A still from Robyn's "U Should Know Better" music video featuring Snoop Dogg.
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Late last week, Robyn and Snoop Dogg released a music video for their extra-special duet "U Should Know Better" from Robyn's 2010 Body Talk. We may have been bumping the track for the past three years, but that doesn't make us any less excited for the new excuse to play it even louder (which is exactly what we did this past weekend). Now that we're back in the office, we're lending a more serious eye toward the video and its gender-bending concept. Robyn herself only makes one IRL cameo in the short, letting a mini boy-version of herself take center stage alongside Pernilla of 2faced1's Lady Snoop. The likenesses of both are uncanny, due mostly to expert styling, so obviously we're inclined to break down the fashion.
Kanye West performs in South Africa.
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As is expected with every (extremely rare) Kanye West interview, the latest profile, this time from W Magazine is nowhere near short of grandiose quotables or eyebrow-raisingly candid moments. The piece is littered with Easter eggs for fans of Yeezy and general fashion alike from comparing Christianity to a Ralph Lauren store to mental images of Kanye eating stir-fried vegetables off an Hermes plate. (Keep it 100, Ye.) Most of the fashion community, ourselves included, has been focused on this reveal that "I Am A God" was inspired by an altercation Yeezy had with a major label designer who attempted to keep him from attending any other Fashion Week shows. We agree, that's a major fashion bomb, but there are actually a LOT more of those in this interview if you read carefully.
Anna Wintour shoots Kanye a glance that says, "I'm holding you to what we discussed last night."
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Welcome to Fashion Fanfic, a new franchise we're starting here at MTV Style wherein we take great lengths to fabricate stories about the fashion world's most interesting characters. Don't misunderstand, we're not in the market to stir the pot or circulate gossip. We're doing this because we're SUCH fans of fashion that we have crazy fantasy plot lines somersaulting through our brains at all hours of the day and FINALLY decided we needed a place to put them. Enter North West. We'd toyed with the idea of launching this thing for a while now, but as soon as we heard that the name of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's first-born daughter, North West, was reportedly approved by Anna Wintour when the Vogue EIC had the couple over for dinner on the eve of the 2013 Met Gala, we knew we had our kick-off story.
Anna checked her reflection in the back of a large serving spoon. Come early May, spring is only just starting to roll around in New York City, which means heat, humidity, and time to swap in a stronger daily anti-frizz serum. The seasonal beauty switch-up is annoying but a necessary evil and one the Vogue editor-in-chief certainly wasn't going to take chances on tomorrow, the day of the Costume Institute Gala. Regardless, Anna wanted to make sure everything was in its exact right place before her guest of honor's arrival. She triple-checked the table settings her assistant had come over to do hours ago, displayed her collection of soul vinyls prominently, and was in the middle of zhuzhing her couch throw pillows when the doorbell rang. "There he is now! Just like clockwork. Fifteen minutes late," she thought to herself, heading toward the door.
LeBron James dominates without his headband.
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• The 2013 NBA Finals may have ended last night, but we'll likely never forget LeBron James's No Headband Game this series.
• We were pretty sure that this was on the horizon, but now it's official. Justin Bieber has a tattoo sleeve now.
• The MuchMusic Video Awards had a major fashion moment this week. Both the ladies and dudes turned it out on the red carpet.
• Vogue rolled out more of their gorgeous Katy Perry editorial this week. PLUS, an exclusive look at her morning beauty routine.
• We couldn't stop watching Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" music video and its punchy monochromatic streetwear, so we broke it down look by look.
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Call this our post-season fashion assist.
