Kanye West performs on the Watch The Throne tour wearing a Givenchy shirt and leather kilt.
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I never in a million, trillion years thought I'd be using "pobrecita" as a modifier for "Kanye West", but... here I am muttering them in the same breath because Yeezy landed at #7 on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game VIII," and he had *achem* a lot to say about it. In short, it quote-unquote "bothers [him]." ACK! He broke his media silence on Tuesday night, opening up to Hot 97's DJ Enuff about the list and all his thoughts and feelings around it. The chat even caused a little soundbite about Ye giving Sway Calloway his first TV to trend all over the Twitterverse (go to here for the full story from Sway himself).
While the conversation started with Kanye supporting his boy Big Sean's high placement on the list, Yeezy soon launched into theorizing about the basis of his #7 spot saying, "I don't know, it's definitely not based on a body of work. It possibly could just be like overall rap-MC-swag, you know what I'm saying?" He elaborated further adding that it might have something to do with his style of late, "They don't like 'Givenchy Kanye,' they don't like Kanye in a kilt, they don't like Kanye in a relationship."
Well, y'all. I know you weren't asking, but Kanye is hands down one of my absolute favorite MCs of all time. ALSO, if anyone in this world loves "Givenchy Kanye," it's us, the humble keyboard-tappers here at MTV Style (Exhibits A, B, C, and, like, infinity more letters that haven't even been invented yet). Double also, we know for sure we're not alone on this one. Thus, we've put together a pick-me-up reminder for Ye with pictures of people showing love for The Great and Powerful "Givenchy Kanye." We love you, Yeezy! Don't ever change!
Rihanna in DKNY x Opening Ceremony and an original tour costume jacket.
It makes perfect sense that, on the eve of her River Island Collection becoming available for the thirsty American masses, Rihanna would wear a look comprised entirely of her own designs as well as those of her exclusive retailer, Opening Ceremony. We knew that we recognized that jumpsuit immediately as the Spring '91 Sweat Jumpsuit ($315.00) from DKNY's collaboration with OC, and we also thought there was something awfully familiar about that racing jacket. While the fact that it's decorated with the phrase "Rude Boy," a reference, of course, to Rihanna's 2010 single off of Rated R, but more than that, it's something of a catchphrase for the singer. While the over sized cut and color scheme didn't immediately scream original piece, we still had this feeling. And then we remembered it (eureka!): the jacket was heavily featured in the b-roll for Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour Wardrobe First Look video, which you can watch below!
Rihanna attending a basketball game, and painted on a Givenchy shirt.
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Oh no big deal, just getting custom Givenchy portrait tees delivered to us, just being on a first-name basis with Riccardo Tisci. Oh wait, that was Rihanna, not us?! *Dream sequence dissolves, siiiiiiigh* Yesterday, Rihanna posted a photo on her Instagram, revealing a tee with a very familiar looking portrait painted on it. A somewhat Impressionist rendering, the portrait is of a woman with a close cropped hairstyle, bright red lips and big eyes. Sound familiar? Yup, Rihanna can now wear her own face. We're guessing that this super-glam gift was a belated birthday gift from the designer, and wow, what a good one it is. The present also comes just as Rihanna's River Island collection is heading stateside. It was announced that Opening Ceremony will be the exclusive US retailer for the line, and will be celebrating the partnership with an exhibition, or a RIHtrospective, as it's being called. More information after the jump!
A look from Betsey Johnson's new dress collection.
Photo: Betsey Johnson
It's getting kind of hard to keep up with Betsey Johnson. Between her reality show; her wacky, aerobics-filled New York Fashion Week presentation; and her much-anticipated line of dresses, the legendary designer is a very busy lady these days. We've been anxiously awaiting the release of her dresses since we heard about it in December, and yesterday the designer finally revealed the collection's lookbook. Filled with technicolor touches (and poodles!) the whimsical frocks have all of the signature Betsey Johnson flourishes. From pin-up style halter dresses with bright crinolines peeking out from under their hemlines to a neon leopard bodycon number with a tiny little whisp of a peplum, all of the looks just scream cute. And starting at $99, they're affordable, and hey, summer season is just around the corner. They're not all party dresses, though. While all of Betsey's looks are soiree-ready, you could also definitely wear them to work, or out for a night on the town. Can you tell that we're a little obsessed? Give us an a-line with a pearl-crusted collar and we'll be happy. Paging Blair Waldorf.
Grimes illustrated t-shirts for Saint Laurent.
