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Pamela Love NYFW

Tattoo artist Minka Sicklinger and a guest at Pamela Love's pop-up tattoo shop.
Photo: Courtesy of Julia Schwemmer/Pamela Love

Jewelry designer Pamela Love isn't one to follow the crowd, which is why we've always loved her. Unlike last season's steampunk jewelry presentation, Pamela decided to something a little more daring for this NYFW show—opening up a pop-up tattoo shop to get her designs permanently inked on your skin. She and her hubby (illustrator Matthew Jameson Nelson Love) created custom flash-sheets from which people can choose their designs. The tattoos are then applied by artists Minka Sicklinger and Patrick “Fish” King to members of the fash industry who are willing to go the extra mile in between Lincoln Center shows. So, why did she opt for something so permanent instead of her usual presentation? "Tattoos and jewelry are very similar, they are both decorative adornments for the body that often have deep meaning to the individual," Pamela said in a press release. "Jewelry is very personal, it is something that you can wear every day and after a while the pieces you wear most feel like they’ve become a part of you. Getting a tattoo is a logical extension of that idea. It’s something you can carry with you forever."


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Can you believe it's already late July? It feels like just yesterday that we were longingly dreaming of sundresses and sandals, but still bundling up against the chill of winter. Nowadays we've gotten pretty attached to our uniform of maxi skirts, sandals and shorts, and as much as we're sick of the hot and sweaty city, we're also not looking forward to turning in our bare legs come fall. If you're headed back to school in addition to being headed back to cooler climes, you might have the additional worry of a dress code looming, which is why we wanted to look at some of our fave summer trends and show you how to make them backpack-ready come September!

You can work your sandals into fall with the right layers.
Photo: Madewell/Urban Outfitters/Swedish Hasbeens

We're literally dreading the day it gets too cold for us to wear our sandals anymore. We've fallen completely in lurve with clogs, particularly these natural leather numbers from Swedish Hasbeens, and the comfy and durable heels are going to stay on our feet until we get frost bite, just you wait (or we'll just get the boot version, heh). We're huge fans of layering, though, and with a pair of opaque tights like these from Urban Outfitters, which come in a variety of colors, you can extend the life of your favorite summer shoes, within reason. Sandals and socks is a much maligned sartorial move for a reason, so use your good judgment. Of course you can just add tights to your fave dress and sandals pairing and make it a little more fall-friendly (with a varsity jacket perhaps?) but why just do that when we can also back to school-ify another of the pieces we'll miss most come fall--shorts. We know tights and shorts is in no way breaking new ground, but there's a way to do this well and a way to, you know, just put some tights under your shorts (basic). We think the key here is to look outside of the denim shorts box. For this look we love a pair of not-too-tight-not-too-baggy tap shorts in an interesting, unique fabric, like this Pendleton-esque pair from Urban Outfitters ($39.00). Topped with a fitted, crisp white button down, like the True Love Shrunken Oxford from Madewell ($59.50), this is a look that could take you straight through homeroom into the weekend.


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Best Coast covered Fleetwood Mac's "Storms" on Fallon.
Photo: Bethany Cosentino's Instagram/Getty

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.


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Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez perform on 'American Idol' on May 23.
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YASSS. Remember when Rihanna showed us a sneak peek of her new dreaded 'do yesterday? Well, we got to see it in full force last night when she performed live on the American Idol season finale! She sang "Where Have You Been?" in an all black Adam Selman loincloth number amidst tons of lasers, fog, and scantily-clad backup dancers. Silver spikes and gems dangled from her black bra top, which she paired with leather belt and a slit-up-to-the-waist skirt. She finished the look with lace-up boots, Pamela Love earrings, and a crocodile Lynn Ban cuff. She pulled her dreads up into a high ponytail and sported a KILLER smoky eye to finish the look.


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Jessica, Pamela, Bjork...who else made the list?!

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We’ll always know Jessica Alba as the kickass star of Fantastic Four and we'll forever associate Bjork with that infamous swan dress (can you really blame us?!), but turns out these celebrities are way more than Hollywood heavyweights; according to Fast Company they’re sucessful entrepreneous as well. The publication has just unveiled its 100 Most Creative People in Business list, and some of our favorite celebs and industry icons have made the cut (!!). Drumroll, please...

Alba scored the #17 slot for her eco-concious baby brand The Honest Company, which she started after her youngest daughter Haven was born. The luxe line of diapers, laundry detergent and soap reportedly take influence from everything from French soaps to Alexander McQueen, making these babies the most pampered kids around. Fashion fave Pamela Love was named #93, thanks to the NYC designer's line of jagged, hard-edged rings, stone bracelets, and tough cuffs. We're major fans of her (literally) drop dead gorgeous collections, so it's about time the rest of the biz is giving her a proper shoutout, too.

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hunger games accessories katniss everdeen

Digby & Iona Bluejay Necklace, Huyana Arrow Cuff, Pamela Love Earrings, District 12 Tote, House of Harlow 1960 ring.
Photo: Digby & Iona; Anthropologie; Ssense; Cafepress; ASOS

HAPPY HUNGER GAMES!!!! Holy Eff(ie), we've been waiting for what feels like an eternity for the release of The Hunger Games movie. And now *hyperventilating* it is HERE. Well, almost here, as the official release isn't until this Friday, but we can attest—without saying too much—that this film is beyond the beeeeyyond. You guys, it's EPIC, and if there's any way to get in the full on Katniss Everdeen fighting spirit, we suggest you deck yo'selves out for the release in your respective districts. There's no reason why you shouldn't show your support for the tributes who are risking their lives or tip your ensemble out all citizen of Panem style. (We may loathe their naïveté but their craymazing fash magic is fun to mimic.) Thus, ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we share with you some HG accessories to help you battle it out. May the odds (and ends, bits, and baubles) be ever in your favor.


