A few looks from Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection.
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The Force is strong with this one. "This one" meaning Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection (obviously). Yesterday, the Sisters Mulleavy sent their latest line down the runway, which featured a few VERY familiar faces—and we're not talking about the models. With the blessing of director George Lucas, his wife Mellody Hobson, and Disney (who recently acquired the rights to Lucas' Lucasfilm Limited production company) Rodarte presented a series of Star Wars-themed looks that were both very literal (i.e. gowns emblazoned with Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO) and creatively interpretative.
Before the beloved character-print dresses closed out the show (sans noticeably absent leads like Princess Leia and Darth Vader), Rodarte duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy delivered a collection filled with what we believe were more-discreet references to the cult-classic trilogy—which, to the average ogler, might seem
totally a bit random, but have been several years in the making, as George Lucas took a highly coveted front row seat at Rodarte's Winter 2012 show. We consulted our resident Star Wars fangirl, Lauren Reid, for some much-needed insight on the collection's less-obvious nods to the films.
By now you've probably heard what is arguably the greatest news of 2014 (AFTER Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged, of course *hair flip*)—Tyra Banks' confirmation of a Life-Size sequel! The 2000 made-for-TV movie tells the story of a girl named Casey (played by Lindsay Lohan) bringing her Eve doll (played by Tyra, obvi) to life and learning valuable lessons about humanity and makeovers.
We're excited about the reboot for a million reasons (e.g. getting a continuation of the greatest plotline ever, experiencing more of Tyra's award-worthy acting, etc.), but we're the MOST pumped about seeing if the sequel's costumes will be anywhere near the caliber of the original's. Life-Size brought us some truly stunning outfits that encapsulate the heartbeat of early-aughts style with a little (OK, a LOT) of Barbie flair. It's impossible to pick which of Tyra's fashion moments are the most memorable, so instead, we've itemized every single one of her outfits from the movie and ranked them from meh to BEST:
15. PRETTY IN PINK
A still of Tyra Banks in "Life-Size."
Photo: ABC/Walt Disney Television
Yea yea yea, Eve can rock a hot pink ball gown with a floral bustle better than anyone else, but, as you'll see, she can do a lot better. Plus, the whole ~pretty pink princess~ thing is a little played out. Zzzzzz.
14. CONFUSING '70S VIBES
A still of Tyra Banks in "Life-Size."
Photo: ABC/Walt Disney Television
It's not offensive from the waist up, and we wouldn't go so far as to say we hate those plastic yellow hoops, but something about the styling here is just...off. Also, white bell-bottoms do favors for NO ONE.
Nicki Minaj as a blonde in "The Other Woman" trailer.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
It's a cycle we're all familiar with by now: Nominations for big awards shows come out in early December, you see movies you'd never heard of before listed for major accolades, you use your holiday break to catch up on these critically acclaimed films, and in the process, you see a trailer for a movie starring Nicki Minaj. OK, so that last part is only true of this year (and Nicki's more of a supporting character to Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton
's boobs in The Other Woman), but the rest of that is an inevitable annual truth.
I'd heard mumblings of Nicki's breakout film role all spring during filming and saw that the trailer dropped last month, but it wasn't until I was FACE TO FACE with the preview in theaters that it all sank in (all it takes is one cat GIF to break me #factsonly). A sampling of my initial reactions: OMG! Kate Upton! Acting! Sort of!; Am I willing to watch another movie just for Leslie Mann if Paul Rudd is not also in it?; and the one question that has stuck with me since prying myself from those dingy, butt-worn theater seats, "Am I crazy or did I just see Nicki Minaj with two different hairstyles and colors for a two-minute trailer?"
Willow Shields, Sarah Hyland, and Bella Thorne.
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Happy Hunger Games, everyone! The second installment of the Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson/Liam Hemsworth-helmed dystopian trilogy has FINALLY hit U.S. soil. Well, Hunger Games fans, your patience is being rewarded, like, eleven-fold tonight because you can keep up on all the Catching Fire action in a variety of ways! MTV News is on the ground at the film's L.A. premiere, chatting with all the stars as they head in to watch the final product (some of them are even seeing it for the very first time!), and you can submit your burning questions about what it was really like wearing those wetsuits the whole time (and anything else you might want to ask) by using the hashtag #askcatchingfire. And as always, on the fashion side of things, you have us!
Space Jam Stan Swag.
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If you're an at all vocal fan of Space Jam—even now, 17 years after its initial release—chances are good that at least five of your friends have sent you the 30 for 30 parody that started making the interweb rounds early this week (after you already found it yourself because you maaaayyyy or may not have a Google Alert for the movie). You've loved it forever and stop everything to watch when it plays on HBO Family (even though you own it on VHS and DVD. The sudden thrust of the beloved 1996 live-action/animated film starring legendary Michael Jordan with a cast of Looney Tunes characters (and Bill Murray) comes as a combined result of RAMPANT '90s nostalgia and the fact that the anniversary of Space Jam's release is today. We're celebrating the best way we know how: Jock Jams, R. Kelly, and SHOPPING!
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!)