Lady Gaga and Rihanna are two of the most fashion-forward popstars in the game right now, it's no wonder they're killing it in our fan-voted Best Dressed of 2012 poll. In the same breath, it's also no wonder they're constantly breaking style ground, even when they're off the clock. What fringy fashion are these ladies pioneering this time? Both Mother Monster and Rih are making a case for a new vacation must-have accessory: the hole hat.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen teamed up with Damien Hirst on a collection of backpacks.
Photo: Getty Images/ via Just One Eye
It must be fate. Just this morning we were digging ourselves out of an internet wormhole of retro Mary-Kate and Ashley Youtube videos, and now we've gotten wind of some seriously jawdropping Olsen news that we absolutely HAVE to talk about. The actresses-turned-CFDA winners have debuted a brand new capsule collection of super luxe backpacks in conjunction with Damien Hirst. The Row designers and the contemporary artist collaborated on nine different styles of the carryall, embellishing the label's signature black patent Nile crocodile leather backpack with Hirst's quirky-cool designs. It's an awesome concept, sure, but just like all the other swoon-worthy pieces from The Row, the bad news is, it's gonna cost you. A lot. If you thought the Olsens wouldn't dare to top the $39,000 price tag on their other (controversial) backpack, think again...because they totally went there. The limited-edition collection of bags is listed at online design store Just One Eye for "price upon request." We called, and it retails for a cool $55,000. Gulp.
Ke$ha performing on the 'Today Show' last week in NYC.
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If there's one thing we've learned about Ke$ha over the years, it's that this girl LOVES her accessories (see: studded hair, epic gold earpiece, and consistently over-the-top music vid style). Get ready, because now the singer's putting this signature "more is more" approach to good use with a brand new jewelry line that represents pretty much all of the above. She's teamed up with Charles Albert on a mixed-media collection of rings, bracelets and necklaces featuring everything from arrowheads to sharks to skulls. She's EVEN taking cues from that teeth headdresswith an "edgy and raw" piece made out of metal cast human teeth. Wait...what?!
It's hard to believe that just mere months ago we had absolutely NO idea about the general awesomeness that is Zebra Katz. But lucky for us (and everyone with an internet connection), times have officially changed, and nowadays it's tough to scroll through Tumblr, Twitter, or pretty much any music blog without spotting the New York City rapper and his debut single "IMAREAD." In less than a year, the recent signee to Diplo's Mad Decent imprint has firmly cemented his music industry takeoff status, opening for Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks earlier this summer and racking up remixes left and right. So what's the next logical step? Invading the fashion world, obviously. If you don't believe us, just ask Rick Owens.
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Along with that epic, never ending Lauren/Stephen love triangle, here's one thing we'll always remember from Laguna Beach: Kristin Cavallari's killer choker game (click here for a refresher). And while we may not have realized it then, the '90s accessory staple has TOTALLY come back— so who knows, maybe she was officially onto something all those years ago. Kristin knew what was happening then, and now she's putting that jewelry sixth sense to good use for the masses with- wait for it- a brand new jewelry line! The reality star-turned-new mom has joined forces with GLAMboutique.com on a collection of rings, bangles and necklaces...all priced at a surprisingly affordable $7-$100. Not too shabby, right?! Oh, and her business partner Pascal Mouawad is also the man behind Nicole Richie's super sucessful House of Harlow label, so clearly the guy knows what he's talking about (including what we'll be dying to add to our jewelry stash come 2013).
Instawatch turns your favorite Instagram photos into a custom watch.
Alright, so we're convinced the world is just BEGGING us to unleash our inner photographer. I mean, Jay-Z himself said we all have “genius level talent,” right? Well, for all you snap-happy, cameraphone-obsessed people out there, meet the newest way to feed your Instagram addiction: InstaWatch. The custom-watch platform allows you to choose your favorite shots from the app and turn them into a one-of-a-kind timepiece. PLUS it’s user-friendly, which is clutch because y’know #neverreaddirections. Simply choose your favorite shot
of Harry Styles, scale the photo to the watch's face, and select a color for the band!
Muse performing at the 2012 EMA on Nov. 11.
Even though the 2012 EMA were jam-packed with killer performances (tune in tonight at 11/10c on MTV2 to watch it all go down!), we have to say there was one onstage ensemble that really stood out to us on the style team—and nope, it wasn't worn by Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, or even Rita Ora—it was sported by *drum roll* the lead singer of Muse! I know, I know. We never really talk about the British rock band's on-point style, but when we peeped frontman Matthew Bellamy's insane LCD glasses, we had to discuss IMMEDIATELY. We were not only blown away by his tiny lyrical screen shades, but that, um, haiii, it was totally an homage to one of the most iconic ladies in fashion, Ms. Lady Gaga!
Iggy Azalea debuts snapbacks for Community 54
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, and Odd Future still
haven't convinced you that snapbacks
have officially returned? Then get ready for some SERIOUS persuasion, courtesy of our girl Iggy Azalea.
Between modeling for Henry Holland, hitting magazine covers
, and doing her rap thing onstage, the Australian hip-hop star has sometime found time to create some custom snapbacks for online retailer Community54
. She tweeted
out the news last night, saying "I teamed up with @community54 and made 54 limited edition #azalean snapbacks!" The black, white and purple hats are super exclusive... so exclusive, in fact, that only 54 are up for grabs. So you'd better make moves and snag one for yourself STAT.
Snooki wearing some pieces from her Snooki Couture by Nicole Polizzi collection.
Photo: Via The Style Queen's Tumblr and Facebook
Friends, you might want to remember this day because it's certainly going down in MTV Style history. As of this very moment, Snooki will have officially dominated every corner of the accessories market, and there's no turning back. The Jersey Shore girl has already created multiple (successful) accessories collections including sunglasses, sandals, handbags, and slippers, but there was still one giant area left untouched: jewelry and hair accessories. And guess what? Snooki will be creating JUST that! Online retailer Style Queen announced that they'll be carrying Snooki's debut jewelry and hair accessories collection, called Snooki Couture By Nicole Polizzi, starting November 12.
Emma Roberts wears the Nanette Lepore sunglasses she inspired.
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It seems like every day there's a new designer x celebrity collaboration, but less ubiquitous are the moments when a star takes the backseat and serves as the creative inspiration and, in return, the promotional vehicle for a line or an individual piece. Such is the case with Emma Roberts and the limited edition sunglasses Nanette Lepore designed for her. Last night was the official launch of the Emma-inspired shades, and Roberts, Lepore, and Vogue Eyewear celebrated in style with an intimate party on the VIP floor of the 5th Avenue Sunglass Hut. (Yes, that's a thing that exists, and we have the pictures to prove it.) We caught up with Emma herself to get her reaction to the finished product and serving as Nanette's design inspiration.