Rachel True, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell in 'The Craft.'
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Just about every supernatural genre has been made into a movie or TV show in recent years. We've had vampires (Twilight, Vampire Diaries), werewolves (Hemlock Grove and Teen Wolf, obvs), ghosts (Paranormal Activity), and aliens (The Host and, arguably, Spring Breakers). But it's been awhile since the spotlight was solely focused on witches frolicking in our movie magic midst, that is unless you include the now defunct TV series The Secret Circle (RIP), which went poof in the night practically overnight. Sure, we're huge Bonnie Bennett fans, so all due props to Kat Graham's role on Vampire Diaries, but I want to turn your attention to the campy, beloved, choker-laden, creepy coven flick, The Craft. Not only does it defy all other cinematic witchery (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) and TV show copycats like Charmed, it takes your average teens-with-powers story and twists it into a riot-grrrl-infused parable of good vs evil. Did I mention it's also full of style sorcery? I'm assuming you're conjuring images of black lipstick, mesh gloves, and the entire contents of Hot Topic pooling around your ankles in a Manic Panic-infused slurry of striped purple angst. Fear not, there's a humble dose of 1990s mini skirt and thigh-high power in these parts, but just the right sprinkle of weirdo fairy dust, too.
Florence Welch, Katy Perry, and Carey Mulligan at "Dress Gatsby".
It's unfortunate that the word 'timeless' is so overused, because there are some things that really deserve the designation. Miuccia Prada's designs are one of those truly timeless things, and that fact has never been more apparent than at the opening of "Dress Gatsby" at the Prada flagship store in New York City. Showcasing the 40 dresses costume designer Catherine Martin hand-picked for the pivotal party scenes in The Great Gatsby, the exhibit was a chance for party goers to see some of the modern designs that fit so seamlessly into the period piece, proving that anachronism is truly in the eye of the beholder. Although the gilded gowns were designed in and for the modern day, they don't pull you out of the roaring '20s feel of the film for a moment (at least from what we've been able to gather from the trailer). Also showcasing the sleek lines and delicate details of Prada's designs were some of the event's attendees, who ranged from those intimately acquainted with the Gatsby dresses—the film's star Carey Mulligan—to soundtrack contributor Florence Welch and, of course, celebs who are fans of the label, like Katy Perry, who broke up the crowd clad in minimal black in a graphic, muted purple floral dress with black and white detailing.
Carey Mulligan wearing Prada as Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby'.
Photo: Warner Bros.
You may have to wait another 11 days until The Great Gatsby is released, but if you're in New York City tonight and you want to get an up close and personal preview of some of the sartorial aspects of the film, you're in luck. Prada will be showcasing a collection of the dresses from the film at the SoHo flagship store, beginning this evening and running through May 12th, at which point it will migrate across the Pacific to Tokyo. Miuccia Prada worked closely with costume director Catherine Martin to choose 40 looks for the film, all showcased in the two major party scenes. The designer spoke with Women's Wear Daily about the collaboration, highlighting the way that her designs took on new meaning within the context of the film. In one of the film's pivotal scenes, and no spoilers because all this is in the trailer, Carey Mulligan wears Prada's spring 2010 "chandelier dress," a gown that is all beading and movement, and, Prada says, “[the dress] was meant to be about light,” speaking of her original concept, but going on to say that for the film “it became about money, because [Luhrmann] wanted to show her as the most beautiful and rich woman on earth.”
Zac Efron on the set of 'Townies.'
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Gulp. Zac Efron, guys. If you've been following his every move (like we do, obvs), you might've been wondering/seriously concerned about his out-of-character preppy street style as of late. Don't worry, we can explain. He's been filming a movie called Townies where he plays a college student who runs a frat house, and, well, um, need we say more? We HAVE to talk about his character's ensembles, though, because we love how he isn't a frat boy in the traditional sense (note the lack of cargo shorts), and instead a more fashiony, pretty boy version of campus-dwelling dudes. So far we've only peeped a few outfits from the movie, but we need to comment on his delta psi beta tee. (Yes, we had to Google the Greek alphabet to figure out what those symbols meant. #artschool) He decided to wear it SUPER tight with fitted distressed jeans, navy and yellow Nikes, and—get this—a weed leaf belt. *claps*
We love The Great Gatsby already, and we haven't even seen it yet. The sartorial gift that keeps on giving, we've been totally enamored of each trailer and snippet of info that we've received in the lead up, and the flow of new and sparkly things doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. As serious fans of a classically well dressed man, we were quite intrigued when we heard that Brooks Brothers would be working with costume designer Catherine Martin on the costumes for the men in the film. In a new video from GQ, the costume designer goes in-depth about working with the clothier to not only dress the leading men on the screen, but also each of the male extras.
