Taryn Manning behind the DJ booth.
Photo: Courtesy of Taryn Manning
I've <3ed Taryn Manning ever since circa 2002, when I was an overweight unconvincingly closeted suburban-bred tween whose face leaked into my XL butter-drenched popcorn all eight times I watched the CLASSIC CINEMA COMING-OF-AGE MASTERPIECE known as Crossroads, in which Manning portrayed Brit Brit Spears' (!!!) knocked-up BFF alongside Zoe Saldana. Other reasons I remain obsessed: let us not forget the immaculateness that was Boomkat (Manning and her bro's electro-pop dope duo), specifically "The Wreckoning" music vid in which a trench-coat clad Manning furiously struts around a junkyard with killer bangs/heels singing Girl Power!/AIM away message-friendly lyrics (See: "I came, I saw, I kicked some ass!") #SheBetterWork There's also those edgy roles including Eminem's kinda cray ex in 8 Mile and, of course, playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow, which found Manning nabbing many raves/nominations and rocking some major Bo Derek-esque dreads realness. (PS, back off, I'm considering this salacious lewk as my Halloween costume. *Hair flip*) Did I mention the killer actress' resume includes getting her acting on alongside Oscar Golden Girls like Helen Mirren and Renee Zellweger? Or that she made my nostalgic aughties' heart beat loud when playing Kirsten Dunst's home girl in Crazy/Beautiful and partaking in many a make-out session with Freddie Prinze Jr. (!!!) in an indie rom-com? *Faints* Also, my tear ducts have never been the same since Manning's performance on a recent episode of Law & Order: SVU. As of late, the quadruple uber-talented threat is killing it on many a flat-screen with major recurring roles on Hawaii Five-O and Sons of Anarchy, getting all the cool kids around the universe in a downright tizzy as an in-demand DJ, aaaand, thank the gay gods, banging out new pop gems as a pint-sized pop star and once again showcasing those smoke-y soulful pipes and synth-heavy beats. Her latest mega tune "Send Me Your Love", off her forthcoming EP, is already a Top 10 Billboard Dance smash/losing-your-damn-mind-on-the-dance-floor-inducing anthem, and you'd be a fool to not get your iTunes on ASAP. Alas, I got Taryn to send me her L-U-V/favorite fashion-y thangs. You’re very welcome. If you're anything like me, prepare for a Crossroads marathon/8 Mile soundtrack listening session (yep, she’s crooning up on that too)/overwhelming urge to get a unicorn tatt/many a heart explosion.
Even though Lana Del Rey's breakout single technically debuted last year, the New York songbird has stayed firmly planted in the spotlight ever since, making her the PERFECT last-minute lazy girl Halloween costume. We've witnessed various incarnations of the star recently, whether it's in her statuesque SNL column dress, channeling Jackie O. with A$AP Rocky in "National Anthem" (and onstage thereafter), and most recently as a romanticized free spirit in "Ride." No matter which version of Lana is your favorite, we've got tons of quick and easy ways to recreate her signature look just in time for Halloween. So blast the music, practice your lip pout, and check out our ideas below!
LANA DEL REY "VIDEO GAMES" LOOK
Dress like Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" album art for Halloween.
Photo: Universal Music/ Courtesy of Etsy/AE/L'Oreal/Miss Selfridge
It makes sense to start things off with the OG Lana look from her "Video Games" album art- wide eyes, nude lips, a simple cross necklace, and most importantly, the statement flower crown. The first components are super easy to score, but the headband requires a bit more thought. There are pleeeeeenty of options on Etsy - flower crowns are a huge trend, after all- or you can make the accessory yourself. To DIY, just hit up your local crafts store and grab some artificial flowers (we hear Michael's has a good selection). Then just attach them to a headband or wire with glue, and ta-da! You're set. We usually don't recommend procrastinating, but just in case you leave the costume sitch to the last minute, whip out this Lana outfit and you're good to go in no time flat.
+ Floral Crown: Etsy Hair Wreath ($39.00)
+ Tank: AE Boyfriend Tank ($11.99)
+ Eyeliner: L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner ($8.95)
+ Lipstain: Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lipstain ($17.95)
+ Necklace: Miss Selfridge Rose Gold Cross Necklace ($13.00)
Emma Roberts wears the Nanette Lepore sunglasses she inspired.
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It seems like every day there's a new designer x celebrity collaboration, but less ubiquitous are the moments when a star takes the backseat and serves as the creative inspiration and, in return, the promotional vehicle for a line or an individual piece. Such is the case with Emma Roberts and the limited edition sunglasses Nanette Lepore designed for her. Last night was the official launch of the Emma-inspired shades, and Roberts, Lepore, and Vogue Eyewear celebrated in style with an intimate party on the VIP floor of the 5th Avenue Sunglass Hut. (Yes, that's a thing that exists, and we have the pictures to prove it.) We caught up with Emma herself to get her reaction to the finished product and serving as Nanette's design inspiration.
Claire Boucher, is that you?! We're used to seeing Grimes wearing everything from witchy capes to ripped tights onstage, but scarves, gloves, and retro silhouettes? Eh, not so much. This is why we're so surprised—and excited—to see the Canadian musician showing off her versatile fashion chops for T magazine, proving that '50s-inspired ensembles work just as well on an indie music star as they do in Pleasantville soda shops. In this fashionable ode to "ladies who lunch," Grimes wears a Celine top, skirt, and scarf paired with accessories courtesy of U.K. designer JW Anderson. The prim, ladylike look is a far cry from her t-shirt and jeans uniform, but we've got to admit—she looks gooood.
