If you're on the hunt for the perfect jacket to instantly revive your closet staples, look no further than the celeb-approved favorite, brocade jackets. Rachel Bilson worked her metallic Vanessa Bruno topper with cuffed AG denim and pointed black pumps in Hollywood, Kylie Minogue styled a yellow Dolce & Gabbana brocade jacket with cropped black trousers and gold sandals in London, and Kristen Stewart's jacquard Roberto Cavalli blazer complemented her slick leather pants at the Teen Choice Awards. As you can see, brocade jackets jazz up everything from denim to leather to dresses to skirts. Take a cue from these trendsetting starlets and work a brocade topper — here is one of our favorites for night ($225) — into your mix by shopping our favorites below.
Welcome to Friday, the end of the week, the beginning of the weekend, and, most importantly, the wonderful day where we reveal CelebStyle's standouts of the week. Our top stars mixed it up in a variety of cuts, colors, and textures, creating stunning looks that are sure to turn heads. Jennifer Lopez gracefully strolled NYC in an ethereal A.L.C. maxi and Jimmy Choo espadrilles; Olivia Palermo was the picture of Summer perfection in a ladylike blouse, scalloped shorts, and pointed bow pumps in Italy; and Victoria Beckham put her signature twist on a classic black-and-white look, working a white Jil Sanders blouse with a black Maison Martin Margiela skirt and Giuseppe Zanotti booties in Paris. Check out all of our winners, see why they were crowned a CelebStyle top star, and then shop their smashing styles for yourself.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Louis Vuitton is distancing itself from a venture called Machine Guns Vegas, which just launched a gun grip in the fashion house's multicolored monogram canvas. "Louis Vuitton is in no way associated with this company," the brand said in a statement. "We do not manufacture gun grips and do not condone the alteration of our creations in any way." [Fashionista]
- Roberto Cavalli would like to teach you how to make a cocktail — using Roberto Cavalli-brand vodka, of course. [Purple]
- Stella McCartney — both the woman and the flagship store in London — plays a role in the most recent episode of Absolutely Fabulous, which is an homage to the 2012 London Olympics. [Fashion Etc]
- Loeffler Randall will introduce its first collection of handbags, inspired by men's briefcases, on July 26. [WhoWhatWear]
- Sales of Katie Holmes's clothing line, Holmes & Yang, have increased in the wake of her divorce from Tom Cruise. [The Cut]
Photo: A model walked in Louis Vuitton's Fall 2012 show.
Kristen Stewart attended the 2012 Teen Choice Awards in her signature casual-slash-dressy style: a fancy printed satin Roberto Cavalli blazer with a laid-back gray tank, shiny black leather pants, and black patent pointy Christian Louboutin pumps. A black leather wrap bracelet, a chunky thumb ring, and this exact Melinda Maria ring ($70) completed her awards-show look. To get Kristen's look for your next night out, match up an equally shiny printed blazer, like this Asos blazer ($108), with leather pants, a casual tank, and slick heels. Beauty wise, part your hair on the side, do a small braid on the opposite end, and complete your look with smoky eyes.
Welcome to Friday, the wonderful day when we reveal CelebStyle's top stars of the week. We had quite the fashionable crew this week from Gwen Stefani's crisp and cool Cali look to Solange Knowles's vibrant printed blazer pairing and Dita Von Teese's sexy red sheath and leopard combo, with a few more including Dianna Agron, Katie Holmes, Selena Gomez, and Kate Moss. Check out all of our style-setting winners, find out why they were crowned, then shop one or all of their looks for yourself.
Florence Welch, Solange Knowles, and Rita Ora may not have a lot in common at first glance, but all three stylish celebs were spotted rocking bold-printed colorful jackets. Florence worked her eye-catching satin-trim blazer with cropped black trousers and ankle-strap platforms, Solange layered this vibrant Roberto Cavalli blazer ($2,196 originally $3,660) over black basics, while Rita paired a sequin, printed Roberto Cavalli piece with a rocker tee. A bold jacket meshes well with everything from jeans and a tank to leather pants and a graphic tee, so shop our favorite colorful styles to inject major spunk into your everyday looks.
