MTV Style Best Of 2010: Most Memorable Interview Moments

If there’s one thing we’ve learned here at MTV Style from pouring over all of the interviews we’ve done since our launch last June, it’s that A-listers (celebs and designers) say the darndest things about style (i.e. Ke$ha telling us that getting glitter in our guy’s beard is like “marking your territory”…and, Bow Wow telling us we “gotta be fly all the time.” All the time?!). In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of the best quotes and most interesting tidbits we learned from Hollywood’s trendsetters.

+ 23-year-old singer who proudly trademarked “garbage chic” by wearing a trash bag dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
On the pros and cons of glitter:
“It’s really hard to get the glitter off. I’ve just given up. I’ve accepted that it will just be there. It’s in all my suitcases, it’s usually in my food, in my drinks. Sometimes when I pee, it’s in the toilet. I don’t know how it got there. Yeah, it’s pretty much everywhere. And it also is great if you’re making out with a dude with a beard and you have glitter on and you just–ladies, very good tip–just rub your face, just nustle your little face in their beard for just like a second. They won’t even notice. They’ll just be like, ’Woo! We’re making out!’ They will have glitter in their beard for like four days, and no other chick will touch them. It’s great, it’s like peeing on them. It’s like marking your territory.”
Watch Exclusive Video: Ke$ha Explains Her Garbage And Glitter Style

Phillip Lim
+ Renowned fashion designer who created Kanye West’s outfits for his short film, “Runaway”
On watching “Runaway”:
“I think it is very culturally interesting. It brings together music, fashion, and art, which isn’t a new concept, but it is also something which is quite challenging to do.”
Read Everything You Wanted To Know About Kanye West’s Phillip Lim Clothes In ’Runaway’

Colleen Atwood
+ Academy Award-winning costume designer who created the looks for My Chemical Romance’s ’Sing’ music video
On how she made brand new clothes look old and vintage-y:
“Overall, we did a lot of sanding and waxing. We sanded the costumes to soften them up and used wax that we melted with an iron to give them a shiny quality, so it would look like they’ve been worked in and lived in for a long time. Kind of like when you see homeless people and they’re clothes look stiff.”
See The Look By Look: My Chemical Romance’s ’Sing’ Music Video

Franc Fernandez
+ The designer/artist who created the now-infamous meat dress that Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
On if it left a bloody trail:
“No, not at all. It’s actually very clean meat, very sturdy and strong and doesn’t run at all. It’s the meat you use to make a roast, where you roll it in a tortilla and put it in the oven. Hence, the shoes — that’s why they were wrapped in butcher twine.”
Read Everything You Wanted To Know About Lady Gaga’s VMA Meat Dress!

Ed Westwick
+ The chest-revealing actor who plays Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl
On men’s swimwear options and if he wears little banana hammocks:
“Oh, always. Certainly.”
Read Ed Westwick’s Take On Little Speedos In The Summer

Martin Izquierdo
+ Acclaimed costume designer who created the wings worn by Selita Ebanks in Kanye West’s short film, “Runaway”
On how many feathers were used to build the wings:
“In feather terms, by the time we cut away the parts that aren’t used, we used 15 pounds of feathers. We only use the tips of them, and most of the feather was discarded.”
Read Everything You Wanted To Know About The Wings Selita Ebanks Wore In Kanye West’s ’Runaway’

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
+ Jersey Shore star who made headlines this year for abandoning her signature pouf
On how to pick the perfect swimsuit:
“If you look sexy in it, and it makes you look tan, the swimsuits or, you know, the bikini, that’s when you wear it. If the bikini makes you look disgusting and pale, then you don’t want to wear it. So you definitely need bright colors to make your skin look more tan.”
Watch ’Jersey Shore’ Style: How To Pick The Perfect Swimsuit
On beach essentials:
“Well definitely the first thing that I bring to the beach is alcohol. You always need a good drink. Definitely water because you get dehydrated. That’s pretty much it: Alcohol and water. That’s all I need. And a beach chair, obviously.”
Watch ’Jersey Shore’ Style: Beach Essentials

