Katy Perry wore President Obama themed nail art for her 30 Days to Victory performance.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of @KatyPerry's Twitter
There are a few things that you can always count on Katy Perry to deliver in spades: ear-wormy pop music, commitment to a theme, and killer nail art. Miss KP had a big weekend, performing for both UCLA's Hammer Gala AND President Barack Obama's "30 Days To Victory Concert," but it was at Mr. President's star-studded Sunday night fundraiser that Katy hit that homerun trifecta. Case in point: this INCREDIBLE red-white-and-blue, Obama'nicure.
Happy Friday, y'all! If you're a big do-it-yourself-er and are in the market for a heavy-lifting Halloween costume you can get cracking on NOW, might we suggest going this year as Lady Gaga? Mother Monster is not only well-versed in the world of high fashion (who else would the House Versace trust to bring "THAT dress" back??), she's also a couture connoisseur, dreaming up more daily one-off ensembles than there are days in a year. Lady Gaga is the kind of pop star Halloween was made for, and we at MTV Style are obviously subscribers to her every move, making us the perfect fit to unpack her iconic looks for your All Hallows evening. Put your paws up, roll up your sleeves, and be prepared to get a little dirty. Your Mother Monster Halloween hack starts now!
1. MEAT DRESS REPRISE
Dress like Lady Gaga for Halloween.
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Gaga made The Meat Dress a household name back at the 2010 Video Music Awards, which may make you think it's played. BUT Gagaloo brought the beef frock back this year for her current Born This Way Ball tour and in an updated (also, WAY easier to replicate) strapless version with a bullett belt! Get a similar look yourself by nabbing up a strapless cotton/jersey dress with a bit of a flared skirt. Print close-up photos of raw meat onto a TON of sheets of iron-on transfer paper. Follow the directions on the packaging and adhere the sheets to the dress - the paper will also make the flouncy skirt a little more rigid like Gaga's. Slip on a bullet belt at the waist of the dress, a pair of fishnet heels, and you're ready to go!
+ Dress: Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waist Skirt ($34.00)
+ Belt: Bullet Belt ($5.99)
+ Iron-On Transfer Paper: Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper ($14.62)
Beyonce reveals her House of Dereon Winter 2012 campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of House of Dereon
What's that you say? You thought it was fall? Why is Beyonce already making us all painfully aware of the creeping cold snap with her Winter 2012 House of Dereon campaign when it's only October? WELL, that's because Miss Bey is a smart business lady. She knows you're booking Thanksgiving flights, daydreaming about mom's mashed potatoes, and she realizes how QUICKLY the holiday season is going to creep up on you. You're going to need gifts for your besties and some show-stopping cocktail dresses for the infinity billion eggnog fiestas you're going to pen into your calendar. That's why she's making doubly sure that House of Dereon is your first association with the season to come. Don't sleep on Bey. Girl knows what she's doing.
Rihanna in New York on Oct. 2, in London on March 27, and New York on Oct. 1.
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You know what's cool about huge T-shirts? They can also be dresses. Well, at least that's what Rihanna is telling (showing?) us as of late with her oversized-tees-that-double-as-frocks ensembles, and we're kiiiind of buying into it. I mean, think of all those huge dad tees that are currently gathering dust at the bottom of your closet. THEY COULD BE KILLER OUTFITS, PEOPLE. The way RiRi fashionized (that's a word. Trust.) her XXL shirt is with killer over-the-knee boots to add a touch of va-va-voom to a mostly shapeless outfit. She showed off this look in three totally different (yet equally amazing!) ways—like on Tuesday night when she stepped out in NYC sporting an oversized, fire-engine red Givenchy "American Dream" graphic tee with her oh-so-infamous thigh-high Christian Louboutin black leather boots. Dang. She's only showing an inch of leg, and she's already making us sweat. *fans self*
Willow Smith and her fashion-y self.
