Don't go overboard with the Valentine's Day accessorizing.
Photo: Nasty Gal/ASOS/Urban Outfitters/LEIF/Bauble Bar
As you are probably well aware, Valentine's Day is on Friday. While some people go all-out with reds, pinks, hearts, cupids, whatever, we prefer a simpler approach. There are plenty of options for you to acknowledge that it is, in fact, Valentine's Day without gluing hearts made of doilies to all of your clothes. We've rounded up a few accessories that are perfect for a low-key Valentine's Day look (and that you may even wear on days not found in February).
On Valentine's Day, this XOXO ring could mean "hugs and kisses," but on any other day, it could be just two of your favorite letters on a ring, next to each other. The delicate letters are pretty and subtle, so your finger won't be screaming "I LOVE/NEED/WANT HUGS AND KISSES," but will be nonchalant like, "Oh, the letters on the ring are also the way I sign all my emails." Cool.
Hey, remember how the biggest conversation in the weeks leading up to this season of New York Fashion Week was about how the whole enterprise was starting to feel a bit like a circus? There was talk of designers pulling out of the traditional tents/Lincoln Center situation and turning toward smaller, more intimate (and more spread out) venues, and that Alexander Wang might even move his presentation all the way out to *GASP* Brooklyn! Well, it happened. All of it. And while we agree that NYFW, as it exists, begs to be disrupted, this week, we turned toward the eye of the storm and walked straight into the zoo. OK, a zoo. A gathering of animals, at the very least? We went to the New York Pet Fashion Show. And, BTW, (HAI, HATERZ) it was THE BEST.
A still from Mariah Carey's 'You're Mine (Eternal)' video.
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If you watched the "MTV First" premiere of Mariah Carey's new video, "You're Mine (Eternal)," you may have noticed mermaid Mimi is totally topless, save a whole lotta glitter. If you're a hardcore Lamb, or just someone who enjoys watching Mariah Carey videos on repeat (guilty), you may have realized this isn't the first time Mariah has bared almost all in one of her videos. In fact, she's done it at least four previous times. For a woman who loves her some clothes (see: her closet on MTV Cribs), she often opts out of them for videos. She's gotta separate her home life from her work life, y'know? Check out all of Mariah's past near-nude video appearances below!
A still from Nicki Minaj's video for 'Lookin' A** N****'
Photo: Young Money/World Star Hip Hop
Last Friday, Nicki Minaj posted a series of pictures on Instagram that showed off her natural 'do, which was pulled back into a long, slick ponytail. But this wasn't just your average, pasty-flashing selfie that we've come to expect. Thanks in part to a stacked rack of designer clothing and the background presence of a glam squad, we got the vibe that something big was coming. Today, that vibe finally reached a fever pitch as Minaj debuted her latest music video (via World Star Hip Hop) for "Lookin' A** N*****."
Hope you're all THRIVING on Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Jarvis Derrell of #shehashadit has been giving us his take on NYFW street style all week, and today is no different. Check out below for today's lucky ladies, or click here in case you've missed any of his posts from the past week.
Martha Graeff at New York Fashion Week.
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Whhheeeewwwwww Yaaaassss Kween Yaaaaassssss!!! Kiesha I tell you guuurl, there is nothing that gives me more life, than a Streetonista thriving and surviving with her surrounding elements, for the greater good of serving a look Kween!!! Guuurrrlll, just like a night of sensible crying in fetal position, and then texting your now married ex-boyfriend, your surroundings play a key part in UPing your level of sickening fierceness!!!.....IF, you know what you're doing, amen!!! OBSESSED!!!! This Kween is a pro for sure, using every link of this huge fence to serve you a little look I like to call: Vanilla Milkshake, summoning all her boyz to the yard...but not without protecting herself from them first! WORDY!!!! I LIVE!!!! #thrive #donttrythisathome #everybodyaintable #itriedtobringboystomyyard #endedupwitharestrainingorder #calmdown #almostallchargesweredropped #grateful #readyforthisred #lovethispose #itssochristinaagulieradontlookatme #beautiful #mostdays #hatday #blameitonherchoices #blameitonthisweather #obsessedwiththatskirt #iworeonejustlikethattomynightschoolgraduation #yolo #shehashadit
Alexa Chung, Anna Kendrick, and Chelsea Leyland at New York Fashion Week.
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Are we really in the homestretch of New York Fashion Week already? It feels like just yesterday our favorite celebs, models, and designers were descending upon New York City to deliver us entertainment and fashion and now, in two short days, they'll disappear until September. Let's not dwell on the future, though, and instead embrace what we have now: celebrities at fashion shows.
A few looks from Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection.
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The Force is strong with this one. "This one" meaning Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection (obviously). Yesterday, the Sisters Mulleavy sent their latest line down the runway, which featured a few VERY familiar faces—and we're not talking about the models. With the blessing of director George Lucas, his wife Mellody Hobson, and Disney (who recently acquired the rights to Lucas' Lucasfilm Limited production company) Rodarte presented a series of Star Wars-themed looks that were both very literal (i.e. gowns emblazoned with Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO) and creatively interpretative.
Before the beloved character-print dresses closed out the show (sans noticeably absent leads like Princess Leia and Darth Vader), Rodarte duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy delivered a collection filled with what we believe were more-discreet references to the cult-classic trilogy—which, to the average ogler, might seem
totally a bit random, but have been several years in the making, as George Lucas took a highly coveted front row seat at Rodarte's Winter 2012 show. We consulted our resident Star Wars fangirl, Lauren Reid, for some much-needed insight on the collection's less-obvious nods to the films.
"Short hair, don't care. (!!!)" - Taylor Swift
Photo: @taylorswift's Instagram
Last night, Taylor Swift got her hair cut, and judging from her Instagram, it was an EVENT. It seems like just yesterday Taylor was flipping her hair every which way during her dramatic Grammy performance. Now that image is nothing more than a distant memory because Swift is reinvigorating THE haircut of 2013: The Chop, also known as The Karlie. In the midst of her international Red Tour, T. Swizzle took a moment Tuesday evening to show off her new, chin-length 'do on Instagram. "London, I could never thank you enough. See you next time! PS: short hair, don't care. (!!!)," she captioned the photo (of a photo?), which also features one of her best friends (a pool that just keeps growing and growing), Ellie Goulding.
Looks from Peter Som's Fall 2014 show.
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Last season, sound stylist Javier Peral gave us all the juicy deets on the vibes behind the soundtracks at New York Fashion Week. From Jason Wu to Monique Lhuillier to Carolina Herrera, we got the lowdown on the curated beats that fueled the catwalks, and the people, places, and things that influenced designers' new collections. This season, Peral has been gracious enough to grant us access (again) to Peter Som's soundtrack, which has quickly become one of the most heralded shows of the Fall 2014 collections. Wanna know all the songs that accompanied Som's fresh, blurry florals and expertly tailored pieces? (Your answer should be something along the lines of "duh.") Well, good. Because you can check out the full playlist and the ideas behind the looks after the jump!
There are a few things you can always expect from a Christian Siriano show: drama that's well-balanced with wearability, meticulous attention to construction, and highbrow inspiration. The Fall 2014 collection he debuted at New York Fashion Week is absolutely no exception, hitting each note with even more masterful precision than in previous seasons. We were lucky enough to catch up with Siriano backstage just before his show, where he revealed his muse and gave us a peek at his thought process when developing a collection.