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Rooney Mara promotes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" in Germany, Spain, and France.
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Rooney Mara is certainly not disappointing as one of our predicted Girls to Watch in 2012. We're barely a week into the year, and she's already churning out expertly styled high-fashion looks with breakneck swiftness for her European The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo promotional tour. For a relative newcomer, her flawless wielding of labels, even a notoriously whimsical one like Miu Miu, to effectively convey her stark angular aesthetic is enough to send you on bended knee, genuflecting to her exemplary style prowess. And of the names she's wearing, her togs read like a designer DREAM TEAM. *swooooon*

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Rooney Mara on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' in New York on Dec. 19.
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We just have to put it out there—Rooney Mara has been straight-up sartorially brilliant on the red carpet while promoting her film The Girl with Dragon Tattoo as of late, but last night we did a triple take when she showed up on Jimmy Fallon in an unusual frock. This is exactly how our thought process went: "Oh! What a cute off-the-shoulder flared dre—wait a minute, is that nude mesh? Around her décolletage? WAIT, IT'S A MOCK TURTLENECK?! Ahahahah!" You guys, why would she do this to herself? First off, how awkward is it that her dress hits her RIGHT in the middle of her knee cap? It's an unflattering length on such a lean lady! Then the dress unbeautified (that's a word) Rooney even further by covering up the prettiest part of her feminine bod—her long neck and delicate clavicle bones. The weirdest/worst part about this whole shebang is that this mock-turtle-neck-'50s-party-dress hybrid thing is actually Rodarte by Opening Ceremony, and it costs $736. Yeah.

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Elle Fanning wearing Rodarte spring 2012 couture.
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We can't get enough of Elle Fanning here at MTV Style. Every time we spy some new street style photo of her looking resplendent in a cute dress and ballet flats or walking the red carpet in Chanel, we spend time oohing and aahing over it in way that is probably borderline creepy. (We love you, Elle!) For such a young age, Miss Fanning already has her own sense of style, and we look forward to watching it evolve throughout her teen years. One label that she seems to align herself with is another of our faves, too, and that's Rodarte. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have cultivated a wildly original line that continues to wow the fash-masses. What's more, they enjoy frequent collaborations with stores like Opening Ceremony and with magazines such as Lula. They recently collaborated with A Magazine to curate an issue centering on themes involving their home state of California as well as their collections. Lucky for us, there's an ENTIRE SHOOT featuring Elle wearing Rodarte's spring 2012 couture collection in places like a lonely pool or in the confines of a 1960s-style bathroom. Oh, and did we mention there's also some Pearl Jam and psychedelic surf boards thrown in for good measure?

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Just two weeks ago, we were stopped dead in our tracks, shocked to find that the entire Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 collection was stolen from a train in Paris. Scratching our heads, wondering, for one, how a scheme so large could be pulled off undetected and what that might mean for the future production of the actual purchasable collection. Now, our return to the office after a long weekend of snuggly Thanksgiving vacay times comes accompanied by the sharp reality of another unexpected jolt—the theft of more than $400,000 worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise from a Paris airport. The grand-scale burglary came by the hand of "five masked thieves" according to WWD.

While we would never dream of actually carrying out an actual holdup for the benefit of our wardrobes, these couture capers do have us thinking about from which epic collections we wouldn't mind trying to score a five-finger discount. Of course, if we were to really think about this strategically, we'd go for a Fall/Winter as opposed to the Spring/Summer variety (HELLO, think of the leathers and furs and silks and nomnomnom), but since those collections are already out, and the grandeur of that Marc Jacobs robbery is its at-the-moment one-of-a-kind exclusivity, here are our top five Spring/Summer 2012 collections worth plotting a heist for.

CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld and Florence Welch at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 4.
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I meannn. The product of the genius mind and discerning hand of Karl Lagerfeld, which debuted with the unveiling of Florence Welch from a clam shell à la "The Birth of Venus," is kind of a no-brainer, to say the very least. With all its glitteringly feminine goodness juxtaposed with crisp tailoring and so much classic chic, the Chanel Spring 2012 collection is what we might call an investment heist. So long as no one realizes you, y'know, stole all this ish, these are pieces you can wear forever.

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Last night's Gossip Girl was somewhat of a transitionary episode, but nonetheless brimming with juicy dramz. Kicking things off with Serena's (Blake Lively) new gig working at the Spectator for Diana (Elizabeth Hurley) who wants Serena to start a blog to rival GG herself (sidenote: is it just me or is there a weird "gotta catch 'em all" feel to Diana's Spectator staffing?). Diana nabbed Serena after her former job with Jane (Michael Michele) fell through when she halted production on the film version of Dan's (Penn Badgley) book. Dan's supposed to be out on a book tour but has apparently been missing meet and greets. Maybe dropping off the bestseller list hurt his pride?

Charlie (aka Ivy) (Kaylee DeFer) has gotten herself wrapped up in a cougar love triangle with Diana and Nate (Chace Crawford) which, with the sudden reappearance of Ivy's ex-boyfriend Max, can only lead to major trouble for her secret double life. Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) is away on business, and with his recent slip to the dark and scheming, and Chuck's (Ed Westwick) public turning of a new leaf, Blair (Leighton Meester) is *cough* once again *cough* conflicted about her choice (though she'd never admit that). Blair plans to reveal that the real Chuck Bass still exists deep down. Just about everything comes to a head at Chuck's masked masquerade party slash play, but if you haven't caught up, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!

Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer).
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SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Tank: Vena Cava
+ Vest: Haute Hippie
+ Skirt: Rodarte
+ Shoes: Brian Atwood
+ Bag: Mulberry
+ Necklace: Siman Tu
+ Ring: Stephen Dweck

CHARLIE RHODES (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Dress: Lorena Sarbu
+ Bracelets: Amanda Pearl and BaubleBar
+ Earrings: Diana Warner

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Zany prints for Spring 2012 at Jeremy Scott, Rodarte, and Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne during New York Fashion Week.
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Why DOES it always have to be flowers and circles and lines and five-point stars strewn across our bodies? There are plenty of other graphics, other shapes, other species of flora that deserve a piece of garment real estate, so why not just fork it over?? A few brave designers dared to continue blazing the trail for unique and refreshingly unexpected patterns, like the produce-aisle-inspired pieces we saw Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney forge ahead with for Spring 2011. This season, Jeremy Scott, Rodarte, and Abbey Dawn saddled up to guide us through the next big trend frontier: ZANY PRINTS!

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Anna Wintour, Taylor Swift, Elle Fanning, and Dakota Fanning attend the Rodarte show at New York Fashion Week.
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Plenty of designers drop the line that they're designing for a wide variety of people, personalities, and tastes, but none can stake that claim quite as clearly and confidently as Rodarte. With a line that's both feminine and edgy, boundary-pushing and refined, it quite naturally appeals to a gamut of sartorial aesthetics. And today's New York Fashion Week show drew in a diverse celeb crowd. From Taylor Swift sitting surreptitiously next to Vogue Editor In Chief Anna Wintour to Elle and Dakota Fanning in sweet matchy-smatchy papyrus-hued outfits, the stars came OUT for Rodarte.

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Mia Wasikowska in 'Harper's Bazaar Australia.'
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Generally, magazines do this thing each time they encounter a girl with "quirk" or "pep" where they decide to style them in "vintage." Michelle Williams, early Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel have all been victim to the spunky gal/retro shoot, but Mia Wasikowska’s most recent shoot in Harper’s Bazaar Australia took the time-traveling thing über-seriously. Not only did stylist Jillian Davison put the Aussie actress in plenty of high-necked lace and a couple of corsets, but her black Nerida Winter bonnet has us feeling oddly War Of The Roses (and not in the sexy, The Tudors bodice-ripping sort of way). Granted, Mia is promoting her role in the upcoming Jane Eyre, but a Louis Vuitton batiste turnover collar doth not an It Girl make.

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Yes, we know we already covered W Magazine's July Music & Style issue with their double cover feature of powerhouses Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera. But when we saw this "Behind The Muses" story, our small hearts grew three sizes in our chests! (Why yes, that's a Grinch reference on the first day of summer, what of it?) W paired iconic fashion designers with their musical soul mates and took a series of beautiful photos that we may or may not have just commissioned to be made into life-size portraits for our floor's lobby. It's the kind of thing that strikes such a chord with our mission here at MTV Style that it would be a crime not to share it with all of you.

W's duos include the boy-meets-girl-chic Janelle Monáe in a bathtub with a lurking Karl Lagerfeld and the ethereal Florence Welch with Gucci's Frida Giannini (which is almost to be expected since Flo is the new face of the brand and Frida is designing Florence's tour outfits). Kanye West is shot sharing a laugh with the lovely ladies of Rodarte, and there is the most INCREDIBALLZ photo of M.I.A. standing on the back wheel of a bicycle steered by platinum goddess Donatella Versace that you just have to see to believe. (Donatella doing anything to break a sweat is just a phenom thought. Also, dig Maya as a blonde!). Peep a few of the photos with fashion and beauty credits below!

JANELLE MONÁE + CHANEL

Janelle Monáe and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld.
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On Monáe: Chanel’s vintage black wool jacket and white silk blouse. On Lagerfeld: His own clothes. Styled by Kathryn Typaldos; Monáe’s hair by Ted Gibson for Tedgibsonbeauty.Com at Jed Root Inc. and makeup by Oslyn Holder for Dior Beauty/Epiphany Artist Group Inc.; Lagerfeld’s grooming by Daniela Klein at The Wall Group.

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For every awards show that comes, we try to predict which trends will rule the red carpet. Most of the time, we are completely surprised (pleasantly) by the looks the stars step out in...which was the case at Sunday night's 2011 Academy Awards. From lovely lace to shades of purple, here’s the lowdown on this year’s hottest Oscars red carpet trends.

IN THE NUDE: Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, and Florence Welch looked naturally beautiful in nude-hued gowns. Mandy wore a shoulder-baring Marchesa dress, while Halle also sported a magnificent Marchesa creation, and Florence gave the red carpet a vintage-y vibe in a tired Valentino frock.

Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, and Florence Welch on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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RED HAUTE: Jennifer Lawrence (in Calvin Klein), Sandra Bullock (in Vera Wang), and Jennifer Hudson (in Versace) were just a few of the bombshells to wear a serious pop of color.

Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Hudson on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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SHADES OF PURPLE: Purple reigned with Mila Kunis donning a boundary-pushing Elie Saab gown with white drop earrings, Natalie Portman showing her baby bump in a flowing Rodarte dress, and Cate Blanchett wearing a work of art in the form of a Givenchy frock.

Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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GLITTER AND SEQUINS: It's one way to turn heads on the red carpet! Mandy Moore (in Monique Lhuillier), Amy Adams (in L'Wren Scott), and Michelle Williams (in Chanel) weren't hard to miss in their sparkling gowns.

Mandy Moore, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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SHEER THINGS: Mila Kunis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Scarlett Johansson looked lovely in lace. Mila's lavender Elie Saab dress was demure yet insanely sexy. Meanwhile, Hailee looked like a modern day princess in Marchesa, and Scarlett's Dolce & Gabbana gown was the talk of the carpet.

Mila Kunis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.
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MORE 2011 ACADEMY AWARDS COVERAGE:
Top Looks
Red Carpet Live Blog

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