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A look from the Jeremy Scott Fall 2012 collection and designer Jeremy Scott on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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OH MY GAWG. Well, you guys already know that we're wild Jeremy Scott Stans. Whatever douchechills that typically accompany testifying to being a massive, embarrassing fan of someone DO NOT APPLY HERE and certainly not in even the remotest neighborhood of this show BECAUSE it was that spectacular. Here's the thing, looking back on the week, I appreciated NYFW and can happily pluck out looks I adored for its cleverness or its artfulness or its elegance or its movement. But, I can also confidently say that a great many ensembles smacked of a certain, obvious commercial appeal that would be GREAT if I could cop it at ASOS but weren't all that spirit-rousing or soul-igniting marching down the runway in practical, wearable, accessible droves.

Jeremy Scott A/W 2012 could NOT be a further departure. The collection, entitled "Delete History," was inspired by the internet and was absolutely bonkers schizoid in its peripatetic prance all over sensory overload town. The collections is basically what The Lawnmower Man saw right as he hugged the information superhighway so hard with his brain that he fell in, if he also happened to be at a renegade rave in London in 1991 at the time. We caught up with the designer backstage and talked about his inspiration:

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Whitney Eve Fall 2012

A look from the Whitney Eve fall 2012 collection and designer Whitney Port on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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Whitney Eve's first solo New York Fashion Week runway show (prior events have been presentations and joints shows in Miami or in L.A.) for Fall/Winter 2012 was admirable for its restraint. Inspired by an antique kaleidoscope found in her grandmother's house, Whitney Port unveiled tailored angles and jewel tones and at no point threatened to allow her collection to fragment into scattered, disparate stories. Set to the backdrop of Beyoncé's "Run The World? (Girls)," M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls," Robyn's "Fembot," and The Big Pink's "Dominos," there were sequins, dainty peplum blouses, pretty bubble prints, fluttery blouses, cocktail dresses with geometric beading, and a cannily cut and breezy-to-wear suit.

We caught up with the flaxen-haired designer to talk about the iridescent nails (blue!), her inspiration, and some of her favorite pieces.

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Betsey Johnson NYFW

Looks from the Betsey Johnson Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 13.
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I'm going to be completely honest here, there's not a lot you can show me in the mien of the '60s that won't leave me with a certain fatigue. Betsey Johnson's show last night was winsome in the sense that attendees were dolled up in full BJ regalia (poufy, candy-colored tulle dresses), but few things on the runway felt like important additions to the Betsey Johnson cannon. There were no fluttery, loooong, floral flared catsuits from last season or, like, whatever the new babydoll silhouette is. That said, I am partial to the vertical stripes shown both in her hosiery and this lean shocking-pink trouser suit where the waist is slung low for that throwback mod vibe.

What I did adore was this odd play on the pom beanie and the hoodie. This skintight black sweater with the pom-lined hood is fascinating. It's like a monochromatic, non-Furry-cosplay-ish version of a SpiritHood , and I'm happy to say I'm a huge fan. Another thing I went bananas for is this heart-embroidered coat-dress situation. How much does the visual make you long for a young pre-Sarkozy Carla Bruni? Isn't it just the spitting image? God, I loved her.
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Houston's fashion and music videos throughout her career

Whitney Houston in I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), I Will Always Love You, It's Not Right But It's Okay and How Will I Know?

Still from Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "I Will Always Love You," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and "How Will I Know?" music videos.
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As a style blogger, it feels weird to write about the passing of Whitney Houston. Like it's not my place or something. Culture critics like Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker and Rich Juzwiak from The Daily have written beautiful, moving pieces about her legacy and the significance of her career, and knowing both of them professionally, I can testify to how heartfelt the eulogies are. After the news of her death broke, MTV aired an hour-long music video special last night, and though part of me wants to chime in about that voice, and what she did for women of color in music, the aspect of Whitney Houston's life that we'll talk about here is her memorable music video style.

