Sports Illustrated bombshell Kate Upton attended an event in NYC last night wearing a red Antonio Berardi dress ($1,318) with nude Yves Saint Laurent platform pumps ($825). From the front it looked like any standard sheath dress, but when Kate turned to the side, bam, a sexy exposed zipper running down the side was revealed. We've seen a plethora of exposed-zipper dresses — mainly running down the back — but we're absolutely loving the side exposed zipper detail; it's fresh and subtly sassy. While Kate's exact is available to shop, we did also hunt down a very similar and less-expensive style that comes in three colors: this Hybrid midi-length dress with side zip feature ($145). Wear it to the office with a blazer and pumps, then come night, throw it on with strappy sandals and shiny baubles to party chic.
Jennifer Garner promoted her new flick, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, in NYC in a navy-and-black leather paneled dress and black peep-toe mary jane pumps, both by Yves Saint Laurent. While leather paneled dresses are not new on the scene, Jennifer's look reminded us how chic and edgy the trend can be when done right. We also love Whitney Cummings's black-and-white leather paneled dress for a more dramatic effect and Khloe Kardashian's A.L.C. black-and-tan leather dress ($1,150) for a subtle approach. Depending on the color scheme you go with, leather paneled dresses can be worn everywhere from the boardroom to a fancy soiree. To get the celebrity-favorite look, shop our favorite picks below.
The little black dress is a closet staple, but a little black dress with a little bit of ruffle really takes it to a whole other fabulous level. Need convincing? Just peep Jessica Chastain in her vintage Yves Saint Laurent black ruffle-hem dress at the NYC afterparty for the flick Lawless. We love that she chose these sleek Yves Saint Laurent Tribute mary jane pumps ($825) to match, and to add color — colorful flower Tom Binns bracelets similar to the one we chose below. Light-blue nail polish coordinated perfectly with her bold baubles. To re-create Jessica's cocktail attire for your next black-tie wedding or fancy party, pair a black ruffle dress with equally snazzy black footwear and bright bracelets. To get started, shop similar pieces, including a bunch of our favorite black ruffle dresses, below.
The warm Summer nights were still going last night at the Lawless premiere in NYC, hosted by The Cinema Society and Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto. Keeping cool yet red carpet appropriate, Lawless star Jessica Chastain donned a gorgeous black vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress paired with YSL Tribute pumps, and colorful jeweled Tom Binns bracelets. Meanwhile, Hilary Rhoda opted for a sportier look in a colorblocked sheath dress by A.L.C. and Alexander Wang heels, Chloe Sevigny paired a flirty floral dress with tough boots and a Pierre Hardy bag, and Nora Zehetner went white in a menswear-inspired dress accessorized with gray ankle boots and a reptilian clutch. Which red-carpet look do you like best? Vote for your favorite below now!
Ali Larter looked ultracool in a little black dress, straw fedora, and strappy gold sandals while running errands in LA. Her latest Summer look is all in the details, from the double strap of her dress to the intricate detailing of her metallic sandals to the gold studs on her gold Yves Saint Laurent tote — score the black version here ($1,895). We've spotted a few other Hollywood starlets, including Sienna Miller, putting their little black dresses to use this Summer, inspiring us to add our own flair to the classic mini. Re-create Ali's look for a shopping date with the girls or dance the night away in this sassy party version by Sparkle & Fade ($69).
"It is interesting to see how much reaction this retro branding has created," Slimane said. "Clearly, this period of the history of the house was not well-known, which I trust was a surprise for Pierre Bergé. I went back to 1966 — just before the events of 1968 [when 11 million workers revolted against the conservative politics of then-President Charles de Gaulle — the biggest general strike in history], but the awakening of youth was in the air, and Yves Saint Laurent wanted to dissociate himself from the clientele of haute couture and embrace this new generation."
Since Slimane announced the name change in June, Arizona Muse, Karl Lagerfeld, and Bergé himself have publicly voiced their support for the change. When the house revealed an image of the new branding on Facebook last month, its followers were not as enthusiastic. One called the new name and logo "an act of disrespect" against the house's founder.
Saint Laurent, who would have turned 76 last week, was considered a pioneer in ready-to-wear when he founded Saint Laurent Rive Gauche in 1966, but he continued to design couture until he retired from fashion in 2002.
Today marks Yves Saint Laurent's 76th birthday. While the French designer passed away in 2008, time has certainly proven his fashion legacy and artistic vision will always remain. His name is synonymous with glamour, luxury, and impeccable couture tailoring, but to earn his place in the iconic fashion ranks, Yves began his career at the early age of 17. He was head designer at the House of Dior by 21, and by 26, he went on to create his own label, YSL. From there, you need not look further than the silhouettes we still wear today — with his 1966 debut of the Le Smoking tuxedo suit being an impressive example of his definitive influence on style. Above all, Yves was a veritable trailblazer. He became the first couturier ever to design a ready-to-wear line, he was the first designer to ever feature ethnic models in his runway shows, and he became the first living fashion designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition in 1983. Take a moment to pay homage to one of the greatest designers in fashion history — here's an in-depth look at Yves Saint Laurent's incredible life and work.
Colorful skirts have the ability to instantly take a separates ensemble from regular to totally spotlight-worthy. Need proof? Just take a gander at these three stars in their colorful printed skirts. Katie Lee's yellow and green Proenza Schouler skirt gave her black a tropical splash, Kerry Washington's colorful pleated floral skirt lent sweetness to her sleeveless leather blouse, and Jamie Lynn Sigler's printed peplum pencil skirt added much-needed color to her black tank and Yves Saint Laurent Tribute sandals. Want the same bright look for yourself? Shop our favorite colorful printed skirts below, then look to these three ladies for inspiration on how to rock them from dinners to parties to work.
From satchels, to clutches, to fringed and textured numbers, celebrities around the globe have been spotted toting the chicest sunny-yellow bags. Krysten Ritter paired her floral Dolce & Gabbana dress and ankle-strap espadrilles with a mini yellow bag in Las Vegas, Michelle Monaghan worked printed Tucker pants with a sunny Coach tote in LA, while Serinda Swan styled her studded Zara jacket with a croc-embossed YSL clutch in Beverly Hills. Cruise through to check out which celebrities have been test-driving this vibrant new trend, then shop exact and similar bags to inject a pop of color into your Summer ensembles.
"People who aren't in the fashion world might not know that a new designer has joined the brand, so this is a clear way of signifying that there's been a big change," Muse said in an interview. "It's the sort of thing everyone will notice, not just fashion people."
Karl Lagerfeld has also thrown his support behind the change, saying, "Paris needs some new things, some stimulation . . . I think it's interesting and it's important. Something fresh was needed."
And while other industry giants like Pierre Bergé and Betty Catroux have also backed the shift, reaction among the public has been mixed. When Saint Laurent Paris unveiled the new logo on its Facebook page this week, one fan of the brand decried it as "an act of disrespect."
Hedi Slimane, who was appointed the brand's creative director in March, announced the change in June, emphasizing that the iconic YSL logo will be preserved for use on some products. The new name should be fully integrated into the company's brand messaging by September, when Slimane stages his first show for Saint Laurent Paris.
Photo: Arizona Muse photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Yves Saint Laurent's Spring 2011 campaign.