The MTV Video Music Awards never disappoints when it comes to the star's red carpet fashion and this year was no exception. The color white is still going strong, shimmery metallics and of course black with the occasional print and vibrant color thrown in for good measure were among some of the night's trends. We see the fringe and cutout look was everywhere as were sheer fabrics and clingy, curve hugging styles. Last night's looks were more of an advertisement for personal trainers and celebrity chefs if anything lol. The beauty looks were subtle but strong- that high Beyonce ponytail was everywhere though! So were bangs, slicked back hair and cat eyes.... Here are my hits and misses...
Let's get right into it- Kim Kardashian looked like a pair of these fancy thigh high lace up boots that I had purchased one year, trying to Give A Look. By the time I laced those bad boys up around my large ass thighs, I resembled the top of Kim's dress. I hated the fit of her dress and the pockets too. And if I didn't know who Kanye was and he started to sit next to me on the train, I would instantly get an attitude because I would assume that he stinks. #Sorrynotsorry..
I liked Taylor Swift's beauty look, but I'm over the two piece crop top/ jogger pant look. Britney Spears' body is amazing! I loved the simplicity of Arielle's teal blue, textured dress. The shape, cut and color were cute and I loved her hair and makeup. Brooklyn Beckham is the perfect mix of his daddy David Beckham's laid back cool and his mama Vctoria Beckham's 'posh' style.
Serayah from Empire looked hot in her all white Herve Leger dress and cage boots. Good Morning America's Rachel Smith's embellished dress was a beautiful vibrant yellow, but watch that powder girl! Hailee Steinfield looked super sophisticated in her cocaine white Stella McCartney two piece and I liked how she accessorized it with a gold choker. Miley Cyrus looked like Mork and Mindy kidnapped her, drugged her, then took all of her clothes and dropped her back to Earth with nothing but a pair of silver suspenders, a chandelier and a pair of silver Versace platform boots. She made it do what it do... You can tell she has fun getting dressed lol.
Ciara slaaayed!! She was wearing the hell out of that fringe Alexander Vauthier look and that bob looks fresh and modern on her. I do believe that Ciara has the body of a couture model- meaning she can wear a lot of complicated looks without looking ridiculous and girl need to quit playing and just go pro- she already slays in these Roberto Cavalli ads. I cannot lie- Nicki Minaj's body looked absolutely statuesque in that gilded embellished Labourjoisie gown! It fit her perfectly, the gold tone was awesome against her skin and she did not over accessorize! She was easily one of my favorite looks of the night.
I would have applauded Amber Rose and Blac China's graffiti-esque ensembles a little bit more if it didn't look like they had made them the night before with their kid's stencils and Sharpies "Girl we gon killit!" Amber solemnly promises Blac China, before yelling at young Bash to stay inside the lines while coloring mommy's dress...
Nick Jonas gets an A for Effort because it is very hard to pull off a chocolate leather hook up and I admire him trying to do so. I did like the pants. Chrissie Tiegan looked sexy and model perfect in her sheer Marchesa number and was another one of my favorites of the night. And last but not least, my favorite Instagram personality, 86 year old Baddie Winkie was there enjoying her new found celebrity and looking gloriously hip while rocking her signature loud prints!
Do you agree with my list? Tell me who were your faves and who should have stayed home and worked on next year's outfit in the comments below!
A recap on fashion news stories you may have missed this month
Trash Talkin: Former Housewives of Atlanta reality star Nene Leakes is the new guest star host (along with comedian Margaret Cho) of the returning popular E! show Fashion Police. Leakes will be joining hosts Melissa Rivers, Brad Goreski, and Guliana Rancic when the show airs Monday, August 31st. Get yourself a teacup and a sweater- cause you know the shade will be cold! Read more here..
The New Guy: It's obvious that menswear has evolved over the past few years and this year is no exception. Men's style guide, GQ has announced Mark Anthony Greene as the newer and younger "Style Guy." Greene is now the go to guy for answers on man buns and figuring out Ryan Gosling style, the former associate editor takes over where Glenn O'Brien left (not so happily) off after creating a 15 year style legacy at the magazine. Greene says he's "not here to enforce the style rules of our grandfathers or hype every fad." Sounds good to me! Read his first column here...
Style's New Home: Style.com is transitioning over to an ecommerce site, launching in early 2016, but Voguerunway.com will launch on Monday, August 31, 2015 as a location for all of Style.com's current and archival content dating back to 2000. Vogue Runway will host all of the runway shows from as far back to 2000 to present and will add international fashion shows and menswear coverage as well. Read more about the launch here.
Reply to Editor: Magazines still don't "get it". Get ready to roll your eyes cause earlier this month Elle Canada published a piece on a dashiki being the "newest caftan". Everybody on Twitter went nuts of course over the absurdity of one culture's traditional dress being considered as "fashion's newest it item" after a few celebs were seen rocking a version by the brand Dimepiece. Continue reading more stories on cultural appropriation in fashion here...
Born in Flint, Michigan, long limbed Billie Blair was a "supermodel" before the term even existed. The statuesque beauty got her start modeling for Detroit auto shows before moving to New York and working as a showroom girl for designer extraordinaire Halston. Soon after, the big leagues came calling and the highly sought after black beauty began posing in editorials for magazines like Ebony and Mademoiselle and walking the runways for big names including Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Calvin Klein and others in the seventies.