From her super '80s, backless, body-con getup in "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to the all-white fur coat and white flip-flops of a G'd up Whitney decrying some philandering scumbag in "Heartbreak Hotel," the fascinating thing about the Jersey-born Guinness Record-holding multi-platinum recording artist is that despite her model body and stunning face she never fell victim to a hypersexualized image. Ever.

It's not that she downplayed her good looks (she was always immaculately turned out) but in revisiting all of her greatest hits, it's notable that she predominantly opted for big-lapel suits, ripped-up boyfriend jeans, oversize leather and denim jackets, knee-length skirts, and a grip of turtlenecks. With the exceptions of her early work like "I Wanna Dance..." and "How Will I Know," Houston rarely played the protagonist of her videos (though I guess she did take a turn as the "other woman" in "Saving All My Love"). She was usually the omniscient narrator, which apparently required some sartorial gravitas. Seriously, take a minute and watch EVERY video and you'll notice she wears a jacket or coat in a great number of them. Whitney Houston never met a matte red lipstick she didn't like (until she discovered an appropriate dark burgundy for "It's Not Right But It's Okay"), and nobody wore a turban or choker better. Nobody. So in honor of a style icon and a game-changer, we bring you Whitney through her music videos.

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8:00pm — Bruce is on! More fashion posts later. x

7:40pm — I cannot say that I love Nicki's ensemble. Fin.

7:38pm — Rihanna in a one-of-a-kind Armani dress that she and Mr. Armani collaborated on. Deep halter, with a very low back. HOLY FACE. This may be our favorite look of the night. The delicate straps in the back... *Homer Simpson food noises* Also, WHAT MOISTURIZER DOES SHE USE? So good.

Rihanna at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
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7:31pm — Taylor Swift in a rose gold, floor length, cap-sleeve, mandarin collar dress with an updo. Is it me or is she giving retro Nicole Kidman in Dior? It's Zuhair Murad.

Taylor Swift at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
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Models walk the runway at the Christian Siriano fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Eyebeam Atelier on February 11, 2012 in New York City.
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It makes absolutely no sense to me that the notion of Christian Siriano having something to prove prevails. Especially since your boy is a MONSTER at construction and turning out the most serious dresses. According to Eric Wilson at the Times, this fall 2012 collection was inspired by bats, more specifically a horror movie from the '30s entitled The Vampire Bat. And though the fluttery cape details on some of his shorter dresses faintly evoke the flying, bloodsucking mammals--and the cuts are very late-30s--the color palette and the gravitas of the longer dresses reminds me more of a corseted Winona Ryder circa Dracula wherein she played Mina and looked devastating doing it. I really wish I had an animated GIF of each because honestly they all moved differently. The one on the left slithered like mercury and the one of the right swung in the most hypnotizing undulations.
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Helmut Lang Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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As much as I adore gawping at genetic anomalies swan down slick runways in precipitously tall heels wearing tens of thousands of clothes, sometimes it's like spending too long at the perfume counter--after the umpteenth ensemble, your senses SHUT DOWN. Which is why I get excited when someone flips the script on a silhouette and makes me snap to attention. Especially when the designer has deigned to showcase a look that any ol' mortal regular person can mimic without THE very specific coat or THE very specific dress. This snood situation courtesy of the co-creative directors behind Helmut Lang--Michael and Nicole Colovos (formerly of Habitual)--is exactly that.

Though some of the monstrous funnel necks were attached to the wrap coats, this is just a keen study into piling on some wide felted wool strips in various colors, interwoven with thinthinthin printed organdy scarves with complementary outerwear that instantly gets a face-lift (or maybe a high-quality collagen peel and 10 hours of sleep). Plus, I also adore the contrast of wearing cobwebby knits with leather pants that are anchored with a pitch black snood. With all the silhouettes elongating for Fall 2012 with monochrome, basque bodices, long swishy skirts and tall collars, a quick way add even more height is one of these mufflers. It's sorta like that Portlandia skit with birds--put a snood on it! Unless you're a dude, 'cause then it's on a case by case basis and most of the time very bad news.

