Saint Lou Lou at the Maison Kitsuné fashion show.
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Music and fashion have been closerthanclose since day one— after all, that's what this blog is ALL about. But while rad performance outfits and musicians modeling in campaigns is nothing new (just look at Nicki, Katy, or pretty much anyone with a recent Top 40 single as proof), it's rarer to find musicians who actually work it on the runways. And THIS is exactly why Paris Fashion Week this season is so out of the ordinary, as indie rockers are replacing top models on Maison Kitsuné and Saint Laurent Paris catwalks. Kitsuné twisted the traditional show concept this week, instead opting for a televised concert starring the fashion brand-slash-music-label's roster of artists. Genius, right? Emerging acts such as Swedish duo Saint Lou Lou, Brit band Citizens!, and French electro-popper Yelle all hit the stage decked out in the new Fall/Winter collection.

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Versace For H&M Fashion Show in 2011.
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H&M might be considered fast fashion, but between recent collaborations with Versace, Margiela, and Marni, there's absolutely no question the Swedish retail giant has its affordable-meets-designer game on lock. Now it's the label's turn to take to the runway with its very first show in NINE YEARS during Paris Fashion Week! Joining PFW veterans like Dior, YSL, and Chanel, H&M will parade 25 looks from its Fall 2013 collection down the catwalk on February 27. While the company's no stranger to the concept—the Versace collection was presented as a fashion show back in 2011—we can't wait to see how this quick shopping staple actually translates in the massive Musée Rodin venue next month.

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The tornado of glamour, celebs, and clothing that is New York Fashion Week won't kick off for a couple more weeks, but good news! There's a whole other Fashion Week happening right this second across the pond. That's right, Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture is in full swing, with designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons showing their intricately-crafted, totally swoon-worthy wares. And while you can always keep up with the action by checking traditional photo sites, this season it's the front row fixtures and models themselves who are REALLY the ones giving us the ultimate inside scoop (via Instagram, of course). So grab your phone and get ready to follow—we've got your Paris Fashion Week "It List" right here.

HAILEE STEINFELD

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Hailee Steinfeld and Karl Lagerfeld.
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There's no better person to kick off the group than fashion darling Hailee Steinfeld, who's already garnered QUITE the modeling resume for a 16-year-old. The former Miu Miu face stopped by the Chanel show earlier today, looking the part of a Parisienne in a leather pencil skirt, collegiate cardigan, Chanel purse, and perfectly tilted hat. Besides posing with Karl, Hailee also called out Cara Delevingne on Instagram with a close-up of the model working it on the runway. Awww.

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Kenzo

A look from Kenzo's FW 2013 show, and Jamie XX performing at Brixton Academy.
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The shows may be all about the clothes, but here at MTV Style, they're also all about the music. The models are only on the catwalk for a few minutes, but at the best shows, the audience is not only transported by the looks they're watching strut up and down the runway, but also by the overall experience that's created. The music chosen to showcase the collection says a lot about the overall philosophy behind it, and so it's without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the whole show. For their Fall/Winter 2013 menswear show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, Kenzo complemented their "Jungle in the Sky" theme with an ethereal yet hard-hitting mix from Jamie xx. Building from sparkly chimes and smooth sax into minimalist percussion and then a dreamy piano and synth melody, the 9 minute mix combines elements of ambient sound, spacious house beats, and sassy interjections. Basically, it captures the sporty, clean feel of the clothes themselves to a T. Sad you didn't get to be there to see it yourself? Well, our friends over at Opening Ceremony were there, and you can watch the show and hear Jamie's mix in the video after the jump!

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New York Fashion Week may be a little over a month away, but here at MTV Style, we don't just keep an eye on women's ready-to-wear collections. We keep our sights glued on all countries, seasons, levels of craftsmanship, and genders for style inspiration. Thus, we're warming up our trendspotters with the men's fall/winter 2013 London Collections. Here are the unexpected trends we've spied from the week's dude fashion forecast.