Cee Lo Green
+ Musician whose hit single “F*** You” was nominated for a Grammy
On the “trend” he likes to see women wear:
“You know what I like with girls? I like the way it looks when they have on the tight jeans. I like the way they stick their cell phones in their back pocket. [Laughs] I’ve been seeing this so much lately that I don’t know if it’s something that they’ve discussed amongst themselves. Like, ’This is the new way to go, girls.’ But it looks good. It’s got a nice little look to it. It’s sexy, please continue.”
Watch Video: Cee Lo Says Tight Jeans + Cell Phones = Sexy

Mark Ronson
+ Grammy-winning musician/DJ who dyed his brown hair platinum in July
On whether blondes have more fun:
“I’ve only had it blond for about two weeks, so it’s kind of interesting, I mean, just to change it, like if you’re 34 and going through some mid-life crisis or something. But I haven’t had markedly any more fun since I’ve gone blond. In fact, I’ve had less fun because I think the expectations are so high, of having so much fun being blond, that it hasn’t been a great month, no.”
Watch Video: Mark Ronson On His Bleached Hair, Men’s Fashion, And His Ultimate Style Icon

Noritaka Tatehana
+ Designer behind the gravity-defying shoes that Lady Gaga often trots around in
On the inspiration behind heel-less shoes:
“I am interested in history and in the old culture and would like to divert them into modern world. The unique and creative shape comes from “Kan Pokkuri,” which used to be clogs made of empty cans. In the old days, Japanese children used to make these clogs, passing a cord through holes made in the cans. After placing each foot on a can, they tried to walk, holding the cord in their hands.”
Read Meet Noritaka Tatehana, The Designer Who Creates Custom Nine-Inch Platform Shoes For Lady Gaga

J. Cole
+ Breakout Roc Nation rapper with a penchant for baggy jeans and bling
On saggy jeans:
“You know what’s crazy? Of course, I always sagged my whole life, but I feel like I feel like when I got my deal, I sag so much harder now. Because you know what, I really I feel like man I’m never going to get — well, hopefully — I’m never going to get a 9 to 5. I’m never going to go on job interviews. So it’s kind of my rebellion to the world. I’m going to sag my jeans. That’s just what I’m gonna do.”
Watch Video: J. Cole On Style — I Want To Get A Chain Just To ’Glow A Little Bit’

Bow Wow
+ Rapper-turned-actor-turned-rapper whose next album Underrated is slated to release in early 2011
On the importance of a fly swagger:
“The flyer you are the more attention that you’re going to attract. That’s what it seems like. Especially with women, because they’re so materialistic anyways and they like nice stuff. They can probably point out what you have on before you can even look down at it. So I look at it as the flyer you are, and if you’re up on your swagger and your game is tight, I believe clothes…that’s presence. That’s called presence. That’s very important. That’s like saying, would I talk a girl if she was in the club in Ugg boots and a ripped-up something and hair all over the place? No! I’m going to talk to the girl in the dress with the heels on and nice oiled legs and she looks good! That’s who I want to be around. So you gotta be fly all the time.”
Watch Video: Bow Wow Says Oily Legs Are The Secret To Landing A Man

Asher Levine
+ Fashion Designer who made one-of-a-kind pieces for Lady Gaga
On the challenge of designing the white straightjacket coat for Gaga’s Today show appearance:
“When she kicked off her Monster Ball tour, they said they wanted a new jacket. They wanted purple at first, so I got three whole cows in purple. It’s a lot of skin. It takes about 200 square feet of animal skin to make one of those oversize coats. At the last minute, they go, ’We want it to be white.’ So I went back my factory and found all these nice lambskins and cut that up and put it together. And I’m really happy how it turned out.”
Read Lady Gaga Style: Meet Asher Levine, The 22-Year-Old Designer Who Dresses Lady Gaga

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
+ Ab-licious Jersey Shore star who appeared on Dancing With the Stars this year
On how he chooses his swim trunks:
“I pick my swimsuits just like I pick my women, OK? As soon as I see it, I like it, and that’s it. I get it real quick.”
Watch ’Jersey Shore’ Style: How To Pick The Perfect Swimsuit

+ Rapper, actor, and Akoo fashion designer
On his grooming habits:
“The most important part of my grooming routine? Hygiene. It doesn’t matter how you look as much as how you smell. You can look good and smell bad and nobody will see you. You smell bad, look good, and everybody will smell you. So I think hygiene, cleanliness, is the best grooming tip I can give.”
Watch Video: T.I. Reveals His Grooming Secrets!