As you know, Katniss Everdeen is who we're all rooting for in the dystopian Hunger Games universe. We follow her journey from hunting enthusiast and District 12 teen to bow and arrow-wielding fighting machine (which demanded rigorous training for star Jennifer Lawrence). We think this Digby & Iona Bluejay Arrow Necklace exemplifies the spirit of Katniss while also tipping its hat to the Mockingjay birds referenced in both the book series and in the film. In keeping with the arrow theme, we'd also wear this Huyana Arrow Cuff, House of Harlow 1960 Antiqued Arrow Ring, and Pamela Love Five Spike Earrings on opening day and every day thereafter. If your love of the Games runs as deep as a district coal mine, though (#sadface), we also suggest you run around town with this District 12 Tribute Tote Bag to show your support of both Katniss and Peeta. But wait! There's more...


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Pamela Love Fall 2012

Looks from Pamela Love's fall 2012 presentation in New York on Feb. 10.
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If you haven't already been following Pamela Love's boho chic meets new wave tribal jewelry collection, you have so much to catch up on! She's the master of mixing metals with colorful, earthy stones in undeniably original shapes and sizes, which is why we had to stop by her fall 2012 presentation in Milk Studios. The models were clad in unbuttoned brown overalls and worn-in white tees smothered with Pamela Love goodies. (Plus, we're PRETTY sure that's dirt on their faces.) The first look featured a gigantic gold collar with turquoise detail, Aztec-y triangle gold chain necklaces, stacked cuffs, and pointy spear-shaped metal rings. The second look is all about the statement necklace and oversized geometric arm cuffs, which, paired with these workman's ensembles, gives us a serious industrial revolution vibe. While we were checking out the steampunk-inspired pieces, Soft Circle played some equally industrial music from nothing but electronic drums and analog synthesizers. Hisham Bharoocha, who hails from the experimental noise band Black Dice, said he made the set based on Pamela's direction to use industrial sounds with an art deco feel.


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Nina Dobrev on the February 2012 cover of "Nylon"
Photo: Marvin Scott Jarrett/"Nylon" magazine

We have chosen our fair share of ladies to obsess over this year, and Nina Dobrev is one of them. Aside from making our Best Red Carpet Dresses of 2011 list in an absolutely TO-DIE red gown that officially secured her a spot on pretty much every best-dressed list, we also praised her green People's Choice Awards dress (which she wore to catch a commercial flight directly afterward, choosing to de-glam it with a coat and boots), and are insanely excited to catch her in the upcoming teen flick, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She's a hot commodity these days, and the fine folks over at Nylon agree, as they've chosen her as their February 2012 cover girl. In a genius move that makes (some of) us here at MTV Style remember our Texas roots, they've styled the Vampire Diaries star in the snazziest, punked-out, Scorpion-adorned western wear you've ever seen. Oh, and they got her to dish about everything from cat calendars to her former co-star, Drake too.


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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga attends the Barneys launch of Gaga's Workshop with Nicola Formichetti in New York City.
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Nothing says the holidays like LADY GAGA. Our Lady of all things Gaga-loony and Gaga-licious is doing her best to make this Turkey Day week—as well as the upcoming holiday season—as Gaga-tastic as possible. (You can add GAGA to just about anything and it sounds more interesting. Gaga-gravy. Gaga-coozie. Gaga-pie. Try it!) To kick off a week of events that includes Our Lady's television special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which she both conceived and directed, the style icon opened Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York last night. As you little monsters probably already know, the store is chock-full of signature items dreamt up or inspired by the Lady herself. We're talking everything from her Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson book (NOW ON SALE!) to fingerless gloves and Gaga-cookies (told you it works). We knew she'd be wearing something that would take us to the edge of glory—this being a major holiday event and all—but we didn't expect her to emerge from the monster façade outside the Barneys building in full-on Antebellum-style Chanel Haute Couture. Um, fainting couch, please!


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Chloe Moretz, Olivia Wilde, and Amanda Seyfried attend the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.
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As one would expect from an event thrown by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) AND Vogue magazine, the young Hollywood starlets showed up in droves, all clad in their finest threads. While no one trend or design house prevailed on the red carpet (though Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, and Creatures of the Wind did all score high honors, cash prizes, and über-valuable business mentorships), the pretty young thangs turned it out in a display of what the fashion community's best and brightest have to offer.

Even at her green age, Chloë Moretz proves she has the style chops to run the same circles as her older counterparts in this near floor-length printed Suno frock and super interesting, lattice-y, macrame-looking heels. Styled in an easy middle part updo and a bold red lip, Chloe is a total boho-chic beauty. Olivia Wilde is one of those ladies that could honestly look drop dead in anything, but that doesn't stop her from turning it out on the red carpet. Olivia gracefully toes the line between sexy and sweet with this keyholed-yet-full-skirted Cushnie et Ochs paired with a simple pointy pump, effortless waves, and an elegant cat eye. Amanda Seyfried takes some risks in this feathered dress by Prabal Gurung and intricately laced Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, but thanks to appropriate styling and under accesorizing, Amanda's look is ballerina-inspired without appearing to be ripped straight from the next production of Swan Lake.


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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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