Rihanna in 'Vogue.'
As expected, Rihanna is Vogue's March 2014 cover girl. Not as expected? Just how amazing the interview is. Like, I already thought RiRi and I were close (I follow her on Instagram, etc.), but after reading the article, we're, like, tight. *crosses fingers to demonstrate closeness* I mean, now I know her jewelry is "all fake—from Claire’s." I know everyone in her entourage calls her "She," and I know that she does her very own eye makeup using MAC eyeliner. That's the type of stuff only best friends know, right?
Another new Rihanna BFF is Plum Sykes, author of the feature, who not only hung around with Rih for the day, but was #blessed to be styled by her, too. One of the first pieces RiRi dresses Plum in is an oversized jacket (from Alexander Wang, natch) because, Rihanna reveals, "More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better." You also don't need to wear a shirt or bra with a big jacket, so there really are multiple benefits.
Much to the dismay of naysayers/trend forecasters everywhere, nail art ain't goin' nowhere, y'all. In fact, I'm happy to report that it's alive and well and majorly #THRIVING on the Fall 2014 runways at New York Fashion Week. Nail artists pulled out all the stops this season with a brand new class of innovative designs, patterns, textures, and shapes. If you're still struggling to paint both hands without going through an entire bag of cotton balls and polish remover (no shade), you might want to take some notes. Unless you're into the finger-dipped trend, in which case, carry on. Check out our picks for the most creative nail art designs from New York Fashion Week after the jump!
Nail art at The Blonds.
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Here we have a small sampling of the nail art The Blonds sent down the runway for their Fall 2014 show. Welp, that'll do it, ladies and gentlemen. I think we can all go home now. They won nails. Congrats, CND. I don't even know how to describe half of these, because they are SO insanely detailed. Also because there are SO many. Like, there's at least fifteen in plain view. And that's not even counting those pink pointy suckers (which would no doubt get flagged as weapons by the T.S.A.). Just when we thought it couldn't get more diverse than last season's show, The Blonds went and outdid themselves. Literally.
Nail art at Cushnie Et Ochs.
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Cushnie et Ochs called in their BFF manicurist, Pattie Yankee, for this stiletto-tipped, iridescent, oil-slick paint job that created a holographic illusion in certain kinds of light. HOLOGRAPHS, people. On fingernails. What's next? A life-size projection of a shirtless 2Pac performing the show's soundtrack? (Hey, it could happen.)
Whomp, the moment we've all been dreading has finally arrived: the last #shehashadit post of the season. For the past eight days Jarvis Derrell has been teaching us about New York Fashion Week street style, and our days are going to feel empty without him. For all his coverage from the past week, click here. Otherwise enjoy and savor his final post below!
Hanne Gaby Odiele at New York Fashion Week.
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Kiesha yaaaassss!!!! Guuurrrrllll, NYFW is finally over Kween, and THANK GOD!!! I've pulled just about every trick up my sleeve to serve a blogable look for the street photogs, and now gurrrl my bedroom looks like an H&M salesroom floor on Black Friday! Wheww, but it was all worth it, now pass me my neon pink bedazzled Jersey butt sweatpants, my Cake Boss baseball cap, my Old Navy hoodie, and my Mister Mountain rough terrain snowboots please!!! YUUUPPPP!!! No more street looks from me for awhile Kweens! Cause just like this Illuminati Realness model, Mama needs a shonalabreak!! OKAAYYY!!! But it's been fun, hasn't it Kweens!! So much life given! So much REALNESS served! So so soo much regret!!! #ugh #cantwaitfornextseason #sprrriiinggg #bootyshortsandboots #nonequitysundresses #artisticnudity #soready #thismodel #thatlook #ilive #sheaskingthesamequestionivebeenaskingallweek #wherestheclosestchipotle #yassstothatportablerinseandset #donygetthatweavewet #neosugarplumfairy #thriving #shehashadit
Looks from CuteCircuit's Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Call us crazy, but we haven't stopped thinking about Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour since she first announced it back in November. It's still three months away, but we're getting increasingly antsy and excited—especially (obviously) concerning all things wardrobe. So you've gotta understand the pure joy we felt when we saw CuteCircuit (one of Katy's favorite designers, NBD) show their Fall 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week.
