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.
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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)
We know Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but OMG, WHEN WILL CHRISTMAS BE HERE? *throws fake snow in the air* In July, we were so stoked when got wind of supersized retailers Target and Neiman Marcus collabing on a MEGA holiday collection, and guess what? The time has come, friends! The 50 products (created by 24 CFDA members including Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, and Brian Atwood, just to name a few) has been released today, and OHMUHGUH, we may barf in pure excitement. But hey, let's be real. There are buttloads of items to sort through, so we made it easy and picked out the top 5 things you'll need to swipe up this season. Everything will be available in both stores and online starting December 1, so you better start makin' your wishlist now!
1.) ALICE + OLIVIA BIKE
Photo: Courtesy of Target
When's the last time you received a shiny new bike for Christmas? Better yet—a hot pink and green one (with a basket!) designed by Alice + Olivia? Yeah, um, never. This bad boy retails for a steep $499.99, but seeing everyone's reaction when you roll up on these wheels will be worth EVERY penny.
Alexa Chung wore a Topshop dress in New York City.
Photo:Getty Images/ Topshop
When it comes to dream celebrity wardrobes we'd love to raid, Alexa Chung's closet is right up at the top of the list. This is a girl who sets trends, period. Sure, she may claim that she's just "ripping off Jane Birkin" with her oft-copied outfits, but we're still giving her major props for bringing that trademark tomboyish-prepster style to a whole new generation. After all, she was wearing cat flats before pretty much EVERYONE else...and now some of our other favorite style stars are following suit. She also manages to make denim overalls look, well, good, and can pull off cutesy bows in a way that's cool, not kiddie. So it's not that surprising that Alexa was on top of her style game yet again in New York City recently, working an adorable black to Glamour magazine's "These Girls" event. What IS surprising, however, is that the dress comes courtesy of one of our favorite fast fashion retailers- Topshop.
Christina Aguilera and her new Red Sin fragrance.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of Christina Aguilera Perfumes
On top of a new album, single, and beauty-stacked music video, Christina Aguilera is ALSO launching a brand new perfume. The new scent, Red Sin, is the latest addition to Xtina's major fragrance arsenal, and probably the spiciest one yet with notes of ginger, cinnamon, sandalwood, cyclamen, musk and red apple. We took you through her sultry commercial for the fragrance earlier this month, but thanks to our friends at Fashion Indie who sat down to chat with THE Miss Aguilera, we now get a snapshot into the thought process behind developing the scent and the ad spot. Check out the 5 things we learned from their interview with Xtina after the jump!
2NE1 on the cover of 'FAULT' Magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of 'FAULT'/Giuliano Bekor
It's kind of impossible not to fall in love with 2NE1. Like, the moment we realized they also share a serious obsession with Jeremy Scott and decked-out winged sneakers, we were ALL aboard this K-Pop train. Typically, the 4-piece girl group (which includes Dara, CL, Minzy and Bom) can be seen sporting larger-than-life technicolor onstage ensembles or killer customized streetwear, but when we peeped them on the recently-released Dreams & Nightmares issue of FAULT Magazine, they totally transitioned over to the dark side. *cue spooky ghost sounds* All four ladies were clad in fancy, all-black ensembles paired with animal-inspired headgear that looked straight from the Viking era. And we're not talking cutesy little horns here—we're talking insane headpieces with spikes on them. Yeah. Spikes, people. On horns. The cover shoot, photographed by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan, shows a darker, goth-glam side of the girl group, which was used as a double cover with Kelly Osbourne's goth glam shoot from a few weeks ago. OMG, our cold, black hearts can barely handle all this goth-y goodness.
