July 26 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: Ladies in Lace and Cues from ’80s Prom Queens


When it comes to fashion, the red carpet can often be filled with the same old, same old. But now and again, some bold celebrities shake things up with experimental, next-level looks. Here’s what’s feeling fresh this week.

Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy Los Angeles Louis Vuitton Resort 2015From classic hits to updated takes on the past, a wealth of noteworthy wares walked down the red carpet this week. A handful of stars opted for frocks with lace or insets. Cate Blanchett and Zoe Saldana chose looks with all-over lace. Saldana attended the L.A. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in an ensemble from the Louis Vuitton Resort ’15 catwalk on Monday night, and Blanchett stepped out in a white lace-covered cocktail dress with butterfly sleeves from Elie Saab’s Spring ’13 Haute Couture offering for a SK-II beauty event in Shanghai the following evening. In Hollywood, Diane Kruger turned up at the Fox All-Star party in a black Marios Schwab Resort ’15 jumpsuit with a lace keyhole cutout, which was a popular detail for the season.

A surprising, yet decidedly fresh trend this week was the contemporary take on the 80s prom dress. Perhaps one too many Sixteen Candles reruns were the cause for inspiration, but several celebs seemed to be channeling retro prom queens. Rachel McAdams opted for a one-shouldered Zuhair Murad Fall ’14 Haute Couture jewel-toned number with a modern interpretation of a bustle at the hip for the New York premiere of A Most Wanted Man. Kylie Minogue went for the shimmer-effect, donning a gold metallic Blumarine Fall ’14 frock for a photo call for The Voice in Sydney. Selena Gomez decided on a more literal approach, layering piles of tulle over a Dior Spring ’14 cocktail dress for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in France. It appears there are still a few lessons we can learn from the decade of big hair, sleeves, and skirts.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Not All One-Pieces Are Created Equal


swimsuit-blogIt’s no secret we’re big fans of a good one-piece swimsuit. Most devotees will say that a woman in a maillot oozes elegance and class, and Princess Deena Al-Juhani Abdulaziz recently noted that, “historically, women who wear one-pieces have always had better taste.” However, last week we spotted some versions on the Miami Swim Week runways that were not so worthy of this favorable description. While many of the trends left us eager to grab our SPF and head to the beach, a barrage of questionable swimwear stomped down the runway, proving that not all one-pieces are created equal. Some renditions appeared to channel sexed-up rodeo clowns, and others would have made more sense in Fifty Shades of Grey than the beach. Sparkling stars and bondage straps at the shore? Try explaining those tan lines.

Via HuffingtonPost.

Photos: Getty Images

The 15 Stylish Looks You Loved Most This Week


071814_Look_Of_The_Day_Roundup_BLOG[2]Have you been keeping up with our Look of the Day polls? It’s our favorite way to share our latest obsessions, from fresh runway styles to looks we spotted on the street. It’s hard to play favorites, so we turn it over to you. The trends we were coveting this week? For starters, Monday had us feeling extra nostalgic for the nineties—Calvin Klein underwear is back. Since sporty activewear is still the cool-girl uniform of choice, it’s no wonder those thick elastic bands are popping up everywhere. Italian blogger and front-row regular Chiara Ferragni wore her classic sports bra under a sheer dress, an unlikely pairing that won your vote. On Wednesday, we dedicated our Look of the Day to Thor comic books. Marvel just announced the main character will now be represented as a woman, so we rounded up five of our favorite superhero-inspired runway moments of late. At Stella McCartney’s  Resort 2015 presentation, models sported superhero-mask motifs on leather bags, jumpsuits, dresses, and even their nail polish. The cute, unexpected pattern was No. 1 in your book. What else was on editors’ minds this week? Models off-duty, Gisele Bündchen’s birthday, and summertime gingham. Click here to see all the winners, plus a few runners-up, for a full weekend of style inspiration.

Runway to Red Carpet: Celebrity Fringe and Rihanna’s Latest Surprise


When it comes to fashion, the red carpet can often be filled with the same old, same old. But now and again, some bold celebrities shake things up with experimental, next-level looks. Here’s what’s feeling fresh this week.

