A still from Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" music video.
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Katy Perry really is growing up, y'all! In a stark contrast to her bubblegum Candyfornia image of yesteryear, KP has released the music video for "Unconditionally," the second official single off of her Prism album, and it's super mature and gorgeous (just like her!). Where the lyric video for the track was really stripped down and bare, the full-fledged music video is more about beautiful, rich imagery and symbolism which Katy revealed in her MTV First with Iggy Azalea was meant to express that abstract phenomenon of falling in love—and apparently unconditional love also comes with a swagged out closet of designer goods, so sign us up! We were fortunate enough to catch up with Katy's long-time trusted stylist Johnny Wujek to pick his brain about the ogle-worthy wardrobe and its inspiration.
A still from Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video.
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Sure, if there's ONE thing about Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video you're talking about, it's likely that eye-popping Kim Kardashian cameo. (ICYMI: girl is topless—NOT naked, she's wearing jeans, y'all—and bouncing all over Ye's motorcycle. #innuendo) But here at MTV Style, our collective mind is on a single track, and not even Ye
trying to make "fetch" happen inserting his *achem* buxom fiancé into this music video can distract us from the fashion at hand. So, let's talk about these layered plaids.
We hope somewhere Lady Gaga is taking at least one day of vacation. Last week, she kicked Monday off by releasing her long-awaited ARTPOP album in the U.S. AND premiering the world's first flying dress. On Tuesday, she was honored as one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year. On Wednesday, she was rumored to be the next face of Versace. She opened both an ARTPOP pop-up shop and Times Square's brand spankin' new H&M store. And of course, this weekend, she was host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Lucky for SNL, if there's one performer the concept of "quick changes" isn't lost on, it's Gaga, and her ep (in keeping with, you know, her everyday life) was full of rapid outfit switch-ups.
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For her opening monologue, Gaga performed a parody of her own "Applause" single. Rewritten to celebrate cheap applause and all the ways a host can pander for it, the rendition Mother Monster performed for the Studio 8H stage was jazzier than the original, and Gaga played it up with sparkly flapper fringe and a glamorous Marilyn Monroe-esque wig.
WAKING UP WITH KIMYE
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In stark contrast, Gaga's first character was a bespectacled Apple Genius plucked from the mall for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's fictional morning show, Waking Up With Kimye. Naturally, Kanye (played by Jay Pharaoh) challenges her on her genius title, and though Kim is wearing a white "Givenchy dress and Gaga is wearing her character's frumpy work uniform, Yeezy still says Kim wore it better. In a moment of total self-awareness, Genius Gaga says, "Honestly, I don't care about fashion. Sometimes I think that people who try too hard with their outfits are maybe hiding something," then blinks knowingly to camera behind her thick birth control glasses. "Like come on, dress like a person."
Space Jam Stan Swag.
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If you're an at all vocal fan of Space Jam—even now, 17 years after its initial release—chances are good that at least five of your friends have sent you the 30 for 30 parody that started making the interweb rounds early this week (after you already found it yourself because you maaaayyyy or may not have a Google Alert for the movie). You've loved it forever and stop everything to watch when it plays on HBO Family (even though you own it on VHS and DVD. The sudden thrust of the beloved 1996 live-action/animated film starring legendary Michael Jordan with a cast of Looney Tunes characters (and Bill Murray) comes as a combined result of RAMPANT '90s nostalgia and the fact that the anniversary of Space Jam's release is today. We're celebrating the best way we know how: Jock Jams, R. Kelly, and SHOPPING!
Just in time for the widespread onset of seasonal affective disorder, A$AP Rocky released the music video for his moody "Phoenix" track (exclusively on MTV's RapFix, BTW *hair flip*). Rocky's lyrics touch on suicidal thoughts and musings on mortality, and appropriately, the video is dark to reflect the heavy topics explored in the song. Directed by Francesco Carrozzini (who shot the Harlem MC for the cover of L'uomo Vogue), the video carries the weight of a short film and employs a pretty star-studded cast to boot: Michael K. Williams of Boardwalk Empire and The Wire fame and our girl, supermodel Joan Smalls. All our Rocky-stanning (and being fam with Joan, of course) has come to fruition because MTV Style was fortunate enough to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the video and (duh) its wardrobe!
Rajon Rondo ponders a button-up shirt.
Did you know that NBA players have lives off the court? *pauses for response* Yea, me neither! JK, we all knew that because people are people, and professional basketball players are humans just like you and I. Just with freakish athletic ability. Oh, and some have 500 square foot sneaker closets.
The voyeuristic want to know more about what famous people do in their down time is a bug that will likely never die, so the NBA is teaming up with American Express to give the people what they want with a new monthly series called Off The Court. Each month, the league is choosing one extracurricular category and diving into the many ways their players express their passions for things other than basketball. This month's feature? Style, DUH! And they're kicking things off with none other than Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
The MTV EMA have been host to some amazing fashion, from Selena Gomez's parade of host outfits to Lady Gaga's Paco Rabanne moment to a slew of other memorable performance looks, and tonight's Amsterdam red carpet was no exception. Here are our favorite 2013 MTV EMA looks from the step-and-repeat!
IGGY AZALEA IN DILEK HANIF COUTURE
Iggy Azalea at the 2013 MTV EMAs.
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Talk about a knockout! Iggy Azalea is slaying it in all directions with this Dilek Hanif Couture gown from the Turkish designer's Spring 2011 collection. (Side bar: exactly how many years have to pass before you can consider something "vintage"?) That asymmetrical neckline. Those side cut-outs. The red platform accent heels. THOSE MASSIVE NAVEL-HIGH SLITS. *pauses to catch breath* Also, a little P.S.A. from us and The New Classic herself: she is, in fact, wearing underwear.
Miley Cyrus at the 2013 EMAs.
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While it's no RedFoo-inspired Speedo, Miley Cyrus' 2013 MTV EMAs red carpet ensemble is just as head-turning. Miley took a new spin on those throwback '90s photo screenprint t-shirts she's been known to rep, turning what was likely an East-meets-West The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac tee into a halter neck dress.
Photo: Roc-A-Fella Records/Gif: Jenny Shafei
How's this for a Monday morning bombshell? It's been ten years since the release of Jay-Z's "Change Clothes" track featuring Pharrell Williams. Ten years!! And while the music video didn't exactly tell an accurate story of how time would unfold after its debut—it opens with Jay walking into what's meant to be his retirement party, though, spoiler alert: he released Kingdom Come just three years later—"Change Clothes" did have a strong and lasting influence on hip-hop style.