Karen Walker for Uniqlo.
Photo: Courtesy of Uniqlo
Between past partnerships with brands like Lulu Guiness and most recently, Suno, Uniqlo is NO stranger to some seriously awesome collabs. That being said, rarely does fashion news send such a collective gasp throughout the MTV Style HQ as Uniqlo's most recent recruit, Karen Walker. If you read this blog, then you're already well-acquainted with the fact that our love for the New Zealand designer runs deep. We're talking far beyond her consistently adorable printed pants, quirky blouses, and statement sunglasses, into potentially disastrous "recreate her dramatic runway beauty look" territory (*shudder*). Anyway, now that she's teamed up with the Japanese retailer on a wallet-friendly collection of tees, channeling Walker's effortlessly cool vibe has never been easier.
You already know that a highpoint of our week here at Style is when we get to see what our favorite Animal is up to on Ke$ha's My Crazy Beautiful Life, and, sadly, the docu-series comes to an end tonight. We can't be THAT sad, however, because Ke$ha and her Animals are taking over MTV tonight, and in addition to the show finale, will also be premiering the MUCH anticipated video for "Crazy Kids." We first caught a glimpse of her Brooke Candy channeling cornrows and pastel nail art from some behind-the-scenes shots on her Instagram, and the sneak peek video is really just increasing our excitement. We get to see her Insta-ed outfit in action in the preview, as she dances around in enormous gold bamboo hoops, rings all over her fingers and 40 ounces of glittery something featured prominently. The video premieres on MTV tonight at 7:53 pm EST, to be followed by "MTV First: Ke$ha," on kesha.mtv.com. Got a question for Ke$ha? Tweet it with the hashtag #AskKesha and she may just give you the answer live!
Rihanna wears the Celine paper bag clutch in oh-so-many ways!
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Dang, Rihanna really loves her new Celine clutch, y'all! She just can't stop sporting the Spring/Summer 2013 red lambskin rolled bag as of late, and we can totally see why—it goes with literally everything. Need proof? RiRi has been carrying the accessory throughout the month with all TYPES of ensembles. From casual denim cutoffs to beachy maxi dresses to club-ready leather pants, there isn't one look she couldn't accessorize with her paper bag-inspired clutch. In one outfit, she decided to channel a '60s starlet while wearing a printed scarf tied around her head, white circle sunglasses, a black maxi dress from her own River Island collection, super (SUPER!) long layered chains, Chanel two-tone flats and, of course, her Celine bag.
Photo: Mary H.K. Choi
You guys, I am officially, 100% not worried about the future at all. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, and met a GRIP of #sciencebabies who basically have the whole overpopulation, disease, natural disaster thing under control. Seriously. I am basically poolside writing this entire post in a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses because I am so relaxed now.
So, the way ISEF works is that 1,600 pre-college kids from 60 countries descend upon the Phoenix Convention Center floor and it's row upon row of roped off booths where each contestant presents their project. Apparently, it's untoward to refer to the shindig as a "science fair" what with more than $3 million in grants and awards at stake, but basically everyone's competing for the Big Prize, a.k.a. the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award. The competition is fierce since these dudes have already SMOKED school contests, regional contests and state contests.
The cool thing about the day I visited is that it was the day after the official judgement (postscript: these are the winners) so the vibe was a little more chill. No one yet knew who had won but everyone had presented and tap-danced their faces off the day prior, so they got to unclench and hang out a bit. I even saw a little mild-grade flirting which was cute, reassuring and terrifying when you consider what that means for the following generation of SUPERGENIUSES. Hopefully, they'll be kind rulers.
We've already told you about how excited we are that one of our favorite models, the one and only, the hilarious Chrissy Teigen is covering this year's Hangout Fest on hangout.mtv.com. But we don't really feel like we did the actual festival, which is a fantastic mix of AMAZING bands and a totally beautiful beach (i.e. heaven, pretty much), the justice that it deserves. Hangout is a seriously good time, and no matter which aspect of awesomeness you're the most excited for, there's most definitely something for you. Like Coachella, there is a HUGE variety of music to choose from, and there's a pretty solid chance that no matter what your preferred genre, there will be something right up your ally at Hangout. We picked three of our most anticipated, but also different, Hangout Fest acts and broke down some looks that we think would make you look right at home in the crowd.
Solange inspired festival style.
Photo: Nasty Gal/ASOS/Urban Outfitters/Forever 21/Zara
Obviously, we take serious style inspiration from Solange on a regular basis, so when we were thinking about who could kick off our Hangout Music Fest style-a-palooza she came to mind immediately. We LOVE her bold style, and have to credit her for single handedly doing away with any fear we might have of wearing mixed prints. In her honor, we think either a shorts suit or, better yet, a jumpsuit in a bold, colorful print is just the ticket for looking fly and still being able to dance to her set at Hangout. We love the Nasty Gal Flower Punch Jumpsuit ($88.00) paired with a colorful, low heeled sandal like ASOS' Hedley Heeled Sandals ($76.36), a classic panama hat like the BDG Aloha Straw Panama Hat ($29.00), an easy cross-body bag like the Forever 21 Canvas Saddle Bag ($24.80) and finally a little pop of something extra, like the silver Tiger's Head Belt from Zara ($25.90).
