Versace for H&M's 2012 Cruise Collection.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
All right, we're taking a poll. Raise your hand if you went certifiably BANANAS over the first Versace for H&M collection. DUH! Everyone did. We ogled each piece in the lookbook, stalked celebs wearing the clothes (yeah, we're talking about you too, Kanye!) and ran like crazed animals into H&M to buy a leopard/neon/printed jacket for ourselves. We also quite possibly (OK, totally) set up a tent somewhere near Fifth Avenue and froze in the cold for fashion. For hours. And now that we've FINALLY recovered from our retail frenzy-induced hangover, H&M has announced a second collection with Versace. SQUEAL. It's so epic, so magical, so full of sartorial brilliance that you must stop what you're doing and take a look. Like, NOW.
2NE1 sits down with MTV Style after their first U.S. performance.
Yesterday marked the first U.S. performance of K-Pop girl group 2NE1 (pronounced either "To Anyone" or "Twenty-one"). For anyone who missed MTV Iggy's Best New Band livestream or are unfamiliar with the four-member outfit from South Korea--CL, Park Bom, Dara, and Minzy--you can read all about them on this gloriously exhaustive write-up but for the rest of you...ZOMG, YOU GUYS! THE CONCERT WAS SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD.
First of all, the line for the show which began at 4 p.m. ET was out of control by 10 a.m. and since the Best Buy theater in Times Square is, like, a yard-and-a-half away from MTV, every time 2NE1's exuberant fanbase (known as Blackjacks) cheered, our office windows would shake. And, yeah, hi, we're on the 17th floor. So you can imagine the excitement when the ladies (clad in varying iterations of scarlet military uniforms with gold metal armor panels) stormed the stage. There was so much screaming you could feel the reverberations on your ribcage.
Charlotte Ronson's version of Katniss' Fire Dress inspired by "The Hunger Games."
Photo: Courtesy of InStyle.com
If you're anything like us, the mention of these three words—The Hunger Games—has you giddy with excitement. We're predicting that the upcoming movie adaptation of this incredible book series (which, we can attest, will keep you up at night thumbing through it like a wild-eyed lunatic) is going to be the movie of next year. We also think the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the main character of this post-apocalyptic, fight-to-the-death adventure, will reignite GIRL POWER and she will do so in some killer costumes. Katniss, you see, has a stylist (who will be played by Lenny Kravitz—ZOMG), and in a pivotal moment in the story, he creates this totally amazing fire dress that is supposed to make her look like she's, literally, on fiiii-ah. We simply cannot wait much longer to see what this will look like and neither can the folks over at In Style, so in a stroke of sartorial genius, they called upon several designers to sketch what they think the fire dress should look like. Everyone from Christian Siriano and Rachel Roy to Charlotte Ronson, who designed this insanity above, have come up with their own versions of this soon-to-be iconic costume, and we're practically on fire ourselves just looking at this goodness.
Dispelling the myth that she's just a singer, Katy Perry is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend with Robyn set to take care of musical guest duties. If there's one thing we've been waiting to see, it's Miss Congeniality, aka Katy, do some straight-up acting. She's already exhibited considerable comedic chops in her music video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", as well as high drama in the recent "The One That Got Away" in which she frolicked with one of Mexico's finest thespian exports, Diego Luna. While we can't wait to see the zany characters she will undoubtedly create, we also can't wait to see what she's going to wear for her opening monologue and in every single photo SNL shows of their guest host during the commercial break. The first set of promos alone showcase Katy in the CUTEST Victoria Beckham cat printed dress that we didn't realize we wanted so badly until we saw it highlighting Katy's razor bob.
Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris.
Photo: Aaron Stern
Chances are you've seen Waris Ahluwalia before. Not only is he the dapper designer for the House of Waris—purveyors of fine jewelry and lustrous scarves—he's a sometime performer who has appeared in his friend Wes Anderson's films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. What's so interesting about Waris is that he didn't start out as a designer or fashion-oriented person, he simply enjoyed well-made products and sought to make his own after becoming interested in craftsmanship. His unusual jewelry designs run the gamut from plumage shapes encrusted in diamonds to geometrical bracelets and copper enamel necklaces featuring gold-adorned swallows. His work is stunning, to say the least, and we here at MTV Style want to show you what he (and his line!) are all about. Aside from making seriously heart-stopping pieces and being thoroughly inspired by music ("Currently I'm listening to the soundtrack for Drive every day. It's insanely good!" he says), there's a reason why Rihanna, Solange Knowles, and Chloe Sevigny are die-hard fans...and it may have something to do with these need-them-right-now skull earrings.
GAH-MAZING House of Waris enamel skull earrings.
