Kanye West at his fall/winter 2012 Paris Fashion Week show on March 6.
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Kanye West’s show was good. I realize this sounds like faint praise or an attempt at side-eyed diplomacy but it’s not. The show was good and it was safe. Anna Wintour told WSJ moments before that she anticipated a “short” show and it was also that. The show was good, safe, and short. There were 20 looks.
It’s not at all what you would expect from Kanye West. Thing is, I’m so used to BANANAS Kanye. Euphoric Kanye. Tweeting-about-DONDA-and-damn-near-breaking-the-Internet Kanye. Kanye who’s going to revolutionize school systems and videos and award shows and music. I just wish he could apply some of that energy and unabashed gassed-ness to fashion. I never thought I’d say this about Kanye West but I just wish he had been more confident. Displayed more of an ego.
Looks from Kanye West's fall/winter 2012 Paris Fashion Week show on March 6.
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4:26pm — Super short and sweet, three colors, 20 looks that ends in a go kart race around the crowd. Check back in for the detailed wrap-up and more.
4:25pm — I do love the classic, American sportswear cues like this bone-colored, oversized (clearly V luxe) crewneck sweatshirt
4:23pm — These ribbed (strapped?) boots are absolutely the business.
4:22pm — The burnout velvet pieces are gorgeous and happily, Kanye has overcome the loosey-goosey fit problem from last season.
4:21pm — Really serious, austere lines, girlie notes in the skirts, and velvet.
4:19pm — Boatloads of leather.
4:17pm — FUR BAGS again.
4:08pm — We can keep talking since we're not there BUT Anna Wintour just told the WSJ that she anticipates a "short show." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
4:07pm — Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh everyone's asked to sit down and be quiet. Must be starting soon. Ish. Esque.
4:06pm — Kim K is wearing Kanye's SIX THOUSAND DOLLAR shuz.
Kim Kardashian shows off her shoes at Kanye West's Fall 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
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Shoes from the UGG Collection line.
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OK, this is really important. We all know that it's super easy to pick on Uggs. Mostly because as shearling sock-boots favored by Australian beach-combing hippies and ladies who own "going-out sweats," they pretty much put the "Ugg" in "FuggbarfgrossNO." But the thing is, I actually have dear friends who are legitimately attractive and intelligent who recycle, read books, know how to cook and listen to good music who swear by them as the warmest and most comfortable shoes known to foot. And then there's this other thing where people I admire, like Azealia Banks or stylist Carlyne de Dudzeele Cerf (who is like BESTIES with Alaia) also wear them. Going so far as to be photographed in black ones for 'Interview' Magazine.
Basically, there are certain days when I wonder what it would be like to wear squishy, toasty flats lined in sheep fur and think good thoughts about them. So when Ugg released their newest collection of ladyshoes by way of Ugg Collection, I, along with the fine folks at Refinery29, was pleasantly surprised with the sculpted heels UNTIL I realized how extortionately expensive the shoes were.
Listen, I get that Kid Cudi is a rapper who's always pushing the envelope—even the tagline of his personal Tumblr is modified lyrics from Mobb Deep's 1999 song "It's Mine:" "Y'all need to give it up, we don't give a f***, what y'all n***** want, CUD LIFE IS MINE!!!" But yesterday he debuted a new set of tattoos on his wrists that really makes me feel bananas in my soul areas. He got two drippy, bleeding slits with the caption "The old Scott is dead...slit wrists" underneath it. Now, I'm not here to judge/be a mom/tell people how to live their lives, but I can't tell if this is blithe or insensitive or refreshingly outspoken or what, but MAN, long story short, I feel weird. Also, maybe not great? I understand the visual interpretation of re-invention or officially resurrecting from his given name (Scott Mescudi) into Kid Cudi, but either way he's sending out some seriously intense vibes that even his fans can't keep quiet about.
Models walk the runway in creations by Japanese-Italian designer Nicola Formichetti and French designer Romain Kremer for Mugler during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show on Feb. 29 in Paris.
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Goodness, will you just give me a moment so I can offset spatula my molten face off the floor? Swooooons, guys. How good was the Muger show? Did you stream it on from their Facebook page like I've been haranguing you all week on Twitter to do? I hope so because it was kinda amazing. First of all, I loved that there was sound and you could tell it wasn't some weirdo dubbed version because you could hear people shifting around in their chairs. The energy of people getting ready always sucks you right into the voyeurism aspect which is great because who doesn't LOVE intimacy?
