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.)
Mariah Carey's arm may be hurting, but her sling options are certainly not. As we already know, Mariah dislocated her shoulder in July, and rather than letting it get her down, she's incorporated it into her look big time. Earlier this summer, at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert, Mimi decked her sling out in white fur, teal feathers, and sparkly rhinestones. Obviously, those three were merely MC's performance slings, and last night, we were treated to a look at her movie promotion collection.
'The To Do List.'
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The To Do List hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. I realized my intense love for Donald Glover after watching him dance in yellow overalls. I had a sudden desire to throw away all my purses and just carry a Trapper Keeper to my next party. And yeah, for the first time ever, I found myself thinking, "Hmm, maybe I should buy a pair of skorts."
Aside from the A+ incredible cast (Aubrey Plaza, you just may have redeemed yourself from that whole MTV Movie Awards Will Ferrell stage-crash thing) and cringe-worthy sex jokes, the real star of The To Do List is the throwback '90s fashion. The characters aren't just wearing crop tops and cut-offs; they're using those crop tops and cut-offs to tell a story. A story about just how embarrassing high school is. Deep, right? My favorite '90s staples are used here to make me simultaneously yearn for the bodacious decade AND praise Alanis that I made it out of there alive. So, here are the 5 most awkward '90s style staples, as told by The To Do List (also, real life).
Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" style: then and now.
Photo: Getty Images/Paramount Pictures
Set your alarms, Beliebers! "Bieber O'Clock" strikes this Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m. EST on MTV. Haven't heard of "Bieber O'Clock"? Welp, it's when MTV will start airing extra special, exclusive content from THE Justin Bieber himself leading up to the TV premiere of his throwback (OK, not that throwback; it was 2011) documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film itself airs this Sunday at 8 p.m., but in preparation, we took a look back at the international pop superstar's steez from the movie and placed it side-by-side against looks from the past year to see how much (if anything) has changed since then. (Spoiler alert: a lot has *cough*tattoo sleeve*cough* but surprisingly, much as stayed the same.)
It feels like we haven't seen Lana Del Rey in forever, but just this week the self-proclaimed "angel headed hipster" released some huge news on her Twitter feed--she's starring in a short film! She posted the simple tweet "TROPICO" along with an image featuring her and model Shaun Ross standing side by side in a dark forest. We don't know much (OK, fine, anything) about the movie, but judging by their outfits, we have a feeling it's going to be pretty amazing. Lana sported a bikini made entirely of roses and leaves, which kind of looks like two flower crowns... for your body? We don't know how exactly to describe the floraly nature of her ensemble, but let's just say someone did some serious work to keep those bad boys in place. *bows down*
Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson) and Rony Alva (Victor Rasuk) in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
In case you haven't noticed, it's summer outside. Specifically, that so-hot-my-face-is-melting scenario when you're dreaming about running sans swimsuit through an arctic tundra. We've been searching for relief in various ways (ice cubes down tube socks, hand-held fan misters propped up on desks) but can't think of anything better than a box full of popsicles and the ultimate summer movie—Lords of Dogtown. If there's any film that epitomizes "locals only" LA living—from breezy interludes and super cute surfer dudes to seriously gnarly skate style—it's this one. Did we mention it's directed by Catherine Hardwicke (she of Twilight part uno) and stars Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger? And it's based on the true story of the birth of skateboarding? Nikki Reed dances in moccasins all over it, too. But besides all of that goodness, it's a seriously fantastic film with the sweetest of SoCal style.
The crew hangs out at the Zephyr Skate Shop in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Lords of Dogtown arose out of the documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which was directed by former pro-surfer and skateboarder Stacy Peralta. Not only did Peralta write the semi-autobiographical Lords, he put himself in it—albeit the younger version of himself played by John Robinson. The film follows three very different surfers, Peralta and his sometime-pals Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk). All from different backgrounds, they skate and surf the aforementioned "Locals Only" area of the Santa Monica Pier during the early 1970s. (And when they say locals, they mean it, lest you get your noggin' bashed in.) Amidst their lazy days spent carousing amongst the palm trees looking ridiculously cute in striped tees, slouchy jeans, and faded Vans, the trio hang out at the Zephyr Skate Shop, which is owned by surf/skate board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger).
Guys, we just can't get enough of the new Veronica Mars movie. On Friday, we watched the cast troll Comic-Con with their "Team Piz" and "Team Logan" tees, and before that, we broke down every single outfit Ms. Mars (Kristen Bell) has worn so far on set and got ALL the deets on the return of her infamous studded bag. But then, we were hit with the motherlode this weekend—the first look at ACTUAL, LIVING BREATHING FOOTAGE from the upcoming film! In it, we get to peep even MORE VM outfits, and (in-between totally spazzing out at this movie actually being a real thing) we noticed a serious theme happening in all her clothing: leather.
I’ve got 99 problems, and the fact that I was not able to personally attend the Veronica Mars movie panel at Comic-Con covers all of them. My poor little fan girl heart needs some rest after all of this Marshmallowy goodness. Not only did we spaz out when we heard creator Rob Thomas sobbed while watching Logan and Veronica’s first kiss (he’s one of us!!), but the VMars dudes clearly had something special planned and decided to engage in a little fan trolling. Jason Dohring wore a "Team Piz" shirt (I wonder how Logan Echolls would feel about that) while Chris Lowell rocked a "Team Logan" shirt. Chris went on to explain that "I wore this shirt today just so I wouldn't be shot on stage." When Kristen Bell was asked who taught Jason his killer smolder, though, she replied simply with, "The heavens?" Dang, LoVe is in the air, y'all.