8:30 PM — It's HERE. It's HAPPENING. It's Seth. Red Carpet is OVER.
8:23 PM — Renee Zellwegger in a scintillating Carolina Herrera and a messy-chic updo.
Kristen Stewart at the 2013 Academy Awards.
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8:22 PM — Whoa. K. Stew's official crutch holder looks like an FBI agent in a way that I think is TOTALLY appropriate. She needs Ray Ban aviators even.
Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips Robb Roskopp skate deck.
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OK, for those people who aren't aware of what's going on in this week's head-on collision between the fashion world and the California skate scene, there is a storm brewing on the internet alleging that Jeremy Scott ripped off beloved artist Jimbo Phillips for his latest season. Jimbo's father, Jim Phillips, is the art director of Santa Cruz Skateboards and has been since 1975. Both of their contributions to the skate and surf art world have been celebrated for decades. Their illustration style is so widely recognized by their fans that those who caught wind of Jeremy Scott's AW 2013 collection of flailing tongues, flying eyeballs, exploding brains, and grimacing brutes were immediately up in arms. I reviewed the Jeremy Scott AW 2013 Collection so refresh your memory before we get all deep up in this.
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Hey guys, BIG NEWS. HUGE, really. So, I've been the Senior Editor at MTV Style for a couple of years now and had an absolute blast but it's time for me to move on! I mean, let's not be dramatic, it's not like I'm going SUPER FAR or anything, I'm actually going to continue to serve y'all as Editor-At-Large while working on some awesome, clandestine personal projects (I'm joining the CIA! Shhhhhhhhhh.). I'll still check in intermittently for urgent things like Grammys, Fashion Week etc etc so you won't even know I'm gone. I'm STOKED (MTV totally threw in a gold watch with "emeritus" inscribed on the back in cursive and everything).
The part that actually concerns you is that: MTV STYLE IS HIRING A SENIOR EDITOR. Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun! The only way to toss your name in the hat and then lob the hat in the ring is to apply for the job online. If you choose to email or call me directly, YOU FAIL. If you decide to descend upon our offices like a pestilence and wheat-paste your resume all over our building, YOU FAIL. Should you elect to airdrop an enormous bribe in the form of DELICIOUS CANDY, YOU FAIL (but by such a slender margin that we can't possibly dissuade you from at least trying).
Here's what we're looking for:
Jeremy Scott's Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.
You know how poltergeists haunt teens because they're attracted to the youth's SUPERCHARGED angst-laden energy? Well, Jeremy Scott was similarly drawn to the interaction betwixt ghouls and hormones if his monster-mashed up collection for AW 2013 gives any indication. There were ectoplasmic spatters, exposed brains and veiny, exploding eyeballs decorating sweaters that were complemented by Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas-esque trousers and matching lace-up boots set to Beastie Boys' rambunctious "GIRLS." The scowling (yet ever lovely) Cara Delevigne marched out in creeper-soled sneaker-boots with a pointy Lydia Deetz up-do and a sweater featuring a wart-riddled, teeth-baring visage. There was also a healthy dose of amped-up, psychedelic punk-rock-meets-ska motifs by way of a neon two-tone, checkered boot under a floaty, fractal-ish skirt anchored by a black, scoop-neck jumper emblazoned with the graffiti'd words: TOO WEIRD TO LIVE. Word.
Here's what you can expect with The Blonds: A) that the show will ALWAYS be LATE. B) that it won't matter a WHIT because the comings and goings of the SPECTACULARLY glamorous audience will be ceaselessly captivating. And finally, C) that the over-the-top offerings of tow-haired twosome Phillipe and David will rigorously follow a theme. Debbie Harry was there. So was Patrick MacDonald. Less expected was Trina. She was lovely.
The Blonds At New York Fashion Week Fall 2013.
It seems that The Blonds were in an Old Hollywood mood. Not in the cascading curls, soft lighting, bias-cut charmeuse evening gowns sort of way, mind you. More slasher-flick villains by way of Hitchcock and Kubrick. A printed polyurethane corset and skirt featured Jack's grinning mug peering through the splintered door from The Shining. Just as Janet Leigh's screaming visage was step-and-repeated for the torso of another look. There were teeny, glinting, acrylic knives dangling as jewelry and printed onto a kicky '50s housewife dress as well as skintight, flesh colored bustier gowns anointed with angry red slashes throughout. Definitely expect a follow-up post on the nail art because they were as outrageous and gore-adoring as the rest of it.
8:39 PM — You guys, we're done backstage. And completely pooped. Thanks for joining us tonight for the 55th annual Grammys Awards. Congrats to all the winners and the sartorial stars. I am going to eat EVERYTHING. Bye.
