It feels like forever ago since we found out/freaked out about Beyonce's "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" announcement, but, dudes, it starts in T-minus three days. THREE. DAYS. AHHHH. As we get closer to her debut show, details about her performance outfits continue to leak out—the most recent being that the infamous twins behind Dsquared2, Dean and Dan Caten, will be designing at least one custom-made piece for
Queen King Bey, according to Vogue UK. Beyonce's other looks will be created by Julien Macdonald, but who knows who else joined her A-list designer roster. (We'll find out on Monday, though! *SQUEE*)
Carrie Underwood's three Academy Of Country Music Awards looks.
You might not realize it, but here at MTV Style we can get a little bit country. We like to think of ourselves as open-minded, but it doesn't even take an open mind to get down with some of our favorite Nashville ladies. Arguably two of the reigning queens of country, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, took to last night's 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet AND stage in multiple looks that have us swooning. Both women brought it consistently throughout the night, but we have to talk about Carrie first because not only did she do red carpet to stage style like a pro, but she changed her performance look TWICE throughout the night. Starting out the evening in a floral photo printed Naeem Khan gown and a flippy updo, Underwood was a picture of spring. The dress, which featured a sweetheart neckline, A-line silhouette and contrast black sash, also had an epic blown-up tulip print. A daring choice on a carpet which was otherwise relatively tame, and we're wholly in support of it.
HOMG, y'all. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are performing at our 2013 MTV Movie Awards!!! The Seattle-based duo joins our girl Selena Gomez on the Golden Popcorn performance roster, and we could NOT be more excited about it. Not just because we're stoked on all the excellent music action happening at an awards show dedicated to films, but because our stage lineup is extreeemely fashionable (as MTV Style we care deeply about this). We're light-headed and reeling from being sprung this announcement so early in the morning (it's early for us anyway), but that doesn't mean we're not still going to unpack Macklemore's tag-popping MC steez to predict what he'll wear when he takes the stage with his boy Ryan Lewis next weekend (Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET). Here we go!
Sleeveless shirts are a Macklemore performance staple.
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The Look: A shirt without sleeves worn underneath everything else
The Percent Likelihood of Wear: 99.9999%
The Argument: There are many admirable things about Macklemore, but one of our favorites is his unflappable dedication to performance. The dude is high-octane, running on all cylinders, leaping and bounding and flailing his arms all over the place (purposefully) for song after song after song. He's always moving and never looks tired. With all that activity, he heats up quickly, so you can put money on him wearing some sort of sleeveless number at the base of any stage ensemble no matter the topper. We are (okay, I am) personally gunning for something like this Vancouver Grizzlies throwback basketball jersey but know full-well it'll most likely be a cotton tank.
Demi Lovato matched her nails to her outfit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
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We've seen Demi Lovato show her love of heavy metal hardware from (literally) head to toe, but for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, she took it to the next level with a jacket printed with trompe l'oeil studs and matching spiked nails. Fresh off revealing her very bare DEMI album art, Demi paid Kimmel and his Los Angeles studios a vist to chat about a grip of topics, from her X Factor experience, how she broke her fibula, and what to expect from her new album.
Taylor Swift wears her custom Vintage Shoe Company 'Red' oxfords.
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If you follow Taylor Swift's every footstep as closely as we do, then you already know that the pop star is a huge fan of Vintage Shoe Company. She's rocked a tobacco-hued lace-up pair in a photo shoot for her Red album cover, sported a similar style for Rolling Stone magazine, and—here's how you know she's genuinely obsessed—wears them off-duty, as well. She stepped out in New York City this weekend in a red suede version of her beloved Aubrey oxfords, and the bright kicks added the perfect amount of prep to her buttoned-up, skinny jeans ensemble. But it turns out these aren't just any shoes... the pair was actually created specifically for Taylor and her Red tour.
Have you HEARD? Selena Gomez is performing at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 14! Not only will this mark Sel's first musical performance in honor of the Golden Popcorn, it'll also be the first televised performance of her new forthcoming single, "Come & Get It," the debut track from Miss Gomez's new album, set to be released this summer. After so many months of following Selena (the actress) making the press rounds for Spring Breakers, seeing her get back into the role of Selena (the singer) is guaranteed to be a really fun change of pace. Even if it might get a little confusing. Sel has said several times that she has a kind of split style personality, opting for one kind of look when she does film and a different look when she does music. So then what happens when she performs music at an awards show for FILMS?!?? We'll see for ourselves come April 14, but until then, we're speculating based on some trends we've noticed from her history of performance ensembles.
SHOW-STOPPING CURTAIN SKIRTS
What will Selena Gomez wear for her 2013 MTV Movie Awards performance?
