Summer Concert Preview: Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, & More

Everything’s bigger in summer. Movies become blockbusters. Weekends are tagged by the word “long.” Hotdogs grow to entire feet. (Buns, of course, follow suit.) And concerts? Suddenly the big names come marching to stages near you by the hundreds. Case in point: this summer’s unsurpassed lineup at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Here’s what lies ahead for music lovers of all kinds.

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March 25, 2014

Nearly Beloved: Are Fake Engagement Rings Really a Thing?

Lately, quite a few celebs have been spotted slipping a little bling on their left ring finger. Each time, it raises the question: new trend, or truly betrothed?

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Now, when it comes to celebrities, it’s usually never a question of whether the diamond is real or not (because, let’s face it, it probably is), but rather, whether or not it’s a publicity stunt. Take Taylor Swift, for example. She recently rocked a pink number on that finger – but I truly believe it was because it just went with her outfit. As for Katy Perry? I’m calling it an attention grab.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a huge fan of statement jewelry. I have a collection that even Iris Apfel would envy. But when it comes to putting a ring on it, I’m inclined to wait until someone does it for me. Until then, I’ll just enjoy the headlines.

Check out ELLE.com to see all the celebs sporting these rings.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

What do you think about fake engagement rings? Tweet us at @ruelala.

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March 6, 2014

Katy Perry Channels Wednesday Addams at Her Tokyo Album Launch

Here at Rue, we have LBDs on the brain. (Our 10 Ways to Wear: The Little Black Dress Boutique opened today. Just saying.) So when we spotted the queen of candy-colored ensembles embracing her dark side, we just had to share.

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Katy Perry pulled out a short, sparkly number with a schoolgirl twist for the Tokyo debut of her new album, Prism. Refinery29 is calling it an “all-smiles version of our favorite morbid preteen, Wednesday Addams.”

Now, I’ve never been one to channel Wednesday Addams’s or Katy Perry’s style, but this is one look I may just have to swipe.

Check out Katy’s look on refinery29.com.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 9, 2013

The AMAs Celebrates 40 Years of Fashion

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards, which has spawned some truly memorable fashion moments over the years. Here, a look back at a few of my favorites.

Michael Jackson was feeling “Dangerous” in 1993 and his AMAs performance – complete with male backup dancers wearing matching black suits, skinny ties, and fedoras – made him look like the leader of an army of well-dressed mobsters.

In 2007, Fergie took to the stage in a barely there sequined Jenny Packham sheath and sky-high red stilettos, giving Tina Turner a run for her money in the legs-up-to-there department, while her Black Eyed Peas bandmate will.i.am looked every inch the gentleman in his top hat and velvet smoking jacket. That same year, Avril Lavigne transitioned from teen punk rocker to grown-up divorcée in a black T-shirt and silver skirt.

A year later, Beyoncé channeled her alter ego, Sasha Fierce, and tore up “Single Ladies” wearing a plunging black and white Armani Privé satin jacket with matching black booty shorts beside backup dancer (and current Glee star) Heather Morris in a coordinating one-armed bodysuit.

Jennifer Lopez went for the gold – literally – during her boxing-inspired 2009 AMAs performance of “Louboutins,” with a 24K microphone and glittering gold, leather, and lace romper that almost made us forget she fell on her butt mid-song, while Rihanna opted for a skin-baring white bandage jumpsuit. Thankfully, there were no wardrobe malfunctions during her performance, despite having only a thin strip of leather covering her lady bits.

Not one to be outdone, Lady Gaga also went the jumpsuit route in 2009 but in her case, it was flesh-toned, covered by a plastic exoskeleton that extended from her ankles to her rib cage, completely obscuring the upper half of her face and lighting up when she moved.

And in 2010 Katy Perry set off “Fireworks” in a sparkly crimson Marco Marco jumpsuit that did her figure all kinds of favors.

With Nicki Minaj and Rihanna leading the 2012 AMAs with four nominations each, and Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Adele, and Taylor Swift also in the running, we know this year’s AMAs is sure to have more than a few looks to remember.

The 2012 American Music Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 18, at 8PM ET on ABC.

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.

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