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.
Looks from Jean=Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer13 runway show.
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Between that infamous Madonna cone bra, the man-skirts, and last season's rockstar-inspired collection, Jean-Paul Gaultier has already crafted enough runway creations to inspire a lifetime of rad outfits. So what's the next obvious step for that Parisian designer? Taking his ridiculously awesome style to the (daring) masses with streetwear, obviously. JPG has just announced that he's working on a men's and women's collection with Italian company Ittierre SpA, targeting younger consumer AND a more affordable price point. Um yes, please!
Yoko Ono's "Fashions for Men" for Opening Ceremony.
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The question seems simple enough. Would you wear Yoko Ono's Opening Ceremony collection? Without looking, you think, "Duh, why not?" And then, you catch a glimpse of the inner-thigh cutouts, crotch handprints, and *achem* butt motif running up and down these togs, and you maybe start to squeeze down on the brakes a little bit. MAYBE. Sure, Yoko Ono is her own living legend on top of being the widow of John Lennon, and perhaps that's reason alone for someone to sport her designs. *Kanye shrug* But let's not forget for one minute that she is a primarily avant-garde artist and her two-part M.O. (just, like, as a person) is to first, get a reaction from her work, and second, project a particular message to the world. That said, if this collection makes you squirm or giggle or click "Buy" or ELICIT ANY FEELING EVER, that's GOOD. Whatever you're feeling is good. More specifically, though, we want to know if you feel like wearing any of it.
Tees from the Les Plus Dorés x VFiles collection.
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The creative geniuses over at VFiles truly understand the meaning of teamwork. Since the company's inception just last year, these guys have culled together some of the best emerging brands for crazy-cool collaborations that range from '90s-esque streetwear to hats that totally speak for themselves to metallic life preservers (yep, really). Now they're taking this style sportsmanship to the next level with a brand new collection of tees inspired by team jerseys... but with a decidedly fashionable twist.