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Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards.
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While it hasn't been that long since Whitney Houston passed away in a Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, those looking to sell pieces of her memory have begun to put items up for auction, namely dresses she owned as well as a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard. In an auction entitled "Hollywood Legends," Houston's style memorabilia (including 15 dresses total) will go up for auction along with pieces that once belonged to Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana. OK, wait. Is it just me or does this seem super duper fast? Like, let people MOURN for a sec, Auction House! Can you wait a bit until you start a freaking bidding war on Whitney's earrings for goodness sake? According to Julien's Auctions, this sort of accelerated selling isn't uncommon. "Her items can increase 10, 20, even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death," Julien tells the Daily News. "These items become part of history really." Hmmm, something about this seems very question-mark-above-head to me. Let's discuss.

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Chloë Moretz at the 18th annual BAFTA tea party on Jan. 14, 2012.
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If there's any young star truly charming both Hollywood and the fashion world at the moment, it's Chloë Grace Moretz. Not only does she star in Tim Burton's vampire film, Dark Shadows, she's still riding the enormous Oscar-nominated tidal wave that is Hugo, in which she also stars. Throw in numerous red carpet style slayings, a penchant for Chanel, and newly tinted pink hair (which set the internet ablaze with coverage), and she's a match made in photo op heaven. Now there's a major fashion house in the mix too. Max Mara has just awarded Chloë the "2012 Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award." Whoa, that's a mouthful. Also, whoa, what IS this?

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Taylor Swift at the "Dr. Suess' The Lorax" premiere in L.A. on Feb. 19.
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It's no secret that standout collars are a huge trend this year (proof: peep the fall NYFW runway), but Taylor Swift threw us for a loop when she stepped out with an illusion Peter Pan neckline on her dress. The nonexistent collar made just as much of statement, and it's not even there! (Is this, like, one of those Magic Eye things but IRL? *cue Twilight Zone theme song*) This girly nude frock is straight from Honor's spring 2012 runway, which featured this thought-provoking neckline on other ensembles. Taylor paired this dress with soft bangs, a low chignon, delicate gold earrings, and matching nude peep-toe slingbacks.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the 2011 U.S. Open.
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Don't act all surprised. Unless you're baffled that Beyoncé and Jay-Z didn't trademark Blue Ivy Carter's name AS SOON as they decided on it. As in, before the girl was even born. The Washington Post reported that the power couple has recently "filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect the baby’s name—and reserve it for a future line of baby carriages, baby cosmetics, diaper bags, and other undoubtedly fabulous accoutrements for the fashion-forward infant." Say WHAT?! We're sure Suri will have something to say about THIS.

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Julia Stiles and Anna Wintour attend a Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden.
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Fully aware that we're a quote-unquote fashion site, we need to discuss something sports related. You guys, Anna Wintour went to a Knicks game last night. And she sat front row (obvs). Also, she sat as if she was front row at a runway show complete with bold separates (this is the season of vivid color remember?), black heeled boots, her trademark bob and sunglasses combo, as well as a sassy-fresh, arms-crossed, "this is GARISH" pose as if she was scrutinizing the disheveled, sweat-infused uniforms these hard-working athletes were undoubtedly sporting in the second half of the game. But it's kind of awesome, right? I mean, she's the Editor in Chief of Vogue for goodness sake—at a sports event. We're getting shaky just thinking about it. Thus, let's discuss.

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Artist Claire Milner's Swarovski Marilyn Monroe portrait commissioned by Rihanna.
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If you haven't been clued into the style world of Rihanna lately, let's just say you have a LOT of catching up to do. First of all, our multifaceted gal just landed a fashion reality show that will air in the U.K. this summer (no word on whether we'll get it stateside), and she also acquired a new "Thug Life" tattoo. It seems like she's truly enjoying her adopted hometown of Los Angeles too, as she's taken to attending Lakers games and Cirque du Soliel shows wearing American flag T-shirts and head-to-toe leather. It's also been reported that she's currently zhuzing up her L.A. pad and recently commissioned a $160,000 Marilyn Monroe portrait made entirely of Swarovski crystals. Created by U.K. artist Claire Milner especially for Ri-Ri, the art piece took four months to finish, measures 5 by 5 feet, is covered in 65,000 crystals, and weighs 182 pounds. Let's discuss, shall we?

