Beyonce getting ready to hit the stage for her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Courtesy of Beyonce's Tumblr
Beyonce and her mom, Tina Knowles, have a relationship (specifically in regards to style) that I have never and likely will never enjoy. Don't get me wrong, my mom and I are like besties. Practically Gilmore Girls status. But when I was much, much younger, my mom would try to push clothes on me at the mall, and every time I would, regrettably, shut her down. "Wanna try these flares?" I'm actually more into tapered denim, but thanks. "What about this Calvin Klein blouse?" Nah, mom. You know I love ill-fitting ribbed t-shirts with embroidered appliques. (ADAKDFJLAGK WHY??) Bey and Miss Tina, on the other hand, are the fortunate players in a symbiotic mother-daughter style relationship. To the point where Mrs. Carter will let (honestly, she probably REQUESTS) Mama Knowles consult heavily on her custom designer tour wardrobe. UK publication Grazia Daily recently got a chance to chat with Tina about her daughter's world tour togs, and the ensuing interview was every bit as informative as we'd hope. Check out the 5 things we learned from their chat below!
Florence Welch, Nina Dobrev, and Andre Leon Talley at The Great Gatsby Premiere.
A sparkling collar here, all over baroque shimmer there, iridescent separates—opulent outfits were de rigueur at last night's premiere of The Great Gatsby, with attendees taking a thematic approach and dressing as though they could be attending one of the title character's infamous parties. Interestingly enough, the film's stars kept things a little more subdued, albeit classic, but more on that later. The most obvious trend of the night was embellishment, with jewels, embroidery, and metallic fabrics causing some serious oohs and aahs. Florence Welch took to the red carpet in a dramatic navy Miu Miu gown with a jeweled collar, matching tie and a slit up to there. She let the dress do most of the talking by keeping her bright red hair back in a loose bun, and wearing minimal makeup. Nina Dobrev took the baroque approach, wearing a body-con Versace sheath, gold Rupert Sanderson heels, Susan Foster drop earrings and her hair in loose, modern waves. And finally, our king of the night Andre Leon Talley took to the carpet in an iridescent gold tunic top, purple pants in the same shiny fabric and, of course, a pair of black Uggs with a red monogram. While it wasn't a traditional premiere look, ALT's flashy getup was certainly in keeping with Gatsby's themes of excess and luxury. Not to mention his arm candy: Andre had none other than Anna Wintour, resplendent in all-white, by his side.
Guess who's taking these celebs to the 2013 Met Gala?!
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Considering the time of year, the prep work, and the formality of it all, it's not really that surprising that people refer to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum as the fashion world's version of prom. While both events have a theme (we hear this year's, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," is, uh, causing attendees some wardrobe struggles), let's be real— the high concentration of really talented, really famous, and really good looking people walking those Met steps on Monday night ensures that you won't get THIS party confused with your average school dance. We already told you about how you can get in on the action from home, whether it's buying "Chaos and Couture"-inspired clothing or splurging on the celebs' dresses themselves, but what we really want to know is, who's taking who?! There might not be adorable promposals this time around, but many of the designers HAVE picked their celebrity dates for the night. Not surprisingly, Dior is bringing the brand's new face and recently crowned Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence to the fete.
Katy Perry in New York on May 1.
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We've been obsessed with Katy Perry's springy ensembles as of late. Whether she's hangin' at the White House Correspondents' Dinner or attending a Smurfs 2 premiere, girl continues to ba-ring her sartorial gorgeousness with every summery frock she wears. But we have a bone to pick with you Ms. P—what's up with all the blue?! Last week, she wore three blue dresses in one day; Tuesday she sported an all-blue ensemble while shoe shopping with Tommy Hilfiger; and yesterday she wore two floral blue frocks in a single evening.
Chris Kelly and Chris Smith of Kris Kross in the "Jump" music video.
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In 1992 there were two kinds of trends. Stuff that actually reached me living all the way in Hong Kong before the Internet and stuff that entirely escaped my notice. As a seventh grader going to British school, I thought Kris Kross was the greatest. Shipping tariffs were astronomical for CDs, all of our magazines were about six months behind, we had one bootleg English-language channel that showed music videos infrequently, and we knew that they'd never tour us so it was awesome to be able to at least bounce in time and wear clothes backwards. Of course this was only on weekends since we had to wear school uniforms that featured little neckties and grey blazers.