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Azealia Banks for V Magazine.
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Oh, hello. What ELSE were we expecting from an Azealia Banks V Magazine spread styled by Mugler's Nicola Formichetti? Goodness, girl looks hot. If you remember from our earlier post spotlighting the Twitter love fest from Azealia and Nicola, you'll remember the news that the two were collaborating on a fashion editorial shot by Inez and Vinoodh and her new "Liquorice" video. Well the V results are finally OUT and they are luxurious.

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Can you imagine the kind of day that Rag & Bone co-designer Marcus Wainwright had? Two shows (for ladies and gents) AND his wife gave birth this morning. I know I'm supposed to be waxing rhapsodic about the looks (and I will shortly because I loved them) but just wrap your head around that. He's probably seeing laser auras right now because he's so zonked.

Not that the collection betrayed the slightest hint of fatigue. Wainwright and co-designer David Neville turned out a thoughtful and sumptuous collection laden with fashion nerd details galore. There were leather panels, blanket prints, skirts over ribbed leggings, stripes, nubby tweeds, and a grip of blazers. Each ensemble was a study in delightfully unpredictable layering technique and most of the looks were belted, with the anchor of a leather horizon manipulating the contours and complementing the prints. Basically, the belts were like The Dude's rug--they really tied the looks together. The music featured dubstep and was again provided by Thom Yorke.

MIXED PRINTS AND TEXTURES

A model walks the runway at the Rag & Bone Autumn Winter 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 10, 2012 in New York City.
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Yo. Herringbone ombre where the gradient ends in the black band of a turtleneck and a dark patch of fur on one shoulder? Gorgeous. Also, the addition of a long scarf that draws the eye back down to the tissue-thin pants that are printed with arrows that point inward on each leg, thereby creating a larger chevron that echoes the herringbone? So many treats. Then, there were ornate brocades rendered less fusty-froufrou by clean leather panels, and asymmetrical, leather-collared, striped tweed jackets over fur paneled dressed over silken jodhpurs.

All tolled though, one of my favorites has to be the ensemble where a chunky, grey sweater was worn under a navajo blanket-ish long coat with a cropped, sleeveless almost motorcycle-jacket-looking vest OVER THAT. Part of the charm of the collection is how the designers continuously flex this notion that all of these seemingly disparate articles can be matched seamlessly and in infinite permutations because someone has done all the thinking for you... Provided you have that magic belt.

SHAWLS AND STRIPES

A model walks the runway at the Rag & Bone Autumn Winter 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 10, 2012 in New York City.
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One of my favorite tricks by far and one we've seen before but may have forgotten about is belting a shawl, blanket, or cape. I realize the middle example is not in fact a blanket like the other two but I wanted to illustrate the nifty complement of a trompe l'oiel variation on a theme where the two striped, leather-trimmed shawls behave like the leather coat with a gigantic popped collar where the jacket front evokes a really long, heavy scarf. I think it's neat that it takes up the same idea of space.

And while we have to at least mention the five tidy buttons on each leg of the trousers because they are lovely, let's study these perfect, sturdy ankle boots with varied uppers displayed throughout. SO GOOD. Another note that I enjoyed was the gloves and the turtlenecks/high collars. Holy sister-wife-in-a-burka, have you ever seen a completely covered-up woman look more powerful and sexy? There's something decidedly True Grit about the entire collection. It smacks of poise and ladies who are about their business and also maybe enthusiastic and capable equestrians. Bully for them all.

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Lana Del Rey for "Lovecat."
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I mean, can you even? Because THIS? This is everything. Lana Del Rey shot by Ellen von Unwerth for the music issue of Lovecat magazine dropping Friday, Feb. 17. Yeah, just let these separate pieces of information greet each other in your brain and MAKE. IT. SPLODE.

Lana Del Rey for "Lovecat."
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Lovecat mag founder and editor Prince Chenoa nutshells it thus: "We wanted to celebrate women in music! And there's only one woman in music right now making all the noise, no matter what her critics say, and that's the gorgeous and talented Ms. Lana Del Rey. Plus, what other photographer can capture that essence and beauty like Ellen von Unwerth?"

Truth. And MTV Style's got THE exclusive.

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