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FASHION WEARABOUTS: THE 2013 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

27 Aug

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards took place Sunday night in Brooklyn at The Barclays Center, and it got me to wonder. Why does MTV still do this show when they don’t even play videos anymore? And secondly, is this really what people consider music??  I only got through an hour in an half, right after Justin Timberlake, before shutting it off. I just couldn’t torture my eyes and ears any longer. What I can say is that there was a lot of borrowing going on amongst some of the star entertainers. So without further delay, let’s get into the MESS or YES fashions of the VMAs.2013-mtv-vmas-ciara

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Ciara showed up wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Fall Couture 2010. If this looks familiar it’s because Beyoncé wore the same dress last year at The 2012 Met Ball. Apparently, Ciara fell in love with the dress back in 2010 and always dreamt of wearing it. It was a risky move considering someone else wore it first. However, Ciara pulled it off quite nicely, dare I say, it actually looks better on her. YES!

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Selena Gomez is becoming quite the fashionista and I’m loving every minute of it!! She looks stunning in Atelier Versace Fall 2013. This dress just so happened to be one of my favorite looks during the haute couture Paris show! YES!!!!  This is how you transition from child star to young lady. Miley take note!!

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Another favorite look of mine came from Rita Ora, she wore Alexandre Vauthier Couture Fall 2013. Now if you are an avid reader of Miss Monet, you’ll recall that I wrote a review praising the entire collection and I stated that I could see Rita Ora in a few pieces from this line. Apparently, I got my wish!! YES!! Check out my review here http://missmonet.net/2013/07/05/fashion-week-alexandre-vauthier-fall-couture-20132014/

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Katy Perry wore an Emanuel Ungaro dress to the raunchy festivities. If this looks familiar, it’s because Coco Rocha wore the longer version to the 2013 Met Ball, see I told you there was a lot of borrowing going on.  Katy did her best to make it her own, although I appreciate the effort Katy, you tarnished the entire look with that tacky grill in your mouth. MESS!!

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Taylor Swift looked like old Hollywood glamour in a navy Herve Leger gown. I really enjoyed seeing this on her,  the hair, jewelry and red nails only added more elegance to it. YES!!

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Apparently Lady Gaga had dinner with The Addams Family before she hit the red carpet. Mother Monster dazzled her legion of fans in a gown from Prabal Gurung and a long black wig from the Morticia Addams collection. MESS!

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Lady Gaga performs

Houdini ain’t got nothing on Gaga! She did 3 or 4, who knows cause I stopped counting, wardrobe changes during her performance of her new single, Applause. The barely there little mermaid costume was what she kept on for the duration of the show. She danced, sat and shimmied in a thong the entire night. However, the real star was not Gaga, it was her backside. Kind of hard not to miss it. The girl does her squats, either that or she’s secretly related to the Kardashians.  Costume was a MESS! Her butt was a YES!

Apparently Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez agree.

Apparently Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez agree.

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Fresh out the Disney Channel box is the Twerk Queen formerly known as Miley Cyrus. Miss Cyrus caused quite a stir on Sunday night, the first being on the red carpet. Miley, seen here wearing Dolce & Gabbana, borrowed two things. 1) Gwen Stefani’s hair style circa 1997 and 2) Kanye West’s teddy bear from the College Dropout album for her raunchy performance of We Can’t Stop.

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She started out with a Chuckie-E-Cheese looking leotard and soon stripped down to some nude undies for her performance of Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, who borrowed his suit from Beetlejuice.

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I never understood why child stars feel they have to do the most outrageous things to prove they aren’t children anymore. We get it Miley you are no longer Hannah Montana, you don’t have to keep shoving it in our faces (pun intended). It was in extreme poor taste to perform this and it really made me question MTV. How did this make it past rehearsals?? This performance was so bad it made Britney Spears’ 2007 VMA performance look like a work of art. This was a MESS for Miley. A MESS for Robin. And a MESS for MTV.

