Bella's wedding veil and clip.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
The MTV Movie Awards are practically around the corner, and our favorite movie peeps are all happily prepping for the big night, thinking it'll just be another awards ceremony and none of us will be screaming/crying in ecstasy. WRONG. Suddenly, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has to jump in and turn us into crazy people by showing us the first glimpse of matrimonial proceedings between Edward and Bella. Now, of course, we can’t think of anything else and we are buzzing around the office like a pack of starved newborn vamps. Back in April we saw a teensy tiny sketch of Bella’s dress (long, dramatic, draped) and very coyly, the back of her be-veiled and braided head. No glimpse of the wedding dress yet, but we are guessing it’ll be as dramatic and breathtaking as we imagine. And we just got word (HOT OFF THE PRESSES) that Robert, Taylor, and Kristen will be on hand to personally introduce a never-before-seen exclusive clip—and we are praying to see more of the gown.
Dresses made of melted cheese.
Photo: Courtesy of South West News Service
So many puns. So many good puns swimming through our heads at the site of a cheese dress (GRATE EXPECTATIONS? FROMAGE HOMAGE?) that we know once we get started, we may never stop. So let us get the requisite joke out of the way. If we paired this with Gaga's VMA dress, we would get a delicious cheeseburger (>for your nails?!). , a UK-based dairy company, took one look at the meat frock and thought—hell, we could do that. So they tapped young guns at Bath Spa University to create couture made entirely out of fromage, taking the Lady as inspiration. Honors Textile Design students have produced five items for "Versa Cheese" using Pilgrim's Choice staples like Vintage and Extra Mature (as opposed to more childish) cheddar, heat molding the cheeses and embellishing ball gowns with melted cheddar or floral flourishes made of... well, cheese.
Betsey Johnson heels printed with tattoo graphics.
Photo: Courtesy of Betsey Johnson/Factory PR
The great thing about the young, curve-setting eponymous designers of the late '70s is that, as the years pass, they just keep getting better and better. Sure, Vivienne Westwood isn’t redefining punk anymore and Diane von Furstenberg has moved past the wrap dress, but they are still at the forefront of fashion, the queens of their particular aesthetic. And our gal Betsey J. is no different.
So when we got a chance to see Betsey Johnson's fall accessories, we jumped on it, knowing that, after more than 30 years, no one does femme kitsch better than the queen of leopard. Not for nothing, Ms. Johnson now runs a New York-based empire, filled with ready-to-wear, jewelry, handbags, and the shoes (ooohh, the shoes…). And when we snuck a peek, we must admit, we weren't surprised—which is fantastic. Betsey focused on what she does best: sky-high pumps, candy-colored gems. And leopard print enough to make us momentarily consider punning that we were, "seeing spots" *snort*.
First it was Topshop, then it was our go-to online store ASOS (I am literally wearing an ASOS brand dress today), and now, for our limbs, comes Ash. The hit British store is coming over seas and opening its very first flagship store in the United States today, located in Soho in New York. The massive, 2,300 square-foot center will be home to the brand’s punk aesthetic, which already has devoted American followers like Madonna, LeAnn Rimes and H. Duff—which is no surprise, because there are 13 Ash stores worldwide (America, it appears, was just lacking). Known for their booties (they had some thigh-high stunners a few months ago) but certainly killing it with sandals for summer, the Brit brand is a no-brainer for any girl who needs a quick but stylish shoe to pull on whilst traipsing around town holding the requisite Starbucks. Think a tougher, slightly more High Street Jeffrey Campbell, with plenty of hardware and fading already in effect, floating around a $150-$200 price point (to which we say: not too bad for an import).
Katy Perry's cover art for 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F).'
Photo: Courtesy of Capitol Records
Being a teenager is so awkward. So horrifyingly awkward that thinking about the burrowing pimples, the weird crap in your teeth and the intense innerinner eye shadow rim (which ladies still rock in their 20s) elicits, in our office at least, soul-shattering shudders. But Katy Perry, the mistress of the awk-hottie, has gone there, fully embracing those years no amount of un-Facebooking can destroy.
For the cover of her new single, a part of the appropriately named Teenage Dream album, Katy exploits the years we so adamantly reject. The neon-loving pinup queen dons braces, busts out the triangle earrings. And the hair. Can we just say: the hair. Aside from the fact that we are positively scringing (which means skittishly cringing) at the pure CRONSH of her locks after she heads to bed post-prom or whatever it is she is all dolled up for, we love the volume, the crispiness, the sheer nostalgia. (We do not, however, love the Crocs in the left picture. Yes, scoot closer. Those are Crocs. So, there goes any legitimate '80s reenactment. Unlike many of you, we were alive then. And Crocs were not.) But the turtleneck/barrette match? The faded jean jacket? That unbridled look of young, foolish optimism? It's kind of exciting, and a great way to amp up your summer style in a quick and bright way. Here's how...