Betsey Johnson at her show in September.
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Not that she really would ever disappear entirely, but we've got great news regardless: Betsey Johnson is baaaack! And let's just say our favorite catwalk cartwheeler is making waves in a WHOLE new way in 2013. The NYC fashion designer was the subject of a New York Times profile yesterday, where she dished on overcoming her company's financial woes, her new reality TV show, and the deets on her upcoming new label. After laying low- well, sorta- since her blowout show and birthday party back in September, we hear that the 70-year-old designer is gearing up to release a new affordable line of frilly frocks in February. Dubbed simply "Betsey Johnson," the collection of dresses will start at $99 and includes her signature spunky details like statement prints and petticoats. And like all Betsey pieces, it doesn't matter how old you are or where you live to rock these clothing. As she told us on House of Style, the Betsey girl is "any age, any girl, any woman, but it is a spirit." Most importantly, it's about having a good time.
A$AP Rocky sits down for MTV2's "Week In Jams."
A$AP Rocky has said it once, but in this clip from Week In Jams, he's saying it again: he didn't wear a dress on 106 & Park. In this short Week In Jams sneak peek, A$AP sits down with Charlemagne, DJ Envy, and Sofi Green and sets the record straight once and for all. "Alright, let me break it down. That was not a Rick Owens dress," Rocky says when Charlemagne starts things off with the much buzzed about outfit, "It's not a man's dress, none of that. It's just an oversized shirt. It was long sleeved. The picture that [blogs] were putting with it was the tank top one, so it looks really, extra, more feminine."
Alexander Wang rolls out his new 'Objects' collection.
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With his eponymous Ready-To-Wear label AND a recent appointment as the new creative director of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang is one busy dude. But despite his jam-packed schedule, the designer has somehow found time to roll out a second "Objects" line that conveniently coincides with last-minute holiday wishlists. Whereas his "Objects No. 1" collection included super sleek household items like card decks and notebooks, for round 2 he's giving even MORE stuff his signature edgy twist. Think leather eye masks, faux snakeskin flasks, and pool toys...available in an all-black colorway, obviously. And justttt in case you're wondering what a designer pool toy actually MEANS, well, in this case think shark-shaped floaties made of black PVC and retailing for $40. Sure, it might not technically fit into our daily lives as Wang claims online (we don't have a pool nor do we need a float), but it's so ridiculous we still almost want it.
Are Kanye West and Jean Touitou working on a collaboration?
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Kanye West is one of the best dressed dudes in the game, and while he's already bestowed unto the world TWO full runway collections, we are forever anxiously awaiting Ye's next foray into fashion design. We understand, though, that Yeezy is a busy busy man, and this year has been especially eventful with releasing Cruel Summer, assembling G.O.O.D. Music, wearing leather kilts, and reading the Grace Coddington memoir. BUT thanks to one fateful Twitpic via A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou, there might be a glimmer of hope for us yet!
Iggy Azalea and Natasha Bedingfield wear The Blonds for VH1 Divas.
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Tonight was the night of the eighth VH1 Divas televised concert, and if there's one thing that can amp us up on a Sunday night, it's a two-hour long belt-filled, run-riddled, tribute to music's iconic lady powerhouses. Among the star-studded lineup, Natasha Bedingfield and Iggy Azalea banded together with legendary Bootsy Collins to perform Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart." A high energy, high profile, high octane performance like that demands an outfit that does WERQUE. Enter The Blonds — a fashion house that oozes diva status.
Dabs Myla stand next to their Hello Kitty artwork.
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If you're looking for a way to lift your spirits before all the holiday madness hits, we've got JUST the thing—an NYC art exhibition featuring Hello Kitty! The "Hello Kitty, Hello Art!" pop-up, which runs all weekend long at the Openhouse Gallery, features some of our favorite designers (like Betsey Johnson and Paul Frank) and artists (like Dabs Myla and Tokidoki's Simone Legno) showcasing their take on the oh-so-lovable Sanrio characters. Last night we stopped by the launch party to peep all the goodness, and, boy, we were hit with some serious surprises. First off, Betsey Johnson herself made an appearance and took some killer pics next to her artwork (peep one after the jump!), and we also got to chat up the L.A.-via-Australia art duo Dabs Myla to get ALL the deets behind their collection. (You might remember their graffiti work from the Drew Barrymore-directed "Our Deal" supervideo featuring Chloe Moretz.) Check out what the twosome, who, yes, are actually named Dabs and Myla, had to say about their Hello Kitty collab below! (And please note how adorably they finish each others sentences.)
Kanye West performs for "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief."
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Along with a GRIP of other big name musicians and Hollywood heavyweights, Kanye West hit the Madison Square Garden stage last night for "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief." Yeezy represented for hip hop with a 12-song set, starting with "Clique" and following up with one crowd-pleaser after another including "Gold Digger," "All of the Lights," and "Jesus Walks." It wasn't Ye's impenetrable commitment to performance that had everyone talking, though, so much as his performance ensemble. He wore a leather pleated Givenchy skirt over leather leggings, and while Kanye wearing a skirt, of leather or not, isn't that new of a thing for us here at MTV Style, it certainly raised some eyebrows among the 12-12-12 Concert audience.
Rita Ora wears a jumpsuit by Asher Levine in her new "Radioactive" music video.
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Proving that the pop star's year of domination isn't quiiiite over yet, Rita Ora just HAD to squeeze in one more project before 2012 comes to a close. The pop star dropped her "Radioactive" music video upon the world yesterday, and let's just say the ex-terrestrial clip is equally as killer as the Sia-penned track. It features not-so-subtle Illuminati references, spacey graphics, and out of this world outfits...including a key costume by our boy Asher Levine. The New York designer and MTV Style fave custom-crafted the molded skin jumpsuit for Rita, a statement look that takes cues from his own Spring 2013 collection. "We had been talking to Rita Ora's stylist for some time about possibly dressing her," he explained to us over the phone yesterday. "When they got the direction for her new video and they needed a super futuristic cyber-type of outfit, they came to us." Sci-fi has never looked so cool.
We've been keeping a close eye on IO Echo. Ever since we peeped lead singer Ioanna Gika's too-cool-for-school style at CMJ, we've known this was a band with some serious fashion tricks up their (kimono) sleeves. Rocking a deep side part, bright blonde hair and the aforementioned Kimonos, Gika has a style all her own, part goth-witch, part LA it-girl. In the atmospheric new video for "Outsiders," Gika holds court in a stark, grainy world, industrial and spare. Her clear, bright soprano is haunting against the yellowing backdrop, lending the haunting song a sinister, minimal air. If you look closely at her, though, you'll see that there's nothing minimal about the video's style. If you follow the band on Instagram, you might recognize Gika's kimono from a recent snap she posted of herself with Jeremy Scott. That's right, the flowing, magical garment is the creation of the man himself, and it's incredible. It's hard to see the piece in its full glory in the "Outsiders" video, but there are moments when you get a little flash of something across the camera and you realize that this is no ordinary robe. For a moment you think it could be a trick of the camera, or something added in after, but knowing that the singer was given the holographic piece by the designer, we know otherwise. We're not entirely sure how the great J.S. managed to make a holographic kimono without it looking at all stiff. Indeed, the piece seems almost liquid, like Gika is draped in light. Watch the video after the jump, and let us know what you think of this Jeremy Scott stunner.