Nicki Minaj and the Limited Collector's Edition Herve Leger Barbie.
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BARBZ! Hold on to your braless shirts, because the news is about to get meta. First things first, let’s rehash some facts:
1.) Nicki Minaj is a fan of Herve Leger. Big time. We know this because:
a. Those bathing suits.
b. That front-row worthy black-and-white harnessed dress. (Point of interest: Harnesses are still happening, but they are NOT for the faint of heart.)
c. Those leather jogging pants. (That apparently Kanye was actually the first to create, ICYMI.)
Etc., etc. and so forth. Basically, there’s nary a bandage-garment that Nicki’s curves didn’t like, and it seems as if the feeling is mutual. (Aww, love!)
MIA at the Versace Winter 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week.
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According to M.I.A, yes, she has a collaboration with Versace, and, oh, NBD, it's coming out in two weeks. She apparently confirmed the news to a WWD reporter at the Balenciaga show this morning, simply saying, "I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks." M.I.A announces a collaboration with Versace the same way the rest of the world announces they're going to get a turkey sandwich for lunch: offhandedly and with no follow-up. But, HELLO, M.I.A, we need follow-up.
Iggy Azalea performs at Philipp Plein's Milan Fashion Week 2014 show.
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Fashion Week has turned into Fashion Three Weeks for Iggy Azalea. After sitting front row at a number of New York Fashion Week shows and performing at DKNY's 25th Anniversary Party, Iggy has surfaced in Milan and, oh, on Philipp Plein's runway. Plein's website describes Iggy as the ideal woman, "poised between haute couture tailoring and a mood that is unashamedly hip hop," so it only makes sense that she kicked-off the show with a live performance of "Work," wearing a short, structured, and slit-bearing dress. Iggy ditched her recently debuted pin-up style bangs for a sleek and tight bun and kept her makeup au naturel.
Selena Gomez is pretty much living the dream in Milan right now. How do I know this? Because my BFFs, Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace, could NOT stop gabbing about her during our most recent group Skype sesh, wherein we also talked about pizza and #FASHUN and another former Disney darling who's been making some more, um, mature, wardrobe choices of her own these days. Just kidding. Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace don't use computers! They have someone else do all their interwebbingz for them, obvi.
But seriously. Now that Selly is no longer in danger of catching drop-crotch fever from the Biebs, she's been working on her style game in a major way. Gomez attended the Versace show in Milan on Friday and wore a killer mixed medium black dress with a bandage cut-out top and shimmery a-line bottom. She accessorized the look with a vampy red lip, smokey eyes and jet black nail polish. But instead of going home and emailing her runway wish-list to Santa Versace's PR people, she talked about the line over dinner with Donatella herself, as evidenced by a photo she posted on her Twitter with the caption, "To be great, learn from the greatest." And it doesn't get much greater than Donatella Versace. Unless, of course...
Nicola + Gaga = BFF.
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Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Jo Calderone was (*GASP*), according to Lady Gaga’s former stylist and “BFF forever,” Nicola Formichetti. In a recent interview with SHOWstudio, the long-time Haus of Gaga fashion director admitted that the creation of Gagaloo’s iconic male alter-ego was basically birthed on a whim. (IDK about y’all, but my whims only birth things like online shopping debt and buyer’s remorse.) “[One] morning … we were supposed to shoot for Vogue Japan, and we were like, ‘We need to do something crazy,’” Formichetti said. “And we transformed her into a male, her male character, Jo. And it was incredible … It was so spontaneous and very theater. It was amazing.” All in a day’s work! *flips hair*
Guys, we can never get enough of Asher Levine. We've been obsessed with the 25-year-old designer for the past few years (yep, he's been killing it since he was 22!) thanks to his mostly black, all-leather-everything futuristic ensembles that have been spotted on everyone from Lady Gaga to Rita Ora. This season, we were PUMPED to stop by his spring 2014 show, which featured a performance by funeral pop band MXMS (members include Shiny Toy Guns' Jeremy Dawson and Ariel Levitan). Asher stayed true to his dark roots and decked out his models in human anatomy-inspired pieces. Think: Molded, muscular silhouette vests and anatomical, spiky sleeved jackets. For the accessories, Asher said, "I wanted to imagine if we could grow the accessory in a laboratory, and then skin it. What would the accessory look like with it musculature underneath?" Our answer: awesome.
Harry Styles and Rihanna in a matching print.
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Sound the alarm: Harry Styles and Rihanna are fashion twins. Yep, the British boybander and Bajan babe both have an affinity for cartoon hands holding cigarettes. Who knew? Well, I'm not saying that Harry Styles definitely reads this blog, but I am saying that yesterday I pointed out his hilarious hand games in the front row at the House of Holland London Fashion Week show and today he's wearing hands printed on his shirt. Read the signs: I know I am.
Rihanna in custom Alexander Wang.
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The first celeb to step out in pieces from Alexander Wang's new collection? Rihanna, duh. Of course, pieces straight from the runway aren't even #swag enough for Rih; she's been photographed showing off custom pieces. How's that for turnaround time? Maybe when you hang out with a designer at #PhashionWeek, he expedites your pieces? It def seems that way.
Last week, four days after the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014 show, Rihanna stepped out in a pink "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt which wasn't on the Wang runway. On the runway was a white sweatshirt with sheer panels, the "Parental Advisory" logo strategically placed to keep the look PG. Rih paired her Phresh Out The Runway sweatshirt with black leather pants and a white leather baseball cap. She wore white Manolo Blahnik pumps, which is too bad, because Alexander Wang debuted some new shoes at his show that go perfectly with the "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt. Could it be that Rihanna can't get multiple pieces from this brand new collection?
"Fabulous" is, admittedly, an oft overused word, but never have I ever FULLY understood what it meant until meeting David and Phillipe Blond (better known as The Blonds) and seeing their work up close. Sure, you can tell from photographs that their curve-glorifying silhouettes, heavy with gems and crystals like the world's most glamorous barnacles, are major show-stoppers and how that has made them go-to designers for the high octane performance outfits of all your favorite pop stars: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and, like, infinity more. But seeing the pieces first-hand, glittering less than a foot from your eyeballs? That's another story entirely.
Looks from Bibhu Mohapatra's Spring 2014 show.
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Wouldn't it be cool if someone designed an entire collection based on YOU and it was beautiful and evocative and classically-shaped and *expensive* and was covered in sharp, geometric prints and 3D flower embellishments? And then to boot, let’s say this collection garnered an ocean of golf claps after its debut at New York Fashion Week. I mean, the way that I see it, that means that people would basically be golf-clapping for YOU, but in clothing form -- and I don’t know about y’all, but I long for the day when I can be seen as the sage-colored taffeta gown (with pockets) that I am.
When Bibhu Mohapatra designed his Spring 2014 collection, he had a good friend in mind. This friend, Wendy Whelan, redefined herself as a performer when she switched over to modern dance after a long career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. So Bibhu too, then looked to redefine the pieces he created this season. And just as the clothes were inspired by someone near and dear to the designer’s life, sound stylist Javier Peral found a similar motivation for the music he chose to accompany Bibhu’s new line. Wanna know who it was? Check out Javier’s own words about the (as of yet unsigned!) band behind the Bibhu Mohapatra runway soundtrack after the jump!