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The man who basically stole and saved the show, was the “President of Pop”, Justin Timberlake. I’m not even going get into to his look, I’m already giving him a YES! Very bias I know, but it’s my blog. With that being said, every 90’s kid around the world eagerly anticipated the reunion of *NSYNC. Thankfully a reunion did happen, unfortunately if you blinked you probably missed it.

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I hadn’t been this excited since the Destiny Child reunion at the Super Bowl, so it was kind of a bummer when they performed together for 2 minutes. No real medley was played for the fans, but maybe that was for the best considering the guys clearly had a hard time keeping up with JT. All in all, it was great to see them back together and great to see Justin Timberlake perform for 15 minutes, and pick up his well deserved award. YES!

By the way, the fact that I can remember all of *NSYNC’s and JT’s songs proves I’m getting old. When did that happen?!!

Did you torture yourself and watch the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards?

Was the show and the fashions a MESS or a YES?

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FASHION WEARABOUTS: THE MRS. CARTER SHOW WORLD TOUR

24 Jul
The fashions of Mrs. Carter.

The fashions of Mrs. Carter.

On Saturday I had the privilege of seeing Mrs. Carter aka Beyoncé in concert, and although this was my second time attending one of her tours and my seats weren’t nearly as good as before, the excitement I had for seeing Blue Ivy’s mama could not be contained! Her Royal Highness put on an incredible show as usual, I mean seriously, this woman was born to perform. She lit up the stage like the talented entertainer that she is, proving to us why she is the Queen Bey. But alas, I’m not here to give a review on the concert,  I’m here to give a review on the fashions that adorned Mrs. Carter’s royal body. Let’s get started!

Promo ad for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Promo ad for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

The promo pics for the tour billed Beyoncé as a modern day Marie Antoinette, giving a clear indication as to how intricate the details of her fashions would be. Unlike the I AM… WORLD TOUR where Thierry Mugler created her entire performance wardrobe, Bey had help from high fashion friends Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, the designing duos of DSquared2 and The Blonds, Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, David Koma, Julien Macdonald, Kenzo,  Ralph & Russo, Stuart Weitzman (for the shoes of course) and Vrettos Vrettakos.

Ralph & Russo.  After a video intro displayed showing King Bey being escorted to her throne Beyoncé made her grand entrance, dressed in a white pearl sequined bodysuit that fit onto her body perfectly. It’s hard to believe that bodysuits existed before the Single Ladies video because they have certainly taken on a new life since Sasha Fierce started wearing them.

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Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. My favorite look of the night featured Mrs. Carter in a black bodysuit embroidered with sequined stars and stripes, a black sequined ear-trimmed hat and a sparkly tear-away cape!

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Emilio Pucci. In all honesty, I was not a fan of these 2 looks. I felt the designs looked better on paper. And don’t even get me started on that oversize hat!

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 Vrettos Vrettakos . The sparkly blue long sleeve jumpsuit is perfect for being put in a harness and gliding across the arena. The rest of the show was performed wearing Kenzo for her performance for the unreleased single Grown Woman, and David Koma for the anthem Single Ladies.

Beyonce gliding in Vrettos Vrettakos.

Beyonce gliding in Vrettos Vrettakos.

Performing 'Grown Woman' in Kenzo.

Performing ‘Grown Woman’ in Kenzo.

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I wasn’t too fond of the wardrobe for this tour, I think it’s great that a slew of designers came together to create for her but, with different designers comes different styles and that was very apparent during this tour. None of the outfits were able to tell a story because they were so different, which in turn created looks that appeared to be all over the place with no real theme. Thierry Mugler was the only designer for her last tour, the I AM…WORLD TOUR, and it was very obvious that he was going for a fierce, futuristic feel which transcended throughout the entire show.