It was the fashion mystery of the internet just mere days ago: WHO designed Katniss' wedding dress in these new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire character portraits? Well, the answer has emerged... and it's not who we (or anyone else, really) predicted! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creation comes courtesy of Indonesian designer Tex Saverio. They got the scoop from the flick's costume designer herself, Trish Summerville, who revealed, "Katniss’ white gown is by a designer named Tex Saverio in Jakarta. He is amazing! I found his designs quite some time ago and saved his information for a perfectly fitting project, then came Catching Fire – perfect!" Inspired by a dress he had debuted earlier, which came adorned with a metal bodice, the wedding gown has a similar metal top. But THIS time, it's covered in Swarovski crystals, pieces rising up intended to represent fire, as well as Mockingjay-esque feathers.
Effie Trinket wears a look inspired by the Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 runway show in her character portrait.
Photo: Getty Images/ via Capitol Couture
We're still admittedly giddy from Jennifer Lawrence's epic Oscars win last month, but you know what? It's officially time to put the past behind us (for now) and move on to J.Law's NEWEST project: a little film you might have heard of called The Hunger Games. The flick won't premiere until November, but this week we've been sneaking peeks via Capitol Couture of the characters decked out in, well, couture. Yes, literally. Whereas the first film's costume designer Judianna Makovsky stuck with pared-down Americana looks and retro clothes from the '30s, THIS movie's designer Trish Summerville gave Katniss, Effie Trinket, Haymitch and Caesar a makeover directly from the runways. Recognize the similarities between Effie's flame-red gown and this look from Alexander McQueen's Fall 2012 collection above? The flouncy organza ruffles, the strapless top, the exaggerated waist...talk about IDENTICAL! If Effie's dress is "Phresh Out The Runway" (sorry, Rihanna reference), then that means Katniss' white gown-slash-probable-wedding-dress most likely is, too...right?
If we've learned anything at all from the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice, and the SAG Awards this season, it's that Silver Linings Playbook will be THE movie to beat at the Oscars come Sunday night. Oh, and if you still haven't seen it yet? Crawl out from whatever rock you're hiding under all winter and head to the movie theater STAT because this is one film that's truly too good to sleep on. But first, check out our interview with costume designer Mark Bridges, otherwise known as the creative mastermind behind all of the flick's amazing outfits. We're talking about Bradley Cooper's garbage bag workout uniform, Jennifer Lawrence's black-on-black ensembles, and even the pair's epic dance performance looks. Before the cast turns out on the red carpet this weekend, Mark was nice enough to chat with us about the secret to style authenticity, dressing J.Law, and how her off-duty workout clothes inspired the film's MOST important outfit.
Lily Collins at the Costume Designers Guild Awards last night in Los Angeles.
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We've been SO excited about the Costume Designers Guild Awards here at MTV Style, we've been counting to the big night with a series of exclusive interview with the masterminds behind some of our favorite outfits (catch up on them here!). The ceremony finally went down yesterday in Los Angeles, and the stars turned out to support their fave designers like Jacqueline Durran of Anna Karenina and Mirror Mirror‘s Eiko Ishioka, who each won the top awards for Outstanding Period Film Award and Outstanding Fantasy Film, respectively. And while we're serving up a huge congrats to all the winners, right now we HAVE TO discuss the gown that Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins rocked on the red carpet, because, well, it's amazing. The monochrome floor-length frock comes courtesy of Paule Ke, with a deep V-neck and an oversized white bow across the back. The look might not be quiteeee as backless as Selena Gomez these days, but the simple yet stunning cut is enough to make ANYONE sit up and take notice.
A still from 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'
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If you've watched a movie, you've probably seen a costume by Colleen Atwood. Unless, that is, you've never seen Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands (pretty much any movie by Tim Burton) or the film she's been nominated for both a Costume Designers Guild Award and an Oscar this year—Snow White and the Huntsman. But, really, you've seen her costumes. Remember those super-gothy, high-collared ensembles in Sweeney Todd (aka Scary Johnny Depp) or the covetable mini dresses Amanda Seyfried wore running alongside Timberlake in In Time? Yep, Atwood. She's been nominated for ten Academy Awards throughout her career and already has three gold statuettes hanging out on a shelf or mantel space somewhere. It's virtually impossible not to experience finger cramping while scrolling through her impressive resume, but, suffice it to say, from gloves made of scissors to an entire dress festooned with beetles, she's pretty much the top of the tops in the world of costume design. Annnnd she's an incredibly busy woman. So much so, we only got about five minutes with her in anticipation of all of the awards being given out this week. But, to our delight, she willingly opened up about Snow White, what it's like working with Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, as well as what goes into becoming a costume designer yourself. Get the scoop below!