Miley Cyrus in her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards promo spot.
Next stop on the road to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards? Televised promo spots! And just to prove we're really not messing around, we're kicking them off with none other than grill-wearing, unicorn twerking Miley Cyrus. Miles is responsible for one of THE most buzzed about music videos of the year—"We Can't Stop"—so it's only right we rep the Best Pop Video nominee appropriately (and heavily). Miley's promo spot, if you didn't catch it air last night, features Billy Ray's little girl popping into a party in the subway tunnels below Brooklyn's Barclays Center, stepping in via an overhead manhole ladder (also, killer white Versace pumps). We caught up with Miley's long-time stylist, Simone Harouche, on the shoot to pick her brain about her underground BK party outfit-of-choice for the promo.
Brooklyn (also, WORLD), get ready! Kanye West is performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, helping break in Barclays Center for its very first major awards show. Yeezy joins KAWS and Lady Gaga for the history-making 30th VMAs to perform "Black Skinhead," making history of his own by officially tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances—come Sunday, August 25, Yeezus and Madge will be neck-and-neck with seven total. In honor of Ye's momentous return to the VMA stage and long history with the show, we took a look back at his previous performance outfits.
2004: CANDY PINK COLLEGE DROPOUT
Kanye West performs at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Kanye today is larger than life, but even Kanye circa 2004 had a big VMA debut, performing a medley of chart-toppers from College Dropout—"Jesus Walks," "All Falls Down," and "Through The Wire"— with legendary Chaka Khan. The MC reworked his signature look at the time, a pink polo with the collar popped, for the occasion, opting instead for a striped Pepto Bismol pink button-up, pink satin tie, a black velveteen suit, and a big ol' smile.
Beyonce performs at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn stop of her The Mrs. Carter Show Would Tour.
Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr
Oh, Beyonce! You know us so well. Sure, the New York dates are trailing off on the tail end of your Mrs. Carter Show world tour's U.S. leg, but you made it worth our wait. Not just by delivering SO. HARD. for two hours straight of hits complete with performative piano-top writhing AND flying across the Barclays Center (*shameless plug* home of the 2013 VMAs *brushes shoulders off*)like TinkerBey to your second stage, but ALSO because you gave us not one but TWO new performance outfits!
Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" style: then and now.
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Set your alarms, Beliebers! "Bieber O'Clock" strikes this Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m. EST on MTV. Haven't heard of "Bieber O'Clock"? Welp, it's when MTV will start airing extra special, exclusive content from THE Justin Bieber himself leading up to the TV premiere of his throwback (OK, not that throwback; it was 2011) documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film itself airs this Sunday at 8 p.m., but in preparation, we took a look back at the international pop superstar's steez from the movie and placed it side-by-side against looks from the past year to see how much (if anything) has changed since then. (Spoiler alert: a lot has *cough*tattoo sleeve*cough* but surprisingly, much as stayed the same.)
Kristin Cavallari will debut Junk Food x NFL Women's Apparel collection at New York Fashion Week.
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Whoaaaa, major MTV-meets-fashion news, y'all! Kristin Cavallari is designing a collection of womenswear for Junkfood and the NFL that will debut at New York Fashion Week. *jaw drops to the floor* Basketball and the NBA caught a lot of shine this year for raising the bar for sports style, from the post-game podium to the young guns making their debuts at the NBA Draft. But the end of the season left those hopped up on the buzz of a serious integration of sports and style (what has two thumbs sitting on the space bar typing this post?) clamoring to figure out which league would be next on the fashion come-up. We've had a feeling that football and the NFL may be next for a while and have even gotten affirmation from LeBron James' and Victor Cruz's stylist Rachel Johnson, but this latest news from Laguna Beach and The Hills alumna more than confirms our suspicions.
You can get penis earrings and molar rings from Kesha Rose by Charles Albert.
Photo: Kesha Rose by Charles Albert
Today's your day, Animals! Ke$ha has finally officially launched her much-anticipated (and Instagrammed) Kesha Rose by Charles Albert premier jewelry collection. The first installment of her new accessories line is made up of pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, all combining the pre-existing Charles Albert accessories aesthetic with Ke$ha's inimitable personality. And yes, the major takeaway is that it heavily features teeth and penises. A terrifying combination on so many levels, but stick with us for a minute.
Would you wear these robot leggings?
Photo: Nasty Gal
OK, I probably should have put "Robot Leggings" in quotation marks to start because truth be told, that's what they deserve. If you just read this headline, "Would You Wear These Robot Leggings?" without seeing the picture, you probably had visions somewhere along the lines of Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2007 collection with that bananas impressive C-3PO-ready skintight gold leg armor. Or at the very least, you thought of some Lycra, pajama-safe rendering of Power Ranger costumes. It's safe to say that you didn't at all think of these Daniel Palillo "robot leggings" as they are so-called by Nasty Gal.
Snoop Dogg in his "Snoopermarket" Overstock.com commercial.
Do you ever think sometimes that maybe Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion, depending on the project/your vibe) sits around his house (in a plushy robe and house slippers, of course) and just brainstorms puns he could make with his name and how he could spin them into business ventures? Take the latest: The Snoopermarket, a collaboration (a.k.a. marketing stunt, depending on your tilt) with Overstock.com wherein the man stars in a commercial and curates a suite of his (and his family's) favorite products.
Usually when a brand shoots an ad campaign, the location-of-choice falls under one of a few categories: exotic and tropical, quiet woodlands, or private undisclosed studio space. The shoot that went down yesterday starring Rita Ora for DKNY? None of the above. When your design house reps New York in its name, it's kind of impossible not to live and breathe the "Empire State of Mind" into all you do, especially in your outward-facing brand messaging. Plus, what better way to create buzz about your campaign than to shoot it in the heart of Times Square on a summer afternoon?