OKAY: The views expressed in this blog post are not necessarily those reflected by Viacom and its affiliates or more than two members of MTV Style, but ERMEHGEERD The Best Dressed Person at SXSW according to me and my eyeballs has to be Solange. Festivals in March in Texas can be a horrorshow in terms of weather. Not only do you have to account Mercury-bustin', hot-ass afternoons but you have to sling a light layer and tote a more serious jacket because the temperature can vacillate something like thirty degrees on the same day. I went to college in Texas so I know this. Solange grew up in the Lone Star so she knows this. The difference between me and Solange is that I opted purely for function when I rammed a rando array of cotton shapes into my suitcase (I relied heavily on accessories which works but is admittedly a tad amateur) and she packed a keenly-edited melange of printed suits and vibrantly hued, shrunken, basics that looked exquisite and popped against the dusty landscape of shorts and tees. More importantly though, she looked elegant, effortless, and COMFORTABLE while she danced and sang her face off during the handful of appearances she had slated for the week.
Thanks to the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards, yesterday was a HUGE day for the MTV family here in Austin. Situated smack dab in the midst of the SXSW music festival, so many of our favorite artists took the stage in the name of MTV. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James and so many more straight-up killed it yesterday, musically and sartorially.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards.
Photo: Scott Gries
We're pretty consistently impressed with Macklemore's performance style, but this Southwest blanket vest situation has to be Top 10 so far. I mean, HAI, the weave of this thing is unbelievably festive. Mack took the sleeveless topper off mid-way through his set, but Ryan Lewis and the laundry list of guest features kept the fashion action coming with Wanz in a red three-piece suit and printed blazer, Mary Lambet serving retro '50s steez, and Schoolboy Q rocking a Supreme hockey jersey and printed bucket hat.
Beyonce wearing Julien Macdonald on 'Good Morning America' in 2011.
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When Beyonce's The Mrs. Carter Show tickets went on sale, you did NOT want to be in our office. It. Was. Intense. (Lots of yelling.) Needless to say, we're all really excited for Bey's shows this summer, mostly because we cannot WAIT to see what Queen Bey is going to wear! We wagered a couple of guesses (based on Bey's epic Thierry Mugler-costumed announcement images and her Rubin Singer leather look for the Super Bowl Halftime show), but it turns out neither of those looks were indicators of Bey's complete tour steez. Grazia Daily reports the superstar has tapped red carpet fave Julien Macdonald to design her tour looks. The UK designer has created performance outfits for Beyonce before, including her 2011 Good Morning America appearance (above) and 2013 New Year's Eve performance in Las Vegas.
Photo: Courtesy of San Ciscos
We usually try to avoid all sorts of uncomfortable situations, but leave it to Aussie foursome San Cisco's breakout single "Awkward" to prove a KEY exception to our tried-and-true rule. While the title may conjure up all sorts of memories you'd rather forget, this track is an indie pop gem, filled with happy-go-lucky beats, a singalong chorus, and a sunny vibe that makes even the most cringeworthy moments seem not so bad. The band has an equally great onstage style, with the boys opting for printed button-downs and tees and drummer Scarlett (the only girl!) rocking out in dresses and bare feet. The quartet is currently on the road across the U.S., but made a pit stop at MTV, where we quizzed 'em them about their tour must-haves, the differences between Australian and American style, and their secret to staying comfy onstage.
Rihanna performing in Buffalo, NY during her Diamonds World Tour on March 8.
