After four fun-filled days, Bonnaroo has come to a close. And while we may be packing away our concert wares (for now), we've still got one more fashion dispatch fresh from the farm. This Tennessee festival was unlike anything we'd ever experienced before — that applies to the physical location, the music lineup, and, of course, the people watching. Festivalgoers flooded the fields in (as expected) less-is-more attire, dressed in a mix of frayed cutoffs, airy tops, bikini tops peeking through, and a mashup of sandals, beat-up sneakers, and flat ankle boots. For other Bonnaroovians, it was all about flowers in the hair, slick accessories, and lacy white dresses. The best looks from Bonnaroo 2013, here in the gallery.
Already a style favorite, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has continued to entrance us with her stylish maternity ensembles. Her latest is another testament to that polished-meets-fashion-conscious aesthetic — the Duchess chose a bold dalmation-print Hobbs coat for her final solo pregnancy appearance today when she christened a Princess Cruises ship in Southampton, England. True to form, she accessorized with understated black pumps and a coordinating fascinator.
See close-ups of her sweet ensemble, plus some of our other favorite fashion moments from the duchess, right here. From her stunning teal Jenny Packham gown and Issa wrap dresses to her perfect Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen-designed wedding dress and countless tartan-print coats, it's virtually impossible not to fall a little bit in love with Kate's easy elegance.
The latest batch of designer collaborations has us plotting all the ways we can style these ingenious seasonal matchups. From the high-low partnerships to the unexpected duos to the capsules that continue to reinvent the wheel (hello, Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns!), this Spring's — and Summer's — most exciting collaborations promise to supply us with our fair share of warm-weather-perfect pieces. Think quirky zebra-head prints à la Peter Som for Anthropologie, cool-girl sandals courtesy of the third annual J.Crew x CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund partnership, and colorful beach totes and caftans from the exclusive Mario Testino for MATE lineup. Click on to see all this, plus all the other designer collaborations we're excited to get our hands on.
Love her style, hate her style, or love to hate her style: it seems that quite a few fashion designers have had something to say about Kate Middleton's sartorial choices. Roberto Cavalli is the latest to speak out about the Duchess of Cambridge, and he's hoping to bring out her sexier side. Some industry insiders praise her for wearing high street, while some wish she'd fully embrace the grandeur of "being a princess." With her due date quickly approaching, we can expect even more fashion types to weigh in on her maternity and postbaby style. But for now, a look at Middleton's effect on the fashion world below.
"It's a shame she doesn't wear more designers. I don't really like the high street getting so much of the credit. I understand that there would be an array because you need to relate to so many people in the market, but she is a princess. If I were a princess, I'd be like, 'Oh yeah, bring it on.'"
— in a November 2011 interview with WWD.
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties."
— in an interview with The Sun.
The pilgrimage to Bonnaroo is upon us, and unlike its Summer festival counterparts, this massive amalgamation of music, comedy, health, wellness, and nature takes place over the course of four days on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. With a projected weather forecast of temps in the high 80s with a slight chance of rain, it's fair to expect the unexpected. And because of that, you've got to pack the part. The key is to stick to light layers, functional add-ons, and when all else fails, just don't forget your bikini, sunglasses, and hat. Here's what we're packing (no, really, we'll see you there!), courtesy of our no-fail checklist — and below that, be sure to shop our product picks for each must-have item.
- Lightweight Tops
- Hands-Free Carryalls
- Mix-and-Match Jewelry
- Flowy Dresses
- Weather-Ready Essentials
Outdoor festivals, especially ones held on a farm, mean lots of daylong exposure to the Summer elements. We're intentionally skipping anything that adds unnecessary bulk. Instead, the lightweight top — the lighter the material, the better — will be our go-to. Pick breathable fabrics, and if you're really committed, go with skin-revealing details like cutouts and sheer paneling.
A required accessory for any sunny excursion, and Bonnaroo certainly warrants one. Whether you're more of a classic aviator type or want to get into the indie spirit with a colorful mirrored pair, sunglasses are an easy way to add flair to an outfit.
