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Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in Los Angeles, 1973.
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There's a MAJOR rock n' roll milestone happening today- and no, we're not talking about the type of stuff you learn in music history class. Today marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, AKA the moment the musician introduced his eponymous iconic character upon the rest of the world. The record was a huge hit, spawning a massive world tour, a film, and inspiring the public to question what identifying someone as a "pop star" really means. You don't have to be a rock nerd to appreciate Ziggy Stardust, though, because his glam-rock '70s style inspired a fashion movement, as well. His legacy lives on four decades later, with modern musicians taking cues from the face-painted, androgynous look and tweaking it in their own awesome ways. Below, see how Lady Gaga, Taylor Momsen, and Kat Graham are channeling the aesthetics of Ziggy-onstage and off.

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Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Taylor Momsen

Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen wear platform boots.
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We aaaaall know the '90s are back. From jumpsuits to roughed up denim to flannel shirts tied around waists to Jeremy Scott's entire 2012 fall/winter collection, the garments from the dawn of the Information Age are experiencing a revival of epic proportions, but now, thanks to Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen, raver chic appears to be resurfacing in footwear, as well.

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Avril Lavigne and Taylor Momsen at the launch of Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne in Los Angeles.
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Avril Lavigne is a busy young entrepreneur. Aside from maintaining a successful singing career, she designs her own Abbey Dawn line, which made its New York Fashion Week debut last September. Oh, and she has a "magical" fragrance line and super cool Sally Hansen nail strip collection too, just in case you wanna tip yourself out in sk8er boy flavas or checkerboard digits. Since her NYFW show, which featured Kylie Jenner on the runway, fans have been eagerly anticipating her line of skull T-shirts, watermelon slice dresses, and stars-n-stripes pullovers, which are finally available. To celebrate the launch, Miss Lavigne gathered her closest pals, including mega-leatha'd Taylor Momsen, to a soiree at the Viper Room—a fitting location for a rock and roll style 'splosion.

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Jared Leto, Taylor Momsen, Adam Lambert

Jared Leto, Taylor Momsen, and Adam Lambert at New York Fashion Week.
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As New York Fashion Week begins to shut its sartorial doors (sadface), some celebs finally came out of the woodwork to make their long-overdue front row appearances—namely Jared Leto, Taylor Momsen, and Adam Lambert. All three fash-loving musicians stopped by shows in super fresh ensembles. Jared was spotted front and center at Rad By Rad Hourani in an interesting layered look. He sported a white tee under a blue sweater and denim vest paired with pinstripe brown trousers and a fluffy fur collar with a chain. He cleaned up his usually tousled 'do with lots of gel and even removed the chipped black nail polish that's always on his fingertips. *slow clap* We barely recognized Taylor Momsen when she stopped by the Marchesa show! She ditched her garter belt and nylons for a totally glam and gorge navy lace high-neck dress and nude pumps. She opted for a dark blue shadow instead of her typical kohl-rimmed color and swept her hair back into a soft chignon. We are absolutely loving Taylor's Fashion Week look, and, awww, she's even sporting seafoam green nails.

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Whoa. Feel that slight chill in the air? It's getting to be that time of year where you need a jacket in the morning, which means summer's OVER. And even if you've had three months off school to go and DO something with your life, maybe you didn't really do much of anything. Sure, you had a shot at finding your real friends, to evolve, to actualize, maybe learn an instrument or have a torrid affair with a beautiful, exotic young man in some hella far locale, but chances are you worked a crappy job the NEXT TOWN OVER because sweeping stale popcorn from crusty theater floors was a job that was already TAKEN at your local mall.

Who cares? That's the perfect setup for some good old-fashioned, lying your ass off with a last-minute reinvention. Let your beauty game reflect your idealized killer summer—from golden skin and beached-out hair to exotic eyes. They don’t know what you did last summer. (So make it up!)

THE LOOK: ETHEREAL SKIN

Elle Fanning Ethereal SkinElle Fanning's flawless skin.
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THE ICONS: Elle Fanning, Blake Lively, Uma Thurman .

YOUR SUMMER STORY:
I felt nervous going to London for so long with ZERO cash, so thank goodness I linked up with Mario Testino's asst's brother, who is just the hottest, most wonderful man. And honestly—Mario is a genius, but those photos of the Hince/Moss wedding in Vogue don’t *even* do it justice. I didn't even ask to be included, but, well, Mario and Kate are just SO close. I mean—it was so organic, so heavenly, that I’m STILL glowing like an English rose. They're the best, you know.

