Start the Year Off Right with Our Back to School Picks!

However daunting the end of summer is, heading back-to-school allows you a chance to start anew. On the top of our lists for the school year: fun accessories for kids that will help them stay organized and on top of their game. Most importantly, the picks will help you stay stress free throughout the semester.

Some items may lean on the more practical side, but all have a fun twist, like LensCrafters’ new Disney eyewear collection that ensures they’ll be able to see the blackboard, or bright personalized notebooks that will liven up their days and may actually inspire them to take notes. Set the stage for a great school year with supplies sure to make them the coolest kid in class!

Click through our gallery to shop our picks!

 

 

Say Goodbye to Summer with the Best Celeb Bikinis of the Season!

Happy Labor Day weekend! Let’s celebrate our last hurrah at the beach during the long weekend by taking a look back at our best fashionwire.com/celebrity-fashion” target=”_self”>celebrity bikinis of the year, including Jessica Alba’s colorblock separates, Bella Thorne’s white-hot two-piece, and Demi Moore’s striped suit. Click through to see these and more star swim looks that have us already anticipating our winter vacations.

Friends Reunion Alert! Watch Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow Get Back Together on Kimmel

For fans who have spent the past decade waiting for a Friends movie, or better yet a Friends reunion, that wish finally came true on Wednesday night. Well, kind of. Jennifer Aniston visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her latest film Life of Crime, but her pal Jimmy Kimmel had a bit of a surprise for her during her visit. He had penned a fan fiction script for an episode of Friends, and created a replica of the famous kitchen to boot! And who better to act out a scene from the sitcom than Rachel Green herself?

While Kimmel’s Friends script wasn’t exactly of the best quality (he took on the role of David Schwimmer’s Ross) and he tried to get a faux-annoyed Aniston to wear a Rachel cut-inspired wig (she declined), the actress got by with a little help from, well, her friends. Both Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow popped up to revive their roles as Monica and Phoebe, respectively, and played along with the bit before Kimmel took it just one step too far. Even if his fan fic was lame, he still gave us the gift of seeing the gals of Friends back together again, and for that we’re grateful. (Alright, Friends fellas, you’re next!)

Watch the mini Friends reunion here:

Plus, see the evolution of Jennifer Aniston’s looks, from 1987 to today!

Happy 44th Birthday, Melissa McCarthy!

Happy birthday, Melissa McCarthy! The actress, best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Bridesmaids and her Emmy-nominated show Mike & Molly, turns 44 today. Though her comedic timing is always on-point, the mother of two has really come to her own in terms of styling. Last night, we spotted McCarthy in custom Marchesa and in a George Kotsiopoulos original at this year’s Golden Globes. “I’m completely delighted by people who think, ‘I don’t care what anybody else thinks, I look great in this, and I rock it and I love it,’ McCarthy tells People. “It’s such a delightful sort of confidence.” Hear, hear!

Want more Melissa McCarthy? See her and more stars stun on the Emmys red carpet.

5 Reasons To Get Excited For the VMAs!

It’s almost time for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards! The VMAs have always stood out from other award shows as a night where you can expect the unexpected. Where else can you be treated to almost-naked celebrities, interrupted acceptance speeches and pregnancy announcements, all in one place? And if history is any indication, we’re in for some jaw-dropping fun this Sunday. We picked the top five reasons we’re excited for this year’s VMAs.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Bey and Jay have been the subject of quite a lot of rumors this year. Although they’ve been touring together since the beginning of July, we can’t help but be a little excited to see the pair off stage. Plus, Bey is no stranger to making big announcements at the VMAs. In 2011, she let the world know she was pregnant right after she finished singing “Love on Top.”

Miley Cyrus

Who can forget Cyrus’ 2013 VMA performance, where she gyrated on Robin Thicke while wearing almost nothing aside from a foam finger? The singer is up for the Video of the Year award, and although she’s not slated to perform, we are crossing our fingers for a memorable acceptance speech if she wins.

The Fashion

Leave the ballgowns and tuxes for the Oscars. The VMAs are all about letting your personality shine through. And for some people, that translates to letting it all hang out—literally. Remember Lil Kim’s purple jumpsuit and pastie, or Rose McGowan’s beaded dress and G-string? Regardless of the degrees of undress, we’re guaranteed some jaw-dropping outfit moments.

