Candice Swanepoel poses for Tom Ford's F/W 2011 Campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford/Fashion Gone Rogue

For his graphic, over-the-top Fall 2011 editorials, Tom Ford tapped Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel to be his high-fashion subject. But the South African stunner happens to be missing a little something...and it certainly isn't her VS angel wings. Ditching the full-eyebrowed look of the winter, it appears more and more editorial spreads are going browless by bleaching the little patches we so rely on to emote.

The spread (shot by duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott who are renowned for their steamy, high-contrast photography) follows the trend set forth in both the Michelle Williams cover of Interview Magazine and the W Magazine issue featuring Beyoncé—pigment-less supercilium, or, you know, bleach-y eyebrows. Is this a trend that is going to sweep the streets, or are lightened eyebrows just an editorial fad meant for us to ogle (and not copycat)? We spoke to Wella Color Ambassador & colorist at Serge Normant Salon Aura Friedman to see just how faint we can go.


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The biggest thing to happen to cinema OF ALL TIME (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, F.Y.I.) is just days away, so to keep our style game up to snuff with Wizarding World events, MTV Style counts down which Harry Potter characters' closets we'd most like to raid and how best to cop their magical style. The competition was tough, but we whittled the cast down to five of the most stylish witches and we'll count down to the premiere (while you watch the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 red carpet live!) by showing you ways to steal your favorite Potter character's look. First up, Fleur Delacour as played by the lovely Clémence Poésy.


Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour in 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire' and 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1'
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011.
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The BAFTAs, which stands for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, may have been held in February but their "Brits to Watch Award" event, hosted by none other than Prince William and Kate Middleton during their whirlwind California tour, remind us that the folks from across the pond can hold it down on the red carpet against Hollywood's most sparkly ladies.

Dressed like a goddess in her cinch-waisted Alexander McQueen (who does soft and gentle as well as he does brusque and angular, and is almost the de facto designer for the duchess), Kate embodied royalty the same way that Princess Grace once did. Word on the street is that her neutral shoes are Jimmy Choos, which is an applause-worthy choice. Hollywood starlets could do black or even shimmery with this dress, but Kate’s pale turn is appropriately regal.

Blake Lively at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011.
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At first glance, Blake Lively, provided lively (erm) competition in the queenly realm (see what we did there?) but upon really studying her Marchesa gown, it’s clear she went for a totally different vibe. Sure, there is a femininity and composure to her swooped dress, but the one shoulder is subtly sensual. The draped trail and gauzy layer provide a drama that may not be fit for a queen...but definitely looks gorgeous on the red carpet.

Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Though maybe not appropriate for a visit to Buckingham Palace, Jennifer Lopez’s belly-baring dress reminds us that ladies do indeed run the world. The dress comes from the same collection as the green Pucci Beyoncé rocked with combat boots in her "Run The World (Girls)" music video. This full-length gown opts for cutouts that reveal glimpses of Jennifer Lopez’s legendary (and still bangin’) bod and one ornately sequined sleeve. J. Lo is still sexy without being over the top.

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Ryan Kwanten at the Spring/Summer 2012 Hugo Show in Berlin, Germany, July 2011.
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There is something in the water Down Under—hot juice, or something similar—because these Aussies that wash up on our shores are fine specimens. Freakishly rugged, square-jawed creatures who have perfectly mastered the facial-hair-to-baby-soft-skin ratio. Oh, and apparently, they love their moms. Mr. Ryan Kwanten, also known as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, somehow ended up in Berlin last week to check out the fashions, and his date for the whole thing was his tiny, totally Australian mom! And if that's not enough of a deal sealer, *in the same voice I talk to my cat* look at his silly little face!


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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in London, England, on July 7, 2011, in London, England.
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Ssh, listen for it. If you are quiet enough, you can hear the collective sound of millions (billions?) of squealing fans, huffing in excitement, getting ready for their final journey into their favorite place. Forgive me for getting a little emotional, but the end of Harry Potter marks the end of an era; an era where I was filled with wonder and enchantment at the imaginative prospect of OH MY GOD, DO YOU SEE EMMA WATSON'S DRESS? What is that Oscar De La Renta DELIGHT she is wearing? At first one thinks of the über-femme Marchesa like she rocked at the MTV Movie Awards, but no, that is ODLR all the way, with the sheer excessiveness and glamour of the garment. Sure, it might be a little much for a daytime Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 red carpet, but the entire world is looking at her, and that isn’t even a little hyperbole. The tiers (and for me, tears!) falling down, the dreamy gray color, the bejeweled bodice...Harry shmarry, let’s see Emma and Co. making (fashion!) magic for the VERY LAST PREMIERE OF ALL TIME.


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Evol Heist ‘Death Grip’ Skeleton Bracelet.
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When the Dsquared "Spine Heels" showed up on girl Ciara, we were oddly entranced and slightly grossed out in a fun way. Yes, the bony heel felt like it was trying too hard, but it also made a bit of sense. But when worn as a meta-statement outlining your actual skeleton (YOUR INSIDE IS BEING WORN ON YOUR OUTSIDE), like this incredible laser cut-out hand armor (?) from Evol Heist, it is impossible not to notice: bones are where the heart is. And with eyes and skulls being a thing, designers of the raddest sort are wondering why not bones? Those sticky, structural-but-not-geometric internal structural beams point out what sickly, organic meatbags we all actually are. And now that we've got bones on the brain, we see them everywhere we go.


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Kristin Davis as Charlotte York in "Sex and the City 2," and Selena Gomez in Santa Monica, California, on June 13, 2011.
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Just when you thought Sex and the City was getting a little too middle-aged for the Jimmy Choo-clad crowd, author Candace Bushnell has come out with “Summer And The City,” a young adult novel based on the titular characters’ first interactions with the city, following a young, senior-year Carrie in the Big Apple. Not only do we love YA novels (especially YA novels about the city in which we live), we love seeing the girls who practically defined ‘90s NYC as unsure, post-teen city dwellers who teeter around town on un-sensible shoes much like the young authors at MTV Style. (There are four of us, TOO…no one calls Miranda, though in reality it would most likely be me. Womp-womp.)

In speaking about her novel, Bushnell says she’d like to see it on the screen. Which means, of course, today's Bright Young Things not only need to embody ICONS, but also the history of being some of the most stylish women (fictional and not) of all time. But can the gals today cut it? The chic lit turned YA novel(ista) thinks so, since she told The Daily Caller about her secret casting visions—not for heroine Carrie, but the young (and presumably pristine) Charlotte. “I’m going to get into trouble for this, but I was looking at some pictures of Selena Gomez today and thinking ’she’d make a really good young Charlotte.” Whoa. Candy, you are so right on; Selena's clean-cut charm practically oozes a slightly less WASP-y Charlotte. (Demure, well-heeled, but exceptionally assembled. Charlotte would applaud young Selena.) To make Hollywood’s job easier as they scrape together a script, we’ve picked the gals who've got the look down pat.


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Lady Gaga posing with children from the Tai Ya tribe in Taiwan on July 3, 2011.
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Do you know that feeling when a convergence of weird but excellent things happen all at once—say, an old woman riding past you on a pink bicycle with three puppies in her basket or small children holding hands and talking about marriage plans—that just inspire a pure outpouring of ecstatic but confounding emotion? Sure—but instead of calmly explaining "GUESS WHAT I JUST SAW?", we blabber in an adrenaline-fueled arrangement of *pbthhh* noises because joy has simply turned our tongue into a ham. This is the feeling I am struggling with, right now, as I see a black-clawed Lady Gaga standing above a tribe (TRIBE) of Taiwanese children and they are all making monster hands. There is so much excellent here. So much excellent that my fingers have gone numb from excitement and I would best communicate by banging my head on the keyboard. But, I will press on.


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Björk on the 200th issue of 'Dazed and Confused.'
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There is a world where sunlight is made of crystalline sugar and birds tweet atonally and there's always music in the air, and that world exists in the moss-covered biome of Björk's mind. And that same mind, for all of us who love everything the Icelandic pixiewitch does, is about to be featured front and center for Dazed And Confused's 200th issue. No one would be a better fit for the Brit mag that expertly specializes in forward-thinking music and fashion, but the editorial control is also being handed over to the visionary singer (who may have taken flack for her groundbreaking Marjan Pejoski swan dress at the 2001 Oscars BUT was also was one of the first celebs aboard the Alexander McQueen train so THERE, haters).

Of course, she's doing the technologically savvy thing and introducing her new album Biophilia, which is appearing as a multimedia experience (as if Björk would just cough out an album and leave it be) including music videos and iPad apps. But what is really spectacular is the cover that Dazed And Confused produced: She floats as a disembodied head and dons colorful face paint that Tune-Yards would envy, with a net of orange-ish hair dreamily floating behind her. This is a future worth getting excited for, and this is a mag that'll be on our desks come July 7.

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Emma Watson on the August 2011 cover of 'Harper's Bazaar UK'.
All Photos Courtesy of 'Harper's Bazaar UK'

Before any sour-faced olds start murmuring about how Emma Watson is just another flash-in-the-pan face to grace the cover of Harper's Bazaar (and the most recent Vogue) and practically anyone with a movie coming out can land the mag nowadays, I'd like to politely but adamantly request naysayers to hold the phone. While haters indeed gon' hate, this is not just another It Girl on a magazine: This is the making of a long and storied career—think Kate Winslet or a Brit Michelle Williams. (*Insert a pun on how bewitched we are by Hermione here. Something hopefully having to do with "casting a spell.*) Of course, all the proof of the young ingenue's greatness is inside.


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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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