Katy Perry and Ariana Grande in cat ears.
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Uh oh, Katycats and Arianators: there's a battle being waged between your two faves for best cat lady! It's no secret that Katy Perry is a huge feline fan (I mean, her fans are named Katycats for a reason), but Ariana Grande has been slowly gaining ground in cat lady land, wearing not one, not two, but three different outfits that she accessorized with cat ears.
Katy arrived in Tokyo wearing her fave print as of late, daisies, a leather jacket, Ray-Bans, and, of course, cat ears. Katy's tiger-striped ears make sense for a number of reasons: 1. she's Mom Cat, 2. the "Roar" video and her performances recently have involved a lot of animal print, 3. she's in Japan and it's OFFICIALLY HALLOWEEN THERE, Y'ALL. Her ears also say "Katy" across them, just in case, y'know, you saw a picture of her and didn't know who she was. It's a gentle reminder so you don't embarrass yourself in front of your friends.
Naya Rivera, Zendaya, and Paris Hilton in their Halloween costumes.
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One confusing thing about Halloween falling on a Thursday is that no one knows when to celebrate. One good thing is that people celebrate the weekend before, the day of, and the weekend after. Hello, week of costumes, we're ready for you. A slew of celebs put on their first costumes of 2013 (LBR, there's no way Paris Hilton isn't dressing up again) this past weekend, so obvi, there are plenty of photos to peep (and copy). Hey, some celebs are clever!
We're in the homestretch, you guys: less than a week 'til Halloween! We've shown you how to revive the '90s, how to dress like characters from TV shows that aren't Breaking Bad, and how to resemble your favorite merkin-mask-wearing pop star, Lady Gaga. Now it's time to consider rounding up three of your BFFs for a group costume that guarantees it's ~Spring Break 4Evaaa~. That's right, we're talking Spring Breakers.
Anyone who has seen the movie, slash anyone who has been on the Internet once in the past year, knows that the four Spring Breakin' girls—Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine—spend the majority of the film in bathing suits. They even wear bikinis in jail. They wear cut-out one piece suits to rob other revelers. They bad. We rounded up the three most recognizable looks from the film, which, with a few exceptions, you probably have all the pieces for already. We also already laid down some Spring Breakers steez tips when the trailer came out in January, so you can add mirrored sunglasses, snapbacks, anything neon, etc. to these looks for an extra Spring Break-y costume.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the ‘90s are back in full effect. From the crop-top takeover of fall Fashion Week to the re-emergence of our favorite pop groups (i.e. *NSYNC, TLC), it’s high time we show some appreciation for the decade now-defined by the World Wide Web. (Yup. The first website was created in 1990, and by 1999, the Internet was mainstream. Free history lesson!) Don’t act like you’re not nostalgic.
There was also a lot of RULL good lady-based pop culture that came out of the ‘90s, so we’ve put together three classic outfits from our favorite female icons for your Halloween enjoyment. (In addition to our picks, we've also rounded up instructions for how to be Daria, The Craft and Cher Horowitz, because we're the bomb like that.) And let’s be honest: it's pretty much the 11th hour in terms of finding a costume, so if you don’t have one yet, you’re praaahbably the kind of person who tends to DIY day-of. Lucky for you, these are PERFECT for that level of laziness. (No offense.) Fashion fiends (or hoarders of epic proportions) will likely have more than half of these costume components in their closet already, so put back those pre-packaged sexy food costumes and start practicing your throwback slang, beyotch.
COREY MASON FROM 'EMPIRE RECORDS'
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We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. Not on
REX MANNING DAY Halloween! Corey Mason (Liv Tyler) was the good girl with a bad streak from Empire Records, the 1995 movie about a group of misfit teens trying to keep an indie record store afloat. Damn the man, save the empire! Corey was a total babe, and is basically the embodiment of '90s comeback trends with her fuzzy cropped sweater, plaid skirt and combat boots. You’re gonna need your store badge to slip into the back room and woo Rex Manning, but don't forget to wear your ~most~ sexy red bra for your grand seduction. (Bonus points if you bake cupcakes for the occasion. After all, there are 24 usable hours in every day.) If that doesn’t work out though, you’ve always got your studies, so make sure to have your notebook handy and lay off those Jesse Spano caffeine pills!
