A look from the Whitney Eve fall 2012 collection and designer Whitney Port on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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Whitney Eve's first solo New York Fashion Week runway show (prior events have been presentations and joints shows in Miami or in L.A.) for Fall/Winter 2012 was admirable for its restraint. Inspired by an antique kaleidoscope found in her grandmother's house, Whitney Port unveiled tailored angles and jewel tones and at no point threatened to allow her collection to fragment into scattered, disparate stories. Set to the backdrop of Beyoncé's "Run The World? (Girls)," M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls," Robyn's "Fembot," and The Big Pink's "Dominos," there were sequins, dainty peplum blouses, pretty bubble prints, fluttery blouses, cocktail dresses with geometric beading, and a cannily cut and breezy-to-wear suit.
We caught up with the flaxen-haired designer to talk about the iridescent nails (blue!), her inspiration, and some of her favorite pieces.
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House of Waris gold "Boo" earrings.
Photo: Courtesy of House of Waris
BOO isn't just a word ghosts use when they want to frighten you; it's actually a term of endearment derived from the 18th century word "beau" and is used to describe a significant other. For jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, the dapper don of the House of Waris, it's also the name of his latest jewelry collection. Debuting just in time for Valentine's Day, the "Boo" collection features gold necklaces, bracelets, and earrings intended to let you show your appreciation for your boo on your collarbone, wrist, or earlobes. The pieces will be available exclusively online at Moda Operandi and in-store at New York's Kirna Zabete and Miami's The Webster. Always a storyteller, be it through jeweled accessories, scarves, or in movies like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and I Am Love, Waris asked a few of his creative friends and collaborators to produce short films entitled "You're my Boo" to go along with the launch. Lucky for us, we have an EXCLUSIVE one to show you!
Alexis Krauss and Ria Lopez.
It's no secret that Sleigh Bells' leading lady Alexis Krauss LOVES her nail art. When we caught up with her at the Woodies last year, she showed off some drool-worthy nail designs and quickly gave a shout-out to a girl named "Maria in Greenpoint." Um, HOLD THE PHONE. We live in Greenpoint, and we're obsessed with nail art. There's a nail genius living in our neighborhood, and we don't even know? After endless Google searches, we still ended up empty-handed, so we did what any investigative journalist would do—asked around the neighborhood. We got a tip that Alexis gets her jet-black locks done at Hair Metal in Greenpoint, so we talked fash, beauty, and, of course, Sleigh Bells with the stylists, and they pointed us to an unassuming place called Maritza's Unisex Salon on India Street—literally across the street from our apartment. Maria, who goes by Ria Lopez, sat in a lime-green, leopard-print painted corner of the salon with all her nail art on full display. Upon first glance, we knew this was our girl. We got some nail art of our own straight from Ria herself, and she's SOSOSO skilled to say the least. She confirmed that she was, in fact, the gal behind Alexis' iconic nails, so we immediately knew we had to spread the word.
As some of you may know, hyper-cute, 20-year-old, uptown MC Azealia Banks landed a major record deal today, signing with Universal Music Group.
This is awesome, considering we've been quietly stalking her and sending a grip of positive vibes her way since she came into our offices to gossip about style. As I've rhapsodized in previous posts, I think your girl is the mazin'. Truly hilarious and basically the bee's knees and fearless in that way where you cannot believe how wicked-auspicious THIS PARTICULAR collection of traits is in one tiny, mortal person. While you can read all about the deal anywhere on the information superhighway except for...ummmm...Wikipedia today, the thing I wanted to bend your ear about, or rather bogart your eyeballs on, is this fistful of awesome videos.
FIRST OF ALL, A LITTLE BACKSTORY: I dragged Azealia in here while she was recording and because she was headed out of the country for a slew of European engagements, we were pressed for time. Basically, I made her film without hair and makeup. YUP, AND SHE WAS COOL ABOUT IT.
