Taryn Manning behind the DJ booth.
Photo: Courtesy of Taryn Manning
I've <3ed Taryn Manning ever since circa 2002, when I was an overweight unconvincingly closeted suburban-bred tween whose face leaked into my XL butter-drenched popcorn all eight times I watched the CLASSIC CINEMA COMING-OF-AGE MASTERPIECE known as Crossroads, in which Manning portrayed Brit Brit Spears' (!!!) knocked-up BFF alongside Zoe Saldana. Other reasons I remain obsessed: let us not forget the immaculateness that was Boomkat (Manning and her bro's electro-pop dope duo), specifically "The Wreckoning" music vid in which a trench-coat clad Manning furiously struts around a junkyard with killer bangs/heels singing Girl Power!/AIM away message-friendly lyrics (See: "I came, I saw, I kicked some ass!") #SheBetterWork There's also those edgy roles including Eminem's kinda cray ex in 8 Mile and, of course, playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow, which found Manning nabbing many raves/nominations and rocking some major Bo Derek-esque dreads realness. (PS, back off, I'm considering this salacious lewk as my Halloween costume. *Hair flip*) Did I mention the killer actress' resume includes getting her acting on alongside Oscar Golden Girls like Helen Mirren and Renee Zellweger? Or that she made my nostalgic aughties' heart beat loud when playing Kirsten Dunst's home girl in Crazy/Beautiful and partaking in many a make-out session with Freddie Prinze Jr. (!!!) in an indie rom-com? *Faints* Also, my tear ducts have never been the same since Manning's performance on a recent episode of Law & Order: SVU. As of late, the quadruple uber-talented threat is killing it on many a flat-screen with major recurring roles on Hawaii Five-O and Sons of Anarchy, getting all the cool kids around the universe in a downright tizzy as an in-demand DJ, aaaand, thank the gay gods, banging out new pop gems as a pint-sized pop star and once again showcasing those smoke-y soulful pipes and synth-heavy beats. Her latest mega tune "Send Me Your Love", off her forthcoming EP, is already a Top 10 Billboard Dance smash/losing-your-damn-mind-on-the-dance-floor-inducing anthem, and you'd be a fool to not get your iTunes on ASAP. Alas, I got Taryn to send me her L-U-V/favorite fashion-y thangs. You’re very welcome. If you're anything like me, prepare for a Crossroads marathon/8 Mile soundtrack listening session (yep, she’s crooning up on that too)/overwhelming urge to get a unicorn tatt/many a heart explosion.
Emma Roberts wears the Nanette Lepore sunglasses she inspired.
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It seems like every day there's a new designer x celebrity collaboration, but less ubiquitous are the moments when a star takes the backseat and serves as the creative inspiration and, in return, the promotional vehicle for a line or an individual piece. Such is the case with Emma Roberts and the limited edition sunglasses Nanette Lepore designed for her. Last night was the official launch of the Emma-inspired shades, and Roberts, Lepore, and Vogue Eyewear celebrated in style with an intimate party on the VIP floor of the 5th Avenue Sunglass Hut. (Yes, that's a thing that exists, and we have the pictures to prove it.) We caught up with Emma herself to get her reaction to the finished product and serving as Nanette's design inspiration.
Kavita D., Lua P., and Paulitta Suchowera.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
Yo, beanies are back! They never really, um, went away per se, but the crisp fall weather means we're back to bustin' out this wardrobe staple. And thank GAWD, right? It 1.) Goes with everything, and 2.) Goes with everything. How many more reasons do you need? It'll add an instant '90s grudge edge to any ensemble (and warmth on a cold day, obvi), plus it looks good on literally every face shape. We found three bloggers who sported the ol' black beanie in the FIERCEST of ways, so let's find out more about these too-cool-for-school chicks, shall we?
We may be hallucinating, but we're pretty sure our childhood has come back to haunt us via rainbow-emblazoned Trapper Keepers. *rubs eyes* Oh, yep, it's definitely back, and it's got Lisa Frank's name/neon color scheme written all over it. Today, Urban Outfitters debuted—get this—an entire collection of vintage Lisa Frank goodies, and it's the REAL deal, y'all. Like, we're not talking about her new clothing line that hit the web last winter, we're talking about the actual '80s and '90s technicolor sticker sheets, notebooks and folders that the smaller, scrunchie-sporting versions of ourselves used to carry oh-so-happily down our elementary school hallway. *squee* Suddenly, it feels like our 40-hour work week could go by just a wee bit faster if we could stare at a panda in cuffed overalls wearing a too-tiny hat painting rainbows all day! Wait, that actually exists—in binder form—and it's only $35. Yessssss. Also, we're gonna need to jazz up our cubicle a little bit, so we should probably swipe a couple of these jumbo sticker sheets while we're here.
