Tavi and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast share their picks for the holidays.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
When it comes to wish lists, we've all got a system. (Compulsively updating an Excel spreadsheet since January? Ahem, our MTV Style gift guides? Ripping scraps of gadgets as you pour through Sky Mall? No shame.) Whatever your method, Urban Outfitters lends a hand in the TOTAL crazy-making that is holiday shopping with its 'UO Nice List.' Every week, Urban enlists heavy-hitting tastemakers to curate wish lists of their favorite UO items and OMG it's like we can see into their souls. This week, Tavi Gevinson, Bethany Cosentino and more designer, musician and fashion friends flex their pointer fingers to show us their magic touch!
Last night, almost the entire Style team watched as Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino covered Fleetwood Mac's "Storms" at New York City's Terminal 5. She was wearing an understated all black outfit--a black tank and jeans and a pair of black clog sandals--and commanded in a way that we're sure would have made her predecessor Stevie Nicks very proud had she been there to witness it. Just hours before, Bethany and the rest of her band performed the same song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, their second time on the show (the first was performing "Boyfriend" off of their debut record, Crazy For You). For the performance, Bethany looked equal parts bewitching and contemporary, dripping in Pamela Love's architectural, amulet-like pyramid rings, a bracelet and an breastplate necklace that almost doubles as a collar for her midi-length Rachel Comey Dress. The dress, which is a fluid black halter with buttons from the waist down (very Elaine Benes from Seinfeld, only sexier and more modern, we must say), isn't quite as flamboyant as a classic Stevie Nicks look, but we love how Bethany stays true to her own unique take on the California Valley witch vibe that Stevie is the godmother of. Finished off with a pair of Marc Jacobs split wedges and flowing tresses, Bethany's super simple, timeless look was nearly as breathtaking as her tender cover of the heartbreaking Fleetwood Mac ballad she sang.
Stevie Nicks performs in 1978.
All of a sudden, mid day yesterday, a corner of the Internet exploded. News broke that legendary British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac are planning a reunion in 2013, something diehard fans of the Mac had assumed was impossible due to the famed infighting between the band's members. Lead singer/tambourine playing sorceress Stevie Nicks announced the reformation on CBS This Morning, and of course, both super-fans and casual admirers alike went nuts. Nicks, who wrote the band's 1977 Billboard #1 hit "Dreams," is as much a style icon as a musical muse, with everyone from Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, America's sweetheart Taylor Swift, and Florence + The Machine singer Florence Welch counting themselves as acolytes. Even if you don't know you're familiar with Stevie Nicks, you probably are. You know the opening of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious," well, it's sampled from Nicks's "Edge of Seventeen," off of her 1981 solo record, Bella Donna. T.Swift calls Nicks a "childhood idol," and Bethany Cosentino has Making Rumors: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album on her coffee table. There is also a Fleetwood Mac tribute record being released on August 14th, titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me, which includes takes on the band's tunes by Best Coast, Lykke Li, The Kills and MGMT.
As far as her style goes, Nicks's outfit from a 1978 performance in East Troy, Wisconsin (pictured above), speaks for itself: a pink cape with cascading black feathers pouring from the shoulders of a matching pink, body-hugging, velvet dress. Yes, cape, feathers, and velvet in one look. Case rested. Not to mention Nicks's long blond hair, which grew in volume through the decades (although she now favors a sleek, straight style with long blunt bangs), which, in the performance image, is crowned with a cage-like headpiece.
Best Coast and Wavves cuddle up on the cover of Spin.
Photo: Shot by Dan Martensen/Styled by Anastasia Marano/Courtesy of Spin Magazine
Is there anything better than a summer romance? Weekend beach trips, laying in the sand giggling over popsicles, holding hands in the waves, riding bikes around the city at night...oh wait, what was I saying? But seriously, summer love is awesome, and judging from the amount of picnic blanket canoodling we saw in the park this weekend, the season is ON. Of course who better to represent warm weather happiness than our favorite California power couple, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Wavves' Nathan Williams? The two lovebirds are gracing the cover of Spin's July/August "Go Outside" Issue, and not only are they totally adorable, but they have killer style to match. The spread, which captures the real-life couple hiking one of their hometown of Los Angeles' many canyons, was photographed by Dan Martensen. When we say hiking, though, we don't really mean hiking. No short shorts and clunky boots for these two- Beth and Nate take to the hills in far more fabulous and flirty garb, and not only can you drool over it, but we have some pieces that you can actually buy to have it for yourself. An outfit to wear on your next outdoorsy date, sure to make the mercury rise even higher? Yes, please.
