No Doubt at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
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Rainbow colored hair, bindis, and a major case of the crop tops... No Doubt has seen some seriously EPIC style moments over the years! We all know that nobody can touch Gwen's tank and loose pants steez (even way back when she was just a teenager!), and to this day she's still killing that signature sporty style both onstage and off. The guys aren't too shabby either, repping patterned suits, varsity jackets and Docs now with the same OC attitude we've loved ever since the Tragic Kingdom days. Bottom line: we can wax nostalgic about the band's biggest fash moments FOREVER, but we'd much rather hear it from the members themselves. So let's take a trip down No Doubt memory lane, why don't we? Just in time for their new album Push And Shove (out now!), Gwen, Tony, Adrian and Tom popped by MTV to rehash their coolest, craziest, and most memorable style memories from back in the day when stylists weren't a thing and hot pink hair was the norm. See it allll go down in the 'MTV News: Fashion Flashback' below!
We were SO stoked when we found out Alicia Keys would be debuting her first-ever Reebok Classics collection earlier this month—her limited-edition sneaks included everything from black studded high-tops (our fave!) to bold, tribal-printed Freestyles to piano-key covered kicks. After peeping all the shoes, we knew we had to get more details behind the killer collection, and, lucky for us, we got to check out the kicks up close AND chat with Ms. Alicia Keys herself! Spoiler alert: She's awesome. Alicia told us she's been a longtime fan of the Reebok Classics brand (specifically those 5411s!) and always had a dream to design her own pair. Thanks to her hubby Swizz Beatz working as the creative director for the sneaker company and her mega-appreciation for killer shoes, her dream became a reality! She also revealed that—gasp—she has even more Reebok Classics coming out in the near future, so don't worry—we'll have tons more high-tops to drool over. Watch Alicia talk about her collection below, including how the collab came together, what type of girl she designed these shoes for, and how her "inner sneaker freak" has finally come alive!
Solange on the set of her "Losing You" teaser video.
Here at MTV Style, it's pretty clear that we unabashedly LOVE Solange. Honestly, we can't get enough of her. Sure, she's already a very busy girl, fronting Madewell for fall, sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, blogging outfits for Vogue UK, and you know, being a MOM, but we're always hungry for more, especially when it crosses her immaculate fashion sense with her MUSIC. She's been a kind of go-to DJ for her fair share of fashion parties, but Solange has refrained from making music of her own for the past four or so years. That's why when we caught wind that our MTV Style patron saint would be releasing her first album since 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, we immediately glued our ears to the ground for every subsequent update.
Solange's latest music project is a brand new album called Losing You, brought to the world thanks to a helping production hand from Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange (as if this thing couldn't get any better, AMIRITE???). Our massive, throbbing girl crush on Solange led us smack in the middle of her Losing You teaser video shoot in artist Mickalene Thomas's beautiful Brooklyn studio, enveloped by a detailed set designed by Thomas herself and going all cartoon wolf-eyes for the racks on racks on racks of sartorial deliciousness - Suno and Kenzo and DVF, oh my!
Photo: Courtesy of Wild Belle
Wild Belle first crossed our radar early this year when we caught wind of the Chicago brother-sister duo at SXSW and have remained firmly planted in our iTunes ever since. Elliot and Natalie Bergman have a killer stage presence, ridiculous style, and a funky R&B-meets-blues music backbone that takes them from buzz band to Next Big Thing. After making several Fashion Week appearances this season (including a performance to a packed industry crowd), the band continued their style streak with a brand new video for "It's Too Late," in which Natalie works bellbottoms, crop tops, and platforms with enough slinky '70s swagger to make even the Charlie's Angels jealous. On the cusp of their North American tour, we talked with Natalie about the video's inspiration, her obsession with Burberry, and why Wild Belle keeps fashion in the family.
Looks from the Asher Levine spring 2013 show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9.
Photo: Courtesy of Char Alfonzo/Asher Levine
Mini MTV Style history lesson: We've been obsessed with designer Asher Levine since we first chatted him up back in 2010. The then-22 year old was already designing outfits for Lady Gaga (HUGE!), and just last year he collabed with Mother Monster's fashion director Nicola Formichetti on a line of tees that sold at his pop-up shop in Soho. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, spring 2013 fashion week hit, and we found ourselves on yacht (yeah, a YACHT) with Asher himself discussing all the deets behind his latest fashion show—which, lucky for us, would include a live performance by one of our hip-hop faves, Le1f!
Asher Levine backstage.
Looks from Christian Siriano's spring/summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8.
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Unlike Christian Siriano's dark and vampy fall 2012 collection, his spring 2013 runway was filled with tons of light pink, baby blue and seafoam green pastel pieces that screamed summer. His line included everything from work-ready pearl-accented peplum dresses to button-up brocade jumpsuits to flowy landscape print frocks. Between the tutu silhouettes, soft high buns, and blaring remixed classical music during the show, the inspiration behind the collection was clear—it was ALL about the ballet. When we caught up with Christian backstage, he told us this season's looks were about being "romantic and pretty" and inspired by the American Ballet Theatre's Dream Ballet. "It's kind of an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream—so very dreamlike, very whimsical," he said. "The whole collection really has that kind of ballet dancer feeling." Ah ha! We knew we were onto something.