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Willow Smith may only be 11 years old, but she's certainly got style chops! We're constantly impressed with her ever-evolving look—whether she's sporting a pink Mohawk or a Marie Antoinette-style wig, Willow is always ba-ringing her fashion game to the table. Lucky for us, we can now get a peek into the mind of Ms. Smith's fashion inspiration thanks to her recently-launched fashion blog! Willow announced the big news on Twitter last night saying, "Follow my fashion blog http://coccin-elle.tumblr.com," and we did just that. Her minimalist site includes mostly street style snapshots of models (think: Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss) in chic, mostly black and leather ensembles.
Lady Gaga brings back Elizabeth Hurley's iconic black Versace dress.
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We spotted Lady Gaga hanging with blonde designer bestie Donatella Versace yesterday at Palazzo Versace, posing for pics and generally looking both strikingly chic and adorably alike (like a high school spirit week Twin Day but IRL!!). We didn't know what the two were cooking up then, but we're preeeeetty sure the above black, super low-cut, safety-pinned look was a result of yesterday's activities. Looks like Donatella let Gaga's monster paws dip into her late brother Gianni's archives again, and this time, she's resurrected a Versace icon of epic proportions: the décolletage dress Elizabeth Hurley made famous at the 1994 premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Lady Gaga as a child and at a Fame fragrance launch in Paris on Sept. 23.
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This just in: Lady Gaga has always been awesome. The proof is in the pudding, er, photo (above) that surfaced on Mother Monster's social networking site LittleMonsters.com just a couple of days ago. When Gaga was just little ol' Stefani Germanotta, she sported—GASP—head-to-black, cat eyeliner and bold red lips. So, basically, while most of us had a mouthful of braces and greasy bangs in our tweens *shiver*, Gaga looked like, well, this. AMAZING, RIGHT? We couldn't help but notice that ESPECIALLY as of late, Gaga has really been channeling her inner goth-child look while promoting her Fame fragrance. I mean, first she dyed her hair back to her original brunette color, and then just last week she suited up in a vampy-chic all-black ensemble with a burgundy-stained lip and killer 'tude. It's like nothing has even changed, y'all. DOES SHE NOT STILL LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME?
Azealia Banks performs for the launch of Anna Dello Russo at H&M.
Photo: Courtesy of @HM's Twitter
Remember how we said Azealia Banks had a really busy day yesterday? Allow me to rephrase and just lump it all together into one week. (Granted, we could go into how this has been a busy YEAR for Banks, one of our predicted "It" girls of 2012, but I digress...) I guess it makes sense since she's one of the fashion community's favorite music acts and it's Paris Fashion Week, a week-long event for which girl is undoubtedly a hot commodity. Azealia and her "Earth Weave" hit the stage last night for the official launch party of the Anna Dello Russo at H&M accessories collection.
Rihanna clutches Mario Testino's "In Your Face" photography book.
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Essentially, what's happening here is Rihanna, non-verbally, saying, "Alright, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. I see your book clutches, and I raise you... clutching an ACTUAL BOOK... And an unreleased one at THAT!" Then she sprinkles all the chips in the middle of the table and fireworks explode behind her. BLADOW! *soft crackle of fizzling out pyrotechnics* Okay, soooo that may have been a 100% surmised situation, but can't you just imagine it happening? And all of it topped off with a tweet from Rihanna punctuated with "#ph***yohandbags" or something similar (also, uncensored)?? *shrugs* Maybe it's just us. Regardless, it brings up a great question: could Rihanna's book-clutching look out-pace the quirky-cute book clutch steez we've grown to love? We take a closer look.
It's been a big 24 hours for Azealia Banks. Our Harlem girl is in Paris right now, making her international Fashion Week rounds, sitting front row at fash-buddy Nicola Formichetti's Mugler Paris Fashion Week show, shooting the music video for "Esta Noche" (a track that closed the aforementioned Mugler show, BTW), AND debuting her new emerald and sapphire hair which she has dubbed "EARTHWEAVE." *pauses to catch breath and wipe sweat from upper lip* PHEW! *flicks disgusting sweat beads away* And judging from her heavily capitalized and exuberantly punctuated tweets, she's not slowing down aaaaany time soon.