Jemima Kirke (Jessa Johansson), Lena Dunham (Hannah Horvath), and Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna Shapiro) in 'Girls.'
Photo: Via HBO's 'Girls' Facebook page
We have been waiting for (what feels like) our entire LIVES for the Girls show to premiere on HBO, and now that it finally did, we can happily say that it really does represent a 20-something's life in Brooklyn (not to mention it's filmed literally on the block we live on, NBD *hair flip*). The most realistic part of all, though, are those ensembles. Their no-frills outfits are reminiscent of a penny-pinching recent college grad who still has some expensive pieces left from their still-living-at-the-parents house wardrobe but want to mix it up with some cool, vintage pieces. Fashion Etc spoke with Girls costume designer Jenn Rogien, who has also worked on Bored To Death and The Good Wife, and she admits that this is definitely no Sex and the City wardrobe with Louboutins and Manolo Blahniks scattered throughout their closets. Affordability is key, and Jenn admitted that she *GASP* ACTUALLY stopped by some Brooklyn thrift stores to get the outfits absolutely perfect for their on-screen debut. She said, "If it seems right to go to Saks Fifth Avenue for some of the more special pieces, then that's where we would go. If it seems more right to go to Atlantis Attic out in Williamsburg, we absolutely went out there. We were probably at Atlantis Attic and Beacon's Closet for every episode because it's the right stuff, that's where those girls would go." OMG, they're just like us. :')
Christina Aguilera performs "Fighter" on Season 2 of The Voice.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC
Bless you, The Voice. You, with your refreshingly innovative set-up, your high-calibur vocalists, and your truly star-studded judges panel. *SIGH* It all hits just the right chord to reinvigorate my faith in singing competition shows, and for that, I thank you. Thank you, also, for Christina Aguilera and this leotard/bustier get-up from last night's episode. Ever since this season went to the live shows, Xtina has been overhauling her closet and make-up routine for a more subdued but still totally smokin' personal steez that we can't help but stand up and clap about.
What is going on with you, Gossip Girl? It's all kinda CRAY on the Upper East Side as well as in Brooklyn, now that Blair (Leighton Meester) and Dan (Penn Badgley) are criss-crossing boroughs in order to figure out the proper way to debut their love affair. Even the parental unit of Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus (Matthew Settle) can't figure out whether to keep it posh on the UES or low-key in the "718". All of this flip-flopping leads to dastardly results, obvs. While chilling in Williamsburg, Blair and Dan meet a cross-borough literary hipster couple who inspire them to have a "salon" in Dan's loft as their official coming out party. Sadly, Serena (Blake Lively), Chuck (Ed Westwick), and Nate (Chace Crawford) aren't invited, but they show up anyway to stir up trouble.
Serena's newly found cousin Lola (Ella Rae Peck) goes from temporary It Girl to paranoid gossip monger when she figures out Serena's identity. Yes, Serena is still acting as the de facto Gossip Girl, and Lola tries to rat her out but no one believes her. Meanwhile, gossip high-priestess Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) makes a deal with the real Gossip Girl in order to keep a certain secret involving Chuck Bass under wraps. But oopsies! Lola tapes an intimate convo between Serena and Diana that reveals this mega secret to the entire world (and it's a doozy), but is there more to this story? We think so. Also, did we mention this episode features a famous chef, bowler hats as overhead lighting, and the potential demise of a certain couple? If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Lola Rhodes (Ella Rae Peck).
Photo: The CW
Greetings, MTV Stylettes! We can't reiterate enough how glad we are that the mini Gossip Girl hiatus is over. We definitely missed the heavy pour of drama that the young and beautiful Upper East Siders supplied to our drudging week beginnings. Nothing like Internet gossip blasts and opulent parties to break you out of a bad case of the Mondays. This week, Blair (Leighton Meester) is officially a free woman. Unshackled by her marriage to Prince Louis (Hugo Becker), Blair could have run straight into Lonely Boy Dan Humphrey's arms (Penn Badgley), but something seems to be holding her back. She doesn't let on whether it's the association with Brooklyn or maybe some deep-seated feelings for Chuck (Ed Westwick), but knowing Blair it's heavily over-thought.
Bass makes his entrance in a bright red adult onesie and spends the rest of the episode searching for his long-lost mother - she supposedly gave her blood for his life-saving transfusion. Serena (Blake Lively) has assumed the role of Gossip Girl 3.0 and is using her new power to position her new-found cousin Lola (Ella Rae Peck) as the next "It Girl" to take her place in the society pages. Perfect timing, really, because the return of Nate's (Chace Crawford) old flame Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) raises the stakes for sweet little Lola. Everything comes to a head at the Kiki de Montparnasse lingerie fashion show (naturally), but if you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Lola Rhodes (Ella Rae Peck).
Photo: The CW
LOLA RHODES (ELLA RAE PECK)
+ Dress: Nude, draped, asymmetrical neckline dress
+ Coat: Red swing coat
+ Shirt: Handkerchief printed blouse
One Direction and Sofia Vergara on "Saturday Night Live."