After months of no Lady Gaga sightings and almost complete social media abandonment (the last time we saw Gaga she was in that decked-out gold wheelchair back in March), we felt lost without Mother Monster's sartorial guidance. But we're so happy to announce that she's OFFICIALLY back! Gaga made an appearance at the Versus Versace x J.W. Anderson launch party on Wednesday night, but it was sooo stealth, we almost totally missed it. Fashion blogger Susie Bubble was at the event and tweeted that there was a "no Gaga video or pic restriction," which explains why we could legit only find one (unsourced!) photo of Mother Monster from that night. She sported her signature platinum waves, a hot pink pout, gold cat-eye sunglasses, and a Versus Versace one-shoulder black and gold dress.
Whew, the Cannes Film Festival is huge, y'all. If you can barely keep up with all the red carpet events, screenings, and press conferences, don't worry—you're not alone. The celeb-studded, week-long event (which just started yesterday) is guaranteed to bring out some insanely amazing fashion statements, and we've hand-picked the top need-to-know moments from the festival so far so you don't have to! (You're welcome.) Check 'em out, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
'BLING RING' LADIES EMMA WATSON AND CLAIRE JULIEN BARED THEIR MIDRIFFS
Emma Watson and Claire Julien at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 15.
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Emma Watson already put us to shame with her killer airport style upon arriving to Cannes, and yesterday we got to peep her first Bling Ring photo call ensemble, which was equally awe-inducing. She sported a burgundy two-piece Christopher Kane number with feather trim and pointy black pumps. Oddly enough, her co-star Claire Julien also wore a midriff-baring look! She showed off an all-white Balmain halter and skater skirt paired with peep-toe heels, which means, yep, showing skin is officially in, y'all.
I picked out these outfits, NBD.
First off, I need to give it up to Complex for discovering the incredible amazingness that IS the Dress Up! Drake iPhone app. Thanks to their killer sleuthing skills, I unearthed a whole PLETHORA of celeb dress-up goodness that has (apparently) existed since 2012. You can style everyone from Joe Jonas to One Direction to Adele in tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories, and—if you're lucky!—hair. But the best part about these Happy Girl Dress Up! apps is that they're all free—the only catch being to get the premium outfits (a.k.a. the way, WAY better ones) you have have to pay more. *high-fives entire world* I had to take a couple of these bad boys for a spin, so I obviously downloaded Joe's app first (sorry world, he's my ~one~).
Unless you live in a vacuum bubble that seals off contact to all things nostalgic and AWESOME, you've probably heard that TLC IS REUNITING. And not only that, reportedly, T-Boz and Chilli are linking back up with the late great Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes via digital projections of precious archival performance footage (no Tupac hologram, guys) for a full-fledged reunion TOUR. One of the most iconic and prolific girl groups of the '90s will reassemble this July at VH1's Mixtape Festival, and we CAN'T. WAIT. In fact, we're so on the edge of our seats about this that we're already picking out what outfits we'll wear to the show—inspired by the ladies themselves, of course. Check 'em out below, and no, they don't include this No Scrubs tee or this votive candle. We don't remove those from the shrine.
A TLC reunion tour is a definite cause to go a little "crazy."
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This is not to say that overalls are "crazy." On quite the contrary, we LOVE THEM. But pairing these acid wash overalls ($155.00) with a banana print crop top ($37.41), printed multi-color sneaker wedges ($88.00), and tying a seriously VIBRANT orange layering crewneck ($36.11) around your waist? That veers you right into crazytown. (No, erm, not that Crazy Town.) Top it all off with a pair of oil slick lensed Jeepers Peepers ($29.93), two raver pigtail buns, and maybe a condom or three attached to your ensemble, and you're "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"-extra ready!
Katy Perry at 'The Smurfs 2' photocall in Cancun, Mexico on April 22.
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If there's one thing Katy Perry loves, it's a themed outfit, y'all. Yesterday, KP visited Cancun, Mexico (JEALS!) to promote her new Smurfs 2 film sporting, YEP, head-to-toe blue. The most amazing part, though, is that she wore THREE different (and equally-amazing!) azure ensembles in one day. WHEW. You might remember Katy's very literal Smurfs outfit homage from a couple years ago, but this time around she went for a more demure (but still on-theme!) approach. She kicked off the day in a GORGE sheer blue lace and white Monique Lhuillier spring 2013 frock paired with pointy metallic Jimmy Choo pumps and a skinny black belt. She risked the matchy-matchy accessories look, but we LOVE how it turned out!