Tupac Shakur in 1993 and at the 'I Like It Like That' premiere on Nov. 13, 1994.
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Today would have been Tupac Amaru Shakur's 40th birthday, and while we respect his sizable contribution to the rap canon, we here at MTV Style believe it's most important to remember that dude was a babe. And that he frequently wore clothes of the '90s-awesome variety. In fact, his style was so iconic—from his overalls + rugby stripes, to his denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedos, to his allover camo, and his three-piece suits—that instead of picking just one moment, we've dedicated an entire gallery to his sartorial evolution. Like, his doo-rag was so recognizable that were you to draw the outline of his head in Hitchcockian fashion, you would immediately know who it belonged to, you know?


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Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring.
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Nicholas Kirkwood collaborating with Keith Haring is so CDG's Rei Kawakubo x Matt Groening in how much it splodes our brain. Nicholas Kirkwood, whose cobbling genius can be seen in the way he plays delicate lace uppers and spindly stilettos off of chunky platforms and glinting hardware, is as much a sculptor as he is a shoemaker and unsurprisingly has a background in art.

"I actually studied fine art at Central Saint Martins," he says, "The combination of fashion and art is very interesting for me. I never claim to be an artist. I'm a designer. But I think there are areas in which they can merge, and that overlap is exciting."

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Florence Welch at the Gucci Grammy Awards Brunch on February 12, 2011 and the proposed Gucci costume sketch.
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Holy floral epaulettes, sashes, illusion skorts and diaphanous sashes! News that Gucci will be designing the tour outfits for Forence Welch of Florence And The Machine fame thrills us to bits especially since her appearance at the Met Gala in floor-length YSL may have had tongues wag to the contrary. The flame-tressed musician, dubbed one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," and described as "eccentric" and "the most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment" has always been in our crosshairs for her iconic, dreamy, ethereal neo-raphaelite personal style, and this latest development seems a keen match.

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While it's unnerving to think that Elle Fanning is still just a wee 13-year-old, the sought-after actress and Super 8 star has been gracing fashion editorials for several seasons now. The thing about this BlackBook magazine spread that we particularly enjoy is its austerity. Granted the flaxen-haired babychild looks sort of glum and we prefer her in bright, fresh, bursts of age-appropriate color (like, when she wore floral Dolce & Gabbana to the Movie Awards. Also, pssssst we added video to the link so def come check it out) but the fashion references that are evoked here definitely remind us of our youth. A certain waifish Kate Moss for Calvin Klein as shot by Mario Sorrenti. KNAWMEAN? Read More...

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Zooey Deschanel in West Hollywood on Feb. 27, Ginnifer Goodwin in Hollywood on May 3, and Kat Graham in Los Angeles on May 20.
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New York City, today, is supposed to be a searing 100 degrees. Besides sending us running to the nearest AC haven, we've now got to switch our entire beauty game up. Since wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is an incredibly judicious choice (and also saves your skin from wrinkles further down the line), our precious epidermis is protected. But the heat does something awful to our mop, and girls with once stick-straight hair look like they've locked lips with an electric outlet or long, swooping bangs become long, swooping acne cover-ups. Since we've all got 'em (bangs that is) though in different shapes and sizes, we've scooped the best ways to tame an unwieldy mane—whether you go short, long, or in between.


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Listen, we'll admit we spend WAAAAAAAY too much time online shopping. So much, in fact, that we know every single inch of some online retailers' websites.... *cough* Urban Outfitters *cough* And sometimes, in the little corners of the internet ether, we stumble upon their, erm, more questionable products, and we're all, "WTF IS this?! No, seriously. What. Is. This. We don't get it." And then we see it has ratings and a bajillion reviews and we're all, "WAIT. PEOPLE BUY THIS?!?!?" (I mean, don't get us wrong. About 25 percent of our closets are strictly UO purchases. Don't judge.) So let us honor the mind-boggling, quirky and downright crude products that Urban Outfitters has tricked people into buying sold on their website. Read the reviews and then read our thought-provoking insight on each.