It's crunch time, y'all. Halloween is NEXT. WEEK. If you haven't figured out what your costume is going to be by now, chances are you're feeling a little uninspired. Your roommate already claimed Miley Cyrus or you missed the boat on that Lady Gaga group costume, and your friends aren't big enough Beliebers to get that Justin Bieber as Robin look. That's OK. We still haven't even touched on the wild and wonderful hotbed of Halloween costumes that is television. Since everyone and their mom is going use All Hallows' Eve to mourn the gaping hole left by the end of Breaking Bad, we're going to skip it because those DIYs (even "sexy" versions) already exist. Same goes for Game of Thrones and the already Halloween-ready zombies and witches of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story respectively. We're helping you out with the tougher, slightly more unorthodox costumes.
JA'MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL
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That's right. Ja'mie's back. Chris Lilley is bringing everyone's favorite Private School Girl back for a new series starring the "Ja'miezing" Miss King. The new show will hit HBO Sunday, November 24th at 10:30 p.m. EST, and you better believe we'll be watching—no offense, anything else that's on TV at that time. Bonus: since the premiere is after Halloween, you can recycle this outfit for a "no fugly skanks allowed" viewing party.
A clown, a cat and a pop singer.
Photos: Splash News/Jimmy Kimmel Live
To the untrained eye, this photo may appear to be your average Halloween snapshot. But if you look a little closer, you’ll see that there’s a pop star in disguise, deviously lurking among fans to give them a trick AND a treat. MWA-HA-HA-HA-HA. (But don’t be scurred!) Before she performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Ariana Grande encouraged fans attending the taping to dress up in costume for a ‘special surprise.’ Since Grande is basically like, a Pied Piper of screaming tweens, a TON of her loyal followers showed up, but only three were chosen to compete for the chance to meet the tiny diva: The clown, the cat and the chicken.
It’s not easy being Lady Gaga. First of all: the hair. There’s a lot of it. Can you even imagine the size of the suitcase required to travel with all of her wigs? Long, short, black, yellow, bobbed, Boticelli—those things must take up a TON of space. Second of all: The shoes. There’s a lot of those suckers, too, and they’re not like, pin-thin flip-flops you can toss in your purse on-the-go. They're typically tall, thick-heeled and embellished—not for the faint of height OR heart (#spikes). And then there’s the outfits, which basically have lives of their own and can speak for themselves, as far as I’m concerned.
On any given day, Gagaloo switches up her clothing/wigs/shoes, like, a BAJILLION times—so it’s no surprise that she wore FOUR different outfits over the course of her 5-minute opening performance at this year's VMAs. SANS MALFUNCTIONS. We were impressed, to say the least. SO impressed, in fact, that we decided to recreate each look from her "Applause"-inspired performance for your Halloween enjoyment. Pick one costume for yourself or snag 3 friends and make it a group thaaang. Then, you only have to learn like, 25% of the choreography, which you can totally do if you practice real hard starting NOW.
Warning: This costume is not for the spill-prone.
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Dress yourself like the ghost that haunts Ke$ha's vagina!
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If you haven't noticed, here at MTV Style, we're heavily into Halloween. We've been dreaming up costumes for all our faves, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber for the past couple of weeks: we've got Halloween on the mind 24/7, which is why when Ke$ha tweeted about a Halloween costume she wants to see this upcoming October 31st, we were like, "ON IT."
The other night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ke$ha discussed her obsession with the afterlife and ghosts and casually mentioned that a ghost is haunting her vagina. Mmmhm, okay. The ghost is still in there, which means it's getting more Ke$ha-like by the day. Picking up style tips, living the pop star life, etc. Last night, K$ tweeted: