To add ammunition to our dreams of exotic vacations and sun-drenched days, we've culled the top 10 trends spotted on the Spring '12 runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and London. It may not be doable to don our prettiest sheers and fringe-detailed minidresses just yet, but there's no harm in forecasting next season's sweet wardrobe additions. We adore the flashes of mint green in Rodarte and Vera Wang, we can't wait to stock up on flowy asymmetrical hemlines à la BCBG and Rachel Comey, and we're totally enamored with DKNY and Rebecca Taylor's ultra cool way of mixing casual pieces with metallics. Warm up with our editors' favorite springtime trends now.
When it comes to gorgeous gowns, you can't beat the red carpet, and this year's star-studded events definitely left us swooning over starlets left and right. From Mila Kunis's lovely lavender Elie Saab gown at the Oscars to Anne Hathaway's full-length shine at the Golden Globes, we fell head over heels for a bevy of fantastic frocks — 15 to be exact! To see all our top picks from the carpet rouge, watch our video now!
Rachel Zoe donned a monochromatic look while lunching with hubby Rodger Berman and their baby, Skyler, in LA. The super stylist paired a cozy black tunic with thick black tights and over-the-knee suede boots. She topped her dark-hued ensemble with a classic tweed Chanel jacket and multilayer Chanel necklace. Loose locks and round sunglasses finished off Rachel's chic street style. Get the look here.
Ashley Tisdale showed off her gorgeous gams in a pleated leather Alice and Olivia skirt while out and about in Beverly Hills. She paired her right-on-trend skirt with a striped long sleeve T, red-hot booties, and killer Chanel shades. Her classic Chanel purse was the perfect finishing touch to her sassy shopping style. Re-create this look by shopping our editors' picks now.
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With luxe fabrics, metallic saris, jeweled headpieces, and Chanel's signature tweed, Karl Lagerfeld transported his Pre-Fall Paris spectators to colonial India. Rest assured, this collection is free of over-the-top Bollywood clichés, instead offering up imperial references in its homage to Bombay. While it highlights Chanel's expertise — suiting, ladylike dressing, rich texture, and layers of pretty pearls — it all marries perfectly with a beautiful departure to a more exotic aesthetic. Revealing that "most of the inspiration is from Indian men’s clothes rather than women’s clothes," Lagerfeld's parade of dresses and skirts over pants, gold-embroidered tunics, beaded sandals, and flat booties speaks both to bohemian decadence and wearability.
- Trends: Dresses over pants, metallics, bohemian.
- Colors: Black, white, gold, silver, and gunmetal metallics; a splash of fuchsia, blue, and pink.
- Key Look: The cropped white button-down with the white draped skirt over pants, the silver and gold saris.
- Accessories: Layered beaded necklace, headpieces, nose rings, bangles, green and brown quilted crossbody bags, embellished sandals, metallic booties, black-and-white booties, ties.
- Who Would Wear It: The refined bohemian and Chanel fans, Freida Pinto, Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung.
>> Chanel's Pre-Fall 2012 Metiers d'Art runway show guests were seated at an elaborate banquet set up in the Grand Palais in Paris today, where they were served champagne, guava juice, tea, and miniature cakes and sandwiches. An antique silver train with the double-C Chanel logo ran around the central banquet table.
The Paris-Bombay-themed collection, inspired by the jewels, colors, and fabrics of India, was accented by nose rings and twisted dreadlock updos. John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" played on the soundtrack. More pictures will be added as they come in.
Maison Lesage was founded by Lesage's father, who collaborated with early 20th-century designers like Vionnet at Elsa Schiaparelli. Lesage took over his father's firm at 20, later joking: "[I was] born on a mound of pearls and glitter. It never occurred to me to do anything else. I still sleep in the bedroom where I was born."
Under Lesage's 60-some-odd years of leadership, the house worked with a diverse group of clients, including Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Christian Lacroix. The company has been owned by Chanel since 2002. "Our role is to be chameleons," Lesage explained in recent years. "With Karl [Lagerfeld], I am Karl. With Christian, I am Christian . . . We receive a sketch and it is up to us to interpret. The couturier is the architect, we are the decorators."
Maison Lesage will continue under newly appointed artistic director Hubert Barrère. But, as Karl Lagerfeld said at the time of Chanel's purchase of the house in 2002: "There is no couture without embroidery and no embroidery without Lesage."