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Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Jo Calderone was (*GASP*), according to Lady Gaga’s former stylist and “BFF forever,” Nicola Formichetti. In a recent interview with SHOWstudio, the long-time Haus of Gaga fashion director admitted that the creation of Gagaloo’s iconic male alter-ego was basically birthed on a whim. (IDK about y’all, but my whims only birth things like online shopping debt and buyer’s remorse.) “[One] morning … we were supposed to shoot for Vogue Japan, and we were like, ‘We need to do something crazy,’” Formichetti said. “And we transformed her into a male, her male character, Jo. And it was incredible … It was so spontaneous and very theater. It was amazing.” All in a day’s work! *flips hair*

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Guys, we can never get enough of Asher Levine. We've been obsessed with the 25-year-old designer for the past few years (yep, he's been killing it since he was 22!) thanks to his mostly black, all-leather-everything futuristic ensembles that have been spotted on everyone from Lady Gaga to Rita Ora. This season, we were PUMPED to stop by his spring 2014 show, which featured a performance by funeral pop band MXMS (members include Shiny Toy Guns' Jeremy Dawson and Ariel Levitan). Asher stayed true to his dark roots and decked out his models in human anatomy-inspired pieces. Think: Molded, muscular silhouette vests and anatomical, spiky sleeved jackets. For the accessories, Asher said, "I wanted to imagine if we could grow the accessory in a laboratory, and then skin it. What would the accessory look like with it musculature underneath?" Our answer: awesome.

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Harry Styles and Rihanna in a matching print.
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Sound the alarm: Harry Styles and Rihanna are fashion twins. Yep, the British boybander and Bajan babe both have an affinity for cartoon hands holding cigarettes. Who knew? Well, I'm not saying that Harry Styles definitely reads this blog, but I am saying that yesterday I pointed out his hilarious hand games in the front row at the House of Holland London Fashion Week show and today he's wearing hands printed on his shirt. Read the signs: I know I am.

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Rihanna in custom Alexander Wang.
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The first celeb to step out in pieces from Alexander Wang's new collection? Rihanna, duh. Of course, pieces straight from the runway aren't even #swag enough for Rih; she's been photographed showing off custom pieces. How's that for turnaround time? Maybe when you hang out with a designer at #PhashionWeek, he expedites your pieces? It def seems that way.

Last week, four days after the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014 show, Rihanna stepped out in a pink "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt which wasn't on the Wang runway. On the runway was a white sweatshirt with sheer panels, the "Parental Advisory" logo strategically placed to keep the look PG. Rih paired her Phresh Out The Runway sweatshirt with black leather pants and a white leather baseball cap. She wore white Manolo Blahnik pumps, which is too bad, because Alexander Wang debuted some new shoes at his show that go perfectly with the "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt. Could it be that Rihanna can't get multiple pieces from this brand new collection?

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"Fabulous" is, admittedly, an oft overused word, but never have I ever FULLY understood what it meant until meeting David and Phillipe Blond (better known as The Blonds) and seeing their work up close. Sure, you can tell from photographs that their curve-glorifying silhouettes, heavy with gems and crystals like the world's most glamorous barnacles, are major show-stoppers and how that has made them go-to designers for the high octane performance outfits of all your favorite pop stars: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and, like, infinity more. But seeing the pieces first-hand, glittering less than a foot from your eyeballs? That's another story entirely.

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Looks from Bibhu Mohapatra's Spring 2014 show.
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Wouldn't it be cool if someone designed an entire collection based on YOU and it was beautiful and evocative and classically-shaped and *expensive* and was covered in sharp, geometric prints and 3D flower embellishments? And then to boot, let’s say this collection garnered an ocean of golf claps after its debut at New York Fashion Week. I mean, the way that I see it, that means that people would basically be golf-clapping for YOU, but in clothing form -- and I don’t know about y’all, but I long for the day when I can be seen as the sage-colored taffeta gown (with pockets) that I am. 

