The latest episode of Lily McMenamy's (brilliant! underrated! hilariously entertaining!) web series for i-D guest stars the legendary Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who imparts style wisdom and life advice (specifically and winningly: "FASHUN HAVE TO BE FUN") while wearing a Jeremy Scott track suit accessorized with Chanel bags worn as necklaces.
If you're all, "Wait, what, who?," Carlyne is the genius stylist behind Anna Wintour's first-ever Vogue cover (and about a billion covers since), and Lily is the 22-year-old model offspring of '90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy and French nightclub owner Hubert Boukobza. Together they're the coolest chicks you could ever want to have a slumber party and girl talk with. And since you can't actually do that, watching this video is the next best thing.
Shirley Kurata and Lena Dunham on the set of Dunham's book shoot.
Photo: @officialautumndewilde's Instagram
For an actress who's regularly in her underwear (or less) on screen, it makes perfect sense that Lena Dunham would be similarly outfitted in the shoot for her debut book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned." Most authors' photos (you know, the ones on the back flap of the jacket with bios and accolades) are rigid and reserved, snapped from the shoulders up like a practiced school portrait. A very practiced, non-pimply, precisely outfitted school portrait, but a school portrait, nonetheless. Then again, most authors don't (1) have their first Vogue cover before their first book release and (2) have styling and photography help from Shirley Kurata and Autumn de Wilde.
Nicola + Gaga = BFF.
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Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Jo Calderone was (*GASP*), according to Lady Gaga’s former stylist and “BFF forever,” Nicola Formichetti. In a recent interview with SHOWstudio, the long-time Haus of Gaga fashion director admitted that the creation of Gagaloo’s iconic male alter-ego was basically birthed on a whim. (IDK about y’all, but my whims only birth things like online shopping debt and buyer’s remorse.) “[One] morning … we were supposed to shoot for Vogue Japan, and we were like, ‘We need to do something crazy,’” Formichetti said. “And we transformed her into a male, her male character, Jo. And it was incredible … It was so spontaneous and very theater. It was amazing.” All in a day’s work! *flips hair*
Lydia and Stiles.
If you're a die-hard Teen Wolf fan like us, you've spent nearly three seasons staring at Stiles' wacky tees, Lydia's on-point heels, and Allison's bohemian-chic frocks. But you know what? We. Want. More. We're sure you'll agree that sometimes just staring at the clothes just isn't enough. Like, we want to hear ALL the deets behind their on-screen ensembles. Lucky for you (and us!), we got a chance to catch up with the costume designer, Barbara Vazquez, who dished on the ins and outs of working with such an amazing (and seriously fashionable) crew. Check out the full interview below!
MTV STYLE: Thanks so much for talking with us! Tell us how you got hooked up with this amazing gig.
Barbara Vazquez: I worked under a costume designer named Keith Lewis for many, many years and then branched out on my own. I was with Tyler Perry for six years when he first started in the business, and I was Burt Reynolds’ personal dresser for a while. When they approached me with Teen Wolf, I was really interested because of Jeff Davis, the creator of Criminal Minds, and I’m a huge fan of his work. Then I met the cast and fell head-over-heels in love with them and knew that I needed to stay on this show because we are a very close-knit family. The cast and crew on this show, in 12-13 years, I’ve never seen anything like it; the dynamic from the people that work on this show. So it’s really nice to have that.
LeBron James and his stylist Rachel Johnson.
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LeBron James is one of the biggest names in sports. Today, tomorrow, and for the better part of the forseeable future. Tonight, King James and his Miami Heat teammates take on the San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals. As you may or may not know, LeBron was equally as lauded for his presence off the court during last year's Finals, thanks to a little healthy fashion competition between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that kind of precedent, there's no telling what this season's match-up has in store on the style front, but we hit up LeBron's long-time trusted stylist Rachel Johnson to try and extract those answers before game time anyway.
Rachel, along with Dwyane Wade's stylist Calyann Barnett, is one of the pioneers of the whole sports styling scene. She's seen it grow from scrounging up custom-tailored designer duds from the few labels that would do it to anchoring an agency of stylists (Thomas Faison) and outfitting the hottest player in the game. We caught up with her to chat about dressing LJ and since we're nearing the end of basketball season, where in the world of sports we might be able to get our fashion fix next. Check it out!
Dwyane Wade and his stylist Calyann Barnett.
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When it comes to the unique (but growing) intersection of sports, more specifically basketball, and fashion, there is one dude who consistently slays, always dressing a cut above the rest: Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat point guard was one of the first to start wearing "nerdy" thick-rimmed glasses to the post-game podium, helping jumpstart and trend within the league. From there, he's catapulted to bona fide style star status, appearing alongside our girl Karlie Kloss in Vogue (granted, he's shirtless), collaborating on dress shoes (not just sneakers!), and hosting his own charity runway show. Of course, it's important to note that he does this all with the help of one very talented lady who was the catalyst for his fashion overhaul, his stylist Calyann Barnett. We caught up with Barnett for a quick chat about Flash's wave-making style as we look forward to aaaaall the amped up post-game podium looks to come while the Heat forge ahead on their quest for another go-around at NBA Finals glory. Check it out!
Taylor Swift and her stylist Joseph Cassell on the cover of 'The Hollywood Reporter.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'The Hollywood Reporter'
If there's one thing we've learned here at MTV Style, it's that for every celebrity or musician we peep on the red carpet, there's an insanely talented stylist behind them. And you know what? The job ain't easy! They have the pressure of creating iconic looks time and time again, which can make (or break!) a person's entire career. It's time to finally get to know the names behind the oh-so-famous faces, so The Hollywood Reporter put together a list of the top 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood. And, yay, some of our old faves (Johnny Wujek! Brad Goreski! Rachel Zoe!) managed to make the cut!
Kate Moss and Simon Cowell get chummy at an event in 2009.
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We hate to keep adding man-power behind this Kate Moss X Factor rumor mill (LOL ermmm, NOT. We loooove rumors! CHURN. BABY. CHURN.), but this conversation is just too good to keep ourselves away. According to Grazia Daily, the supermodel MIGHT be in talks with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment to have a major fashion part in this, the OG UK singing competition's 10th anniversary season.
Kanye West wears Céline at Coachella 2011, Christine Centenara wears Céline at Australian Fashion Week in June.
Photo: Getty Images and "Harper's Bazaar" Australia
While we're rabidly awaiting details about the highly anticipated fashion debuts of both Kanye West and Lil Wayne, so far all we've had to go on is they're happening at some point soon. In the meantime, we've debated on which line we'd rather wear but, sigh, we still can't make a decision. Alas, we FINALLY have some breaking news to report, and it involves stylists!
Taylor Jacobson landed on the fashion scene as the sassy, impeccably-dressed, no-nonsense stylist assistant from Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project. But after four years of working with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe (and dressing celebs like Demi Moore and Molly Sims), two seasons of reality television, and one buzzed-about breakup with her former boss, the Los Angeles-based Taylor is making her own way, styling on a number of movies and commercials and working with a host of private clients. Now, she’s also trying her hand at design, collaborating with Kasil to create a line of jeans, which are now available in stores like Bloomingdale’s, Ron Herman, and online at Kasil Workshop for $119 to $195. Last night, we talked to Taylor to get her take on denim, California-girl style, and back-to-school fashion. Oh, and did she watch this week’s third season premiere of her ex-boss’s Bravo show? Read on to find out. Read More...