The only reason I'm throwing out the preamble is that you can tell by this The Hundreds cover (shot by Brooke Nipar and featured after the jump) and the leading photo by Matt Barnes, your girl can run the gamut between girl-next-door easy-breezy and
Willow Smith stepped out in a giant pink-tipped perm wig while shopping at Louis Vuitton on Friday, and it IMMEDIATELY reminded us of another serial high-hair wearer—Ms. Nicki Minaj! As it turns out, the Marie Antoinette-inspired wig was actually from Barbz herself. Willow tweeted to her "Fireball" video costar "Thank you @nikkiminaj you're amazing!!!" with a picture of her sporting the new 'do. Nicki replied "Ha!!! WORK willowcita!!!!! You're more than welcome!!!! @OfficialWillow BOOM!" showcasing the ENTIRE ensemble (plus hair!) in a full-body pic. Cue our minds exploding. The 18th century wig paired with a preppy mixed-prints ensemble and metallic puffy coat looks like if Marie Antoinette went on a shopping spree at Madewell and then IMMEDIATELY after decided to explore the galaxy in her custom-made spacesuit and decked-out space shuttle. Amazing.
Rihanna performing in West Hollywood on Nov. 17.
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Can we be honest for a sec? We basically die and are reborn each time Rihanna plays dress up. In the spirit of the incomparable Madge (that's Madonna for you youngins), Rihanna reinvents herself more often than most people change clothes. Each time she does, we just HAVE to take a minute out of our increasingly busy schedules to glorify and dissect the Bajan beauty's new look. And no, we are not ashamed. For her new album, Talk That Talk, Ri Ri has completely transformed into a bad-ass, grunge-loving, rocker chick! We drool over each photograph we see of the pop princess in combat boots, faded jeans, pin curls, and a FIERCE poker face. And just when we thought we had obsessed more than humanly possible, we got a glimpse at a behind-the-scenes video for her latest song, "You Da One."
Katy Perry in the making of "The One That Got Away."
When Katy Perry released her tear-filled "The One That Got Away" music video last month, we dived into EVERY look from the video. From her punk-rock inspired ensembles to her 80-year-old fashion game, no corner of her video was left unturned. But honestly, after all was said and done, we were still left with soooo many fash-related questions. How did they age Katy in SUCH a real way? How long did it take? What inspired Katy and Diego Luna's vintage ensembles? Who was the stylist? WHY CAN'T WE LOOK LIKE KATY? OK, that last one is more of a general question, but we are 100 percent serious about all the rest. Luckily, MTV took some behind-the-scenes footage while making the video and answered ALL of our questions!
Our Fridays are usually all about easing out of the workweek and into the weekend at a more leisurely pace. We like to take the time to smell the flowers, thank our coworkers for jobs well done, and casually peruse the World Wide Web for anything that might tickle our fancy or enflame our virtual wallets. We here at MTV Style were content to stay mired within the cutely overloaded confines of kittens dressed up in jean jackets until we came across what is, quite possibly, the most AMAZING fashion time capsule video EVER. Folks, we're talking about JC Penney's Fashion Flash 1980s denim fashion show, a fash-parade of magical retro magnificence that will have you marveling over and over again at the "newest fabric on the fashion scene...denim!" Watch as models Tracy, Bernard, Julie, and "total cool" Joe dance to David Bowie's seminal song, "Blue Jean", while showing you how to rock a pair of green jeans or get down in double stonewash. Listen as the overzealous announcer says, "You've heard the saying everything old is new again, well it's really true!" And we totally agree...
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...
Robyn talks to MTV Style about her style on the road.
As you know, we're all bananas about Robyn and EXTRA stoked that the platinum-topped Swedish fashion plate is performing TONIGHT at MTV O Music Awards at 11:30 p.m. ET/ 8:30 PT at OMusicAwards.com. Honestly, it's kinda a relief since we've all been AGGRESSIVELY celebrating Halloween for three days now. Our pores have only just begun to normalize after being inundated with lead-based scary-face makeup and our hair follicles are mad at us and all we can think about is being ENTERTAINED by PROFESSIONALS like presenters Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Odd Future, and of course, our girl Robyn, from the comfort of our homes. We'll be treating her set like a metronome as we rhythmically stuff our pie-holes with ordered in Pad Thai. NOM.
In this interview with MTV Style, Robyn chats on a number of topics (on our sister site Buzzworthy she teaches you how to say, "I love you" in Swedish and Prince!!!) but mostly about the logistics of being on the road, what she HAS TO bring on tour, her platform Timbs, and her favorite designers. OBVI, J. Scott is mentioned.