Kookie Buhain, Bebe Zeva, and Stephanie D.
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When we're looking to layer up in these below-zero days, we want a jacket that will not only add warmth, but also a touch of fun to our ensemble—and those boring solid blazers are SO over, people! We're currently obsessed with printed bomber jackets that can be thrown over literally anything—collared shirts, dresses, sweaters—you name it! We love the '80s-inspired silhouette in a super bold print, but when you go for a coat THIS statement-making, be sure to keep the rest of the outfit low key like these lovely bloggers. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Happy New Year from MTV Style!.
We once heard that the way you spend New Year's Eve is the way you're going to spend the rest of the year, and let us tell you, it put a whole lot of pressure on the holiday. Making sure you have the right dress, the right shoes, the right party, and the right cutie to kiss at midnight can be a lot of work for a moment that goes by in the blink of an eye and a flash of confetti. Nevertheless, we love it, and totally buy into the whole New Year New Start vibe of the holiday as well. No, we're not going on juice cleanses or joining gyms, swearing off the occasional french fry lunch in the lodge, but we ARE making some serious commitments to overhaul our sartorial situations come 2013. We spend A LOT of time thinking about clothes, whether they're on our favorite MTV Style stars, on our readers, or on ourselves, but there isn't one of us who doesn't feel like they're in at least a little bit of a rut. Check out our New Year's Style resolutions after the jump, and add your own in the comments!
It's December 21st and the world hasn't ended, but we ARE one day closer to the end of the year! What does that mean? Why, a brand new Best of 2012 post for you, of course. This week's offerings were a bit more about fun than they were about breaking it down, with the Best Fashion Lyrics and yesterday's music video paper dolls cracking us up in our almost-holiday madness. Today, however, we have a more serious best of to break down for you: The Best Red Carpet Looks of 2012.
Gah, this one was a doozy. How do you choose from a whole year of sparkly, silky, long, short, frilly, gorgeousness? How do you pick just ONE look from each of your favorite stars when there are SO MANY AMAZING ones? We were kind of hoping the Mayans would be right on this one and we would be off the hook, but alas, the world is still very much turning and so we got put on the hot seat. Now, disclaimer, there were so many amazing red carpet outfits this year that we cannot say that these are ALL of the best, so just consider this MY personal fave red carpet looks of 2012.
BEYONCE IN GIVENCHY AT THE MET BALL
Beyonce in Givenchy.
First of all, a disclaimer: Beyonce could show up on a carpet in a potato sack, or in all of the things we've discussed in Weird Wednesday this year combined, and she would probably still look the most incredible. The combination of her superhuman poise, that smile, and her incredible bod make her a red carpet hit, and so Bey at The Met gala was a guaranteed home run. But were we expecting this incredible black and sheer Givenchy gown, cascading down her frame into a pool of black and purple feathers? No. It. Blew. Our. Minds. Bey strolled up fashionably LAST to the ball's red carpet, and immediately stole the night from some very stiff competition, making this perhaps our #1 favorite red carpet look of 2012. We say perhaps, however, because we're not picking favorites, not exactly.
'Tis the season... for, like, a BILLION different Jingle Ball performances from Boston to New York City to Miami. While we hesitate to say that anyone will ever match the holiday enthusiasm of Katy Perry's 2010 Jingle Ball performance outfits (that snowman dress will live in INFAMY), Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, and Taylor Swift have definitely taken a page from her style book for their own Jingle Ball looks, switching up their ensembles at every opportunity to keep things fresh.
Justin Bieber switches up his style for multiple Jingle Ball performances.
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Justin has 5 years of Christmas performance style under his belt already, but 2012 is definitely the year of the vaguely spirited steez. Gone are the days of the updated ugly Christmas sweater and Little Drummer Boy homage. Bieber's holiday look this year is the same tank top + drop-crotch sweatpants + high-top sneakers + some sort of topper he's been working for months but rendered marginally festive by a candy-cane color palette. Also new this year, he takes his shirt off sometimes, so... I guess we're not complaining.
Rihanna's outfits from London, Stockholm, and Toronto.
Internet time is like dog years: one day on the internet is like two weeks in real life, or even longer. With that in mind, it's been about forever since we were reintegrated into society from Rihanna's 777 Tour. The horrible flu we acquired while abroad lingers, as does the memory of her royal highness' performance outfits, so we wanted to break down our three favorite looks for you. Amidst a week of confusion, mayhem, hunger, and yeah OK, some really good times, the singer's performance outfits became something to look forward to each night, along with the moment in the DJ set when CongoRock played "Mercy" and everyone started dancing, if only for a moment. Rihanna's style has always been on point, not only because of expert styling but because of the way she wears her clothes. The woman can dress, and there's nobody who will try and argue with that.
Mary H.K. Choi: OK, so now that we're back from #RihannaPlane we've gained a certain degree of perspective and the one thing that I can say about the entire tour is that I was consistently impressed by the CLOTHES. What did you think?
Maud Deitch: I was too. I mean Rihanna is reliably on point, if not a little repetitive, in her street style. But being able to see the way that the different looks complemented each other and the venues was one of the most interesting parts of the whole experience.
