As Fall is starting to settle in, celebrities around the globe are making the most of their skin-baring styles and layering up in plush furs and warm fabrics. This week, Whitney Port pushed the envelope in blush crushed velvet trousers and lizard strap Alexander Wang pumps at a Tacori party in LA, Kim Kardashian showed some leg in a black leather mini and laser-cut Jimmy Choo sandals in Miami, and Olivia Palermo gave a lesson in layering, working a reversible leather and fur vest and cozy knit sweater, both by Zadig & Voltaire, in NYC. And we can't forget Ashley Madekwe and Taylor Swift, who donned noteworthy looks of their own. Get a closer look at our style standouts, then shop their looks for yourself.
Working a pair of blush crushed velvet pants and strappy Alexander Wang lizard pumps ($525), it's clear Whitney Port isn't afraid to test-drive new trends or revive old ones. The designer balanced her textured trousers and lust-worthy pumps with a tan silk button-down, black Farbod Barsum clutch, and a few Tacori jewels at a Tacori event in LA. From leather to suede, and now velvet, textured pants are making a huge splash in Hollywood and we are fully on board with the blossoming trend. Score Whitney's exact pumps to pair with crushed velvet trousers, a neutral button-down blouse, and black clutch for a night out with friends, then layer a black blazer for a sweet and sophisticated style.
When you make a smart investment, it pays off. Case in point: Rachel Bilson probably purchased her Alexander Wang Noemi heels a couple seasons ago (seeing as they're no longer available), but these statement heels have a pretty major impact on the blazer and denim she chose for an appearance in NYC today. Against her more understated pieces, her edgy, cutout booties popped, lending just the right touch of the trends to an otherwise-classic mix. That's the whole point — with serious heels like these, it doesn't take much else to pull together a chic look. And because these heels are a no-fuss solution to styling up something cool on the fly, we suspect you'll return to them season after season, making them well worth the money. Lesson learned; follow our tips and shop our picks to snag your own high-impact footwear.
- Look for heels with the kind of statement details you can wear on multiple occasions and in multiple seasons. If you want to make the most of your investment and really wear these on a daily basis, then avoid metallics, embellishments, or sparkles that might make it harder to wear regularly and with a variety of outfits.
- Cutout booties in a neutral hue like Rachel's are a great option because they'll go with almost anything in your closet, from jeans to dresses, and are well-suited to transitional weather. You can slip into shoes like this between Summer and Fall, and again in early Spring; they're practically season-less, making them a practical option almost all year long.
- To channel Rachel's effortless style, keep the look just as simple. It works because Rachel doesn't rely on a mix of bold trends all at once; instead, she works a clean-cut blazer and classic denim, making her shoes the real focal point. When mixing in your statement heels, opt for more minimalist silhouettes, whether it be a pair of clean trousers or a streamlined pencil skirt and a button-down.
Whether you're a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl or a fan of leather minis and sexy pumps, you can wear burgundy all season long. Check out this video to see why our FabSugar team loves Fall's hottest color trend: burgundy! Not only is it a rich Fall hue that looks great on everyone, but it's also a versatile tone with a timeless touch. Here are three ways to incorporate burgundy into your wardrobe . . . and they are all available at Neiman Marcus.
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Headbands and barrettes made a big comeback last season, and they're still going strong. Only now, top hairstylists are adorning sleek ponytails with one very unexpected touch — glossy tape. Yep, you read that right.
Hairstylist Guido stuck strips of shiny black or white tape over the parts in models' hair at Alexander Wang's Spring show. Electrical or scrapbooking tape from stores like Home Depot work just as well, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. Call it a cheaper, vegan-friendly take on the leather ponytail trend. Hawkins's steps to pulling it off:
Alexander Wang is a man who knows exactly what he wants. His beauty look for Spring 2013 was equal parts sexy and strong, with full brows and highlighted cheeks. Models wore a low, classic ponytail, updated with dual-textured strands and black tape to break up a middle part. Backstage, we heard all about Alexander's beauty look from lead hairstylist Guido and key makeup artist Diane Kendal.
Alexander Wang never lets us down — his sporty, easy-to-wear separates make our hearts sing every season, and Spring '13 was no different. This time around, the Wang girl is still athletic but with a slightly futuristic tilt, punctuated by liquid metallics, rubber and mesh details, and even fishing wire. Watch Alexander Wang's Spring 2013 runway show now to see why we're loving this sportif selection for the season ahead.
Alexander Wang always has something up his sleeve, and Spring '13 didn't disappoint. Looking beyond the horizon, the boy wonder produced a sporty, futuristic lineup of skin-baring cutout dresses, metallic bombers, and a lot of leather. Oversize, structured cuts dominated Wang's athletic mood — we couldn't take our eyes off the white rubberized twill parka — lending an intrinsically new-age aesthetic, further exemplified through laser-cut, fish line, rubber, and mesh details. Also to note were the sexy, liquid metallic knits paired up with croc-embossed skirts. Wang's seasonal zinger? As the lights went off at the end of the show, models stood statuesque as Wang's collection came to glow-in-the-dark life. Suffice to say, the crowd went wild. Welcome to the future, people.
- Trends: Leather, crop tops, sheer details, cutouts, futuristic fabrics.
- Colors: Black, white, metallic silver, tan.
- Key Piece: The white rubberized twill parka and sheer paneled dress looked amazing.
- Accessories: Strappy boot sandals, boxy woven bags, plastic baseball helmets.
- Who Should Wear It: This collection isn't for the wallflower. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and daring top models like Hanne Gaby Odiele.
It's rare, during New York Fashion Week, to attend a show that has audiences literally cheering aloud. At Alexander Wang's Spring 2013 show today, that's precisely what happened.
The outing started out standard enough, with militaristic and sports-inspired silhouettes in black and white leather and rubberized twill. The new story for Wang this season, though, was cutouts; they came in stripes and floating geometric patterns on boxy jackets and body-hugging shifts, and as hourglass-enhancing openings on the sides of cable-knit tops and sweater dresses. All in all, it made for an intriguing enough lineup.
Then it happened. At the end of the show, after all the models — including Liberty Ross, who was making a cameo catwalk appearance — had walked, several models marched out to take their places along the runway. The lights dimmed, then a black light came on, and then utter darkness. And there, in the cavernous space of Pier 94, the models' all-white outfits began to glow in the dark — much to the audience's raucous delight.
The Olympics may be long over, but that hasn't stopped a few New York designers from engaging in a little fashion gymnastics.
For an editorial titled "I'll Tumblr For Ya" in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar, Terry Richardson photographed the acrobatic stylings of Olivier Theyskens, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and more. The full spread will be released online Sept. 14, but behind-the-scenes images are already trickling onto the magazine's Tumblr. A few of those images — featuring Wang and Altuzarra getting some serious air — in the slideshow.
Photos courtesy of Harper's Bazaar