Lady Gaga photographed by Annie Leibowitz for the January 2012 issue of "Vanity Fair."
Photo: Annie Leibowitz/Courtesy of "Vanity Fair"
We could easily decree 2011 the Year of Lady Gaga because she was EVERYWHERE, from her yearlong concert tour and subsequent coffee table book with Terry Richardson to a Thanksgiving special and countless red carpet (not to mention street style) moments that kept us both intrigued and entertained. You'd think Mother Monster would want to take a break in 2012, but oh no, that's not her style. She's married to her fans, as you know, and has bestowed little monsters worldwide with the promise that 2012 will also belong to Gaga, as evidenced by her presence on the cover of Vanity Fair's January 2012 issue. In an eye-popping cover shot by renowned photog Annie Leibovitz, Our Lady sits regally in resplendent red Atelier Versace while smiling a smile that says we have no idea what she's going to gift us with next. Folks, I can tell you one thing, the interview in Vanity Fair alone will have you gasping and wanting more with talk of creativity, marriage, and her upcoming video for "Marry the Night."
Edward and Bella at the altar.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Michael Wilkinson graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. He is wildly entertaining, talented, gracious and a delight to interview on the subject of—WAIT FOR IT—'Breaking Dawn' (*HEAD SPLOOOODE*) because he is the dude tasked with costume designing not only B.D. one but B.D. two, too (that’s what we insiders call it *brushes dirt off shoulders*).
Before we move onto discussing the sartorial majesty of what may be the MOST SIGNIFICANT CINEMATIC EVENT since 'Twilight: Eclipse,' I’d like to take a sidebar to address Mr. Wilkinson’s curriculum vitae leading up to this moment. YOU GUYS, he worked on 'Party Monster', 'Romeo + Juliet', '300' (for which he won a glut of awards [DESERVEDLY #teamfassbender]), 'Watchmen,' 'American Splendor' (R.I.P. Harvey Pekar), and he’s also working on the Zack Snyder Superman reboot, 'Man of Steel.' Yeah, basically, he’s the best.
In the impending interview, Michael spilled about which designers he worked with for the second-to-last film of the franchise, Robert Pattinson's shorts phobia, Kristen Stewart's enviably taut physique, and teased how GLORIOUS all those vampire capes will look in the spectacular battle scene in the final installment of this face-meltingly incredible saga. I AM RUNNING OUT OF EFFUSIVE ADJECTIVES.
Anna dello Russo, Lady Gaga, and Susie Bubble wear the best shoes of the week.
Photo: Getty Images
Ahh, November. Hasn't it been great? Almost too great.... Honestly, y'all, it's been unseasonably warm, and I'm just the teensiest bit afraid it's lulling us into a false sense of security (as far as foot and ankle safety is concerned, anyhow). In this week of what has primarily been leisure time, accompanied by breezy cool temps and little to no precipitation, the past few days have been a kind of perfect storm for outrageous footwear, chief among them being this week's selects of the following consistently well-heeled boundary pushers: Anna dello Russo, Lady Gaga, and Susie Bubble.
Margareta van den Bosch and Consuelo Castiglioni fit a model for the H&M x Marni spring collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Marni/H&M
Nope, your eyes are NOT deceiving you—that headline says exactly what you think it does: H&M and Marni are collaborating for a spring 2012 collection! GAHHHHHHH. Just when we were on the mend from elbowing our way through the recently released H&M and Versace collection, we now have something ELSE to look forward to after a long, cold winter! Italian fashion label Marni is known for its decadent prints, one-of-a-kind shapes, and bold colors, so we cannot WAIT to get our paws on some affordable pieces from the collection. Founder and Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni collaborated with H&M Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch to create a women's and men's collection that will juxtapose "prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphics and adding sporty utilitarian elements," says Consuelo. Ummm, we're loving the sound of this already! The women's line will include full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped pants, and jacquard knits in everything from silk to cotton. Plus, the collection will also include jewelry, shoes, bags, and scarves (YUS!). Just peeping the image above makes us weak in the knees because we are loving that bright '70s print SO. HARD.
Kristin McMenamy, Daphne Guinness, and Susie Bubble at the British Fashion Awards in Lodnon
Photo: Getty Images and Splash News
The British Fashion Awards brought some serious fashion game to London last night. It's a well-known FACT that London-town is all about killer street style, but it's also about serious avant-garde style on the red carpet (or, in this case, blue carpet) too. Londoners seem to have NO FEAR when it comes to being photographed in the most outlandish of fash-madness. It's like they wear eight-inch platforms while making a roast chicken in the kitchen or slouch around on Saturday mornings in robes lined in marabou or vampire teeth like it's totally normie and expected where they come from. (It's nothing short of awe-inspiring, and we curtsy to it!) The high priestess of this sort of madcap macabre style-slaying is easily Daphne Guinness (aka she of the pigeon blood-inspired makeup collection). She totally brought it to the BFAs (Britain's equivalent to the CFDAs), as did '90s grunge model Kristen McMenamy and lovely style blogger Susie Bubble. I mean, look at these dresses, y'all. They're AMAZE and completely OUT THERE. Don't you wish more of our celebs stateside would rock out in this kind of fashionable frippery?
Kim Kardashian wears a Violent Lips tattoo.
