When the lights rose at Chanel's Haute Couture show in Paris, the masculine beauty look each model was sporting was more than a little shocking. The reason? Chanel has a history of sending ethereal, feminine-looking models down the catwalk for its many shows. For its Fall 2013 showing, however, bold brows, bouffants, and strategic contouring (achieved with Chanel's Powder Blush in Plum Attraction ($43)) made for a vaguely '80s, slightly androgynous look. But the focal point of the style was the girls' oversize, bedazzled hair clips that stretched over their long-hanging ponytails. Because everyone needs a touch of femininity, non?
The look: Mile-high bouffants, bold brows, oversize barrettes, and strategic contouring.
Who would wear it: A girl with a love for vaguely '80s beauty.
Color scheme: Black, cream, and a slight flush of pink. Get the exact look with Chanel's Quadra Eye Shadow in Mystère ($59), Intense Eye Pencil in Clair ($28), and Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm ($34).
The fashion world could've guessed that when Kristen Stewart hopped a plane to Paris, the actress, a favorite for many designers, must have had her couture show tickets stashed safely in her carry-on. She appeared at the Chanel show earlier in a double-breasted bouclé jacket and raw-edged black shorts. Accessory-wise, she wore bangles pushed up high on the forearm, black Jean-Michel Cazabat heels, and fingerless leather gloves that looked like they came directly from Karl Lagerfeld's closet.
Do you like her high-fashion punk princess look?
If you are looking for bright color at Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013, keep moving on. Echoing the dustiness of the postapocalyptic theater set erected in the middle of the iconic Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld kept his palette at a hushed tone today with pale seafoam, blushy beiges, and deep raspberry playing off a majority of graphic black, white, and gray looks.
The silhouette alternated between long and lean in drop-waist gowns destined for the world's most glamorous events or short and full with an almost tutu-like effect. There were plenty of jackets in evidence with all the luxe detailing that one would expect, with almost an armor-like quality in the side pleating and metallic embellishments. With an image of a shimmering city behind the models, Lagerfeld laid out a sleek vision for the future of Chanel. Click through to see the full Chanel Haute Couture 2013 collection now.
The Resort 2014 collections certainly warrant a closer look, right down to the very last detail. But it's not just the never-ending supply of lightweight fabrics and vacation-ready pieces that make these collections ripe for Summer styling; the shoes, the bags, and the glittering jewels do the bulk of the statement-making.
Ombré colorways provide new meaning to bright palettes, floral-embroidered tapestry bags double as chic beach totes, already-sexy pointy-toe pumps are transformed with even sexier cutouts, and modified takes on the evening clutch aren't limited to graphic motifs and raffia finishes. See the best of the Resort 2014 accessories here in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Jennifer Michalski and John Soper
The word "couture" gets thrown around quite a bit, but in reality it's a term reserved for a rarity of occasions. Haute Couture is a name protected by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and limited to a select group who qualify for the distinction. Which is why the semiannual Paris Haute Couture shows, starting once again with the Fall collections on Sunday, are such a brief and exciting period!
Houses including Chanel, Giambattista Valli, and Elie Saab (as shown from left to right) create spectacles with ornate and intricate hand-stitched made-to-order work. So what techniques in particular should you be looking out for on the runways? Find out— and zoom in on all the embellishments — in the gallery!
The world according to Karl Lagerfeld is one we know well, thanks to the designer's frequent one-liners, ruminations on just about anything, and general penchant for honesty above all else. The designer has become as notorious for his candid, and sometimes controversial, interviews as he has for his work at Chanel and Fendi. And French publisher Flammarion plans to capitalize on it with a book called, Le Monde Selon Karl, or The World According to Karl, in English. Slated to debut this Fall, the book will include some of Lagerfeld's best quotes, penned by Patrick Mauriès, and set alongside 80 illustrations by Charles Ameline. Lagerfeld is reportedly happy with the final product, despite his lack of involvement with the project.
The best part, though? You don't have to wait until Fall to get your fix. Herein find our favorite Karl-isms, a zany mix of the most outrageous and the most colorful things the Kaiser has said (so far).
After Miley stepped out in a slew of black and white outfits earlier this Summer, we were ready to call a spade a spade: sister had a signature style! Now, with the release of her latest video, "We Can't Stop," she made it official. The singer sports a range of two-toned looks, like tops emblazoned with "dope" and "west coast," and goes monochromatic, too — she rocks a snowy white sports-bra-and-leggings combo before playing in the pool in a black one-piece. The only other color allowed in the mix? Red, by way of super pigmented lipstick.
So where did the look start? Miley wore multiple top designers, each time skipping over the majority of the color spectrum and instead opting for the simple, two-toned color combo (spotted in Chanel, Valentino, and Balmain, from left to right). It's been a year of risk-taking as well, with the platinum pixie frequently picking crop tops and pantsuits — not demure gowns.
The singer's image has progressively gotten sexier as she's moved past her Hannah Montana stage, and fashion-wise, her cropped 'do seemed to usher in a whole new era of envelope-pushing fashion. Whatever the case, we love that she's turned into a dresser to watch.
Amp up your striking white nail polish look with gold studs at the base for a simple but impactful touch. Opaque white nail polish packs quite the punch, but it also tends to show mistakes a lot more than other polish hues. So to make sure it looks its best, first file your nails for a perfect shape and trim your cuticles to ensure clean lines around the edges.
To create the look, I started off with Butter London Nail Fertilizer ($18) as a nutrient-rich base coat. Then, I painted on two coats of Chanel Le Vernis in Eastern Light ($30) for pure white coverage. While the polish was still wet, I added a gold stud from The New Black Rock and Roll Royalty Set ($24), which comes with various polish hues and a bottle of edgy accents, including gold studs and black and clear rhinestones. To finish, I topped this look with Essie Good to Go ($8) to seal in the stud and give my nails a glossy finish. If you have any messy edges, go back with a brush dipped in polish remover to clean up any stray polish.
It all started at the Cannes Film Festival, where The Bling Ring held its first-ever premiere. Since then, Emma Watson has been providing us spotlight-worthy premiere looks — one even more chic than the next. The movie doesn't debut until Friday, June 21, so we can expect more fabulous red carpet moments to take in, but in the meantime, check out all of Emma's chic — and very charming — Bling Ring promotion ensembles right here.