Looks from Lauren Conrad's spring 2013 Paper Crown collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Paper Crown
Lauren Conrad has been busy! (What else is new, right?) Last year alone, the ex-Hillsie launched a video craft series, designed an eco-friendly beauty and travel accessories line, released another book, and continued her oh-so-popular LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls collection. But, most recently, LC debuted the spring 2013 lookbook from her personal "passion project" clothing line Paper Crown, and, dang, girl has come a long way! We're loving the fresh and feminine (with a touch of nautical) vibe from all her pieces, which include a peony-print blouse and sky blue shorts; a breezy blue and white striped maxi dress; and a sheer mint blouse and champagne sequin skirt.
It's December 21st and the world hasn't ended, but we ARE one day closer to the end of the year! What does that mean? Why, a brand new Best of 2012 post for you, of course. This week's offerings were a bit more about fun than they were about breaking it down, with the Best Fashion Lyrics and yesterday's music video paper dolls cracking us up in our almost-holiday madness. Today, however, we have a more serious best of to break down for you: The Best Red Carpet Looks of 2012.
Gah, this one was a doozy. How do you choose from a whole year of sparkly, silky, long, short, frilly, gorgeousness? How do you pick just ONE look from each of your favorite stars when there are SO MANY AMAZING ones? We were kind of hoping the Mayans would be right on this one and we would be off the hook, but alas, the world is still very much turning and so we got put on the hot seat. Now, disclaimer, there were so many amazing red carpet outfits this year that we cannot say that these are ALL of the best, so just consider this MY personal fave red carpet looks of 2012.
BEYONCE IN GIVENCHY AT THE MET BALL
Beyonce in Givenchy.
First of all, a disclaimer: Beyonce could show up on a carpet in a potato sack, or in all of the things we've discussed in Weird Wednesday this year combined, and she would probably still look the most incredible. The combination of her superhuman poise, that smile, and her incredible bod make her a red carpet hit, and so Bey at The Met gala was a guaranteed home run. But were we expecting this incredible black and sheer Givenchy gown, cascading down her frame into a pool of black and purple feathers? No. It. Blew. Our. Minds. Bey strolled up fashionably LAST to the ball's red carpet, and immediately stole the night from some very stiff competition, making this perhaps our #1 favorite red carpet look of 2012. We say perhaps, however, because we're not picking favorites, not exactly.
Oh hai! If you've been following our Best of 2012 wrap-ups, you might notice that we've been covering the ENTIRE gamut in the style world. From grills to band style to hair, we've left no corner unturned, but we've still got one week left! So, kick up those heels and scroll through some of the best fashion and beauty moments from the past year, will ya?
Newsflash: 2012 was the year of cat fashion. I mean, we've seen it all, folks—cat loafers, cat sweaters, and even Christmas cats, and we STILL can't get enough of the fluffy stuff. Lucky for us, it looks like celebs are equally as enamored with this catshion (our new word, NBD) obsession because throughout 2012 we spotted our fair share of kitten-inspired ensembles. In fact, some peeps wore feline-friendly clothes so much, that we're officially calling them cat ladies. And, hey, that's not a bad thing! We're just callin' it like it is. (Psst! We're cat ladies too. *paws at keyboard*)
TAYLOR SWIFT: QUEEN OF ALL-THINGS CAT
Taylor Swift in her many cat ensembles throughout 2012.
Photo: Splash News
Let's start this off with a bang, shall we? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the 2012 queen of cat fashion, Ms. Taylor Swift. (I mean, have you seen her kitten Meredith?) She has stepped out in so many cat-inspired ensembles this year that we have started to lose count! Here we peep just a mere handful of T Swift's kitten-faced duds, including (but not limited to!) a black and beige all-over cat print ASOS dress paired with a slim-fit black jacket, Charlotte Olympia kitten face loafers in beige with a retro-inspired ensemble, a polka dot sweater complete with a cat's visage, and the Charlotte Olympia loafers again, but this time in black.
Katy Perry in sparkly nude this weekend and at the Arthur Premiere in 2011.
Katy Perry had a very busy weekend. Not only was the pop star named Billboard's Woman Of The Year, she was also honored by The Trevor Project with their 'Trevor Hero Award.'The organization, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ teens, honored Perry for her outspokenness about suicide, and, according to the organization's CEO, Abbe Land, because "she has done so much to empower youth." Katy looked beautiful on the red carpet, in a sequined, light-beige Marchesa gown that hugged all over her envy-inducing curves while still being demure. When we first saw it, though, we got a weird feeling. "Have we seen this dress before?" we thought, and immediately began racking our brains for a similar style on the singer. Two dresses came to mind, and one in particular stuck out because of the also-similar beauty look she rocked with it. We're talking, of course, of the one-shouldered number Katy wore to the premiere of then-husband Russell Brand's film Arthur in April of 2011. Last year, Katy paired the gown, which featured more of a mermaid shape, a central, starburst sequined pattern and slightly less form-fitting construction, with super long, loose black waves and a center part. For The Trevor Project red carpet, Katy also kept her jet black mane loose, adding a crown braid to the slightly shorter, loosely curled look. There was another dress that was creeping into our brains as well, though. Check it out after the jump.
A still from Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" music video featuring Kimbra.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" was one of the biggest runaway musical successes of the year. Not only was the heart-wrenching ballad a colossal radio hit, the music video for the track featuring Kimbra was awesomely iconic to the point where it earned its own SNL Digital Short starring the singer himself. Given all of the above, we think getting a group of three (yes, THREE) together to be this video for Halloween is a guaranteed costume winner. Given all of that, we've hacked a way for you to do it yourself. Roll up your sleeves, warm up your credit card, and LEGGO!