Taylor Swift

The reigning queen of street style is set to perform on stage at the Forum this Sunday. In the past, Swift’s VMA productions haven’t disappointed. From singing “You Belong With Me” live in an actual subway to being carried across the stage and then jumping right off of it during “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” (top) the singer always finds a way to up the ante for the award show. Plus, Taylor’s moves off stage aren’t so bad either. Maybe we’ll catch her dancing to some of the other performances, like she did last year while Justin Timberlake crooned.

The Buzz for Video of the Year

There are a lot of talented performers up for Video of the Year and it looks like it’s going to be a tough one! Beyoncé (“Drunk In Love”), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy”), Pharrell (“Happy”), Sia (“Chandelier”) and Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”) are all up for the moon man. The choice will definitely be a close call, but we can’t help but wonder: if Bey doesn’t win, will Kanye have something to say about it?

Don’t forget to tune into the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. Plus, check out 16 VMA moments we wish we could relive in our gallery!

Miley Cyrus Is Up for an MTV VMA! Get the Scoop on Her Nomination

It was the wrecking ball seen around the world—Miley Cyrus’s music video for her 2013 single “Wrecking Ball” had countless people rushing to YouTube after getting asked if they’d seen it yet. And at this Sunday’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards it’s up for Video of the Year.

The music video came out right after her racy, buzzy (to say the least) “Blurred Lines” performance with Robin Thicke at last year’s VMAs. And her release of “Wrecking Ball” verified that we were witnessing a whole new, badass Cyrus—there was no holding back. In it, a barely-dressed, oftentimes nude, and red-lipstick-wearing Cyrus was holding on to a swinging wrecking ball as it teared down the walls around her. We also got a peek at Cyrus’s more personal side as the singer got teary and emotional in the footage. However, the video, which currently has nearly 700 million views on YouTube, seems to have only have made the artist stronger.

While we wait and see if she will take home a Moonman for Video of the Year on Sunday (the show starts at 9 p.m. ET on MTV), check out the video below and then click ahead to see Miley’s most memorable fashion moments ever.

Elisabeth Moss, Anjelica Huston Highlight Personal Style in Gap’s Fall Ad Campaign

Chances are you have a uniform that makes you fell unequivocally like you. Whether it’s a flowy dress and heels or jeans and sneakers, wearing some version of this ensemble feels at once normal and comfortable. Gap is celebrating everyone’s unique take on normal dressing with its new ad campaign, which is all about the individuality of personal style.

“Finding your own version of ‘dress normal’ is an art—my normal is different from your normal, and that’s the essence of the campaign,” Seth Farbam, Gap’s global chief marketing officer, says of the campaign. “This fall, Gap celebrates dressing for yourself and finding those perfect items—a pair of jeans, a T-shirt—that make you feel confident to be your most authentic self.”

The retailer has enlisted the help of some stylish celebs for the campaign, including Elisabeth Moss, Jena Malone, Zosia Mamet, Luke Grimes, and Anjelica Huston. More celebs will be revealed closer to the official Sept. 2 launch date. All of the ads, which focus on what Gap calls autumn’s standout trend, black denim, bear slogans like, “Dress like no one is watching,” and “Let your actions speak louder than your clothes.”

See more images from the campaign below.

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Plus, see Elisabeth Moss’s favorite on- and off-screen moments in our gallery!

Listen Up! Why DJ Dillon Francis Wears Givenchy To Work

Growing up, I always pictured myself working someplace where I’d have to wear a suit,” says Dillon Francis. And though the L.A.-native does in fact suit-up in a gorgeous Givenchy notched lapel, it’s for a career far removed from Wall Street; the 26 year-old DJ’s debut full-length album Money Sucks, Friends Rule will be released this October and he won’t be hitting the stage in jeans and a T-shirt.

“It’s been 6 years in the making,” says Francis, who initially connected with artists like Twista, Martin Garrix and Brendon Urie through Twitter. “There’s a phrase that’s something along the lines of, ‘You master a craft if you put in 10,000 hours.’ And I’ve come close to 10,000 with this one, you push through the bad until you get to the good music. It’s been . . . transformative.”

