Models on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Runway fashion borrowing from hip-hop culture is hardly a new phenomenon. The trend took off back in fall of 1991 when Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld divisively tried his hand at “the ‘nouveau’ rapper look,” piling gold chains on his models, while his peers Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Neuville took similar inspiration. Now it’s pretty much a commonplace for designers to look to the genre and even tap its key players to walk in their shows. Just this weekend, Angel Haze strutted down DKNY’s runway.
Last season at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang—who’s merged the two worlds throughout his career—referenced ‘90s rap when he sent out "Parental Advisory" sweatshirts to the beat of Pharoahe Monch’s 1999 single “Simon Says.” A moment that perhaps also stuck with Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville when they were planning their Fall ‘14 collection.
Anna Wintour and Russell Westbrook chat front row at rag & bone's Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Oh SNAP. Did you guys see this?? Russell Westbrook sat front row at last night's rag & bone Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week show! And not just that, he sat next to THE high priestess of FASHUN as an organized religion, Miss Anna Wintour. If you have no idea who Westbrook, this darlingly chapeau'ed specimen of excellent cheekbones, is or why he's important, you (A) are obviously not a hardXcore basketball fan like Anna and me *hairflip*, and (B) are about to get a liiiittle history lesson.
Kristen Bell on set of the 'Veronica Mars Movie'.
Marshmallows, we hope you're sitting down because we've got some serious Veronica Mars fashion info up our sleeves. In case you missed it (LOL, you didn't), we peeped the first-ever images straight from the set a couple weeks ago and obsessed over Veronica's style evolution from a baby-tee wearin' teen to edgy college student to a casual-cool lawyer (let’s not go down the wormhole of why she’s holding hands with Piz, OK?) in what we assume is New York with her Mackage trench coat and sensible workwear get-up. But thanks to photos that debuted on EW last week from a shoot day at the Santa Monica Pier (as pictured above), we got a peek at scenes with Ken Marino and Kristen Bell. Seeing Vinnie automatically made us channel his version of Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes", but we couldn't keep our eyes off--GASP--the return of her signature studded bag?!
Demi Lovato on "Demi Lovato: Live From MTV."
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BRB guys. We're just STILL having a heart attack (get it?) from Demi Lovato gracing our offices with her radiant presence yesterday.The golden-throated pop star stopped by our Times Square headquarters less than 24 hours ago to chat LIVE with MTV News' Christina Garibaldi and a few lucky Lovatics in celebration of the official release of her brand new album DEMI. Along with talking about her eponymously titled record, Miss Lovato played a few DEMI themed games, including one with a similar idea as Pictionary that went hilariously awry. Apparently, our girl D, like us, has a pretty lewd sense of humor, but it's her ability to balance that with looking totally poised and professional that makes us love her so much.
Two weeks ago, Beyonce got an Instagram account, and with one quick post of a "Texans for Obama" t-shirt, @baddiebey began taking her followers on a journey of hand-written notes and (most importantly for us) rapidfire outfit updates. She may have saved the vampire grill and white rabbit snaps exclusively for her Tumblr (which BTW is also amazing and a thing you should definitely not sleep on because HELLO GORGEOUS), but her Instagram is quickly becoming the #1 source for all the latest breaking Beyonce everyday (as in, not red carpet or performance outfits) ensembles. What's Bey's latest fashion obsession (other than that post-flu-shot arm-grabbing pose)? Statement prints!
It's official, y'all! This Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week hath decreed it: warm-weather leather is officially a thing. While it seems impractical given the material's luxurious thickness and the season's sticky humidity, when has that stopped us before? Like, when was the last time any podiatrist cosigned a pair of HEELS? And yet, year-round fashion staple right thurr. *dusts hands off* The recent surge in the use of this fabric versus those more breathable, like, say, cotton, raises a few questions, namely whether it has anything to do with the price of cotton and/or consumers being more willing to spend a premium on leather over other materials. But we can't deny that it also just looks reeeeeally badass. The dudes, I guess, have known that for a while (remember Kanye West's debut Paris Fashion Week show? That makes a LOT more sense now), but this past week has confirmed that the leather (or leather-look!) steez is a definite do in MULTIPLE iterations for the coming spring and summer.
Leather on the runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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The easiest way to get away with the leather trend is probably in the form of a leather dress. Our girl Joan Smalls gave it the stamp of approval, wearing a quilted Balmain version for her House of Style co-host announcement, and now we've seen it on the Spring 2013 runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang. In dress form, you get the epidermal freedom of an open shoulder, arms that can breath, and depending on the cut, maybe even a little ventilation from an A-line skirt. The Wang version is especially ideal because the cut-outs provide that much more air circulation.
