'Ello! It's MTV Style's resident cat lady here to bring you the latest and greatest feline fashion news, and today I am SO excited to share this behind-the-scenes video of United Bamboo's (now famous!) annual cat calendar shoot. *squee* If you thought 12 gorgeous pictures of cats decked out in the finest United Bamboo clothing was enough to wet your whistle, then whew! We've got something huge in store for you—more than six minutes of nothing put pure cat fashion amazingness thanks to The Stylish (and Kickstarter for funding the entire project!). Not only do we get to peep the cats in their oh-so-cute modeling glory, but co-owner of United Bamboo, Thuy Pham, also says a few words of fashion wisdom to kick things off. But, um, I need to discuss all my favorite moments from this video before my heart explodes into a billion pieces, which I have nicely displayed for you in picture form below. Also, peep my hottie-boom-bottie friend Laura Marcus who makes a stylish appearance with her kitty. You're welcome.
It's the home stretch, y'all! We are soooo close to the end of the year, we can almost TASTE the Auld Lang Syne and New Year's glitterbombing. All month long, we've been counting down the biggest and best style moments of 2012 from the typical like best hair, nail art, and campaigns to the silly (e.g. cat ladies, sticker apps, and Instagram selfies). What's next on deck? A personal favorite: the year's best fashion lyrics.
MTV Style exists, in part, due to an intrinsic and unavoidable relationship between music and fashion. That happy creative marriage manifests itself in a couple of different ways from designers inspired by musical muses to high fashion performance outfits to renaissance musician/designers dominating everything from the runway to retail à la Kanye West and Jessica Simpson. The point of intersection we're interested in today is the "Fashion Lyric." Musicians, especially MCs, have been writing style references into their songs for years, but this year, fashion lyrics feel more prevalent than ever. I mean, what are the chances of both Yeezy and Nicki Minaj penning rhymes about Vogue EIC Anna Wintour in the same year? And believe us, that's only the tip of the iceberg. We made it our duty to sift out all the best nuggets from this year's offerings (yes, non-singles from new album releases this year were fair game!) and relay them back to you. Peep our round-up of the best fashion lyrics of 2012 from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's ode to thrift shopping to A$AP Rocky's expert integration of Maison Martin Margiela, and there's even a nod to Lady Gaga's Philip Treacy runway wardrobe extravaganza. Enjoy!
KANYE WEST FT. DJ KHALED - 'COLD'
Photo: Getty Images/MTV
NICKI MINAJ - 'COME ON A CONE'
Photo: Getty Images/MTV
There's nothing that makes us happier than stumbling across a KILLER fashion-themed Tumblr—especially when it involves animals. We lost our shiz when we discovered Fashimals (you know, the blog that turns fashion editors into animals), but this brand spanking new (it launched this week!) blog has our stone-cold, steel-encased style hearts melting. It's called Wear This To That and basically, it works like this: Pick an animal, pick an event, and dress them appropriately for it. The beauty of it, though, is that the minds behind the Tumblr (illustrator Heather Pieske and Midwest Style founder Jeffrey Kieslich) have executed this to utter perfection. See that shark up there? Yeah? Well, he's wearing a Jil Sander whale sweater to a fish fry. (Heh.) Oh, and that corgi? He's wearing an ultra-cozy Monclear vest to a Homecoming game, obvi.
Actual Halloween is still exactly one week away, but the beauty of having All Hallows' Eve fall on a Wednesday is that you get TWO weekends to celebrate! Whether your spooky festivities are kicking off this coming weekend, or you're saving it all up for the proper fright night, we have some easy peasy costume ideas inspired by some of our favorite fashion plates that require extreeeeeemely minimal effort on your part, but are sure to be #totesamaze. Let's get started!
Dress like Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of Forever 21/SolidColorNeckTies.com/Zumiez/Party City/MotoSport
Karl Lagerfeld is not only a chic, high fashion Halloween option, near-replicating his luxe minimalist, heavily tailored steez for the purposes of this holiday is actually not that difficult nor does it have to be super expensive. You can cop almost all of Karl's stark black and white pieces at your nearest Forever 21, put your hair in a ponytail (COVERED in white hair spray), and finish it off with a pair of sunglasses and fingerless leather gloves.