7:44 PM — Whoa projection mapping on Carrie Underwood's dress.
6:40 PM — I love this soothing performance between Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. Such an incredible palette cleanser.
Justin Timberlake at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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6:09 PM —If Justin Timberlake brings it on down to omelette town I will die of happiness.
Johnny Depp at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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5:55 PM — WHEW, now that the red carpet is wrapped let's pick up with the show! Johnny Depp's bedraggled buccaneer bespectacled steez is so reassuring.
Mark McNairy and Angel Haze at the Mark McNairy Fall 2013 Lookbook shoot.
Mark McNairy is a goddamned boon. The bespectacled, becammo'd designer makes womenswear that upholds every tenet of why we love him as a menswear designer. It's maddeningly rare but dude just gets it and his cannily shrunken, sleek silhouettes for A/W 2013 are proof. That he invited one of our favorite new artists Angel Haze to follow in the footsteps of the hilarious-and-all-around-GREAT-for-morale Danny Brown to model his latest, made his A/W look book shoot that much more enticing. We're grateful to have been granted access to poke around with our cameras.
Most of y'all know we've been stoking a healthy Twitter-stalk of Mark and Angel's budding friendship for weeks but even we were surprised to see how intimate and collaborative the process was. Sure, we were all in close quarters but there was an awesome back-and-forth between the entire crew (which also included Mark's lovely and intelligent daughter Daisy) about styling details, what shoes made more sense and whether we plain liked what hat went with what pants. Angel's hysterical and outspoken glam squad weighed in heavily... as is a glam squad's wont (LOVE YOU; MEAN IT).
John Galliano and Oscar de la Renta.
I don’t know about you but I'm happy that John Galliano will be designing again. I realize that he’s said some damnable, hurtful things. We all watched the vile camera phone video that came to light in early 2011 wherein he drunkenly spouted unprovoked anti-semitic remarks to Parisian cafe patrons looking like some insane racist pirate. We also heard of his Anti-Asian sentiments and while I have in the past wanted to carve bastards in their bigot-faces for such odious behavior (which, for the record, is how Dior heads labeled it right as they sacked him) today I feel nothing but relief. I’m especially pleased that highly-respected members of the fashion community are spearheading this move to give him another chance.
The report originally told to WWD states that Galliano will be installed in Oscar de la Renta’s design studio for a three-week residency at the prompting of Vogue’s Anna Wintour. In the article, Oscar says something nice and mild. And then Galliano responds with gratitude, contrition and thoughts regarding his battle with alcoholism. It’s all lovely and measured. It’s also vague in terms of what a “residency” actually means which seems exactly right considering the amount of scrutiny under which this collabo will fall.
Nicola Formichetti and Big Bang's G-Dragon.
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The one thing I can't get enough of is how Nicola Formichetti commissions exclusive music for his shows with Mugler. It's never predictable and the selections have run the gamut from Lady Gaga to Azealia Banks to the legendary Japanese composer Ryuchi Sakamoto. Each time, it's like the score cracks open Nicola's head to reveal what he was thinking during the inception of each collection and it's fascinating. So when "Nicopanda" shot me an email that he'd been working with Korean megastar, Big Bang's G-Dragon for his latest, I got really excited. It's hardly news to regular readers of this site that K-pop is my jam.
When Nicola and I talked yesterday afternoon he was exhausted but energized. It was 10:00PM Paris time and he still had about 10 more dudes to fit before he could go home. That said, he wasn't too tired to give me the scoop on his "theme song" for the Mugler Fall/Winter 2013 Men's collection. Despite Big Bang's success, it's G-Dragon's work on his own that Nicola specifically responded to. "I wasn't sure that Big Bang's music was right," says Formichetti. "It's too pop for what I wanted to do with the season but G-Dragon's solo career has a lot more rap, trance, a lot more techno."
Rihanna onboard her 777 Tour flight.
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Dude. So this 777 Tour is nuts. I mean, nothing about an international Rihanna tour that happens on a private jumbo jet across seven countries didn't already sound bananas but there was zero way anyone could prepare for this. Trying to pack the right stuff was impossible. We were told that we could bring two checked bags but that seemed like an awful lot and I thought I'd be beating the system if I just brought a carry-on. Plus, (and not to invoke THE WORST energy ever but...) baggage overages made me think of Aaliyah reports so I thought I'd play it safe. As you know, the first leg of the tour goes down in Mexico City and the second is in Toronto (with the rest of it going: Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, with a final show in New York), which means a climate change that spans thirty some-odd degrees. You end up packing a winter coat, some sweaters, a summer dress and a bikini but pretty much all of it’s JKJKJK because you never leave an airport, bus, plane or venue. So far, it’s like a Vegas bender—you just don’t see a whole lot of outside.