Photo: Courtesy of House of Waris
Or, you know, 18 karat gold bracelets adorned in mini diamonds. And so much more. You've got to see it all to believe it. Thus, right this way...
Lisa Frank apparel.
Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Frank
Hey '90s babies, get excited! You have lived long enough to witness the triumphant return of Lisa Frank. Yes, that Lisa Frank whom you were unabashedly, inexplicably obsessed with in grade school. Remember...you bought the bedroom set, covered your Trapper Keeper in stickers and spent way too many hours brushing your prancing unicorn’s hair? Now, you can wear Lisa! That’s right, Lisa Frank did what every huge celebrity does and designed a line of apparel. GAG! Let’s take a look at the designs, shall we?
Behind the scenes of the Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals Spring 2012 shoot.
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas Originals Youtube channel
Have you ever dreamed of dressing like a crazy combo of all of the Spice Girls at once? You know, with towering platforms, leopard print push-up bras, and breakaway racing striped adidas pants circa 1997? Us too! We have a feeling Jeremy Scott was on a similar wavelength after watching (drooling at) the behind-the-scenes footage for his Spring/Summer 2012 adidas collection. Minds were lost, childhood dreams came true, credit cards were ravaged. (We may/may not have tried leaping like the models in the vid without looking nearly as cute...)
Chanel's Paris-Bombay Pre-Fall 2012 show in Paris.
Photo: Getty Images
When it comes to over-the-top luxe fashion spectacles of the highest order, no one puts on a show quite like Chanel does. As you know, my Uncle Karl is a genius (that's Karl Lagerfeld to those of you who have yet to realize that he's your long lost uncle, too), and he has massive visions of what he wants his fashion shows to look like before he stages them. We've seen everything from under the sea mermaid villages to tripped-out garden parties, and he always seems to top himself each season. Even though we're currently between seasons and have some time before the next fashion week, Chanel decided to show their pre-fall 2012 collection like a massive fash-week bonanza complete with an imagined trip to India and one sumptuous feast of towering delicacies twinkling beneath rows of dripping crystal chandeliers that seemed fit for Marie Antoinette (and the editors who were invited, of course). Not only did King Karl put on a parade of gahhhh-stopping look after look, he threw in some '90s supermodels like Yasmin Le Bon as well as singer/songwriter Chan Marshall of Cat Power to liven up the Bombay-influenced Parisian palace. Oh, and the clothes? Silver studded, nose-beaded, googly-eye pyramid MAGIC.
Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and Stella McCartney at the Stella McCartney store in London.
Photo: Getty Images
OK, holiday party people, the season is officially in full swing! What does this mean? Oh, just a number of party photos of celebrities wearing fancy Santa hats, street-style shots of peeps in their cutest woolen coats, and retailers shining light on their stores by actually holding events that involve shiny lights. Stella McCartney kicked off the fashionable holiday season in London-town with her own store-lighting ceremony that drew the likes of Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and (ZOMG, GASPING FOR AIR AT THE MOST AMAZING OF AMAZING CRAW-FACE HOLIDAY BALLSNESS EVAH) Miss Edina Monsoon, aka Jennifer Saunders in character as Monsoon from the hit British TV show Absolutely Fabulous (aka one of the best shows ever in the history of television). Apologies for the ALL CAPS and super emosh effusiveness but, you guys, have you seen this show? We need to discuss this as well as the insane amount of lights Ms. McCartney used on the front of her store's building.
Edward and Bella at the altar.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Michael Wilkinson graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. He is wildly entertaining, talented, gracious and a delight to interview on the subject of—WAIT FOR IT—'Breaking Dawn' (*HEAD SPLOOOODE*) because he is the dude tasked with costume designing not only B.D. one but B.D. two, too (that’s what we insiders call it *brushes dirt off shoulders*).
Before we move onto discussing the sartorial majesty of what may be the MOST SIGNIFICANT CINEMATIC EVENT since 'Twilight: Eclipse,' I’d like to take a sidebar to address Mr. Wilkinson’s curriculum vitae leading up to this moment. YOU GUYS, he worked on 'Party Monster', 'Romeo + Juliet', '300' (for which he won a glut of awards [DESERVEDLY #teamfassbender]), 'Watchmen,' 'American Splendor' (R.I.P. Harvey Pekar), and he’s also working on the Zack Snyder Superman reboot, 'Man of Steel.' Yeah, basically, he’s the best.
In the impending interview, Michael spilled about which designers he worked with for the second-to-last film of the franchise, Robert Pattinson's shorts phobia, Kristen Stewart's enviably taut physique, and teased how GLORIOUS all those vampire capes will look in the spectacular battle scene in the final installment of this face-meltingly incredible saga. I AM RUNNING OUT OF EFFUSIVE ADJECTIVES.