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PRICE: $78.00
USER RATING: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
USER REVIEW: "This is like a giant sweatshirt that envelops you in love and hilarity."
MTV STYLE SAYS: This is like a giant sweatshirt that you can't wear outdoors or even indoors if your cat is there to judge you harshly and decamp for a saner, less spinsterish environment.



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PRICE: $3.99
USER RATING: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
USER REVIEW: "The cup was just as good as I thought it would be, but I was disappointed with the fact that I couldn't mix and match the two cups that I wanted to purchase."
MTV STYLE SAYS: Wait, what was the other cup that you wanted? Pimp? Or the festive x-mas one that says, "HoHo". WAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


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Portlandia cat wearing a green hoodie.
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We know what you're thinking. You're thinking we're beyond exhausted and likely tripping balls and tasting sounds and smelling colors in the aftermath of the 2011 Movie Awards and you'd be right. As such there wasn't anything more inviting than the prospect of staring at anthropomorphized kittehs to soothe our frayed (wailing/bleeding) nerves, and that place is Getty Images, where all of these cats live, waiting to tell us a story about paws and claws and subcultures. So, yeah, just... hold us. Want hardboiled FASHNEWS, feel free to comb through our archives. Namely, this video of Vogue Nippon's Anna Dello Russo dancing like a skittish mule. But yeah, we thought a brief respite from Red Carpet trends might be a welcome treat. Ergo, this.

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The 2011 MTV Movie Awards is behind us but all that means is that's it's time to saunter down (very recent) memory lane to muse and mull over our favorite looks of the night. Sure Twilight swept the awards and dominated the Red Carpet but our picks for the favorite were a little more diverse. Running the gamut from "Easy A"'s Emma Stone to Chanel muse Blake Lively, the ensembles boasted trends that were varied and inspired so with no further ado, here are our favorites.


Leighton Meester at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Leighton Meester's art-deco-gone-disco-ball not only flaunted the mirrored shard trend but a second trend of a shortshort cocktail length juxtaposed by long sleeves. Plus, a deep, dark tan and lighter hair set off the dramatic reflections exquisitely.


Reese Witherspoon at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Oh man, if Reese Witherspoon didn't wail on R. Pattz for his flubbed lines in the show (good natured ribbing of course. Ever the consummate professional, Reese brings flawless effortlessness in a juuuuust about knee-length, ultra fitted, Zac Posen leopard-print aqua and brown dress. The subtle sweetheart bodice adds a nuanced air while her tousled, beach-wavy blonde hair hits all the notes of a calculated informality. We see you, Reese!


Emma Watson at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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We were on pins and needles (frantically chatting with the Marchesa twitter feed) about whether or not Emma would wear their fitted, stark white, mini-sheath—with the fringe and the beads and the YUM—and we're thrilled that she did. The Potter star was lovely, gracious, and appeared to GLIDE on her reflective silver, sky-high Brian Atwood heels. Heavenly. Naturally.


Blake Lively at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Blake Lively is a sleek aerodynamic nymph in a gorgeous cut-out Michael Kors dress, which further proves that she is probably most at home being some sort of beautiful mer-creature. And to further prove the fact that she is actually a WOMAN times 10, she's got that hair pulled into a streamlined ponytail, which makes us feel like she probably got right out of the pool after "kissing her skin" with sun and just came on over to the awards.


Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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The thing about this Louis Vuitton tuxedo that we've rhapsodized enthusiastically about SEVERAL times now is that the fit was just perfect. Now, we realize the 'p' word is bandied around so frequently as to be egregiously diluted but the cut was insane. The sequin lapel and tuxedo stripe on the pant showed a fantastically whimsical element but the slightly flared trouser leg added just the sleekest hint of '70s that was reminiscent of the BEST Stella McCartney pant circa early Chloe in a way that made us feel wildly nostalgic and happy. Fash geek-fest over.


Mila Kunis at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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So Mila Kunis didn't walk the Red Carpet and for that we have a single-teared frowny face sticker added to her permanent file. But it's scratch-n-stiff and smells like lilacs so it's still a happy ending! The Justin Timberlake molesting 'Black Swan' star kept it simple and complemented a deep, black top with a silver and gold HEAVILY textured metallic, body-con mini. Balmain and therefore IMPOSSIBLE to go wrong.


