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A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky talks "Fashion Killa" with MTV Style.
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Today is the day! A$AP Rocky's long-awaited debut album Long. Live. A$AP has officially dropped. The full-length follow-up to his Live. Love. A$AP mixtape is every bit as ear-wormy as its predecessor, only this time, Rocky takes even more risks, is more experimental across genres, and as MTV Hive's Jeff Weiss so aptly put it, his "guest list is as stacked as Ocean’s 11" with appearances from all ends of the industry, from Skrillex to Santigold, Action Bronson to Florence Welch. As a crew of style junkies, one of our favorite tracks from the new album is (naturally) Rocky's "Fashion Killa."

Along with being an imperturbable ode to high-fashion, laden with halcyon, synthesized background vocals, the "Killa" record boasts 27 (!!!) sartorial name-checks in just under 4 minutes ranging from the expected (Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Balmain) to the distinctly less so (Escada, Damir Doma) and a metric ton more (*takes deeeeep breath* Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Helmut Lang, Donna Karan, Cartier, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Oliver Peoples, Costume National, Visvim, Lanvin, Goyard, Isabel Marant, Linda Farrow, Dior, Vena Cava, Tom Ford, Thom Browne, Raf Simons, Versace). Not to mention, dude effectively and impressively ends a phrase with "Ann Demeuelemeester," setting the bar what some might consider impossibly high for 2013's edition of The Best Fashion Lyrics Of The Year. Lucky for us, the handsome Harlem fashion killa himself paid us a special visit to talk about the track, its lyrics, and a grip of our other burning style questions, and lucky for YOU, we caught it all on film for an exclusive video interview!

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora.
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Listen, everyone here at MTV Style is already WELL acquainted with the sartorial magic of Rita Ora (um hi, this girl is literally the epitome of "IT," whatever "it" is...) But now it seems the singer has captured The New York Times under her sparkly spell, too, and it's about time. She's the subject of a new feature aptly entitled "From England, Fashion’s Latest Darling," in which the paper proclaims her as a "flamboyant breed of English rose" with a star shining SO bright, she would "probably be able to find a spotlight in Antarctica." Congrats, guys! Glad to see you've decided to join us on the Rita Ora fan bandwagon. While the interview does cover some well-tread territory- like the fact that she wears sneakers, a lot- it's also chock full of unexpected gems, like how she hangs her collection of red handbags on her wall at home and how she worships at the style temple of Daphne Guinness. So how much do you to REALLY know about Rita Ora? Check out our 5 interview takeaways below and find out...

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams.
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Plenty of musicians are bitten with the multitasking bug, but very few have racked up quite as many slashes to their day jobs as Pharrell Williams. He's a Grammy winner, a songwriter, producer, singer, entrepreneur, AND a fashion designer for Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. And the crazy thing is, he's only getting started. Last fall the Renaissance man released a book entitled Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been, which explores this loooong list of adventures in style, art, and music and gives us a slivery sneak peek into his BEYOND remarkable world. Featuring contributions by iconic tastemakers like Kanye West, artist Takashi Murakami, and yes, even Anna Wintour herself, this is one tome that won't stay on your coffee table for long— it's pretty much begging to be read, dog-eared, and re-read over and over again in hopes of even a teeny bit of his crazy-creative genius being transmitted through the pages. The mogul (and DIY-aficionado) stopped by MTV recently and was kind enough to let us pick his brain on everything Pharrell. But because we were only able to scratch the surface in our short interview time, P, guess that means you'll have to come back really soon...?

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Lil Wayne, Trukfit

A sneak peek of Trukfit's Spring 2013 collection.
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Listen, we know you're probably STILL eyeballs deep in holiday shopping right now, and your bank account is weeping uncontrollably with every new swipe of your credit card, but just remember: there's a light at the end of the tunnel. The light's called "Spring/Summer 2013," and thanks to our friends at Lil Wayne's breakout streetwear line, Trukfit, we have more than enough ocular helpings of sneak peek neon and prints and skater steez to tide us over until this collection hits stores in January. We got a special tour of Trukfit's New York headquarters courtesy of Trukfit's VP of Merchandising, Frances Wong, Marketing Manager, Mike Morris, and their publicist, Sarah Cunningham, all of whom showed us what's on the horizon for future seasons of Weezy's line. Also, they dropped some serious industry knowledge on how Wanye's ideas become actual, physical clothes, and we nerded out, hanging on every word.

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Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim.
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Although Haim first crossed our radar in March when we caught wind of the breakout band at SXSW, this L.A. trio goes back WAY further than that. Like, playing music pretty much all their lives way back. Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim grew up rocking out with their parents, but now they've traded their childhood living room for massive arenas, overseas tours with Florence and the Machine, and just this weekend, a sold-out show in New York. Not too bad, right? But with even a slew of singles and the profound ability to permanently cement their unique soulful pop sound into your brain, the best part is that these girls can still totally hang. They're so hilarious and fun, you almost forget these talented musicians can also shred your face off in about 2 seconds, which is exactly what happened on Saturday night. But just before they tore it up onstage, we chatted with Haim about their go-to performance outfits, dream designers, and why Napoleon Dynamite should never be a fashion icon.

