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How America feels about the Super Bowl is how the rest of the universe feels about the World Cup—except it's an even BIGGER deal, because it only comes every four years. We're not going to give you a history lesson, nor are we going to tell you why you should tune in (I mean, c'mon).

Point being: Starting today and running through July, there are going to be a whole lotta games to follow, and you're going to need cool stuff to wear while watching 'em.

TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES FOR SHOPBOP

World cup gear

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Who knew MK+A were such soccer fans? The world's most fashionable twins produced a line of striped, cropped, and generally rad tees that are so stylish, you'll have no excuse not to watch the games with friends.
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Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding for 'Cosmopolitan.'
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It's no secret that Ellie Goulding's style is on point. As a quick scroll through her frequently updated Instagram will tell you, the singer's fashion sense is the perfect combination of leather pieces, streetwear, and, like, totally elegant gowns. Her performance outfits often pair shorts and crop tops, but she looks equally as comfortable in a floor-length number at more formal events. Cosmopolitan's spread featuring Ellie totally nails her natural tough-yet-feminine vibe and puts her in pieces we can totally see her wearing IRL.

This peach Gucci dress, for example, shows off some cleavage and leg, and has black accents. It goes perfectly with her always expertly mussed hair—what doesn't, though?—and would be perfect for, IDK, something like the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Oh, yeah, she's performing at the awards on Sunday. Will she wear one of these dresses? She totally should, IMHO!

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the CFDA Awards.
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We miiiiiight not be able to afford a $17,000 backpack OR have a CFDA Award to our name, but now we've found a way to get a coveted piece of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen....or smell like them, at least. The power duo announced today they're teaming up with Sephora on a brand-new fragrance for their Elizabeth and James brand. FINALLY. We're already in deeply love with the label's super cute dresses and flowy blouses, so if you ask us, it's about time we get a whiff of the girls! While this is technically not the twins' first foray into the scent biz- they've rolled out body sprays for tweens in the past- it DOES mark their initial "grown-up" perfume for Elizabeth and James, and we couldn't be more excited. No details on what the fragrance will be called or the scent notes yet, but as Sephora told WWD, “We look forward to bringing the modern perspective and fashion philosophy of Elizabeth and James designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to life with this prestige fragrance.” Um... yes!

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Elizabeth Olsen on the cover of the March 2012 issue of 'ASOS' magazine.
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Elizabeth Olsen is making quite the name for herself. Even though her last name is synonymous with her well-known designer siblings, the Olsen twins, who also got their start in showbiz before venturing into the world of fashion, Elizabeth is focused on the craft of acting and in playing unconventional roles. Lucky for those of us who are style-obsessed, she's into dressing the part on the red carpet, too. Already one of our 2012 Girls to Watch, Miss Olsen continues to catch our attention when wearing everything from glam designer dresses to killer tiger sweatshirts. (Oh, yeah, and she's pals with Karl Lagerfeld.) Still a relatively new style star, we're sure all of that is about to change with her new role as the cover star of the March 2012 issue of ASOS magazine.

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In last night's episode of Gossip Girl, "Petty in Pink," we found out that Lily Bass Humphrey (Kelly Rutherford) got sentenced to house arrest instead of who-knows-how-many-years in the big house for sending an innocent man to prison. She'll spend the next nine months hiding her ankle monitor, but that means she gets to stock up on new long maxi dresses and wide leg slacks (always looking on the bright side).

An editor contacted Dan with an assignment to follow and slyly report on visiting Prince Louie Grimaldi. Turns out the French prince was actually Blair Waldorf's (Leighton Meester) fling from her summer spent in Paris. His majesty defied his parents to spend time with his American crush (Blair) in NYC. To ensure Louie was able to stick around, she staged a kiss with Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) to trick the prince's handler into believing he isn't commingling with the commoner. OF COURSE, the scheme backfired. Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer) sent footage of the "kiss" to Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Gossip Girl, who proceeded to send it to the entire Upper West Side.