Iggy Azalea for House of Holland Eyewear.
Photo: via House of Holland Facebook
We hate to say we told you so, but we TOTALLY called it! After seeing mysterious photos pop up on Iggy Azalea's Twitter a couple months back, featuring the Aussie rapper showing off House of Holland sunglasses, we wondered if a campaign was in the works. Turns out we were right— the images have officially dropped! And yes, they're absolutely amazing. The emerging hip hop star is working her modeling chops in a huge way, showing off House of Holland's debut collection of shades against a bright blue Los Angeles sky.
With fewer than three weeks to go, the countdown to Halloween is officially ON. This tick-tock time crunch plus the pressure of churning out an epic, unforgettable and pop culture-relevant costume means you'd better get started stat. If you're still looking for outfit ideas, ahem, may we suggest PSY? He's only the biggest YouTube superstar since, like, forever, and basically exploded the internet this summer with "Gangnam Style." Considering we've already dissected the music video look by look, that makes the costume hunting EVEN easier. And with our group costume ideas inspired by each of the ridiculous characters in the clip, all you need to do now is grab your best friends and start plotting. It's SO easy, you'll even have time to learn his dance moves before the big night. Let's do this!
Photo: Dress like Psy's "Gangnam Style" video for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of YG Entertainment/ Topshop/ASOS/Forever21/Topman
Who better to start off with than the man himself?! Whoever's lucky enough to nab PSY's action-ready ensemble has to be prepared to give MAJOR face, rock the dance moves like no other, and have the singer's swanky "I know I'm hot" saunter down (after all, with great power comes great responsibility...). Here PSY's dressed in his baby blue tuxedo jacket, black pants, bowtie and shades. He's working a slick dress shirt underneath all this, but if you don't feel like investing in one yourself (or raiding your dad's closet), a basic white tee will do. Replicate PSY's outfit with a light blue blazer, black skinny jeans, a bow tie, and some round sunglasses. Now all you need to do is perfect those facial expressions...
Snooki wears a pair of sunglasses from her Snooki by Nicole Polizzi line.
Photo: Via Snooki's Instagram
We can't BELIEVE it's already been a year since Snooki debuted her first-ever sunglasses collection, and today the Jersey Shore girl continues her quest for total eyewear world domination (see: those spring shades that sold out in less than 24 hours) by releasing yet another set of affordable sunnies. Last night she tweeted, "Snooks shades" with an Instagram picture (above) showin' off her latest eyewear, and we have to admit that we were a little surprised by her specs! These super-dark aviators are definitely a deviation from her bold animal print or bright rhinestone-studded Snooki by Nicole Polizzi pieces, but perhaps she went a little more vampy thanks to a little holiday called "Halloween" coming up.
Lady Gaga at her Fame fragrance launch in London on Oct. 7.
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As Lady Gaga continues to promote her Fame fragrance all across the globe, she also continues to take this whole dress-like-the-perfume-bottle-and-wear-strictly-black-and-gold aesthetic VERY. SERIOUSLY. Yesterday when Mother Monster was at a launch event in London, she wore—you guessed it—only black and gold, but sported THE most insane accessories we have ever seen. And we're not exaggerating here—she wore a gold claw, people. A gold CLAW. After she stepped out of her incredibly ornate horse-drawn gold carriage (yes, that actually happened), we peeped her hands, and they were completely covered in gold adornments. We're talking jewels, chains, even a honey bee—the whole bit. I mean, just a couple months ago we were debating over whether wearing a talon on your fingertips was over the top and then, well, this happens. *shrugs* Gaga has officially put us in our place.
Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga at Palazzo Versace in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 1.
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Aaaaand Lady Gaga's "love affair" with Donatella Versace continues! Last year Mother Monster admitted she was "obsessed" with the brand, and Donatella let her do the unthinkable—dig through the Versace archives for the first time since before Gianni passed. Now it seems the twosome are still closer than ever. Just yesterday, they were spotted at Palazzo Versace looking eerily alike—Donatella wore a skin-tight, all black frock with her infamous platinum blonde hair, and Gaga sported a matching blonde wig to celebrate her designer BFF. Mother Monster also wore a white, gold and silver studded Versace number (of course!) with her fresh 'do paired with fire engine red nails. Yowza!
Rihanna and Selena Gomez both wear camouflage.
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Camouflage is trending right now in a big way, and who better than two of our MTV Style patron saints, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, to show us how to do it well. Truth, we've seen it for months from the army jackets of our favorite bloggers to Katy Perry's stage ensembles, but when two pop stars wear it boldly and in different iterations in the same 24-hour span, you know you're riding the absolute crest of the camo wave. Devil's advocates though we are, it's time to see which version you prefer: Rihanna's hypebeast printed pants or Selena's extra layer overshirt?