

A still from Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

It's hard to tear your eyes away from all the mouth action (yea, I said it) happening in Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" music video, but if you are of sound enough mind and strong enough will to do so, you may have noticed something peculiar about the wardrobe. And no, I'm not talking about that blonde girl in the denim overall crop top that may or may not be from Rihanna's debut River Island collection. It seems The Biebs has pulled a page from Kanye's book of answers with this video steez by wearing a KILT. And a leather one, at that! Yep, the pop wunderkind took a momentary break from his super-saggy (not to be confused with swaggy), butt-baring pants in favor of these Rick Owens leather skinnies with an attached matching kilt.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears: turtlenecks' biggest fan.
GIF: Jenny Shafei

No one loves turtlenecks more than Britney Spears. It's just a fact. From her immaculate white "Sometimes" top to her red latex "Oops...I Did It Again" catsuit to her mid-aughts Starbucks run uniforms, the Louisiana girl-turned-woman has been a fan of the hyper-modest neckline since way back her earliest days of pop superstardom. That's not to say she didn't also delve into lower-cut territory (and midriff-baring and micro hemlines) because she totally totally did, but Brit's thing for turtlenecks, and even a subtle mock neck, is pretty unique, and with the exception of Spears herself has remained a relic of the late '90s until now.

Despite it not necessarily being the most flattering steez for most normal humans, Britney has stood by the look for over a decade and may be the precise origin to blame responsible for the sartorial phenomenon that is the short-sleeved, cropped turtleneck. Now, to celebrate her 32nd year (AND because we're right on the heels of her eighth studio album Britney Jean), we're offering up 32 turtlenecks for any brave lady (Brit included) whose closet (and clavicle) is feeling a little bare.

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Ahhh, Black Friday. The way retailers keep pushing it up earlier and earlier, you've likely been at the Black Friday grind for a few hours now. In that case, this little story might not help you. But if for some reason, we're catching you on your way out for your very first Black Friday ever, we have a few pieces of advice: dress for battle, keep your spirits high, and watch your back.

GETTING DRESSED AFTER THANKSGIVING DINNER IS HARD

Black Friday

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IT'S OK, THOUGH, BECAUSE DRAKE SAYS SO

Black Friday

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YOU'RE ABOUT TO EXERCISE ANYWAY, SORT OF

Black Friday

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For most special occasions, especially dinners, there's an unwritten dress code that you should put forth a little extra style effort. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is (in our opinion) and major exception. Maybe it's just because WE approach it like an Olympic sport (in over-eating), but as far as we're concerned here, vastly different rules apply.

HOW WE FEEL ABOUT STYLE MOST OF THE TIME:

Thanksgiving

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HOW WE FEEL ABOUT BODYCON FOR THANKSGIVING:

Thanksgiving

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Kanye West

A still from Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

It's been over a week now since Kanye West debuted his music video for "Bound 2" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and yet, we STILL can't stop talking about it. Part of that is due to a second wave of attention spurned by Seth Rogen and James Franco's "Bound 3" parody which took the interwebz by storm earlier this week. The other part is because we're probably never going to get over seeing Kim's nippleless silhouetted boobs. #imprinted4life Regardless of how or why, the moving visuals for the Yeezus closing track are still a very hot topic, even for Ye himself, who revealed the treatment for the surreal Americana steelo in an interview with Power 105.1 FM's The Breakfast Club. "I wanted to take white trash t-shirts and turn it into a video," Kanye divulged.

While it's unclear what exactly Ye is referring to with that "white trash t-shirts" nod, we think we know where he's going with the reference—those weird tees printed with images of howling wolves and dolphins and way oversized animal faces that used to be nerdy and have since resurfaced ironically in hipsters' (and Tyler the Creator's) closets. Sure, Jerry Saltz's comparisons to Richard Prince's Cowboy photographs did more to elevate the work than the parallels we're about to draw, but we like to think it was Kanye's aim all along to pull from and marry the high and low brow ends of the cultural matrix. And so, without further ado, here are nine t-shirts we think might have inspired the treatment for Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video.

THE SHOT:

Kanye West

A still from Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

After panned shots of snowy mountaintops and rolling fog, an eagle flies across the shot as dawn breaks.

THE SHIRT:

Kanye West

Eagle shirt.
Photo: The Mountain

Here, three slightly menacing eagles circle a purple mountain majesty on a $20.00 t-shirt.

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When we realized that the 2013 American Music Awards would showcase a whopping 16 live performances, we knew we were in for a grip of exciting brand new performance outfits. What we forgot about (momentarily) was that the stacked set list ALSO meant the red carpet would be full of high-octane #FASHUN. The stars turned it our for the AMAs step-and-repeat, and we're breaking down our favorite looks of the night.

TAYLOR SWIFT IN JULIEN MACDONALD

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2013 American Music Awards.
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Taylor Swift may have skipped the stage this time around, but she still won big. No, not just by looking drop dead in that glittering gold Julien MacDonald minidress. T.Swizzle also took home the award for Artist of the Year as well as Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album.

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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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