Another thing that bugged me is the fact that a lot of the pieces she wore overseas she did not wear stateside, such as, The Blonds custom created, 30,000 Swarovski crystal hand embroidered, nipple protruding corset that took 600 hours to make. Why didn’t she wear that? Was it because it was too risqué for America?  And what about the other two creations, thought up by Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci, that she didn’t show off. Did she forget to pack these items too?

Have you or will you be attending The Mrs.Carter Show World Tour? Is Mrs. Carter’s tour wardrobe a MESS or a YES?

Check out the slideshow of Mrs. Carter’s wardrobe at the bottom. And be sure to check out music writer, Veronica Grandison’s concert review http://rootsrhythmandrhyme.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/mrs-carter-takes-over-the-palace-during-detroit-show/

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FASHION WEARABOUTS: “PUNK CHAOS TO COUTURE” 2013 MET BALL

7 May

Forget what you heard, fashion’s BIGGEST night out is here and it’s happening right now! The Met Ball or Gala (depending on who you talk to) is currently underway. The biggest names in the fashion industry, from designers and supermodels to fashion editors and stylists are all gathered under one roof for a formal affair of cocktails and dinner. Throw in Hollywood’s biggest actors, singers, and a reality star and you’ve got an evening that will go down in fashion history. Tonight’s theme is Punk, to celebrate the start of the museum’s exhibit “Punk Chaos to Couture”, and although there wasn’t much punk to be seen, there were some looks that are worthy of a MESS or a YES verdict. Let’s get started!

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Madonna, followed the punk theme in Givenchy Haute Couture.  I love this look on her! She stuck with the theme, had fun with it, and looks flawless doing it. YES!

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Nicki Minaj, the Head Barbie in Charge,  opted for a more subdued look in Tommy Hilfiger. I was expecting her, of all people, to really show up and show out. It’s a theme and she’s known for her outrageous costumes, this would have been the perfect platform for that. She didn’t even bring out the pink wig or a crazy face. MESS or more like SNOOZEFEST! 😥

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The hair! The eyeliner! Those legs! Karolina Kurkova definitely reminded us why she is a supermodel. She looked stunning in Mary Katranztou. YES!

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Coco Rocha remembered what the theme was in a gold moth embellished, leopard print gown by Fausto Puglisi for Emanuel Ungaro. Normally this would be a mess, but because it’s the Met Ball and I love the bangs it’s a YES.

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Kerry Washington or Olivia Pope, for all you Scandal fans out there, glowed in Vera Wang. She looks beautiful as always, but I was unimpressed. A little too safe for me. MESS!

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Miley Cyrus wore a mesh gown by Marc Jacobs which is a MESS. The only thing punk here is her hair and that’s a MESS too.

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Katy Perry gave a punk like pose while wearing a Dolce & Gabbana ensemble straight off the runway, with bejeweled crown and matching cross earrings. Accesories sold separately.  MESS!!

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Taylor Swift in J.Mendel. SNOOZEFEST!

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Newly blonde, Ann Hathaway looked suprisingly good in vintage Valentino. Vintage is always better! YES!

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Jennifer Lopez in a Michael Kors black, leopard sequin embroidered gown. Dress= YES. Hair= MESS.

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Solange Knowles in Kenzo + an afro = YES! Although I am getting more 70’s Disco thank Punk, but I am loving Kenzo at the moment!

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MESS! I was expecting so much more from Ms. Heidi Klum, considering she’s known to go all out for her annual Halloween parties, not this safe mother of the bride Marchesa gown.

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Kimye made their first couples apperance at the Met. Kanye is regularly known to make an appearance every year, however this is Kim’s first time. She’s a Met Ball virgin! I expected a little more from her, since this is her first appearance, but instead I got this  floral Givenchy gown with matching gloves. Kanye was clad in Ricardo Tisci by Givenchy as well. Hopefully the arrival of their baby will get him smiling again. Pregnant or not these soon-to-be parents are a DOUBLE MESS!

