Happy Birthday, America! While you may be getting on in years (you’re a stately 238 this year, congrats), you’ve still retained your sense of independence and fun, which is what we love about you. And while the Senate might frown on the use of wearing reproductions of the American flag on your clothes and accessories, we do not. We believe in life, liberty, and right to wear flag prints. In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a bevy of of babes, each wearing their own interpretation of Americana. Just a note. This roundup is best accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack and any of the following: a hot dog, a hamburger, and/or a sparkler. So, without further ado...
Remember in 2000 when Britney Spears was on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing lace-up red leather pants and a midriff baring flag-printed halter top? Man, they grow up so fast, don't they?
Katy Perry in 2013 and 2010.
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Katy Perry might be the most patriotic celeb there is (minus Springsteen because—really—no contest). The "Dark Horse" singer has done just about everything you can do: hang out with VP Joe Biden, offered to pen a theme song for Hillary Clinton, performed at Obama's campaign rally in 2012 in a spandex ballot dress, and performed for our servicemen at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert in 2010 in a pair of hot pants, thigh-high white boots, and a flag halter top. Bruce? You might have some competition after all.
'TRL' and the 2000s in a nutshell.
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Today is the day! Are you ready for Total Ariana Live tonight at 7 p.m. on MTV? We definitely are. Not only is there going to be a stripped-down version of "Problem" (which I haven't been able to get out of my head all summer FYI), we'll also hear a brand new song from the pint-size powerhouse: "Break Free." What's more is that we're totally stoked about TRL coming back! (Or this ~Ariana~ version of it, at least.) You know TRL, the decade-long mainstay that invited the biggest celebrities and performers straight into your living room? Years before Belieber Fever swept the nation or 5 Seconds of Summer penned their ode to skivvies, and when Miley was living a double life as Hannah Montana.
Because we're feeling nostalgic, we gathered a collection of photos from some of our favorite style moments (most of these are from the Carson Daly years, because he's the prince of TRL).
Jay and Bey in 2002; Nick and Jessica in 2000
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While Justin and Britney might have pioneered the look, they weren't the only couple's matching. Jay Z and Beyonce were double-denim mirror images of each other years before they actually became a couple. Sometimes you're just on the same wavelength, you know? Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey also wore matching black tees and leather pants.
Carson Daly and Jimmy Fallon in 2002
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Honorable mention goes to Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly.
Beyonce getting ready to hit the stage for her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Courtesy of Beyonce's Tumblr
Beyonce and her mom, Tina Knowles, have a relationship (specifically in regards to style) that I have never and likely will never enjoy. Don't get me wrong, my mom and I are like besties. Practically Gilmore Girls status. But when I was much, much younger, my mom would try to push clothes on me at the mall, and every time I would, regrettably, shut her down. "Wanna try these flares?" I'm actually more into tapered denim, but thanks. "What about this Calvin Klein blouse?" Nah, mom. You know I love ill-fitting ribbed t-shirts with embroidered appliques. (ADAKDFJLAGK WHY??) Bey and Miss Tina, on the other hand, are the fortunate players in a symbiotic mother-daughter style relationship. To the point where Mrs. Carter will let (honestly, she probably REQUESTS) Mama Knowles consult heavily on her custom designer tour wardrobe. UK publication Grazia Daily recently got a chance to chat with Tina about her daughter's world tour togs, and the ensuing interview was every bit as informative as we'd hope. Check out the 5 things we learned from their chat below!
Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and Tina Knowles are a leather-loving clique.
Photo: Courtesy of @baddiebey's Instagram
Ain't nobody f****** with Beyonce's clique. King Bey posted this Instagram of her posing with her Destiny's Child ladies Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, her mom Tina Knowles, and her cousin Angela Beyincé yesterday with the caption "#myclique." Not only do we love this because images of lady boss posses are hard for us to ignore, but we also need to point out that every woman in this photo is wearing black leather in one iteration or another.
Beyonce reveals her House of Dereon Winter 2012 campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of House of Dereon
What's that you say? You thought it was fall? Why is Beyonce already making us all painfully aware of the creeping cold snap with her Winter 2012 House of Dereon campaign when it's only October? WELL, that's because Miss Bey is a smart business lady. She knows you're booking Thanksgiving flights, daydreaming about mom's mashed potatoes, and she realizes how QUICKLY the holiday season is going to creep up on you. You're going to need gifts for your besties and some show-stopping cocktail dresses for the infinity billion eggnog fiestas you're going to pen into your calendar. That's why she's making doubly sure that House of Dereon is your first association with the season to come. Don't sleep on Bey. Girl knows what she's doing.
As we get closer and closer election day (November 6!), more fashion industry faves are pitching in to show their support for President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung created custom tees for Anna Wintour's high-end designer Runway to Win product line, but the newest (and perhaps cutest!) addition to the collection are these 'dorbs baby onesies that Beyonce and her mom Tina Knowles made. All together now: Awwwwwww! The House of Dereon designer and new mama is already proving that her baby girl Blue Ivy is oh-so-fashion-forward (I mean, she wears Marc Jacobs slippers when she's less than a year old. Case closed.), so Bey wants to make sure infants across the nation can also show their presidential support—in the cutest way possible, of course.
Tees from the Runway To Win collection by Marc Jacobs and Beyoncé and Tina Knowles.
Photo: Via Runway To Win
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?