Tavi Gevinson attends the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones gala in NYC; Chloe Sevigny shops at Other Music in NYC.
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If you've ever wanted a crash course on how cool it was in the '90s from the kewlest girl of the decade, aka Chloe Sevigny, but have desired a more in-depth, insider-y peek into the ins and outs of cute skater boys, teenage bedrooms, and being a weirdo in a small town, then there's no better interviewer than Tavi Gevinson. An über-fan of both "Chloe Sevs" and the 10-year span that brought us grunge, baby-doll dresses, and platform sneakers, Tavi has textbook knowledge of that time period even though she was only a toddler for the latter half of it. She obsessively chronicled both the music and the style of the decade on her personal blog, which has carried over onto her new online magazine, Rookie, and she recently interviewed Chloe ("the girl crush to end all girl crushes") about the new Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony resort collection. Not only did the two discuss Chloe's Vision Street Wear inspiration, they talked about wall collages and how fashion has always embraced the weird.
Sure, we could spend our whole Best of 2011 coverage counting down all the sparkly inanimate objects that we coveted, daydreamt about, and ran up our credit card bills with this year. But what fun is an annual STYLE recap without delving into our favorite fashion plates? Here at MTV Style, it's not the most "in vogue" outfit that ends up nestling into a warm corner of our hearts, but rather, the most unique (and occasionally gonzo) use of fashion as a means of self-expression. Thus, we give you the 10 most show-stopping 2011 looks from one lady who embodies that philosophy to the umpteenth degree: the ever exciting Miss Nicki Minaj who, beeteedubs, ALSO celebrates her 29th birthday today! HAPPY BARFDAY, NICKI!
Nicki Minaj in Europe promoting her album "Pink Friday."
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Nicki kicked off 2011 across the pond promoting Pink Friday in this head-to-toe bubblegum pink ensemble. From the asymmetrical stacked curls (for a certain Gumby silhouette) to the platform pumps, this outfit fittingly ushered in what ended up being a stupefying year of Nicki Minaj sartorial awesomeness. Twenty-eleven included a series of firsts for the rapper, from an inaugural performance on Saturday Night Live to a Grammy nomination, and THIS outfit, with its Keith Haring-inspired satin jumpsuit, plastic studded cuffs, and giant pendant necklace was an apt harbinger of all the effervescent fash-happiness to come.
Dakota Fanning on the set of "Effie."
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Dakota Fanning (along with her sister, Elle) are esteemed style stars 'round these here parts of MTV, but never have we ever seen her looking this sort of, erm, fashionable before. OK, OK, obvi this is for a movie and girl isn't ACTUALLY traipsing around Europe in a crinoline petticoat in this internet age, but the stark contrast between Dakota's on-set styling and her own sartorial preferences is way captivating, right? The eldest Fanning dons these Victorian duds for her role as title character Euphemia Gray in 2012's Effie, a film about the relationship between 19th century art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride.
Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris.
Photo: Aaron Stern
Chances are you've seen Waris Ahluwalia before. Not only is he the dapper designer for the House of Waris—purveyors of fine jewelry and lustrous scarves—he's a sometime performer who has appeared in his friend Wes Anderson's films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. What's so interesting about Waris is that he didn't start out as a designer or fashion-oriented person, he simply enjoyed well-made products and sought to make his own after becoming interested in craftsmanship. His unusual jewelry designs run the gamut from plumage shapes encrusted in diamonds to geometrical bracelets and copper enamel necklaces featuring gold-adorned swallows. His work is stunning, to say the least, and we here at MTV Style want to show you what he (and his line!) are all about. Aside from making seriously heart-stopping pieces and being thoroughly inspired by music ("Currently I'm listening to the soundtrack for Drive every day. It's insanely good!" he says), there's a reason why Rihanna, Solange Knowles, and Chloe Sevigny are die-hard fans...and it may have something to do with these need-them-right-now skull earrings.
GAH-MAZING House of Waris enamel skull earrings.
Photo: Courtesy of House of Waris
Or, you know, 18 karat gold bracelets adorned in mini diamonds. And so much more. You've got to see it all to believe it. Thus, right this way...
Lisa Frank apparel.
Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Frank
Hey '90s babies, get excited! You have lived long enough to witness the triumphant return of Lisa Frank. Yes, that Lisa Frank whom you were unabashedly, inexplicably obsessed with in grade school. Remember...you bought the bedroom set, covered your Trapper Keeper in stickers and spent way too many hours brushing your prancing unicorn’s hair? Now, you can wear Lisa! That’s right, Lisa Frank did what every huge celebrity does and designed a line of apparel. GAG! Let’s take a look at the designs, shall we?
Behind the scenes of the Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals Spring 2012 shoot.
