Taylor Swift and Amy Adams at the 2014 Golden Globes.
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Listen, I've lived in several neighborhoods over the course of my five-plus year tenure in New York—but after the 2014 Golden Globes, I'm 99.9% sure that the only block I want to live on from now until forever is the COLOR BLOCK. *ba dum TSH, swings microphone around on cord, points and winks at crowd* Seriously, though. We saw a lot of trends at the second major awards show of the season: braids, brights, and most surprising, man-buns. But none made their mark quite like the color-blocked gown.
Taylor Swift, nominated for Best Original Song for "Sweeter Than Fiction" from One Chance, chose a sweetheart-cut, pre-Fall 2014 gown by Carolina Herrera, which featured a black partial bustier and cherry-red body with a gathered train. Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical winner Amy Adams (for American Hustle) wore a Maison Valentino number with an imitable color scheme, but Adams' pick featured a Merlot-tinted top and an *ACHEM* more risqué plunging neckline.
Lena Dunham, Lupita Nyong'o, and Aubrey Plaza at the 2014 Golden Globes.
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The 2014 Golden Globes are underway, y'all! Our fave actresses, actors, and musicians are doing #WERK on the red carpet, and we, of course, are keeping up with EVERYthang that's going on. So far, we've seen a lot of solid and color-blocked gowns, and we're only just getting started. We have hours to go, people, so settle in. Plop yourself in front of your TV and sip your drinks. You don't wanna miss what Jennifer Lawrence is wearing, do you? The good news is, even if you do, we've got ya covered.
It's no secret that we're big fans of Rachel Antonoff over here: she did a fab job co-hosting the MTV.com VMA Red Carpet Report with Grimes and, generally, we can get behind fun, colorful collections, which Rachel keeps delivering. For her Spring 2014, Forever Crush, Rachel skipped the ol' models-wearing-clothes thing and, instead, debuted the collection on her family and friends in a 6-minute video.
The video tells the story of how her parents met: it was 1972, they were in college, and pumpkins were involved (how seasonally appropriate!). I don't wanna give away any ~deets~ because the video is 100% worth watching, but Rachel enlisted the help of her brother, Jack, as well as friends Jenny Slate, BFF Mae Whitman, and more to relay the Antonoff courtship. The best part (besides love, of course)? Instead of wearing '70s threads, everyone is decked out in Forever Crush. There are printed curtains! The ladies lounge in floor-length dresses! #JEALZ of this beautiful group of friends and their beautiful clothes. How much is the friendship club membership fee? I AM WILLING TO PAY!
'The To Do List.'
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The To Do List hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. I realized my intense love for Donald Glover after watching him dance in yellow overalls. I had a sudden desire to throw away all my purses and just carry a Trapper Keeper to my next party. And yeah, for the first time ever, I found myself thinking, "Hmm, maybe I should buy a pair of skorts."
Aside from the A+ incredible cast (Aubrey Plaza, you just may have redeemed yourself from that whole MTV Movie Awards Will Ferrell stage-crash thing) and cringe-worthy sex jokes, the real star of The To Do List is the throwback '90s fashion. The characters aren't just wearing crop tops and cut-offs; they're using those crop tops and cut-offs to tell a story. A story about just how embarrassing high school is. Deep, right? My favorite '90s staples are used here to make me simultaneously yearn for the bodacious decade AND praise Alanis that I made it out of there alive. So, here are the 5 most awkward '90s style staples, as told by The To Do List (also, real life).
Aubrey Plaza for 'Complex.'
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The last time we spotted Aubrey Plaza on a magazine cover, she was snuggling up to a cat on the front page of Bust. Now she's posing with another prop for the April/May issue of Complex, but instead of a cuddly animal the actress is double fisting two cans of silly string?! Yep, our favorite Parks and Rec star is showing her funny side yet again for the mag, dressed in a simple pink romper and adorned with some, um, festive accessories (if you can even call silly string that...?). She also shows her stuff inside the feature posing with a bear mask, banana peels, AND a Whoopie Cushion, all while still managing to squeeze in some impressive smize action. Hey Tyra, better watch your back!
Aubrey Plaza in her "Maxine" Lookmatic glasses.
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Remember way back when we told you about Jason Schwartzman's collection of thick-rimmed plastic glasses for online retailer Lookmatic? Now it's Aubrey Plaza's turn to try her hand at design! The Parks and Recreation star is the latest of the brand's creative "visionaries" series and we COULDN'T be more thrilled. The actress, Miu Miu muse, and Bust's most recent cover girl has just rolled out a trio of frames inspired by none other than her grandmother, Maxine. With tortoise, gray, and pale blue colorways, the sleek acetate style has a bareeely there cat-eye curve and hopscotches the line between nerdy and cool.
Here's one of the many reasons why we love Aubrey Plaza: besides her whip-smart sense of humor and mastery of deadpan expressions (seriously, we can only DREAM of doing a "you've GOT to be kidding face" as well as her), the Park and Rec star has reached the ideal fashion middle ground. If this were a romantic relationship we were talking about, they'd be casually dating- not too serious, not too overbearing, but definitely enough mutual affection to keep things rolling. It SEEMS like a weird analogy, but go with us here...only Aubrey can rock of-the-moment trends like cutouts and ankle boots to Hollywood events, star in designer fashion films, AND THEN do a total 180 with a style prank like sporting a 'stache on the red carpet. It's the perfect fashion-meets-fun combo, and the actress shows off both sides on the new cover of Bust magazine.
Aubrey Plaza in 'It's Getting Late'.
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Reason #1032 we're obsessed Miu Miu: besides the clothes (duh), the Italian label always shows love to Hollywood's brightest ingenues... often times before anyone else. From Hailee Steinfeld to Mia Wasikowska, Miu Miu's been seriously in tune with our girl crushes the past few seasons, letting the actresses show their stuff in the quirky-cool ad campaigns. But this season the brand is trying something a little different with a series of short fashion films called The Miu Miu Women’s Tales, and yes, they're awesome. The fourth installment just hit the internet and stars some of our favorite actresses as L.A. women leading vastly different lives. Think Patricia Clarkson as a film editor, ex-Bond girl Gemma Arterton as a young mother, and Aubrey Plaza as a blogger. And all of them, it should go without saying, are IMPECCABLY dressed.
Lea Michele, Haley Reinhart, Bella Thorne and Nikki Reed at the Do Something Awards.
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The Do Something Awards definitely isn't your average awards show. Instead of music, movies, or fashion, this annual event is all about honoring the young people who are making awesome social changes in their communities. But even though the focus isn't on fashion, some of our favorite nominees and presenters turned out in outfits so great, we just HAD to talk about them. So here goes! Lea Michele lead the biggest trend of the night, kicking things off in a cream ruffled Georgio Armani dress with a symmetrical plunging V-neckline and hi-rise hem. But the dress details weren't the only matching part of her look, since the actress paired the frock with a shimmery Fendi clutch, Jenni Kayne metallic sandals, and delicate silver earrings. Haley Reinhart was also feeling the shine last night in a sleeveless minidress, complete with cutouts and snakeskin print inching up the front. Bella Thorne opted for a girlier take on the neutral trend, in a scalloped lace BGBG number coupled with snakeskin ankle boots (plus a new hair color!). Finally, there's Nikki Reed, who has been absolutely RULING on the red carpet lately. She continued her streak of style hits this weekend in a taupe Lela Rose gown. Just like Lea, Nikki also paired her neutral dress with metallic accessories, carrying a silver box clutch and rocking sparkly Jimmy Choo sandals. Sandy shades may have dominated the carpet, but it wasn't the only look- other stars swung in the opposite direction with sleeveless, traffic-stopping bright dresses.
Aubrey Plaza wears sunglasses with a mustache attached.
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It's a hot topic that's been widely debated for years: Does the combination of sunglasses and a mustache automatically make you a badass? It's been said that "the sun never sets on a badass," and I'm pretty sure the mustache is the facial hair calling card of badassery. One would assume that the two working in concert results in a duo of volatile proportions. What, then, becomes of the facial hair-challenged public? Are we relegated to a life of torment, knowing we will never reach that upper echelon? Not if Aubrey Plaza and Urban Outfitters have anything to say about it.