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Kanye West, Kris Jenner

Kanye West on the Kris Jenner show.
Photo: @krisjennershow Instagram

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.

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Jay Z

Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Jay-Z (in Rocawear) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Photo: MTV

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.

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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.

FIVE-ALARM HYPEBEAST

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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.

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The Warriors

Walter Hill's "The Warriors."
Photo: Paramount Pictures

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.

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Lady Gaga

A still from Lady Gaga's "Applause" music video.
Photo: Interscope

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.

Lady Gaga

A still from Lady Gaga's "Applause" music video.
Photo: Interscope

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.

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Lady Gaga

We tried Lady Gaga's "Applause" makeup.
Photo: Splash News/MTV

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.

Makeup 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.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga for 'V' Magazine.
Photo: V Magazine

Remember how we kind of off-handedly pointed out that Lady Gaga was almost topless on that first V Magazine cover from earlier this week? All that cleavage blending into underboob was just an afterthought because we were so caught up in the CUSTOM Saint Laurent draped on top of it. And we also kind of noted that she wasn't really wearing much more for her inside shots. Welp, let this be the day we learn to never underestimate Gagaloo's commitment to nakedness. V has just unveiled all four of Lady Gaga's limited edition covers AND spreads, and girl is barely wearing any clothes.

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Don't be so quick to *hold a beat* walk away. We have some BIG Video Music Awards news that's gonna rock your body, world, late-August schedule, EVERYTHING. Justin Timberlake (as in THE Justin Timberlake) is performing at the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25! Not only will JT be hitting the VMA stage for the first time in 6 years, but MTV is also doling out highest honors to Timberlake, presenting him with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. From his formative days in *NSYNC to this year's hotly anticipated (TWO PART) 20/20 Experience, from Justified to "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake's footprint on pop culture, especially in the music video space, is gigantic. SO, is there any better excuse than this to take a look back at Justin's contributions to music video fashion? (Answer: Nope.) Here are our top 10 favorite Justin Timberlake music video wardrobes of ALL-TIME. In GIFs!

10) 'I WANT YOU BACK' - *NSYNC

Justin Timberlake

*NSYNC's 'I Want You Back' music video.
Photo: Trans Continental Records/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

Back in 1997, a little 5-man singing group called *NSYNC dropped their eponymously titled debut album. On that record was a track (#8, if we're getting really specific) called "I Want You Back." (P.S. If you don't get goosebumps during the boys' first staggered chord, you should probably close out of this browser tab now because this is not the post for you.) It was the group's first official single, and our music video introduction to Justin Timberlake. And what an intro it was. Single Sinbad earring, ripstop nylon jackets (like all the boys at school used to wear), an evident appreciation for over-sized sporty separates, and yea, the baby blues didn't hurt either.

9) 'CRY ME A RIVER' - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

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Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' music video.
Photo: Zomba Recording/GIF: Shidokht Shafei

After *NSYNC, JT embarked on what has become a colossally successful crossover solo career. One of our favorite songs and music videos from his premier reinvention stage is now and will forever be "Cry Me A River," a Timbaland-produced kiss-off track inspired by the end of his relationship with Britney Spears. It was moody, somber, but still a little bit vengeful, and accordingly, Justin was clad in all black and soaking wet from rain. The static shots with his hood up are THE BEST.

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Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee as Mookie in 'Do The Right Thing.'
Photo: Universal Pictures

The 2013 Video Music Awards are breaking new ground as the very first awards show in Brooklyn, kicking off live at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 25 from Barclays Center. (And if you don't know, now you knowwww.) In honor of the history-making show, we're immersing ourselves in the VMAs' new neighborhood, unpacking iconic aspects of BK style in movies, music, and art. First up, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

Do The Right Thing is a cultural triumph, telling the story of one day—the hottest of the year—in a Bed-Stuy neighborhood bubbling over with racial tension. The film, Lee's third-EVER feature, is visually stunning, awash with a vibrant and jumbled color palette of yellows, reds, limes, and purples, and the interplay is arresting, adding a slightly surreal tinge to the rising turbulence. The silhouettes—tees, shorts, tanks—remind you that it's a hot summer day on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy street. The film and Ruth E. Carter's brilliant costuming work had a highly influential trickle-down effect—see Will Smith's TV wardrobe for the entire six-season run of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Important/Fun Fact: Carter is also the genius responsible for Halle Berry's orange patent latex and gravity-defying hair in B*A*P*S.)

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Kendrick Lamar

Enter the age of Kendrick Lamar in white tees and Nike Cortez sneakers.
Photo: Getty Images

Last night and all day today, Kendrick Lamar has been at the forefront of every hip-hop conversation thanks to an inspired (as if any one adjective could do it justice) verse on a track called "Control" which was originally meant for Big Sean's forthcoming Hall Of Fame album but won't appear reportedly due to sample-clearance issues. The centerpiece of discussion is Kendrick's heated by-name call-out of a laundry list of MCs: J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller and even Sean and Jay Electronica who flank K-Dot on the track. More than a jarringly high profile call-to-action name drop, though, Lamar's verse is an iron-fisted mandate, an ultimatum that the entire rap game step up lyrically else he's pilfering all his friends' fans. What does this have to do with style? Amidst Kendrick's tough love edict to elevate the genre, he also rejects high fashion, ushering in a new era for his personal style.

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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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