Elizabeth Olsen, Victoria Justice, and Liv Tyler at the Sundance Film Festival
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The Sundance Film Festival kicked off this weekend, and as usual, the style spotting involved a parade of boots and cozy chic. If there's one event where celebs can throw some fun into their wardrobe while exuding total comfort and 'dorbsness, it's Sundance. And what better way to accentuate your jeans (which are the norm in mountainous Utah) than with a stylish sweater? Usually there's no shortage of Ugg(h)s, skinnies, and Park City parkas, but this year the ladies mixed it up with some seriously kewl sweater sass that we're all set to steal. Elizabeth Olsen paired black booties and brown legging cords with a vintage Versace-esque tiger sweater. Victoria Justice layered a muli-striped cropped sweater over a black tee and skinny jeans, and accentuated the red in her sweater with matching knee-high socks (kudos on style and cold-weather function). We were thrilled to see Liv Tyler looking lovely in cascading brunette rivulets and a killer Balenciaga sweater that we'd be wearing right now if we'd won the lottery. Oh, and they weren't the only ones all knitted out...
Ryan Gosling in "Drive," Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids," and Rooney Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
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It's officially the middle of Awards Season™, and with the latest Grammy Awards announcement and Oscar nominations happening next week, things are about to kick into maximum overdrive. One awards event we are particularly fond of is the somewhat lesser known Costume Designers Guild Awards honoring costume excellence in both film and TV. For us, this is mayjah. We're OBSESSED with costumes in an unhealthy way...like in a Krispy Kreme hamburgers kind of way. Yeah, it's disgusting, and yet we're so thrilled with this year's nominees we don't care if we're covered in powder (wigs) or grease (Gosling) when the winners are announced on Feb. 21. Who wouldn't want to cheer on Ry-Ry's Drive jacket (we actually have a member of the staff who wears this satin juggernaut on a regular basis), the soiled bridal brilliance of Bridesmaids, or Rooney Mara's supremely badassish Lisbeth Salander costumes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Oh, and that's only the beginning where this year's costumes are concerned.
A screenshot of "The Hunger Games" Capitol Couture Tumblr page.
Photo: Capitol Couture/Courtesy of Lionsgate
Holy Panem! Have you guys seen the new Capitol Couture Tumblr page? This clever bit of marketing for The Hunger Games seems to suggest that we're in for some truly stellar costume amazingness imminently. Yep, it's alllll starting to happen. The film (based on the book, which is AWESOME) is set to be released on March 23, and the fine folks at Lionsgate seem to drumming up excitement by not only debuting this new photo of Elizabeth Banks in costume as style nugget Effie Trinket but also with a possible online fashion magazine devoted to the fanciful creations the people of Panem wear in the film. If this new image is anything to go by, we're in store for some insane color combos, satin, Chinoiserie, blue lips, and ridiculous post-apocalyptic frippery the likes of which we've never seen before.
Rooney Mara promotes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" in Germany, Spain, and France.
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Rooney Mara is certainly not disappointing as one of our predicted Girls to Watch in 2012. We're barely a week into the year, and she's already churning out expertly styled high-fashion looks with breakneck swiftness for her European The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo promotional tour. For a relative newcomer, her flawless wielding of labels, even a notoriously whimsical one like Miu Miu, to effectively convey her stark angular aesthetic is enough to send you on bended knee, genuflecting to her exemplary style prowess. And of the names she's wearing, her togs read like a designer DREAM TEAM. *swooooon*
Charlotte Ronson's version of Katniss' Fire Dress inspired by "The Hunger Games."
Photo: Courtesy of InStyle.com
If you're anything like us, the mention of these three words—The Hunger Games—has you giddy with excitement. We're predicting that the upcoming movie adaptation of this incredible book series (which, we can attest, will keep you up at night thumbing through it like a wild-eyed lunatic) is going to be the movie of next year. We also think the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the main character of this post-apocalyptic, fight-to-the-death adventure, will reignite GIRL POWER and she will do so in some killer costumes. Katniss, you see, has a stylist (who will be played by Lenny Kravitz—ZOMG), and in a pivotal moment in the story, he creates this totally amazing fire dress that is supposed to make her look like she's, literally, on fiiii-ah. We simply cannot wait much longer to see what this will look like and neither can the folks over at In Style, so in a stroke of sartorial genius, they called upon several designers to sketch what they think the fire dress should look like. Everyone from Christian Siriano and Rachel Roy to Charlotte Ronson, who designed this insanity above, have come up with their own versions of this soon-to-be iconic costume, and we're practically on fire ourselves just looking at this goodness.
