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Grand Prospect Hall

The Halkias make your dreams come true.
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Have you heard? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting married! They're generally a pretty private pair and go out of their way to keep their lives and whereabouts under wraps, so you probably didn't even realize that was happening, but it IS. The biggest rumor for the Kardashian-West nuptials was that they might take place at the Palace of Versailles, or that the couple at least attempted to book their ceremony and/or reception at France's most opulent royal chateau and were perhaps shut down.

Versailles couldn't grant Kimye's (rumored) wedding wishes, but we know one New York couple who would've done their darnedest to make the future Mr. and Mrs. West happy: Michael and Alice Halkias, owners of Brooklyn's famous Grand Prospect Hall. (From New York but it's not ringing a bell yet? Watch this.) Naturally, we called them up to chat about what makes weddings at Grand Prospect Hall so special and how they'd make Kim and Kanye's dreams come true.

MTV STYLE: Grand Prospect Hall is a kind of New York staple, but some people outside of the city might not have heard about it. How would you describe Grand Prospect Hall to someone unfamiliar with the venue?

MICHAEL HALKIAS: Well, Grand Prospect Hall is a music hall and theater, multi-purpose facility, many different ballrooms with the grand ballroom being the major space, where we do very, very large events. It was built originally in 1892 and then went through a full new construction in steel in 1900. We are still a music hall with balconies and a full stage, and we have been socially the Mecca of any social and corporate event and weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, and it's also for divorces!

ALICE HALKIAS: That's my husband's joke.

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Ritabots, rejoice! The Rita Ora x Adidas Originals collaboration has an official release date! Well, a few actually: August 21 for the 'Black' line; September 4 for the 'Pastel' and 'Colorblock Packs' lines, and November 1 for the 'Spray' and 'Roses' lines, according to WWD. We've been saving our pennies and refreshing our browsers feverishly for updates on when exactly to expect this great collision of minds since long before Adidas Originals' announcement of the collab in January, and finally sat her down to chat about what's to come.

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Justin Bieber

Bieber at Cannes
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There's a big thing happening in France this week, and I'm not (just) talking about the Kimye wedding. It's the week of Cannes Film Festival, the film world's most glamorous series of premieres and presentations set in the south of France. The usual Hollywood suspects—Gosling, Pattinson, Lawrence—are all there, but there is one very unexpected participant in the Cannes festivities: Justin Bieber. And for the most part, it hasn't even been the egg-hurtling, lip-biting Biebs we've seen so much of lately (more on "for the most part" in a bit). Cannes Bieber seems to be a little more suave, a little more debonaire, a little cleaner cut with his tailored separates and a slicked back David Beckham-reminiscent 'do.

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Kanye West

Excuse my French, but I'm in France...and these ain't the real Red Octobers.
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Picture this: You're a huge fan of Kanye West, and you're in Paris the week before his much-anticipated wedding to Kim Kardashian. You catch wind of where he might be in the next few hours, grab the prized Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers you dropped a lot of coin for on eBay, and head over to the spot in hopes of catching his eye. You actually see Kimye and get RIGHT IN THERE. This is your moment. You're gonna get Yeezy to sign your Yeezys. You make eye contact, present your beloved scarlet kicks and a Sharpie, and Ye obliges with a massive grin. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And then he tells you they're fake. *screeeeeeeeching brakes* WHAT?!?!?!??

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There's an avalanche of new Michael Jackson music coming out, and I honestly couldn't be more excited about it! The King of Pop has soundtracked many the poignant moment in my life: learning the alphabet, my very first Halloween party, and even that time I befriended a killer rat. All along the way, MJ has been a beacon of iconic style from his bellbottomed Jackson 5 days to his signature band jackets, so in honor of the forthcoming release of Xscape, we're taking a look back at his most stylish music videos.

THRILLER

Michael Jackson

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You can't talk about MJ's style without talking about the "Thriller" jacket. That bright cherry red. That angular V-shaped panel. The fact that it's the style centerpiece of one of the greatest music videos of all time. This is the definition of iconic.

BILLIE JEAN

Michael Jackson

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Michael had a knack for striking separates (something he picked up in his youth, perhaps?), and his wardrobe for ground-breaking music video "Billie Jean" was no exception. If you think a pink shirt and a bow tie is soft, try wearing them with an all-leather suit. Now who's soft, HANH?