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas Originals Youtube channel
Have you ever dreamed of dressing like a crazy combo of all of the Spice Girls at once? You know, with towering platforms, leopard print push-up bras, and breakaway racing striped adidas pants circa 1997? Us too! We have a feeling Jeremy Scott was on a similar wavelength after watching (drooling at) the behind-the-scenes footage for his Spring/Summer 2012 adidas collection. Minds were lost, childhood dreams came true, credit cards were ravaged. (We may/may not have tried leaping like the models in the vid without looking nearly as cute...)
Chanel's Paris-Bombay Pre-Fall 2012 show in Paris.
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When it comes to over-the-top luxe fashion spectacles of the highest order, no one puts on a show quite like Chanel does. As you know, my Uncle Karl is a genius (that's Karl Lagerfeld to those of you who have yet to realize that he's your long lost uncle, too), and he has massive visions of what he wants his fashion shows to look like before he stages them. We've seen everything from under the sea mermaid villages to tripped-out garden parties, and he always seems to top himself each season. Even though we're currently between seasons and have some time before the next fashion week, Chanel decided to show their pre-fall 2012 collection like a massive fash-week bonanza complete with an imagined trip to India and one sumptuous feast of towering delicacies twinkling beneath rows of dripping crystal chandeliers that seemed fit for Marie Antoinette (and the editors who were invited, of course). Not only did King Karl put on a parade of gahhhh-stopping look after look, he threw in some '90s supermodels like Yasmin Le Bon as well as singer/songwriter Chan Marshall of Cat Power to liven up the Bombay-influenced Parisian palace. Oh, and the clothes? Silver studded, nose-beaded, googly-eye pyramid MAGIC.
Florence Welch on the January 2012 cover of "Vogue UK"
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Sometimes you spot magazine covers that stop you dead in your tracks and make you think, "Oh, wowwwowowow. She looks beautiful!" That's basically what happened when we peeped Florence Welch on the January cover of Vogue UK—well, that mixed with two straight minutes of creepy ogling and a few tinges of jealously. I mean, how can you NOT be slightly in love with Florence? She's got a powerhouse of a voice and killer style to boot. On the cover she exudes her typical ethereal beauty in a flowy light blue pleated Chloe gown, fiery red waves, and a serious smokey eye. But there's something to be said about a lady who IMMEDIATELY caught the eye of one of fashion's biggest names—she's a surefire style icon. Karl Lagerfeld has deemed her his "favorite singer of the moment," and told Vogue UK, "I think she’s a genius. She looks like a great English lady, but in fact is a very funny young girl." Florence recalls her first time meeting Karl in Paris when she was extremely hungover and says, "He was holding my hand and he was like, 'Ah, you'ff got zuch fantastic zkin, zere's not a pore on your face!'" Dang, girl IS funny. Like we need any more reasons to love her!
We're rolling out our Best Of 2011 coverage over the next couple of weeks, and while the year isn't quite over yet, everyone's shoe game thus far has been rife with eye-bugging awesomeness that we're recapping things from here. *cue Gaga or Jeremy Scott rolling out with a pair of hovercraft sneakers equipped with jet engines and turbofans tomorrow* So from us at MTV Style to you, our beloved shoe-gazing readers, we've compiled the following collection of fancy, funky, and even freaky footwear for your perusing enjoyment. Let the coveting BEGIN!
Katy Perry in Giuseppe Zanotti at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and Susie Bubble in Sixby6Bloggers at the 2011 British Fashion Awards. Photo: PictureGroup/Getty Images
Color blocking was a huge trend in general this year from the runways to the blogs, but few were as memorable as Katy Perry in Giuseppe Zanotti platform sandals coupled with that yellow cube hat at the 2011 VMAs. Almost half a year has passed, and we're STILL daydreaming about that heel. The always-stylish blogger Susie Bubble got in on the trend with these sculpted Sixby6Bloggers booties she wore to the 2011 British Fashion Awards (which, BTW, she designed herself!). Even this late in the year, the brash blocks still looked fresh—mostly due to the endless possibilities for unexpected color combos—so we predict this trend will have legs (*badum tssssh*) well into next year.
Selena Gomez wants your help deciding her new fragrance.
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Love her or loathe her, Selena Gomez is a smart girl. I, for one, will officially go on the record to state that I'm a card-carrying Selenator, but make no mistake, my interwebz applause of this girl's (and her management's) smart business decisions is grounded in logic versus mere Stan-dom. You see, as much as screaming ladyfans 'round the globe envy her coveted position as girlfriend to THE Justin Bieber, it has to be tough to work alongside THAT. It's hard enough trying to carve out your own career in television, film, music, retail, and PERFUMES, but to do so while your beau is not just doing the same but is totally killing it in a way that seems so effortless (though we're sure Biebs does his fair share of rolling his sleeves up for his empire) can be a little maddening. However, here is where Sel separates herself from the amateurs. Instead of shrinking into the shadow of the Biebs, girl is using her status as right-hand lady to pop music's wonder boy, learning from her man and applying what works.