Pixie Geldof, Rachel Bilson, and Gillian Zinser all rock the back-to-school look.
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Backpacks are not chic. Or at least they weren't until Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen put a $40K price tag on them. Or Alexander Wang sent heaps of them down the runway. Or trendsetters like Rachel Bilson and Pixie Geldof showed up with them in tow. So, wait. Backpacks are chic, which is rad because it a) means we can carry more than our lipstick and cell phone, b) effectively kills the TEETERING-OVER-MASSIVE-BAG trend of a few years ago, and c) is actually good for our backs (in moderation. But certainly better than the one-strap, over-the-shoulder book bag of yore).
The reality is, your school bag is totally a companion, enduring the same ills, wet days, long nights, and field trips you do. While the double-strapped tote used to be child's play, the new crop of packs have a vintage/retro feel and arrive in every color/trend/vibe you could want. So MTV Style has rounded up the 10 backpacks that'll definitely be worth adding to your wishlist, faster than you can say, "It's September already?!"
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Though we won't see who exactly did something until the Do Something! Awards arrive on VH1 on Thursday, we can already tell you that things got did...er, done. Because the award appreciates those bright, shining, young people who make a change, celebs like Tyra Banks and Demi Lovato brought their brightest and shiniest (respectively) outfits to the VH1 red carpet. (The show was taped last night, in case you were wondering about our preternatural awards ceremonies prediction abilities. Which we ALSO have, but we also snagged some images for your enjoyment, as well.)
Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Wilde shine in metallic at the 2011 Do Something! Awards.
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Nothing puts a well-polished glint on the future of activism like metallic fabric (Got that? Good, glad you're coming with me.), and what we have here is three very different takes on a very cool trend. First we have Miss Demi Lovato, who is just knocking it out of the style park these days with her incredible hair/skin combo and sartorial smarts. She has a simple, figure-flattering white dress with a silver embroidery down the front. The slight hint of metal really gave her white dress a sense of movement and versatility. On the masculine front, Justin Bieber demonstrates how a dude can rock the metal trend without looking shiny or like he just returned from Ibiza. With treated denim, the Beebs took a casual look and made it surprisingly red carpet with a gentle gold sheen. Gold pants, once veering into dangerous Freddie Mercury territory, are surprisingly elegant. For the most dramatic metallic of the night, Olivia Wilde showed up in a Grecian Chloe resort gown. While the cut might not be the most forward-thinking, the all-over shimmer of the fabric is gorge.
Christina Hendricks, Jaime King, and Olivia Wilde in neckties.
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It used to be that you only tied a ribbon 'round your neck if you were A) a gentleman of the late 1800s, B) a punk rock Parisian poet named Charles Baudelaire, who lived during the late 1800s, or C) Emile Hirsch circa 2008. But make no mistake, neckties are all the rage and have been popping up on MANY a red carpet recently. A little bit lady, a whole lotta rock and roll, the ribbon necktie gives a nod to vintage Victoriana while making any button-up shirt look instantaneously MODERN. Not bad for a something you can buy for less than a dollar at any craft store.
Sarah Silverman at August's InStyle Party, Taylor Momsen at Lollapalooza, and Emily Browning at this summer's amfAR Inspiration Gala Paris.
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Smart move for those who miss their equestrian or over-the-knee boots in the summer: Instead of going with leather or wool, embrace your inner schoolgirl and let your hosiery creep past your knee...BUT NO MORE. Yes, ladies, we are discussing the thigh-high sock, that welcome-to-fall trend that stands in for a boot/structured shoe/nylons but is cheekier than all three. And in preparation for fall, ladies on the carpet rouge have started busting out their thigh highs, staying summer (upper thigh exposed = ventilation and cooling, plus an addition of sheer as opposed to seasonally unfriendly wool) while hinting at the coming season (knee-high sock = collegiate/incoming autumn look). And each of our trendsetters has taken their own approach, demonstrating that knee-highs do not always communicate the same thing. Except, you know, your knees are covered but your thighs can be freeeee!
Rachel Bilson and Katie Holmes wear red pants.
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If there's one trend we truly HEART for late summer and early fall, it's bold color, specifically red. Not only does it brighten everything, it brightens everyone, including two of our Hollywood style faves, Rachel Bilson and Katie Holmes. Both stepped out in their best fire-engine finery recently, and instead of going for the predictable lady-in-red dress aesthetic, these two fash mavericks chose—gasp—PANTS. Thus, the age-old question must be posed: Who wore the red pants trend best?
Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Hobbs, and Holland Roden wear red lips at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards.
