Here's a realization that’s going to blow your mind/make you feel old: This year’s VMAs will mark the 10-year anniversary of one seriously may-jah OMG moment, when Britney Spears, in booty-baring bridal wear, got an open-mouth kiss from Madonna during their mash-up performance (with a fake-and-baked Christina Aguilera) of “Like A Virgin”/”Hollywood.” But that wasn't Britney’s only OMG VMA moment! When MTV talked to Ariana Grande about her upcoming VMA pre-show performance (where she'll sing a mash-up of her two hit singles, “Baby I” and “The Way”), Grande named Spears’ “Slave 4 U” snake-charming stunt from 2001 as her favorite moment in VMA history. So would Grande dare to wear a giant reptile for her big debut?
All The Notorious B.I.G. stuff you'll ever need.
Photo: 1991 Inc/Attic/Toao/Society 6/Etsy
The Notorious B.I.G. is Brooklyn, y'all. The late, great MC lived and breathed BK, and in honor of the 2013 VMAs being held in his hometown borough, we have to pay homage to Biggie Smalls and his roots. So, how do we do that? With clothes, duh. We scoured the internetz to find you the most decked-out Biggie duds so you can show off your Brooklyn pride in style. First up, we have a graphic stars and stripes sweater ($65) complete with a double dose of Biggie (in a Coogi sweater, no less!). This is a surefire way to let the world know you rep for the King of New York—in the coolest way possible.
Have you heard the NEWS? Drake is performing at the 2013 VMAs! Usually when announcements like this happen, we rack our brains and pour over the last few runway shows to come up with performance outfit predictions, but this time, we're doing thing a little differently because unlike the other VMA performers this year, Drizzy has his own (unofficial) Dress Up app. Obviously, that means we HAD to use it to create some "Started From The Bottom" stage ensemble suggestions.
Started from the bottom, now you're here.
Photo: Dress Drake App
Wanna make a real "now I'm HERE" style statement? This vibrant orange variety jacket + camp pants situation is a definite head-turner. Finish it off with some Jordan cements for that hypebeast cred.
Grimes and Rachel Antonoff will be the MTV.com Video Music Awards red carpet hosts!
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Breaking news: MTV Style is so excited to announce that Grimes (Claire Boucher) and Rachel Antonoff will host the 2013 Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report for MTV.com on Aug. 25. AHHHH. That's right—this year we're bringing you double the awesomeness with two hosts instead of one because, well, we go hard in Brooklyn, y'all. You may know Grimes for her ethereal vocals, but we also know her as a style icon who has landed numerous fashion mag covers and even launched a clothing collab with Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane. Teaming up with Claire will be Rachel—an effortlessly cool New York-based designer who is also just an all-around amazing and hilarious gal. We fell in love with her during our House of Style episode where she and bestie Mae Whitman picked out their favorite dresses and dished on how they first bonded over flatulence. (Seriously.) "I couldn't be more excited to be co-hosting this and so excited to be doing it with Grimes, she is the coolest! I'm thinking of wearing a long floral skirt with matching bra top but we need to secure the closure first so people don't get a big (tiny) show." Man, this is gonna be good.
Walter Hill's "The Warriors."
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Warriors, come out to playayyyyy! It's officially VMA week, y'all! In just a few days, MTV will be taking over Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a night of music video celebration and a deluge of major performances: Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and soooo many more! You've probably seen a VMA promo spot or two on TV by now. Miley popping into a subway party or Katy Perry emerging from a steam tunnel sound familiar? What you may not know/realize is: those ads, especially Katy's, are highly influenced by the 1979 film The Warriors, based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Sure, Miss Cyrus had "white trash and Chanel" and KP gave her best Liv Tyler circa Empire Records, but the Warriors (and the Riffs, and the Rogues, and the Baseball Furies) have highly stylized gang-sembles courtesy of the film's wardrobe team: Bonnie Mannix and Mary Ellen Winston.
