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Happy Mean Girls Day! It's been a whirlwind of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the early-aughts teen classic—serendipitously on a Wednesday—but before you tuck the Plastics and Cady away, presumably until October 3 (if not earlier), we caught up with the film's costume designer Mary Jane Fort to discuss the wardrobe that launched a thousand (or more) flippy plaid miniskirts. We chat about pulling inspiration for the fashion-heavy film, collaborating with Tina Fey, and what a 10-year high school reunion might look like for Cady and company.
MTV STYLE: Well, first of all, I'm just super excited to be talking to you. This movie's wardrobe is responsible for 100% of the skirts I bought in my teens. How did you go about researching for this project?
MARY JANE FORT: Well, for Mean Girls, we started with—and I always start with—what is real. And then you take it to wherever it needs to go. We started with real high school students, real schools, real yearbooks, going to a couple of high schools and seeing what people really look like.
Jay Z and Beyonce wear ski masks for their On The Run tour poster.
Photo: @beyonce's Instagram
I'm not sure how many instances it takes to be able to officially dub something a "trend," but I'm pretty confident, we can call ribbed ski masks a ~thing~ at this point. If not just now, then much, much earlier. You've probably seen it by now, but Jay Z and Beyonce are touring together (!!!) and the poster they released yesterday in promotion of the their On the Run joint tour depicts the power couple in matching black ski masks. The knit face coverings are, yes, a throwback to your "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" Hov and Bey, but they're also one more stop on the seemingly never-ending train of celebs wearing ski masks. What's that you say? You didn't know ski masks were trendy? OMG, don't worry, I'll catch you up.
TYLER, THE CREATOR
Tyler, the Creator performs in a ski mask.
Photo: Getty Images
I know Tyler, the Creator didn't invent the ski mask, nor does he bogart it as a signature, but he's one of the earliest sightings of a ski mask I can recall from recent times.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS
Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots performs in a ski mask at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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Also, you may have just heard about Twenty One Pilots thanks to their high-energy performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, but their ski masks were not a nod to Spring Breakers or to Russian punk band Pussy Riot (more on both later). They're a hallmark steez for the band and have been for years.
Beyonce is having a DAY. (Granted, it's probably pretty amazing to wake up every day as Beyonce.) This morning, she was revealed as the cover of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2014 issue. She also ~officially~ released her music video for "Pretty Hurts." And now, she's letting us premiere a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of that video with commentary from Bey herself and "Pretty Hurts" director Melina Matsoukas.
The two drop knowledge about the pro-social aim of the video: a call-to-action for girls and women to think differently about how they view beauty. It's a message that we're behind in full—inner beauty will always shine the brightest—so we're supporting her #WhatIsPretty campaign with some of our favorite inspirational Beyonce quotes about beauty and self-worth. We'll be printing these out poster-size for our offices and homes, and we suggest you do the same.
All Photos: Sony Records/Art: MTV
"I am fashion" - Justin Bieber
Photo: @justinbieber's Instagram
It would seem that Justin Bieber just can't win. There was that time he hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber. Or when his bodyguards carried him up the Great Wall of China. And of course, most recently, he paid a visit to a controversial landmark in Japan. But you know where Biebs is winning? In the wardrobe department. Just look at that oversized KTZ T-shirt with a big ol' cobra and "POISON" written in Arabic (which, BTW, you can buy for yourself if you have $365 burning a hole in your pocket). Bieber's fashionable, and he knows it. So much so, that he captioned this snap with a weighty declaration: "I am fashion." Whoa. Not just fashionable or fashion forward. Bieber. Is. Fashion.
Jack Johnson + flip flops + Earth Day = well, right
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This is not a drill. Today is Earth Day, and Jack Johnson has just released a collection of eco-conscious flip-flops. I repeat, this is not a drill. If the idea of Jack Johnson putting out a line of laid-back sandals has you singing, "JJ Casuals, shoes that look like feet," to yourself, YOU'RE NOT ALONE. The moment this little announcement landed in my inbox, visions of Andy Samberg clad in a hemp necklace and oversized plastic Hobbit feet flooded my mind's eye. Immediately after that, I actually opened the press release.
What would Rita Ora steal from Prince's closet?
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From the moment we read in Rita Ora's interview (with bestie Nick Grimshaw) for Paper magazine that Prince assisted with her forthcoming sophomore album, we've been OBSESSED with this idea of His Royal Badness letting her play dress-up in his closet à la that Super Bowl episode of New Girl. Naturally, we HAD to slip this question into her MTV Twitter Takeover today (Monday, April 21): If you could steal one thing from Prince's closet, what would it be? We ask the hard-hitting Qs around here, y'all.
Conan O'Brien pulls a Christian Bale circa American Hustle.
It's no secret that Conan O'Brien's hair has become a kind of signature for the comedian. Red, voluminous, and always perfectly quiffed. What remains a secret, though, is how exactly he (and his ~glam squad~) get it looking so good for every single show and public appearance. Well, thanks to this exclusive, never-before-seen clip from Coco's dressing room, we're...not much closer to figuring that out.
In a bit that didn't air during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Conan spoofs the opening sequence of American Hustle, in which Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) wrestles with his extremely high-maintenance combover. It doesn't stave off my
want need to see the real magic behind Coco's coiffure, but it is pretty funny.
When most girls my age were kissing framed photos of Devon Sawa or putting posters of Rider Strong up in their lockers, I was developing a habit of sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to watch Late Night with Conan O'Brien. (OK, fine, I also had posters of Leonardo DiCaprio and JTT, but let's forget about that for a moment, for the sake of this intro.) I had a number of favorite sketches—desk driving, "If They Mated," cameos from "Andy's sister" played by Amy Poehler, and the Synchro-Vox segments with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, etc.—but none had me LOLing so hard as the remote segments that took Conan to various exotic locales like the Teen Beat offices or the American Girl store. The dude is excellent on his feet.
Twenty-odd years later, these are still my favorite segments in Conan's TBS show, but now, I can stay up as late as I want! In anticipation of Coco hosting tomorrow's MTV Movie Awards (Sunday, April 13, 9 p.m. EST on MTV), I've gathered up some of my favorite remote clips—ones that had a hilarious bent on some aspect of style, whether that means shopping, trying out beauty techniques, or undergoing several wildly different outfit changes. TBH, I've been watching these well into the early a.m. hours every night this week, so I might as well share them. Enjoy!
+ CONAN BECOMES A MARY KAY CONSULTANT
+ CONAN GOES TO TEEN BEAT
Conan O'Brien will host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
He's done it before. Will he do it again? By "he," I mean, Conan O'Brien, and by "do it," I mean, of course, wear jeggings. Believe it or not, Conan has, in fact, worn jeggings previously. Pretty well, TBH. Even with way exaggerated sandblasting on the thighs, dude has nice, long, svelte legs. But will he try his hand at the ultra-stretchy, denim-spandex skinnies again when he hosts the 2014 MTV Movie Awards? According to his response to one fan during our #AskConan Twitter takeover: YES!