Photo: Andrew Farrar/adidas/Renowned Clothing/Society6/Stance Socks/Elaine Arsenault
And just like that, it's over. After months and months of Playoff games, the Miami Heat have defeated the San Antonio Spurs, clinching the 2013 NBA Finals championship, meaning back-to-back wins for the franchise and stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Last night was all screams and popping bottles and high fives, but now, as die-hard NBA fans, today brings the cruel reality that we now have to wait until mid-October for the next league game and season. *SIGH* The good news is: just as fashion is growing in popularity amongst the hoops crowd, basketball is also catching on in the fashion world. In an effort to help all our style savvy Spalding fans through the off-season, our latest crop of "Stan Swag" is dedicated to the National Basketball Association.
Ohhhh SNAP. Beliebers, how are we doing? We know most things come to a screeching halt when Justin Bieber drops an announcement bomb like this. I'm referring, of course, to Biebsie's grand Twitter reveal of his brand new, forthcoming third fragrance, The Key. Justin uploaded a snap of the opaque white bottle laying on a strategically zhuzhed sheet of black satin and next to a light pink rose barely in-frame. Accordingly, the Bieber Army erupted with excitement. At press time, Justin's cryptic "#whatiskey" tweet has garnered more than 35,000 retweets and the number just keeps growing.
Some might say there's a thin line between pushing the envelope and just being straight-up nonsensical. Fashion Week and all its other runway-laden permutations is a hotbed for that kind of style gray area and this week's London Men's Collections were no exception. Don't get us wrong, there were PUH-LENTY of gorgeous completely 100% wearable looks that stormed the catwalks across the pond, but there are ALWAYS going to be a few token ensembles you look at and think, "Umm, this exists?" Thus, we've rounded up what are, in our opinion, the five most difficult outfits to wear IRL from this season's presentations. Enjoy!
A look from Nasir Mazhar's Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
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We're pretty sure it shouldn't come as a surprise that wearing a giant black plastic bucket on your head is going to present some vision issues, but even there ARE microscopic holes near the ocular region, it's probably just as difficult to walk into a coffee shop and be taken seriously when you're sporting this bad boy.
Earlier this week, we saw Demi Lovato reveal that the manicure she rocked at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards found its way onto her tips while she was getting some much-needed pre-show shut-eye. D slept face-down on a couch while her favorite nail artist, Stephanie Stone, hooked her up with some killer tips. (They were black with gold beads used as studs if you were wondering.) When we first saw this snap, we were all, "ZOMG, this brings new meaning to the term 'beauty rest,'" and "Mannnnn, I really wish my sister/roommate/boyfriend would do that for me..." etc.etc., but THEN, she uploaded a video of it.
LeBron James transforms after losing his headband in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Watch out, Tony!
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You know how there's that totally illogical reveal element to the Superman story where suddenly Clark Kent can transform into the Man of Steel just by taking off his glasses? This ridiculous notion that ONE accessory can catalyze a complete alteration of character? Like, dudes, we can all still tell Clark Kent is just a four-eyes, suited-up version of Superman. Welp, apparently, it's not that ridiculous since that's exactly what went down last night when LeBron James lost his headband in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. In truth, it really wasn't just James that propelled the Heat to stave off elimination and force the series against the San Antonio Spurs into a Game 7 (there's no "I" in team, etc.etc.), but (with the HUGE exception of Mike Miller and his one-shoed three-pointer), no one else's in-game style took a hold of Twitter in quite the same Superman moment way as LeBron and his headband. And now that we think about it, they ARE both from Ohio...
Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson.
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Two things. Tomorrow is the O Music Awards's Live Day, AND *takes deeeeeeeeeep breath because this is the most exciting thing I've said all day* HANSON is performing!!!! As in THIS Hanson. As in the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma who struck pop GOLD in the late '90s thanks to rosy cheeks and a seriously underrated debut single (I'm, of course, referring to "MMMBop"). These bros are getting together to play the O Music Awards Live Music Day Festival which kicks off tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and lasts for 24 HOURS and is aaaaall streamed online. Since we know you'll be tuning in from home but will still want to look put togeths (because IDK about you, but Hanson was *IT* for me in 4th grade and they've only gotten better with age), we've put together a li'l outfit suggestion for your big night in with the boys.