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R.Kelly

R.Kelly and Bowser work head-to-toe spikes.
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For those of you who may have missed it, let me catch you up. Tonight, courtesy of the 2013 BET Awards, we were privileged to watch a mind boggling R.Kelly medley performance. It kicked off with an unexpected chorus, breaking the fourth wall and filing in the aisles singing back-and-forth across the attendees, but it was Kelz himself that really took the performance into overdrive. Without actually settling on one record, Robert moved effortlessly between songs, hit after hit after hit. What's sticking with me, though, is that bananas all-over gold spike stud ensemble. And how much it reminds me of Bowser. You know, from Super Mario Bros.

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Topshop Hair Spikes

Topshop sells hair spikes.
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As a species, we put a lot of weird stuff in our hair. Sprays and oils and chemicals. Braiding in ribbons and gluing in more hair. Also, remember butterfly clips? Let's all just take a gender-wide facepalm on that one, agreed? And while we're at it, these "spike stud swirls" from Topshop? They might warrant a little self-reflection, too. Color me judgmental or, you know, whatever you want given the anonymity of the interwebz, but I'm just not seeing it. Yet! I'm very thinly spined (near amphibious, really!) and can definitely be swayed. Perhaps a customer review? Or a photo? Or an at-home tutorial? I'm open to suggestions, but I'm also compelled to stand on my soapbox and broadcast that this hair accessory + me is not a love-at-first-sight kinda deal.

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Studded Manicures

Photo: Via 10 Blank Canvases

We were lucky enough to take a quick trip to Los Angeles last week (hayyy, West Coast!) and, like any true nail art aficionado would do, we hit up THE Chi Nail Bar in Beverly Hills. By the time we left the salon, we were feeling more inspired and badass than ever with a decked-out black, gold and pink studded mani. In fact, it was then and there that we decided to ditch the summery floral and neon nail trends and officially transition into darker, gothier looks for fall. (And, um, our current fondness for all-black tips miiiiight also symbolize the impending doom that's about to come next week. *cough*New York Fashion Week*cough*) So check out some of our favorite studded manis that you can ACTUALLY recreate from home. First up, Jenny from 10 Blank Canvases totally wowed us by making her OWN studs out of polymer clay (wut), which she placed down the center of her nail. We love how she used a matte black polish as the base to add some serious depth. Killer!

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Lucy Punch at the premiere of "Bad Teacher" in New York City on June 20, 2011, and Rutina Wesley and Janina Gavankar at the premiere of HBO's "True Blood" Season 4 in Los Angeles on June 21, 2011.
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Guys. Let's give it up for shoes. Not just these shoes, though. I'm talking every. shoe. in. the. world. Every shoe there is, there has been, and ever will be. From the most Louvre-worthy stiletto masterpiece to the trustiest love-worn pair of flip-flops. Let's put our hands together for every heel, sandal, and sneaker we've ever known or loved. Because let's face it. Shoes all too often play second fiddle to the rest of the ensemble. So much blood, sweat, and tears goes into crafting an outfit that sometimes it's just easier to throw on a pair of simple shoes to cap things off. And the shoes, well, they don't complain. They're there for you, the foundation that you walk on, keeping your tootsies safe from debris and broken glass and rusty tetanus-waiting-to-happen nails etcetc. But that doesn't mean they don't want the spotlight every once in a while, you know? Well, in this week's Shoe Update, three ladies who know how that feels give their shoes the center stage: Lucy Punch, Rutina Wesley, and Janina Gavankar.

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A still from Britney Spears' 'I Wanna Go' music video.
All Photos Courtesy of Jive Records

The world loves nothing more than a comeback kid, and no one has a more anticipated renaissance like Miss Britney Spears. Her fans propelled her latest (and seventh) studio album Femme Fatale to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In her music video for I Wanna Go (which was just released yesterday morning) Brit is back to her glowing, loveably goofy self as she pokes fun at her relationship with the media (who? us??), even going a little batcrazy renegade on the paparazzi (familiar much?) with an unexpected weapon.

But our refreshed and redone Brit isn't here to mess around or sing a couple sweet songs. Nosiree. In fact, for her latest, her fashion is as tough as we've ever seen her, with her early aughts sensibilities and a healthy dose of spiky, aggro details.

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From left: AnnaLynne McCord on July 28; Dolce Vita; Rachel Roy; Steve Madden.
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty

We love when everyday items get some added glitz. And lately, that means adding some studs, beads, and other sparkly pieces to black minis, like AnnaLynne McCord, who we spotted in a studded skirt a few weeks ago. Want to snag something similar? Dolce Vita does a great zip front mini with rows of studs in different shapes and colors ($165). For a wraparound look, try a black skirt with shiny brass studs from Rachel Roy’s lower-priced line RACHEL ($99). And Steve Madden has a similar high-waisted style, complete with rows of studs and a front zipper at a steal-worthy price of $26.40 (it's on sale!). Our major tip for trying this trend? Nab this studded skirt in black only (as seen here), otherwise risk looking cheap, not chic.

+ Price: $26.40 to $165.
+ Get It: Dolce Vita Starr Skirt ($165); RACHEL Rachel Roy Brass Studs Mini Skirt ($99); Steve Madden Studded Skirts ($26.40).
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Photo: Courtesy of Candie's

Want a piece of Britney? We've missed her Circus! But she's back on the circuit now, hustling, launching her very own line of clothes and accessories for Candie's that hits Kohl's stores today. Some of her offerings are pictured above. The collection is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the pop star — a lot of stretchy fabric, black lace, and pink. If we had to name it, we'd call it a Total Bubblegum Explosion. But hey, that's Britney's thing, and we love her for it. Cheesy? Yes. But if anyone should have the right to bedazzle a white tank top and call it "designed," it's Britney.

Let's take a closer look at some of the clothes. The pink tank isn't online yet, but the studded skirt and jeans are $48, the bracelet is $16, the jeweled tank is $32, and the studded black dress is $48. In fact, when we checked, this stuff was already discounted by 50 percent online. YIKES.

+ Fill in the blank: Britney's collection for Candie's looks ____.

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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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