Selena Gomez attended the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto in a gold sequined Roberto Cavalli minidress with matching gold strappy Jimmy Choo sandals and oversized gold hoop earrings. While some gold dresses can look tired, Selena's selection was dazzling and fresh, inspiring us to look for similarly fabulous gold sequined minidresses for all our upcoming fancy soirees. We love this AllSaints Eagle dress ($550) for its slightly flapper flair, this BCBGMAXAZRIA Beret cocktail dress ($388) for its body-con style and stripes, and this BCBGMAXAZRIA Iman bronze dress ($398) for its coin detail. Any one of these would dazzle any room you walked into. Just be sure to wear matching gold sandals and jewels for that extra Midas touch.
A recent trip to India inspired Roberto Cavalli's Resort 2013 collection for Just Cavalli, which explains why these garments are covered in leopard print and images of exotic flowers. All of the pieces — from a green-and-white full-length gown to baggy shorts and minidresses — are guided by Cavalli's commitment to hip-hop style, but the patterns like alligator skin and Venus flytrap prints keep the ensembles current and fresh. Cavalli's designs succeed just as well in a full-on color as they do in pure white; a few looks created of all-white pieces allow all of Cavalli's ideas to shine through without distracting from one another.
>> Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Versace will show its Fall 2012 couture show at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on July 1, a month before the hotel is scheduled to close for a two-year renovation. The Ritz has a special place in Versace's history — it's where Gianni Versace presented his last collection for the house before he was killed in 1997. "The closing of the Ritz Paris for two years represents the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one," said Donatella Versace. "So to be able to show Atelier Versace there one last time will be a memorable milestone." [Vogue UK]
- Roberto Cavalli took to Twitter to air more grievances against Anna Wintour, writing, "I confide you a secret... Anna Wintur das nt come to see my show in Milano ....... Why ?? becouse I dont do publicity in American Vogue ??" Cavalli called Wintour's influence on American fashion "terrible" in an on-camera interview last week. [Daily Front Row]
- Teri Agins, author of The End of Fashion, is writing a new book billed as a "behind-the-scenes exposé" that will "focus on the rise of fast fashion and celebrity designers in the multibillion fashion industry." The book doesn't have a title yet, but publishing house Gotham is expected to release it sometime in 2014. [The Cut]
- A group of protesters dressed in classically tailored suits assembled outside of the new Abercrombie & Fitch store on London's Saville Row, waving signs that say "Tweed Not Greed" and "Give Three-Piece a Chance." One of the organizers of the protest said he wanted to stop the store from "selling crappy clothes to ghastly people." [Styleite]
- Candice Swanepoel shimmers on the May cover of Vogue Japan in a gold-fringed Gucci dress. The issue's biggest cover line reads, appropriately, "Glamour Game." [Fashion Gone Rogue]
Photo: Donatella Versace with models at the Versace Haute Couture Spring 2012 presentation in Paris.
>> Roberto Cavalli said Anna Wintour's personal style has influenced American fashion to a degree that makes it "terrible."
In an on-camera interview, La Repubblica asked Cavalli what advice he'd give to young people who want to work in fashion, and the 71-year-old designer said he wants to see less minimalism and monotony. Cavalli said that instead of following the advice of designers and influential editors, they should "try to create a new and different direction."
"Just look at American fashion, which is almost fashion — it's terrible and you almost can't even look at it," Cavalli said. "But it has been driven by a great journalist, Anna Wintour, who wants all women to be like her and dress the way she does. It's difficult, so I can only say, try to be different, and try to create artistic fashion styles."
To be fair, Wintour does her share to promote young talent — she helped establish the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund with the intent of getting young designers access to the resources and capital needed to grow their brands. Maybe the designs of the Fund's recipients, like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and Joseph Altuzarra, are still too minimalist for Cavalli's taste.