Elle Fanning at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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There are all of these girls on the red carpet at the Awards, and while most of them are bright young things, Miss Elle Fanning is so young, so tall, and clearly has a much-talented older sib to possibly over-shadow her. But instead, she goes for the bloomers (with blooms! Blooming bloomers!). Sure, it's a youthful romper and all, but the she drops the bomb on us that it is Dolce and Gabbana.


Kristen Stewart at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Kristen Stewart's hardware-laden Balmain strapless dress was PUHLENTY impressive from a distance as we were deafened by the screaming Twilight fans but as she approached we realized that the deep red number wasn't beaded as we'd earlier thought but pierced throughout and riddled with hundreds of safety pins. Bad. Ass. Plus, think of the countless wardrobe malfunctions she could ameliorate with the handy fastenings! Yes. I just said, "ameliorate" it is one million o'clock here.


Holland Roden at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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Who is this lovely statuette of a woman that has shown up on our screen, looking a bit like an idol/goddess? Grab a pen all: This is Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden. She’s prepped for her first red carpet (and judging by the Amy Adams’-like nature of her get-up, definitely not her last) in a killer Jad Ghandour gown that has a massive train, but is still fitting her form and showing off her killer gams. And lastly, the one-shouldered geometry of this dress is just slaying us. Forget wolves vs. vampires: We’re Team Holland.


Emma Stone at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
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The temptation to flub a vitamin C opening joke in this write up is an enticing one but we're not sure it conveys the proper sentiment which is that we ADORED Emma Stone's playful foray into prettily, citrussy color palettes. From her nails to her clutch to the foundation layer of her Bottega Veneta dress, we loved the completeness of her convictions.

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The Red Carpet Fashion Live Blog

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1:56 pm - Hey guys, so I'm typing this from the cramped corners of our satellite MTV Style HQ on the Universal Lot and I'm flanked by 1 double espresso, 1 20 oz iced coffee and, of course, a can of Coke Zero. In short, I'm AMPED to get this live blog cracking. Or having a MASSIVE coronary. Which is fine (such are the sacrifices I'm willing to make for y'all), as long as I get to see R. Pattz FIRST. Oh, and for more behind-the-scenes movie award gossip check out our pals at Hollywood Crush who are live blogging their faces off.

2:04 pm - Oh, and in case you're wondering, I'm wearing Norma Kamali. And Jeffrey Campbell nude suede Litas. I can't do a non-platform for the THREE HOURS I'll be perched alongside Christian Siriano. Hmm... three hours? I should probably quit guzzling all this garbage what with caffeine being a diuretic...

Christian Siriano on the 2011 MTV Movie Awards red carpet in Universal City on June 5.
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4:17 pm - BRB. Gotta slather on sunblock and go golf cart it over to interview Lupe Fiasco.

6:29 pm - Zomg guys! Christian's heeeeeeere! We're posted up in the scorching heat. The papps are bananas.

6:31 pm - Red carpet to commence shortly. I wonder who's gonna be first. P.S.: Christian's wearing very glamorous patent leather shoes.

6:35 pm - Correction! Painted shoes! Shiny, aaaaand Dior.

6:36 pm - Brad Walsh tells us his double-breasted raw silk blazer is from his women's collection.

6:37 pm - Oooooh, the Twilight cast is trickling in!


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Dudes. What IS it about Beyoncé that speaks to such unfettered, crazy-mad, JOY? Look at her. From her PERFECT hair (is it in a bee hive? Or just poufed out? Either way, GORGE) and nails and skin and prettily crocheted top to the dainty necklace and the FEROCIA ring and her impeccably arched eyebrows... she looks absurdly serene. What's her secret? Well, in this month's cover story of Essence entitled "Eat, Pray, Love" (an article that she herself wrote by the way), she reveals that there's nothing like a 9-month vacation to inject a massive dose of happiness back into a lady's life:

"I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me..." she begins...


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