There are so many things to look forward to about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but of course we're most focused on the COSTUMES, and in particular, the rich, eccentric fashion of the Capitol. We're not alone in that, and to quench our desperate thirst for more peeks at the opulent amazingness that are the Capitol costumes, the filmmakers have relaunched their Capitol Couture Tumblr—this time with more info than ever! The site, which will post a new collection of content, or issue, every season, features character profiles, guides to Capitol fashion, and designer profiles—just to name a few things on this rich site. (Be warned: You really can just explore for hours.) We showed you the site's Capitol portraits, but at the time we had no idea how much more Capitol fashion we would be getting! As you know, costume designer Trish Summerville is pulling the looks for the Capitol straight from the runway, and so there's A LOT for us to look forward to. So far we know that the designer has pulled everyone from Alexander McQueen to Tex Saverio and, in the inaugural issue of Capitol Couture Issue One: Chroma Nouveau, there's even an interview with Nicholas K.
A still from HBO Films' trailer for "Behind The Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
While it doesn't fit neatly into the "typical" Memorial Day activities, you better BUH-LIEVE I'm wedging HBO Films' Behind The Candelabra into my weekend of burgers, barbecues, and being outside. Just in case you didn't already know, Candelabra is an HBO Original biopic, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on the memoir of the same name penned by Scott Thorson about his life with pianist/vocalist Liberace. Scott and the notoriously extravagant Liberace are played by Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, and if that alone isn't enough to get you to tune in Sunday night 9 p.m. EST, just watch the trailer and prepare to be floored by the record 30+ outfits crammed into the just-under-2-minutes-long preview.
A sneak peek of COVERGIRL's new 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' campaign!
Photo: Courtesy of COVERGIRL.
The countdown to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is ON, you guys! You already know how we've been keeping close tabs on all the amazing fashion stuff surrounding book number two in the trilogy, from dishing on the character poster outfits to discovering the mastermind behind Katniss's epic wedding dress. But now, here's some seriously exciting beauty news for you: COVERGIRL has inked a deal with the film, marking the makeup giant's very first movie partnership ever! Huge, right? This means we'll be seeing a print and TV ad campaign inspired by the fantasy flick, as well as an entire line of Capitol Collection beauty products. It all makes total sense, considering Hunger Games on-set makeup artists used the brand's products on Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast to create what COVERGIRL calls "luxurious, high couture looks."
Rachel True, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell in 'The Craft.'
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Just about every supernatural genre has been made into a movie or TV show in recent years. We've had vampires (Twilight, Vampire Diaries), werewolves (Hemlock Grove and Teen Wolf, obvs), ghosts (Paranormal Activity), and aliens (The Host and, arguably, Spring Breakers). But it's been awhile since the spotlight was solely focused on witches frolicking in our movie magic midst, that is unless you include the now defunct TV series The Secret Circle (RIP), which went poof in the night practically overnight. Sure, we're huge Bonnie Bennett fans, so all due props to Kat Graham's role on Vampire Diaries, but I want to turn your attention to the campy, beloved, choker-laden, creepy coven flick, The Craft. Not only does it defy all other cinematic witchery (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) and TV show copycats like Charmed, it takes your average teens-with-powers story and twists it into a riot-grrrl-infused parable of good vs evil. Did I mention it's also full of style sorcery? I'm assuming you're conjuring images of black lipstick, mesh gloves, and the entire contents of Hot Topic pooling around your ankles in a Manic Panic-infused slurry of striped purple angst. Fear not, there's a humble dose of 1990s mini skirt and thigh-high power in these parts, but just the right sprinkle of weirdo fairy dust, too.
Florence Welch, Nina Dobrev, and Andre Leon Talley at The Great Gatsby Premiere.
A sparkling collar here, all over baroque shimmer there, iridescent separates—opulent outfits were de rigueur at last night's premiere of The Great Gatsby, with attendees taking a thematic approach and dressing as though they could be attending one of the title character's infamous parties. Interestingly enough, the film's stars kept things a little more subdued, albeit classic, but more on that later. The most obvious trend of the night was embellishment, with jewels, embroidery, and metallic fabrics causing some serious oohs and aahs. Florence Welch took to the red carpet in a dramatic navy Miu Miu gown with a jeweled collar, matching tie and a slit up to there. She let the dress do most of the talking by keeping her bright red hair back in a loose bun, and wearing minimal makeup. Nina Dobrev took the baroque approach, wearing a body-con Versace sheath, gold Rupert Sanderson heels, Susan Foster drop earrings and her hair in loose, modern waves. And finally, our king of the night Andre Leon Talley took to the carpet in an iridescent gold tunic top, purple pants in the same shiny fabric and, of course, a pair of black Uggs with a red monogram. While it wasn't a traditional premiere look, ALT's flashy getup was certainly in keeping with Gatsby's themes of excess and luxury. Not to mention his arm candy: Andre had none other than Anna Wintour, resplendent in all-white, by his side.
