Charli XCX decked out in Topshop duds.
Photo:Courtesy of Topshop
We're very (very!) openly obsessed with UK-based singer Charli XCX—not only because of her dark (and catchy!) synth-pop anthems, but because her Spice Girls-meets-Wednesday Addams style is to die for. Just when we thought her look was WAY too cool to end up in our little ol' closets, Topshop blew our minds with a totally Charli-inspired photo shoot decked out in all their clothes. Meaning, yes, WE CAN ACTUALLY BUY THE GLORIOUS OUTFITS YOU SEE ABOVE. *cries*
Dakota and Elle Fanning in Seoul.
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CUTE OVERLOAD ALERT. Remember when we called out Dakota Fanning as one of the biggest cat ladies of 2012? Judging from her little sis Elle, turns out the feline friendly fashion gene runs in the family! The twosome arrived in Seoul, South Korea this weekend and hit the ground running wearing- get this- matching kitten ear hats. (As if we weren't obsessed with the Fannings enough already...). Dakota went for total Hello Kitty adorableness with her white beanie, and Elle sported a fuzzy pale pink version as they traipsed through the streets on vacation. Aw, you guys...
With molasses-smooth vocals and a smoky R&B vibe, listening to Lianne La Havas is almost like being transported to another era. It's this rare, sparkling quality which allowed the 22-year-old former Paloma Faith backup singer to break out on her own with a solo album last year...and land a Mercury Prize nom, natch. But while her debut Is Your Love Big Enough? might lend a welcome dose of nostalgia, the English multi-instrumentalist sticks with a style that's young, fresh, and totally current.
Lianne La Havas in September.
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After years of performing, Lianne knows what works for her onstage and off and isn't afraid to wear closet staples more than once. Case in point: her beloved leather skirt, which we've counted the singer sporting at LEAST 3 times in one month...which is a lot if you happen to be an emerging music star. She paired it with a black and white collared button-up at MTV Crashes Manchester event in September. Thanks to tricks like a knotted top and a cropped embellished blazer, the whole look is a quirky-cool take on the schoolgirl uniform. Lianne went rocker earlier in the month, complementing the flippy skirt with sturdy brown boots and a vintage t-shirt. Then, proving just HOW versatile the piece really is, Lianne dressed up her uniform for the Alice + Olivia Fashion Week presentation in a floral tank and heels. This girl obviously has a stylist's eye, and she hasn't let us down once.
AnnaSophia Robb for "Teen Vogue."
Photo: Teen Vogue
The Carrie Diaries doesn't premiere until January 14, but AnnaSophia Robb is already being forecast as one of fashion's next major "It" girls. She hits a kind of style star jackpot by undertaking the role of a young Carrie Bradshaw in a world that's not only post-Sex And The City but post-Gossip Girl, so it comes as no surprise that she's already starting to rack up magazine features. Robb illustrates, though, in this Teen Vogue cover spread that she's absolutely worth the hype, knocking the '60s mod steez just as far out of the park as her '80s Carrie togs.
Rita Ora in a custom jacket on the cover of 'ASOS' magazine.
Photo: via ASOS
When Rita Ora covered ASOS magazine way back in September, we obsessed over the singer's amazing studded denim jacket— and mourned the fact that we couldn't score her custom topper for ourselves. Clearly we weren't the only ones bummed out, because thanks to ALL of the requests to buy the one-of-a-kind number, ASOS has officially added it to its stock! And while the statement piece is definitely not cheap at $351, just think of it as an all-inclusive deal to alleviate some buyer's guilt (trust us, it'll make you feel better!). After all, the bomber is a complete mishmash of materials, patterns, and colors. With silver and gold spikes, jeweled details, and a satin paneled artsy print, it's basically every item in our closet crammed into one signature item. How's THAT for more bang for your buck?!
Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells shares a few of her favorite things.
Photo: Patrick O'Dell
There's nothing quite like the sound of Sleigh Bells. But I (obviously) prefer the screeching guitars/chaotic drum beats/punk-pop ecstacy-y of an aural explosion that is the Brooklyn-based band rather than those jolly X-Mas noisemakers that Santa's reindeer get down with each holiday season. No offense, Blitzen. Sleigh Bells' killer front-woman, Alexis Krauss, is forseriously everything you've ever desired in your fave rock star, and I’m not just blogging about those rafter-reaching pipes that will make you feel thangs/pop your crowd-surfing cherry. Sartorial spoiler alert: homegirl's got hair-whipping frenzy-appropriate bangs (thx to Volume Powder by Sachajuan), a winning style game (a custom studded leather jacket courtesy of Nicola Formichetti=!!!!) and SO much more, as you'll see in today's very special standing ovation-worthy Favorite Things. Like, PS, have you seen the album artwork for the band's immaculate 'Reign of Terror' LP (see: a pair of paint-splattered classic white-ish Keds which makes me really happy) which is omfg kinds of stylish? I cannot. And let's never forget Krauss crashing fashion blogs worldwide as a result of her recent Obesity & Speed (in which she comes across as the ultimate cheerleader goth) and Sephora (in which she rocks a major cat-eye/a perfectly glossed pout combo) campaigns. Anyway, I really can't deal with attempting to describe all of this perfection, so prepare to obsess/drool/decline many a credit card over the kick ass beauty's favorite fashion-y things (oh, and fave hangover cures/intoxication-friendly karaoke jams)...after the jump!
