Craig Sager's 2012-13 NBA Season suits.
Before post-game Playoffs style, before the faux glasses fashion Finals, there was one guy consistently and single-handedly ramping up the sartorial game of the NBA: Craig Sager. The NBA on TNT sideline reporter has made a name for himself by combining exemplary work with a very distinct personal steez (as in, you can see this guy coming from infinity eye-bugging miles away). In a field wherein being fashion forward has previously taken a backseat, Sager's technicolor "suit and tie s***" may have been misunderstood, at times even mocked, for years. That never shot his style spirit or deterred him from his trademark look, though, lunging after every brightly colored, kooky print-laden, tailored garment he could get his hands on. That IDGAF attitude and style savvy makes him, to us anyway, a kind of Lady Gaga of the NBA which is high praise from these quarters of the interwebz. Thus, we're celebrating him with a retrospective look at his suits from the 2012-13 NBA season AND a quick chat with Ricardo Aldama who owns and presides over Rex Fabrics, the Miami fabric store responsible for so many of Sager's custom suits.
As of last night, the Memphis Grizzlies are unfortunately officially out of the NBA Finals running now, with the San Antonio Spurs having been crowned the Western Conference champions. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has proven himself time and time again a player to be reckoned with thanks to his unflinching determination and a winning combination of ability and heart, but it's his makings as a star off the court that we'll be remembering from this NBA Playoffs season (because FASHUN, duhhh). Stylist Brandon Williams has been outfitting Conley all season in crisp GQ-worthy duds that maintain an immaculate balance of being on-trend but still relatable to the majority of the male sportsball-watching public, with the biggest risk perhaps being his wooden bow tie worn after Game 4 of the Thunder v. Grizzlies series. We tracked down the origin of the timber accessory to Two Guys' Bow Ties and caught up with co-founder Tim Paslay about Mike Conley, Ron Swanson, and what comes after wooden bow ties.
Rebecca Minkoff and Taylor Swift.
Photo: Getty/Diet Coke
It all started with a t-shirt. Can you believe that something so ordinary is responsible for launching a career as extraordinary as Rebecca Minkoff's?! Well, back in 2001, the designer released her take on the iconic "I Love New York" tee. The top caused a fashion explosion, and 12 years later she has clothing, shoes, and accessories stamped with her name, and is one of the most well-known designers out there today. Now she's teaming up with Diet Coke and Taylor Swift to give another young designer the chance she once had, with the Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. The competition asks young designers to put their innovative, creative spin on the iconic Diet Coke logo and packaging, for the opportunity to dream up a tee that will then be sold in Target stores all over the country. Not only that, but the winner will also get $10,000 and a chance to meet Taylor Swift herself. Pretty major prize, huh? Last week we chatted with Rebecca herself about the contest, what she'll be looking for, and her own inspiration. Don't think she's giving away any secrets, though—you're going to have to think up a boundary-pushing design all on your own. We know you can do it, though!
Whether you're going off of award wins (Grammys, VMAs, BET, check!), albums sold (8 million-plus since 1999, NBD) or even her indisputable fashion cred, there's no denying it: Eve is one seriously intimidating lady. While her insane list of accomplishments is enough to out-cool approximately 99% of the population, the superstar is actually way more relatable than her Wikipedia page would lead you to believe. We learned this recently when the Ruff Ryder's First Lady stopped by MTV to talk about her new album and how her style has changed since those "Gangsta Lovin'" days.
Nadia Aboulhosn, Gabi Gregg and Maxey Greene.
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Edwards
Welp, if that picture above wasn't enough to stop you dead in your tracks, I don't know what will. You're staring at three lovely style bloggers, one of which may look a wee bit familiar to y'all. In the center is Gabi Gregg, the former MTV TJ and MTV Style contributor, who happens to run an incredibly successful fashion blog, GabiFresh. When she's not showing off her 'dorbs daily ensembles, she's working as a columnist for InStyle or discussing body image and bikinis on the Today show (NBD). Somehow between all that, she still found time to create her first-ever plus size swimsuit collection (that she announced in late April), which is officially available to purchase starting today. Eeee! Her five-piece swimsuitsforall line features everything from neon bikinis to galaxy print coverups, and I'm OB-SESSED. Obviously I needed to get the low-down on Gabi's entire collection, so I hit her up to give me ALL the deets behind her pieces including, yes, that amazing Spring Breakers-inspired lookbook shoot. Check out the full interview below!
Demi Lovato on "Demi Lovato: Live From MTV."
Photo: Michele Crowe/MTV.com
BRB guys. We're just STILL having a heart attack (get it?) from Demi Lovato gracing our offices with her radiant presence yesterday.The golden-throated pop star stopped by our Times Square headquarters less than 24 hours ago to chat LIVE with MTV News' Christina Garibaldi and a few lucky Lovatics in celebration of the official release of her brand new album DEMI. Along with talking about her eponymously titled record, Miss Lovato played a few DEMI themed games, including one with a similar idea as Pictionary that went hilariously awry. Apparently, our girl D, like us, has a pretty lewd sense of humor, but it's her ability to balance that with looking totally poised and professional that makes us love her so much.