In case y'all have been living under a rock/stuck on a remote island sans WiFi for the past several months, the 2013 Video Music Awards are happening this weekend!!! Us New Yorkers are particularly excited because it's all going down at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and to celebrate, we're doing some killer Brooklyn-themed fashion pieces right here on MTV Style. We already dished on our Fulton Mall faves and reminisced over the Bed-Stuy-inspired fashion in Do The Right Thing, but now we're switching it up to the hottest beauty spots in BK. Since it's Manicure Monday, we figured this would be the PERFECT time to mention our favorite nail art salons in the area, and, yes, that means we won't be mentioning any places in Manhattan. (Sorry, Valley NYC!)
TOMAHAWK SALON: BUSHWICK
One of our go-to faves is the Tomahawk Salon in Bushwick. You might remember when we took y'all there to get Iggy Azalea's nails did last summer, and it's still one of our top spots to date! The main reason? Fleury Rose. The Illamasqua ambassador is by far one of the most talented gals in the hood, and you can even check out her work in action if you don't believe us!
10 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 | (646) 399-6873 | tomahawksalon.com
We don't know about you guys, but the closer we get to the 2013 Video Music Awards, the more pumped we are for all-things Miley Cyrus. So far, we've peeped her killer subway dance party VMA promo spot and found out that we'll get to watch her perform live (!!!) straight from the Barclays Center on August 25. If that wasn't ENOUGH awesomeness, we also caught up with Miley during her VMA shoot to get all the deets on her outfit, those 'dorbs onesies she can't stop wearing, and, of course, her (many!) grills. Her stylist, Simone Harouche, already dished on her "We Can't Stop"-inspired crop top and shunderwear ensemble, but we wanted to hear about the outfit straight from the source. She said, "You can just mix white trash and Chanel, that's me. That's my ultimate look. Pretty much everything is weird bondage stores except obviously my jewelry--gotta keep it classy with Chanel. I wear a lot of jewelry during the day, so I pretty much just come with my own jewelry, and give me some underwear to wear with it, and I call it a day." *bows down*
We tried Lady Gaga's "Applause" makeup.
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It was only a matter of time until we did this, right? Lady Gaga's "Applause" single art—which spotlights just her face in colorful, smeared face paint—was released in late July, but it's taken us until NOW to try it on ourselves.
Part of that is because she hadn't started wearing it IRL until earlier this week to promote her new single (which she's performing at the 2013 VMAs, BTW). The other part is that this beauty look is very heavy on the "ART" aspect of ARTPOP. It's rare that we stray from the daily makeup mainstays of black liner, a little mascara, and some kind of lip situation (I know, bare bones), so we knew we had to enlist in the help of professionals (a.k.a. the nice folks at the Sephora across the street from our offices) for this one.
artist magician Ashlee Sadler hooked us up, and (along with a Vine and a ton of mental snapshots of hilarious reactions) we took down meticulous notes on what she did. Just in case you want to recreate the look yourself.
The Fulton Street Mall.
As a Brooklyn native, there are certain places that you can’t help hold dear to your heart. Fulton Street Mall—the collection of stores in downtown Brooklyn that line Fulton from Flatbush Avenue to Adams Street—is sacred. It was my introduction to fashion and the gateway to my obsession with gold. In high school, it was THE hangout. We'd come from all four corners of BK to play hooky and peruse the displays, daydreaming about all that Polo and Iceberg we were going to buy with our allowance. It was like the window-shopping Olympics. We’d haggle with shop owners over Jordans and earrings and side-eye young boys who were not dressed to impress just as we’d swoon over the guys with complete Tommy Hilfiger ensembles. It was where you’d buy customized nameplate plexi keychains with your BFFs.
Calling it a “mall” always felt like a stretch since back then it was just a ton of outdoor, off-brand, non-chain stores but in function (boys and cutting class) it fit the vibe of any mall in America. Over the years, the Jewelry Bazaar was replaced by Armani Exchange and now we even have an H&M! But I still remember the collection of shops fondly and there are a couple of mainstays. Here’s five of my favorite oldies but goodies.