Taylor Momsen
+ Triple threat: Gossip Girl actress, The Pretty Reckless frontwoman, and John Galliano model
On firing her stylist:
“I don’t think being in a band has allowed me to be more free, I think firing my stylist has allowed me to be more free. I now dress myself, and told everyone who was telling me to look a certain way and fit a certain mold for the niche that I was being put in, and I said f*** that. … I was getting molded into this thing that wasn’t who I am, and fitting into the world that can make you popular or something. I was never the popular chick so I don’t even know what that means. … Just making that mental decision that I’m going to be myself, and if people hate it they can hate it, but at least I’m happy with how I’m walking down the street.”
Watch Exclusive Video: Taylor Momsen On Her Style, Beauty Routine, Firing Her Stylist, And Modeling

Enrique Iglesias
+ Pop music singer/songwriter who released his album Euphoria in July
On pre-concert pampering:
“Before a show, I’ll shower for like, half an hour just because of the steam. And it helps my throat. I’ll wax my chest and wax my back…the most important thing is waxing my back. Making sure that my back doesn’t get too hairy.”
Watch Video: What’s Enrique Iglesias’ Style Secret? Waxing!

+ R&B star who released his album Libra Scale, started working on a hat line and fragrance this year
On the importance of style:
“I feel like clothing is a lot like music; it’s a representation of who you are. So if you are a slouch, if you are an idiot, then dress like that. Go ahead, belt your jeans at your thighs and keep your jeans hanging out so everyone can see your boxer shorts even though we didn’t ask to see your boxer shorts, go ahead. Wear your shirt 17 sizes too big, please, by all means, because that’s who you are. Oh wait, that’s not who you are? Then why the hell are you dressing like that because that’s who you’re telling me you are! That’s what I see when I look at you, I see an idiot. But, that’s just my personal opinion. Again, what you look like, speaks before you speak. Before you say a word, people are painting a picture. People are putting together what they think you are just by what you look like. So why would you dress like an idiot if you didn’t want people to think you’re an idiot.”
Watch Video: Ne-Yo Is Currently Working On A Hat Line And Declares The Year Of The Gentleman Not Over

The Game
+ Rapper with a SERIOUS face tat and a love for loose-fitting denim
On if baggy pants should be outlawed:
“They’re trying to stop…they just show a bunch of kids wearing baggy pants and try to like make some type of law saying you have to pull up your pants law? It’s not going to work. People are still going to be sagging. And, I mean, where are police going to start? Missing murders and hopping out writing out tickets for sagging and there’s a lady getting robbed around the corner at gunpoint? I mean, it’s too many people sagging. It’s multiculture at this point. I mean, Asian, Black, White, every guy sags. It’s just, nobody wants to wear their pants all the way up on their navel unless they’re going to a business meeting or something. You know, it’s cool and it feels better. It’s definitely more comfortable. I couldn’t ever drive sitting on my pockets. You get it? My wallet’s in my back pocket and it’s just uncomfortable. So you sag, and when you get out of the car you keep it moving like that. [But what about these hipsters, you know, who wear the real tight black pants?] They different. They from Mars.”
Watch Video: The Game Sees No End To Saggy Pants

Juliet Simms
+ 24-year-old lead singer of Automatic Loveletter
On what to wear on scorching hot summer days:
“I think it’s a cool trend to dress more freely and more hippie, but as long as you don’t go into the slutty, skanky route of it. Keep it classy, wear some good jewelry, don’t let your t*** hang out. Like, cover your things up. But, yeah, if it’s hot outside, go about it in a cool, hippie-like, non-whorish way.”
Watch Video: Automatic Loveletter’s Juliet Simms On Her ’Male Meets Female’ Rocker Style

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