MHKC: Yeah, I think Mel Ottenberg and Adam Selman killed it. Let's start with our favorites. I think we agree that the denim shorts and white tee/bodysuit situation in Stockholm was an outrageously strong look.
Rihanna performing in Stockholm.
Photo: Mary H.K. Choi
The following is a conversation between me and Maud during a 90-minute delay on a Stockholm tarmac waiting for Rihanna who we know ARRIVED at the nightclub at 5AM last night and proceeded to pour and do a grip of shots. We also can’t get our wheels up because we’re waiting for a bunch of reporters who can’t sit the F down because they were raised by wolves. Wolves that were CLEARLY tortured and abused at the hands of THEIR forebears because holy crap, this is ridiculous.
Mary H.K. Choi: Oh my god, I’m so tired and this flight out of Stockholm is one majillion hours late. I wish they hadn’t served all the mimosas at 9 in the morning.
Maud Deitch: My coffee high wore off about 20 minutes ago and then I started Googling whether or not there are bed bugs in our hotel in Paris. People need to sit down.
MHKC: I legit can’t think about bed bugs right now. I haven’t been checking my mattress seams at all. I’m just so relieved every time we see a bed. I have to say though, I love that they’ve been putting us in the same seats in Home Plane because any change in the one routine I’m hanging onto would end me. Stockolm was a trip, thought. So fun. Best show yet?
MD: Definitely best show yet. Ri seemed way into it and the small variations in the set list made a huge difference. That guy doing the modified “Rollin’ With The Homies” dance from the balcony really solidified the whole thing. Thanks for pointing him out. Also we need to talk about “Stay” because it made me feel a lot of feelings (which is a theme for me this trip I think).
Rita Ora in the upcoming issue of British 'Vogue'.
Photo: via Rita Ora's Twitter
Well friends, we're calling it now: Rita Ora just might be Rookie of the Year! She's pocketed a #1 album in the UK, a massive world tour opening for Coldplay, and three #1 singles all AFTER being anointed by the inimitable Jay-Z. *checks watch to see if there's still time to make a dent in long list of life goals* As if her résumé wasn't impressive ENOUGH, the songstress now gets to bask in some hometown glory on the pages of Vogue UK for its December 2012 issue. The Roc Nation protégé and unequivocal style icon stuns in a spread that plays close to her own unique, bold choices. With an otherwise natural beauty look, Rita flaunts her signature red lip and loosely swooping blond coiffure. HELLO, high-waisted satin shorts and... is that a festive color scheme? We see you.
Kristen Stewart promotes 'On The Road.'
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It's official: sometimes a really great outfit works just as well as coffee at waking us up. Don't believe it? Just check out Kristen Stewart, who has made dreary Monday morning a LOT more exciting with this seriously eye-opening ensemble. There's no doubt the actress has been upping her fashion game in a whole new way recently (her creepy Halloween costume and otherwise), but her latest style transformation might be the best one yet. Hot on the heels of her recent Glamour Poland cover, the star hit the red carpet this weekend to promote On The Road wearing—wait for it...a sleek white bustier top. Whoa. The menswear-inspired look comes courtesy of Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which makes Kristen THE very first person to rock the outfit off the runway. Considering her supertight status with the label's designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, we're not at all surprised about this special treatment. But now that Ghesquière shockingly announced his departure from the French fashion house this morning, what does that mean for K.Stew's relationship with the brand?
Lauren Conrad on the November cover of 'Allure.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Allure'
If there's one thing we know about Lauren Conrad, it's that she's got her beauty game on LOCK. Whether she's switching up her strands with hot pink tips or teaching us how to do a step-by-step half moon mani, LC is always sharing the best beauty advice with her fellow ladies. I mean, it's no wonder she's releasing a book about, well, exactly that (appropriately titled Lauren Conrad BEAUTY) and was hand picked as Allure's gorgeous November cover girl. Presh! For her cover look, she ditched her typical wing-tipped liner for bare lids, luscious lashes, and a fire engine red matte lip. She wore her hair down and straight, which gives off a soft and beautiful beachy vibe that's totally reminiscent of her Laguna Beach days. She finished her look with a navy 3.1 Phillip Lim bikini top and matching cotton silk Dior toile skirt. (No one remind us that winter is just a couple months away, please. Kthxbi.)
Taylor Swift on the November cover of 'Glamour.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Glamour'
Whether it's high-waisted shorts, floral dresses, or flashes of red, Taylor Swift has her fashion game DOWN. And while she's not usually one to pull a wild card with a crazy out-there ensemble, the singer does have a couple of surprises up her sleeve, and she's not afraid to work 'em on the November issues of Glamour and Marie Claire UK . She's giving us serious fairytale princess vibes above for Glamour, showing voluminous blonde ringlets (OG "Tim McGraw" style), bright red lips, and her signature wide-eyed expression. The sparkly gold dress that she's wearing looks like a Taylor performance staple: it's shiny, girly, and the type of pop star perfection we've come to expect from the 23-year-old. In other words, it makes her moodily boho new Marie Claire UK cover below EVEN more surprising. See it below!