Rad Nails x Sleigh Bells
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One of the things most frequently associated with rock 'n' roll is nail art. JK. Well-manicured digits are hard to maintain when you're thrashing a guitar, but it looks like nail art has finally made its way to the merch table anyway—thanks to Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss and Rad Nails (founded by MTV Style alum Chrissy Mahlmeister, NBD *hair flip*). With the help of her nail artist, Ria Lopez, Krauss has designed a killer set of custom nail wraps inspired by Sleigh Bells' most recent album, Bitter Rivals, and we are PUMPED.
"I had loved what Chrissy was doing," Krauss told Nylon, "and one day I was brainstorming with Ria about how we could incorporate band merch that was also really friendly to women. I think merchandise tends to be a very male-dominated world, and a lot of girls come to our shows. I wanted to do something for them that's different than a T-shirt or a tank."
Kanye West, Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss and Miguel attend the Alexander Wang show.
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On the second day of New York Fashion Week, Yeezus rose from within the tents to actually spend everything on Alexander Wang. He was joined by music's most-stylish, including Miguel, Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Solange and Courtney Love, to name a few. And Wang did not disappoint his star-studded audience (or his pajama-clad loyalists watching the live stream from home, eating a cheeseburger and not feeling bad about it).
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Not to be weird, but we kind of miss seeing Alexis Krauss around these parts. We last talked with the Sleigh Bells frontwoman in January about her favorite fashion-y things, and nearly nine months later our girl is BACK—this time with the release of her latest music video "Bitter Rivals" (and album of the same name). Eeeee! We caught up with her firsthand to get all deets behind her killer ensembles because, you guys, she looks AMAZING. She sports her signature straight jet black strands and bold red lips throughout the video paired with a totally badass 'tude, which we love. Her first outfit is a black zip-up corset paired with shredded UNIF cutoffs and lace biker shorts. The coolest part about this entire look, though, is that the pieces were hand-studded by her nail artist Ria Lopez—yes, the same gal who did Alexis' balls-out mani with us nearly a year and a half ago. Whew, time is flying, y'all!
Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells shares a few of her favorite things.
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There's nothing quite like the sound of Sleigh Bells. But I (obviously) prefer the screeching guitars/chaotic drum beats/punk-pop ecstacy-y of an aural explosion that is the Brooklyn-based band rather than those jolly X-Mas noisemakers that Santa's reindeer get down with each holiday season. No offense, Blitzen. Sleigh Bells' killer front-woman, Alexis Krauss, is forseriously everything you've ever desired in your fave rock star, and I’m not just blogging about those rafter-reaching pipes that will make you feel thangs/pop your crowd-surfing cherry. Sartorial spoiler alert: homegirl's got hair-whipping frenzy-appropriate bangs (thx to Volume Powder by Sachajuan), a winning style game (a custom studded leather jacket courtesy of Nicola Formichetti=!!!!) and SO much more, as you'll see in today's very special standing ovation-worthy Favorite Things. Like, PS, have you seen the album artwork for the band's immaculate 'Reign of Terror' LP (see: a pair of paint-splattered classic white-ish Keds which makes me really happy) which is omfg kinds of stylish? I cannot. And let's never forget Krauss crashing fashion blogs worldwide as a result of her recent Obesity & Speed (in which she comes across as the ultimate cheerleader goth) and Sephora (in which she rocks a major cat-eye/a perfectly glossed pout combo) campaigns. Anyway, I really can't deal with attempting to describe all of this perfection, so prepare to obsess/drool/decline many a credit card over the kick ass beauty's favorite fashion-y things (oh, and fave hangover cures/intoxication-friendly karaoke jams)...after the jump!
Yep, it's true—2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn't a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.
We're not exaggerating when we say this was THE year of nail art. Sure, 2011 had its fair share of tricked-out tips, but 2012 brought out the best nail game in everyone. So, let's start off the Best of 2012 with bang by introducing the most killing-est (that's a word) celebrity nail art from the entire year.
KATY PERRY: BEST THEMED TIPS
It's no secret that Katy Perry has a penchant for seriously-detailed digits, and with the help of go-to nail artist Kimmie Kyees, the singer has sported some of the most intricate manis we have seen to date, including (but not limited to!) metallic goth florals, Hollywood movie nails, Barack Obama tips, and the entire cast of Daria. Girl loves a good theme!
Let's just admit it: Alexis Krauss has been killin' it as of late. The Sleigh Bells frontwoman (and MTV Style fashion icon) not only rocks the best outfits in onstage and in music videos, but she's officially starting to branch out into the fashion world, and we could NOT be more excited about it. Earlier in month we peeped her modeling skills in the Obesity and Speed campaign, and this week, Alexis appeared in Sephora's holiday "Celebrate Your Extraordinary" campaign. WUT. She's featured alongside Parker Posey, Leelee Sobieski, Into The Gloss founder Emily Weiss, and Wonderland fashion editor Julia Sarr-Jamois sporting jet-black liner, a touch of blush and a nude lip. But, we have to admit our favorite part are THOSE. NAILS. So, of course we had to reach out to Alexis' personal nail artist Ria Lopez, (whom you maaayyy remember from a video we did a little while back) and she dished on the inspiration behind her design, what it was like working on her first campaign, and even told us her fave Sephora nail products. Oh la la! Check it out after the jump.
Alexis Krauss in Obesity & Speed's Spring 2013 lookbook.
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Remember a couple of weeks ago when Obesity & Speed's Lyz Olko hinted that her upcoming collection was going to be totally BANANAS?! OK, so maybe those were our words, not hers, but the truth remains— the New York designer has outdone herself yet again, this time injecting her signature grungy basics with a decidedly sporty twist. Think shortsleeved sweatshirts with mesh insets, shredded tie-dye tees, and awesome "Can't Lose" tanks that remind us a lot of our old lacrosse pinnies....except a lot cooler, of course. Plus, this season comes with an added bonus— the spring lookbook stars none other than Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss as the ultimate cheerleader dropout. Win-win!
Sleigh Bells' "End Of The Line" video.
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For about four minutes this morning we forgot it was Monday. That's because Sleigh Bells decided to drop the video for their new single "End Of The Line" upon the world, and we got to briefly stop what we were doing in favor of a mellowed-out dance party (highly recommended!). Now that that's over with, though, it's back to business- otherwise known as breaking down each and every one of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller's ridiculously awesome outfits in the clip. After watching the video an embarassing number of times already, we've spotted a couple of cases of sartorial deja-vu (Sleigh Bells signatures like Ray Ban wayfayer sunglasses, studded jackets, and sick nail art). But leave it to Derek and Alexis to shake things up this time with gorgeous scenery, cinematic wide shots, and surprisingly moody vibe.
Grimes (left) and Alexis Krauss perform at Pitchfork Festival on Saturday.
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Claire Boucher, AKA electro witch-pop musician Grimes, doesn't seem to have too much in common with Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss. These two killer performers might have drastically different music styles, but they were on the same page fashion-wise, at least, at Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend in Chicago, where they both rocked out in the ultimate easygoing rockstar uniform of shorts, sneakers, and ripped tights.
Kat Graham, Kreayshawn, and Alexis Krauss perform in cutoff shorts at SXSW.
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Austin-based music, film, and interactive festival SXSW came to a close yesterday, and as expected, music's fashionistas turned it out (and up!) onstage. From Santigold's multiple outfit changes to the colorful stylings of Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Theophilus London, performance wear was varied, for sure. But that didn't mean staples were cast out entirely! Kat Graham, Kreayshawn, and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells repped hard for the universally recognized concert wear uniform: cutoff shorts.