This year at NYFW the clothes seemed to take a backseat to nearly everything else. Not that there wasn’t anything interesting being shown on the runway—there was just a lot going on: the polar vortex, the longer-than-ever trek from show to show, the Instagram bait sets at Marc Jacobs, where a layer of gray clouds canopied the audience, and Opening Ceremony, where Belgium chocolate dripped from the walls in sync with L-VIS 1990’s live soundtrack. Yet the biggest non-sartorial talking point was the models who wore them. Designers put more energy than ever into casting this year, which made for a lot more surprises throughout the week.
KENDALL JENNER AT MARC JACOBS
Kendall Jenner walks at Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Marc Jacobs has an eye for budding young stars. He helped put Miley Cyrus on the fashion industry’s radar early last year when he sat her front row at his Fall '13 show, dressed in a head-to-toe look from the then-current season, and recently tapped her for his Spring ads. So the designer’s decision to cast Kendall Jenner must mean that he sees potential in the reality TV star-turned-model. Not to mention the surprise of seeing her with bleached brows, a sleek bob, and in a sheer top. PR gold.
Joe Jonas, Lupita Nyong'o, and Atlanta de Cadenet at New York Fashion Week.
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That's all, folks. After a week of fashion shows, new collections, and celebrities, New York Fashion Week is officially over. Of course, now we just direct our attention to other cities like London, Paris, and Milan. Since it's neither seven days, nor over until it hits another three cities, I vote we just change it all to International Fashion Month. All those in favor say "aye."
Katy Perry and Jiff, chillin'.
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If you can stop staring at possibly the world's cutest dog and direct your attention, like, two inches to the right, you may notice that Katy Perry's hair stops above her chin. Um, hi, Katy, it's us, your best friends, DID YOU GET A HAIRCUT?
In the preview for the "Dark Horse" video, which was released yesterday, Katy has a bob with bangs, but we just assumed it was a wig. We know Katy loves wigs (she even celebrates her successes with them), which is why we're not convinced the hair above is the stuff that grows out of her head. At the same time, short hair has been making waves again recently (see: Taylor Swift), and Katy hasn't had short hair since her colorful bob, so maybe she was ready for an IRL change.
Snag some OVO from Nordstrom!
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If you aren't already on your way to Toronto to pick up one of Drake's 2014 varsity tour jackets from Roots Canada, then we are seriously starting to doubt your devotion to Drizzy. JK! We weren't able to swing a flight either. But we did catch wind of a pretty great alternative if you're sweatin' some limited-edition October's Very Own gear (you'll still have to go to Canada for that jacket, though). Starting TODAY, February 14th, Nordstrom will officially become the first national retailer to carry apparel by OVO. #HYFR
The exclusively designed merch, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, and knit caps, is debuting as a part of Nordstrom's ongoing Pop-In Shops project. Launched in October 2013, the specialty shops house a series of themed collections that rotate every four to five weeks. This time, the theme is "Heartbreakers Club," which Nordstrom says is "inspired by men with heartbreakingly good style." Check! Drake definitely qualifies. BRB while I put a Band-Aid on my aorta.
If you were dreading today's #shehashadit post because you feared it would be the last one of Fashion Week, rest easy: it is not. Jarvis Derrell will be back with us tomorrow for the final MTV Style x #shehashadit street style post of the season, which will, hopefully, ease the pain of not having a new dose of Jarvis' genius every day. If you want to reminisce about old times, you can read all of his posts here. If you just need to move on, enjoy today's post below!
Attendees at New York Fashion Week.
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WHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEWWWW Kween, YAAAAAASSSSSS!!! Gurll Day 7, really really let us have it in just about every way!!! PRAISE THE LORDT!!!! Just when I was ready to wash my hands clean of boring streetonistas in their sensible neutral tone Olivia Pope jackets and bland black leggings, Day 7 happens, and my hope in humanity and Lisa Frank are once again restored!!!! YAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!! #ablackman #myfavoriteaccessory #morpheus420andhisnewwifeyokoono #nailingit #onceyougoblack #everyfashionchoicemakessense #powercouple #obsessed #headwear #luckyanimal #extrapointsforbothservingabelt #maleneckwear #soointoit #shehashadit
Dakota Fanning, Lil' Kim, and Naya Rivera at New York Fashion Week.
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While yesterday was the seventh day of Fashion Week, it was not, in fact, the conclusion of NYFW. Nope, despite the event's name, it actually goes through today, which means we are not yet finished finding celebrities in the front row! Yesterday was full of faces we hadn't seen yet at NYFW—new people like the one inside Lil' Kim's body!
Lupita Nyong'o wears Maybelline New York Sensational Vivids in Brazen Berry in 'Glamour.'
We've already been operating under the assumption that Lupita Nyong'o is, in a word, flawless. Over the last several months, she's appeared on countless magazine covers, scored a modeling gig with Miu Miu, and stays steady killin' it both off and on the red carpet. (Oh yeah. She's also a really great actress, but, you know, details.) Have you ever actually seen her up close though? Like, close enough to spot even the faintest sign of a blemish? No? OK, well, technically, neither have we. But Glamour did when they tapped Lupita to show off spring's hottest lip colors—and (SHOCKER), she's still flawless.
Looks from Mark McNairy's Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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One of the guaranteed highlights of New York Fashion Week, at least for us here at MTV Style, is the Mark McNairy show. Without fail, his designs are this perfect combination of brazenly irreverent but just practical enough to wear out of the house without feeling like a cartoon. ALSO, much like us, McNasty loves his hip-hop and will incorporate it any which way he can, from inviting his favorite rappers to star in lookbooks à la Angel Haze or to walk in his shows as aDanny Brown and Pusha T have done for previous collections, and Cam'ron (accompanied by girlfriend Juju) did this season.
Being that the dude has an ear for music, his runway soundtrack is also consistently on-point, and this Fall 2014 show was no exception. McNairy presented a collection of fashionably IDGAF looks—knee-length camo fur, leggings as pants (PRAISE BE), and 8 a.m.-class-ready zip-up hoodies with buffalo plaid sweatpants—accompanied by a soundtrack riddled with film quotes and badassery. Stelios Phili (who's also a very talented writer over at GQ and, full disclosure, a dear friend of mine) was the man behind the mix and kindly obliged my barrage of questions about the track he created.
MTV STYLE: How would you describe the soundscape you created for the Mark McNairy show?
STELIOS PHILI: What a person hears in their head every time they're about to give zero effs. Like that scene from Napoleon Dynamite when the little kid on the bus asks Napoleon what he's gonna do today. Napoleon responds, "Whatever I feel like I wanna do, GOSH!" I tried to apply that philosophy to the music. Like, I turned a beautiful Miles Davis trumpet solo into a house beat that changes tempo four or five times and, at one point, has Beavis and Butt-Head dousing it in fart noises. Can you find the effs given? I can't.
Lorde on the cover of 'V' magazine.
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When it comes to covers, V magazine can do no wrong. The publication has a killer streak of taking the artists we love to see and transforming them into eye-popping cover stars. Remember Lady Gaga’s semi-nude recent run? Or when Miley tried out a pink faux-hawk and men's briefs? This time around, for their March music issue, V tapped four of our favorite artists to emerge in 2013: Lorde, Haim, Banks, and Say Lou Lou for a set of decidedly demure alternate covers.