We've already discussed beauty trends from New York Fashion Week, so now we need to discuss the other major player on runways that isn't, y'know, clothing: HAIR! After looking at basically every Fashion Week picture that exists, we decided the number one trend that ruled the runways, hair-wise, was braids. There were braids everywhere. Some people may think braids are reserved for warmer seasons like spring or summer, but those people would be wrong. Fall/Winter braids are obviously becoming a ~thing~, so you better make sure your fingers are nimble come September. Check out braids from NYFW below!
Models at Nanette Lepore and Creatures of the Wind during New York Fashion Week.
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Braided bangs, a somewhat underused plait in the braid world
of which I'm queen, showed up twice on runways. The first was at Creatures of the Wind, where the braid practically covered the model's entire forehead, and the second was at Nanette Lepore where it was thinner and sleeker. You don't need actual bangs to get yourself some braided bangs—just comb some of your hair forward and voilà.
That's right, Katy Cats! Your fearless ruler Katy Perry (she likes to go by "Mom") is headed for the 2013 Video Music Awards. Filling out an already star-studded lineup (so far including Lady Gaga and Kanye West), Katy will use her VMA appearance Sunday, August 25, at 9 p.m. ET at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the premier live performance of her brand new single, "Roar." KP's been a VMA mainstay since her One Of The Boys mainstream debut, so in honor of her history-making homecoming (and in anticipation of what "new" Katy will wear for her performance, we're taking a look back at her VMA style evolution. Leggo!
2008: PIN-UP PERRY
Katy Perry at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
It's been a minute since we were first introduced to this version of KP: bubbly, blue-eyed and owner of one of the summer's hottest (in more ways than one) singles "I Kissed A Girl." For her breakout VMA appearance in 2008, Katy went for a red carpet look that mirrored the boudoir feel of her music video: a white satin bustier top with a demi halter neck and silver star embellishments, peach satin hotpants with maribou feather adornments, metallic fuschia round-toe pumps, and a glittery hard case clutch decorated with star-spangled rhinestones. Her lips were red, her liquid liner pristine, and she had a bow-shaped barrette in her hair.
Miley Cyrus and Tish Cyrus at Rachel Zoe's runway show today.
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Oh HEY, Miley Cyrus! We've been wondering where the pop star would touch down during Fashion Week ever since she first hinted on Twitter she'll be attending the shows. But despite our prediction that she'd cruise straight to London, turns out the singer made a pit stop in New York City! She sat front row at pal Rachel Zoe's show this morning alongside her mom Tish and Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles — which actually makes TOTAL sense considering Miley is the mag's newest cover girl. Oh, and did we mention she looks killer? Because she does. Miley may have had some wardrobe issues pre-trip, but judging from her red hot Rachel Zoe jumpsuit, clearly she got 'em sorted out.
Katy Perry in sparkly nude this weekend and at the Arthur Premiere in 2011.
Katy Perry had a very busy weekend. Not only was the pop star named Billboard's Woman Of The Year, she was also honored by The Trevor Project with their 'Trevor Hero Award.'The organization, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ teens, honored Perry for her outspokenness about suicide, and, according to the organization's CEO, Abbe Land, because "she has done so much to empower youth." Katy looked beautiful on the red carpet, in a sequined, light-beige Marchesa gown that hugged all over her envy-inducing curves while still being demure. When we first saw it, though, we got a weird feeling. "Have we seen this dress before?" we thought, and immediately began racking our brains for a similar style on the singer. Two dresses came to mind, and one in particular stuck out because of the also-similar beauty look she rocked with it. We're talking, of course, of the one-shouldered number Katy wore to the premiere of then-husband Russell Brand's film Arthur in April of 2011. Last year, Katy paired the gown, which featured more of a mermaid shape, a central, starburst sequined pattern and slightly less form-fitting construction, with super long, loose black waves and a center part. For The Trevor Project red carpet, Katy also kept her jet black mane loose, adding a crown braid to the slightly shorter, loosely curled look. There was another dress that was creeping into our brains as well, though. Check it out after the jump.
Kristen Stewart wears sheer while promoting'Twilight' in London and Los Angeles and at the 'Snow White And The Huntsman' this summer.