Our main goal is to be carefree as we make our way to This Tent, That Tent, What Stage, and Which Stage. With that said, it's important to also have the essentials (camera, money, water, and sunscreen) with you. The compromise? A compact bag that requires little handling. Our favorite picks include a belt bag that proves a modern-day answer to the fanny pack, a polka-dotted backpack, and a utilitarian knapsack.
Don't limit yourself to the regular "diet" of denim. Spring for a lightweight vintage jean vest, embroidered white cutoffs, and if you're feeling just the slightest bit nostalgic, don a pair of short-alls with a printed bikini top.
This is not the festival nor the terrain to wear heels — and you will regret it if you try. Believe us. Instead, waterproof jelly sandals are perfect for dusty days, sneakers will keep you comfortable long into the third set of the night, and gladiator sandals are a cool combination of everything in between. Be sure to bring a few Band-Aids just in case you do incur some first-day blisters.
The focus may not be on accessorizing, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with it — a true bohemian would. We can't wait to pile on the brightly colored bracelets, and it may even be time to try out the ear-cuff trend for real. If you're feeling the Stevie Nicks vibe, go with long barely-there chains and stone pendants.
If the plan is to go with the flow, then surely that philosophy applies to your way of styling, too. Here, we've found the sweetest array of dresses — airy, breezy, and, yes, flowy — to keep you "ventilated" but chic enough that you don't have to worry about doing much else.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: protect yourself from too much sun exposure. Sunglasses is one way, but double up on top with a hat. For the girlie girl, we've got a wide-brimmed floppy hat, and for the girl who wants something sporty and unobtrusive, we've picked out the season's coolest baseball caps.
Whether it rains or just cools down come nighttime, we want to be prepared for all Mother Nature has to offer. Our solution comes in the form of light ponchos, fringed kimonos, open-weave knits, and a quirky cover-up that doubles as a daytime dress.
Sarah Jessica Parker will debut a line of shoes, bags, and trench coats called SJP — thus fulfilling a Carrie Bradshaw-made prophecy. "We thought [about the metropolitan New York woman]. A beautiful coat, bag, and pair of shoes — they all kind of go together," the actress told WWD.
The announcement came on the heels — literally — of the 15th anniversary of Sex and the City, and if you've even seen the opening credits, you know the HBO series put Parker on the map as both a fashion icon and, of course, as a Manolo Blahnik loyalist.
It makes sense, then, that the actress has chosen to collaborate with Manolo Blahnik's CEO, George Malkemus, and will draw inspiration from "great old-school labels like Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon." In as much, expect classic, elegant silhouettes in unexpected colorways, with pumps and flats priced from $200 to $300, and bags starting at $700. Parker told Vogue, "We're putting new colors together that people don't typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet."
Grosgrain will be one of the signature materials used within the footwear line, and Parker explained why. "I grew up having to wear grosgrain hair ribbons every day. We had a [bureau] dedicated to them." But that's not the only fabric she favors: suede also registers high on her list. "I don't like a shoe to be too shiny. Sometimes it loses its chicness. That's why suede is so nice — it takes color so beautifully as opposed to calf."
The SJP accessories collection is slated to launch in early 2014 and will be sold exclusively through Nordstrom. As for what Parker had to say about (finally) taking the design reins: "In a silly way, I think it's what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw."
H&M has tapped Parisian designer Isabel Marant for its Fall collaboration — a match-up that seems destined to resonate with both her loyal following and the consumer audience at large. "I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor," Marant stated.
Aside from single-handedly kick-starting the wedge-sneaker revolution, Marant has established herself again and again as an arbiter of cool-girl Parisian style. In as much, her signature mix of urban appeal, bohemian themes, and rock 'n' roll mentality will serve as the core elements of this exclusive H&M lineup. "I aim at creating something real — something women want to wear in their everyday lives — with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: you dress up but don't pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude."
Set to debut Nov. 14 in 250 stores worldwide, the collection will feature women's clothing and accessories, as well as a collection for men, a first for Marant. More on the collaboration, including a video interview with the designer, is here in the gallery.