+ Blazer: Double-Breasted Blazer ($27.80)
+ Shirt: Pleated A-Line Shirt ($22.80)
+ Sunglasses: Jack Martin Frisky Business Sunglasses ($12.95)
+ Pants: Essential Pintucked Ankle Trousers ($24.80)
+ Tie: White Solid Tie ($4.95)
+ Brooches: Layered Rhinestone Brooch in Gunmetal ($6.80) and Rhinestone Frond Pin ($9.80)
+ Shoes: Studded Oxfords ($22.80)
+ Fingerless Gloves: River Road Hollister Shorty Fingerless Gloves ($13.59)
+ White Hair Spray: White Hair Spray ($2.99)
EmotiStyle as toast for Halloween.
Photo: via Emotistyle
"Sexy" Sesame Street Halloween costumes may be a thing this year, but C'MON, guys...we can do so much better than that! After all, Halloween is all about flexing those creative DIY muscles, and wearing next to nothing in your scantily clad bunny outfit? Ehh...not exactly mindblowing (insert Mean Girls quote here). In a stroke of internet magic this morning, we discovered an amazingly awesome music video with the exact same message...and some rad dance moves to boot. The brilliantly-titled "Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked!!!" comes courtesy of New York-based comedians EmotiStyle and is basically a hilarious how-to dress guide while still keeping your clothes on. Zipping through clever AND covered-up costume ideas like phone chargers, toast, and Louis CK, the outfit options in the clip are accompanied by zingers such as “You can just be a nurse. You don’t have to be a sexy nurse.” #Truth. So because we're obsessed (and wanted to pick their Halloween-y brains), we tracked down EmotiStyle's Shamikah and Molly to talk about the problems with costume shopping, Halloween dos and don'ts, and why fashion dreams rarely come in a plastic bag. See what they have to say after the jump!
Asher Levine's "Editor from the Blue Lagoon" and "Count Lagerfeld" Halloween masks.
Photo: Courtesy of Asher Levine's Facebook
Just when we thought our massive throbbing blog-crush on Asher Levine couldn't get any bigger, the designer (who BTW has stamps of approval from both Lady Gaga and her creative director Nicola Formichetti at just 24 years old) pumps out a range of Halloween masks. The limited edition All Hallows' Eve collection hit Pop Souk yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 21) and featured spook-ified versions of fashion (and pop culture) favorites like Anna Wintour rendered "Editor from the Blue Lagoon" and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld as Count Lagerfeld.
Rihanna in paper doll form.
Photo: Via Topshop
So, during our INCREDIBLY. BUSY. workday we maaay have taken a small, itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny break to check out the "New In This Week" section on Topshop.com just, you know, for work research or whatever, and somehow we stumbled upon this gem—a Rihanna paper doll. WUT. This is basically our dream come true, y'all! For just $15, we can sort through RiRi's entire wardrobe and put together our favorite pieces (and beauty looks!) IRL. *high-fives entire world* The mastermind behind this concoction is Mel Simone Elliott, a UK-based artist that started I Love Mel—the same brand that did those killer Kate Moss and Ryan Gosling coloring books. Yassss.
We'll admit we're becoming huge fans of Harper's Bazaar's online series "The Look" thanks 'dorbs wardrobe interviews with some of our fashion-y faves (like Kiernan Shipka last month!), but the most recent episode tugged at every last one of heart strings—it features Sesame Street's Elmo! Now before you get all, "Elmo can't be stylish! He barely even wears CLOTHES!" on us, we just have one thing to say: Boy has some serious style game. The proof is in the pudding, er, video, folks, because when we take a closer look at all his gear, he's got more variety than most celebs we've ever seen. From white tuxes to neon bodysuits to fur coats, Elmo's really got it all. He also touches on some of his favorite accessories including cowboy boots, a top hat, and tap shoes.
Minnie Mouse ears hit Australia's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.
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It's hard to say when exactly this Minnie Mouse fashion craze first kicked off. Was it because of Kreayshawn's pink metallic Minnie ears in her anti-luxury brand anthem "Gucci Gucci?" Or maybe it was the moment two pint-sized fashion besties pushed on a pair at Disneyland last year? Whatever the reason or moment of origin, Minnie and her trademark polka-dotted bow are irrefutably more in vogue than ever, as evidenced most recently by the crop of her signature ears that Gail Sorronda used for her most recent showing at Australia's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.
Kanye West's '80s and Heartbreak' created from socks (left) and the original album cover.
Photo: Famous Sock Covers Tumblr / Amazon
There are some seriously ridiculous Tumblrs in the black hole of the blogosphere, but our latest discovery just might take the weird/crazy/cool prize of them all- at least for this week. Behold, "Famous Album Covers Recreated With My Socks." Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like... and yes, it's kind of amazing. Inspired by iconic album art from over the years from musicians like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Pearl Jam, the brains behind the site have crafted their own version using.... the contents of their sock drawers.