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Being a style chameleon is pretty much a prerequisite for pop stardom (see also: Madonna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga). And although the aforementioned ladies might be the loudest of the bunch, all is takes is a look back through Nelly Furtado's eclectic fashion history to see that this Canadian singer deserves a spot right alongside these crazy-cool frontrunners, too. The musician first burst upon the music scene in the early '00s wearing boho skirts in her epic "I'm Like a Bird" video, but it wasn't long before she swapped maxis for sneakers and sporty t-shirts in "Turn Off The Light." In other words, this girl was a style shapeshifter from the very beginning. Nelly hasn't slowed down since- musically and otherwise- rocking crop tops and flared denim in "Maneater," a frilly minidress in "Say It Right," and tons of bling in "Do It" (not to mention, an equally amazing red carpet style). Hot on the heels of her newest vid, "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)" off her forthcoming album Spirit Indestructible, Nelly popped by MTV to fill us in on her old prom dress, her sewing family, and why she's STILL obsessed with neon. Watch the interview below!
Shirley Manson performing at Garbage's New York show in May.
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She once fronted Calvin Klein's beauty campaign, works latex and lace like nobody’s business, and serves as an aspirational style icon for ‘90s girls everywhere (myself included). But nowadays Shirley Manson is quick to tell you she’s NOT a quote-unquote fashion person. “I really don’t give it too much thought,” the Garbage frontwoman told MTV Style when we caught up with her just before the band's concert on May 22 in New York. “I’m just not that tuned in now.” She wasn't kidding, as she didn't even namecheck what she was wearing that day, save for her Alexander Wang leather jacket and LAMB shoes (gifted by Gwen herself, natch). But with the group's newest release, the so-awesome-it-hurts Not Your Kind Of People, Manson’s about to get back in the fashion game… onstage, anyway. She has a stylist for the first time on Garbage’s massive world tour this summer, so that means there’s plenty more hot pants, minidresses, and heels to come. Oh, and as for that iconic pink boa? We’ll just have to wait and see….
The hilarious and humble rock star filled us in on her wardrobe, the problems with wearing heels onstage, and the perks of being famous (hint: free clothes) in this exclusive video. Watch it below, and then go and crank up “Blood for Poppies” as loud as you can.
Rita Ora wears skullcap by The Hundreds; jacket by Moschino, vintage; silk crop top by Pavonine; shorts by Joy Rich; custom shoes by Bess NYC; necklaces and watch are Rita's own; bangle by Laruicci; double ring by Materia Prima.
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In the 10-plus years that I’ve been working with musicians, nothing beats that crackle of atmospheric electricity when an artist is about to blow up. You can feel it. Rita Ora is poised for something major. She’s already a sure thing in the U.K. where she’s had two #1 hits in “R.I.P.” and "Hot Right Now," a track she's featured on with DJ Fresh, but what with being our Push Artist of the Week and Jay-Z spouting glowing things about her energy and talent it looks like this vivacious Londoner (by way of Kosovo) will be unstoppable here, too.
You can imagine how psyched we were when she accepted our invitation to play dress up for a fashion editorial and video because she’s totally normal to hang out with and gives great face. Plus, maybe has the BEST hair. Never mind that she commemorated her visit stateside with $100 bill nails courtesy of Rebecca Black in London.
A$AP Rocky and Alexander Wang video chatting.
It's no secret that rapper A$AP Rocky loves designer Alexander Wang. When he dropped his "Goldie" music video earlier in May, he was outfitted completely in head-to-toe designer duds while cruising around the City of Lights. But we didn't quite know how good of friends the two were until we watched this clip from MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown, and, um, they're total besties. A$AP called Alex in via video chat (!!!) to talk about fashion, and we just about died. It basically went down like this: Alexander Wang is all smiles as he talks about how excited he is to work with A$AP, to which the rapper responded, "Those clothes man! This is just too trill, I love it. This is runway s*** here, you know what I'm saying? I love it right now. I'm going to make it look good for you. I'm going to make it look good for you." Alexander replied, "It looks good! I'm sure you'll make me proud." Awwwwwww. Is this not THE cutest thing ever? When music and fashion combine our hearts can barely handle it, and this is probably one of our favorite artist collabs to date. Check out the full video below!
The Man Repeller, Hilary Rhoda, and Rebecca Minkoff in their "Call Me Maybe" video.
Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff
Ever since Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale dropped their DIY "Call Me Maybe" video several months ago, the internet has been totally overloaded with kids lip synching the Carly Rae Jepsen insta-hit. And now, there's one more that's guaranteed to grab your attention and stick the song permanently back in your head: blogger Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, model Hilary Rhoda, and designer Rebecca Minkoff created their own version of the video, which they made while getting ready for last night's CFDA Awards. This hilarious edition features dance parties, some champagne, and yep, even a real baby (it's Minkoff's son Luca)! It's kind of like when a big group of girls gets ready for a night out... but with high fashion additions like makeup artists and designer clothes.
A$AP Rocky on the set of his "Goldie" music video.