Karl Lagerfeld is no wallflower when it comes to speaking his mind. But of all the things he has said as of late, this might be the most awkward. During a recent interview with Telegraph, the designer not-so-subtly shared his disdain of former Chanel No. 5 face, Audrey Tautou. More specifically, he didn't like Tautou's portrayal of Coco Chanel in the 2009 film Coco Before Chanel.
"Oh, the movie was bad," he said. "She played it like women's lib, like Simone de Beauvoir 30 years before The Second Sex. No, no, no, no."
But Lagerfeld did provide a glowing review of Keira Knightley in her role as Coco in his new short film, Once Upon a Time: "Chanel was a different kind of woman. Keira had it. She is a young woman in love, not a spinster."
He also had only good things to say about Knightley as a real-life newlywed. "She had the least pretentious wedding ever. The whole thing was relaxed. I think it's perfect. After all they lived together for quite a time. It's not as if she is a young girl of 18 who sees the husband for the first time. She is not a country girl."
If that wasn't enough Lagerfeld candor for one sitting, he also had something to say about those who use Facebook and Twitter. "They lose a lot of time, these people, and they become stupid because they nearly tell you they're going to the bathroom, eh?"
Jessica Chastain went the LBD route, courtesy of Givenchy, at the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards. She paired her strapless black knee-length dress with matching black ankle-strap sandals, also by Givenchy. And in true Jessica form, everything else was understated and refined — right down to the one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth boulder opal and emerald bracelet she wore. Fun fact: not only did Jessica walk the red carpet with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, but she's also set to present Tisci with the International Award during tonight's ceremony. How's that for loyal?
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The 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards are under way, and Lily Aldridge was one of the first to arrive on the red carpet. Dressed in head-to-toe The Row, the Victoria's Secret model opted for a striking kind of glamour. Her cream-colored strapless gown — made dramatic by a kimono-like draping in the back — was embroidered with a subtle all-over floral print, and her red kitten heels were enhanced with voluminous ruffles. As for everything else? Aldridge kept it simple, wearing barely there gold jewelry and natural makeup. Are you a fan of her look?
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Vera Wang will be honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 CFDA Awards on June 3. This shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the designer's name is synonymous with "dream wedding dress." Plus, this isn't even her first time receiving a CFDA Award. She was also named Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2005. While Wang has expanded her empire to include everything from ready-to-wear and fragrance to china and crystal, and has collaborated with Kohl's, David's Bridal, and Zale Corporation, her stronghold on the bridal industry is unparalleled.
Due to her consistently beautiful take on intricate detailing and refreshing approach to design, Wang has dressed many high-profile brides for their big day. In honor of her upcoming CFDA Achievement Award, here's a look at some of the designer's most notable celebrity wedding dresses.
You heard it here first — the Angels are coming! For the first time ever, Victoria's Secret's top models are going across the country. The U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour will kick off in July, and while we'd love to give you the Angels' whereabouts, that part is actually up to you. Instead of sticking to a preset traveling schedule, the lingerie brand is making this Summer's swim tour interactive and letting fans pick which three cities the Angels visit. With 20 cities in the running — all ones they've never been to before! — all you have to do is vote (and vote often).
Whether you're a denim loyalist or just on the hunt for the perfect pair of cutoffs, you've come to the right place. But as a warning, this season's play on bold prints isn't for the faint of heart, nor are the cool-girl takes on ultradistressed silhouettes. For the casual dresser, the tomboy short is ideal for the laziest days of Summer. And if you're already riding the '90s throwback wave, then why not embrace the overalls revival while you're at it? Edgier moto vests, fresh pastel skinnies, and a totally new interpretation on patchwork can only mean one thing: the denim lover will be well stocked this Summer. See — and shop — all the standout denim, or choose a key trend below.
— Additional reporting by Leah Melby
With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, and even more quick Summer getaways on the docket, we're prepping with a refresher in minimalist packing. Because as much as we love feeling ready for any dress code, it's not exactly fun lugging around an overpacked bag, either. Cutting down on what makes it inside your weekender bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, and collected. Ask yourself: What's the weather going to be like? Are there any formal evening events involved? Is there room to recycle outfit pieces? Those answers should help shape the contents of your packing strategy, along with employing a level of self-restraint, of course. Read on for our quick tips for packing (light) like a pro. Have one to share? Do so below!