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Dabs Myla Hello Kitty

Dabs Myla stand next to their Hello Kitty artwork.
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If you're looking for a way to lift your spirits before all the holiday madness hits, we've got JUST the thing—an NYC art exhibition featuring Hello Kitty! The "Hello Kitty, Hello Art!" pop-up, which runs all weekend long at the Openhouse Gallery, features some of our favorite designers (like Betsey Johnson and Paul Frank) and artists (like Dabs Myla and Tokidoki's Simone Legno) showcasing their take on the oh-so-lovable Sanrio characters. Last night we stopped by the launch party to peep all the goodness, and, boy, we were hit with some serious surprises. First off, Betsey Johnson herself made an appearance and took some killer pics next to her artwork (peep one after the jump!), and we also got to chat up the L.A.-via-Australia art duo Dabs Myla to get ALL the deets behind their collection. (You might remember their graffiti work from the Drew Barrymore-directed "Our Deal" supervideo featuring Chloe Moretz.) Check out what the twosome, who, yes, are actually named Dabs and Myla, had to say about their Hello Kitty collab below! (And please note how adorably they finish each others sentences.)

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Rita Ora Asher Levine

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.

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Kelly Osbourne at Art Basel in Miami.
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Raise your hand/strawberry daq-filled glass if you've been obsessed with Kelly Osbourne since her teen goth days circa MTV's The Osbournes aka the best reality television shit-show since Real World San Fran. Remembs the one amazing time when Mama Osbourne tossed a honey baked ham over her neighbor's fence? *Nostalgia tears* Anyway, I love a good cheeky Brit with a fearless walk-in closet (see also: Ginger Spice), so when I met Kelly over the blackout-friendly Miami Art Basel weekend (see: ran up to her posse whilst belting her Madonna "Papa Don't Preach" cover), I was quite the starry-eyed gay. 'Twas not just an ordinary Basel bash infinity poolside at the Standard Hotel -- a sea of immaculately dressed cuties in their LAMD© best (FYI: Look At Me Device is brought to you by my BFF/Bravo Gallery Girl, Angela Pham) got shwasted in celebration of Terry Richardson's new book whilst probs not buying said new book and instead opting for booty bouncing/"You go, girl!!!"s to Azealia Banks' CRAY performance complete with many a perfect purple weave whipping moments (and, hiiii, a Pharrell *FAINTS* Williams sighting). Anywhoo, I chatted with Kelly about her lavender '50s prom-friendly hair do upkeep which, spoiler alert, she revealed involves old lady hair mousse. I also chit-chatted with her about Joan Rivers as a grandma figure/Lordes "Lola" Leon as a BFF, her signature scent for which she's rocked since the age tween, and other uh-mazing things that made me blush/visibly schvitz my Manic Panic blue sea-punk dye all down my mug. Yeah, I'm a professional journalist or something. The things I do for y'all dear MTV steez readers… Read on, cuties.

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Miguel

Miguel talked to us about his eclectic style.
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Before I jump into that one time I got to interview Miguel in the backseat of a moving van (no, that's not a euphemism for anything), I do believe a hearty congratulation is in order. From the bottom of our glitter-laden MTV Style hearts, we're sending mad love and props to the souful crooner because he just racked up FIVE Grammy nods last night including Song of the Year for his falsetto-dripping single "Adorn." It doesn't come as THAT much of a surprise, though, since Miguel's been riding high on critical acclaim for his Kaleidoscope Dream sophomore album since its release in early October. The sound of the record is unique in its ability to feel simultaneously nostalgic and cutting-edge fresh, and we can't help but notice (you know, being a fashion blog and all) that his style has morphed considerably since his debut record All I Want Is You and feels a lot like his new sound. Fortunately for us, Miguel obliged our requests to talk his ear off about fashion influences and runway trends and leather chaps while he tried to get a meal in despite our abrasive journalistic pushiness (the man is a SAINT, guys). Now, we're going to share the information and thoughtful words we mined from him with you!

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Lisa Howard, Diamond Rings' stylist.
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Earlier this week, we had a conversation with Diamond Rings' John O'Regan about his performance and music video style, and the way that his look has evolved in the whirlwind couple of years since he burst onto the scene. From dancing in front of a graffiti-covered (greenscreen) wall in leggings and an enormous denim jacket in his video for "All Yr Songs" to wearing a custom-studded leather jacket on Letterman, O'Regan has evolved from rocking vintage and classic sports jerseys and electric glitter makeup to rocking super slick monochrome, on-point accessories, and yeah, still a pop of color once in awhile. He hasn't done it alone either. If you've watched John's videos, particularly "Wait & See" and the more recent "Runaway Love," you might have noticed a little blonde cutie dancing behind him. That's no video extra, oh no, that's John's right hand woman, creative director, stylist, makeup artist, and, yes, cousin, Lisa Howard. Lisa does it all, even HAND STUDDING the leather jackets and sneakers that John wears, and that's no small task. When we saw Lisa at a gathering to celebrate the release of Diamond Rings' sophomore album, Free Dimensional, her fingers were literally bleeding from spending all day studding sneakers for John's Letterman performance. Seeing dedication like that, we knew we had to share her secrets with the world, and she was kind enough to take a break from her breakneck touring schedule to answer all of our pressing questions.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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