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A look from the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture show.
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As we recently reported, Jean Paul Gaultier's main inspiration for his spring 2012 haute couture collection was late singer Amy Winehouse. It was a blatant tribute that included her signature beehive, beauty mark, ubiquitous cigarette, leather jacket and pencil skirt uniform (with Fred Perry-esque detailing), as well as a doo-wop quartet playing her music throughout the runway show. Some critics thought it was a "carbon copy" of Winehouse while others found it to be both "marvelous" and a fitting tribute. Mitch Winehouse (aka Amy's dad), on the other hand, was feeling something else altogether. He took to his Twitter feed to cement his distaste of the collection.

First of all, WHOA, did this just get Ayn Rand-ian with that Gaultier misspelling? Perhaps. Winehouse senior, if you don't know, is both a London cab driver and a singer himself. In the months following his daughter's death, he helped set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which gives money to troubled youths. He seemed to care deeply for his child (of course) and hasn't been particularly vocal regarding the number of other tributes performed after Amy's death. BUT sending models down the runway in his child's likeness six months after her tragic death? Is this taking it a bit too far? Let's discuss.

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When we think about Parisian style (as we do) a few words spring to mind: chic, effortless, elegant. Long-limbed women loping around the cobblestone walks like well-tailored gazelles. Casual afternoons in some sort of striped knit with a bateau neck. Gobs of red lipstick. A tilted chapeau. You know, our daydream visions of the City of Lights. Paris Haute Couture Week, though, is another beast entirely. Rather than stream-lined and sartorial, haute couture is a rare breed of animal that's custom-fit with the most luxurious fabrics, the most lavish beadwork, and sits patiently while a doting visionary sews it into the vestment by hand. With a club so exclusive, this week marks a specific time when this elite tier of designers is given license to go buck wild on the runway by sheer virtue of their detail-oriented awesomeness. And buck wild they did go. Let's take a look at the week's most WTF looks!

CURTAIN CALL AT ON AURA TOUT VU

A look from the On Aura Tout Vu Paris Haute Couture Spring 2012 runway show.
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Much of what we saw on the On Aura Tout Vu runway we loved: bright pops of candy colors, prints that evolve three times over in one garment, and the MOST interesting developments in hosiery. This look, however, is a little *scrunches nose* IDK. You can "Never mind the model behind the curtain" all you want, but this peek-a-boo personal pan voting booth is hardly something we can ignore.

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SmoothGroove Camel Toe Solutions.
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Let's preface this with a little disclaimer. Perhaps we, your humble nimble-fingered MTV Style folk, are arriving late to an already widely discussed ladyplight, which is plaguing so much of our population that corrective devices, such as this here SmoothGroove, are needed. Nay, demanded. Perhaps there's some horrific womanhood rite of passage we have yet to experience, some (hopefully) distant bridge we have yet to cross, that leads you square into a daily battle with an all-too-visible *achem* labia majora. But, like...has camel toe really reached an epidemic status so as to warrant the existence of these LADYCUPS?? (Note: Squeamish boys, if you haven't already clicked the EFF out of your browser window, I suggest you do so now.)

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Looks from Rocawear's spring 2012 collection.
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Jay-Z has been in the news a lot lately. He's the brand-new proud father of Blue Ivy Carter, and for some reason, this happy news seems to have catalyzed somewhat critical chatter where the wee babe is concerned. Despite melting hearts with the new song, "Glory," which featured Blue's baby coos, there was the erroneous report that he was going to stop using the word bitch because he now has a daughter. His reps denied this, which made the media investigate deeper into the amount of times he used the word in his songs, and now there's speculation that Blue was the reason half of Rocawear's staff was laid off the day before her birth. That's a lot of pressure for a BABY, folks! As we're talking style here, perhaps the problems with Rocawear have more to do with the fact that its design elements seem to be stuck in the early aughts. Let's discuss, shall we?

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