We caught up with actress Christina Ricci at the Elle Fashion Next Show and picked her brain about personal style. She wore a colorful, floral lace Valentino dress to the event and wore her hair in a slicked-back ponytail. Christina dished on what she looks for when choosing a red-carpet look, as well as how her own style has changed over the years. Her key to success? Confidence. See what she has to say in today's Fab Flash.
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Alexander Wang never lets us down — his sporty, easy-to-wear separates make our hearts sing every season, and Spring '13 was no different. This time around, the Wang girl is still athletic but with a slightly futuristic tilt, punctuated by liquid metallics, rubber and mesh details, and even fishing wire. Watch Alexander Wang's Spring 2013 runway show now to see why we're loving this sportif selection for the season ahead.
A crisp white and black palette, lean silhouettes, and perforated details took the runway for Tibi's Spring lineup — in short, it's the skilled balance of street-chic and contemporary polish that Amy Smilovic does so well. Picking up where she left us for Fall, Smilovic continued to redefine the classics with cool, contemporary fits — lean pencil skirts, boxy tops, midriff-baring crop tops, and low-slung, cropped trousers. But where Fall gave us a more menswear-inspired riff, this collection gives way to more femininity with fit-and-flare silhouettes, waists cinched in with wide leather, corset-style belts, peplum, and a touch of pink. There's no trick in this kind of simplified dressing; but there are special details — geometric, kaleidoscope-inspired prints or subtle perforated effects that elevate clean shift dresses and tops.
- Trends: Leather, perforated details, peplum, colorblocking, kaleidoscope prints.
- Colors: Black, white, yellow, pink, and khaki.
- Key Piece: The black perforated pencil skirt and sleeveless top with wide leather belt.
- Accessories: Cutout heels, ankle-strap heels.
- Who Should Wear It: We'll see it on front-row fixture Olivia Palermo, but Miranda Kerr could easily wear any of these impeccably chic separates.
It may have been pouring outside, but inside at Altuzarra's show, we were transported far from the storm to a beautiful place, where classical music serenaded the crowd and front-row attendees Kate Bosworth, Anna Dello Russo, and Nina Garcia, and models made their way down the catwalk in up-to-the-neck fringe, embellishment, and knee-high gladiator boots (that we're betting Dello Russo was mentally adding to her Spring shopping list). To say that the stakes were high for the CFDA award-winner (in a room packed with the fashion elite) would be a serious understatement. Those expectations were palpable as the lights faded, but with the designer's first look (a cape paired with a pin-striped button-down and slim skirt and a pair of knee-high statement sandal-boots), it was clear he would deliver everything — and more than — the crowd was hoping for. There were hushed gasps, first over the stunning shoes, then more as the lineup turned from structured and sophisticated menswear-infused jackets and trousers and lean, closely-fitted skirts to a more exotic exploration in draped, fringed, and embroidered skirts and tops layered with tassels that felt all at once regal and wanderlust-inspired. Throughout, there was a sense of both the opulent sophisticate and the world-traveled gypsy: rich fabrications and gold accents — and did we mention the shoes? — all added up to Altuzarra's fantasy-inducing Spring.
- Trends: Fringe, draping, capes, slits.
- Colors: Gold, blue, white, neutral shades of gray, tan, and olive, and floral print.
- Key Piece: It may just be the drama-inducing footwear.
- Accessories: Statement gladiator boots and open-toe knee-high boots.
- Who Should Wear It: Cate Blanchett, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth, and Gwyneth Paltrow could all carry it off.
You've seen her sporty-chic Spring 2013 collection. Now, it's time to go straight to the source. We caught up with Charlotte Ronson backstage at her show, and lucky for us, she revealed what inspired her design approach, why this collection is a clear departure from her usual grunge-infused wares, and which piece is her absolute favorite. Get to know Charlotte (and her Spring 2013 line) a little better — it's all in our Fab Flash!
Alexander Wang always has something up his sleeve, and Spring '13 didn't disappoint. Looking beyond the horizon, the boy wonder produced a sporty, futuristic lineup of skin-baring cutout dresses, metallic bombers, and a lot of leather. Oversize, structured cuts dominated Wang's athletic mood — we couldn't take our eyes off the white rubberized twill parka — lending an intrinsically new-age aesthetic, further exemplified through laser-cut, fish line, rubber, and mesh details. Also to note were the sexy, liquid metallic knits paired up with croc-embossed skirts. Wang's seasonal zinger? As the lights went off at the end of the show, models stood statuesque as Wang's collection came to glow-in-the-dark life. Suffice to say, the crowd went wild. Welcome to the future, people.
- Trends: Leather, crop tops, sheer details, cutouts, futuristic fabrics.
- Colors: Black, white, metallic silver, tan.
- Key Piece: The white rubberized twill parka and sheer paneled dress looked amazing.
- Accessories: Strappy boot sandals, boxy woven bags, plastic baseball helmets.
- Who Should Wear It: This collection isn't for the wallflower. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and daring top models like Hanne Gaby Odiele.
Monique Lhuillier showed off her modern side for Spring '13, highlighting gorgeous digital prints and smart separates along with her trademark red-carpet-worthy gowns. A bevy of sleek, peplum-infused separates celebrated the designer's under-the-sea inspiration highlighting fish scales and koi motifs. Meanwhile, slick sheaths and fit-and-flare dresses provided fresh, ladylike options for the party crowd. The eveningwear portion of the show did not disappoint: from ethereal one-shouldered silk teal gowns to stunning lace confections, the designer wowed the crowd with her eye for detail. We can already picture the long list of celebrities waiting to get their hands on one of these glamorous gowns.
- Trends: Digital prints, peplum, lace.
- Colors: Blue, turquoise, fuchsia, gold, black, navy blue, white, red, teal.
- Key Piece: The stunning navy lace gown.
- Accessories: Strappy high-heel sandals from Monique's debut shoe collection, .
- Who Should Wear It: Red-carpet stunners like Sofia Vergara and Emma Stone.
Six words for Hervé Léger's Spring 2013 collection: sexy silhouettes and even more harnesses. Not that we're complaining — quite the opposite, actually. If there's one thing we can expect from Max and Lubov Azria, it's a solid lineup of body-con fits, meant to evoke the ultimate in femininity and sultriness. The time around, the husband-and-wife design duo crafted an army of cutout dresses and skin-baring monokinis, all decked out in Southern-inspired patchwork prints, appliqué, embroidery, and — oh yeah — slick leather harnesses and wide, cummerbund-like belts. See it to believe it — here's your front-row view of Hervé Léger's Spring 2013 runway show. Watch it now!
Rebecca Taylor's easy, covet-worthy wares took on two distinct styling sensibilities for Spring 2013 — think downtown girl meets her girlie-girl counterpart. With embellished dresses, jumpsuits, and glittery caged heels, we certainly appreciated both the all-out femininity and her decision to offset the looks with zippered denim vests and mirrored Westward Leaning sunglasses. Where cool-girl style is in question, this collection proved full of answers. See what we're talking about: click play to watch Rebecca Taylor's complete runway show now.
Tune into Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2013 show right now. We're giving you a front-row seat — the best view in the house — to her latest collection as it comes straight down the runway. While the show is slated to start at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT, there's a reason why the phrase "fashionably late" exists. Thus, cue up your live-streaming video now, and be there for all the action, from start to finish.
Watch the show live here, and then stay tuned for our complete review.