Dakota Fanning on the set of "Effie."
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Dakota Fanning (along with her sister, Elle) are esteemed style stars 'round these here parts of MTV, but never have we ever seen her looking this sort of, erm, fashionable before. OK, OK, obvi this is for a movie and girl isn't ACTUALLY traipsing around Europe in a crinoline petticoat in this internet age, but the stark contrast between Dakota's on-set styling and her own sartorial preferences is way captivating, right? The eldest Fanning dons these Victorian duds for her role as title character Euphemia Gray in 2012's Effie, a film about the relationship between 19th century art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride.
Fergie, Abigail Breslin, and Lea Michele at the premiere of "New Year's Eve" in Hollywood.
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We're officially in the whirlwind that is The Holiday Season™. If you're anything like us, before we finish our candy canes or sip that last drop of eggnog, we inevitably wake up and realize it's practically New Year's Eve and—OMG—we have nothing to wear. Luckily, this year we have the filmNew Year's Eve to help us get in the spirit early. Not only does it encapsulate several different NYE scenarios, it's opening early enough to inspire us to be prepared this year, and we can start by taking cues from the dresses worn to the film's red carpet premiere. We thought Fergie, Abigail Breslin, and Lea Michele brought their best sparkle-power with three very different NYE dresses guaranteed to wow at any party. Problem is, from the short and bodycon to the fuller and longer, we can't decide which silhouette we'd rather wear. Also, what will our dude look like? Well, that's easy, something akin to either Darren Criss, Zac Efron, or Harry Shum Jr., of course.
Pieces from the upcoming "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" x H&M collection.
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It was hard to hold back the inevitable excitement that washed over these MTV Style offices when we first caught wind of H&M's upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo collaboration. Skin-tight liquid leggings, artfully distressed blanket cardigans, a muted urban color palette, and moto details? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. We shared the news with you all late October, but since then, buzz around the collection has been relatively quiet—mostly to make room for the Versace for H&M launch and the Marni collab announcement. Just in time to rekindle our interest (and remind us to budget some of that holiday shopping that-a-way) H&M has released *drumroll* IMAGES of the collection for you to peruse.
Ryan Gosling on the set of "Gangster Squad"
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Yes, we love Ryan Gosling. It's not a secret, and we're pretty sure you love him, too, because, really, how could you NOT? Dude breaks up street fights, wears PJs to film festivals, isn't afraid of super tight suit pants, and he really loves his dog. He's a real human being—and a real hero—and ZOMG now he's a GANGSTER?! Wait, no, scratch that. He's actually playing an LAPD officer back in the '40s/'50s for the new movie Gangster Squad, and photos from the set have made their way to the interwebs with The Gos prowling around in pinstripe, Dick Tracy-esque, three-piece period suiting complete with suave fedora, brown oxfords (which appear to match his floral tie), and some sort of vintage timepiece with leather straps that we imagine smell like a blend of tobacco, Aqua Velvet, and true love.
Edward and Bella at the altar.
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Michael Wilkinson graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. He is wildly entertaining, talented, gracious and a delight to interview on the subject of—WAIT FOR IT—'Breaking Dawn' (*HEAD SPLOOOODE*) because he is the dude tasked with costume designing not only B.D. one but B.D. two, too (that’s what we insiders call it *brushes dirt off shoulders*).
Before we move onto discussing the sartorial majesty of what may be the MOST SIGNIFICANT CINEMATIC EVENT since 'Twilight: Eclipse,' I’d like to take a sidebar to address Mr. Wilkinson’s curriculum vitae leading up to this moment. YOU GUYS, he worked on 'Party Monster', 'Romeo + Juliet', '300' (for which he won a glut of awards [DESERVEDLY #teamfassbender]), 'Watchmen,' 'American Splendor' (R.I.P. Harvey Pekar), and he’s also working on the Zack Snyder Superman reboot, 'Man of Steel.' Yeah, basically, he’s the best.
In the impending interview, Michael spilled about which designers he worked with for the second-to-last film of the franchise, Robert Pattinson's shorts phobia, Kristen Stewart's enviably taut physique, and teased how GLORIOUS all those vampire capes will look in the spectacular battle scene in the final installment of this face-meltingly incredible saga. I AM RUNNING OUT OF EFFUSIVE ADJECTIVES.