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.
Selena Gomez announces her partnership with adidas NEO.
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THIS. IS HUGE. You guys, Selena Gomez is the new adidas NEO style icon! She announced her partnership with the brand just today, which will include duties like fronting the new campaigns and designing her own collections of sneakers, clothing and accessories. Amaaaazing! But um...wait a second. If this news all sounds a little bit familiar, it's probably because on-again-off-again bf Justin Bieber nabbed a similar gig just a month ago (Coincidence? We think not). But whereas Justin's not creating his own sneaks quite yet, Selena told Teen Vogue that you can expect HER first collection for the label early next year.
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First impressions are important. And when it comes to holiday gift giving, here at MTV Style we hold this truth with equal enthusiasm. Sure, you can't deny the character, charm, and economic merits of DIY wrapping jobs, but enter Rachel Zoe, Alice + Olivia, Lela Rose AND charity into the equation? Newspaper and recycled shopping bags definitely won't do!
This holiday season, seven top designers team up with online retailer One Kings Lane to create a stylish and altruistic gift wrapping collection. With all money from sales going to the designers' charity of choice, customers get three gift-wrap rolls for a relatively nominal price of $15 (Imeanreallydoe, for any designer label that is a BARGAIN).
Charlotte Ronson at her show in Aruba.
Dearest NYers: Please do your best not to despise me/hate Tweet me. I escaped the ultimate Mean Girl known as Mother Nature over the weekend…but in the name of fashion! Specifically, Aruba In Style, which showcased many a beach-friendly designer from Aruba, Venezuela, Columbia and other tropical paradises. It was, in short, uh-mazing. Major highlight: kicking it via a cray unconventional front-row experience alongside fashion-y folks like Fashionista and FashionEtc—frozen mojito in hand, feet in pool water—whilst gorgeous models of all shapes and sizes strutted their stuff in floral bikinis, fancy flip-flops and lots of sheer. Additionally, there was a smoke-y sage-clutching model clad in a gothic wedding dress and a male model sporting abs of steel and sequined short-shorts, which resulted in my schvitzing my SPF off. There was also that one time where I found myself at Aruba's version of the Versace mansion for a presentation complete with gaudy marble pillars, statues and, duh, open bar. I bumped into the gorgggg downtown designer staple, Charlotte Ronson, who came down to represent for New York. If y'all saw her salivating-inducing SS13 show, then y'all know the homegirl's designs was a no-brainer showstopper for the daisy dukes, bikinis on top-friendly sartorial soiree. After one too many Pina Colada, I had a kiki with the sun-kissed beauty. Topics included her “Aruba In Style“ debut, her fave fashion-y pop princesses, and her secret behind remaining flaw-free in the Aruba heat/NYC frigid freak show.