Looks from the Rag & Bone show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 7.
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When we think Rag & Bone, we think layers. Like, layers upon layers upon layers. Basically, the design duo behind the NYC-based label, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, are the masters of piling it on. If you remember last season's collection, they painstakingly put together one visually stunning mixed pattern ensemble after another, but for spring 2013, they decided to go for a much simpler, sleeker and stripped-down look. Their athleticwear-inspired shift dresses, slouchy miniskirts, and bomber jackets all have a hint of sportiness to them—whether it's the addition of an unexpected cargo pocket here or the use of jersey mesh fabric on a sculpted dress there. Even the slicked-back hair suggests the life of an active girl-on-the-go. Although the exterior emits a strong and powerful look, the black lace trim peeking out beneath a set of sculpted leather shorts or a barely-buttoned up blouse add a soft, feminine feel to the overall edginess of the ensemble.
Tees from the Runway To Win collection by Marc Jacobs and Beyoncé and Tina Knowles.
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The year 2012 is significant. Not only is there hoopla surrounding some sort of massive global shift, there's a presidential election on the horizon. As you might already know, President Barack Obama is up for reelection, and the fashion world—specifically Vogue editor Anna Wintour—wants to show emphatic support. Thus, in support of the Obama campaign, designers like Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung and multifaceted artists like Beyoncé and Diddy via his Sean John line have designed an affordable line of products called Runway to Win which features everything from t-shirts and tote bags to colorful scarves and patriotic nail polishes. What's more, they've put out a public call for guest designers (that means YOU!) to take part in the Runway to Win Design Challenge where one winner's design will be sold along with the designer collection. (#salute!) Oh, and did we mention there's also going to be a Chicago pop-up shop and full-on fashion event, too?
Since it's winter, and we just attended New York Fashion Week, which showcased the fall 2012 collections, we started to think to ourselves, "Even though none of these ensembles will be available until fall, can't we start wearing some of the trends now seeing as how it's the same temperature?" Well, of course the answer is obvious; it's a resounding hellz YES. And if we get even more specific, why not isolate the kewlest accessory trends at NYFW so we can start building the looks a little early? It's a no-brainer. (And we're zombies right now, so perf! BRAAAAINS.) Thus, here are our favorite accessory trends from the shows which you can start adopting onto your person immediately.
BELT IT UP
Looks from the Rag & Bone, Jenny Packham, and 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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So, belts were everywhere during fashion week. Thick ones, thin ones, plastic ones, leather ones. The point is, get one and make sure it's interesting and/or long enough so you can loop-de-loop that sucker over itself. At Rag & Bone, dark oxblood belts where cinched over blanket coats, so grab a blanket, pilfer your BF's belt drawer, and go for it. Jenny Packham added thin belts to her Old Hollywood rockabilly gowns, and we love this idea for giving your prom dress some edge. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, belts were looped all ovah the place, and we're especially fond of this thick translucent white belt over a white shirt, layers of gray knits, and khaki pants.
Now that the New York Fashion Week shows are over, we can sit back and survey the week as a larger unit for next season's hottest trends! It appears mixed prints isn't a look that's cooling off any time soon. In fact, judging from this Fall 2012 showing, the wielding of layered patterns is only getting more extreme. Chances are good you've already started dabbling in the idea, but if not, we'll help you figure out a few ways to make the look work.
Looks from the Rebecca Minkoff, Honor, and Anna Sui Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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Remember how daunting colorblocking seemed, like, a year ago? And now you probably concoct bold outfits with the trend in your SLEEP. Once you get over the initial crazy feeling, it's easy to visiualize and craft a deliciously on-trend ensemble. Just like with colorblocking, it's important that all the hues you use fit within the same mood. Rebecca Minkoff mixed a marbled pumpkin knit with goldenrod snakeprint shorts which, in sentence form, sounds insane, but because they're both earthier, Thanksgiving-esque tones, the look is harmonious. Honor paired a thinly striped black and neon lime sweater with a pencil skirt diagonally tiered in exactly the same shades - a fool-proof recipe for flawless print mixing. The always imaginative Anna Sui also went for bold colors, mixing some varied shades of sapphire which may sound like a clashy mess at first, but with the right accessories and head-to-toe commitment, the final product is really fun and striking. Also, a simple hairdo is necessary.