Meanwhile, Raina Thorpe (Tika Sumpter) was on the hunt for her birth mother but didn't want to tell Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), who was drowning his own misery in booze, straight-up Howard Hughes-style. At first, Chuck wanted to stop Raina from finding her mother, but then he had a change of heart.

And, what would an episode of Gossip Girl be without a high-fashion party scene? In this installment, it was the annual UWS Pink Party (Think: P. Diddy's white party...with petal, salmon, and honeysuckle hues). Check Blair's Oscar de la Renta strapless frock, and Serena's Marchesa mini. HOT.

Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW

VANESSA ABRAMS (JESSICA SZOHR)
+ Coat: Christian Cota
+ Dress: Matthew Williamson
+ Tights: Wolford
+ Boots: Frye
+ Bag: Mulberry
+ Necklace: Iosselliani
+ Earrings: RichRocks

BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Dress: Christian Dior
+ Necklace: RichRocks
+ Tights: Hue
+ Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW

BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Dress: Oscar De La Renta
+ Necklace: Swarovski
+ Bracelet: Alexis Bittar

Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle), Lily Humphrey (Kelly Rutherford), Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer), and Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW

RUFUS HUMPHREY (MATTHEW SETTLE)
+ Suit: Hugo Boss
+ Shirt: Zegna

LILY HUMPHREY (KELLY RUTHERFORD)
+ Dress: Redux

CHARLIE RHODES (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Dress: BCBG
+ Clutch: VBH
+ Cuff: Sequin
+ Ring: Stephen Dweck
+ Ring: Gara Danielle

SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Dress: Marchesa
+ Cuff: MCL

Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer).
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW

SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Dress: Stella McCartney
+ Sweater: Gryphon
+ Bag: VBH

CHARLIE RHODES (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Sweater: Elizabeth and James
+ Coat: Samantha Pleet
+ Necklace: Roberto Coin
+ Scarf: We Are Owls

SEE MORE GOSSIP GIRL FASHION PHOTOS HERE!!!

OTHER 'GOSSIP GIRL' EPISODES:
Season 4, Episode 18: 'The Kids Stay In The Picture'
Season 4, Episode 17: 'Empire Of The Son'
Season 4, Episode 16: 'While You Weren't Sleeping'
Season 4, Episode 15: 'It-Girl Happened One Night'
Season 4, Episode 14: 'Panic Roommate'
Season 4, Episode 13: 'Damien Darko'
Season 4, Episode 12: 'The Kids Are Not All Right'
Season 4, Episode 11: 'The Townie'
Season 4, Episode 10: 'Gaslit'
Season 4, Episode 9: 'The Witches Of Bushwick'
Season 4, Episode 8: 'Juliet Doesn't Live Here Anymore'
Season 4, Episode 7: 'War At The Roses'
Season 4, Episode 6: 'Easy J'
Season 4, Episode 5: 'Goodbye Columbia'
Season 4, Episode 4: 'Touch Of Eva'
Season 4, Episode 3: 'The Undergraduates'

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There's no doubt that Donatella Versace is a fashion legend. And far be it for us to detract from her enormous success in steering the house of Versace given her brother Gianni's untimely death in the summer of 1997, (Oh. God. Can we actually take a moment because every time I think of Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan, I feel insane. Do you remember this INTENSE Time magazine cover? If you haven't already, you should read the entire article here. It is amazing. And how much do we love that there's no paywall?) but we're a little *crooked eyebrows* on some of these notions that she raises in her recent interview with Reuters. The "nut" is that while she's BFFs with musicians like Elton John and Sting and how celebs like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and her Madgesty dons her frocks, she's totally unconvinced that a celebrity is capable of making truly creative fashion. She implies that the type of crazy-pants life that a celebrity leads makes it unlikely that they'd find true inspiration, but ultimately it's this quote that ruffles feathers.

Donatella Versace at Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy on Feb. 25.
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"I think it is more a question of marketing. Some of these collections are for cheaper, mass market fashion. I don't think that creativity is there."