And Francis’ evolution hasn’t just been melodic. Before getting a preview of the album, he showed us some seriously ’90s #TBT photos to prove that before the designer suits, there were hoodies. Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

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What kind of music did you grow up listening to?

Top 40 Radio—Spice Girls, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette—and then a bunch of emo music like The Used, Panic at the Disco, Saves the Day.

How did you get your start?
It pretty much began when I was 21. I moved to Atlanta to intern for producer Dallas Austin. I only had enough money to stay for two months, but I made it work–I didn’t let leftover food go to waste. [laughs] When I moved back home, I really dove into electronic music and then began producing.

What’s a typical work day like for you? For some reason, I assume musicians work best at night.
I’m a 9-8 kind of guy, actually. I have a regiment: I wake up, make three poached eggs, two pieces of turkey bacon, one piece of gluten-free bread, and coffee with cream and lots of sugar. The sugar is key; it helps you to sit down and not move.

Reading a crowd seems like such an integral part of DJing. How do you do that?
I can see faces and movement from the stage– you just have to look at that and gage whether people are having fun. People know my music and come to shows for it, so that changes things. But I remember playing at a party for MySpace once. I literally went through every genre and nothing hit.

How did you connect with all of the people who worked with you on the album?
Twitter. That’s how the song with Brendon Urie happened and it’s how I connected with Diplo. My former manager sent him one of the songs I made and heard that he liked it. I instantly went on Twitter and was like, “Hey man, heard you liked the song?” He followed me and that’s how it started.

Now that MSFR is completed, what’s next?
I’m already on to album number two–I know who I’m going to be working with and when I’m going to be working on it. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the ride–relax and just DJ.

Listen to DJ Dillon Francis’s newest single, “When We Were Young” below, plus discover more bands that are currently on our radar now! 

 

 

Naomi Watts Nails Weekend Style in a Denim Shirtdress

Every Monday, like clockwork, we usher in the work week with a slew of updates detailing what our favorite celebs did over the weekend. And, especially in the summertime, few are more exciting to read than those concerning Naomi Watts. When she’s not busy filming, the Australian actress spends nearly every weekend gallivanting around the great outdoors—biking, scootering and generally living life with a capital L—with her husband Liev Schreiber and their two sons, Sasha and Samuel, in tow.

On a recent warm weather jaunt to the Brentwood Farmers’ Market, Watts was spotted rocking the perfect off-duty ensemble: a straw fedora, floral Birkenstocks and a denim shirtdress by Michael Stars. Made of a soft Tencel material that’s washed down and bleached through, the playful frock features reversed fabric on the front pockets, a drawstring to cinch the waist and button-down front. “We wanted to take that perfect, easy denim dress and give it an elevated and modern edge,” Michael Stars co-founder Suzanne Lerner told InStyle.

We can’t help but love the laid-back vibe of Watts’ look. After all, we demonstrated its wearability ourselves just a couple of months ago. If you want to nab the look, you’d better act fast: the Michael Stars Denim Tencel Shirt Dress is currently on sale (score!) for $ 89 at michaelstars.com.

Want more jean-ius sartorial inspiration? Click through our gallery to see 30 ways to style your denim.

“Ew!” Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon Channel Their Inner Tweens (Complete with Braces!)

Well, this is quite a different look from her appearances at the Teen Choice Awards and The Giver premiere! Taylor Swift, who has been making the rounds promoting the upcoming movie this week (and looking downright fab doing it), rocked a vastly new look when she participated in the “Ew!” sketch with Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday visit to The Tonight Show.

The singer-actress officially joined the prestigious ranks of Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, and even First Lady Michelle Obama for the hilarious segment, in which Fallon plays a very outspoken tween named Sara who hosts a show from the comfort of her basement.  Swift played Natalie, a nervous and adorably nerdy new guest who wears three ponytails and invents new mythical creatures like a pegacorn (that’s a unicorn and a pegasus, FYI).

While you might not immediately recognize the typically glamorous Swift in the sketch, you definitely won’t be able to miss that excellent “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” reference they snuck in there. Check out the delightfully dorky Swift here:

Can’t get enough Taylor Swift? Check out our gallery of 42 of her best street style looks!

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