Posts for August 27th 2012
Our days before the onslaught of runway shows and nonstop street style are numbered — Fashion Week is almost here. To prepare accordingly, we've outfitted our essential Fashion Week looks — with a little twist. As fashion editors, it's our job to seek out the trends at all price points, so we're giving you our most style-conscious ensembles (the kind made for running around Lincoln Center) two ways. With our respective price points, associate editor Chi Chau and I set out to shop our perfect NYFW outfit. In my wallet? Just $199. In Chi's? $1,000. Click on to see how we each spent our budget.
Additional reporting by Chi Diem Chau
We can't wait to see Britney Spears on The X Factor when it premieres Sept. 12! She's been hard at work — and looking fantastic while doing it — at the auditions for the past few months. To celebrate the new season of The X Factor and Britney's debut as a judge, we're giving away an exciting trip where one lucky winner and a friend will fly to Los Angeles to get the A-list treatment, all before meeting Britney in person as part of our I'm a Huge Fan series! We're looking for one of Britney's biggest fans, so prove that's you by taking our quiz and see if you can get them all correct. Check out the official rules here. Hurry, the contest ends Aug. 28 at noon PDT. And don't forget to catch Britney on the new season of The X Factor on its two-night premiere Sept. 12 and 13.
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Just when we thought we'd seen every kind of printed red-carpet look, these celebrities' ensembles herald in yet another dimension to the trend. In other words, it's all about the statement brocade print as we transition into chillier climes. In an effort to reinvent the luxe print wheel, designers showed off everything from metallic jacquard dresses to foil brocade denim cutoffs, to richly embellished skirts on their Fall runways, all of which take print-wearing to the next level. Now, we've got a stylish crew of starlets to inspire our own brocade-infused outfits. Jordana Brewster's peach-and-gold Dolce & Gabbana ensemble provides a ladylike example of how to wear the pattern to work, Kristen Stewart gives us one more Roberto Cavalli-fueled reason to try on the printed blazer, and Anne Hathaway's silver-embossed J. Mendel sheath is the perfect solution to punching up your LWD look. To be precise, we've got seven days and seven ways to wear your brocade best, along with our editors' favorite shopping picks — so keep clicking.
Between 8 a.m. classes, all-night study sessions, and (ahem) other late-night activities, it can be challenging to stay stylish and put-together while heading to campus. We're making it easier for you with some simple, no-nonsense advice for navigating your university in style. Read on for four tips on looking your best while hitting the books.
- Get back to basics. Every college girl needs a few style staples in her wardrobe: classic t-shirts in white, black, and gray, a great pair of dark-wash jeans, and a perfectly fitting blazer. Whether you have a presentation, interview, or just need to add some polish to your look, a black blazer like this shrunken one from Topshop ($80) will save the day.
- Just say no to sweats. Yes, it's incredibly tempting to roll out of bed and head to class as-is (especially when you've hit the snooze button a few too many times) but wearing sweatpants doesn't say "I just want to be comfortable" as much as "I forgot I was supposed to be in public today". Instead, try a pair of stretchy skinnies like Blank NYC's Two Tone Skinny Jeans ($88) — they look just like jeans but have the body-hugging fabrication of your favorite leggings.
Every celebrity style crush also inspires a little jealousy as we sigh, I wish I could look like that. That said, we're putting an end to our envy and making that celeb-inspired look our own wardrobe reality, starting with fashion pro Gwyneth Paltrow. The A-lister can sing, dance, act, and hit every red carpet, awards show, and airport terminal without missing a beat. She takes risks (remember her midriff-baring Pucci gown at the 2012 Emmys?), but melds even the latest trends with her signature dose of minimalism. Sure, she's got a figure that was made for flaunting clothes, but Gwyneth also knows how to pull it together, balancing proportions, textures, and skin-flaunting cuts with a kind of effortless expertise. We might just chalk it up to great genes and a styling magic, but we know better. Inside we're breaking down Gwyneth's styling M.O. — and we're doing it all for less.
Jessica Alba is a big fan of the printed-jeans trend, and over the weekend, she proved that we don't have to retire our favorite floral pants come Fall. Jessica stepped out for a day at the shooting range to sharpen her skills for her role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (she's also in the process of going blond for the film) and styled up some moody floral-print jeans and combat boots for a tough-girl look. After target practice, Jessica slipped into some cage wedge sandals that gave the outfit easy polish for running errands. Watch on to get all of Jessica's outfit details. On Allison McNamara: Honey Rose & K necklace, vintage dress.
Shenae Grimes was spotted on the set of 90210 wearing a feminine and funky ensemble consisting of a sheer floral kimono, denim cutoffs with trendy exposed pockets, a black tank, and black motorcycle boots. Separately, all these pieces exude a totally different vibe — the kimono a '70s flair, the cutoffs a cool feel, and the boots a rocker style — but all together they work harmoniously to create an off-kilter ensemble. Re-create Shenae's onscreen look for those times when you want to stand out from the crowd like at your next concert. If you prefer a shorter kimono, try this floral kimono by Prophecy ($41, originally $133).
Sophia Bush exuded eclectic cool while doing some vintage shopping at The Way We Wore in LA. The actress wore a black-and-white printed shirtdress with black menswear-inspired oxfords, a straw fedora, round sunglasses, a red fold clutch, and a few silver necklaces. While there is a lot going on here, everything in Sophia's look came together beautifully. Re-create her ensemble for your next vintage-shopping run by pairing a printed dress with boyish pieces: oxfords, a fedora, and retro sunglasses. Then come Fall, throw on leggings or tights and a coat for a cozier version.
Anna Paquin walked her dog in Venice over the weekend covering her baby bump with a sweet floral dress. To stay warm in the beachside town, the actress sported this purple jewel-button Banana Republic cardigan ($60). Black ankle booties, a black crossbody bag, and tortoise sunglasses completed Anna's stylish weekend outfit. Get Anna's exact cardigan — it also comes in five other colors — to throw on over all your printed dresses in the Fall.