Photo: Courtesy of Katie Eary
If we've learned anything from Fashion Weeks past, performance outfits, and the lyrics themselves, it's that Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Mob have their ears to the ground in the fashion scene. Seriously, these guys are CLUED IN, and now, we owe them a huge "thank you" for tipping us off to our newest style obsession, Katie Eary. This London-based designer may only be a few years out of school, but already, she's beloved by rap stars and fashion kids alike. Shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art, Eary has racked up an insane resume—creating custom pieces for Kate Moss (her first gig!), gaining critical acclaim for her womenswear and menswear lines, and winning a fan base that reads like MTV's Hottest MCs VIII List. The hip hop world is fawning over Eary's decadent designer-meets-streetwear creations, from her gilded skate decks to her graphic separates splashed with digital prints of octopus, goldfish, and screaming cheetahs (which are entirely as awesome as they sound). Want proof of Katie's closerthanclose connection to music? Just this week, 2 Chainz rocked one of her Spring/Summer looks in his new "Crack" music video, she dropped a new fashion film soundtracked by none other than the A$AP Mob, and that's only the beginning. Get the lowdown from the designer herself below!
What makes the 10-Year Hoodie so special.
Photo: Flint And Tinder USA
"Buy less, but get more." Sounds great, right? But when you think about the way that a lot of us shop these days, not a whole lot of people are adhering to that way of thinking these days. Jake Bronstein, founder of Flint And Tinder USA, is trying to change the way that many people think about clothing, and it turns out, people are REALLY listening. Jake started a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness about "planned obsolescence," and to sell the product that he created to fight it, called "The 10-Year Hoodie." So, first off, what's planned obsolescence? Think about it from the point of view of a manufacturer: if you make a product that lasts a person forever, or that lasts them a really long time even, they're probably not going to come back and buy another one before their first one has worn out. So instead of making products that last a really, really long time, which wouldn't be all that hard, manufacturers intentionally leave some things a little undone, making the product wear out faster. Of course every piece of clothing wears out on its own and you can't expect it to last forever, but intentionally giving items an expiration date so consumers are forced to come back and buy more? Kinda shady. Flint And Tinder decided to start with something super basic and pretty unglamorous, the zip-up hoodie, and make it last 10-years, at least. But not only is the sweatshirt really well made and without any intentional shortcomings, it comes with free mending, so if it shouldn't last the promised 10 years, the company will fix it for you. Pretty cool, right? Even cooler is the fact that Flint and Tinder started their campaign on Kickstarter, and within hours had met their funding goal. Now, with 41 days still left on the campaign, they've raised $304,893. Crazy, huh?
Rihanna's River Island co-designer Adam Selman at the Opening Ceremony RIHtrospective and a look he designed for Rihanna.
We're (obviously) HUGE fans of the magical music and fashion machine, but isn't it fun to peek behind the curtain every once in awhile? Rihanna for River Island is by far one of the years most anticipated celebrity design collaborations, and we were beyond excited to have a chance to chat with Rihanna's co-designer Adam Selman at the US launch of the line, and the corresponding "RIHtrospective," at Opening Ceremony. Not only did Selman help Rihanna with her River Island line, but he also designed and fabricated five of the seven looks on display. From Rihanna's pink lace Victoria's Secret Fashion show look to her white 2012 VMA dress (more on that in the video), there's no doubt that you'll recognize some of the looks in the RIHtrospective. When we dragged Adam down to the basement of Opening Ceremony during the lively launch event for both the retrospective and the collection, he answered all of our burning questions with a smile on his face and an expertise that made it totally obvious why he's Rihanna's go-to guy for all things fashion, along with her long-time stylist Mel Ottenberg. He ALSO gave us a couple of scoops about whether we can expect to see more Rihanna For River Island (!!!!), what it's like to work for Rihanna (think: Unicorns), and what his fave pieces of her wardrobe are. Watch the full video after the jump!
Kanye West performs on the Watch The Throne tour wearing a Givenchy shirt and leather kilt.
Photo: Getty Images
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.
Photo: Getty/@Badgalriri Instagram
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.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of Vibe
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.