Vanessa Hudgens, Brandy And Cara Delevingne.
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While most of us are busy brainstorming seriously epic costumes (no pressure or anything, right?), our favorite style stars are getting into the Halloween spirit about two weeks early. Um, hi overachievers! Vanessa Hudgens, Brandy and model Cara Delevingne all turned out recently wearing spooky, Halloween-inspired skulls and Beetlejuice stripes. There's no question that skulls have been an "It" motif for several seasons now, thanks to that Alexander McQueen bone scarf a few years back and creeptastic offerings from designers like Prabal Gurung. Our girl Vanessa Hudgens showed her own take on the trend last night, wearing the "Love Skull" sweater from Wildfox Couture. We love how the skull's heart-shaped eyes, sequins, and pops of pink make the pullover cheekily cute, NOT scary.
Photo: Courtesy of Sky Ferreira/ Hedi Slimane
She's sat front row at dozens of fashion shows, made cameos in more magazines than we can even count, and rolled out not just one but TWO glossy, slick-looking music videos this summer. Needless to say, not much can faze Sky Ferreira. However, yesterday we witnessed a rare Sky first as she performed on the S.S. Yankee docked in the Hudson River for her inaugural CMJ . It should go without saying that she totally rocked the boat (heh), belting out tracks from her new Ghost EP, but she looked killer doing so dressed in a cropped sweater, black skirt, and leather ankle boots. Just before Sky hit the stage- sorry, cabin- we sat down with the singer to quiz her on music video fashion, gigantic t-shirts, and ultimate schoolgirl style icons. Check out our interview after the jump!
Katy Perry wearing her Free People denim jacket with sweater sleeves in New York City.
We may spend a lot of time talking about Katy Perry's performance and red carpet style, but don't think we don't know that the singer has some killer street style game as well. She may be a fan of outrageous hair and killer nails, but Katy also goes casual sometimes, but she's always totally on trend. Most recently we've seen her wearing the crap out of one of our favorite trends, which is the classic denim jacket with a twist: sweater sleeves. In a sea of leather--be it denim and leather hybrids or straight up Grease style biker jackets--the denim jacket is a staple that can be endlessly customized to fit the wearers personal style. We could go on for days about acid wash and paint and embroidery, but today, it's the sweater sleeve that we're most interested in. Katy's particular jacket, which incorporates not only sweater sleeves but also bleach spots and fraying, is Free People's 'Cypress' Denim Sweater Sleeve Jacket, and you can buy it from Nordstrom for $198. There are a number of more wallet friendly options after the jump, and we'll also tell you the super easy way to hack this trend with things you might already have in your closet.
Lana Del Rey in H&M's Winter campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
Sometimes when you hear that an artist has been tapped to be the face of a brand, that just means a wham bam campaign, some images, maybe a billboard, and then done. H&M, however, are showing off their girl Lana Del Rey in a campaign that's as multifaceted as the singer herself. What started out as a rumor bubbling up from the depths of the online fashion universe has quickly transformed into a holiday campaign, an awesome video, a live performance and now, a winter campaign. The cool blue images feature Lana in one of her favorite retro pin-up girl poses: leaned against a car staring into the camera with what you can't quite be sure aren't daggers. Leather-look leggings, oversized sweaters and even a fur vest make appearances in the campaign, which combines urban chic with an almost apres-ski vibe, particularly through cropped down parkas with cinched waists. It's refreshing to see a campaign that looks so editorial--in fact, the photos are actually more interesting than a lot of Lana's past editorials, combining dramatic set styling with ultra modern clothes, while still staying true to Lana's vintage, nostalgic aesthetic. Check out the campaign images after the jump!
Hailee Steinfeld braves the double denim look.
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The double denim look is a notoriously tricky one. Often referred to as the "Texas Tuxedo" (or sometimes the "Canadian Tuxedo"), wearing denim on denim is a bold style move with the distinct potential to go very, very wrong. But sometimes, and BELIEVE us when we say this is extremely rare even for the most famous of celebrities (see Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa the 2001 American Music Awards for indubitable proof) a freak fashion plate like the lovely Hailee Steinfeld takes the risk and knocks it right out of the park.
Transitional dressing is hard for everyone, but for the red carpet? Not only are the stakes higher, the competition more fierce, and the flashbulbs FAR more plentiful, but there are also just so many options. Do you go dark, the way many New Yorkers purge their wardrobe of all color the minute the first leaf hits the pavement? Or do you go ultra bright, in chilly-day-warming jewel tones and little hints of the summer that has just passed? The Elle Women In Hollywood party was last night, and its red carpet had many awesome examples of both methods for mid-fall dressing. In the first camp, Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick went darker (Kiernan playing with black and white), while Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Nina Dobrev went ultra-bright.
Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick wore black to the Elle Women In Hollywood Party.
Emma Watson looked chic but still relaxed, her signature blend of laid back and edgy, in a black structured cocktail dress with a nude accent and layered construction. Paired with a pair of strappy, geometric heels and centerparted, pulled-back hair, the look was still a little light for the colder months, but just right for right now. Kiernan Shipka proved that she's growing up so fast (but not too fast) in a sweet black and white dress featuring a demure little collar and peplum. Her blonde hair, stick straight and center parted, and black pointed toe shoes looked elegant and age-appropriate. Anna Kendrick went for the vampier, more fall black look, in an ornate bustier dress and platform heels, her hair cascading around her shoulders in light waves. All three women got the delicate balance of darkness and light just right, looking October appropriate, but not at all Halloweeny.