Photo: Courtesy of Kim Kardashian
Listen, when we first spotted this thing called "lip tattoos" back in May, we were ABSOLUTELY FLABBERGASTED. Like, wut? A temporary tattoo? ON YOUR LIPS? IN ANY PATTERN YOU WANT? *head explodes* But the more we stared at them, the more we kind of, um, wanted to buy them. Like when July 4 rolled around, Violent Lips (the originators of the lip tat trend!) had all these patriotic-themed lip tattoos that we REALLYYYY wanted to get our hands on, but, pardon our French, we never had the balls to actually sport these bad boys in public. Jussstt when they were becoming a faint memory to us, BAM! Kim Kardashian posts a pic of herself wearing THE same Violent Lips tattoo that we wished soooo hard we could wear.
Just two weeks ago, we were stopped dead in our tracks, shocked to find that the entire Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 collection was stolen from a train in Paris. Scratching our heads, wondering, for one, how a scheme so large could be pulled off undetected and what that might mean for the future production of the actual purchasable collection. Now, our return to the office after a long weekend of snuggly Thanksgiving vacay times comes accompanied by the sharp reality of another unexpected jolt—the theft of more than $400,000 worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise from a Paris airport. The grand-scale burglary came by the hand of "five masked thieves" according to WWD.
While we would never dream of actually carrying out an actual holdup for the benefit of our wardrobes, these couture capers do have us thinking about from which epic collections we wouldn't mind trying to score a five-finger discount. Of course, if we were to really think about this strategically, we'd go for a Fall/Winter as opposed to the Spring/Summer variety (HELLO, think of the leathers and furs and silks and nomnomnom), but since those collections are already out, and the grandeur of that Marc Jacobs robbery is its at-the-moment one-of-a-kind exclusivity, here are our top five Spring/Summer 2012 collections worth plotting a heist for.
Karl Lagerfeld and Florence Welch at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 4.
Photo: Getty Images
I meannn. The product of the genius mind and discerning hand of Karl Lagerfeld, which debuted with the unveiling of Florence Welch from a clam shell à la "The Birth of Venus," is kind of a no-brainer, to say the very least. With all its glitteringly feminine goodness juxtaposed with crisp tailoring and so much classic chic, the Chanel Spring 2012 collection is what we might call an investment heist. So long as no one realizes you, y'know, stole all this ish, these are pieces you can wear forever.
Chloë Moretz for "ASOS" magazine.
Photo: Alex Sainsbury/"ASOS" magazine
It seems like Chloë Moretz is everywhere these days, and we like that. Her new film Hugo opened over the Thanksgiving holiday, and she's been popping up on all sorts of magazine covers, like the latest issue of Teen Vogue (very pretty in pink), a more sophisticated (and heavily armed) turn in Interview, as well as a sadface debut on the cover of Love. She has a way of emanating a down-to-earth warmth, even from the 2-D cover of a fashion mag, but we're especially excited to behold a more youthful, carnival-inspired magic courtesy of her most recent of recent covers for ASOS magazine. Sporting pink and blue braids, some seriously vintage cool threads, and the odd pop of bubblegum, we kind of wish this whole Chloë Moretz spread were part of a real movie.
There's nothing like the glitteringly ideal-looking beauties of Gossip Girl to snap you out of your tryptophan-induced hibernation status and send you barreling full speed ahead for the gym. The Upper East Side's PYTs turned up the volume on this post-Thanksgiving episode with a STUDIO 54 PARTY (I know, MAY-JOR) that excused sparkly eye shadows, miles of lamé, and an industrial amount of disco-worthy hair spray. Before all the mirror ball festivities could kick off, though, quite a grip of drama unfolded. As it does.
With Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) away (again) and having left such a sour taste with Blair (Leighton Meester) the night of her bridal shower, B was free to pester Chuck (Ed Westwick) for the secret to his newfound "goodness," including an escorted trip to Chuck's therapist. Nate (Chace Crawford) is kept busy captaining The Spectator as editor in chief, while Dan (Penn Badgley) becomes consumed with defending against anonymous Humphrey dissenters in online book forums. The New York appearance of Charlie's (aka Ivy's) (Kaylee DeFer) ex-boyfriend Max (Brian J. Smith) and his recent pursuit of a relationship with Serena (Blake Lively) makes for a LOT of serious intrafamilial DRAMZ, but it's SO juicy, if you haven't caught up yet, we would hate to spoil the rest for you. Until next time, check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer).
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW
CHARLIE RHODES (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Top: Marc by Marc Jacobs
+ Jeans: Rich & Skinny
+ Necklace: Susanna Galanis
+ Rings: Erica Anenberg
SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
+ Necklace: Sequin
+ Gold Textured Cutout Cuff: House of Harlow 1960
+ Gold Rams Horn Bracelet: Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian
+ Gold Exo-Skeleton Bracelet: Giles and Brother
We basically died and went to heaven when we found out that Nicki Minaj's OPI nail lacquer collection (filled with bright green, blue, and pink hues, TONS of glitter, and even a crackle topcoat!) will hit stores in early 2012, but THENNNN *gasps for breath* while we were perusing the ol' Tumblr, the nail art geniuses over at The Illustrated Nail posted some DROP-EVERYTHING-YOU-ARE-DOING-AND-READ-THIS news, which made us even MORE excited for the Nicki x OPI launch. In celebration of Ms. Minaj's new collection, the London-based nail boutique created to-die-for nail art designs inspired by Barbz herself WITH the colors from her collection! I know, I know, it's a lot to take in, and if you live in London, you can sport this original artwork firsthand (heh) or if you don't (like us) you re-create these nails on your own with the polishes from Nicki's line. The hand-painted Illustrated Nail designs won't be available until January 2012, but that doesn't mean we can't get a head start trying to re-create these BEAUTS ourselves!