A still from Lana Del Rey's 'Tropico' teaser.
Photo: Lana Del Rey's YouTube Page
Lana Del Rey has been quietly teasing Tropico, her short film, for months. Today, for the first time since this summer, there was news on the project in the form of a thirteen-second clip. Prior to the clip, Lanahad only provided images: first came a very Adam and Eve-y image of her holding a snake, which revealed that Tropico existed in the first place. Then came her second Adam and Eve image, in which she sported a flower bikini and stood next to model Shaun Ross in a dark forest. The final image was Lana in a veil, kneeling on the ground, evoking the Virgin Mary. Those images were rapidly released at the end of July and in the beginning of August, and since then we've heard nada. Way to leave us hanging, LDR.
Praise be to VH1 and TLC for this biopic (airing tonight at 9 p.m. EST)! Not only does it give us a look at some previously untold TLC history—by way of Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama—CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story afforded us the opportunity to talk to T-Boz and Chilli themselves about the wardrobing process for the film and the group's rise to style infamy which maaaayyyy or may not have caused this writer to go into cold sweats immediately following this interview. It's not every day you get the chance to talk to your heroes, OK??
A still from 'Romeo & Juliet.'
FYI: Romeo & Juliet comes out tomorrow (SQUEE!)—and we canNOT wait to see Douglas Booth run around in a pair of velvet jodhpurs, y’all. Of course, we’re ALSO really excited about seeing our ultimate teen style crush, Hailee Steinfeld, shine bright like a diamond in a bunch of ornately embellished Elizabethan gowns. No, really. She'll actually be covered in a bunch of Swarovski crystals, thanks to the backing of the bling giant’s new film division. This will be Swarovski Entertainment Ltd’s first feature film (cue "Started From the Bottom," but like, lol, not really), and they're spilling the deets on Romeo & Juliet’s unique costume design BEFORE we see the threads in action tomorrow on the big screen. (SQUEE x2!)
If you're anything like us, the card-carrying Smilers over hurr at MTV, you've probably watched our brand new Miley Cyrus documentary, Miley: The Movement, about a gazillion times. You've pulled stills for your Facebook cover photo. You've looked up where to cop those medallion and chain Versus Versace leggings she sports on the plane. You've even memorized all the quotes. Far be it from us to recap what you already know, learned, and have imprinted forever. What we WILL do, though, is try to enlighten you to a few fashion Easter eggs from the doc that you might have missed.
DETACHABLE RAT TAIL
Miley: The Movement.
OK, so there's no way you missed the rat tail Miley wears shooting her Bangerz album package. Not with all the whipping she did with it. (P.S. if you want more GIFs, our friends at Buzzworthy have, like, a jillion more!) But what you might not have realized was that it was completely and very easily detachable. Pay close attention to the scene where she's talking to her mom about it. Miley just snaps it off mid-conversation!
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Get ready to feel old, y'all! Seriously, grab a seat. *waits for entire interweb audience to sit down* It's been 20 years since the initial release of Cool Runnings, everyone's favorite feature film loosely based on the 1988 Winter Olympics debut of Jamaica's national bobsled team. Yep. October 1993 kicked off with this movie, and in celebration of its 20th birthday, we're kicking off October 2013 (and our always anticipated Halloween costume series) with a little DIY Cool Runnings group costume. We'll get to the Lady Gagas and Katys and (DUH) Mileys in a bit, but first things first. Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!
Cool Runnings DIY costume ideas.
Photo: Capezio/A1 Skateboards/Amazon/Office Depot/Staples/Walmart
Ever wished you could add a little Capitol Couture to your closet? Perhaps a single-shouldered coral gown that flames as you spin-and-dip on the dance floor? Or maybe a mustard-colored structured frock with butterfly appliqués for a super special night on the town? Wouldn't it be great if we could embrace our inner fan-girl and still manage to look ferociously fashionable? *SIGH* A girl can dream. And now, thanks to a first-of-its-kind exclusive fashion partnership between NET-A-PORTER and Lionsgate films, DREAMS WILL COME TRUE!
Walter Hill's "The Warriors."
Photo: Paramount Pictures
Warriors, come out to playayyyyy! It's officially VMA week, y'all! In just a few days, MTV will be taking over Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a night of music video celebration and a deluge of major performances: Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and soooo many more! You've probably seen a VMA promo spot or two on TV by now. Miley popping into a subway party or Katy Perry emerging from a steam tunnel sound familiar? What you may not know/realize is: those ads, especially Katy's, are highly influenced by the 1979 film The Warriors, based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Sure, Miss Cyrus had "white trash and Chanel" and KP gave her best Liv Tyler circa Empire Records, but the Warriors (and the Riffs, and the Rogues, and the Baseball Furies) have highly stylized gang-sembles courtesy of the film's wardrobe team: Bonnie Mannix and Mary Ellen Winston.
If you’re anything like us, you are constantly scouring the web for new Catching Fire deets and impatiently counting down the days until the film hits theaters. Luckily for all us Hunger Games fans, the Capitol Couture Tumblr has been actively posting tantalizing photos and character profiles, and their summer issue (titled Zoetic Sol) just came out! For those of you who don’t know, Capitol Couture is a genius promo site that reads like a fashion blog for the elite of Panem. We’ve been MAJOR fans ever since it launched back in 2012, and this new issue, featuring cover girl Johanna Mason, does NOT disappoint.
Spike Lee as Mookie in 'Do The Right Thing.'
Photo: Universal Pictures
The 2013 Video Music Awards are breaking new ground as the very first awards show in Brooklyn, kicking off live at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 25 from Barclays Center. (And if you don't know, now you knowwww.) In honor of the history-making show, we're immersing ourselves in the VMAs' new neighborhood, unpacking iconic aspects of BK style in movies, music, and art. First up, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
Do The Right Thing is a cultural triumph, telling the story of one day—the hottest of the year—in a Bed-Stuy neighborhood bubbling over with racial tension. The film, Lee's third-EVER feature, is visually stunning, awash with a vibrant and jumbled color palette of yellows, reds, limes, and purples, and the interplay is arresting, adding a slightly surreal tinge to the rising turbulence. The silhouettes—tees, shorts, tanks—remind you that it's a hot summer day on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy street. The film and Ruth E. Carter's brilliant costuming work had a highly influential trickle-down effect—see Will Smith's TV wardrobe for the entire six-season run of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Important/Fun Fact: Carter is also the genius responsible for Halle Berry's orange patent latex and gravity-defying hair in B*A*P*S.)