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Rihanna's oh-so-anticipated (and sold out!) Diamonds World Tour officially kicked off on Friday night in Buffalo, New York, which means there's tons of fresh performance outfits for us to drool over. Yasss! When it comes to Ri's on-stage ensembles, she doesn't mess around—longtime stylist Mel Ottenberg helped create an almost entirely-custom wardrobe for her tour, which includes everything from metallic jumpsuits to holographic sneakers to floor-sweeping capes. We counted 7 outfit changes (dang!) from her Friday show—one of our favorites being a superhero-inspired red, white, yellow and black custom Adam Selman (who we talked to last week!) leather bustier and pants number paired with custom Manolo Blahnik white snakeskin boots. According to WWD, Rihanna's all-black ensemble was custom Givenchy couture by Riccardo Tisci, which featured a black and white leather bra with golden buckles and stars, black silk and satin embroidered shorts, and a gold shark tooth necklace that says "RIRI." Also, PLEASE peep those thigh-high gold-studded leather boots. #dead
Paloma Faith miiiight not be a household name for those of us stateside quite yet, but fingers crossed that's about to change really, really soon. The English singer and songwriter is already a HUGE star overseas thanks to her soaring high-pitched vocals, two albums (which are both extremely awesome, we might add) and a penchant for turning her live performances into a fashion explosion of eye-popping dresses, heels, and even headwear. Now that her U.S. debut Fall To Grace has finally hit America and she's in the midst of a whirlwind global tour, it's officially time to crown Paloma Faith our newest rising style star. So get ready to wake up and hear the music!
Paloma Faith shows off her performance style in 2013.
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Proving that the stage really IS her personal catwalk, Paloma's a huge fan of rocking emerging designers like William Wilde and Wendy Benstead alongside mainstays like Dolce & Gabbana. But whether it's sequins, jewel tones, or a serious mermaid silhouette, Paloma pulls it off with standout charisma. It should go without saying that this lady is an utter beauty chameleon, as well, rocking her auburn hair in retro rolls, a messy beehive, OR topping it off with hats by her fave milliner Piers Atkinson.
Taylor Swift performs at the 2013 BRIT Awards on Feb. 20.
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Earlier today, we drooled over Taylor Swift's sleek and sultry Elie Saab red carpet ensemble, but when she hit the 2013 BRIT Awards stage, we were surprised by her super covered-up look! She performed "I Knew You Were Trouble" in a high-collar white gown with lace cut-outs and IN-SANE geometric pleats. She sported a loose high bun and bangs with her modest frock until she decided to—drum roll—strip it all off! *fans self*
Demi Lovato performs at the Topshop/Topman opening in Los Angeles.
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Even with a serious leg injury that has her posted up on crutches and rocking a (studded) orthopedic boot, Demi Lovato braved the stage to wail and floor fans with her impressive pipes. Demi performed for the grand opening of a new Topshop in the famous Los Angeles shopping center, The Grove, a small set including smash hit "Give Your Heart A Break." For her performance outfit, D paired the aforementioned boot with a spike-laden leather jacket, an over-sized heather gray t-shirt, black skinnies, and a few loose chains. Per usual, her beauty game was on point with a fresh, glowing face, strong (but not crazy) brows, and a classically badass matte red lip.
Frank Ocean and Richie Tenenbaum.
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Umm. Is it just us or is Frank Ocean's 2013 Grammys performance look tooootally channeling Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson)? Not to, like, completely debase Ocean's earnest live rendition of "Forrest Gump," but we couldn't help but see the resemblance to the brooding Wes Anderson character. This might also be because The Royal Tenenbaums are often at the forefront of our minds when refering to Frank because of his Instagram handle: francistenenbaum. Either way, seeing the two looks side-by-side really hammers the point home. Between the nautical striped sweatband and the light-colored suit (though, Ocean opts for a pastel yellow over Richie's tawny camel), the likeness is unmistakable, AMIRITE??
Rihanna at her Grammy Awards performances in L.A. on February 10.Photo: Getty Images
While it could be argued that Rihanna stayed on the safer side with that CBS nudity code in her red carpet custom Alaia dress, let's be real. There's NO denying the coverage— or lack thereof— when Riri took the stage. She first stepped out with Mikky Ekko to sing her single "Stay," dressed in a body-hugging slip dress also by Alaia. The pop star's been rocking the underwear-as-outerwear thing nonstop recently (coughTerryRichardsoncough), but her initial stage look was simple, chic, and no frills...much like the stripped-down performance itself. But don't worry, y'all! Obviously it was only a matter of time before Rihanna sent audience hearts racing (and people at home WILLING for a wardrobe malfunction) in her crop top and striped skirt combo during the Bob Marley tribute with Bruno Mars and Sting.