Florence Welch, Katy Perry, and Carey Mulligan at "Dress Gatsby".
It's unfortunate that the word 'timeless' is so overused, because there are some things that really deserve the designation. Miuccia Prada's designs are one of those truly timeless things, and that fact has never been more apparent than at the opening of "Dress Gatsby" at the Prada flagship store in New York City. Showcasing the 40 dresses costume designer Catherine Martin hand-picked for the pivotal party scenes in The Great Gatsby, the exhibit was a chance for party goers to see some of the modern designs that fit so seamlessly into the period piece, proving that anachronism is truly in the eye of the beholder. Although the gilded gowns were designed in and for the modern day, they don't pull you out of the roaring '20s feel of the film for a moment (at least from what we've been able to gather from the trailer). Also showcasing the sleek lines and delicate details of Prada's designs were some of the event's attendees, who ranged from those intimately acquainted with the Gatsby dresses—the film's star Carey Mulligan—to soundtrack contributor Florence Welch and, of course, celebs who are fans of the label, like Katy Perry, who broke up the crowd clad in minimal black in a graphic, muted purple floral dress with black and white detailing.
Zac Efron on the set of 'Townies.'
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Gulp. Zac Efron, guys. If you've been following his every move (like we do, obvs), you might've been wondering/seriously concerned about his out-of-character preppy street style as of late. Don't worry, we can explain. He's been filming a movie called Townies where he plays a college student who runs a frat house, and, well, um, need we say more? We HAVE to talk about his character's ensembles, though, because we love how he isn't a frat boy in the traditional sense (note the lack of cargo shorts), and instead a more fashiony, pretty boy version of campus-dwelling dudes. So far we've only peeped a few outfits from the movie, but we need to comment on his delta psi beta tee. (Yes, we had to Google the Greek alphabet to figure out what those symbols meant. #artschool) He decided to wear it SUPER tight with fitted distressed jeans, navy and yellow Nikes, and—get this—a weed leaf belt. *claps*
It seems pretty fair to say that at some point or another nearly everyone has entertained fantasies of being famous, or, as Israel Broussard's character Marc puts it in the new trailer for The Bling Ring, of "living the lifestyle" of young Hollywood. The clothes, the parties, the supposed freedom of having unlimited wealth and access... it's all extremely appealing, especially when you're a bored high school kid without much more to do than drive around with your friends. In the new trailer, we get to see more of the film than we have before, and to hear some of the dialogue. We also get a look into Paris Hilton's epic shoe closet, and which is like a Manolo enthusiasts heaven. The film is a slick, stylish portrayal of a group of kids who have no idea what's going on in the world, and just want in on something that in reality doesn't exist. With cameos from Paris herself and Kirsten Dunst, it's also clear that director Sofia Coppola pulled out all the stops to make the film as realistic as possible, and that makes us all the more excited to see it come June.
We love The Great Gatsby already, and we haven't even seen it yet. The sartorial gift that keeps on giving, we've been totally enamored of each trailer and snippet of info that we've received in the lead up, and the flow of new and sparkly things doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. As serious fans of a classically well dressed man, we were quite intrigued when we heard that Brooks Brothers would be working with costume designer Catherine Martin on the costumes for the men in the film. In a new video from GQ, the costume designer goes in-depth about working with the clothier to not only dress the leading men on the screen, but also each of the male extras.
Perhaps by now you've realized that we, the loyal attendants of the MTV Style brain trust, prepare for prom like most prepare for Christmas. Over the past few weeks, we've made it our goal to present you with a carefully curated guide to this one night, THE ultimate high school soiree. However, we feel there are certain parameters we need to discuss. Movies set ridic standards for prom by packing drama, hi-jinx, and MAJOR sartorial showmanship, but there is one aspect of fictional proms that seems slightly overlooked: the entertainment. Have you ever noticed how certain movies feature a prom band that is just a little too famous to be believable? I mean, not to dock the history teacher who moonlighted as a DJ at MY prom, but let's face it, most prom committees just don't have these kind of connections. Let's break it down.
USHER - SHE'S ALL THAT
Usher DJ's the prom in 'She's All That.'
Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films
She’s All That is an insta-classic for several reasons, one of them being the legendary non-sequitur dance scene that takes place at the prom. Usher just so happens to be the "Campus DJ" [Ed Note: a campus which includes LIL KIM amongst its student body, BTW] who, pristinely outfitted in a tux and bowler hat, leads the entire senior class in an impeccably choreographed dance to Fatboy Slim’s iconic big-beat jam, “The Rockafeller Skank." Because we all know that practicing dance routines is exactly what high school students do in their free time. The dance number has ZERO plot-thickening merits, but there is something very satisfying about watching the same R&B superstar who sings “Nice & Slow” preside over a Bob Fosse-inspired skank routine.