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Take a moment to breathe after reading that headline, because we know you're totally freaking out, and if not, you should be. Grimes, Canadian electro-pop sorceress and all around rad girl, is collaborating with none other than Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane on a capsule collection for the legendary French brand's menswear arm. The t-shirts feature illustrations drawn by Grimes herself and inspired by YSL's legendary 'Love' poster campaign from the 70's. They're graphic and evocative, featuring the YSL logo entwined with snakes, inside of creepy goat heads, or surrounded by planets and celestial creatures, and remind us a lot of Grimes' music, which is mystical and dark but also modern and completely accessible to a wide audience. The 5 piece collection will be released next month alongside the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 collection. You can see all of the tees, and read an interview with Grimes, from Vibe.
Jeremy Scott AW 2013 and a Jimbo Phillips Robb Roskopp skate deck.
Photo: Getty Images/Jimbo Phillips Graphix
OK, for those people who aren't aware of what's going on in this week's head-on collision between the fashion world and the California skate scene, there is a storm brewing on the internet alleging that Jeremy Scott ripped off beloved artist Jimbo Phillips for his latest season. Jimbo's father, Jim Phillips, is the art director of Santa Cruz Skateboards and has been since 1975. Both of their contributions to the skate and surf art world have been celebrated for decades. Their illustration style is so widely recognized by their fans that those who caught wind of Jeremy Scott's AW 2013 collection of flailing tongues, flying eyeballs, exploding brains, and grimacing brutes were immediately up in arms. I reviewed the Jeremy Scott AW 2013 Collection so refresh your memory before we get all deep up in this.
Hailee Steinfeld at MaxMara's Fall 2013 show in Milan.
Wondering who fashion's brightest, youngest actress is this year? Look no further than MaxMara's annual crowning of the 2013 Women In Film MaxMara Face Of The Future Award winner. The prize, which is given to a young actress every year, is a pretty solid predictor of what young ingenue is going to majorly step up her fashion game in the year to come, and also an indicator of a starlet who hasn't been a sartorial slouch in years prior either. Last year's award was given to Chloë Grace Moretz, who already had a taste for Chanel, but has since gone to countless fashion shows, been on countless magazine covers, and been named the face of Aeropostale. So who is going to be blowing up our Instagram feeds with her stylish swag in 2013? Hailee Steinfeld, ladies and gentlemen! Yeah, we know you're totally not surprised, she has already been the face of Miu Miu, after all.
Listen, we're WELL aware that 2NE1 has a serious affinity for Jeremy Scott duds. I mean, their world tour wardrobe was created entirely by J. Scott himself, and they even collabed on a pair of kicks together. But, we have to say, there's something really, really heartwarming about seeing one of favorite K-pop stars and favorite designers actually hanging out. Terry Richardson documented CL and Jeremy looking like total besties at a photo shoot in his studio, and we're basically DYING over how cute they are. :') Like, peep them posing like a badass prom couple above. Jeremy wore an all-over patchwork bomber jacket with a sweater tied around his waist and black Adidas pants, while CL kept it simple in a vintage Gucci tee, (what looks like) vintage Versace earrings and necklace, and fiery red leather pants. She finished the look with a super clean cat eye, long lashes, and soft bangs. LOVE.
Looks from Topshop Unique's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Considering its celeb cult following, global customer base (ahem, the entire MTV Style staff included), and well-deserved rep for churning out uber-trendy, supercute goods time and again,Topshop is used to major hype happening loooong before the first model steps onto the runway. But this season the U.K. brand took things one step further, making its Fall/Winter Topshop Unique fashion show even more interactive than usual with Google Hangouts beforehand, streaming backstage access, and model cams on catwalkers like Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn. Because we'd do practically anything for Topshop, we set our alarms for bright and early this morning (9 a.m. on a Sunday?! Bleghhh!) to watch the action as it was happening from London. Some highlights: getting up close and personal with Louis Tomlinson in the Hangout beforehand, spying on Demi texting in the front row pre-show, AND the ability to replay the whole thing over and over again. Oh, and THE CLOTHES.
A still from 'The Hunger Games.'
Photo: Murray Close/ 'The Hunger Games' official website
The road to Oscar weekend has been a long one— we've already made pit stops at The Screen Actors' Guild Awards, The Golden Globes, and others along the way— but there's still one more celebration that needs to happen before all the movie madness goes down on February 24. We're talking about the Costume Designers Guild Awards, where the creative geniuses behind the coolest clothes in film and TV get honored for their work. Obviously this is a HUGE DEAL, so to get psyched up for the event, we'll be chatting with nominees about the stories, inspiration, and challenges behind some of our absolute favorite outfits. Kicking off the series is Judianna Makovsky, who crafted all of the outfits in The Hunger Games, from Katniss' hunting look, to Effie Trinket's candy-colored frocks, to that iconic fire dress. Get the scoop below!