Lena Dunham poses for 'V' Magazine shot by Terry Richardson.
Photo: 'V' Magazine/Terry Richardson
From the explosive debut season of Girls to rocking a Miley Cyrus-inspired pixie cut and landing a mega money book proposal, it's safe to say Lena Dunham had a fabulous 2012, and this new year looks to be no different. On only this second day in January, we've discovered the writer/director/actress's photo shoot with Terry Richardson for the upcoming issue of V Magazine, which hits newsstands January 10 (just THREE days before the Girls Season 2 premiere for those of you who are counting down — and you should be).
Aptly named Time Magazine's coolest person of the year, Dunham takes the director's chair wearing a black Calvin Klein bodysuit and Manolo Blahnik pumps. Although there was a bit of controversy when Dunham appeared at an L.A. event wearing a turquoise top and what appeared to be a blatant lack of pants, we do not object to the leggy abstentia here. Throughout the photos, Dunham rocks the slinky one-piece, accentuating her gams and accessorizing with a cherry red Michael Kors coat and a mouthful of toothpaste.
In the sartorial sea of pop starlets clad in mini-dresses made of deli meat, whipped cream squirting brassieres, and, duh, many an MDMA-y sea punk lewk, there's still hope for the return of the classically badass, pre-Tumblr pop star (see: Madonna circa "Vogue", Janet circa daisy dukes/natural curls/top-free). I promise. And I'm here to tell you why aka I just had to escape the family Christmas dinner for a minute or twenty tbh. Shout out to my cheeky British BFF and Interscope Recording artist Natalia Kills who, fyi, is smize-ing in the dictionary alongside the word “glamazon”. *Snaps gum* With a penchant for vintage Chanel bling/leather form-fitting everythang/a life-changing ponytail (in addition to making my credit card convulse on our spontaneous shopping sprees), the bonafide diva kills it (sry, had to) wherever she goes with her rebellious ways and fashion numbers (see: receiving a ticket for "inappropriate attire" whilst getting her shop on at the Dubai Mall). Expect even more killing it from Kills with the upcoming release of her aptly titled album, Trouble, produced mainly by Jeff Bhasker (whose werk probs made you eargasm from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Kanye, oh my!) and overflowing with demented pop gems/sultry synth-heavy songs that will result in both nightmares and wet dreams. She's multi-talented, you guys. Til then, we here at MTV Style have got y’all a very amazing belated X-Mas pressy...! Our fashion-y friends over at the immaculate blog known as StyleLikeU have given us an exclusive premiere documenting their recent hangout with Kills… in her walk-in drool-inducing closet. *J'Dead* Spoiler Alert: There's a Kills-strutting-in-a-slew-of-Walter-Steiger pumps moment. There's Kills being brilliant whilst dishing about the inspiration behind her amazing new song “Controversy” and album. Oh, and -- get out your iPad -- there's also Kills teaching us common folk ways to be drop dead gorgeous and flaw-free and goddess-like. Did I mention I chit-chatted with NK about her style icons and fancying neoprene? There's that too. Do you feel the sartorial spirit or whuttttt? Our gift to you... after the jump!
Ooooooh Haylor, what will we do with you? Pop's latest power duo is, obviously, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, and the two have been out and about all over the place, from watching the seals in Central Park to, now, the tattoo parlor. While the pretty as a peach and innocent as ice cream Swift is basically the LAST person we would expect to find frequenting an establishment called The Shamrock Tattoo Parlor in Los Angeles. I mean really. Shamrock Tattoo Parlor? It doesn't get less flower crown than that, but we're kind of loving it. Tay's new beau is no stranger to the hypnotizing buzz of the tattoo gun, already sporting a fair amount of ink, but we have to wonder, does this mean Taylor is considering adding a little illustration to her bod? A portrait of her cat, Meredith, perhaps? We can only hope. The tattoo, which covers a large portion of Harry's arm and is a highly detailed pirate ship, bears a bit of a resemblance to the ship tatt Taylor's "I Knew You Were Trouble" beau sports in his new video. Coincidence, we think not, but what could it mean?! It definitely solidifies what we already knew: Tay loves a bad boy. Check out an interview with the singer, where she talks about just that, after the jump!
Selena Gomez and Terry Richardson
Photo: via TerryRichardsonStudio Instagram
To be perfectly honest, we have no idea how this photo of Selena Gomez and Terry Richardson managed to fly under the online radar for a whole week because seriously, this is pure internet GOLD. Not to mention, kind of unexpected. From Lady Gaga to Rihanna to Jared Leto, the New York photographer's roster of subjects reads like a who's who of Hollywood's A-list, but Selena has remained conspicuously absent from it all...until now, that is. Judging from the chummy Instagram above, the singer and Spring Breakers star stopped by Terry's studio a week ago for a photoshoot. Matching in plaid shirt (the photog in his trademark lumberjack red and Selena working bright blue), the two look totally friendly and comfortable with each other— so who knows, maybe this was a long time coming? Terry captioned the Instagram with "#terryrichardaon and @selenagomez today!!! After my shoot!!! #LA #selenagomez #C41 #awesome #thebest." Wow, SOMEONE's a Selenator....