Erika A., Meanz Chan, and Heidi.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
OH MY GOD, IT'S FREEZING OUTSIDE. *shivers* We need a warm wool coat STAT. And you know what's affordable and cute when it comes to outwear? The peacoat! This no-nonsense look is in style every year (seriously, it is) and can be dressed up for going out but is still totally acceptable to wear to work. It's basically the coat that can do anything. BUT! We have a disclaimer: You can't buy a black peacoat. SORRIES. Unless you want to look like a Normy McNormison, don't. Buy. Black. You'll blend in with the sea of dark winter coats that take over the city streets, and you don't want that! Either go for a solid pop of color, contrasting piping, or color-blocked panels. Don't worry, you can thank us later when everyone compliments you on your look.
Douglas Booth in Mr. Porter.
Photo: Courtesy of Mr. Porter/Laurence Ellis
Gulp. Um, hi, Douglas Booth. *shyly waves* We're SO sorry to interrupt your diligent theater studies, but we really need to talk. The last time we spoke was more than a year ago, and boy, how things have changed since then. We spotted you in this week's issue of Mr. Porter, and we have to say that you're growing up into a fine, stylish young actor right before our very eyes. And, we know you're only 19, but DANG, you can really sport winterwear like no one we've ever seen. (We're not creepy, we swear!) In his first studious look, he sports a chunky knit beige Givenchy wool sweater over a J. Crew cotton tee paired with swept-back hair, perfectly trimmed stubble, and a pondering stare. (He's PROBABLY wondering, "Where have my MTV Style girls been all of 2011? Oh, how I miss them so!" NBD.)
Whitney Port, Misha B, and Chloe Sevigny wore our favorite shoes of the week.
Photo: Getty Images
Antsy for the holidays? Celebrations already in full swing (heyyyy Hanukkah!)? Yea. Us, too. And it looks like a few celebs can't hold it in any longer either. Whitney Port, X Factor UK's Misha B, and Chloe Sevigny were all spotted sporting festive kicks from glitter to bows to the bright holly red. So you may not have the no-ceiling budget of a celeb (let alone after the gift-giving season), but you can totally take these shoe trends and apply as they fit your wallet for all your merry-making needs.
Iris Apfel wearing makeup from her MAC cosmetics collection.
Photo: Courtesy of MAC
Iris Apfel is one of fashion's most beloved icons. You could call her the grand dame of accessories, a rare bird of fashion (a term commonly used to describe her), an iconoclast, or simply the most stylish 90 year-old woman on the planet. We here at MTV Style call her our style hero, because even in her elder years, she continues to reinvent herself and embrace the new. She isn't afraid of color, bucks trends in favor of what she thinks is stylish, and is always up for layering multiple accessories no matter the shape or size.
Mrs. Apfel's everyday ensembles have been captured on blogs such as Ari Seth Cohen's site, Advanced Style (which, if haven't checked it out yet, is a MUST), and she recently collaborated on an accessories collection for HSN full of googly eye scarves and giant alligator bracelets. Did we mention that she also has a camera crew led by renowned cinematographer Albert Maysles following her around for a new documentary? She doesn't slow down! And now, thanks to MAC cosmetics, her sensational sense of color and style will be coming to beauty, too. We just peeped the new collection (which is full of vibrant colors with names like Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot), and asked Iris herself how it all flew into being.
Kaitlin Isabella, Mira Berglind, and Lina Tesch.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
Whew! It's officially time to start bundlin' up out there—Christmas music is in the air, and it's only a matter of time before you're surrounded by snow and SOOO cold that you're left with no choice but to sport that ugly winter puffy jacket (AGAIN) just to make it five blocks without getting frostbite. Luckily, there are ways to still look 'dorbs on even the coldest of cold days—with a cute, warm winter hat! We spotted three girls who wore head toppers in the most cop-worthy of ways, and we can't WAIT to tell you more about their stylishly warm ensembles. So let's go!
This is it: 2011 is officially coming to a close, and boy, what a fashion-filled year it's been! From the accessories (chicken wing necklace!) to the shoes (light-up Nike Mags!) to the red carpet outfits (Lady Gaga's egg ensemble!), there certainly wasn't a dull moment over the past 12 months! So sit back, relax, and kick up those wedges as we roll out the best style moments of 2011.
