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Angel Haze, Macklemore, and Karen O. sport fringe jackets.
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As Macklemore so aptly put it in "Thrift Shop," "John Wayne ain't got nothing on my fringe game." It was true then, and the words are still ringing true now, thanks to the singer's TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY on-point fringe game from SXSW. That Southwest blanket vest-type thing he sported at the Woodies might have a permanent place in our hearts, but the brown fringe number he worked at the Perez Hilton party comes in as a close second, because duh, it's amazing. Paired with a classy polka dot button-up and some layered gold necklaces, the look is a sort of Western gentleman ensemble we can totally get behind. We know, we know...fringe jackets aren't exciting groundbreaking— a quick breeze through your local vintage store or a rundown of Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey's recent music videos will tell you that. But what was old is clearly new again, and there's no better rep of that fact than Angel Haze, whose trimmed topper got a seriously modern edge at SXSW.


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Christian Joy in front of her creations at House Of Vans.
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When you're the designer behind the costumes for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman Karen O., arguably one of the most lauded performers of an entire decade (era, maybe, even) you would think you might get a bit of a big head, but, standing in Vans skatepark-slash-venue, House Of Vans, in a mechanics jumpsuit, fuschia socks and a pair of her own custom Vans, Christian Joy keeps thanking me for interviewing her. We're standing in the cavernous space in the minutes before an event to celebrate her collection of custom sneakers, totes, and t-shirts is set to start, and there's an enormous pile of all three on a table beside us. Many of the pairs are hand painted with hearts, eyes, or zig-zags. Some have plastic beads strung through their laces like elementary school friendship bracelets. Perhaps the most arresting pair are high tops, with their tops covered in neon green fun fur, and the rest of the shoe spray painted with a neon pink, yellow, and green rainbow. They're shoes for special occasions, when those special occasions involve jumping up and down. Joy's designs always embody that playful, ready-for-anything vibe, although her costumes often err more on the side of high drama than humor. We wanted to know more about the difference between designing for fun or for the stage, and how exactly Joy thought to put fun fur on sneaks, so we did! Check out the full interview below.


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Karen O performs in her opera, "Stop The Virgens."
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Since it was first announced over the summer, I've been waiting impatiently for Karen O's psych-rock opera Stop the Virgens, a music-infused theatrical opus produced in conjunction with The Creators Project. Three weeks ago, I found myself standing with hundreds of others mere feet from the stage at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, anticipating the marriage of indie rock and over-the-top visual spectacle. As you might already know, Karen O is the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (she's also one of our fave style slayers FYI), and she co-created the project with production designer KK Barrett, known for his work on Marie Antoinette and Where the Wild Things Are (to which Karen contributed original music). Even though the show ran for only eight days, we still can't stop thinking about it or hoping that it will be remounted again soon because, folks, I'm here to tell you that this thing was AMAZING. If you can imagine 40 girls on a black circular stage running around in gleaming white choir robes while maniacally spitting up fountains of blood, a commanding female figure singing at them like an ice princess overlord while drums pound and guitars snarl in cacophonous harmony, then you have only a slight idea of what Stop the Virgens is all about.

Bringing together a talented (and pedigreed) team of musicians, performers, and designers to create a visual and aural carnival incorporating Karen's signature assault of audacious punk rock wit, the look and sound of the show was INSANE (as in, insanely AWESOME). Karen's longtime stylist and the show's costume designer Christian Joy, as well as wig master and makeup artist Mike Potter, known for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, created humped monsters, lobster claws, giant horns, human hair dresses, lotus flower glasses, and sumo wrestler wigs, and took Karen O on a mythological style journey from evil goddess to '60s girl group enchantress. It all has to be seen to be believed. Lucky for me (and for you), MTV Style got an exclusive peek...


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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