Michael Jackson

Photo: Epic Records/GIF: Jenny Shafei/MTV

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Beyonce

Mad love for baby girl.
Photo: @beyonce's Instagram

Wow. This image. I just. Wow. I am a huge Beyonce fan. Sure, you're probably thinking, "Who's not?" But I'm part of the breed that checks her Instagram immediately before going to sleep and promptly upon waking up. The kind that got at least 15 text messages the night the visual album dropped, asking if I was OK. The species that clawed off her boyfriend's arm when Beyonce SURPRISE APPEARED during one of Jay Z's inaugural concerts at Barclays Center. (Pro tip: Surprise Beyonce is even more mind-blowing than Expected Beyonce.) Quieter, though, is my deep-seated, several years running, head-over-heels love of Aaliyah. So, the King Bey + Baby Girl together is just ADFALDKFJGAKLFJGA for me.

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2014 Met Gala

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Yes, Beyonce really dropped her ring on the red carpet. And yes, Jay Z picked it up and pretended to propose to her (again). Yes, Lupita channeled the roaring '20s. And yes, Selena and Taylor did their best twirling (despite Meredith's antics). But the 2014 Met Gala was held to celebrate Charles James. The British-born American designer is best known for his glamorous sculptural ball gowns, masterpieces of construction and textile architecture, and the Met Gala attendees went for BIG skirts and unbridled opulence to fit with the theme. Peep some of the most extravagant, most voluminous looks!

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Pharrell Williams, Erykah Bady

Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Grammy Awards and Erykah Badu at the 2014 Met Gala.
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Red carpet millinery is happening for 2014, y'all. Write it down. Pharrell Williams made a big splash with his Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat at the 2014 Grammys, sparking memes and historical explanation pieces a plenty. Now, a few short months later, Erykah Badu hit the 2014 Met Gala red carpet in a big (dare I say, bigger?) hat of her own.

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8:38 PM — And that's a wrap! Time to put my shoes back on and microwave a plate of taquitos! XOXO.

2014 Met Gala

Beyonce and Jay Z at the 2014 Met Gala.
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8:32 PM — Beyonce and Jay Z have arrived. They're glittering and gorgeous, of course. Bey's wearing a black veil, Jay's in a white suit jacket. Beyonce dropped her ring and Jay presented it to her like a proposal and now I'm gonna tell everyone I meet for the rest of my life.

2014 Met Gala

Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala.
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8:30 PM — Rihanna HAS ARRIVED #nobasiczone. She's in white head-to-toe with structured shoulders. She's got a knotted skirt which is giving THE BEST draping action. She's also wearing a rhinestone headband/tiara which makes sense because she's da KWEEN.

2014 Met Gala

Anne Hathaway at the 2014 Met Gala.
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8:29 PM — Anne Hathaway's red column dress is strikingly simple, no?

8:28 PM — Overheard every time there's a big scream: "It's GOTTA be Beyoncé."

8:27 PM — Joke's on y'all I took my shoes off hours ago.

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NO MORE SHIRTS.
Photo: W Magazine, Elle UK, Versace, Vogue Brazil

If you've had regular internet access for the past year, you've probably been noticing the same trend we have: All the celebs are going shirtless. ALL OF THEM. Granted, the whole concept of going shirtless or topless isn't new. For one, the Shirtless Cover Dude™ has been an integral part of Men's Health's business model for years. And as a rule, dudes baring their chests isn't all that uncommon to begin with, especially as we head into warmer months. Or if you follow Justin Bieber on Instagram (or on magazine racks [or at airport security]).

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Shirtless boyz.
Photo: @austinmahone's Instagram/@justinbieber's Instagram/@maxthewanted's Instagram

But the practice of women stripping off their tops—outside of, like, a Playboy magazine—isn't nearly as commonplace. Or at least, it hasn't been until recent days and was perhaps never more prevalent than this week. We thought 2013 was going to be the most shirtless year ever. (I mean, 2013 saw the introduction of Best Shirtless Performance to the MTV Movie Awards!) We were wrong. Gone are the days of being excited/scandalized by the occasional no-bra red carpet ensemble, topless magazine spread, or nearly-nude selfie. These are everyday sights in 2014 and THEN SOME.

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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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