While the rest of the world is still reeling from her jaw-dropping VMA performance, Miley Cyrus is keeping it moving. Miles spent last night shooting Mike WiLL Made It's upcoming music video, "23," in Brooklyn. If you haven't heard any of the track yet (AND being that, currently, Miley and Mike are 20 and 24 years old), this isn't akin to Taylor Swift's age-anthemic, "22." Instead, judging from the behind-the-scenes wardrobe that Miley revealed via Twitter, the double-digit numerical song title refers to G.O.A.T. NBA legend Michael Jordan.
Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears perform in nearly nude stage outfits.
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I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that, by now, 80% of America has to have seen (or at least heard about) Miley Cyrus' performance at last night's 2013 VMAs. The kick-off of a three-song medley—her own single, "We Can't Stop," plus Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and "Give It 2 U" featuring 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar—Miley started things off with a bang in a silver bear-faced leotard accompanied by an actually pretty clever a**-glorifying intro medley of what appear to be interpolations of Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" and Big Sean's "A$$," if you were paying close enough attention, leading into her smash single. Giant teddy backpacks and dancers dressed as bears supported Miley's tongue-and-twerk-tastic solo performance, her first time ever on the VMA stage. And then the Robin Thicke portion started.
Wow. Just. Wow. There you have it, folks. The rumors were true. We were just graced with an *NSYNC reunion at the 2013 VMAs in celebration of Justin Timberlake's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Is everyone still breathing? (Because I barely am...) In honor of the
boy man band's ceremonious return to the MTV stage with a few bars of "Gone," "Girlfriend," AND "Bye Bye Bye" (with the VERY same TV choreography from their 2000 performance, BTW), we're taking a look back at how far they've come. Sartorially speaking.
1999 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
*NSYNC at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Hello, late '90s. For *NSYNC's first appearance at the Video Music Awards, the group went all out with LUSH luxury fabrics. A strong fur vest for JC Chasez (plus some bicep and knee bands), head-to-toe black leather on JT (pre-dating another Justin who frequents this look), Lance Bass in wool jewel tones (and teeny bookish spectacles), Chris Kirkpatrick in a glittering sage jacket, and Joey Fatone in a full-length evergreen pony hair jacket off-set by his FLAME red hair. Classic.
Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Lil Kim (in a boobie onesie outfit) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Thinking back on the most iconic VMA fashion moments of all-time, most everyone's top 10, maybe even top 5, will include these four standbys: Lady Gaga's meat dress, Madonna's bridal "Like A Virgin" moment, Britney Spears' accessory python, and of COURSE, that time Lil Kim wore a purple onesie to the 1999 VMAs with her left boob hanging out. In our opinion, it's always a fitting year to relive this magical show-stopping sartorial moment, but it's even more appropriate given this year marking not only the Video Music Awards' return to New York (the 1999 show took place at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center), but ALSO given we're breaking new ground in Kimmy Blanco's hometown of Brooklyn.
I don't watch a lot of daytime TV, but I will pause anything and everything I'm doing in the name of Kanye West. No exaggeration. Naturally, I blocked out my afternoon and devoted it to the VMA performer's special guest appearance on the season finale of the Kris Jenner Show. Yeezy is notoriously very selective about how much and the kind of press he does. If your baby mama's mama has a talk show and asks you to be on it, though, it's very hard to say, "No." Also, you probably genuinely want to do that.
There are a lot of reasons to love this couch interview, from his softer-spoken demeanor chatting with Kris to the hilariously adorable reveal that Kanye has photoshopped himself into the infamous Kardashian Christmas card, but we're here to break down the biggest fashion Easter eggs from the hour-long special.
Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Jay-Z (in Rocawear) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Talk about a Throwback Thursday! Back before Kanye West was selling out high fashion white tee collaborations, before A$AP Rocky was a fashion killa, there was a Brooklyn boy by the name of Jay Z (though, it had a hyphen then) building himself from a businessman into a "business, man" with a little streetwear line he dubbed Rocawear. Using Roc-A-Fella Records as the foundation, Mr. Shawn Carter and his long-time business partner Damon Dash decided they would spin the MC's success into other creative business avenues. Before Hov was rocking Tom Ford, he was making a sartorial name for the R-O-C. And on what red carpet did Jay rep Rocawear in its debut year? The 1999 VMAs, DUH.
Have you heard the NEWS? Drake is performing at the 2013 VMAs! Usually when announcements like this happen, we rack our brains and pour over the last few runway shows to come up with performance outfit predictions, but this time, we're doing thing a little differently because unlike the other VMA performers this year, Drizzy has his own (unofficial) Dress Up app. Obviously, that means we HAD to use it to create some "Started From The Bottom" stage ensemble suggestions.
Started from the bottom, now you're here.
Photo: Dress Drake App
Wanna make a real "now I'm HERE" style statement? This vibrant orange variety jacket + camp pants situation is a definite head-turner. Finish it off with some Jordan cements for that hypebeast cred.
Walter Hill's "The Warriors."
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Warriors, come out to playayyyyy! It's officially VMA week, y'all! In just a few days, MTV will be taking over Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a night of music video celebration and a deluge of major performances: Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and soooo many more! You've probably seen a VMA promo spot or two on TV by now. Miley popping into a subway party or Katy Perry emerging from a steam tunnel sound familiar? What you may not know/realize is: those ads, especially Katy's, are highly influenced by the 1979 film The Warriors, based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Sure, Miss Cyrus had "white trash and Chanel" and KP gave her best Liv Tyler circa Empire Records, but the Warriors (and the Riffs, and the Rogues, and the Baseball Furies) have highly stylized gang-sembles courtesy of the film's wardrobe team: Bonnie Mannix and Mary Ellen Winston.
A still from Lady Gaga's "Applause" music video.
Little Monsters, can I get a temperature check? How is everyone doing since Lady Gaga officially released her "Applause" music video this morning on Good Morning America? Debuted this morning on national TV and on giant screens in New York's Times Square, the high-concept Inez & Vindooh-shot masterpiece is everything we could want from a Mother Monster music video: cathartic dance numbers, other-worldly surrealism, and most importantly, WARDROBE CHANGES. That's right, folks. It's time for another music video Look By Look, and Gagaloo made sure this would be a long one.
A still from Lady Gaga's "Applause" music video.
Despite the general nakedness of her V magazine spreads, Lady Gaga actually wears some clothing for the entirety of the video. Her first outfit? A lacy black lingerie set—an underwired demi bra and scallop hemmed hipster bottoms. Oh, and platform booties with heels at least a 5-inch tapered heel.
We tried Lady Gaga's "Applause" makeup.
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It was only a matter of time until we did this, right? Lady Gaga's "Applause" single art—which spotlights just her face in colorful, smeared face paint—was released in late July, but it's taken us until NOW to try it on ourselves.
Part of that is because she hadn't started wearing it IRL until earlier this week to promote her new single (which she's performing at the 2013 VMAs, BTW). The other part is that this beauty look is very heavy on the "ART" aspect of ARTPOP. It's rare that we stray from the daily makeup mainstays of black liner, a little mascara, and some kind of lip situation (I know, bare bones), so we knew we had to enlist in the help of professionals (a.k.a. the nice folks at the Sephora across the street from our offices) for this one.
artist magician Ashlee Sadler hooked us up, and (along with a Vine and a ton of mental snapshots of hilarious reactions) we took down meticulous notes on what she did. Just in case you want to recreate the look yourself.