The Best Coast frontwoman wears a vintage hand-me-down jacket.
Photo: Best Coast Facebook Page.
Shopping Bethany Cosentino's new Urban Outfitters collection, is preeeeeetty close to raiding the Best Coast frontwoman's undeniably amazing closet (okay, maybe that's a stretch, but still...). However, if you're dying to get your hands on that awesome Joni Mitchell varsity jacket she sports on the cover of this month's Paste Magazine, well, it's going to be a little harder than driving to your local UO. Decked out in her trademark retro "Clueless meets Stevie Nicks" style, the California musician combines old and new on the front of the mag wearing a cat printed skirt with a hand-me-down oversized coat. Think the jacket looks familiar? Maybe you've spotted it in this adorable promo vid for Bethany's new collection, where she flaunts the piece and admits it's one of her favorite staples in her closet. The item was a birthday gift from her mother two years ago, and Bethany admits she "since then she's been really obsessed with varsity jackets."
Buy both pieces from this look a week before the collection's release."
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino’s new capsule line for Urban Outfitters doesn’t officially drop until next Tuesday (which, conveniently, is also the release date of Best Coast’s sophomore album The Only Place) but now early bird fashion fans can get a jump start on the masses. The retail giant has added two key pieces from the Urban Renewal offshoot- the collared Liv Crop Top and the high-waisted Tour Shorts- a full week before the other 10 items from the collab hit stores. And not that you really need an excuse to channel your inner rockstar, but just in case: Bethany recently told us herself that the Tour Shorts were her favorite piece from the entire collection.
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and a look from her Urban Outfitters collection.
Photo: Getty Images/Urban Outfitters' Tumblr
Ever since we heard the news of Best Coast's frontwoman Bethany Cosentino creating a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters, we've been DYING to know more. Since it's for UO's Urban Renewal line, there's definitely going to be a slight vintage vibe to all her custom designed pieces, but... what inspired her collection? How did this whole thing go down? Why did Urban Outfitters choose Bethany as their go-to design gal? Noisey caught up with the singer when she was in NYC and got ALL the answers to our burning questions. Check out some snippets from the interview below!
Did you hear that? It was the collective cacophonous girlie scream of the MTV Style staff taking in the news that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino is launching a line with Urban Outfitters. (We were about to type multiple *SQEEEEEE*s right then, buuuut we'll spare you.) It's no secret how much we love Best Coast. But this news about a line designed by Cosentino—announced via Best Coast's Twitter feed—as well as an actual PHOTO has us positively verklempt at the thought of an entire line of indie rock inflected onesie wonderment.
The Helmut Lang Fashion's Night Out party.
Photo: MTV Style
While it's clear that Fashion's Night Out has become a MAMMOTH event, the mayhem it caused downtown was truly something to behold. Everywhere you looked there were spiked heels and topknots, red lips and bow ties, or vintage polka dots dancing around with tribal prints. Nestled down the somewhat quieter Mercer Street was the Helmut Lang store, which promised a full set by indie rock masters Best Coast. Even though there was a gigantic looming crowd trailing down to the corner, and also the presence of buttery lob-stah rolls distracting us on the street, nothing (and we do mean NOTHING) could tear us away from the '60s surf punk melodies and black leather loveliness this party was sure to conjure.
The Vivian Girls in "Weird Vibes."
Photo: Courtesy of "Weird Vibes"
One of our favorite new MTV web series has debuted, and it's headed up by the super-cool music junkie Shirley Braha at MTV Hive. "Weird Vibes", explains Shirley, is "an indie music video show. With indie artists. And music videos. And fun will be had."
Here’s a little secret: Indie songstresses have some of THEE best style around. Hands-down. We freak out at Coachella, fawn over Pitchfork, and get giddy at Lollapalooza because these ladies don’t have stylists, they have weird vibes. Here’s what we learned in the first show.