Karen O performs in her opera, "Stop The Virgens."
Photo: Courtesy of KK Barrett and "Stop the Virgens"
Since it was first announced over the summer, I've been waiting impatiently for Karen O's psych-rock opera Stop the Virgens, a music-infused theatrical opus produced in conjunction with The Creators Project. Three weeks ago, I found myself standing with hundreds of others mere feet from the stage at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, anticipating the marriage of indie rock and over-the-top visual spectacle. As you might already know, Karen O is the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (she's also one of our fave style slayers FYI), and she co-created the project with production designer KK Barrett, known for his work on Marie Antoinette and Where the Wild Things Are (to which Karen contributed original music). Even though the show ran for only eight days, we still can't stop thinking about it or hoping that it will be remounted again soon because, folks, I'm here to tell you that this thing was AMAZING. If you can imagine 40 girls on a black circular stage running around in gleaming white choir robes while maniacally spitting up fountains of blood, a commanding female figure singing at them like an ice princess overlord while drums pound and guitars snarl in cacophonous harmony, then you have only a slight idea of what Stop the Virgens is all about.
Bringing together a talented (and pedigreed) team of musicians, performers, and designers to create a visual and aural carnival incorporating Karen's signature assault of audacious punk rock wit, the look and sound of the show was INSANE (as in, insanely AWESOME). Karen's longtime stylist and the show's costume designer Christian Joy, as well as wig master and makeup artist Mike Potter, known for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, created humped monsters, lobster claws, giant horns, human hair dresses, lotus flower glasses, and sumo wrestler wigs, and took Karen O on a mythological style journey from evil goddess to '60s girl group enchantress. It all has to be seen to be believed. Lucky for me (and for you), MTV Style got an exclusive peek...
Madonna perfoming at Madison Square Garden on her "Who's That Girl" tour on July 13, 1987.
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More often than not, the auction pieces that ring up the highest price are those once owned or used by someone no longer living. When that person is contemporary music history's Queen of Pop and the item in question is the iconic *achem* tasseled performance outfit from her Who's That Girl tour, well... needless to say, circumstances are different. Originally estimated to garner between $6,000 and $8,000, Madonna's gold-embellished bustier raked in a whopping $72,000.
Nicki Minaj Performs on "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 15, 2011.
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Not to complain, but when it comes to musical guests performing on Saturday Night Live, we would really love to see more inventive "FASHHHION!" (cue glittersplosion) during performances. When artistes get two songs and carte blanche to do whatever they want to the set, why not KICK IT OUT, right? Well, our whiny, sparkle motion-obsessed cravings were duly satiated this weekend when Drake (aka Drizzy Degrassi, which is what we call him forever in our Canada-worshipping hearts) made his musical debut and brought out his Young Money family member and sometime Twitter wife, Miss Nicki Minaj. Ahhhh, there's nothing like a color-blocked leotard, shimmering microphone, and some seriously SLEEK asymmetrical hair to pump up a musical number...
Lady Gaga in London on Oct. 6, and Lady Gaga performing at Lollapalooza on Aug. 6, 2010.
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Oh, Mother Monster. Is there ever a moment when you don't delight us with your cuckoo street style creations? We think not. In our humble opinion, Lady Gaga can do no wrong when it comes to outfitting herself for brief photo ops on European streets. Whether you agree with her choices or not, you've got to admit she's NEVER boring nor does she ever repeat herself. Well, not entirely. Recently spotted out and about on a crisp London night, Mama M stopped to pull her infamous growl-face while striking a serious sizzle stance that allowed her BLACK HAIR DRESS more movement between her fishnet and Louboutin-tipped legs. The entire glam cavewoman ensemble was topped off with a matching hair sombrero and stick-straight, mint green locks reminiscent of her previous mint green fairy daytime look. Even though we're used to Gaga's ever-changing hairstyles, this new total hair dress had us wondering...haven't we seen this look before?
Rihanna shoots a video in Ireland on Sept. 27.
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Some people may say Rihanna's style is "sexy" or "edgy" or "provocative," but we believe the best word to describe RiRi's ensembles is "inventive." Girl can make ANYTHING work, and we need to give her major props. Just yesterday she was spotted shooting the "We Found Love" music video in the fields of Northern Ireland wearing a bandana as a bikini situation. Whoa. How is this even structurally sound? What magic keeps it in place? There's clearly little to no Lycra woven in...COULD WE MAKE IT OURSELVES OOOOOR would it not be acceptable for public viewing? Well, funnily enough, the Irish locals did sneak a peek of Rihanna's outfit and thought it was "inappropriate." DANG IT. We were just beginning to cook up all the jerry-building possibilities...