RihannaWe’re halfway through steamy July, and this week, A-listers were looking for ways to stay cool on the red carpet. Luckily, the Resort ’15 collections (which won’t hit stores until November but have been popping up on celebs since their Spring debut) offer some crafty cutouts. We noticed a few stars beating the heat with dresses boasting built-in air-conditioning, if you will. Kate Hudson and Allison Williams tried the trend at a screening of Wish I Was Here on Monday in New York. Hudson was statuesque in a black Michael Kors Resort ’15 column with a sequin bustier, and Williams chose a ladylike Altuzarra Resort ’15 sheath. On Wednesday, Nicola Peltz stepped out in an ebony ensemble with a keyhole cutout from Balmain’s Fall ’14 runway. She paired a gold-embellished crop top with a banded leather skirt for the Rio de Janeiro premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Elsewhere, two of our favorite redheads got on board with one of Spring’s hottest hair trends, turning up on the red carpet with freshly chopped bangs. Jessica Chastain’s fiery fringe perfectly complemented her navy lamé Mary Katrantzou Fall ’14 gown, and Emma Stone sported hers with a flowy purple Dolce & Gabbana Fall ’14 look.

Last, but certainly not least, RiRi, ever the daredevil, surprised fans by turning up in an Alexander Wang LBD and a gold Givenchy-esque septum ring at an event in Rio de Janeiro after Sunday’s final World Cup match. We have to hand it to her, just when we think we’ve (quite literally) seen it all, she manages to surprise once again. Here, a roundup of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Gade / AKM-GSI

Art-Teacher Chic: The Trend That Takes Oversize, Modest, and Comfortable Clothes Out of the Classroom



Trends are fun to talk about, but they don’t feel real until you see them, totally unforced, in the wild. I recently stopped by Poketo, a gallery-meets-lifestyle store in L.A.’s burgeoning Arts District. One of the most stylish women I saw there was wearing a chambray shirt so oversized it fell into an A-line, a pair of black ankle-length trousers, and clogs. Not the girlish, almost-pretty kind of clogs—the black leather orthopedic kind. Her style was practical, unfussy, simple. But more than anything, she reminded me of my fourth-grade art teacher.

Art-teacher chic—loose tunics, big ceramic necklaces, modest shoes—has become the go-to uniform for fashion-y women who are done with overdone.

“My assistant buyer always calls her style ‘art-teacher chic,’ so it has definitely been on my radar,” says Jen Mankins, owner of Brooklyn boutique chain Bird. “I like the idea of a 1970s Upper West Side art teacher—like Woody Allen’s second wife, Robin, in Annie Hall.”

It’s sort of always around, this art-teacher thing. “I feel there has always been an undercurrent of this look in the designers I work with, such as Rachel Comey, Suno, and Marni, as well as influential brands such as Prada,” Mankins says. “But more recently, I think a defining proponent of this trend has been Phoebe Philo at Céline, with her oversize coats, long skirts, big knits, and big flat sandals.” For Spring, Comey designed a denim apron dress that was hand-flecked with paint, as if the wearer had just spent three weeks in a pottery class. CP Shades, a three-decades-old line that deals primarily in loose tops and dresses made from natural fabrics, has been one of Bird’s top sellers this season—its chambray linen V-neck dress and tunic feeding right into the frenzy.

The idea was even more pronounced in the Resort 2015 collections, where both emerging and established labels presented their own versions of what an art teacher should look like. At Objects Without Meaning—a newish line out of Los Angeles—designer Alexandra Michelle paired her printed coveralls with long necklaces strung with ceramic geometric shapes. Acne Studio’s Jonny Johansson showed a purple V-neck dress worn over matching leggings—and sensible flat booties, of course. The Row’s mid-calf skirts, Enzo Bonafè oxfords, and cap-sleeve coats could belong to a faculty member at the world’s most elite private school. While Object Without Meaning’s Michelle says that she’s not thinking “art teacher” when she’s designing, “I definitely wake up in the morning knowing that I need to be comfortable today.”

Indeed, art-teacher chic is part of a bigger a movement toward relaxed fashion, whether that means couture sneakers or normcore jeans. But will women forgo their waists in droves to experience the ease of an art teacher’s uniform? “I think the style comes out of a desire to look and feel interesting and creative without being too masculine or overtly sexy,” Mankins suggests. Although that doesn’t mean she won’t tweak the look just a little by occasionally showing a slice of skin or swiping those clogs for stilettos. “Like most trends, it should never be executed too literally.”

For the best examples, check out our Art Teacher Chic slideshow here.