Photo: Courtesy of Dana Edelson/NBC
We tune in to Saturday Night Live pretty much every week (at least whenever they air a new episode, and the weekend's team-up of the equal parts gorgeous and hilarious Sofia Vergara on hosting duties with burgeoning boy band One Direction as the musical guest was definitely an ep we were antcipating with bated breath. While we would have been perfectly content just seeing the boys grace the stage in their go-to collegiate coordinates, Lorne and the SNL team had an extra special style Easter egg for us this holiday weekend: a MAJOR One Direction makeover!!
Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, and Jemima Kirke at the 'Girls' premiere in New York on April 4.
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You might have heard about a new TV show called Girls which is set to premiere on April 15 on HBO. You might already know that it's produced by boy comedy king Judd Apatow and that it's being hailed as the next Sex and the City since it's about a young female writer in New York and her three friends. Well, I'm here to clear some things UP. This is no SATC, this is straight-up living-in-NYC-REALITY (sans super expensive shoes and froofy-colored sweet drinks) and, I might add, it takes place in Brooklyn (reprazent). Also? It's incredibly funny, unflinching in its very true to life-ness, and a total must-see, so mark yo' calendars. Created, written, and directed by indie film wunderkind, Lena Dunham whose breakout film Tiny Furniture won the SXSW film fest back in 2010 (which you should totally see), Girls also stars Allison Williams (daughter of newsman Brian Williams), Furniture alum Jemima Kirke, and Mad Men scene-stealer Zosia Mamet who, ironically, plays a Manhattan girl who is totally obsessed with Sex and the City (meta-munch, nom nom nom). The gals gathered in NYC last night to fete their new show and wore the girliest of girly dresses and, frankly, we're super excited about it all.
Stop the presses (and/or The Spectator) because Gossip Girl is back! We've waited too long to live vicariously through Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and her gang of elites on the Upper East Side. Wait, scratch that. Upper East Side? We mean BROOKLYN. This latest episode finds Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus (Matthew Settle) living back at chez Humphrey as a result of being kicked out of their chic digs by one Ivy Dickens (Kaylee DeFer), who inherited the place from the now deceased grandmother CeCe (Caroline Lagerfelt). Serena's working overtime at Nate's (Chace Crawford) Spectator gossip news site trying to write the in-depth story of how Ivy stole her cousin Lola's (Ella Rae Peck) identity and her family's fortune. But does the real Gossip Girl make her an offer she can't refuse?
In Blair (Leighton Meester) Land, there's a whole lotta luvvin' NOT going on with new BF LonelyBoy, aka Dan (Penn Badgley). Are they better off just being friends or will an elevator solve their problems? And what about Chuck (Ed Westwick)? Seems Mr. Bass is trying to find out the real person who gave blood to save his life and it's not who he expected. Oh, and Serena's dad, William Van Der Woodsen (Billy Baldwin), is still on the scene, trying to manipulate Ivy and keep the secret of his I'm-your-dad identity from Lola, and we think something mayjah's gonna kick off where that's concerned. Did we mention there was also a party, a blood drive, and a bottle of vodka making a cameo appearance? If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Ivy Dickens (Kaylee Defer).
Photo: The CW
IVY DICKENS (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Dress: Vera Wang
+ Shoes: Zara
+ Earrings: Sequin
Nicki Minaj performing 'Starships' on 'American Idol' in Hollywood.
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Emerging from a giant pink space ship, Nicki Minaj descended onto the American Idol stage last night to perform her upcoming single "Starships" in cascading blonde curls, starfish earrings, and a rainbow bright mullet skirt. Conjuring an image of both an undersea confection and the actual Rainbow Brite cartoon character from the '80s. It was a mish-mash of themes that seemed to reference both space travel and a maniacal beach rave. Even though Nicki M's video has yet to make landfall (heh), we do know that it will include neon hair and a pink bikini thanks to numerous paparazzi shots of her writhing around the beaches of Hawaii.
Andre Leon Talley on the front row of the Fall 2012 Proenza Schouler show in New York.
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Our fashion prayers have been answered! Andre Leon Talley, aka contributing editor of American Vogue, former judge on America's Next Top Model, front row bon vivant, and general purveyor of all that is fash-witty and awesome, is getting his own Bravo show. Tentatively titled Fashion Stories of NYC, the show will center around Andre as a mentor to four up-and-coming fashion design teams who need that extra push to create, show, and sell their lines. Although it sounds like a familiar formula, we have high hopes that with ALT on board, it will be something else entirely.
AnnaSophia on set for "The Carrie Diaries."
You guys, The Carrie Diaries have started filming! Since the first peep of a Sex and the City prequel, we've been anxiously anticipating any and ALL forthcoming details about the production. Mostly because of the colossal shoes left to fill by the SATC empire. From rainy Saturday marathons of our DVD box sets, to catching up with Candace Bushnell's book, to fantasy casting the would-be mini-versions of the show's fashion icons, we are SO AMPED for the show to hit The CW, and snaps of baby Carrie, AnnaSophia Robb, in full hair and makeup mean we're THAT much closer!