Lady Gaga at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 24, and the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" movie poster in 1961.
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Look it, we're not CRAZY, we're not saying there's anything wrong with looking like Audrey Hepburn of all people. What I'd GIVE to be so lissome, long-necked, and doe-eyed. What's shocking about Lady Gaga's getup in Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival is that it's SO ELEGANT yet REGULAR. Three-quarter length gloves, diamonds, a two-piece retro skirt-suit situation (possibly in WOOL CREPE??? < -- the cotton twill of the "ladies who lunch" set [whaaa??!]) with a tastefully demure clutch and suede platform pumps (that are still WILD FIERCE).
Selena Gomez performs with Justin Bieber's name on her wrist in Las Vegas on Sept. 10.
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Let's say it all together now: "Awwwwwwww!" While performing in Las Vegas this weekend, Selena Gomez showed her love (literally) for boyfriend Justin Bieber by penning his name on her wrist for all to see. This cuter-than-life couple have never been shy about PDA—they've been caught sharing smooches quite a few times, and you know what? WE LIKE IT. Not, like, in a creepy way, but watching two teens so blatantly in love, it sort of makes us tear up a little. :') And, NO, we're not dead inside thankyouverymuch. We feel feelings. Especially for these two little buggers. SG + JB = 4EVER. But anywho, let's take a closer look at this wrist action!
Lil' Wayne at the 2011 VMAs and Tripp NYC leopard pants.
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How weird is it that, like, four days ago we found ways to cop Lil' Wayne's performance style for ladies and then Weezy turns up to the 2011 VMAs in WOMEN'S PANTS?! It's like he's reading our blog or something (I see you lookin' at me, Weezy. Hayyyy) and wants to make it incredibly easy for us! His leopard pants were soo spot on (heh) that we were already mega-eyeballing them during the show on Sunday night. Luckily, you can grab these fierce Tripp NYC leopard pants for only $44 (boys: buy two sizes up to sag like him). I mean, it's no surprise that we're loving Lil' Wayne's performance outfit—he always finds a way to wear cop-worthy (and attractive!) clothes onstage. He paired his leopard pants with a Louis Vuitton belt, rhinestone-studded red Vans, blue Polo Ralph Lauren undies, and neon pink and studded bracelets. Remember though, he's not the first rapper to sport women's clothing—we'll never let Kanye live down wearing that Celine blouse to Coachella. But both rappers MUST be doing something right since they're both on the road to releasing their first fashion lines. Hmm. If more dudes started wearing ladies duds we'd have fashion designers budding up EVERYWHERE. Get to it, guys.
+ WATCH LIL WAYNE'S LIVE PERFORMANCE OF 'HOW TO LOVE' AT THE 2011 VMAS!!!
VMA MAC Pro Team gives their performance makeup tips.
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You know when you're the type of anxious excited where your eyeballs vibrate a little and you're tearing through craft services because you're maybe burning hundreds of calories from sheer excitement? Well, I haz that. I can only imagine that the performers and scores of backup dancers are feeling similarly so THANK goodness for the magic of flattering lighting and MAKEUP. Specifically MAC Cosmetics whose pro team are responsible for the looks of Britney Spears's Tribute dancers and Pitbull's scores of bronzed Miami beauties.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt covering Nirvana's "Lithium."
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As he starts off his set, Joseph Gordon-Levitt douses himself in a bottle of water, so he sits there with his guitar, glistening and sweaty. Excuse us, but to continue, we ALSO have to douse ourselves with water. Because we need a cold shower. So many cold showers.
There has been this blood-pressure-raising trend recently of really hot dudes doing really cool things. First Ryan Gosling proves he is a super-hero. And Bradley Cooper demonstrates his ability to speak other languages. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only is stealing our hearts in the most talked-about movie of all time, The Dark Knight Rises as the enigmatic John Blake, but he's also really really cool. And he makes his cultural savvy clear, beautifully covering Nirvana's "Lithium." His project HITrecord is all about recording and sharing music videos, and I think I speak for all women with eyeballs when I say there is no better accessory on a dude than a guitar. But JGL demonstrates, right here, what may be the most important article of clothing EVER owned by a man: The perfect, unflappable, undisputed T-shirt.