WHAT YOU NEED
Liquid foundation, wedge sponge, powder brush, translucent powder, angled eyeliner brush, white iridescent eye shadow, white eyeliner pencil (with a blunted tip), crème highlighter

HOW TO DO IT
1. Apply foundation with fingers and blend well with wedge sponge.
2. Use powder brush to dust translucent powder lightly across face to set foundation.
3. Use angled eyeliner brush to apply eye shadow to the inner corner of your eye. Blend color so no harsh lines appear.
4. Use the eyeliner pencil to line the water line of your lower eyelid.
5. Apply highlighter to brow bone, skin above the Cupid’s bow on your lip and just above the cheekbones, blending as you go.

Tip: An ethereal look should nourish your skin. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is packed with organic ingredients like virgin coconut oil—an antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial that nourishes while it brightens.

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Taylor Momsen At Lollapalooza

Taylor Momsen in her Lollapalooza outfit, the same one she wore in Tokyo.
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Here's a piece of not-breaking news for anyone who has followed MTV Style for even a nanosecond: Taylor Momsen is a total rocker. Gone are the Gossip Girl days, and gone, so she says, is her acting career. She told Elle Magazine, on her recent trip to Japan, that "I quit acting, actually. I quit Gossip Girl and now tour and am in a band and that’s pretty much all I want to do." Well, girl's got a dream, so as much as we might miss Jenny Humphrey, we are psyched to see her pursue her true rock-and-roll calling. That, and never give up her stripper gear.
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Sarah Silverman at August's InStyle Party, Taylor Momsen at Lollapalooza, and Emily Browning at this summer's amfAR Inspiration Gala Paris.
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Smart move for those who miss their equestrian or over-the-knee boots in the summer: Instead of going with leather or wool, embrace your inner schoolgirl and let your hosiery creep past your knee...BUT NO MORE. Yes, ladies, we are discussing the thigh-high sock, that welcome-to-fall trend that stands in for a boot/structured shoe/nylons but is cheekier than all three. And in preparation for fall, ladies on the carpet rouge have started busting out their thigh highs, staying summer (upper thigh exposed = ventilation and cooling, plus an addition of sheer as opposed to seasonally unfriendly wool) while hinting at the coming season (knee-high sock = collegiate/incoming autumn look). And each of our trendsetters has taken their own approach, demonstrating that knee-highs do not always communicate the same thing. Except, you know, your knees are covered but your thighs can be freeeee!

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If there’s one style rule we abide by, it’s to avoid wearing leather in humidity for all sorts of comfort/weird sweat-related issues. But judging from some of our favorite ladies who were a part of the Lollapalooza lineup this year, leather only meant one thing: rock and roll. Despite the scorching summer heat in Chicago, Illinois, over the weekend, these singers proved they might not be fans of practical dressing, but they’re definitely fans of looking FIERCE no matter what. Here are some of our top picks from the music festival’s most fab performers.

KERLI

Kerli's Little Bo Beep getup.
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Hold the phone: Taylor Momsen turns 18 TODAY. The Pretty Reckless singer and former Gossip Girl bad gal is finally a grown-up and there's PUHLENTY to celebrate. Pantsless of course. Taylor's come a long way, baby. Sure, her clothing has remained constant since she started exclusively wearing black platform boots and errant leather scraps and a cape of wavy/dyed/dreadlocked blonde hair, but one thing has changed so dramatically we'd be remiss not to mention it. With each platinum extension and step toward near-nudity, Taylor has never forgotten what is most important to a fledgling rocker—black eyeliner.

Rock and roll doesn't mean a "lovely smoky eye," it means MAKEUP DRIPPING DOWN YOUR FACE AND MASCARA SMEARED ON PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO YOU. Let's face it: Momsen is a rock star, and 18 years old is prime time for a heavy hand. To celebrate, we've created a retrospective with an accompanying "Eyeliner Scale" to judge progress where 0 is baby-faced freshness and 10 is looking into the deep black of insanity. So Taylor, happy birthday to you and your evolution in kohl. Mazel!

EYELINER SCALE: 0

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Taylor Momsen at Disney's Toontown Online Takes Hollywood in 2005.
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Taylor Momsen performs with The Pretty Reckless in Barcelona, Spain, on July 6.
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Good Lord. All right, *girds loins* I realize that The Pretty Reckless and Taylor Momsen have some seriously devoted fans for a variety of perfectly valid reasons, but I can't help but be concerned about the increasingly debauched images that surface after one of her shows. I mean, we've joked ad infinitum that "No Pants Momsen" is wearing sheer leggings or very short shorts or some sort of smock that falls just shy of being a legitimate dress, and that she is therefore, "not wearing pants," but here she is wearing a T-shirt, boots and underwear.

And this isn't even the half of it. Well, it's exactly half of it because, WHY AREN'T HER FANS WEARING SHIRTS???

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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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