Known for her gorgeous brown skin, large eyes and slicked back hairdo, Blair began commanding $400 a day, becoming the highest paid model of any color at the time! She was also one of the nine key models in the legendary 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show in Paris, (along with Alva Chinn, Bethann Hardison and Pat Cleveland) which actually helped to skyrocket her career. Nowadays, she is far removed from the glam model life and is an ordained minister living in Deliverance, Ohio, but Billie Blair will always be remembered for her contribution to the fashion industry.
Black Girls Rock!: We all know that September is like the Super Bowl Month of fashion right? So I don't have to tell you how major it is to score a cover on any of the September issues This fashion season we see a slew of black beauties on covers that are traditionally reserved for their more 'sell-able' white counterparts- including Beyonce wordlessly making history on the cover of Vogue, Ciara showing off her model like physique on Shape, Queen Latifah looking like royalty on Variety, Kerry Washington looks amazing on Self, and Serena Williams on the cover of New York Fashion looking the exact opposite of manly! Oh and gotta include a special mention of Ebony's celebratory black models of the moment cover too.. See all of the covers here...
Barbie's New Steps: Confession- When I was younger (and experimental) I used to chew on my Barbie's feet.. I have no idea why, but now that she has newly designed 'articulated ankles' maybe I won't be as tempted lol. Not only does Barbie have new bendy ankles- but after traipsing around for close to 60 years in stilettos and pumps (and here you are complaining about a few hours haa!)- she can finally relax in a pair of cute flats! And obviously, this being Barbie, they will be the cutest most stylish flats designed by super girly whimsical shoe designer Sophia Webster. Oh- and you and your daughter can both own your own version of Barbie inspired shoes from Webster as well. See the designs here..
FreshAzImIz: Fans of Fox's hit urban soap opera will be delighted to know that they can look ghetto glamorous just like Cookie Lyon... and Hakeem, and Lucious and.. (you get the point) because the addictive drama and style filled show has teamed up with retailer Saks Fifth Avenue to debut a collection inspired by the colorful cast of characters. The collection will feature curated looks from luxury designers and brands like jewelry and accessories by Alexis Bittar and MCM, clothing by Cushnie et Ochs, and footwear (both men's and women's) from Jimmie Choo with a spin on each character's individual fashion aesthetics. Items will be available both in stores and online and Empire themed windows will be on display at the company's flagship stores in New York and Beverly Hills from September 10th until October 7th. Empire season 2 airs on Fox September 23rd. I see the perfect opportunity for an Empire themed costume watch party! Read more about the collaboration here...
My (Luxury) Thrift Life: You know that feeling after spending hours of browsing through your favorite thrift spots and FINALLY coming up on a that sick designer piece that you never even knew you wanted?! Yeah- Goodwill stores are making a move to increase that feeling tenfold by opening more high end boutiques in wealthy areas. I'm gonna let that sink in for a moment... In what is seen as a surprisingly good business move, the company has opened a total of 60 stores in areas like Orange County, Anaheim California and in Lake Forest Illinois since 2013, in order to compete with other resale and consignment shops, but also as the economy improves (bish where?!) they felt like people will no longer thrift as much. Hey! Managament! Can ya'll hurry on up to Cleveland pleeease? Read more about this here...
Yes, it is still hard for today's young black models to make a name for themselves in the fashion industry, but imagine how it was in the 60s and 70s when many magazines and designers flat out refused to put women of color on their covers and runways. And you were only landing a cover if you had a certain "European/exotic" look: straight hair, lighter skin and slender facial features...
Black model Pat Evans tried her best to change that and took a stand against racism and discrimination in the industry every moment she could! Tired of being told that her dark skin and her beautiful curly afro needed to be straightened so that she could "make it", Evans cut her hair off as a loud but silent protest against the industry's beauty standards and ended up booking more shoots and runways than ever before!
The only word that could describe her was FIERCE! Evans rocked her baldy with style and grace and was as fly as she could be with that chrome dome! She appeared in Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, but most notably, she modeled for a few Ohio Players album covers. She never stopped being an advocate for black models and published a honest but scathing article in Essence condemning racism and discrimination in the fashion industry and abruptly ended her career. She had a voice and used was not afraid to use it along with her beauty to take a stand against unfair treatment in an industry that has still not changed much...
Star Wars fans and beauty junkies get ready to unite cause Max Factor and Covergirl are teaming up just in time for the 'Star Wars:The Force Awakens' December release. Inspired by Droid and Stormtrooper, the collection will consist of 19 products including gold and silver lipsticks, high lighters, nail polish and six limited edition mascara- all developed by Proctor and Gamble creative director, and international makeup artist Pat McGrath!
McGrath tells MarieClaire.co.uk: "Metallics are popular again this season and fit perfectly with the film. Take some risks and have fun with a gold or silver lip!"
The packaging will have quotes like "May the force be with you," and "Luminous beings we are." The collection will be available in the U.S on September 4th, and run limited edition releases overseas until November.
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