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.)
If you haven't figured it out by now, we're OB-SESSED with The Blonds. Lucky for us, the always fun, always sparkly, always fabulous duo behind the brand, David and Phillipe Blond, just announced that they have released a new Barbie decked out in one of their signature fall 2008 collection pieces. Eeee! The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll pulls out ALL the stops in a bedazzled mini corset dress covered in faux gems paired with a floor-sweeping faux fox fur coat. If you look closely, you'll notice she's accessorized to the nines with giant baubles and glittery pumps. Me-ow. The doll is currently available for pre-sale ($125) and ships in mid December, but we wanted to get all the deets now! Phillipe and David were kind enough to answer all of our burning questions, so peep the interview below to find out how Barbie got all dolled-up in her designer duds.
Sophy Robson backstage at Christopher Kane's show during London Fashion Week.
Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Jones
So, the Olympics are still happening, and yeah, the U.S. has won 18 gold medals (so far), which is AMAZING and GREAT and everything, but despite all that, there seems to be another part of the games that people can't stop talking about—the nail art. We've already showed you all the killer designs that athletes have sported thus far, but haven't you been wondering just HOW every competitor got their hands on such mind-blowing manis? Well, as it turns out, one of London's biggest nail artists Sophy Robson (who some have deemed the "Nail Queen") teamed up with Max Factor to develop nail designs that are applied at P&G salons inside the Olympic Village. Niiiiiceee. After peeping these incredible manis all week long, we needed to hear from the nail guru herself! Sophy was nice enough to give us some insider deets on what the nail art scene is like in London during one of the biggest events of the year, and how the Olympic Games could change the nail art world forever.
Christian Joy in front of her creations at House Of Vans.
Photo: MTV Style Instagram
When you're the designer behind the costumes for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman Karen O., arguably one of the most lauded performers of an entire decade (era, maybe, even) you would think you might get a bit of a big head, but, standing in Vans skatepark-slash-venue, House Of Vans, in a mechanics jumpsuit, fuschia socks and a pair of her own custom Vans, Christian Joy keeps thanking me for interviewing her. We're standing in the cavernous space in the minutes before an event to celebrate her collection of custom sneakers, totes, and t-shirts is set to start, and there's an enormous pile of all three on a table beside us. Many of the pairs are hand painted with hearts, eyes, or zig-zags. Some have plastic beads strung through their laces like elementary school friendship bracelets. Perhaps the most arresting pair are high tops, with their tops covered in neon green fun fur, and the rest of the shoe spray painted with a neon pink, yellow, and green rainbow. They're shoes for special occasions, when those special occasions involve jumping up and down. Joy's designs always embody that playful, ready-for-anything vibe, although her costumes often err more on the side of high drama than humor. We wanted to know more about the difference between designing for fun or for the stage, and how exactly Joy thought to put fun fur on sneaks, so we did! Check out the full interview below.
Louisa Rose Allen, AKA Foxes.
Photo: Courtesy of Foxes
Foxes might not be a household name in America quite yet, but this 22-year-old London musician is already making a major splash overseas with her soulful brand of sweeping anthemic pop. Laced with futuristic-sounding beats, lush melodies, and a soaring sing-along chorus, her latest single "White Coats" has already cemented its place on our summer soundtrack--and deserves a slot on yours, too. The song's accompanying video is equally as gorgeous, with Foxes (whose real name is Louisa Rose Allen) dropping off emotional baggage in London, all the while decked out in a vintage floral jumpsuit. While on the road promoting her new Warrior EP, the singer filled us in on her mishmash style, hat collection, and why she'll never perform in heels.
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman for "The Dark Knight Rises."
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment
Have you bought your tickets to see The Dark Knight Rises yet? We're just about dying with anticipation, armed and ready to stick our fingers in our ears and "lalalalalala" at the top of our lungs if any of those lucky souls who have already seen the film should try and spoil it for us. One of the things we're most excited about, of course, is to see Anne Hathaway's cat suit in motion. From the first time we saw the suit in photos, we've wondered HOW exactly Anne moves in it, and, more importantly, is it comfortable, or did Anne truly suffer for her art in this case. MTV News caught up with the actress and asked just the right questions, and Anne, ever the graceful star, answered them about as tactfully as she could. When MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz asked how he would fare in the skin tight outfit, Anne described his experience as surely being "emotionally challenging." You would think that would mean Anne herself had a similar experience as the crime fighting feline, but that, surprisingly, seems to not have been the case.