Dress up as Gotye for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of Capezio/Walmart/Hardware and Tools/KMart/Target/Business-Supply.com/Facepaint.com
The "Somebody That I Used To Know" costume is definitely not for the faint of heart. While it doesn't demand you IDENTICALLY replicate the abstract geometric designs of the original video, you should be sure that all of the lines and colors match and meet appropriately. Cop yourself a nude unitard and a grip of paints (fabric for the onesie and face for, well, your face), and get to work with some foam brushes! You'll need black eyeliner to define the lines on your face and neck and a laundry marker to draw lines on the unitard (and don't forget a ruler!).
+ Unitard: Capezio Adult Long Sleeve Unitard ($34.00)
+ Eyeliner: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Black ($5.64)
+ Fabric Marker: Sanford Rub-A-Dub Laundry Marker ($0.94)
+ Paint: Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, Neutral 5 Pack
+ Face Paint: Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Fair ($3), Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Rich Ivory ($3), Snazaroo Face Paints in Rust Brown ($2.50), and Snazaroo Face Paints in Light Grey ($2.50)
+ Brushes: Linzer 8501-S Foam Brush Set ($1.19)
+ Ruler: Westcott Non-Shatter Ruler ($1.02)
Lady Gaga opens up Philip Treacy's spring 2013 show during London Fashion Week on Sept. 16.
Photo: Getty Images
Whew, Lady Gaga's been busy this week! Exactly seven days ago, she was spotted in London wearing a white gown that resembled a wedding dress to the Arts Club in Mayfair, then she flew back to NYC to promote her Fame fragrance (complete with a partially-shaved head and skull tattoo), and just this weekend she was back across the pond making QUITE the impression during London Fashion Week. For the first time in 12 years, iconic Irish milliner Philip Treacy (yes, the guy who made Princess Beatrice's infamous pink fascinator) showed his collection during LFW, and Lady Gaga did her best to properly support the designer—by opening his show in a dramatic sheer pink burka over a floral-embellished nude bodysuit. She stepped out onto the pitch black runway with nothing but a spotlight and the sound of her platform heels hitting the ground, extended her arms out to the side and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest milliner in the world, Philip Treacy—in the clothes of the late Michael Jackson. Open fashion!" And just when we thought that would be the highlight of the show, Lady Gaga continued to switch up her ensemble off the runway so many times we could barely keep up.
Looks from Christian Siriano's spring/summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8.
Photo: Getty Images
Unlike Christian Siriano's dark and vampy fall 2012 collection, his spring 2013 runway was filled with tons of light pink, baby blue and seafoam green pastel pieces that screamed summer. His line included everything from work-ready pearl-accented peplum dresses to button-up brocade jumpsuits to flowy landscape print frocks. Between the tutu silhouettes, soft high buns, and blaring remixed classical music during the show, the inspiration behind the collection was clear—it was ALL about the ballet. When we caught up with Christian backstage, he told us this season's looks were about being "romantic and pretty" and inspired by the American Ballet Theatre's Dream Ballet. "It's kind of an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream—so very dreamlike, very whimsical," he said. "The whole collection really has that kind of ballet dancer feeling." Ah ha! We knew we were onto something.
Holland Roden at the 2012 Video Music Awards on Sept. 6 on L.A.
Photo: John Shearer/Invision for MTV
OMG, the VMA red carpet has officially opened, which means our MTV.com red carpet host Holland Roden is about to talk all-things fashion with some of our favorite celebs. Eeee! As you may remember, we followed the Teen Wolf star all week long on her timeline to the VMAs—we watched her try out some hairstyles, test out some makeup looks, and even try on some dresses. So, what did she decide to wear on her big debut? A DARLING Pamella Roland number! Her flirty light green frock has a sheer overlay with tons of tiny beads embroidered all over. GLAAAMMOORR. She nailed her beauty look by pulling her hair back into a bouffant retro updo and paired it with a seriously heavy smoky eye and nude lip. PERF. For her accessories, she finished the look with beige peep-toe Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and Neil Lane jewelry. To get all the latest updates on the red carpet, keep checking back on our live blog!
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Alicia Keys shows off her new Reebok collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Reebok
We all know Alicia Keys can SANG, but did you know she also has some serious design chops too? The singer hooked up with Reebok Classics to create some limited-edition kicks, and, um, we want them ALL. Alicia did a totally new take on our old Reebok favorites—the Freestyle Hi (5411), Freestyle Double Bubble, Classic Nylon Slim and Princess—which she models oh-so-adorably in the campaign images above. The coolest part, though, is that during the Video Music Awards tonight at 8 P.M. EST (where she is also performing at! Check out her rehearsal pics from last night where she is, yes, wearing the brand), Reebok will debut her new Classics commercial that shows her "soul-searching journey to the top against the world's greatest canvas and Keys' hometown—New York City," according to the press release. Oh la la! "I’ve been a Reebok fan ever since I put on my first pair of 5411's," Alicia said. "Collaborating with Reebok and designing this collection has been such a cool experience because I’ve been able to tap into my creativity in a whole new way. Reebok's one of those brands that have endured the test of time and partnering with them felt like a really natural fit." I mean, when her hubby Swizz Beatz is creative director of the brand it can only BE natural fit, amirite?
Taylor Swift at the 2010, 2009, and 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Hot on the heels of announcing her forthcoming album Red and dropping a record-breaking new single, Taylor Swift isn't quite finished sharing awesome news: this morning we learned that the pop star is officially the fifth artist slated to perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards! YES. The singer (and bonafide style darling) has had some seriously epic moments both onstage and off in the past, but the superstar is ready to top it ALL come September 6th. Until then, though, let's predict what Taylor's going to be wearing on the big night. Here's a hint: it just might involve the color red....