Considering we're in the throes of a polar vortex, looking at clothing for next autumn/winter may seem unappealing. We prefer shorts and bathing suits and clothing that makes us believe it will be warm again, not sweaters that make it seem like winter will last forever. Fashion doesn't adhere to our feelings though, and Fashion Week is starting up again, kicking off in London with men's collections. Though these clothes are technically for next fall, there are a few trends we found that we're not sure we'll be seeing at all. Ever.
DEMENTED MICKEY MOUSE
Models at the Kate Eary and MAN Autumn/Winter 2014 shows in London.
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Weirdly enough, two different designers had models walk out with Mickey Mouse ears. "MICKEY IS HUGE FOR FALL 2014, TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!"—people in the fashion world (or so I imagine). MAN attached Mickey's iconic ears to a baseball cap and accessorized it with something you'd likely find in a dentist's office/nightmares, while Kate Eary constructed a plastic Mickey mask, complete with a red mohawk. I'm pretty sure this would not fly on the subway.
Miley wears Marc.
Photos: Getty Images/@mileycyrus' Twitter
Miley Cyrus, never one to shy away from making a statement, decided to wear her
heart opinion on her sleeves today in a pro same-sex marriage Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt. The top depicts a presumably lesbian couple in black dresses with their child in matching threads and reads, "I pay my taxes, I want my rights." Wanna know how we know for sure that it's Miley (besides the fact that she posted the pic on her Twitter #tongue)? The tell-tale tat on her left forearm. But mostly because #tongue.
Rihanna on the set of her Balmain campaign.
Photo: Balmain's YouTube Page
Late last year (that joke never gets old, right?), Rihanna nonchalantly dropped what looked to be her ENTIRE Balmain campaign on Instagram. A campaign that has BadGalRiRi wearing houndstooth suits in abandoned steam rooms is a surefire win in our books, but we might even love the behind-the-scenes look even more. Candid Rihanna! Getting her hair and makeup done! Pacing around the set in a head-to-toe j'outfit! It's the best. Balmain has established a permanent place in our BTS-loving hearts by releasing not one, but THREE videos of Rihanna's campaign!
Miley Cyrus performing on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.'
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Sparkles have been a longstanding New Year's Eve staple for, like, a bajillion years, so it's no wonder that Miley Cyrus kicked off 2014 in an entirely sequined outfit designed by The Blonds. Since it was roughly negative 100 degrees, she kept warm in a floor-length fur coat, also by The Blonds.
8 designers' favorite concerts of 2013.
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In 2013, music and fashion were more intertwined than ever. There was a ton of collaborative energy between the two worlds, from designers creating custom tour wardrobes for musicians (see Givenchy x Rihanna, Calvin Klein x Drake, Maison Martin Margiela x Kanye, Tom Ford x Justin Timberlake—the list goes on) to artists designing for brands (Nicki Minaj x Kmart, Rihanna x River Island, Kanye x A.P.C., Drake x Nike, Alison Mosshart x Surface to Air, etc.). There was also a bevy of fashion week musical performances—and in, a few cases, musicians even subbed for models. Which is all to say, there was A LOT to keep us busy at MTV Style over the past 365 days. To celebrate the year music and fashion became even better friends, we asked some of our favorite designers to share with us the best concerts they saw in 2013.
CREATURES OF THE WIND
We saw Goat at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. We first heard about them from our friend Sheba, the queen of Chicago indie. They have an insane stage presence, and the show was a fully psychedelic experience. A real, full-on rock show in a tiny venue. The whole band wore full face masks throughout the entire show, from start to finish.
It would have to be The Postal Service's last ever concert at Lollapalooza. I have loved the band since it first came out when I still lived in Canada. And it reminded me of being a teenager singing ridiculously badly in the car. The fact that it was their last concert kinda symbolized a real official end to that part of my life.
Kanye West is going to have some new Virgil Abloh swag to wear just in time for spring. Though he'll probably have access to Off-White, Virgil's new label, long before then. Ugh, being famous and the longtime BFF of a very popular designer is the best. Remember how quickly he got his hands on Pyrex Vision?? Like, HOW?? JK, I know how. (Money. Status. Power.)
Off-White is—according to Style.com, who spoke with Virgil—"a streetwear-meets-fashion line that builds on, and expands upon, Pyrex Vision." While Pyrex was screen-printed on other brands' shirts, Off-White will be "a full cut-and-sew line, made in Italy." Oh you fancy, huh? The line will marry Virgil's interests in Martha Stewart (LOL) and "shabby chic" aesthetic elements with athletic sensibilities. Imagine what Martha Stewart would wear to play streetball on Nantucket and you've got Off-White. Not really, but imagining Martha in oversized hoops shorts is a fun way to pass the time.
Miley Cyrus performing at Z100's Jingle Ball.
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Today, in the BEST NEWS EVER, Miley Cyrus revealed via Twitter that design duo The Blonds will be creating the wardrobe for her upcoming Bangerz tour. YAAS! Can you handle it? We can't. This is a match made in high-cut leotard heaven. The Blonds (David and Phillipe Blond, IRL) have long been lauded for their structured, innovative bodysuits—and going sans pants is basically Miley's M.O. these days. (See also: Jingle Ball, the AMAs, the EMA, etc. etc. x a million.)
Rihanna for Balmain Spring/Summer 2014.
Photo: @badgalriri Instagram
Well well well, looks like Rihanna has landed herself a new gig. Earlier this morning on Instagram (duh, where else would Rih break news?), Bad Gal announced that she's the face of Balmain's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, delivering the deets and giving us the first look in one fell swoop.
The ads, which were shot by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Rihanna's go-to guy, Mel Ottenberg, feature colorfully dressed Rih set against a monochromatic, tiled background. A steam room minus the steam, it would appear—more high fashion than I've ever found in a steam room, but Rihanna hangs out in more luxurious places than I do, so maybe wearing a j'outfit with gold-chain stripes is the norm in saunas of the rich and famous? IDK.