When Bibhu Mohapatra designed his Spring 2014 collection, he had a good friend in mind. This friend, Wendy Whelan, redefined herself as a performer when she switched over to modern dance after a long career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. So Bibhu too, then looked to redefine the pieces he created this season. And just as the clothes were inspired by someone near and dear to the designer’s life, sound stylist Javier Peral found a similar motivation for the music he chose to accompany Bibhu’s new line. Wanna know who it was? Check out Javier’s own words about the (as of yet unsigned!) band behind the Bibhu Mohapatra runway soundtrack after the jump!

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Looks from Nanette Lepore's Spring 2014 show
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Scott Mou knows music. Not only is he the buyer for famed NYC music retailer, Other Music, but the long-time DJ-around-town also put out a few albums under the band name Jane, an electronic duo whose second half was Animal Collective’s Panda Bear (the two once worked together at Other). So, it was no surprise that we caught Mou behind the booth at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 runway show—the man’s in high demand! What we were surprised by, however, was Mou’s decision to roll out the runway music via compact disc—YES, an actual burned c.d.! Holy ‘90s, right? Well, holy ‘80s, to be exact. Mou used a collection of songs (and covers of songs) from the era of shoulder pads and parachute pants for Lepore's soundtrack. And TBH, it was nothing short of amazing.

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Backstage at Nanette Lepore's Spring 2014 show
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BTW: Seeing as how it’s 90+ degrees in New York today, Nanette's collection, which included delicate spaghetti-strap dresses, bold corals, light, lace neutrals and floral-print bathing suits, was spot-on for spring AND this sweltering weather. Although, we’d much prefer wearing her laid-back, beach-ready line with our feet in the sand, not on the asphalt. #DREAMS

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Backstage at Nanette Lepore's Spring 2014 show
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Wanna see what Scott had to say about the soundtrack and find out which '80s songs made it onto the show? Check them out after the jump!

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Looks from Carolina Herrera's Spring 2014 show.
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Ugh. You guys. Even classy dame extraordinaire, Carolina Herrera, is doing crop-tops now—so ladies, start your crunches! While I’d hoped to spend the Fall/Winter 2013 season hibernating alongside warm, heavy dishes, it seems as if my plans have finally been foiled, thanks to the High Priestess of High Society. Not even my “stylish” sweatshirts can save me now. *SIGH* Granted, her crop-tops were lovely and some came paired with floor-length skirts, but there were bare abs, nonetheless.

However, Herrera also debuted a gorgeous collection of polished gowns and delicate cocktail dresses for Spring 2014, as expected by students of the designer’s long-standing institution of sophistication. There were warm, earthy colors, ornate embellishments and graphic, geometric prints that created an optical illusion of sorts with multiple layers of light-as-air fabrics. Nearly every piece drifted with feather-like fluidity, and it was that aspect of the collection that Javier Peral chose to focus on when choosing songs for Herrera’s show. Wanna kick back and relax with Peral's ethereal runway soundtrack? Of course you do. Check it (and the sound stylist's inspiration) after the jump! Crunches can wait.

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Some things in life are just meant to be, and a Jeremy Scott x A$AP Rocky fashion collab is definitely one of those inevitable things. (Though, for the record, Jeremy's said he's open to a rap collab, as well.) The bold runway designer and Harlem-born MC recently announced that they've teamed up on a special edition pair of adidas Originals sneakers, and ever since that news broke, we've been dying to pick their brains about the project. Lucky for us, we had just that opportunity this past weekend at the adidas Originals store on New York City's Wooster street just before a meet-and-greet attracting a crowd of 300 some-odd fans for autographs and pictures with the JS Wings 2.0 Black Flag creators.

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Looks from Jonathan Simkhai's spring/summer 2014 collection.
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We don't mean to pick favorites, but we love Jonathan Simkhai. The New York-based designer is relatively fresh to the New York Fashion Week scene (his first show was in 2010!), but he's already won over buyers at Barneys, Shopbop and Bergdorf Goodman, just to name a few. His sporty-meets-edgy-meets-feminine pieces are a fresh take on super cool work wear (or, heck, any kind of wear!), and we're obsessed with his graphically bold designs. His spring/summer 2014 collection features everything from breezy palazzo pants to sultry cut-out crop tops to super mod frocks, and we NEEDED to find out more about this visually-inspiring line. Luckily, we got a chance to catch up with Jonathan himself to tell us about his collection inspiration, live presentation music, and the type of girl he designs for. Check it out below!

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