We've said it once, and we'll say it again: we love Rihanna's diehard dedication to Instagram. Whenever she posts snaps of her worldly adventures, we get just a teeny, tiny peek into the life of RiRi, and this morning, WHEW, we were hit with the mother lode! During Rihanna's visit in Paris, she stopped by THE legendary Coco Chanel's apartment and posted tons of pics to prove it. Oddly enough, her detailed captions posted alongside the snaps kiiind of turned the whole thing into a mini #CCcertified history lesson, and obvi we cannot get enough. Originally, we were gonna pick the best photos and only post those, but, like, WHY? This is only happens once, so we're balling out, y'all!
Karen Walker for Uniqlo.
Photo: Courtesy of Uniqlo
Between past partnerships with brands like Lulu Guiness and most recently, Suno, Uniqlo is NO stranger to some seriously awesome collabs. That being said, rarely does fashion news send such a collective gasp throughout the MTV Style HQ as Uniqlo's most recent recruit, Karen Walker. If you read this blog, then you're already well-acquainted with the fact that our love for the New Zealand designer runs deep. We're talking far beyond her consistently adorable printed pants, quirky blouses, and statement sunglasses, into potentially disastrous "recreate her dramatic runway beauty look" territory (*shudder*). Anyway, now that she's teamed up with the Japanese retailer on a wallet-friendly collection of tees, channeling Walker's effortlessly cool vibe has never been easier.
Looks from Kaye Applewaite, Yunxiang (Sharon) Zhou, Yoonsung Choi and Isabel Simpson-Kirsch's collections at the Parsons' 2013 Fashion Show.
Photo: Courtesy of Parsons
Yesterday afternoon, I zoomed over to Pier 60 all the way over on Manhattan’s westernmost edge in the swampy summer heat to catch Parsons’ 2013 Senior Fashion Show. It was well worth it, not only for the Lobster Roll that I scarfed afterwards at Chelsea Market or the champagne that I managed to cadge after the event but because it’s always super exciting to see what the fash-youngs have up their sleeves.
The excitement was palpable. It feels like graduation but without the stupendous relief. Sure, your parents are there and you’re stoked to see your friends but there’s still this high-pressure live performance to get through. Plus, the finalists have been announced from your class but not the winners so you can sense the competitive energy throughout the room (for the winners, here's the official release). And, well, it’s fashion kids so you know that everyone was stunting in admirable outfits despite the truly prohibitive heat. Ensembles that you know they’ve been planning for several weeks at least.
The thing about a show like this is that it’s the distillation of two years of effort (fast track notwithstanding). The students spend hundreds of hours learning about technique, construction, and how best to narrate their vision and voice in a precise and appealing way. Without getting into the whole commerce vs. poetry thing, the most interesting aspect of watching a young designer at this point is that despite how early it is in their career, when a designer’s great, you can tell. The confidence is unmistakable and their message is complete. It really is that whole, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action” Michelangelo thing. The seeming facility with with they retrieve the message from their brains and cajole fabric to behave in that manner can be breathtaking.
Rebecca Minkoff and Taylor Swift.
Photo: Getty/Diet Coke
It all started with a t-shirt. Can you believe that something so ordinary is responsible for launching a career as extraordinary as Rebecca Minkoff's?! Well, back in 2001, the designer released her take on the iconic "I Love New York" tee. The top caused a fashion explosion, and 12 years later she has clothing, shoes, and accessories stamped with her name, and is one of the most well-known designers out there today. Now she's teaming up with Diet Coke and Taylor Swift to give another young designer the chance she once had, with the Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. The competition asks young designers to put their innovative, creative spin on the iconic Diet Coke logo and packaging, for the opportunity to dream up a tee that will then be sold in Target stores all over the country. Not only that, but the winner will also get $10,000 and a chance to meet Taylor Swift herself. Pretty major prize, huh? Last week we chatted with Rebecca herself about the contest, what she'll be looking for, and her own inspiration. Don't think she's giving away any secrets, though—you're going to have to think up a boundary-pushing design all on your own. We know you can do it, though!
Mark McNairy and Pharrell.