There was an art to it. Your jeans had to be massive but in a certain way and they had to sag really low because, "everything is to the back, with a little slack/'cause inside out is wiggity wiggity wiggity wack" etc which meant you had to wear boxers which was sort of a rarity in my school since boxers were really American and those kids had their own school. It was an easier transition for the skate kids since they were already wearing 34" jeans (for the record, Chris Smith wore 36" and Chris Kelly wore 34" at the time) or chinos but the American kids had an advantage in full-out mimicry since they could have family members ship in things like wool varsity jackets and massive jerseys.
Jorge Bendersky applying a "U.S.A." tattoo to Hubbell the chihuahua.
Photo: Jorge Bendersky
I guess the more appropriate way to start this conversation is by letting you know that temporary tattoos for dogs do, in fact, exist. Yes, friends, the practice of ephemerally branding yourself with butterflies and hearts and stars is no longer limited to humans. Welcome into the fold, canines! And extend your paws to shake the hands of Jorge Bendersky, the New York-based dog
groomer stylist who is largely responsible for setting this trend ablaze thanks to a high-profile Upper East Side clientele. And yes, according to DNAinfo.com, temporary tattoos for dogs ARE trending, extending to far-reaching exotic locations like Australia, Poland, and *achem* Iowa.
Pixelated Winged sneakers from Jeremy Scott for Adidas.
Photo: Via @Sneakernews Instagram
We all know about life's great combos. There's peanut butter and chocolate. Black and gold. Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Summer and Earth. And of course, Adidas and Jeremy Scott.
When Adidas launched their first collection with the whimsical designer back in 2008, the partnership was an instant sensation. The very point of Adidas Originals is for the brand to team up with friends and let their freak flag fly, so who better to add a boost of eccentricity to Adidas classics than the lovable quirkmeister himself, Jeremy Scott?! Since then we've seen his winged high tops on everyone from Lil Wayne to Blue Ivy to maybe even your sassy grandmother. And count Rebel Wilson as a fan of his more cuddly creations— she recently wore his Pink Poodles on Letterman. What we're getting at here is that people love the Adidas x Jeremy Scott collections, and they've been crazy bestsellers for the brand. Because wings on shoes, that's why.
Nicole Richie dons protective glasses as she awaits the laser.
Nicole Richie is HILARIOUS. She got her start on reality TV alongside bestie Paris Hilton on The Simple Life, and has proven her on-screen style savvy as a mentor on NBC's Fashion Star alongside Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos. Not that we had ANY questions about Nicole's style smarts—she is the design mastermind behind House Of Harlow 1960, Winter Kate, AND an eponymous Macy's line, not to mention a street style staple. Combining her gifts for humor and sartorial flair, Nicole is back on the small screen with her new AOL webseries #CandidlyNicole, based on her irreverent Twitter feed, and we have to say, it has us in stitches. In the first episode, Nicole pays a visit to Dr. Tattoff (not his real name, but don't tell Nicole that), to inquire about having an unfortunate piece of body artwork removed. Listen, we're not going to judge anyone's youthful indiscretions, but we agree that maybe a cross tramp stamp isn't the look a stylin' mother of two is going for. Nicole chats with the good doctor, as well as with some of her fellow prisoners of bad decisions, who are in the market to remove tats as classic(ally bad) as twin cherries or as confusing as a neck tattoo that says "TIMETRAVELER" but "everyone thinks it says 'Timberlake.'" Ummmmmm, good luck with that. Nicole actually has NINE tattoos, but she isn't looking to get all of them removed "just the embarrassing ones."
It's no secret that Emmy Rossum rules the small screen each week as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime's comedy Shameless (if you haven't seen it yet, start watching now!). However, if you've been lucky enough to catch the actress belting it out in flicks like Phantom of the Opera, then you know that she's also got a MAJOR set of musical pipes. And trust us when we say her vocal talent isn't just movie magic, either. Emmy's a classically trained singer, and her new album Sentimental Journey comes stocked with unique covers of classic songs spanning from the 1920s all the way to the '60s. Yep, what's old is officially new again, and a music project like this one calls for an equally retro music video look. Whether it's raiding flea markets or using old costumes from the eras to give the vids like "These Foolish Things" an authentic appeal, Emmy's a total vintage fashion PRO.