What is it about London Fashion Week that brings out the kookiest accessory designs? New York Fashion Week has its fair share of loony togs, sure, but only a few particularly avant garde designers subscribe to that. LFW takes the cake as far as the accessory game goes with a veritable metric ton of labels taking part — Louise Gray, Kokon To Zai (KTZ), House of Holland, Moschino Cheap and Chic, and Tom Ford to name a FEW. From sunglasses shaped like bikes to unicorn crossbody bags (plus, a toilet paper roll ring or two), there are SO many quirky accessories from the London Fall 2013 Fashion Week runways, and we've rounded them up for you to decipher which ones are good, which ones are bad, and which ones are, erm, questionable.
Sunglasses at the Louise Gray, Fad, KTZ, Erdem, House of Holland, and Ziad Ghanem Fall 2013 London Fashion Week shows.
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So what if the sun is shining for less hours in the day during fall and winter? The number one accessories trend from London Fashion Week this season was hands down statement sunglasses. Whether they're outright bananas like this bicycle pair by Fad or reimagined takes on the classic cat-eye (seen in red at KTZ, opal at Erdem, and metallic pink at House of Holland), this is definitely a trend that falls under the "GOOD" category for us. We only wish the neon yellow block-lettered "VOGUE" from Ziad Ghanem were an actual pair of shades.
Demi Lovato is basically the patron saint of the "Keep On Keepin' On" mentality. No matter what hurdles life throws her way, D turns them into speed bumps and skates over them with a huge smile and a heavy-handed pour of style. Case and point: this studded orthopedic boot she wore over her foot cast to last night's Topshop celebration in Los Angeles. In case you need some catching up, Demi incurred a very sadface foot/lower-leg injury after a nasty fall, and since then, has been rocking a black cast and boot combo. But Miss Lovato is a style queen and refuses to let the clunkiness of modern medicine get her fashion game down, especially when she's about to perform for L.A.'s first free-standing Topshop!
The Snooki Couture Valentine's Day jewelry from her Daily Glam collection.
Photo: Courtesy of @snookinic's Instagram/StyleQueen
Valentine's Day is right around the corner (just two days away!), and while it's a little late for us to be helping you out with the gifting portion of this holiday (hint: none of these), we can offer a little advice in the way of what to wear. Or rather, Snooki can. As part of the Daily Glam collection of her Snooki Couture by Nicole Polizzi accessories line, the Princess of Poughkeepsie included heart and kissy lip-shaped, rhinestone covered baubles that are perfect for this week's lovey dovey holiday.
Hot off his Saturday Night Live hosting stint, Justin Bieber kicked off (or at least attempted to) a live stream Sunday night to "play some new music and answer questions." (The jury's out on whether the "Grammys counter-programming" was motivated by Bieber's snub.) Unfortunately for everyone clamoring desperately to tune in, Ustream crashed at the weight of all that Belieber traffic.
Even though the group video chat didn't end up coming through, Biebsy still uploaded a video of himself revealing a brand new unfinished track called "You Want Me." The best part? Bieber's wardrobe for the video: a Brooklyn Nets cap and... basically nothing else.
Quvenzhané Wallis says puppy purses are "her signature."
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This year's littlest Oscars Best Actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, initially captured our hearts in the riveting indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, and as we've soldiered on through awards season, she's caught our eye as a rising style star. Her red carpet steez strays infrequently from her go-to cocktail frock + shiny flats + curls, but one style element that's definitely a constant in her public appearance outfits is: a plushy puppy purse! During a recent stint on The Ellen Show, Quvenzhané revealed to DeGeneres that she has "about 20" different puppy purses, and confirmed that she will be toting one at this month's Academy Awards. "Yes, of course," she told Ellen, "That's my signature! I've had this since Utah." Utah! She's referring, of course, to last year's Sundance Film Festival when and where Beasts premiered.
We've known this day, the one wherein Florence Welch finally shares a bit of her incomparable style savvy with the public by way of some sort of personally unique design venture, was a long time coming. From her Karl Lagerfeld muse status to her Gucci-heavy tour ensembles, we've been clawing for even the smallest morsel of Flo's fashion expertise and impeccable personal style to somehow be imparted unto us. Thanks to the brand new jewelry collection (reportedly inspired by her Ceremonials album) that just hit her Flotique, we juuuust might have a chance to absorb a bit of Flo's style prowess via osmosis through the rose gold and rhodium.
Spangled's new SS13 collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Spangled
Ever since Rita Ora donned these TOTALLY EYE-POPPING (yes, literally) shades several weeks ago, we've been unable to get the pop star's monkey-adorned frames out of our minds. We're talking haunting-our-dreams status here, so obviously we HAD to track 'em down for ourselves...and you guys, obviously. Turns out these rad accessories are by NYC label Mercura, whose awesomely embellished sunnies are also beloved by celebs like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and the girls from Girls. These limited-edition baroque, glittered, and animal shades aren't cheap at $500-plus a pair, but the brand is clearly onto something, because even more sunglasses companies are following suit with their own embellished versions. Case in point: London-based Spangled, who just rolled out their new Spring/Summer 13 collection. With an adorable lookbook, it's impossible NOT to be obsessed.
Just a fraction of Frank's trucker hats from the "30 Rock" series' seven seasons.
Just moments ago, NBC aired the series finale episode of 30 Rock. The wound is still fresh, and we're still VERY much in full mourning of the Tina Fey television masterpiece. With tears in our eyes, we're kissing and turning over framed desktop pictures of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and erasing Dr. Spaceman's (Chris Parnell) number from our phones. Along with the belly laughs, the unforgettable characters, and single-handedly giving us the green light to emphatically call our friends, family, and co-workers "nerds," 30 Rock has supplied us with a wealth of memorable fashion moments, from Liz Lemon's Brooklyn Without Limits jeans to her Princess Leia wedding dress. How could we ever forget Tracy Jordan's (Tracy Morgan) EGOT necklace? Or *sniffle* Kenneth Parcell's (Jack McBrayer) page uniform? Or that time Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) was pitted against Miss Piggy for a "Who Wore It Better"? If we had to pick the ONE fashion element of the show we'll miss most, though, it would definitely, absolutely, HANDS DOWN be Frank Rossitano/Judah Friedlander's signature trucker hats.
Kanye West wears a red mask to last night's Maison Martin Margiela Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show.
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Soooo are masks Kanye West's new thing or is the bright red balaclava he wore to Maison Martin Margiela's Paris Haute Couture show last night just his way of trying to beat the cold? We know it's skin-crackingly frigid over here on the East Coast, but this knit face-covering seems a little extreme for the cool 34°F (not even below freezing!!!) the City of Lights caught last night. This meteorological knowledge plus Ye's recent history with masks lead us to believe only one thing: Kanye wore this cherry red ski mask in the name of FASHUN.
Remember how earlier this month Beyonce Instagrammed pics of her new "ratchet" earrings? And then, we remembered Lady Gaga had a pair of gold hoops reading "Ratchet" in curvy script, too? And remember how that sent us on a rumor mill downward spiral wherein we fantasized about Bey and Gaga collaborating on a new track? Well, those earrings also spawned what felt like a wild goose chase, looking for somewhere to get our own "ratchet" earrings. We may not be any farther along with answers about that "Telephone" follow-up, but thanks to a team-up of a different kind between Melody Ehsani and Karmaloop, we can at least cop the look while we continue to dream!