Coinciding with New York’s Fashion Week, last night’s Brooklyn event Fashion Rocks 2014 was a time for style, music, and everything that falls in between. For the stars who made an appearance, that means boos, booty, and micro-skirts. Host Ryan Seacrest gave his thoughts on the event prior to its start: “I think what makes this show so special is that it all unfolds live. You never know what exactly is going to happen.”
Justin Bieber stole every headline emerging after the event when he performed a strip tease. As he and model Laura Stone walked onto the stage to announce Rita Ora, the “If I Was Your Boyfriend” singer was met with loud boos. So he did what any Bielieber would expect – he took his clothes off till only the boxers were left. Then came the cheers. “I actually don’t feel comfortable unless I’m in my Calvin’s, so, what’s up? Is that cool?” he said to Stone (we suspect he’s spontaneous promos – first it was the flag, now Calvin’s). While she told the crowd to please welcome Ora, Bieber took the opportunity to flex a couple more times. He wasn’t the only booed star. Victor Cruz (receiver for the New York Giants) received boos just before he introduced breakout pop-reggae-ish band MAGIC! Why the boos? Probably because the Giants lost to the Detroit Lions on Monday.
The event was opened by Usher, closed by KISS (with “Rock and Roll All Nite”), and featured a sort-of twerk competition. Jennifer Lopez got onstage in a mini-er than mini silvery chain dress to perform “Booty,” during which she put said booty on at least 75% display. To follow that act, Nicki Minaj performed “Anaconda” in a diamond bra and denim skirt, backed by a host of shirtless men. Other performers included Enrique Iglesias, the Band Perry, Afrojack, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, Duran Duran, and Luke Bryan.
Elsewhere in New York, another star made an appearance at the New York Public Library. With a host of scantly clad models in nightgowns and shawls behind her, Britney Spears introduced a lingerie and sleepwear line. It’s called The Intimate Britney Spears. “This is something I’ve been working on for two and a half years.” Yep – Fashion Rocks.