Yesterday morning, A$AP Rocky revealed his (NSFW) "Goldie" music video. In it, the Harlem rapper rides through the streets of Paris with the Eiffel Tower as his backdrop, lights gold laceless Margiela sneakers on fire, and stunts a lot of very, very expensive jewelry. When we caught wind that A$AP was working with Alexander Wang on the video, we immediately hit the rapper up on the "Goldie" set (the portion not filmed in the City of Lights #sadface) to talk about his video style. In our exclusive video interview, A$AP discusses meeting and working with Alexander Wang, developing the wardrobe without a designated stylist, and his thoughts on his own personal steez. Check it out after the jump!
Karl Lagerfeld and Florence Welch at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 4.
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To be honest I was a little apprehensive about meeting Florence Welch . There's a certain gravitas about her music because it makes me feel actual, live emotions which is suboptimal because it makes my cheeks get all flushed and pins and needles-ish. I thought when I interviewed her she'd speak in song and it would come out of her head all misty and mythological and in cursive strings of English moss because if there's anyone who's a human unicorn besides Bjork, it would be her.
If you've been keeping up with the fash-news, you'll know that Karl Lagerfeld is obsessed with her and when he's not putting his pointy Dior-Homme-shod foot directly in his non-food-eating mouth for insensitive quips about outrageously talented zaftig singers who love a smokey eye, the kaiser is a fairly reliable litmus test for who is spectacular (also see: Azealia Banks). Florence even performed at his underwater-themed Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week for Chanel, emerging from a clam shell like Botticelli's Venus.
The rad thing about Florence is that she's hilarious. You'd suspected she might have an awesome sense of humor because she covers some truly unorthodox music brilliantly (ie: Drizzy songs) but that same sense of whimsy and charm carries to her attitude about fashion. In this interview she discusses how Karl is surprisingly tactile and easy to hug (WHUT?) and what was going through her mind during the surreal time span in which she had to wait for her cue to perform from a shell in the Grand Palais at 9 in the morning in Paris. She's tickled by the fine line between what constitutes a ladies' suit and what are just printed dude's pajamas and she loves herself a Ralph Lauren smoking slipper. All in all, she was super fun to chat with and we're stoked that on Sunday, April 8, we'll get to see a Florence and the Machine "Unplugged" performance at 11 p.m. ET on MTV and Unplugged.MTV.com. She rules. IRL, on-camera, Unplugged, basically all the time and everywhere. Check out a sneak peek of her performance as well. Do eeet.
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From left: models wearing Sea NY, Acne, and Diane Von Furstenberg in the Barneys CO-OP Spring 2012 video.
Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York
Typically not two words you associate with each other, "funny models" is exactly the kind of thing we're into. It's not that models aren't funny, it's just that we so rarely hear them speak (or see them smiling), and especially not for a store campaign. Barney's CO-OP isn't your typical store, though. For their new spring 2012 campaigns, they shot two videos (one for women and one for men) featuring models telling life stories while wearing looks from various spring collections. But the stories? They're HILARIOUS. We're talking stuff involving interesting/bizarre dance moves (otherwise known as Butoh, which is actually a real dance technique, and The Pancake, which we think is completely made up), as well as issues involving toes, small towns, swallowing quarters, and a model dude yelling "AHORCALA!" really passionately for no apparent reason. You guys, you need to see these videos to behold their fash-magic.
Harnesses, gorilla arms, and covered faces were big trends at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week has wrapped, so now it's a time for reflection. A time to take stock and truly think about what trends to incorporate into your new fall wardrobe. It's also a time to look at videos made whilst one is tired and strangely retaining water in one's puffy moonface against the backdrop of spliced-in photos of models looking waifish and extra cheek-boney. SERIOUSLY, do I look like this? Also, don't answer that.
So, on to the point! Here, we have created a video for you that includes the four most notable trends of the season as gauged by prevalence on the runway: loooooong, lean lengths; leather; fur; and artful collars. From Rodarte's shearling dress to Herve Leger by Max Azria's leather harnesses, to the ubiquity of a thing called "gorilla arms," here is my enormous head looming before you in hopefully a nonthreatening (at the very least) manner to
spasm chat about a New York Fashion Week fall trend cheat sheet. Namaste. Or whatever.
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A look from the Jeremy Scott Fall 2012 collection and designer Jeremy Scott on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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OH MY GAWG. Well, you guys already know that we're wild Jeremy Scott Stans. Whatever douchechills that typically accompany testifying to being a massive, embarrassing fan of someone DO NOT APPLY HERE and certainly not in even the remotest neighborhood of this show BECAUSE it was that spectacular. Here's the thing, looking back on the week, I appreciated NYFW and can happily pluck out looks I adored for its cleverness or its artfulness or its elegance or its movement. But, I can also confidently say that a great many ensembles smacked of a certain, obvious commercial appeal that would be GREAT if I could cop it at ASOS but weren't all that spirit-rousing or soul-igniting marching down the runway in practical, wearable, accessible droves.
Jeremy Scott A/W 2012 could NOT be a further departure. The collection, entitled "Delete History," was inspired by the internet and was absolutely bonkers schizoid in its peripatetic prance all over sensory overload town. The collections is basically what The Lawnmower Man saw right as he hugged the information superhighway so hard with his brain that he fell in, if he also happened to be at a renegade rave in London in 1991 at the time. We caught up with the designer backstage and talked about his inspiration:
+ JEREMY SCOTT FALL 2012