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Well, we NEVER saw this one coming. When first spotted Kristen Stewart in a lacy see-through dress way back in the summer, our jaws totally dropped from the pure bold gorgeousness of it all. But as killer as she looked in the black Marchesa getup, we assumed the daring number was a one-time thing— after all, this is the actress who's famously ditched heels at major events, repeats outfits, and gasp!- even wears stuff from the mall. However, K.Stew has gone and proven everyone wrong, working not one but TWO totally sheer ensembles on the red carpet within a week. She opted for a nude dress by Zuhair Murad for Monday's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere in Los Angeles, sending heads spinning (literally) with its panty-bearing skirt and corseted strapless top. Now she's at it again while promoting the flick in London, dressed in a Zuhair Murad jumpsuit covered in head-to-toe sequins and some major peekaboo action front and center.
By now we've already obsessed over our favorite EMA red carpet ensembles and peeped all the killer performance outfits, but there's still oneeee last thing we need to discuss—the nail art! Rita Ora, Heidi Klum, and Pixie Geldof all sported badass manis that matched their ensembles so perfectly we just HAD to get a closer look.
Rita Ora at the 2012 MTV EMA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Nov. 11.
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Rita sported an intricate fire-engine red Marchesa layered taffeta gown complete with crimson lace all across the top. Her nail art was a dead-on replica of her dress and featured a detailed red flourish design over a translucent base (just like her top!) with accents of gold (just like her jewelry!) for a mani we MUST have in our lives ASAP. *drools*
Tonight's 2012 EMA red carpet was ALL about branching out of one's fashion comfort zone. Whether it's Rita Ora trading jumpsuits for a floor-length dress, Taylor Swift opting for a super-sleek gown (sans red lipstick!) or Carly Rae Jepsen taking Old Hollywood glamour to the next level, these ladies pulled out all the style stops tonight in Frankfurt. Those watching stateside have to wait a few hours in order to see the action go down on TV, but we've got your EMA fashion preview right here. Check out our top five looks below!
LANA DEL REY IN SHAREEN
Lana Del Rey at the 2012 Europe Music Awards.
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Lana Del Rey has built her entire career on her retro-inspired sound, so it's only appropriate the singer rocked an equally old-school look at tonight's Europe Music Awards. Keeping things simple in a vintage-inspired midnight blue satin wrap dress by Shareen and black pumps, H&M's newest face styled her jet-black hair into her trademark bouffant for a grownup look that's not boring, not over the top, but JUST right. Well done, Lana!
Rita Ora at the 2012 EMA and Rihanna at the 2010 American Music Awards.
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We ALL know that Taylor Swift pretty much has the red shade ON LOCK lately, but tonight it's Rita Ora who's rocking the fiery hue at the 2012 MTV EMA. Hot on the heels of her adorable new video for "Shine Ya Light," the singer hit the red carpet in Frankfurt wearing a bright cherry-colored gown by Marchesa. It miiiight not be the only time Rita wears red tonight (hint: tune in for her performance later!), BUT this statement-making dress is definitely worth talking about right this second. With a floral embellished nude top and a voluminous long skirt, the look is yet another style departure for the pop star, who's been trading her signature sneakers for heels recently. However, she's not the first one to sport this long-sleeved, floral, and full-skirt combination...is it just us, or does this outfit totally remind you of Rihanna's 2010 American Music Awards dress?!
Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards, 2009 Academy Awards, 2009 Golden Globes, and 2010 Academy Awards.
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In case you haven't heard, Miley Cyrus is engaged! Eeeee. She's going to tie the knot with Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, and, um, we can't WAIT to see what she'll wear on the big day! We've already started speculating on her wedding gown (obvs), and looking back at her red carpet ensembles, girl has worn long white dresses a lot. Like, A. LOT. Luckily, cream is SO her color but, hmmmm, what look will she go for when she exchanges nuptials? If she goes for the boho-chic feel, she'll probably wear something similar to her ruffled 2009 Kids' Choice Awards ensemble. She sported a summery Sheri Bodell frock with layered silver necklaces and stacked bracelets. For her beauty game, she left her hair down and breezy with bright blue shadow on her eyes. We could TOTALLY see Miley sporting this soft and pretty ensemble if she got married on a beach sans shoes. Awww. We're tearing up just thinking about it. :')