We chatted with Sophia Amoruso at Nasty Gal's Fashion Week party.
It's no secret that we LOVE Nasty Gal here at MTV Style. From off-kilter back-to-school buys to early trend trys the Cali-based online retailer is a definite go-to around these parts. You can imagine, then, how ECSTATIC we were to be invited to the burgeoning brand's New York Fashion Week party - a celebration for both the Nasty Gal debut collection AND the launch of their print magazine Super Nasty! We EVEN got to chat with founder Sophia Amoruso (our collective idol and girl crush) about all the exciting news. #DEAD
The 2012 VMA stage.
Photo: John Shearer/Invision for MTV
It’s eerily quiet in the Staples Center the day before the 2012 Video Music Awards. We’ve got rehearsals all day but it’s lunchtime and the countless crew members and producers that just moments ago milled in clusters in front of screens and cameras have dispersed for a bite. It’s freezing because the ACs are cranked to a billion--as is the wont of such cavernous spaces where burly dudes lift things--but I gotta say, it’s beautiful in here.
The main stage features three monstrous LED screens that create a curved landscape, not unlike an IMAX screen, and the projected images change from a hyper saturated mountain vista to futuristic videogame terrains. In front is a crystalline canopy that glows in various colors and to its right (as in stage right) there’s another set of angular shards. On the left, to switch it up, is a series of thin, long, LED cylinders upon which you can project other images and colors. Inspired by kid’s string art (the yarn version of macaroni art where you thread colored string to nails on a wood panel), it looks sorta like a really big harp that juts out towards you like some cubist Sydney Opera House. The whole thing reminds me of a rave flyer version of Superman’s fortress of solitude. Except that it’s not Kal-El’s quiet place so much as it is the MUSIC PARTY EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Mel B. in Zuhair Murad at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
How does a gay even begin to blog about chit-chatting with one of his tween idols? *Dead* I still remember (OBVI) the first time my ten-year-old self watched (see also: ugly cried; shrieked) the pop perfection known as The Spice Girls' “Wannabe” music video on MTV. Since that moment, my life has never been the same. Mel B. (oh haaai Scary Spice!) was everything my shy, pimply tween self wanted to be: she had big hair, big shoes, big 'tude, was crazily confident and crashed a chic fete with her homegirls whilst shaking her thang on a staircase, and shouting out her own sassy language ("ZIG-A-ZIG-AAAAH!"). Besides teaching me that "friendship never ends!", the English gals also gave me the birds and the bees safe sex run-down via their ballad, "2 Become 1", ("put it on, put it on!"), for which I'm sure my parents were quite pleased. Although Scary Spice and I shared a mutual appreciation for leopard print and a good tongue ring, my “friends” perpetually made me be Sporty Spice :'( (As a result, I still have nightmares of my evil peers ripping apart my pull-away Adidas track pants on the playground). Following Ginger Spice's devastating exit, I tried to move on: I stored my hundreds of Spice Girl Tiger Beat mags in a drawer, I binged on all of my Spice Girls Chupa Chups lollipops, I perpetually cried myself to sleep whilst grasping my Scary Spice Beanie Baby and humming their immaculate ballad, "Goodbye". But, as Mel B's verse in the aforementioned pop gem suggests, I was advised to "look for the rainbow in every storm"... And, thank the gay Gods/90s nostalgia, I found that rainbow illuminating our Spice World once again! If you're a functioning human being, you KNOWWW that the Girl Power is in the air again, most recently atop massive bedazzled cabs at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony in which the hotties reunited for a killer performance from which I'm still recovering. I'm even prouder that I didn't die after interviewing SCARY SPICE over the weekend. Yes, you lot! I kiki-ed with Mel B, all for our dear MTV Style readers, about all things fashion-y, like her winning Olympics look, how she remains so flaw-free, and the return of the Spice Girls. (!!!!!!!) YOU’RE WELCOME.
As you may (hopefully!) remember, last week we caught up with the lady behind all those killer Olympic nail designs, Ms. Sophy Robson, and she dished out allll the deets on what it's like giving top athletes the most badass manis. We immediately fell in love with her nail designs but, um, we don't live anywhere near London. In fact, the more we thought about it, there are tons of ladies who can't even get their hands on a good nail artist in their area! So, we asked Sophy to explain step-by-step how to get an Olympic-themed manicure at home for all us stateside folks. Of course she wanted to do the Union Flag (British pride!), and we willingly obliged. Also, even though she suggested using only Max Factor colors, we ain't choosy! You can pick whatever red, white, and blue polishes you already have laying around in your closet, and, if you're anything like us, we KNOW you have tons of shades to choose from. So, what are you waiting for? Check out how to get a DIY flag manicure below in just six super easy steps. (P.S.- You're welcome.)