Having talked to creative director Nicola Formichetti earlier this week, we knew that the Mugler F/W 2012-2013 collection was inspired by "insects" because the musical director of the show Ryuichi Sakamoto told us so (more on the music later) but it's one of those things where "bugs" so often get translated into butterfly prints so I was delighted to see full-on, 3D, tough-looking exoskeleton bits, pointy shoulders, strong thorax, as well as the willowy, somber-faced, purposeful models marching in these massive, yet, delicate shoes at a clip that looked very much like albino ants fording a formica counter top. Glorious.
Oh, Willow Smith, I just enjoy you. I love that you hang out with Tyler the Creator even if a part of me finds it wildly troubling because I believe that you'll eventually make something awesome together. Something weird and artistic that exactly you two would cook up. I especially love that despite being young you have this oddball conviction and confidence that allows you to shrug all disaffected-style about shaving your head. That you'd then to take that peach fuzz and liberally apply bleach to is so ballsy, given that your wee, tender scalp must have burned like crazy. The whole thing's sooooo BOSS.
Um. I feel weird starting this article in exactly this manner but having just gotten off the phone with Nicola Formichetti *silent screeeeeeams*, I've just learned something WONDERFUL (and exclusive to MTV Style) about the music for his Paris Fashion Week show this Wednesday. The frequent Lady Gaga collaborator and Mugler creative director is renowned for unveiling something extra special during each of his shows, like last year's premieres of Mugler remix of Gaga's Scheiße AND none other than Lady Gaga herself walking to "Government Hooker" as well. Plus, let's not forget the unveiling of the Jessica 6 mix to Azealia Banks' "Bambi"at his 2012 men's show earlier this year.
Basically, the dude doesn't play when it comes to the perfect aural complement to his shows. And this time Formichetti's planned something EXTRA major.
8:30pm — OMG show started. Meet us back here for our favorite looks!
8:20pm — MAHAHAHAHAHA. Okay, so apparently, a bunch of people picked this dress as an option out of a hat. Literally. WHAT.
8:17pm — UUUUM. GAME THE HELL OVER. Here's Angelina Jolie looking every part her last name (even if it's actually her middle name) in the most bangingsome bananas black velvet gonzo architectural peplum Atelier Versace dress. Plus, excuse me, what is this loooooooong slit? Stunning. #legs #EVERYTHING
Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Academy Awards.
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8:02pm —OKAY, WHERE IS ANGELINA?
7:55pm — Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive.
7:29pm — SICK. Emma Stone in red, side-swoop bangs, bun and BOW. Giambattista Valli SS12 couture.
Emma Stone at the 2012 Academy Awards.
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Harnesses, gorilla arms, and covered faces were big trends at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week has wrapped, so now it's a time for reflection. A time to take stock and truly think about what trends to incorporate into your new fall wardrobe. It's also a time to look at videos made whilst one is tired and strangely retaining water in one's puffy moonface against the backdrop of spliced-in photos of models looking waifish and extra cheek-boney. SERIOUSLY, do I look like this? Also, don't answer that.
So, on to the point! Here, we have created a video for you that includes the four most notable trends of the season as gauged by prevalence on the runway: loooooong, lean lengths; leather; fur; and artful collars. From Rodarte's shearling dress to Herve Leger by Max Azria's leather harnesses, to the ubiquity of a thing called "gorilla arms," here is my enormous head looming before you in hopefully a nonthreatening (at the very least) manner to
spasm chat about a New York Fashion Week fall trend cheat sheet. Namaste. Or whatever.
+ WATCH MTV STYLE'S FALL 2012 TREND REPORT
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A look from the The Blonds Fall 2012 collection and designers David Blonde and Phillipe Blond on Feb. 15 in New York City.
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Couple of things you need to know about The Blonds’ Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show. There was a light cycle from 'Tron' cold chilling on the runway like it was no big deal. The season marked the DEBUT of their men’s collection (spun off from their bespoke collections for Adam Lambert, who was front and center). There were bustiers and loooooooooooooooooong blunt beautiful ponytails (sorta on that Iggy Azalea tip) jutting out of helmets. And last, but certainly not least, Lil’ Kim showed up wearing last season’s white ostrich feather + bejeweled bodice that was tailored and altered expressly for the Queen B herself.
We ran backstage and spoke to both Phillipe and David Blond about this season’s inspiration, their muses, and music which, DJ'd by Scott Ewalt, followed a gear-head theme with Leather Angel's "Whole Lotta Love," Love And Rockets' "Motorcycle," "Leader of the Gang" from Gary Glitter as well as Lana Del Rey's "Kinda Outta Luck," an artist that The Blonds cite as an inspiration.
+ THE BLONDS FALL 2012