In 2012, the platform was declared dead. That wasn’t exactly the case, but simpler, single-soled pumps have indeed been on the incline. And if the red carpet is any indication, we’ve now reached the next phase of this shoe-shedding trend with the growing popularity of Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist sandal. In recent months, Stars like Shailene Woodley, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Schilling, and more have been spotted wearing the style, which is simple, sophisticated, and versatile. Stuart Weitzman offers them in more than 15 varieties of color, texture, and heel height, but our favorites are the leg-lengthening nude in Pan Goose Bump Nappa ($398), the Pyrite Nocturn ($398), and the Palette Python Patent. The latter are currently on sale for $199.
With fashion week but a month away, summer is drawing to a close for Style.com. That being said, we’re embracing the sunshine as much as possible before NYFW, namely with our Look of the Day polls. This week, we asked you to vote on your favorite minidresses, beachy braids, and even skateboards—things we will surely miss when the chill settles in. On Tuesday, we focused on feminine lace dresses in super-bright hues. Dior’s nearly-neon citrus frocks won your vote, while Elle Fanning’s embroidered orange Christopher Kane dress was a close second. Coming in third was Valentino’s striped number from Resort ’15, which would be perfect for a last-minute jaunt to Spain.
On Wednesday, we rounded up the coolest beat-the-heat summer braids. Amber Heard’s one-sided plait (which also showed off a glittering chandelier earring) won your vote and likely inspired hundreds of DIY versions. Rita Ora got in on the action with rainbow-dyed cornrows at Radio 1′s Big Weekend back in May, and Diane Kruger wore an intriguing double-braid to the premiere of The Birdge. On Friday, we found enough cool skateboarding pictures to make you reconsider your morning commute. Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton, and just about every guy on the Venice Boardwalk definitely know how to ride in style. Click here for all of the week’s winners, plus a few runners-up for additional summer inspo.
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.
This week, stars brought a much-needed jolt of energy to the red carpet with bright, electric hues. Elle Fanning kicked things off on Saturday in a vivid neon lace Christopher Kane Resort ’15 minidress at a panel for The Boxtrolls during Comic-Con in San Diego. Nicola Peltz, who can seemingly do no sartorial wrong, amped things up in a bright tangerine Prada Fall ’14 halter gown with plunging neckline at Monday night’s premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Tokyo. Later in the week, everyone’s favorite TV bad girl, Taylor Schilling, stepped out in a bold, color-blocked Roland Mouret Pre-Fall ’14 look for a visit to the SiriusXM studios on Thursday in New York.
Wes Gordon, who was recently named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, has been steadily making a name for himself on the celebrity circuit. This week he got a nod of approval from a handful of A-listers who opted for designs from his Resort ’15 collection. On Monday, Gwyneth Paltrow chose a mid-length patterned sheath for a screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness in the Hamptons, and Maggie Gyllenhaal donned a sophisticated white number with metallic embroidery down the front for a taping of Good Morning America on Thursday morning. This could be the start of a very successful red-carpet career.
Growing up, there were fashion codes my friends and I religiously followed, and even my sartorially challenged younger self knew there were certain things you just shouldn’t do. However, designers have taught us that some fashion rules are meant to be broken. So throw out the guides you’ve always known and try out three lessons the runway taught us this year:
Mixing patterns is a fantastic idea.
Some of the most striking looks on the Fall ’14 runways boasted bold, seemingly clashing patterns. From stripes and plaids to florals and animal spots, nothing was off-limits. Have a look at collections from mix masters Dries Van Noten and Peter Pilotto to see how it’s done.
Black and blue make a hell of a pair.
The black-and-blue combo has long been considered a no-no, but it just happened to be the most popular color scheme on the Fall runways. Need proof? Check out the Oscar de la Renta and Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ Fall lineups.
When it comes to footwear, socks and sandals are the bee’s knees.
Formerly associated with clueless, fanny-pack-toting tourists, the socks-and-sandals trend tore through the Resort ’15 collections (Rag & Bone and M.Patmos included) and popped up on the streets during the Fall ’14 shows. (Fanny packs are back, too, by the way.) We can thank normcore for this one.
One doesn’t typically associate the fashion industry with comic book culture, and yet every year our favorite celebs hit Comic-Con wearing the best of the new collections. Considering the laid-back, youthful setting, we anticipated that the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek, and more red-carpet regulars would step out in bright, fun-to-wear ensembles that matched the atmosphere. In reality, we saw lots of dark colors, ladylike shift dresses, and sensible heels. Where’s the fun in that? The Fall ’14 runways and Resort ’15 collections were literally bursting at the seams with pieces that were practically made for Comic-Con, like Rodarte’s C-3PO gown, Neil Barrett’s lightning-bolt bomber jacket, and Stella McCartney’s Resort ’15 superhero-inspired wares complete with clutches that double as masks. To us, it was a no-brainer…or so we thought. Here, a slideshow of all the graphic prints, cartoon motifs, and bold colors we would have loved to have seen at the convention.