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Kanye West Vogue

From left: Liv Tyler, Riccardo Tisci, Kanye West, Karolina Kurkova, Florence Welch, and Liya Kebede.
Photo: Courtesy of "Vogue"/Annie Leibovitz

It's not every day we stumble upon a photo of couture-clad ladies clutching onto a barely dressed Kanye West. In the March issue of Vogue, Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci surrounds himself with some of his most inspiring musical muses, including Liv Tyler, Florence Welch, and Kanye West, pictured above. The photo features the ladies in ethereal, lacy nude gowns exploding with femininity and softness, which starkly contrast Riccardo and Kanye's rigid and intense eye contact. Riccardo wears a tux and bow tie with some facial scruff and tamed curls, while Kanye wears nothing but leather pants, layered beads, white tribal paint, and the "Yeezi" name plate necklace from his spring 2012 collection. We're not exactly sure what this all means, but we're surprised by the lack of clothing on such a fash-forward gentleman. (P.S. Does the hand placement in this entire spread feel awkward to you, or is it just us?)

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Kanye West, Carine Roitfeld, and Ciara at the Irreverent Dinner hosted by Carine Roitfeld in Paris on Oct. 4.
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If you're going to say goodbye for eternity to the Paris Fashion Week spring 2012 collections, you might as well throw a vampire ball, right? Clearly Halloween isn't the only time of year to wear fake fangs and a black cape (couture, of course), especially when it's for a party being hosted by—and in honor of—former Paris Vogue editrix, Carine Roitfeld, the queen of vampy glam herself. Guests like Kanye West (fresh from his Paris Fashion Week debut) arrived in their noir-ish best, some even choosing to accessorize with mouth-blood for a chic yet spooky effect. Others, like Ciara in a TO-DIE Givenchy Haute Couture cape, chose to glamour guests into submission by looking ridiculously gorgeous.

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The CFDA Awards, hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers in America (hence the name CFDA), is appropriately dubbed the Oscars of fashion. Of course, the Council only recognizes American designers, but that is totally great with us because it reminds us that Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenburg and Vera Wang all claim this landspace as their own. The ceremony, a rather small affair that is about as easy to get invited to as the Royal Wedding, is the time when American designers get to walk with their current "muses." Past award winners featured Iman (as an icon), Michelle Obama (as a special tribute) and Rodarte (best womenswear).

Lady Gaga and her sister Natali Germanotta at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6.
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The real Oscars are for beauty and classic-ness, but the CFDA's prove that a celeb has the fashion chutzpah to own the red carpet. And, of course, there was Lady Gaga, who is now an official CFDA Fashion Icon.

Love her, hate her, or shut off each time she is mentioned (which in all fairness, is quite a lot), her CFDA nod firmly cemented her status as a real game-changer, not just a punk kid in wacky boots. We love that she brought her vamped out sister Natali as her red carpet date. The piercing eyes and Italian fierceness is clearly genetic—though definitely NOT genetic was Gaga's blunt cut aqua bob, which appeared front and center. However, we aren't massive fans of her unwieldy and dragging train, which was reportedly such a hassle she couldn't make it into the press room for interviews. Yet, in true Gaga-watching form, we wrestle with conflicting emotions on her acceptance getup: She ditched the train and then turned around to moon the industry—Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington included. Maybe not the most classic and respectful of moves, but hey, even as a game-changer, she still is a punk kid in wacky boots. But she wasn't the only one who kept the paps a-snappin'.

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Last night, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC was host to this year's Costume Institute Gala, a colossal annual event (think the Academy Awards of high fashion) showcasing the most face-melting designs the fashion community has to offer. This year was no exception, and rightly so given that the theme of the event and the Costume Institute exhibit was 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' honoring the late mega-visionary. But you know how they say there's a fine line between genius and insanity? Well, when you reach for genius/innovative/amazeballs, sometimes you can go too far and start looking a little Crazytown, USA. Here are what we consider the AMAZINGEST and the FUGLIEST dresses of the night.

AMAZINGEST

Rihanna, Christina Ricci, and Florence Welch at the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2.
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ZOMG. Before I even say ANYTHING, I'll let you take a little time to pop your eyeballs back into your skull. Good? OK. Rihanna looks nasssttyyy (in the very best way, the girl can do no wrong) in a black, lace, embellished, one-shoulder Stella McCartney dress with a peekaboo sheer side-panel, strappy stilettos, and a gloriously long side-braid that makes her look like a Viking GODDESS. Christina Ricci murders the sheer trend in this mind-blowing Zac Posen fishtail gown with the intensely intricate spiderweb overlay. What's truly incredible about this look is that it's long-sleeved without looking dowdy AND form-fitting to where bish was obviously sewn into this dress about a week ago with 24-hour bed rest and 0 chewable food stuffs. Florence Welch nails beautiful ethereality in this flowy/satin-y/feather-y Yves Saint Laurent number with the most bangingsome feathered monster boa.