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Nicole Richie made a haunting appearance this year in a high neck, long sleeve column gown by TopShop and glowing white, silver hair. It’s like a cross between Casper and X-Men’s Storm. Come on Nicole, you can do better.  You have done better.  MESS!

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Leave it to Sarah Jessica Parker to go all out, they don’t call her Carrie Bradshaw for nothing! The Louis Vuitton boots are amazing and the Philip Treacy headpiece is perfect for the occasion. Although, the Giles Deacon gown is at war with the boots, not enough spotlight for the both of them. Sorry SJP it’s a MESS for me. I still love you though!

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Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Rooney Mara looked like the perfect wedding topper. Both co-chairs were dressed in Givenchy, of course! Not punk, but it is Givenchy and how often does a girl get to pose with the designer?  YES!

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The Queen of the Fashion World and her daughter Bee Shaffer made the festivites per usual. Anna dressed in a floral Chanel gown and her daughter looking pristine in Christian Dior. Wasn’t really expecting Anna to follow the punk theme, however we are in the presence of High Fashion Royalty so……. this is still a MESS. Sorry your Highness.

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2013’s Honorary Chairwoman, Beyonce made a lasting impression, showing up fashionably late on the red carpet. Just like last year, Mrs. Carter decided to wear Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Now, I love a dramatic entrance and hers was definitely dramatic. However, the purpose of arriving fashionably late is to show up fashionable and this was not executed in the slightest. The golden-flame baroque print is too overpowering of a design to wear with matching boots and gloves. If you look at her hands from a far it looks like a bacteria-eating skin disease, and that grommet belt and sequin tube top?!! Seriously?! It cheapens the entire look. MESS!!

That’s all the looks for now. However, I just have one question: WHERE IS LADY GAGA WHEN YOU NEED HER?? Unless I missed something she was noticeably absent from the festivites. I know she is recovering from hip surgery, but I wish she could have attended. She would have done PUNK right!

What were your favorite looks of the evening? Were they a MESS OR A YES?

FASHION WEARABOUTS: ALICIA KEYS IN HERVE LEGER

18 Feb

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Alicia Keys performed at last night’s All-Star game wearing Herve Leger from the Fall 2013 collection. A few days ago, I blogged about my love for the new collection and how in awe I was of a few looks, this being one of them. However, when I wrote my commentary, I stated that I could definitely see Gwen Stefani rocking this sequin cube crop- topped, leather sweatpants ensemble, and I still feel that way.  hl1

I love Ms. Keys or Mrs. Beatz whatever she goes by now, but this look does nothing for her. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I mean what happened?? I’ve never seen Herve look this bad on someone.  I understand that she, like all women,  has a different body type than the models that strut on the runways, so why wasn’t this tailored to better fit her or why was this outfit picked at all?? This does nothing for her pear- shaped figure especially paired with her Reebok ‘AKW’ wedged sneakers. All of that together just made her look shorter than ever. Who’s her stylist? Or is she just styling herself?

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FASHION WEARABOUTS: KING BEY IN PRE-FALL 2013 EMILIO PUCCI

21 Jan

“Photo shoot fresh. Lookin like wealth, I’m bout to call the paparazzi on myself”. – Jay Z “Otis”.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z look like the ultimate power couple, which only makes sense, since they attended the 57th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony for President Barack Obama. A lot of critics or should I say fans are saying Mrs. Carter was too dressed up for the occasion, some even saying “she should have worn this to the Inaugural ball”.  But I strongly disagree! She looks great, in this custom created Emilio Pucci Pre-Fall 2013 black velvet and chiffon beaded cutout long- sleeved gown and Christian Dior fur coat.  It would have been too predictable for her to have gone with a simpler dress and predictable and fashion does not mix well. Let us remember ladies and gents,There’s no such thing as being over-dressed.”

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Oh and Mr. Carter out did himself in his Tom Ford  suit. Very dapper Hov I’m impressed!