MASKED MEN

Runway looks from Alexander McQueen and MAN at the Men's Fall/Winter 2013 London Collections.
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Kanye West closed out 2012 with a pair of high fashion face masks for his Revel Atlantic City concerts. Judging from this week's offerings via Alexander McQueen and MAN, 2013 might be the year the casual face mask becomes (a little more) mainstream!

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Angel Haze

Angel Haze.
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Angel Haze has been frequenting our radar from her Eminem tribute track "Cleaning Out My Closet" to her Classick mixtape. If you didn't already know about her, chances are pretty good that you've heard a word or two regarding the 21-year-old rapper in the past two days. At press time, she and Azealia Banks are engaged in a heated Twitter duel, complete with rapid fire dis tracks. The drama is seductive (let it be known, though, that we're crossing our fingers that this is actually the ultimate Rick Roll and ends in that rumored collaboration track *winces, ducks for cover*), but we're taking this moment to shine a light on a fashion Easter egg that may have been lost in the crossfire: Angel Haze met Mark McNairy today and subsequently tweeted that she'll be walking this Fashion Week. (!!!!!!!!)
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Alia Wang, Karlie Kloss

Alia Wang and Karlie Kloss in Alexander Wang Spring 2013 designs.
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It's well-storied within the fashion community that Alexander Wang's niece, Aila, is one of the (expectedly) best-dressed children on the planet. (Sorry, Suri Cruise!) But seeing her clad in custom threads from her sartorial magician of an uncle AND juxtaposed with Karlie Kloss serving up smoky-eyed realness in the same collection? Our brains have had such a difficult time reconciling the simultaneous cute and fierce that yea, we ARE still talking about these looks close to a month after they each first graced the world. YOU MAD??? The clincher for us is how next-level genius Wang's Spring 2013 collection is rendered by seeing these images in tandem.

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Looks from the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week show in Oct. 1.
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If you weren't one of the few people lucky enough to attend Paris Fashion Week this season, you might feel, well, a tad shortchanged. Sure, you can peep endless runway photos and scour Instagram for super-cool backstage snaps, but nothing compares to actually being at a fashion show, amirite? Well, friends, we've got some good news—The Cut got their hands on the ENTIRE. SOUNDTRACK. from the highly-anticipated Saint Laurent spring/summer 2013 show, and it features music by THE Daft Punk. *cries tears of joy* Like, could this be more awesome, y'all? Our fave electronic French duo created a 15-minute (yes, that says FIFTEEN. MINUTE.) soundtrack for the models to strut their stuff to with vocals by Junior Kimbrough, an iconic blues musician who passed away in 1998.

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Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, and Jessica Stam walk as iconic musicians for Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris Fashion Week show.
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More than just a designer, Jean Paul Gaultier is a consummate showman. It's safe to say that you can always count on his Paris Fashion Week shows to dazzle and straight-up entertain. This season was no exception, with JPG not only outfitting his models in gorgeous new Spring 2013 togs (fringed skirts, floral satin pants, latticed wireframe sleeves!!!) but ALSO styling them after iconic musicians. *Cue mental glitter bomb, exploding rainbows and Lisa Frank dolphins.* What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, you get our House of Style hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss (both of whom also walked the Stella McCartney show this morning!) killing dead a sultry Sade and a braided Boy George respectively. And given JPG's long-storied love of Madonna, there was no shortage of rosary-clad Madge tributes including this sheer black number showcased by the lovely Jessica Stam.

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Dolce & Gabbana, Jeremy Scott

Dolce & Gabbana and Jeremy Scott show burlap sack dresses for Spring/Summer 2013 and 2012 respectively.
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Take note, public. Thanks to the one-two punch of Dolce & Gabbana and Jeremy Scott, burlap potato sacks have now graced the Fashion Week runways for two years in a row. That means we officially need to get one (or two or infinity) into our closets STAT. I know what you're about to say: "You mean you're not already wearing burlap potato sacks on the daily? *hair flip*" Well, pump the brakes on the judgement train for just one hot second because maybe we have sensitive skin and thus maybe wanted to feel this trend out before diving in head first! *catches breath from defensive hyperventilating*

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