Photo: Getty Images
Pharrell and Mark McNairy's individual clothing lines are awesome enough on their own, but when these two team up?! You can BET they're going to blow it right out of the ballpark. After all, the design duo has done it in the past with their collaborative Bee Line brand of graphic tees, striped button-ups, and varsity jackets. But now P. and McNairy's worlds of streetwear and menswear are colliding yet again for a slick new collection of BBC goods...and this time, they're going dark. The producer, singer, designer and all-around multi-hyphenate has recruited the McNasty maestro for BBC Black, a capsule of monochromatic pieces that are anything but basic. Melding military fabrics with slouchy-yet-tailored cuts, the line's entirely black colorway means that the focus stays on the clothing's streetwear silhouette, while still keeping things clean and crisp. Get more details on the line from Pharrell and McNairy below!
Beyonce and the original sketch of her Met Gala Givenchy dress.
Photo: Getty Images/Beyonce's Tumblr
The Met Gala may have only been Monday night, but in Internet time, that's EONS. Just as we were starting to get over the shock (or perhaps more accurately, the confusion) of seeing our favorite celebs try to make that punk theme work, Beyonce brings the night's festivities back to the forefront of our psyche. Yep, we're thinking about Bey's Givenchy flame-engulfed gown again. Fire-tipped over-the-elbow gloves, thigh-high boots, grommeted belt and all. And why?? Because King Bey just uploaded the original Givenchy sketch to her personal website!
Riccardo Tisci and a look from Givenchy's FW 2010 collection, which, according to 'The Telegraph,' 'owes something to the spirit of punk.'
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Whether we're talking about bands like The Clash or just kids hanging out on King's Road in London, nobody can deny the commonalities running through punk's storied fashion history: safety pins, studs, zippers, mix-matched materials, and that's just the beginning. But as we learn from Riccardo Tisci's recent interview with U.K.'s The Telegraph, punk is so much more than an outfit. The creative director of Givenchy is also the co-chair of tonight's (!!!) Met Gala, and he's been assisting Met curator Andrew Bolton for almost a year in research for the exhibit "Punk: Chaos to Couture," which officially opens May 9. Talking with The Telegraph in the months leading up to tonight's big event, Tisci shares his thoughts on punk's fashion influence, injecting a rebellious attitude into his clothing collections, AND why true punk style is lacking in society today. Find out what we learned below, and keep your eyeballs glued right here on MTV Style. We'll be covering the event all night long!
Guess who's taking these celebs to the 2013 Met Gala?!
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Considering the time of year, the prep work, and the formality of it all, it's not really that surprising that people refer to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum as the fashion world's version of prom. While both events have a theme (we hear this year's, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," is, uh, causing attendees some wardrobe struggles), let's be real— the high concentration of really talented, really famous, and really good looking people walking those Met steps on Monday night ensures that you won't get THIS party confused with your average school dance. We already told you about how you can get in on the action from home, whether it's buying "Chaos and Couture"-inspired clothing or splurging on the celebs' dresses themselves, but what we really want to know is, who's taking who?! There might not be adorable promposals this time around, but many of the designers HAVE picked their celebrity dates for the night. Not surprisingly, Dior is bringing the brand's new face and recently crowned Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence to the fete.
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.”
Adam Selman and Rihanna working on the autumn/winter 2013 River Island collection.
Photo: Rihanna's Instagram
Listen, we know it feels like Rihanna JUST released her debut spring 2013 River Island collection (co-designed with Adam Selman), but she's already showing us previews for her upcoming autumn/winter line. RiRi Instagrammed a pic of her and Adam working on her fall-ready pieces, which, judging from this one image, looks like it features LOTS of prints and metallics. We ain't mad at that! Rihanna sported a backward snapback hat, comfy tee, leather pencil skirt and stacked bangles while designing her second range, which is totally a reflection of her wearable, '90s-grunge-meets-streetwear pieces from her debut line. Back in March, we caught up with Adam at the Opening Ceremony "RIHtrospective" event, and he told us straight-up that they started working on the second collection the day after her London Fashion Week show. Dang, they waste no time, y'all! We obvi can't WAIT to see what the creative twosome will bring to the table for the fall, but until then, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Adam below!