In March it was announced that Rihanna would be the recipient of the CFDA 2014 Fashion Icon Award. The ceremony is tonight, and we figured, as we bide the hours left until we see what badgalriri shows up wearing, we'd take a look back at a few of the trends she has been RIHsponsible for. In an interview with the New York Times late last week, Mel Ottenberg, her stylist, remarked that he loves working with Rih so much because of her undeniable influence and ability to get people talking. We will never get tired of talking about Rihanna, TBH. Peep a few of our fave trends that we attribute to her below!
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When Rihanna Got Into It: November 2012.
When Others Got Into It: Spring 2013.
A Brief History: Rihanna debuted her matchy-matchy look almost two years ago on her 777 Tour, but the trend is still going strong in stores. These days practically every shirt seems to come with a matching bottom. This summer is going to be full o' sets, IMHO. As an early adopter of the trend, Katy Perry wore a matching crop top and skirt to the Kids Choice Awards in 2013, but she was still months behind her pal. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?
So long, leotard.
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• Miley Cyrus attended the World Music Awards and performed in—gasp!—a gown. Even leotards need a day off once in a while, y'know?
• Lana Del Rey showed off her selfie skillz in Intro Magazine. LDR's selfies > my selfies. She has a natural talent, TBH.
• Mariah Carey wore a Versace gown on the subway because, I mean, what else would Mimi wear on the subway? She looks like she's having a great time, which makes me suspect glamour is the key to a tolerable commute.
• Kristen Stewart upgraded her sneaker collection with a pair of Chanel kicks. These shoes are not appropriate for the gym. Like, at all.
• Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got married on Saturday (yeah, that was this week) and we imagined what a commemorative plate would look like. It would feature Kanye lyrics, naturally.
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Welcome to another edition of Food Friday. This week we were inspired by the newest collab between Miss Lily's, a Jamaican restaurant down in the Soho neighborhood of New York, and your '90s boyfriend's favorite surf brand Stüssy. A killer capsule collection to go along with my oxtail stew and rotis? I can't think of anything better. However, it did get us thinking what the results between some of our favorite streetwear lines and foods would be. We hope you like the fruits of our labor.
BIG GAY ICE CREAM x LAZY OAF:
Source: Big Gay Ice Cream/ Art: MTV Style
Lazy Oaf is known for their bright cherry colors, and a penchant for playful prints loaded with pizza, pineapples and an assortment of sweets (including ice-cream) seems like an obvious combo for East Village favorite Big Gay Ice Cream. You know what else is obvious? A Lazy Oaf x Tyler the Creator combo. Did someone say threesome? Throw in a Salty Pimp (I'm serious, that's what it's called), and call it a day. Also highly recommended: the Cococone.
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Let's all say it together: FINALLY! Ariana Grande has been teasing us with sneak peeks of her "Problem" music video for an eternity now, and today is the day that our dreams became a reality at last. The hyped vid launched at 4pm today (true to Ariana's Twitter countdown), and it's everything we hoped it would be.
But enough waiting. Let's dive right in and dissect this bad boy...
A still from the 'Problem' video.
Photo: Republic Records
The video opens on a sparkling figure. We can't see her face yet—who could this mystery woman be??
A still from the 'Problem' video.
Photo: Republic Records
Surprise! It's Ariana. She's looking expectedly retro in a sequined minidress and white go-go boots. Also, notice that signature spiral backdrop that's been in ALL of her Instagrams lately.
It's time to officially admit it: Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter are our favorite fashion duo of 2014. (Don't worry, Bey and Jay are a very close second.) Even when Blue Ivy was a wee babe, her sheer existence accentuated Bey's ensemble, and these days, she's discovering her own style—by raiding her mom's closet, obviously. Bey posted this 'dorbs photo of Blue Ivy sporting her stilettos making it look like she planned to match her designer heels with her summery orange floral frock—it's that good. It would be amiss to not mention that Blue Ivy is, in fact, following in her mother's footsteps, and we ain't mad at that! (But hold on, is she already dressing better than us, though? Worried.) Lucky for us mere commoners, Bey posted even more pics of her stylin' mama-baby hangs for a photo sesh we are calling "Queen B and Her BB."
Been watching 'Ghost World,' Katy?
Photo: @katyperry Instagram
Uh, is it just us or has Katy Perry been spending her extra hours online, googling “counterculture?” Over the past few months, she’s dyed her hair slime green, shopped at VFILES, and even worn Lil B’s face on her dress, which is all to say she’s come a long way from her quirky pinup “I Kissed a Girl” days. Honestly though, we’re feeling this new Katy—especially her most recent look, which seems to nod to one of the greatest films ever made, at least if you ask me: Ghost World. It’s just one of those movies that sticks with you, scene by scene, pithy phrase by phrase, and, of course, outfit by outfit. So when we saw Katy wearing thick-framed glasses, a throwback grunge look with her faded slime green hair, combat boots, and a general air of apathy, we immediately thought of movie’s awesome protagonist Enid, played by Thora Birch.
"Just two nobodies."
Iggy Azalea and RuPaul, two of my imaginary best friends in life, hung out together (without me, sob!) for a brand-new edition of the reality star's web series "RuPaul Drives..." in which he, yes, drives around L.A. with all the people you'd ever want to trap into a car and fire questions at (John Waters, Susanne Bartch, Courtney Stodden—you know the type).
As they're cruising around looking like norms sans on-stage costumes ("just two nobodies," Iggy says), both lay eyes on a cool chick walking down the street. Iggy proclaims, "I love a girl who puts a wig on in the A.M." And then the conversation turns to her love of a good lace-front wig.
Mariah Carey in her subway finest.
Photo: @mariahcarey Instagram
For most people, taking the subway is not very glamorous. You're crammed in a narrow box with people who wear huge backpacks and DGAF that, like, three extra people could fit in the space of their bag. Yesterday, four other people and I were prevented from holding onto anything because a woman decided to rest her entire body against a pole at rush hour. In short: The subway is the worst.
Mariah Carey, on the other hand, obviously does not think it's that bad. Maybe it's because she treats it as a luxurious mode of transportation? The elusive chanteuse obviously enjoyed her time on the 1 train late last night, sharing photos from the event (only for Mariah Carey and tourists is riding the subway an event worthy of capturing on Instagram) and describing it as a "joyride" and her look as "#subwayincouture." While normally I try to avoid being on the 1 train at 2 AM, I would've paid to be there for this. Like, way more than the typical subway fare.
The #FreeTheNipple movement is officially taking over all forms of social media. After Rihanna deleted her Instagram a couple weeks ago (thanks to the photo-sharing app taking down her topless Lui magazine cover because it violated their TOS), there has been increased debate over the injustice of banning just female nipples on Instagram. Scout Willis protested this inequality by (legally!) taking topless pics in the streets of NYC and posting them to Twitter with the caption, "What @instagram won't let you see #FreeTheNipple." And with that, conversation about the movement (which, BTW, Miley Cyrus has been repping since December) became headline news.