- Don't underestimate the power of making a list. Write down the bare essentials of what you'll need for your trip, wherever the final destination may be. Key word here is basic: bras, underwear, socks, a pair of jeans, a warmer layer for the evenings, a chic go-with-everything dress, and so on. Then, follow your list without exception — it'll help you to not go overboard when you start digging into your wardrobe.
- Do be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six tops for a three-day trip. You don't . . . and the practical you knows that.
- Don't skimp too much. If you know that you're going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The trade-off? Include a neutral-toned pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don't have to overload on the shoe front.
There was no tribute more fitting for the 50th anniversary viewing of Cleopatra — and to the film's stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton — than Jessica Chastain wearing one of Taylor's Bulgari necklaces at the Cannes premiere. It was a gift given to Taylor by Burton on her 40th birthday, in 1972.
The sapphire-and-diamond sautoir (with a 65-carat center stone) is part of an eight-piece collection that the jewelry house bought back from Taylor's 2011 Christie's auction, and these pieces have rarely been loaned to celebrities. "I feel so lucky to be wearing them. They looked so fabulous on her and she was a movie star from her head to her toes," said Chastain. "That kind of glamorous star doesn't exist anymore but their diamonds do."
An all-angles look at the stunning Bulgari necklace, here in the gallery.
The dreamy clothes at the Christian Dior Resort 2014 show didn't stop at runway's end. The collection, which was presented in Monaco over the weekend, also played host to one very stylish front row. Jessica Biel chose this stunning Fall 2013 dress — a look that perfectly encapsulated ladylike glamour with its houndstooth-print bustier and draped black skirt. Meanwhile, Marion Cotillard chose a no-frills white pre-Fall 2013 leather trench coat, only to spice things up with a pair of neon cap-toe pumps. And Liv Tyler went with an all-black — and navy — approach in a Dior bustier. Now that you've got the fashion facts, who gets your best-dressed vote in the Dior showdown?
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards red carpet was red hot, with Selena Gomez leading the pack. The singer was one of the first to arrive — and she did so in an eye-catching neon-infused Atelier Versace gown from the label's Spring '13 collection. Also in the mix? Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Chloë Moretz, Hayden Panettiere, and a very sexy Jennifer Morrison. Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Click through to see who wore what at the Billboard Music Awards.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
On the heels of her Met Gala appearance, Madonna is at it again at the Billboard Music Awards. The (first) Queen of Pop received the top touring artist award, and while she may have skipped the red carpet, her Givenchy Haute Couture outfit was certainly worth the wait. Dressed in some recognizable pieces courtesy of the aforementioned Met Gala, Madonna took the stage in a black fishnet dress, topped with a texturized, cropped, and feather-collared bomber jacket. But the look didn't end there. She wore it all cinched with a grommet-embellished wide belt and finished with thigh-high stockings, which were fastened with a garter belt. As for the last bit of accessories? She also rocked her monogrammed padlock choker, statement sunglasses, and black platform pumps. Did she nail it?
Taylor Swift is no stranger to wearing Zuhair Murad's sexy dresses (the proof here and here), and tonight's Billboard Music Awards reminded us why we love when she does. Her electric blue Pre-Fall 2013 look showed off the singer's long legs, but the skin-baring elements didn't stop there. The long-sleeved mini also gave way to sheer insets and symmetrical cutouts on both the neckline and back. Swift polished it all off with a knuckle ring, pewter-colored earrings and heels, and sultry eye makeup to match. Are you into it?
Miley Cyrus is on a hot streak, with the Billboard Music Awards as her latest reason to stun in something equal parts sexy and rocker chick. Her black-and-white Balmain jumpsuit featured an intricately woven texture and some serious all-over checkerboard print — which meant she needed only a pair of Givenchy heels and a bold red lip to finish. Perhaps it's the bleached pixie cut, being named No. 1 on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list, a little leftover inspiration from her Met Gala getup, or all of the above — either way, Miley knows how to make a red carpet statement these days. Do you agree?