Katy has worn some of their pieces before—her light-up gown at the 2010 Met Gala and white catsuit at her 2011 American Idol performance were both designed by CuteCircuit. So, when everyone started raving about iPhone-controlled miniskirts and dresses embedded with LED displays this week, Katy was probably like, "YAWWNNN. Tell me something I DON'T know." (JK, she's way nicer than that.) Designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz have been doing their futuristic thing since 2004, but now that the brand is *officially* on the fashion radar, we have our fingers and toes crossed that Katy will ask her old friends to provide a few (or more) pieces for Prismatic.
We've already discussed beauty trends from New York Fashion Week, so now we need to discuss the other major player on runways that isn't, y'know, clothing: HAIR! After looking at basically every Fashion Week picture that exists, we decided the number one trend that ruled the runways, hair-wise, was braids. There were braids everywhere. Some people may think braids are reserved for warmer seasons like spring or summer, but those people would be wrong. Fall/Winter braids are obviously becoming a ~thing~, so you better make sure your fingers are nimble come September. Check out braids from NYFW below!
Models at Nanette Lepore and Creatures of the Wind during New York Fashion Week.
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Braided bangs, a somewhat underused plait in the braid world
of which I'm queen, showed up twice on runways. The first was at Creatures of the Wind, where the braid practically covered the model's entire forehead, and the second was at Nanette Lepore where it was thinner and sleeker. You don't need actual bangs to get yourself some braided bangs—just comb some of your hair forward and voilà.
As a proud lifelong brunette, I'd never discredit my tonsorial sisters by saying blondes have more fun. HOWEVER, when it comes to New York Fashion Week shows, The Blonds definitely have more fun than anyone else. The dynamic duo of David and Phillipe Blond always seems to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, and in less-capable hands, off-the-wall ideas like theirs have the distinct potential to fall really really flat (spoiler alert: They never do, though, because these two are rhinestone-swaddled geniuses). Their collections—and accordingly, their shows—are always campy but never corny, forever nailing the exact frequency of BANANAS. For Fall 2014 they looked to Gotham City—more specifically, Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) circa Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
This year at NYFW the clothes seemed to take a backseat to nearly everything else. Not that there wasn’t anything interesting being shown on the runway—there was just a lot going on: the polar vortex, the longer-than-ever trek from show to show, the Instagram bait sets at Marc Jacobs, where a layer of gray clouds canopied the audience, and Opening Ceremony, where Belgium chocolate dripped from the walls in sync with L-VIS 1990’s live soundtrack. Yet the biggest non-sartorial talking point was the models who wore them. Designers put more energy than ever into casting this year, which made for a lot more surprises throughout the week.
KENDALL JENNER AT MARC JACOBS
Kendall Jenner walks at Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Marc Jacobs has an eye for budding young stars. He helped put Miley Cyrus on the fashion industry’s radar early last year when he sat her front row at his Fall '13 show, dressed in a head-to-toe look from the then-current season, and recently tapped her for his Spring ads. So the designer’s decision to cast Kendall Jenner must mean that he sees potential in the reality TV star-turned-model. Not to mention the surprise of seeing her with bleached brows, a sleek bob, and in a sheer top. PR gold.
Joe Jonas, Lupita Nyong'o, and Atlanta de Cadenet at New York Fashion Week.
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That's all, folks. After a week of fashion shows, new collections, and celebrities, New York Fashion Week is officially over. Of course, now we just direct our attention to other cities like London, Paris, and Milan. Since it's neither seven days, nor over until it hits another three cities, I vote we just change it all to International Fashion Month. All those in favor say "aye."