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.
Erykah Badu is the face of Givenchy's spring 2014 campaign.
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Givenchy is continuing its streak of casting famous faces in its campaigns, and for spring 2014, the label has tapped legendary singer-songwriter Erykah Badu! Style.com got an exclusive look at the images and chatted with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci about his decision to cast the singer, who, he says, "is one of the most stylish women [he's] met in [his] life."
Tisci said that he had Erykah on his mind when designing the 2014 spring collection, which will feature a combination of African and Japanese influences. The black-and-white campaign image, shot by Mert & Marcus, features a short-haired Badu in what is essentially a poncho with the shoulders cut out. The beguiling top has no sleeves and no obvious collar, but instead hangs from two thick straps around her neck. On the runway, the bright graphic on the front looks like it's made of sequins, but in the ad, it's completely muted, giving the piece an entirely different feel.
Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld, hanging out in fingerless gloves.
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Last night, at a rodeo-inspired Chanel runway show, Kristen Stewart was named the new face of Chanel, with a campaign landing in the spring of 2014. If none of the words in the preceding sentence made sense (Chanel, rodeo, Kristen Stewart), lemme explain.
Every year, Karl Lagerfeld hosts a Chanel Métiers d'Art presentation, which is a collection of pieces between the fall and spring seasons. This has taken place all over the globe. In the past, the show has occurred in Scotland, Toyko, and Bombay. This year, however, Karl opted for the slightly less-exotic city of Dallas, Texas, to show his Americana-inspired collection, proof that people will go wherever Karl Lagerfeld tells them to go. The rodeo-ready collection is heavy on fringe, tiered skirts, and denim—three design elements that don't appear often in Chanel offerings (though sometimes things happen). Kristen Stewart, fan of sheer jumpsuits, will be the face of this collection.
Lady Gaga in Peter Movrin at LAX.
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Remember when Lady Gaga showed up at LAX late this November in head-to-toe leather and silk? She was a vision of future-goth, dripping with inky fabric that pooled at her feet as she prepared to board an 11-hour flight to Tokyo. You were likely either bewildered or amazed. At first glance, the eye-bugging outfit, created by Slovenian designer Peter Movrin, seems better-suited for hanging out in a museum than being worn on an airplane (can you imagine trying to use the teeny tiny in-flight bathroom in this thing?), but that's exactly why it works for the ARTPOP singer, whose recent album is, among many things, an ode to where avant meets accessible.
As it turns out, Movrin's sensibilities match Gaga's in more ways than one. The designer, a self-proclaimed Iris Van Herpen obsessive, creates wearable art that embraces “the ugly”—an idea that Mother Monster has sartorially toyed with many times, especially as of late. (See also: the artwork for singles "Dope" and "Applause.") The creation Gaga wore, which hails from Movrin’s Gothic architecture-inspired Franz Madonna collection, and we caught up with the designer over the phone to figure out exactly how much Gaga’s travel threads weigh, what went into its making, and Movrin's own forays with wearable meat.