Lana Del Rey in H&M's Winter campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of H&M
Sometimes when you hear that an artist has been tapped to be the face of a brand, that just means a wham bam campaign, some images, maybe a billboard, and then done. H&M, however, are showing off their girl Lana Del Rey in a campaign that's as multifaceted as the singer herself. What started out as a rumor bubbling up from the depths of the online fashion universe has quickly transformed into a holiday campaign, an awesome video, a live performance and now, a winter campaign. The cool blue images feature Lana in one of her favorite retro pin-up girl poses: leaned against a car staring into the camera with what you can't quite be sure aren't daggers. Leather-look leggings, oversized sweaters and even a fur vest make appearances in the campaign, which combines urban chic with an almost apres-ski vibe, particularly through cropped down parkas with cinched waists. It's refreshing to see a campaign that looks so editorial--in fact, the photos are actually more interesting than a lot of Lana's past editorials, combining dramatic set styling with ultra modern clothes, while still staying true to Lana's vintage, nostalgic aesthetic. Check out the campaign images after the jump!
Hailee Steinfeld braves the double denim look.
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The double denim look is a notoriously tricky one. Often referred to as the "Texas Tuxedo" (or sometimes the "Canadian Tuxedo"), wearing denim on denim is a bold style move with the distinct potential to go very, very wrong. But sometimes, and BELIEVE us when we say this is extremely rare even for the most famous of celebrities (see Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa the 2001 American Music Awards for indubitable proof) a freak fashion plate like the lovely Hailee Steinfeld takes the risk and knocks it right out of the park.
We may be hallucinating, but we're pretty sure our childhood has come back to haunt us via rainbow-emblazoned Trapper Keepers. *rubs eyes* Oh, yep, it's definitely back, and it's got Lisa Frank's name/neon color scheme written all over it. Today, Urban Outfitters debuted—get this—an entire collection of vintage Lisa Frank goodies, and it's the REAL deal, y'all. Like, we're not talking about her new clothing line that hit the web last winter, we're talking about the actual '80s and '90s technicolor sticker sheets, notebooks and folders that the smaller, scrunchie-sporting versions of ourselves used to carry oh-so-happily down our elementary school hallway. *squee* Suddenly, it feels like our 40-hour work week could go by just a wee bit faster if we could stare at a panda in cuffed overalls wearing a too-tiny hat painting rainbows all day! Wait, that actually exists—in binder form—and it's only $35. Yessssss. Also, we're gonna need to jazz up our cubicle a little bit, so we should probably swipe a couple of these jumbo sticker sheets while we're here.
Transitional dressing is hard for everyone, but for the red carpet? Not only are the stakes higher, the competition more fierce, and the flashbulbs FAR more plentiful, but there are also just so many options. Do you go dark, the way many New Yorkers purge their wardrobe of all color the minute the first leaf hits the pavement? Or do you go ultra bright, in chilly-day-warming jewel tones and little hints of the summer that has just passed? The Elle Women In Hollywood party was last night, and its red carpet had many awesome examples of both methods for mid-fall dressing. In the first camp, Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick went darker (Kiernan playing with black and white), while Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Nina Dobrev went ultra-bright.
Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick wore black to the Elle Women In Hollywood Party.
Emma Watson looked chic but still relaxed, her signature blend of laid back and edgy, in a black structured cocktail dress with a nude accent and layered construction. Paired with a pair of strappy, geometric heels and centerparted, pulled-back hair, the look was still a little light for the colder months, but just right for right now. Kiernan Shipka proved that she's growing up so fast (but not too fast) in a sweet black and white dress featuring a demure little collar and peplum. Her blonde hair, stick straight and center parted, and black pointed toe shoes looked elegant and age-appropriate. Anna Kendrick went for the vampier, more fall black look, in an ornate bustier dress and platform heels, her hair cascading around her shoulders in light waves. All three women got the delicate balance of darkness and light just right, looking October appropriate, but not at all Halloweeny.
Justin Bieber knows his sneakers. Whether he's wearing studded Supras, gold Skytop IIs or swanky suede YSL, he has enough sneaker swag to convince even the MOST high heel-obsessed girls that they need a pair of identical kicks. Let's face it: the Bieber effect is in overdrive, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. So in a totally genius move, Justin's just signed on with the adidas NEO brand as its newest "Global Style Icon." This means that the singer will rep the sneaker and lifestyle brand starting in 2013, including fronting ad campaigns, making personal appearances, AND a top-secret project that Biebs hints at below. What do you think it is?!