After all the back and forth about whether or not Azealia Banks was actually going to play the Met Gala, we were super relieved when the singer performed for Prada at the benefit event last night. We were super excited when tweets started pouring in that, not only had the singer performed, but that she had done so in high fashion cat face paint! Taking the cat eye trend to the next level (and the letter after that), Banks looked stupid cute and was all smiles as she posed for Twitpics and Instagrams galore. She started the night off on the red carpet, arm-in-arm with Alexander Wang, wearing a custom crocodile dress with cut-outs in all the right places by the designer. It reminded us a little of the crocodile Tom Ford gown Rihanna walked the carpet in, but the shorter hemline and criss-crossed straps were playful touches, perfect for the 20 year old rapper. Paired with a deep wine colored lip, so popular among the coolest cool girls last night, and simple black ankle-strap sandals, Banks looked elegant without going anywhere near looking stuffy.
Nicole Richie on April 18.
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Nicole Richie is slowly taking over the fashion industry, y'all! WWD reports that the Fashion Star judge is expanding her already burgeoning style empire (which currently includes her accessories brand House of Harlow 1960 and clothing line Winter Kate) by designing a capsule collection for Macy's. YUS. The line, called Nicole Richie for Impulse, will cater to Millenials (a.k.a. a term mostly Baby Boomers use for anyone between their teens and late '20s) and hit 100 Macy's stores and e-retail starting in mid-September. Nicole is well-known for bohemian chic meets cool '60s mod girl street style, characterized by tons of bold prints and bright jewel tones. The 24-30 piece collection will be heavily influenced by Nicole's personal style, but when it ACTUALLY came down to it, she said her biggest design inspiration was—GASP—music!
Fact: you don’t dress for the Met Gala to blend in. This year alone we spotted head-to-toe sequins, Barbie doll frocks, and even textured crocodile (ahem, Rihanna)...so needless to say, anyone who’s lucky enough to score an invite tries her absolute hardest to stand out from the rest of the fashion pack. But just like any big event, there were some major trends of the night- check out the three biggest below.
Camilla Belle, Lana Del Rey, and Jessica Alba wear dramatic lipstick to the 2012 Met Gala.
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Camilla Belle reached glamazon status in her slinky beaded Ralph Lauren gown, but the real secret weapon to the actress’s ‘20s-inspired look? Her ultra-bold, wine-hued lipstick, which perfectly complemented her almond eyes and trademark full brows. She's not the only one who channeled Old Hollywood by pairing dark lips with shimmery metallic dresses; it's well-tread beauty territory, and we couldn't be happier. Lana Del Rey played up her music industry darling rep with her Altuzarra dress (and cape!), which strikingly offset her burgundy lipstick and swoop of black liner. But here's proof you don't have to retire your ruby red shade just yet: Jessica Alba looked to the brighter side with a cherry-tinted lipstick in her Michael Kors gown- just as dramatic, still just as gorgeous as the rest.
Buy both pieces from this look a week before the collection's release."
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino’s new capsule line for Urban Outfitters doesn’t officially drop until next Tuesday (which, conveniently, is also the release date of Best Coast’s sophomore album The Only Place) but now early bird fashion fans can get a jump start on the masses. The retail giant has added two key pieces from the Urban Renewal offshoot- the collared Liv Crop Top and the high-waisted Tour Shorts- a full week before the other 10 items from the collab hit stores. And not that you really need an excuse to channel your inner rockstar, but just in case: Bethany recently told us herself that the Tour Shorts were her favorite piece from the entire collection.
Don't mind us: we're just beaming with pride watching our Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi grow up so beautifully. Our favorite pint-size Jersey Shore star took a moment out of her busy schedule (she has a baby on the way and is on the road to becoming Mrs. Jionni Lavalle!!) to pose for V Magazine. First of all, we have to say pregnancy looks great on her! In the feature, cleverly titled "Snook Who's Talking," Mama Meatball channels elegance and glamour in ravishing black and white photos. Instead of rocking her usual fun bronzer, foundation and eyeliner, Snooks goes for a minimalist makeup look that shows off her beautiful lashes and impeccably-structured brows.
Snooki for V Magazine.
Photo: Nathaniel Goldberg/V Magazine
Last night's Gossip Girl picks back up where last week's episode left off: the earth-shaking news that Chuck's (Ed Westwick) long-lost father, Bart Bass (Robert John Burke), has made a comeback from the grave. The truth comes out that Bart never actually died. In an effort to escape death threats and protect Chuck and Lily (Kelly Rutherford), he fabricated the entire thing with a little help from Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley).
