Lady Gaga at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
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Little Monsters, get your paws all. the way. UP. Lady Gaga is BACK! And we don't mean that just in the sense that ARTPOP is on a speeding train to your ears very soon. Mother Monster is making her epic return to the VMAs, not just attending but performing. That's right, folks. The premiere performance of Gaga's first ARTPOP single is happening live at the 2013 VMAs (Sunday, August 25, 9 p.m. ET) on the Barclays Center stage. *head explodes into a mushroom cloud of glitter* Talk about huge news! As anyone who has ever watched an award show at which Gagaloo was in attendance can attest, Stefani does not mess around when it comes to event attire, and the MTV Video Music Awards are an extra special case. Gaga's VMA fashion history isn't very long, but in just a handful of years, she's been responsible for some of the most iconic style moments of the past decade. In preparation for her 2013 return, we're looking back at all of Lady Gaga's VMA outfits. Ever.
2009: NECK BRACE BAROQUE
Lady Gaga at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
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Gaga's first VMA experience was in 2009 (the last time the show was held in New York). Amidst the go-to sparkly mini dresses typical of stars at the time, she ruffled feathers (literally!) in a lace floor-length Jean Paul Gaultier gown worn with a gold House of Blue Eyes half-mask and a black, opulently feathered, intricately detailed Keko Hainswheeler neck brace situation.
If there's anyone who knows how to commit to a theme, it's Katy Perry. When we first caught wind of her forthcoming Killer Queen fragrance—the "California Gurl's third scent, if you're counting—we just KNEW we were in for a campaign dripping in gobs of crazy opulence, louche regal status, and at least a hint of KP's signature flavor of camp. We saw the bottle, a pointed fragrance grenade modeled after the top of a scepter which is meant to lay on its side, back in May when Katy revealed her new perfume project just ahead of the 2013 Met Gala, but since then, we haven't heard much about it (save an extensive interview about it with WWD earlier this month).
Would you wear this nose jewel cuff?
So, earlier this week, Lady Gaga revealed that she's the proud owner of a brand new septum piercing. Her return to the spotlight means a few things. Yea, new music. Sure, new Terry Richardson photoshoots. But what we're probably most excited for are the new, inventive outfits and trends that we'll inevitably start trying to incorporate thanks to her keen sartorial eye. Are septum piercings one of those new trends? We don't know yet. Could it be? Definitely. Especially if ASOS and this nose cuff have anything to do with it.
One Direction's Little Things Collection nail polishes come with guitar picks with their FACES on them!
Photo: MUA Cosmetics
You know One Direction, right? Cute, smiley boy band from across the pond? Infectious pop songs? Impeccable hair? If you were anywhere in the 500 yard vicinity of a teenage girl earlier this week, you probably know that they released an adorably hilarious music video for their new single "Best Song Ever." Welp, we have more news for you and the 1D-obsessed masses: the guys have a full makeup collection collaboration now, replete with nail polishes, lipsticks, lip glosses, and cheek tint.
Selena Gomez on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
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Selena Gomez may say she's celebrating her birthday all week, but with a new single out, new album released yesterday, and a new movie to promote, she's back at work and hitting the late night talk show circuit. Selly stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to chat about all of the above, and playing up that multi-facted split style personality, she wore one outfit for her interview and another later on the Tonight Show stage.
Dennis Rodman evidently had a BLAST at this Miami Swim Week show.
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In case you didn't already know, there are multiple international iterations of Fashion Week. Twice a year, runways circumvent the globe from New York to London to Milan to Paris, showcasing all the best and brightest that the world's design minds have to offer. There is also a Fashion Week for swimwear, and it takes place in (DUH) Miami. Granted, you know, it's not entirely the same as the Anna Wintour-trodden hallowed catwalks of NYFW (Miami Swim Week, instead welcomes Kardashians and our very own glass bikini-clad Kristin Cavallari with open arms), the 5-day long event draws in its own special league of front row fixtures. Most notably this year? Retired American Hall of Fame NBA player Dennis Rodman. And that's not just because he's a basketball legend, or because he was the key to VICE's entry into North Korea, or because he's the only dude whose lifetime total of hairstyles might rival (or even eclipse) Nicki Minaj's either. While we weren't there ourselves, we peeped the photos from the Anna Kosturova/Beach Riot/Lolli Swim/Manglar/Indah show which he attended on Monday, July 22, and it looks like The Worm had a certifiable BLAAAAST.
Miguel for Mr Porter.
Photo: Mr Porter/Ben Weller
Wow. Throw up some claps with me for Mr Porter, y'all. The menswear e-tailer has knocked yet ANOTHER dude-torial spread and interview out of the park with this Miguel feature. You might remember the austere minimalism of their Jared Leto shoot or the streetwear-inspired steez of their session with A$AP Rocky or, like, a bazillion other drool-worthy photo sets they've put together with our favorite dapper dudes. (I mean, honestly, it's like they jacked the list from our
diaries of future boyfriends brains and are just checking projects off as they work their way down...) This time, Miguel gets his turn in the Mr Porter spotlight with a candid heartfelt interview, a spread full of chic autumn/winter wardrobe staples, AND *drumrollllll* an acoustic performance of "How Many Drinks?" to boot!
Sheeeeee's BACK! Lady Gaga has been noticeably, achingly absent from the mass pop culture ethos for months (due to a painful case of synovitis which caused her to cancel remaining dates on her tour). Not entirely, of course. I mean, when someone says, "BRB," and wheels away in a 24-Karat gold wheelchair, you just KNOW she'll be back. And here she is, flaunting asymmetrical BLACK hair. Granted, we've seen her crop up here and there—peeking in at the Versus Versace x J.W. Anderson launch party, rallying for LGBT rights, and y'know, traipsing around Manhattan in just a bra—but multiple Gaga steelo updates in just the last 24 hours? THIS is what we've been missing.
A still from One Direction's "Best Song Ever" music video.
Photo: Simco Limited
Directioners, are you still breathing?? It's been several hours now since the release of One Direction's "Best Song Ever" music video (#BestVideoEver), and I'm still barely able to process all my incredibly, overwhelmingly positive feelings about it. I can only imagine how the most die-hard 1D Stans are doing right now. If you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favor, scroll to the bottom, and watch it already. Granted, I am also a fan, but come on, how can you argue that this isn't the science of the Boy Band (which, OK, is more like one-third science, one-third pop magic, and one-third hormones) vacillating at its highest, most unquestionably adorable frequency?
The "Best Song Ever" music video a One Direction masterpiece that will go down in these dudes' history of group iconography in much the same way that "It's Gonna Be Me" does for *NSYNC. LOADED COMPARISON, I KNOW. But y'all, this video is good. And what's one of the biggest parts of why it's so good? THE OUTFITS. *puts hand to ear and looks off in the distance* Hear that? It's a Look By Look. And it's coming your way in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
Karlie Kloss and Daft Punk for "Vogue" magazine.
Photo: Vogue/Craig McDean
Remember when one of our House of Style sweethearts, the lovely, always-smiley Karlie Kloss, was spotted traipsing around Midtown Manhattan with Daft Punk? On top of it just being an eye-bugging collision of greats, there was heated speculation as to whether Miss Kloss might be featured in a new music video from the world's favorite French robots. Welp, turn out, the shoot was actually for a massive editorial spread starring Daft Punk and Karlie in the August issue of Vogue which hits newsstands nationwide tomorrow (July 23) and is available NOW as a digital download for iPad, Kindle Fire, NOOK Color, and NOOK Tablet (pick your tablet poison).