Hold. The. Phone. Since when was mass market fashion and creativity completely mutually exclusive? Also, what about when a very tony designer DEIGNS to make a wide-release capsule collection? Is that designer's creativity suddenly sapped entirely from the fiscal parameters of unit cost? Also, what is this about famous people leading such anthropologically specific lives that they can't design clothes? Is there nothing insular and wonky about the lives of couturiers? People are entitled to their opinions and artists will often take a controversial or unpopular stance but D.V. relax on the bold name skewering, especially when they're killing it.

L.A.M.B. BY GWEN STEFANI

Gwen Stefani at the L.A.M.B. fall 2011 fashion show in New York on Feb. 17.
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Love, Angel, Music, Baby... LAMB needs little introduction and Gwen Stefani's clothing line that launched in 2004 has always exemplified not only Gwen's FLAWLESS personal style (the shoes are reliably incredible) but is enormously fun, fresh and consistently welcomed at Fashion Week.

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JESSICA SIMPSON COLLECTION BY JESSICA SIMPSON

Jessica Simpson at the Rockefeller Center in New York on Nov. 30.
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By now we've all heard the projected $1 billion in sales that the Jessica Simpson Collection is slated to haul in this year and while Donatella will likely give the selection the side eye, there's something to be said for Jessica DOMINATING the retail scene so handily. And though the platform heels and flirty dresses as well as the sportswear line that will be added this year (with expectations to yield somewhere between $100-$200 million in retail sale), aren't rocket surgery aesthetically speaking, shopper fealty behind the JS empire lies in her attention to detail. The clothes are routinely described in reviews as flattering, and the shoes are vaunted for being comfortable, DESPITE sporting ginormous heels.

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WILLIAM RAST BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Justin Timberlake at the 'Yogi Bear 3-D' premiere in L.A. on Dec. 11.
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JT and his childhood buddy Trace launched William Rast in 2005. Named after their maternal grandfathers (how Proenza Schouler-ish), William Rast is predominantly known for their denim that enjoys the creative direction of none other than Johan Lindeberg of J.Lindeberg. And whether fashion designers like it or not, the young clothing line was enough to snag Justin Timberlake a spot on the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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ELIZABETH & JAMES BY MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York on March 24.
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Routinely labeled as the superlative in stylish stars with constant rumors circulating that they've quit acting altogether to focus on fashion, the Olsen sisters' sartorial credibility is relatively unflappable. In both The Row and Elizabeth & James (and now stylemint.com), the partners are undeniably creative (as subjective as something like "style" may be), and these guys have been famous for the majority of their lives.

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Emma Stone and January Jones at the Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 26.
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While we see celebrities dressing alike all the time (trendsetters unite!), it's rare to see two stars rock the same look on the same day at the same event. But that's exactly what happened when actresses Emma Stone and January Jones popped by the Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 26. Both celebs wore a crisscross black halter dress by Chanel with a cropped jean jacket. Emma teamed her shift and topper with black peep toes, a mini-purse, and a black cuff, while January chose Elizabeth and James denim for her lacier version. We love the collarless jacket that Emma chose, which helps show off the unique neckline of the dress, but what's your take?

+ Who caught your eye in Chanel—Emma Stone or January Jones?

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Katy Perry's "E.T." single artwork.
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Katy Perry, who is gearing up for her performance at the Grammy Awards, recently posted a sneak peek photo of the artwork for her latest single, "E.T." We're loving the Cleopatra/alien vibe. {Just Jared}

• Fragrance industry sources say that Lady Gaga's first fragrance will "smell of blood and semen." If this is true, ummm...gross. {Fashionista}

• Like Top Chef for makeup lovers, Face Off, Syfy's new makeup artist competition show, aired last night. Did anyone catch it? {Allure}

Emma Watson's third and final collection with People Tree, a fair-trade fashion brand, just launched, featuring harem pants, blazers, and (our personal fave) draped dresses. {ONTD}

