LeBron James puts on his mask.
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Masks: They've been around forever! Perhaps even literally since anthropologists haven't been able to pinpoint the origin of face coverings (yet). The world's oldest known surviving mask is made of stone, dates to 7000 B.C., and currently lives at Musee Biblique in France, but there's no telling whether people were shielding their mugs well before that or not.
Masks come in all shapes and sizes, from lacquered, half-face, Phantom of the Opera joints to flashy but flimsy full-dome luchador numbers. Much of the time they're purely aesthetic—a visual aid to some form of entertainment (see: Jabbawockeez) or meant to conceal identity (Anonymous' Guy Fawkes)—but they're functional accessories, too. A mask is a muzzle for Hannibal Lecter, a kind of painkiller for Bane, and far less terrifyingly (well, to some), a facial shield for Lebron James, who has been wearing a mask during games since breaking his nose last month.
Katy Perry loves her some headbands.
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If there's one thing Katy Perry's good at (I know, there are actually a million things she's good at, just stay with me), it's taking style risks and completely OWNING whatever look she decides to try out. Her latest shocker came when she chopped off her hair a few weeks ago into a bob with blunt bangs. That's not where her retro lean stops, though. She's also been integrating cutesy, bow-laden headbands into her steez.
Sure, the Oscars are glamorous and esteemed and a major cultural moment, but I think I'd rather attend an Oscars after-party than the ceremony itself. The casual atmosphere of the post-show bashes is way less "I'd like to thank the Academy" and way more (to quote Matthew McConaughey), "Alright, alright, alriiiiight." We saw some pretty amazing looks on the red carpet last night for sure, but the parties brought out some new fashions that totally reflected the more fun phase of the evening. Check out some of our faves:
LUPITA NYONG'O IN MIU MIU
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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After winning big last night, Lupita swapped out her princess Prada gown for this flirty Miu Miu dress. The sea foam fringe and buckled straps reminded us of a day spent at the beach—the perfect image for a first-time Oscar winner. Lupita held onto the same jewelry she wore at the ceremony and clutched her new statuette for the entire night (totally what I would do, too).
Man oh MAN. Is it just us, or were last night's Academy Awards the best they've been in a long time? We're talking Ellen's ace hosting skills, an amazingly talented batch of winners, and don't even get us started on the red carpet glitz and glamour. The gowns and tuxes were wonderful in all their designer glory, but we couldn't help noticing the A+ accessories and details. Check out some of our favorite style finishing touches of the evening:
Emma Watson at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Emma Watson was a sparkly masterpiece from head to toe last night. Her metallic Vera Wang dress was mostly responsible for her glittery presence, but her jewelry certainly helped out a LOT. Her diamond ear cuff was the perfect choice for her whole goth-at-the-Oscars vibe, as was the sizable aggregation of rings adoring her fingers. Emma totally could have stepped off the red carpet and into a street fight without having to change her outfit at all, which is pretty much the best kind of transitional fashion.
Pharrell and his rainbow of hats.
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You guys. Pharrell Williams' hat game is just getting better and better. We didn't think that was possible, seeing as the oversized millinery he wore to the Grammys is already more famous than you or I will ever be. But then again, we didn't realize the now-infamous Vivienne Westwood accessory comes in a variety of bold colors, many of which Pharrell has been wearing lately. What's better than a brown Buffalo hat? A FUCHSIA Buffalo hat.
Katy Perry knows about accessories.
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Katy Perry just made dressing for her upcoming Prismatic World Tour a cinch. Today WWD revealed that the singer is teaming up with Claire’s on a line of accessories inspired by her new album. Talk about a match made in heaven. Claire’s was already the sparkling beacon of the mall—just imagine how much shinier it’s going to get once Perry’s inevitably holographic gear hits its shelves. If there’s one thing we know about Katy Perry, it’s that she can’t resist a theme.
Santigold x Stance socks.
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If this decade's fashions have taught us anything, it’s that socks can make an outfit. The underrated accessory finally had its street-style moment last year after dominating the runway in 2012 (Prada, Bottega Veneta, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors—the list goes on) and being championed by Rihanna back in 2010. Now, thanks to Santigold, the accessory’s cool stock just went up again.
Don't go overboard with the Valentine's Day accessorizing.
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As you are probably well aware, Valentine's Day is on Friday. While some people go all-out with reds, pinks, hearts, cupids, whatever, we prefer a simpler approach. There are plenty of options for you to acknowledge that it is, in fact, Valentine's Day without gluing hearts made of doilies to all of your clothes. We've rounded up a few accessories that are perfect for a low-key Valentine's Day look (and that you may even wear on days not found in February).
On Valentine's Day, this XOXO ring could mean "hugs and kisses," but on any other day, it could be just two of your favorite letters on a ring, next to each other. The delicate letters are pretty and subtle, so your finger won't be screaming "I LOVE/NEED/WANT HUGS AND KISSES," but will be nonchalant like, "Oh, the letters on the ring are also the way I sign all my emails." Cool.
Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Nicki
Flowers? YAWN. Chocolate? No, thank you. Valentine's Day is right around the corner and, luckily for all you clueless dudes out there, Nicki Minaj is here to save you from the dog house. This year, Minaj has done the world a serious solid by providing every guy with the perfect holiday gift: jewelry. What's that you say? You haven't been saving up? You don't think you can afford luxe bling for your lady? You didn't even know it was February already?! Well, relax. Because not only is Nicki's new line of accessories totally fun, but it's totally affordable, too! Yeah, we know. She's the best.
Happy birthday, Harry!
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Today is Harry Styles' 20th birthday, which means there are no longer any teens in One Direction! It's totally acceptable to be a 20-something who loves the band, because now they are all 20-somethings, too! YAY. Let us rejoice! Last year, we wished Harry a year of good hair days, unaware that he'd soon be swapping his trademark side swept 'do for something a little more vertical. In the past year, Harry has stepped up his accessory game, introducing a variety of headbands and hats into his on- and offstage looks. Begrudgingly (JK 4EVA!), we pored over hundreds of photos of 19-year-old Harry to find some of his best headgear. We don't know what the next year will bring for sire Styles, but it's almost guaranteed to be fashion and accessory-filled. I mean, the dude is a British Style Icon. Plus, there's our inevitable wedding (I'm looking at dates in 2014), so he's bound to look great for that.
Happy birthday, Harry! Here are 20 things you wore on your head this year, in case you forgot!
When he was a boyish 18, the only hats Harry wore were beanies. They flop, his hair flopped, it was a match made in floppy heaven. At 19, though, Harry introduced new hats into his wardrobe. There was the ubiquitous tan fedora he wore all summer and the black porkpie hat he showed off on Instagram. He also began wearing hats to award shows and on stage. At the Teen Choice Awards, he debuted a wide-brimmed hat that could've easily been stolen from John Mayer's closet, and onstage in Australia, he wore some local flare.