'Fashion Rocks': Best and Worst Moments
A contest between booty-bouncers, a sequined mesh bodysuit and a not-so-subtle striptease. Oh, and models
Fashion Rocks took over New York City's Barclays Center on Tuesday night, resurrecting the annual intersection of style, sound and stage spectacle after a five-year hiatus. Designers and models paired up to present the evening's trendy set list of singers, who donned their best and brightest for the New York Fashion Week event.
Pret-a-Reporter presents the best and worst moments of the newly revived Fashion Rocks special, including a contest between booty-bouncers, a sequined mesh bodysuit and a not-so-subtle striptease:
The Host Suits Up
Ryan Seacrest hosted the CBS telecast, as the media personality has launched a color-coded suit line with event sponsor Macy's.
"She Came to Give It to You"
Usher kicked off the CBS telecast by performing his latest single. Wearing a sleek, black leather look, his performance included a generous section of skirt-chasing models.
"Little Red Wagon"
Miranda Lambert sported a red-hot Valentina Kova jumpsuit and metallic gold heels visible from the back of Barclays for her sassy number.
Nick Jonas introduced "Mr. Worldwide himself" and John Ryan for a flapper-filled number. Pitbull, of course, was looking as chic as always in a white blazer.
"It's Your World"
Jennifer Hudson stomped the stage in an edgy and embellished leather outfit during the first fashion show of the night, complete with a crew of swaying ladies behind her. Enrique Iglesias then took the stage with a mohawked Sean Paul and Gente de Zona for "Bailando," after an introduction by Tommy Hilfiger and Naomi Campbell.
After Nico & Vinz led off with their breakout hit "Am I Wrong," the very fashionable Afrojack performed "Ten Feet Tall" with Wrabel, on confetti-covered turntables. The medley then jumped to Duran Duran, in sequined suits and ruffled shirts for their performance of "The Reflex" and "Hungry Like the Wolf."
Jennifer Lopez bounced in a glittering silver mini (and matching mic stand) during her rump-shaking number, complete with guys in white suits and girls in black sequined looks. She received the longest post-performance applause and loudest cheers.
"I See You"
Luke Bryan took the stage in a light-gray leather jacket, graphic tee and jeans to perform his single, after being introduced by Kat Graham.
Before Magic! performed their breakout hit "Rude," the group was introduced by the New York Giants' Victor Cruz, who got a ton of boos — or did he? No way. The fashion and music crowd thought the sports fans were hating, but they were just chanting his last name. which apparently sounds less pleasant in an arena than a stadium.
Justin Bieber's Striptease
The singer, alongside model Lara Stone, ushered in the Calvin Klein fashion show by stripping down to his boxers, or his "Calvins." Though he was welcomed by an overwhelming slew of boos from the audience, he started flexing, and the high-pitched screams drowned out the haters.
Rita Ora then took the Barclays Center stage — just across from her old apartment — to cover the David Bowie track during the Calvin Klein presentation, dressed in a red, white and blue coat that she too shed to reveal a corset with studs and tassels.
Steve Madden and Paris Hilton then appeared to introduce Nicki Minaj, who touted her bum during "Anaconda" in denim shorts and an embellished bra. The camera kept panning to a seated Lopez, who wasn't as pleased by the former American Idol judge's performance as Carmen Electra, who was dancing in the audience.
Karolina Kurkova prefaced the fist-pumping performance by a casually dressed The Band Perry.
The telecast included a salute to disco-inspired designs, complete with a dozen glistening disco balls. As Afrojack played Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," an impersonator in a sparking mesh bodysuit got the crowd up on their feet and was joined by Hudson for "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester.
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
Introduced by John Varvatos and Lily Aldridge, Kiss (dressed, of course, in their signature aesthetic) closed the show with their party anthem, complete with confetti, fireworks and an electric-guitar-swinging — and destroying — final moment.