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We're not 100% positive that "curtain skirts" is the scientific name for this look, but for the better part of 2012, Selena was almost always wearing some iteration of this silhouette on stage. The number is a teeny tiny base outfit (usually extreme hot pants or a very dangerous mini) with a chiffon-type floor-length skirt wrapped about 3/4 of the way around, leaving a kind of window for Selena's spec-TAC-ular legs. It's a kind of best-of-both-worlds outfit that provides all the gam-glorifying of a bodysuit and all the drama of an ethereal gown.
Thanks to her soulful breakout singles like "Wildest Moments" and "Running," by now everyone should be very well acquainted with the vocal powerhouse that is Jessie Ware (if not, get schooled here!). But something else that you should know about our latest Artist To Watch is that the London singer has an elegant style that perfectly complements her honey-smooth sound, and this is why we're naming her our newest Rising Style Star.
Jessie Ware at the Brit Awards 2013, at the Brit Awards nomination announcement, and at the Mercury Prize Awards in 2012.
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Proving that you don't always have to OD on glitter or rock rainbow wigs to necessarily make a statement, Jessie sticks to low-key red carpet staples with a quiet power. One consistent thread running through many of her outfits over the past year is not-so-basic black, like that effortlessly cool crop top number by Miu Miu she sported to this year's BRIT Awards. The bedazzled sleeves lend the outfit a touch of opulence, the flash of midriff gives it edge, and the long skirt keeps the look from swaying too far into belly dancer territory. Something else we've noticed: the 27-year-old tends to choose long, ankle-to-floor-skimming silhouettes, like the white floral embellished dress she wore to the BRIT Awards nominations and the sophisticated cut-out gown she rocked at the Mercury Prize Awards. There's no denying that Jessie has impressively mastered the formal fash thing in record time, but when she's NOT collecting prizes left and right (which is becoming rarer and rarer these days), chances are the singer has slipped into her off-duty uniform of tailored pants and classic blouses.
Rita Ora and Karl Lagerfeld in Monaco.
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Sure, you can hang out backstage at the Chanel show all you want (in our dreams!) but how do you know you're REALLY tight with Mr. Karl Lagerfeld? Well, if you happen to Rita Ora, that would mean winning bragging rights to a dress designed by the Kaiser himself! NBD, right? Rita performed at the suuuuuuper fancy Bal De La Rose Du Rocher event in Monte-Carlo this weekend, decked out in a burlesque-inspired dress custom-made by the Chanel designer and making a serious statement at the sold-out event. She tweeted an image of the sketch a couple of days ago, saying "Tonight's attire. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld called the The Ora. Fashion it does the craziest things sometimes. #wow #Chanel #fukwatevaitisyourdoing Hehehe #werowdy." Rita, we hope you've saved the sketches in a gold-plated frame for all of posterity, because THIS.IS.MAJOR. Also, the fact that Karl dubbed the dress "The Ora"?! Here's another hashtag for ya... #Jealous.
Carly Rae Jepsen performing this week in Paris wearing Pretty Polly.
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Here's the thing about Carly Rae Jepsen: the Canadian singer might be a pop sensation, but she's one whose onstage wardrobe stays firmly planted in the realm of "totally and 100% wearable." And that's not a bad thing. As much as we'd love to THINK that we'd wear Rihanna's leather crop tops or one of Lana Del Rey's vintage-inspired wrap dresses out and about, the chances of that actually happening regularly are slim to none. Carly's easy sensibility is one of the many reasons why we've been eyeballing the musician very closely while she's on tour overseas, and we've started to notice a pattern (thanks Instagram!). Think statement jackets, wild denim, and TONS of tights. While we're used to seeing her in basic black, though, lately she's been switching it up with a polka dot pair, and we're in love.
Angel Haze, Macklemore, and Karen O. sport fringe jackets.
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As Macklemore so aptly put it in "Thrift Shop," "John Wayne ain't got nothing on my fringe game." It was true then, and the words are still ringing true now, thanks to the singer's TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY on-point fringe game from SXSW. That Southwest blanket vest-type thing he sported at the Woodies might have a permanent place in our hearts, but the brown fringe number he worked at the Perez Hilton party comes in as a close second, because duh, it's amazing. Paired with a classy polka dot button-up and some layered gold necklaces, the look is a sort of Western gentleman ensemble we can totally get behind. We know, we know...fringe jackets aren't exciting groundbreaking— a quick breeze through your local vintage store or a rundown of Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey's recent music videos will tell you that. But what was old is clearly new again, and there's no better rep of that fact than Angel Haze, whose trimmed topper got a seriously modern edge at SXSW.