We wanted to kick off "Best of 2011" with a bang, so obvi we chose one of our favorite topics first—nail art! This was the year of unconventional manicures, and we couldn't get enough of all the killer nail art we kept spotting on all of our favorite celebs. Lucky for you, we rounded up the top 10 ladies who had the absolute best nail game this year—no questions asked. And trust us, this was HARD.
JESSIE J: BEST OVERALL NAIL GAME
You gotta give it up for Jessie J. This girl has THE fiercest nails in the biz, and she never fails to tweet every new mani she gets to make us all jeals (it's a thin line between envy and wholehearted OBSESSION). It was nearly impossible to pick only four of her looks because, seriously you guys, her nail art is on a WHOLE other level. Her nail artist, Jenny Longworth, repeatedly kills it, and we love her '80s-inspired neon tribal and leopard nails SO. MUCH. (Also, how long did that TAKE?!) She even makes the ol' Big Cat print standby extra awesome by layering blue, yellow, and red polish underneath. Other gems include her stone-flooded, super-glossy black nails with various purple rhinestones and some fancy talon-shaped foil, galaxy biz-nass that is so cra-mazing we don't even know WHAT to call it. Head. Splode.
Daphne Guinness for MAC.
Photo: Courtesy of MAC
It's really no surprise that one of THE most iconic ladies in fashion decided to get her hands dirty in the world of beauty and makeup—beer heiress Daphne Guinness will release her first-ever MAC collection starting December 26. From nail polish to mascara to MAC's famed lipglass (which Daphne is "obsessed with"), the line will run the entire gamut. But don't plan on snatching up any bronzers or bright pink lipsticks from this collection—Daphne says it's ALL about the cool tones. "I’m not a real primary color person, and warm colors do not become me. Anyway we can’t all be bouncing along the beach looking sunkissed. I’m never gonna be that girl. I wish, but it ain't gonna happen!" Talk about our kinda lady! Even her campaign image (above) shot by David LaChapelle is a cool blue-hued image showing off Daphne's fierce beauty game. But if you're wondering where these dark shades of burgundy, blue and beige in her collection came from, we'll bet five buckaroos you won't be able to guess!
Autilia Antonucci, Aurora L., and Dani Roche.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Autilia's Blog, Aurora Loveless, and Dani At Kastor And Pollux
We have to say we're kinda GLAD it's getting colder out so we can mix up our fabrics a little more these days. Luckily, since the '90s fashion comeback is in full swing, velvet is making quite the reappearance. From dresses to pants to shirts, we're seeing the soft stuff everywhere, and we can't get enough. We didddd kinda notice something while scouring the web for our favorite velvet looks, though. Oftentimes black velvet can end up looking really heavy and really, um, goth. LISTEN, we're not anti-goth at all (we wear black basically every day... like every other New Yorker), but this season's trends (maxis, skulls, crosses, dark lipstick) paired with lots of black can look a bit scary. Instead, we picked three takes on velvet that add a little bit of color to your ensemble. Peep the deets below!
Beyoncé on Oct. 24, Oct. 17, and Oct. 20.
Photo: Splash News
You know those days when you wake up and you're all snotty-nosed, disgusting, and unshowered, yet you still have to get it together, go to work, and try to look cute? Well, we have a solution for how to look totally 'dorbs even when you're not feeling so hot. We've been following Beyoncé's street style like a hawk lately (well, honestly, we are kinda always pseudo-stalking her), and she's been rocking THE comfiest yet cutest ensembles as of late. In the past week alone, she has nailed three no-nonsense outfits that we can definitely take a cue from. On Oct. 24, she wore a super tight black tunic (baby bump!) paired with skinny black leggings and platform stiletto pumps. To add some color to her black basics, she threw on a sky blue rain coat, a loosely tied blue patterned scarf, and a touch of pink on her lips. Note her hair is pulled back into a simple pony, and her huge sunglasses make it easy for minimal makeup.
Johnny Depp arriving at the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Oct. 26.
Photo: Getty Images
We've all let our manis get out of hand (heh), but it's quite a rare sight to find abandoned nails on the opposite sex. We were SUPER surprised when we spotted Johnny Depp outside the Late Show With David Letterman with a bright blue manicure half undone. The polish is grown-out, chipped, and even completely gone on one finger! Yipes. Luckily, we've got some nail lacquer for Mr. Depp that'll do JUST the trick. And no, this isn't just any ol' nail polish, this is MAN nail polish. That's right—dudes should be able to get their nails did too!