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Cute collar, Katniss.
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Trish Summerville gets it. As the edgy, ambitious costume designer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Summerville's been tasked with combining high fashion (see: The Capitol), high function (see: the games) and stuff that straight up looks pretty on screen (see: well, all of it). And even though the film has yet to hit theaters (15 DAYS AND COUNTING), the few glimpses we've gotten of Panem's ornate new garments have already earned her a Style Award for Film Costumer of the Year. *brushes shoulders off*

With the second Hunger Games installment only weeks away, Summerville sat down with Refinery 29 to spill some deets on the method to her madness for dressing all 12 districts. Her artistic visions (and how they materialized) were insightful, creative and totally on point. Oh, and also, it sounds like her job is SO MUCH FUN. Here's what we learned:

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Jean Paul Gaultier's music video, "How To Do That" in 1989.
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Real talk: I have seen this Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition three times. I saw it in San Francisco last summer. I saw it again last Thursday—briefly—before I heard the marvelous Parisian designer speak in a discussion led by the exhibition's curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot, from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. And then I enjoyed a guided tour by Thierry-Maxime himself on Friday morning moments before the installation was officially opened to the public. If you find yourself in Brooklyn or, truly, anywhere even remotely within driving/flying/subway-ing distance of the Brooklyn Museum, you should check this out. It's f***ing mind-blowing. God's honest. It's here 'til February 23 so you have time but DO NOT FORGET.

"Embellishments" dress from the Spring/Summer 2009 "Calligraphy" Collection/Beyoncé performing in 2009.
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The Carrie Diaries

A still from The Carrie Diaries Season 1, Episode 1: "Win Some, Lose Some."
Photo: The CW

In case you were unaware, The Carrie Diaries is back! We watched the preview, peeped the poster, and now, we're ready for Carrie to be back in our lives for a second season! Obviously, the on-point '80s fashion is critical to the show, Carrie's character, and her future, adult self, which is why we're so excited to share our interview with Eric Daman, The Carrie Diaries' Costume Designer. Check out the full interview below, and if you want more Eric in your life (and, I mean, after reading this, how could you not?), you can follow him on Twitter (so many BTS photos!), or check out his website.

MTV STYLE: You worked with Patricia Field on Sex and The City for three seasons, how has that experience influenced how you dress teen Carrie on The Carrie Diaries?

Eric Daman: I draw from SATC every day, trying to create "buried treasures," or as Amy B. Harris (creator/producer/writer), calls them, "Easter eggs," that hopefully will resonate with the audience as a-ha moments, leading them to think, "A-ha! That's where the inspiration for the Carrie necklace came from!" Like, Young Carrie wearing a signature '80s style C necklace by Alex Woo. It is an intentional process that hopefully is nuanced enough to feel fresh and new, but integral to who Carrie is stylistically. I am elated and honored to have been asked to carry on and breathe new life into such an amazing fashion torch. Ultimately, I hope to do right and pay homage to the fashion icon we know and love as well.

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AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in season 2 of 'The Carrie Diaries.'
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In case you haven't had it marked in your calendars for weeks like we have, The Carrie Diaries is back on Friday! We'll finally see how Carrie's summer in NYC went (spoiler alert: she ends up there as an adult), as well as how her job at Interview is going (spoiler alert: she ends up as a newspaper columnist). Seems like young Carrie has adult Carrie figured out prettttty well. In a new preview, we see that the gang is (largely) back together, Samantha makes her grand entrance, and Carrie is dealing with heartbreak. Boo Sebastian. Boo Maggie.

How is Carrie coping with her feelings? A new look, obviously! Carrie debuts a shorter and sleeker 'do in the preview and admits that the sting of defeat is made "easier by an awesome new look." We agree, CB, we totally agree. Carrie's fabulous '80s fashion is also back in full-force: there are a lot of prints (we see you, polka dot shirt and leopard print shorts), bodycon dresses, and overalls this season.