When Chuck finds himself in such tumultuous circumstances, it's only natural that salt would be rubbed in old wounds. Of course Blair (Leighton Meester) must come to his rescue as his greatest pillar of support, but in doing so, she causes a little jealousy to flair up in her Lonely Boy beau, Dan (Penn Badgley). Serena (Blake Lively) comes to Dan's aide as a generous ear and a level-headed expert on B, but does this mean more than one old flame is being rekindled on the Upper East Side? The whole gang, Nate (Chace Crawford), Lola (Ella Rae Peck), and even Ivy (Kaylee Defer), teams up for Chuck's benefit, but if you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
Photo: The CW
SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Sweater: Beige cut-out shoulder sweater
+ Skirt: Blush and black graphic printed skirt
BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Dress: Neon floral print dress
+ Necklace: Three-string pearl necklace
What do cascading feathers, lemon yellow peplums, errant capes, pops of hot pink, and gigantic gold sequins have in common? They all get top billing at the 2012 Met Gala! Arguably fashion's equivalent to the Oscars and prom all rolled into one magical night hosted by Vogue magazine to celebrate the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Gala is the one event of the year where you go big, bold, bright, and brilliant or you get booed off the crimson carpet. (Seriously, the paparazzi this year were INSANE with their commentary, and one photog's hilarious banter was picked up by Vogue's live stream all night.) Thankfully, there was a steady stream of stunners down the carpet and up the steps. From see-through mega gowns and a dress made entirely of red plastic flowers to mismatched cocktail numbers and the Longest Donna Karan Train in the World™, we bring you our top picks of the night.
Beyonce at the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7 in New York.
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Raise your glasses, coffee mugs, celebratory baby bottles—what have you—because pop icon and new baby mama Beyoncé brought the Met Gala tent down. You guys, LOOK AT THIS DRESS. Words cannot convey the magnificence that is this jaw-dropping Givenchy show-stopper. What's more, when everyone was inside and the press was about to pack up their gear and go, Bey decided to saunter on up the carpet in all her lens shattering glory like, "Oh, hi! Am I late? Did I miss anything?" NO, B, we missed YOU. From the sleek-swept ponytail to the utter see-through mastery of this dress, your eyes barely know where to focus before exploding along with the black to purple ombre feathers (FEATHERS!) pooling around her ankles. This is how you do the Met Gala. Period.
We might be a little biased, but MTV-themed nails are probably the best ever. And we're not even talking about the shows or celebrities or anything our network has created over its 30 plus years of existence—we just mean the straight-up iconic "M" logo with the word "TV" scribbled in front of it. We found UH-MAZING homages to our channel thanks to some killer nail artists across the globe, and we just had to share them with y'all. Not only do we feel honored that ladies are dedicating some serious time to painting mini MTV masterpieces on their tips, but DUDES—the execution is phenom. We couldn't have done it better ourselves (literally), so here's a shout-out to some of our favorite fan-based nail art! (And, yes, once you're done drooling over these designs, there's a tutorial on how to create the logo in a few simple steps.)
Netherlands-based nail aficionado Nina (whoa, hi alliteration!) created an MTV mani with the logo on EVERY finger. Whew, talk about a lot of work! She used a white base and added a splash of color on each tip with the 3D logo on top. We give her major props for not giving up after one nail (lord knows we would), but that's just the beginning! The rest of her nail art handiwork will make your jaw drop. Seriously, YOU MUST LOOK.
Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and Vanessa Hudgens pose for "Interview."
Photo: Courtesy of Interview Magazine
The movie is still several months from our anxious eyes, but anyone with an Instagram account is probably well-aware of Spring Breakers and its rowdy and nubile cast of heroines. The scantily clad Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and Vanessa Hudgens have been all up in your Internetz, blowing kisses and riding mopeds in skimpy bikinis and Nike Dunks, and now the good people of Interview Magazine have given Harmony Korine's crew of good girls gone wild their own editorial spread.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that someone as brilliant and out there as Lady Gaga could actually exist in real life. But whenever we get to go behind the scenes with Mama Monster, complete and utter badass attitude and murderous style reminds us that she is very much real, and very much the awesomest. King of scandalous photoshoots Terry Richardson had the totally enviable opportunity to join Gaga on the first leg of her Born This Way Ball in Seoul, South Korea. This isn't Richardson's first time getting super real with Mama Monster, he got inside her lair for his book Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, but who doesn't want more Lady Gaga, am I right?! From catching the pop star being fitted into her Giorgio Armani head cage before taking the stage, to the incredible style of her little monsters, the photog makes us feel like we're there, almost (we still can't wait for the tour to reach the States come fall *fingers crossed*). And we didn't even mention that corset--with straps and hardware, the bondage-inspired piece calls to mind some of the Gaultier pieces Madonna wore on her Blonde Ambition tour back in the '90s, but with that distinct Gaga flair.