Beyonce, Karolina Kurkova, and Ashley Greene at the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2.
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Beyoncé's insane curves rock this gold-embroidered black Pucci dress so hard (even though we totally don't think this looks like a Pucci dress AT ALL, right?). While she was neither ambulatory or obliging for cameras, we gotta say, Bey always works. (Side note: Is anyone else reminded of the flirty featherduster from Beauty and the Beast?) I can barely comprehend what I'm seeing on Karolina Kurkova in this look by Jean Paul Gaultier (lace-paneled leggings? Hi-low-hem? Halter neck AND shoulder straps???), but I know it is FIERCE. And how prettily feminine does Ashley Greene look in Donna Karan's nude embellished sweetheart neckline gown? If you guessed "very much so," you would be right.

MAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!/WHOA, THAT'S TOO BAD/FUGGGGLAAAY

Freida Pinto, Chloë Sevigny, and Andre Leon Talley at the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2.
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Ahhh, and now the garment glorification is over, and we have to discuss the less favorable looks of the night. First up is the tale of Freida Pinto and this white Chanel couture gown wherein a very pretty girl is choked to fugs by a wholly unneccessary hipster neck tie. Another victim of an ill-advised neck adornment is Chloë Sevigny in a short-sleeved Alexander McQueen black lace dress that humiliates every single part of her body in a manner we can't wrap our brains around. And then there's Andre Leon Talley in a formal Snuggie/rip-stop nylon-ass looking kaftan. We're not really sure what this is (cape? Cloak? Robe? Bouncy castle?), but we ARE sure that it makes a little part of us wilt when we see it. We love you ALT.

Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, and Alicia Keys at the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2.
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Rounding out the sad faces, we have Christina Hendricks in a Carolina Herrera ombré that appears to be inspired by melting ice cream sandwiches. Elle Fanning does her best space-age French maid (Rosie from the Jetsons, is that you?) in this strange Valentino frock. And Alicia Keys looks a little like a molting alligator in this brown Givenchy couture gown + cropped leather jacket + matchy-poo handbag. Thank you for the memories, and we can't wait to see what you'll bring next year! xoxo

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Whitney Port at Lucky Shops LA on April 7.
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• You know spring has sprung when celebs start switching up their hair hue all willy-nilly. Whitney Port went from blonde to ginger, and Sky Ferreira went from ombre blonde to streaky purple.

Katy Perry revealed her new ad campaign for ghd, a British hair care company, which was shot by David LaChapelle. We had a hard time picking our favorite Katy 'do.

Jessica Alba got Twitpic-happy in China for Diane von Furstenberg's Journey of a Dress exhibition. We thought the actress should give the world a tutorial on "how to look cute in smartphone pics, while in shoddy lighting."

• We obviously have a thing for brunet boys. Stephen Colletti from Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill (remember him?) made us happy in a random smizey-filled photo shoot. Manboy Adam Brody went collegiate-cool for the Scream 4 premiere. Cam Gigandet went platinum blonde, but we weren't fans. And, the Panic at the Disco duo (clad in tweed and ascots) showed how band dudes ought to dress.

The trailer for Monte Carlo, staring Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy hit this week. We couldn't tell you the entire plot, but we did scope the cutest shawl-collar blazer, floral bubble skirt, and high-waisted mini-shorts. Priorities.

Tinsley Mortimer tamed her mane with a big girl headband braid (which, we showed you how to copy). On the other end of the spectrum, Karolina Kurkova, Camilla Belle, and Uma Thurman all let their strands frizz out ON PURPOSE.

• Just in time for spring, stylish bloggers showed us three different ways to rock a trench this season.

• We could spend hours in the magazine aisle. And this week we spotted Lady Gaga posing on Harper's Bazaar, Lauren Conrad smiling with her eyes on Allure, Kim Kardashian landing on Turkish Cosmopolitan, January Jones killing it on W magazine...twice, and Adele pretty-pouting on Rolling Stone.

• After waiting for YEARS, Ashley Tisdale tweeted about finally scoring her very first Jane Birkin bag—a cobalt blue beauty that cost within the range of $9k-$50k. We asked what the hubbub was all about.

Coachella is this weekend (can we get a what-what?!), and Whitney Port was so kind as to put together a handy-dandy what-to-wear guide for the festivities. Thanks, Whit.