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Whoa. Fire. The ladies were smoking hot on the 2011 Teen Choice Awards' blue carpet last night. And Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Hobbs, and Holland Roden took it a step further to sport super sultry fire-engine-red matte lips with their feminine frocks. The triptych of beauties weren't afraid to go bold, a move we DEFINITELY applaud. They prove that a bright lip is more versatile than we thought—whether you have chestnut hair and blue eyes or red hair and hazel eyes, a scarlet lip looks UH-MAZING as the cherry on top of any beauty look.
Formerly scoffed by many as the slightly less-beloved long-legged cousin of the romper, the elusive JUMPSUIT is working its way to becoming a commonly seen and widely accepted silhouette. That's right. The utilitarian onesie is no longer the exclusive uniform of skydivers and motorcycle racers. Nor is it relegated to the stage as a fanciful performance outfit in the form of a neon spandex catsuit. Nope. The jumpsuit is ready for real life where it can roam free in the wild of city sidewalks and cul-de-sac barbeques.
Riding the wave of the '90s revival alongside Justin Bieber and Willow Smith's classic sitcom t-shirts, Lady Gaga's vintage Versace, and Nickelodeon's '90s Are All That, the jumpsuit is cleaning up its act this time around, abandoning the painted-on plastic/latex/PVC of the nineties for more sophisticated, relaxed cuts and easy, (PRAISE BE) breathable fabrics. Sure, you end up basically naked every time you have to use the bathroom, but the refreshing figuration is WORTH IT.
Maria Menounos, Olivia Palermo, and AnnaLynne McCord wear solid jumpsuits.
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Carey Mulligan at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ellie Goulding at Best Buy in NYC, Alexa Chung at the 2011 NME Awards.
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Stars, guys. They are nothing like us, gaseous and burning billions of light years away. (We mean the celestial balls of light...not celebrities, of course.) The galaxy, with its multitude of colors and psychedelics is perfect sartorial inspiration—dark but not black, eye-catching but not garish. After Christopher Kane got galaxial for his 2011 resort collection (which has been worn by everyone from Anne Hathaway to Carey Mulligan, above), seeing stars on the red carpet has gotten easier than seeing stars on the red carpet.
Carey's Christopher Kane gown is elegant but not dowdy; the full-bodied skirt and high neck are complemented by the fun, spaced-out print. (Also, any shoes work because the dress itself literally has EVERY color in the spectrum emblazoned on the fabric.) Then Ellie Goulding showed up to her Best Buy performance in a Topshop high-button capelet/blouse that's borrowed straight from NASA for a supernova that is more beautiful than any paisley or plaid or print we've ever seen. And Britain's it-girl Alexa Chung has been spotted out in Kane's resort collection loads of times, but this leather bustier dress is one of our favorites, simply because it is so space-age mod. The stolen-from-satellites star print is both fun and thoughtful; accordingly, we've picked our favorite starry-eyed looks below.
Kelly Osbourne, Naya Rivera, and Pixie Lott in their finest loafers and slippers.
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In our humble opinion, the only good thing about summer coming to an end is looking forward to fall fashion trends, and our favorite trend so far—one that is perfect for transitioning into the new season—is the penny loafer slash smoking slipper. In a sea of sky-high platforms (which can result in embarrassing pratfalls), we're psyched that flat shoes are finally making a comeback as seen on all kinds of fashion mavens and celebrity ravens. Even though some may deem this a more practical footwear option, we see it as an opportunity to make an edgier, more comfortable statement. Also? Flats are versatile!
We love how Kelly Osbourne turns a gigantic fashion NO into a resounding YES by pairing her patent pennies with a (gasp!) long skirt. Fashion police always seem to want to arrest anyone not pairing ladylike heels with a skirt but we say hush the po-lice! This maxi and midriff combo looks positively perfect on petite n' pretty Kelly O, and we love how the studded leather jacket rocks out the overall eighties rebel look. If you want to punch up your jeans n' t-shirt uniform, do as Glee's Naya Rivera does and change it up with some two-tone loafs. Besides looking super cute, these are great for shopping excursions when you're sick of lacing up your sneakers after too many try-on sessions. What about flats for a night out you say? No problem! Pixie Lott's choice of tasseled, black leather slippers with a see-through shirt and blazer plus shorts ensemble is the perfect example of mashing up trends for evening and looking feminine while doing it. In fact, this look is so spot-on it works for both Saturday night and during the week with a skirt. Throw some tights on and you're good to go for fall, too!
Aside from the abundance of lace that's been dominating the red carpet this summer, another see-through trend has recently emerged: the visible bra. We're not talking a peekaboo strap, either, we're talking a full-on, in yo' face, "here's my bra!" statement. Fashion darlings from Kristen Stewart to Gwen Stefani nail it. So what's their secret to taking this look from taboo to trend? It's all in choosing the right undergarments, ladies. First of all, you must be covered. COMPLETELY covered. This look is about snazz not sleaze, so save the lace for over not under.
Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, and Miley Cyrus step out in see-through shirts.
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