Rihanna clutches Mario Testino's "In Your Face" photography book.
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Essentially, what's happening here is Rihanna, non-verbally, saying, "Alright, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. I see your book clutches, and I raise you... clutching an ACTUAL BOOK... And an unreleased one at THAT!" Then she sprinkles all the chips in the middle of the table and fireworks explode behind her. BLADOW! *soft crackle of fizzling out pyrotechnics* Okay, soooo that may have been a 100% surmised situation, but can't you just imagine it happening? And all of it topped off with a tweet from Rihanna punctuated with "#ph***yohandbags" or something similar (also, uncensored)?? *shrugs* Maybe it's just us. Regardless, it brings up a great question: could Rihanna's book-clutching look out-pace the quirky-cute book clutch steez we've grown to love? We take a closer look.
Carly Rae Jepsen carrying the McFadin 'Carly' clutch.
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Pencil and paper out, guys, we've got a pop quiz for you: What do Lana Del Rey, Alexa Chung, and Carly Rae Jepsen have in common? No, we're not talking about great hair or rad style (although that's true, too). Turns out all three ladies are minted members of the Namesake Handbag Club™. Ahem, if you haven't heard of this super exclusive establishment YET, think of it as the ultimate way to take your fashion muse status to the next level. Mulberry originally debuted the "Alexa" bag last year, named after the Brit icon and inspired by her preppy-tomboyish personal style. It shot to "It" bag status pretty much immediately (despite its cool $1,350 price tag), with fellow celebs like Nikki Reed, Ellie Goulding and Florence Welch all sporting the luxe leather carryall. But Alexa's not the only one with her own Mulberry- Lana Del Ray snagged the honors of a "Lana" bag courtesy of the U.K. brand earlier this year, too. Now it's Carly Rae Jepsen's turn to claim bragging rights, thanks to a white leather "Carly" clutch inspired by the "Call Me Maybe" singer herself.
Topshop sells hair spikes.
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop
As a species, we put a lot of weird stuff in our hair. Sprays and oils and chemicals. Braiding in ribbons and gluing in more hair. Also, remember butterfly clips? Let's all just take a gender-wide facepalm on that one, agreed? And while we're at it, these "spike stud swirls" from Topshop? They might warrant a little self-reflection, too. Color me judgmental or, you know, whatever you want given the anonymity of the interwebz, but I'm just not seeing it. Yet! I'm very thinly spined (near amphibious, really!) and can definitely be swayed. Perhaps a customer review? Or a photo? Or an at-home tutorial? I'm open to suggestions, but I'm also compelled to stand on my soapbox and broadcast that this hair accessory + me is not a love-at-first-sight kinda deal.
Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley reveals her engagement ring for 'In Touch' magazine.
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Whew, it looks like another Jersey Shore girl is about to get hitched! Following Snooki's engagement earlier this year (and the stylish arrival of her baby boy!), her fellow castmate/BFF JWOWW is also joining the bride-to-be clan by announcing exclusively to In Touch that she's marrying her boyfriend of two years, Roger Mathews. All together now: Awwww! While we're SUPER happy for the Shore girl, we need to cut to the chase—what does the ring look like?! From what we can see, um, that's one GIANT rock. JWOWW told In Touch, "Roger's not an average-looking guy, he's huge: his personality, his size [6'4"]. So I always said, 'I want my ring like you—big! The bigger the better!'" Well, boy certainly delivered. *claps*
Would you wear Eastpak's Hungry Henry cheeseburger backpack?
Photo: Courtesy of Eastpak
Backpacks are BIG right now. Not, like, physically, but as a trend. We're not sure if it's just because of back-to-school season or if maybe The Row's pricey alligator one was the sparkplug for a larger movement, but whatever the reason, the scholastic carry-all is a big deal this season and one we're certainly not fighting with. What's up for discussion here today is the cheeseburger photo print rocking all over this Eastpak. We want to know what you think: is it a yay or is it a nay?
Rita Ora, Kreayshawn and Porcelain Black all wear word beanies.
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Word up! On the heels of Rihanna's "Boy" snapback hat comes the next big thing in headwear—beanies with phrases on them. And, listen, we're not talking about hats with brand names plastered on the front, we're talking about expressing whatever sentiment you feel on your forehead for ALL to see. Rita Ora, Kreayshawn and Porcelain Black have been behind this trend of late, and we're LOVING it. Just over the weekend, Rita sported a black and pink cap while performing at the Made in America festival that had the phrase "I'm a Village Bicycle" embroidered on the front. We're guessing this is a vintage find because our Google searches come up empty , but we like how it adds a touch of kookiness to her ensemble. She paired it with a fringe leopard top, bright red lips and stacked plastic bead bracelets. Funnnn!
Would you wear a sharp talon ring?
Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal
Have you guys tried that fingernail ring trend yet? It's only been THREE MONTHS since we first told you about it. What are you waiting for already?? Whatever your reason, perhaps this latest sharp talon ring from Nasty Gal will be the proverbial straw to break your gilded and gem-encrusted camel's back! Blurring the lines between jewelry and nail art, Nasty Gal's talon rings (yes, there's another less sharp version!) offer a happy marriage between the two seriously vital style components for just TEN. BUCKS. Zut alors!
Nanette Lepore's debut style of sunglasses.
Photo: Nanette Lepore's Twitter
We love Emma Roberts. We love Nanette Lepore. So what happens when two of our favorite people combine? Just take a look at the sketch of these amazing sunglasses above, and you'll see that it's a total match made in creative heaven (seriously, Cupid would be jealous he didn't think of it first!). Yep, Nanette Lepore- known and beloved for flirty, girly dresses- has just crafted her first style of sunglasses inspired by none other than Emma herself. The pair of cat-eye frames is the latest addition to the VOGUE Eyewear Designer Series, and is inspired by retro Twenties glamour with a modern twist. As Nanette tells WWD of her 21-year-old actress muse, “She’s chic, youthful and confident in her style." Considering Emma's ability to switch from rocker to Old Hollywood to uber-trendy at the drop of a hat, who's going to argue with that?
Could Katy Perry's new style be inspired by John Mayer?
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Katy Perry and John Mayer have been making headlines lately as one of the music community's biggest maybe couples of the moment. Neither Katy nor John have commented (yet?) on the notable spike in time spent together, but ever since they were photographed together leaving L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, the prospect of "JohnKat" has definitely been raising eyebrows for the past month. Now, it seems Perry and Mayer are sharing more than just time and memories - they're sharing style sensibilities, too!
Lady Gaga and Fozzi the dog match in Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collars.
Photo: Courtesy of @LadyGaga's Twitter
The rightful ownership/mothership of Fozzi, the adorable fluffy pup all over Lady Gaga's Twitter feed, may be up for debate amongst her Little Monsters, but we have to give a rousing golf clap for this exemplary matching game. Forget a boy band, Gaga and Fozzi are giving the world's color-coordinated guy groups a run for their money in their matching Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama yellow-and-black polka-dotted collars.