A fabulously well dressed family heads out into the New Mexican wilderness for a weekend of “glamping” (glam camping), all while being serenaded by an amped-up dance band from Manhattan. Nope, it’s not the premise of a new VH1 reality program, but the runway show for Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2012 line at Lincoln Center last week. The production was hosted for American Express Cardmembers, and brought to life the fictitious “all-American Hilfiger” family, strutting to the tunes of Cobra Starship.
It certainly isn’t a stretch to picture CS in the fashion world. “You’ve gotta be creative but have a social, business mindset,” lead singer Gabe Saporta notes, before adding that both he and guitarist Ryland Blackinton date women who work in the fashion industry. But that doesn’t mean they’ve always been blessed with dead-on style sense. Some of their early looks were dead on arrival! “Early on [in our career] we embraced a Day-Glo neon, retina-burning color palette. We looked like Harajuku girls.”
So how did these guys hook up with the king of prepster style at New York Fashion Week? We were lucky enough to get backstage at Lincoln Center and ask Hilfiger himself. “Rock music has influenced me forever, since I started my brand when I was a teen. In high school I wanted to be a rock star,” he admitted, though sadly, music wasn’t where his talent lay. “But I knew I could look like a rock star!” This love of music continues to imbue his work to this day. “I’ve always wrapped my brand around pop culture. We’re the first designer company ever to sponsor rock tours,” he told us proudly. In many ways, it helps keep the 60-year-old young, and he counts himself a fan of the very youthful electro-pop-rock sound of Saporta and company. “I love their music,” he gushed.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards took place on Monday night at the Skylight in New York. Young Hollywood was well rep’d by the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Joe Jonas, Chloe Moretz, Mia Wasikowska, Zoe Kravitz and Olivia Wilde. It was couple’s night as well with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, La La and Carmelo Anthony, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell and Cobra Starship‘s Gabe Saporta with designer Erin Featherstone making an appearance. The event was presided over by the steely eyes of Anna Wintour, so you know everyone rethought their outfits at least five times before heading out.
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When we think of Cobra Starship, we think neon colors and/or sharp suits to match their party-perfect electro-pop sound. And we certainly hope they bring that kind of sartorial energy when they perform at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But last Friday, when they stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live to talk about Nightshade and eggplant on eggplant violence, they were understandably a little more casual and neutral-colored than usual. And yet still demonstrated that trademark Cobra sense of fun. Let’s take a closer look.
Russell Brand and Katy Perry spent Saturday morning together in LA (having answered phones at the Hope For Haiti telethon the night before), but the newly engaged couple were soon forced to separate—if only for the night—with Katy making her debut performance as a bride-to-be at the Haze nightclub in Last Vegas. Though fellow performer Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship and partygoer Mickey Rourke have both been known to make the good girls go bad, we’re sure the ring on her finger kept everyone from taking too long of a look at Perry’s slinky, gold dress. Besides, Mickey had his own fiancee, actress Anastassija Makarenko, to attend to.
Katy Perry gears up for the MTV Video Music Awards, posing for a Westside Story – themed photo shoot in New York City. Katy is nominated for a Moonman for Best Female Video for her hit “Hot ‘N Cold.” Check out our gallery of other hot artists involved in the Video Music Awards.
Be sure to tune in to the awards show, hosted by Russell Brand, September 13th at 9 pm E.T. on MTV. [Photo: Jamie Cary]