Azealia Banks performs for the launch of Anna Dello Russo at H&M.
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Remember how we said Azealia Banks had a really busy day yesterday? Allow me to rephrase and just lump it all together into one week. (Granted, we could go into how this has been a busy YEAR for Banks, one of our predicted "It" girls of 2012, but I digress...) I guess it makes sense since she's one of the fashion community's favorite music acts and it's Paris Fashion Week, a week-long event for which girl is undoubtedly a hot commodity. Azealia and her "Earth Weave" hit the stage last night for the official launch party of the Anna Dello Russo at H&M accessories collection.
Justin Bieber performs on "Dancing With The Stars" in head-to-toe leather.
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Justin Bieber's love affair with leather is a story we know all too well, and the latest chapter was penned last night during his performance on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. The teen titan took to the DWTS stage for the show's 2-hour results premiere to perform a heavily-choreographed performance of his hit single "As Long As You Love Me.". Who of sound mind would perform a high-energy dance routine suited up in all-leather? Apparently Justin Bieber. But rest assured, he (and/or stylist Ryan Good) built in mechanisms for keeping cool.
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Ok so, we're pretty sure this is as close as we're going to come to seeing Taylor Swift in one of those ubiquitous (for pop stars at least) nude bodysuits. Her performance look at the iHeartRadio festival this weekend was part beauty pageant tap dance costume and part, as we said, embellished nude bodysuit, and we have to say, we're into it. She's sticking with the cute, girl next door style that we saw in her VMAs performance, but definitely kicked it up a notch for her performance in Vegas. Paired with some super current silver loafers and a bowler hat cocked just so, Taylor looked every bit the performer, but still looked like herself. Not only is this outfit just the right balance of comfort and glitz, but it's also SUPER wearable, so we set out on a mission to find versions of each item that could be worn everyday!
Lana Del Rey performed for the H&M fall 2012 ad campaign launch party.
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Watching this whole Lana Del Rey x H&M relationship unfold has been SUCH a treat for us here at MTV Style. I mean, not only is it a perfect example of the cross roads of music and fashion (which is, like, totally our beat), but we've been tracking and head-over-heels for the gangster Nancy Sinatra since the very first time we laid eyes on her sculpted eyebrows and absolute hairsprayed perfection. Her mane may be a little darker now, but Lana is still every bit the retro-channelling vixen we've grown to love as the face of H&M's "L.A. Noir" campaign and even performed for the launch party last night in New York City.
Rita Ora on 'MTV Unplugged'.
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Let's be honest: Mondays can be kind of rough. BUT our post-weekend slump just disappeared entirely, thanks to Rita Ora and her "MTV Unplugged" performance happening today. The U.K. songbird is hitting the stage and performing super intimate, stripped-down renditions of her hits like "How We Do (Party)" and OBVIOUSLY we can never get enough. Another part of the show that's guaranteed to be awesome: Rita's outfit, clearly. Our girl can sport everything from sheer bodysuits to head harnesses with a fabulous confidence that harkens back to the pop star's own fashion icon, Daphne Guinness , and you can bet today will be no exception. Because we love you (and Rita!), we've got a sneak of what she'll be wearing on the show after the jump! Here's a hint: it involves some sneakers...
Karlie Kloss at The Novak Djokovic Foundation Inaugural Dinner.
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What with baking her signature cookies, prepping for her new House of Style gig, and ya know, absolutely killing it on the runway, Karlie Kloss undoubtedly has crammed enough activities into Fashion Week to make ANYONE exhausted. But while we're personally counting down the minutes til our much-needed post-NYFW nap, for Karlie it's a different story. Last night the supermodel added another activity into her packed agenda, lending her name to a seriously good cause. She attended a dinner for The Novak Djokovic Foundation, an organization established by tennis star Novak Djokovic that helps underprivileged children in his home country of Serbia. Karlie proved her special guest status for the eve in an intricately embellished v-neck gown from Carolina Herrera, simple black pumps, and black envelope clutch. With swept up hair and natural makeup (save for a swipe of liner), this is effortless perfection if we ever saw it. Who says fashion has to be dramatic?! She wasn't the only one working a sleek, relatively minimal look last night. Theophilus London proved you could look white-hot even AFTER Labor Day in crisp, clean separates.
Florence Welch wearing Gucci in London this summer.
Attention, anyone who's still drying their eyes and blasting "No Light No Light" in mourning of Florence Welch's recently-announced hiatus. No need to worry- the Florence and the Machine frontwoman clearly isn't ready for a break just yet. In a couple of days the British music powerhouse is about to embark on a European and U.S. tour for her album Ceremonials...and get this: she's going to be wearing Gucci every step of the way! For the second time in a row, Gucci designer Frida Giannini is outfitting the superstar in the Italian fashion house's trademark romantic gowns, cascading fabrics, and statuesque silhouettes. Um...can you say jealous?! It's no surprise, considering Flo has been a style magnet since the beginning. She's worked designers like Alexander McQueen, Tadashi Shoji, and Chanel with enough glamorous ease to convince pretty much anyone (ourselves included) that our closets aren't complete without flowy Stevie Nicks-esque maxis. But even with this varied fashion history, the 26-year-old keeps returning to Gucci time and again...which is why we're even more excited to see what Florence and Frida have cooked up for round two.
Lil Wayne's 2012 VMA performance outfit totally looks like Donnie Thornberry.
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Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz joined forces tonight on the 2012 VMA stage for an EPIC performance collaboration. And yet, even though that that s*** was seriously cray, we were even more entranced by Lil Tunechi's performance outfit. For one, he did, in fact, appear shirtless, as we had predicted. But the real nugget is that dude's performance steez SMACKS of The Wild Thornberrys. Specifically, Donnie Thornberry, the feral younger brother voiced by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Taylor Swift at the 2012 Video Music Awards on Sept. 6 in L.A.
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We admit it, we totally expected Taylor Swift to wear a dress to tonight's Video Music Awards. But then again, can you reallyyyy blame us? The girl knows what works best for her, and in the last few years this has meant flirty dresses, statuesque gowns, and a strong red lip. While we give Taylor props for sticking to her guns, we're thrilled to see her stepping out in something new tonight on the VMA red carpet. She looked seriously sophisticated in a white J. Mendel silk crepe pantsuit, paired with Tom Ford sandals and Lorraine Schwartz earrings. The whole outfit: simple, chic, and a perfect example that sometimes less really IS more. Taylor kept things clean on the beauty front as well, wearing a swoop of black liner and her statement red lips. Hey, certain things never change...
Frank Ocean performs at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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There was absolutely no other 2012 VMA I was singularly more excited to watch than Frank Ocean's stripped down and subdued "Thinkin Bout You." If you weren't already a fan of the soulful crooner before tonight, I hope this, his very first VMA performance, has made you a believer. I could yammer all night about his silky runs, effortless Marvin Gaye-channelling falsetto, and his unmistakable tone, but we're here to talk about FASHUN. Frank isn't one for sartorial theatrics, and his go-to outfits usually consist of graphic tees - maybe a collared shirt, if he's feeling fancy. Tonight, though, he changed things up wearing all-black head-to-toe, save his trademark rising sun bandana.