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Being a style chameleon is pretty much a prerequisite for pop stardom (see also: Madonna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga). And although the aforementioned ladies might be the loudest of the bunch, all is takes is a look back through Nelly Furtado's eclectic fashion history to see that this Canadian singer deserves a spot right alongside these crazy-cool frontrunners, too. The musician first burst upon the music scene in the early '00s wearing boho skirts in her epic "I'm Like a Bird" video, but it wasn't long before she swapped maxis for sneakers and sporty t-shirts in "Turn Off The Light." In other words, this girl was a style shapeshifter from the very beginning. Nelly hasn't slowed down since- musically and otherwise- rocking crop tops and flared denim in "Maneater," a frilly minidress in "Say It Right," and tons of bling in "Do It" (not to mention, an equally amazing red carpet style). Hot on the heels of her newest vid, "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)" off her forthcoming album Spirit Indestructible, Nelly popped by MTV to fill us in on her old prom dress, her sewing family, and why she's STILL obsessed with neon. Watch the interview below!
Ashley Greene at the Samsung Galaxy SIII launch in New York on June 20.
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WHERE shall I even fail to begin to describe my/the MTV Style HQ/the universe's obsession with Ashley Greene? For sartorial-friendly starters, I often find myself on a lonely Saturday evening exclusively viewing Greene's scenes in Twilight whilst my mug is smeared in a overpriced clay mask in an attempt to emulate her immaculate superhuman skin glow. Weekday lunch breaks usually involve Google image searches ("Ashley Greene + Face of DKNY", "Ashley Green + front row at Donna Karan", "Ashley Greene leaving the gym remaining perpetually uh-mazing"). I must confess, excessive droolage on my Macbook happens. Another newsflash: I nearly collapsed last night, and it had nothing to do with the oppressive New York heat wave. Ms. Greene played hostest-with-the-mostess enviable designer-filled closet/skin/life for Samsung Mobile's launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (Call me on that Samsung, maybe/def, Ash.). As I inappropriately schvitzed away in my acid-wash DIY daisy dukes—for which Greene complimented me (thx, girl!)—I attempted to pull myself together to chit-chat with her over the blaring beats courtesy of Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingross and surprise guest performer, Skrillex (!!!). The Pucci-perfection clad Greene filled me in on fantasies of playing dress-up with Katy Perry and Debbie Harry (*dead*) and tips on attempting to be as drop dead gorgeous as her. Hint: less is more. Take notes, dear readers.
Shirley Manson performing at Garbage's New York show in May.
Photo:Brendan Tobin/ MTV
She once fronted Calvin Klein's beauty campaign, works latex and lace like nobody’s business, and serves as an aspirational style icon for ‘90s girls everywhere (myself included). But nowadays Shirley Manson is quick to tell you she’s NOT a quote-unquote fashion person. “I really don’t give it too much thought,” the Garbage frontwoman told MTV Style when we caught up with her just before the band's concert on May 22 in New York. “I’m just not that tuned in now.” She wasn't kidding, as she didn't even namecheck what she was wearing that day, save for her Alexander Wang leather jacket and LAMB shoes (gifted by Gwen herself, natch). But with the group's newest release, the so-awesome-it-hurts Not Your Kind Of People, Manson’s about to get back in the fashion game… onstage, anyway. She has a stylist for the first time on Garbage’s massive world tour this summer, so that means there’s plenty more hot pants, minidresses, and heels to come. Oh, and as for that iconic pink boa? We’ll just have to wait and see….
The hilarious and humble rock star filled us in on her wardrobe, the problems with wearing heels onstage, and the perks of being famous (hint: free clothes) in this exclusive video. Watch it below, and then go and crank up “Blood for Poppies” as loud as you can.