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's three-way Elizabeth and James blazer can be worn as a jacket, a jacket with a fur lapel, or a fur vest. Can you say GENIUS? {She Finds}

Christian Louboutin is creating custom red soled ice skates for Olympic and National Champion figure skater Johnny Weir. {Fashion Indie}

• Hue knew? Redheaded actress Amy Adams recently revealed that she is a natural blonde. {Us}

• This year's Paris Haute Couture fashion week brought out some wild beauty trends, including geometric face paint and hair horns. {Styleist}

• Already the face of Vera Wang Princess, actress/singer Zoe Kravitz will now front Preppy Princess, the fragrance's latest evolution. {Styleite}

• Brides-to-be get ready! Anthropologie is debuting a new wedding line called BHLDN on Feb. 14. If the gowns and headpieces are nearly as pretty as the song ("What Are We Waiting For?" by Icelandic girl group Amiina) being played on the collection's teaser site, we want to get married...like tomorrow. {BHLDN}

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The newly single Vanessa Hudgens celebrated her 22nd birthday sans her ex-BF Zac Efron in Las Vegas on Dec. 18. For the bash, the actress teamed a sparkly Pleasure Doing Business With You bandage dress ($242, singer22.com) with a silver Elizabeth and James clutch, black Yves Saint Laurent pumps and tousled strands. But what really caught our attention was Vanessa's marble-y metallic mani. It looked so unique and mysterious that we had to do some digging to figure out how to re-create it.

Vanessa Hudgens celebrates her 22nd birthday in Las Vegas on Dec. 18.
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GET THE LOOK...

STEP 1: Fill a bowl with room temperature water.

STEP 2: Paint all of your nails in a dark shade like CND Black Jack ($9, bebeautiful.com). After they've dried completely, apply cuticle oil around one nail up to the first knuckle. Also, put some of the oil on the pad of your finger to protect the skin from getting polish on it.

STEP 3: Choose three or four metallic nail polish shades, like Orly Nail Lacquer in Glitz ($7.50, orlybeauty.com) or NailEZEE polish in Deco Drive ($8, nailezee.com). Put a drop of each color into the water, one on top of the other. Then, with a toothpick comb through the color to create swirls.

STEP 4: Place the finger into the swirled polish, palm side up; dip and pull away through the water. With your finger in the water, take the toothpick to pull away any excess color.

STEP 5: Pull your finger out and use a Q-tip dipped into nail polish remover to clean the polish off of the skin around your nail. Repeat this process with your other fingers.

+ Would you try Vanessa Hudgens' marbled metallic nails?

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Blake Lively in Christian Louboutin heels in New York on Nov. 22.
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Blake Lively sure LOVES her Louboutins. The actress snapped up more than 40 pairs at the designer's sample sale last week. To be fair, Blake said she picked up pairs for her sisters and friends, too. {WWD}

• Was the yellow ruffled harness that Willow Smith wore at the 2010 American Music Awards a Mother of London knockoff? You be the judge. {Styleite}

Olivia Palermo spent hours browsing Google's new fashion site Boutiques.com — in fact, she called it "quite addictive!" {T}

• Fashionistas like Whitney Port and designers such as Alexander Wang share their advice on Thanksgiving fashion. {Stylelist}

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are adding sunglasses to their Elizabeth and James line. The two styles — Aviators and a cat-eyed Fairfax edition — both retail for $185. {InStyle}

Marc Jacobs is collaborating with Stubbs & Wootton on a line of men's slippers. {Refinery29}

Anthropologie and Doyle & Doyle have teamed up to launch a collection of vintage jewelry called For The Collector. {Fashionista}

• Has designer denim gone too far? These PRPS jeans cost $1,040! {WSJ}

• Let the royal dress derby begin! Top bridal designers such as Monique Lhuillier reveal their wedding gown sketches for Princess-to-be Kate Middleton. {People StyleWatch}

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