If you thought you saw the ghost of your rock-music-ridden '90s past at 3.1 Phillip Lim, you'd be right on the nose. Models were inspired by rocker muses like Joan Jett and Courtney Love, but with a modern twist. The makeup look showcased the eyes with curled lashes, heavy mascara (we're talking 12 coats), and sun-kissed skin. See how the entire look came to life with our backstage report.
'90s grunge might be one thing we weren't expecting from Phillip Lim's Spring 2013 collection, which is why it was that much cooler. Everything you Generation X and Y'ers loved — all things plaid, slouchy pants and crop tops, denim — was "recut" by Lim to feel modern, a little bit rebellious, but taken in pieces, totally chic. Winning the totally chic test were his fitted moto jackets done in corded silk and pretty floral prints. Check out all the pictures from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.
My my, hey hey; rock 'n' roll is here to stay — or at least it is for the posse of bed-headed grunge girls that Phillip Lim sent down his Spring 2013 runway. To a melancholy rendition of Neil Young's "Into the Black" by Chromatics, they drifted by — hands in pockets, eyes smudged with kohl — like old-school Courtney Loves headed into the daylight after a really good night. But where the Courtney Love of 1994 reveled in her ripped-up tights and tattered toddler dresses, these girls were undone in a modern way that could only be pure Lim.
The designer's starting point, the show notes said, was the literary "cut-up" technique employed by '50s poets and '90s musicians — the act of creating something and then literally cutting it up and putting it back together into something new. Thus, there was an artful, pieced quality to the slouchy layers and mixed-up prints on offer: an overall dress, for example, was sliced and inset with chiffon, while one gorgeous raspberry biker jacket had a second zippered underlayer that made for a cool trompe l'oeil effect.
Satchels are one of our favorite handbag styles — they're versatile, stylish, and instantly add a menswear touch to any look. Fun fact: satchels were popularized in the 17th century and even predated the backpack! Suffice to say, this trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so with that in mind, we've rounded up five fabulous satchels that you need to get your hands on. From classic to studded, we've got you covered. On Allison McNamara: H&M top and necklace.
Gossip Girl is currently on hiatus, but we are here to feed your craving for the latest stunning looks from one of our favorite Upper East Siders played by Blake Lively. For her latest Serena ensemble, Blake showcased the versatility of her yellow python Pour La Victoire pumps ($250) by working them with two different looks. During the day she sported her bold pumps with an embellished tank and floral Haute Hippie miniskirt, then at night she paired them with a strapless black Lorick dress and chain-strap Oscar de la Renta bag. Get a closer look at this trendsetter's onscreen style, then shop her looks — including her exact pumps — for yourself.
Diane Kruger attended a private dinner during Paris Couture Fashion Week wearing a beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo vest dress ($220, originally $695), which is currently 65 percent off at Nordstrom, with white ankle-strap Givenchy sandals and a gold watch. Vest dresses are a unique take on cocktail wear, so if you want to get in on the standout look, score Diane's exact number now. You can wear it at various occasions such as an outdoor wedding, a fabulous birthday party, or even during a night out over jeans or leggings. As shown on the model, you can also sport the vest open over a tank. Then come Fall, throw it on over a turtleneck, tights, and booties for a fresh take on cold-weather style.
For Resort 2013, Phillip Lim looked not to exotic beach locales or sun-drenched vacation destinations. Instead, the designer — and recent CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear winner — found inspiration much closer to home. "I was sitting in my garden, watching the blooms come out," Lim said. The resulting collection is a breezy mix of Lim's signature functionality and cool modernity — covered in a smattering of lush floral prints. "Flutility," Lim explained. "It's about adding blooms to utilitarian forms." But it's not all roses and hydrangeas: the designer also looked to city maps and aerial urban views for design cues, and thus there are graphic grid prints, laminated skins, and lots of slick black leather to temper all the sweetness.
It's Friday, which means it's time to crown CelebStyle's top star styles of the week. This week we had a bevy of A-list beauties working flirty florals, edgy ensembles, and killer color combos that must be re-created for your next outing, day or night. Our standouts are Selena Gomez in a midriff-bearing look, Krysten Ritter in a sexy LBD, Ali Larter in feminine florals, and a few more, including Rachel Bilson, Charlize Theron, Amy Smart, and Kate Beckinsale. Check out all our coveted winners, and then shop the pieces for yourself to channel your favorite celebrity styles.
Kristen Bell was all smiles, posing with stylist Nicole Chavez, in a silk sherbert 3.1 Phillip Lim frock ($525), which she paired up with unexpected baby blue pumps at a boutique event in LA. The actress's tousled locks, dewy makeup, and minimal accessories complemented her flowing dress perfectly. Re-create Kristen's fresh feminine look by fusing her exact frock with these light blue Prada pumps ($620) for date night or glam it up with these snakeskin Elie Tahari sandals ($448) for a Summer wedding.
While shopping in Beverly Hills, Emma Roberts incorporated the floral-denim trend into her mix via a pair of Joe's Jeans. Florals are huge in Hollywood right now, especially floral jeans, and we love the way Emma looked in her laid-back styling. Up top she wore a white tee and a bat-wing sweater, then complemented her get-up-and-go style with patent black flats, a Phillip Lim crossbody tote, and two-tone shades. Shop Emma's exact jeans now to pair with your Spring basics for a day of errands, or switch the cardigan and flats for a leather vest and strappy sandals to edge up your feminine florals at night.