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Hova Plays Hooky


Jay Z and Beyonce

A shade-throwing Taylor Swift, an N’ Sync reunion, and glitzy grillz are just a few of the things we saw at MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards last night. But perhaps the biggest shocker was the absence of hip-hop’s king and queen, Jay-Z and Beyoncé (though the pair reportedly stepped out for the after-party at the Dream Downtown’s Ph-D). While we’re a bit surprised that the two didn’t turn up to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center—the home of Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Nets—we can appreciate the fact that Miley’s live twerking demonstration was no Marina Abramovic performance.

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Ciara’s Givenchy Tearjerker


Ciara in Givenchy“Lots of jewels and lots of skin!” Ciara said of the Fall 2010 Givenchy Couture gown she was gearing up to don for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The flesh-toned frock was entirely sheer, save for a skeletal crystal and Chantilly lace overlay and a cascade of ostrich feathers from the knee down. It seemed apropos somehow, given that the singer had been nominated for a sixth VMA for the video for her track “Body Party.”

“I picked this dress out years ago when it was first made. It’s my favorite dress of all time,” said the singer—and longtime Givenchy fan—while getting ready in suite at Manhattan’s Lowell Hotel. “I was very fortunate that my good friend Riccardo Tisci was able to let me wear it. He’s just such a genius.”

Marni Senofonte, Ciara’s stylist who was on hand to help with the prep, shared the star’s sentiments. “We all cried the first time she tried it on. She started tearing up, I started tearing up. I’ve never gotten emotional about a dress before, not even my sister’s wedding dress,” she recalled.

Ciara getting ready for the VMAs

As for Ciara’s pre-red-carpet practices, she told us they include hearty helpings of protein (shrimp cocktail and scallops, mainly), and current events. “I’ve been listening to CNN lately when I’m getting ready—I don’t know what that’s about,” she laughed while wrapped in her bathrobe.

Makeup artist Yolonda Frederick kept things to a muted shade of sex kitten, opting for a satin complexion, neutral eyes, and a peachy-nude pout (courtesy of MAC Honeylove lipstick). As far as hair was concerned, “[the dress] speaks for itself,” said stylist Cesar Ramirez (above). “This is the world that we live in now, really simple, not overdone cool. It’s textured, but almost ‘undone-done hair.’”

The only other thing that remained “undone”? A car ride to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, though the artist seemed to have that covered, too. “I’m going to be bumping some hip-hop!”

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A Couture-Level Show


“Couture-level flow, it’s never going on sale / Luxury rap, the Hermès of verses.” So promised Kanye West, who performed “Otis” alongside Jay-Z live at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The two might have kept their stage looks casual last night, but they’re unabashed designer-philes. Unwrap their gold, Riccardo Tisci-designed, record-breaking album Watch the Throne, and you’ll find the duo dropping names—Manolo and Margiela among them. (One day, they may be able to add the name of Kanye’s own label to the mix, too.)

Name-dropping is nothing new in rap and R&B, but more and more, young artists are working in high-fashion references with panache. Sure, some—like Kreayshawn, the 21-year-old Oaklander and recent i-D covergirl, who says “Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Basic bitches wear that shit, so I don’t even bother”—claim not to go for big labels. But the best up-and-comers sound like they’re reading their The hipster hip-hoppers at Das Racist, for example (“Tell the interns to shut the Di-or”). Or Harlem MC ASAP Rocky, who says, “Raf Simons, Rick Owens / Usually what I’m dressed in.” Oh, that was you we spotted at Atelier?

And if rappers love fashion, fashion loves them right back. The industry has taken a liking to Salem’s Jack Donoghue, who joins Kreayshawn in the latest i-D, regularly wears Givenchy Rottweiler shirts, and has become a fixture on Terry’s Diary. M.I.A. protégée Rye Rye has appeared in videos for Prabal Gurung; Santigold, for Alexander Wang. (Wang’s been a hip-hop fan for years. Foxy Brown headlined his after-party in 2008.) Theophilus London hit the menswear circuit in Paris last season alongside the likes of Usher and Kanye; next up, he’ll front a Carlos Campos ad campaign and design a shoe with Cole Haan.

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