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Praise be to VH1 and TLC for this biopic (airing tonight at 9 p.m. EST)! Not only does it give us a look at some previously untold TLC history—by way of Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil MamaCrazySexyCool: The TLC Story afforded us the opportunity to talk to T-Boz and Chilli themselves about the wardrobing process for the film and the group's rise to style infamy which maaaayyyy or may not have caused this writer to go into cold sweats immediately following this interview. It's not every day you get the chance to talk to your heroes, OK??

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A still from 'Romeo & Juliet.'
Photo: Swarovski

FYI: Romeo & Juliet comes out tomorrow (SQUEE!)—and we canNOT wait to see Douglas Booth run around in a pair of velvet jodhpurs, y’all. Of course, we’re ALSO really excited about seeing our ultimate teen style crush, Hailee Steinfeld, shine bright like a diamond in a bunch of ornately embellished Elizabethan gowns. No, really. She'll actually be covered in a bunch of Swarovski crystals, thanks to the backing of the bling giant’s new film division. This will be Swarovski Entertainment Ltd’s first feature film (cue "Started From the Bottom," but like, lol, not really), and they're spilling the deets on Romeo & Juliet’s unique costume design BEFORE we see the threads in action tomorrow on the big screen. (SQUEE x2!)

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It's no secret that we're big fans of Selena Gomez around here at MTV Style: we keep up to date on her hairstyles, who she's hanging out with, and what she's wearing on tour. As big-time Selenators, imagine how excited we were when we found out that we'd get to chat with Selly about her "Stars Dance" tour wardrobe, her role in the design process, and how she changes outfits so many times. We were the most excited.

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Dev Patel

Dev Patel as Neal Sampat on Season 2 Episode 5 of HBO's "The Newsroom."
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The blow of the end of this second season of The Newsroom is somewhat softened by its uncharacteristically happy ending (and teetering on the brink of the fall TV season *exhaaaaaaales*), but there are just no two ways around it: we're going to miss Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) and his elegant grandfather cardigan game.

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Dev Patel as Neal Sampat on Season 2 Episode 2 of HBO's "The Newsroom."
Photo: HBO

Maybe we were too wrapped up in reacquainting ourselves with Aaron Sorkin's mile-a-minute dialogue in the first season, but this second season, we just couldn't help admiring the excellent layering job done by ACN's resident tech whiz kid and feeling like we needed to rethink that frumpy emergency "work cardigan" we leave draped on the backs of our desk chairs. (Oh, COME ON, you all have them!!)

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WWCW: What Would Carrie Wear?
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It's hard to imagine Carrie Bradshaw pre-Manolos (see also: "I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!" – SATC, Season 4). But as costume designer for The Carrie Diaries, Eric Daman (who, BTW, apprenticed with Pat Fields and basically bathed in a haute closet doing costumes on Gossip Girl) has done a totally ~radical~ job at doing just that. Like, totally. For sure.

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Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee as Mookie in 'Do The Right Thing.'
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The 2013 Video Music Awards are breaking new ground as the very first awards show in Brooklyn, kicking off live at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 25 from Barclays Center. (And if you don't know, now you knowwww.) In honor of the history-making show, we're immersing ourselves in the VMAs' new neighborhood, unpacking iconic aspects of BK style in movies, music, and art. First up, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

Do The Right Thing is a cultural triumph, telling the story of one day—the hottest of the year—in a Bed-Stuy neighborhood bubbling over with racial tension. The film, Lee's third-EVER feature, is visually stunning, awash with a vibrant and jumbled color palette of yellows, reds, limes, and purples, and the interplay is arresting, adding a slightly surreal tinge to the rising turbulence. The silhouettes—tees, shorts, tanks—remind you that it's a hot summer day on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy street. The film and Ruth E. Carter's brilliant costuming work had a highly influential trickle-down effect—see Will Smith's TV wardrobe for the entire six-season run of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Important/Fun Fact: Carter is also the genius responsible for Halle Berry's orange patent latex and gravity-defying hair in B*A*P*S.)

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