Photo: Courtesy of Jennie Lamere
Have you ever had that thing where you straight-up have to kibosh Twitter on certain nights because everyone you follow is The Worst when it comes to spoilers? I'm a binge-watcher vs. an appointment viewer so Sunday nights are dicey since that's when 92.7% of the people on my feed turn into freakin' comedians when it comes to cracking on PLOT POINTS and PORTENTOUS DIALOGUE as if it doesn't count as a spoiler when it absolutely does.
Of course, I say this with love because the flipside is that I'm the weirdo who hoards shows and watches multiple seasons at 3 AM as if this is acceptable behavior for an adult human. Anyway, all the ire can finally desist because this incredible genius, Jennie Lamere, invented a browser plugin called Twivo that, get this, BLOCKS ALL THAT INCONSIDERATE NOISE based on tags, keywords, your show title and character names like, Joffrey B****face Baratheon.
Jennie is 18 years old, just finished high school (we talked Friday, which was her LAST DAY and her birthday woo hoo!) and created the software at a hackathon in Boston last month where she SMOKED all the dude competitors and won working solo. She was the only female to submit a completed project and even then one of a very few women who entered in the first place and when we heard about her at MTV Style, we were so inspired that we all dropped our regular beats (romper market research and Rihanna hair, obvi) to stalk her online. Jennie's favorite shows are Dance Moms and Pretty Little Liars but she has a slew of other hobbies as well (like the ROBOTICS team), so we caught up with her to talk about how she got into coding, what it feels like at a hackathon when you're under a deadline and what she's learned so far.
Hayley Williams talked music and fashion with Topshop.
Photo: via Topshop
Given the fact that many of us have grown up alongside Paramore (and still can recite the lyrics to "Misery Business" by heart, NBD), there's a LOT we already know about frontwoman Hayley Williams. She has a killer tights game, for example. And despite the fact that she's one of few people in the world who can pull off tangerine makeup, she still released an all-orange MAC collection for the masses (and we think that if we wear it, we'll somehow look like Hayley Williams... sigh). Not to mention, this girl loves affordable, easy fashion. She even sports it on the red carpet and looks totally awesome amidst the sea of sequins and mini-dresses. Whether it's a Zara jumpsuit or that Topshop "Dweeb" shirt, leave it to the singer to make shopping at the mall cool. But despite all these tidbits of information we've collected about Hayley and the guys over the years, turns out there's some stuff we STILL need to be schooled on, and our friends at Topshop are here to help. The U.K. brand quizzed the star on her tour essentials, style icons, and more...and no matter how much you THINK you know Hayley, the answers might surprise you. Get the scoop below!
A still from Iggy Azalea's 'Bounce' video.
Photo: Universal Records
Last we heard from Iggy Azalea, she was walking a mile in Louboutins (and Dolce and Gabbana) and plotting the ultimate desert escape in “Work.” Yep, the Australian MC loves to switch it up in music videos, whether it's chilling on bikes in Jeremy Scott, showing off her insane dance skills in custom jackets, and rocking a cheerleader uniform like nobody else. This time, though, she’s trading these badass pieces for... a sari? In “Bounce,” Iggy’s letting her hair down (yes, literally—there’s no ponytail here!) and heading to India in the Bollywood-inspired clip. We first saw snippets of the rapper’s sparkly jewel-tone wardrobe on Instagram, and now that the clip's finally premiered, everyone can bask in its glimmering, glittery glory. But first, see what Iggy’s stylist Alejandra Hernandez has to say about Iggy's Bollywood disco outfits, the challenges of draping saris, and the story behind THAT gold bodysuit in our exclusive interview below!
Riccardo Tisci and a look from Givenchy's FW 2010 collection, which, according to 'The Telegraph,' 'owes something to the spirit of punk.'
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Whether we're talking about bands like The Clash or just kids hanging out on King's Road in London, nobody can deny the commonalities running through punk's storied fashion history: safety pins, studs, zippers, mix-matched materials, and that's just the beginning. But as we learn from Riccardo Tisci's recent interview with U.K.'s The Telegraph, punk is so much more than an outfit. The creative director of Givenchy is also the co-chair of tonight's (!!!) Met Gala, and he's been assisting Met curator Andrew Bolton for almost a year in research for the exhibit "Punk: Chaos to Couture," which officially opens May 9. Talking with The Telegraph in the months leading up to tonight's big event, Tisci shares his thoughts on punk's fashion influence, injecting a rebellious attitude into his clothing collections, AND why true punk style is lacking in society today. Find out what we learned below, and keep your eyeballs glued right here on MTV Style. We'll be covering the event all night long!