• Several celebs "brightened" our week. Jessica Lowndes, Emma Stone, and Jessie J. swiped the boldest, most shocking shade of pink they could find onto their lips. Meanwhile, Robyn, Sophia Bush, and Kate Voegele snuck a dash of highlighter neon into their ensembles. Mmrowwww.

• The sneaker flip-flop hybrid discussion had to happen. It just had to.

Justin Bieber's famous friends (oh, nobody important...just DOLCE & GABBANA) hosted a bash for the boy phenom to thank him for wearing mostly D&G out and about. The Bieb's appropriately showed up to the party in D&G eyeglasses.

Khloé Kardashian, Emma Roberts, and Lucy Hale showed off their pretty pumps and pedicures.

• We thought junderpants (aka jegging/underpants) was about as far as we could go with the clothing hybrids until we saw a College Humor video via Refinery29. Helllloooo, tackets, stileakers, and stockis. And, goodbye.

Donatella Versace wasn't convinced that a celebrity designer could get their creative juices flowing enough to put together a worthwhile collection. We tried to disprove her theory.

Rock it out this weekend, ladies and gents. We'll see you bright and early on Monday.

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Karolina Kurkova at the Children Spring Dinner Dance in New York on April 12, Camilla Belle at 'Good Housekeeping''s Annual Shine On Awards in New York on April 12, and Uma Thurman on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' in New York on April 8.
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Like avoiding cupcake day at work, hitting the gym on Gossip Girl night, or explaining to your ex "noooo, I broke up with YOU," humidity-induced flyaways are, for the most part, a losing battle. We know, we know. We all try reeeeeally hard to give our strands a fighting chance, but the odds are usually stacked in favor of the wayward hair shaft. Before you decide to walk around with a paper bag on your head until the end of April or take an electric razor to your head, witness model Karolina Kurkova, and actresses Camilla Belle and Uma Thurman. Instead of, blow-drying, flat ironing and gel shellacking their strands to within an inch of life before hitting their respective red carpet events, they let their hair be what it wanted to be...which just so happened to be FRIZZY. Giving in isn't giving up, ladies and gents. Remember that. Especially, when you're ACTUALLY right on trend. Marc Jacobs, Topshop, and Vera Wang all embraced blew up to unimaginable proportions the frizzy hair look on the runway for spring. So, there. The next time your passive aggressive pal asks if you want to borrow their flat iron, say thanks, but no thanks, while shaking your hair wildly with your hands.

Tips to NOT looking completely crazy with your frizzy 'do:
1. Reign in your fuzzy strands just a bit by wearing them in a loose side braid (like Karolina and Uma) or a no-fuss bun like Camilla.
2. Just because your hair is cuckoo, doesn't mean your makeup should be. Make sure your foundation is perfectly blended, your lips are glossy and your brows are clean (they don't have to be Camilla-perfect, but you get our point).
3. To strike a balance with your look, team your tomboy hair with ladylike clothes—lace, satin, sleeveless.

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Emanuela De Paula at Victoria's Secret.
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Last night, Angels descended upon New York City for one very special event — the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. And while many people — errr, boys — look at this show for one very particular reason (pretty girls in tiny clothes), we're looking at the show for the style spectacle that it is. With crazy costumes, rainbow wings, animal print, glitter, and a performance by Katy Perry, this year's show was truly a sight to see. Check out the top trends from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010 below, and click here to see all 57 looks from the show.

+ SEE ALL THE TRENDS BELOW ...

ANIMAL PRINT

Selita Ebanks and Emanuela De Paula at Victoria's Secret.
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BUBBLES

Chanel Iman and Behati Prinsloo at Victoria's Secret.
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GLITTER

Chanel Iman and Izabel Goulart at Victoria's Secret.
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SPORTS

Adriana Lima and Erin Heatherton at Victoria's Secret.
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KATY PERRY'S PERFORMANCE OUTFITS

Katy Perry at Victoria's Secret.
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SEE EVERY VICTORIA'S SECRET RUNWAY LOOK HERE!!!

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Which of these 14 girls will be America's Next Top Model?
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Tyra Banks kicks off Cycle 15 (yes, we're up to THAT MANY!) of her hit show America's Next Top Model on September 8, and this time around, she's going HIGH fashion. The supermodel-turned-TV host wrangled a number of fashion superstars such as designer Diane Von Furstenberg, model Karolina Kurkova, and photographer Patrick Demarchelier (yes, the Patrick from The Devil Wears Prada!) to serve as guest judges this year. Plus, this season's winner will get a spread in VOGUE!!! Well, Italian Vogue, that is, and that's on top of her contracts with IMG Models and Cover Girl. With that said, let's meet the 14 girls up for the prize.

+ Put your bets in early! Who do you think will win?

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