There's something very chic happening with each of these celebrity ensembles — and it's all happening south of their ankles. To be fair, their cocktail looks and casualwear are styled starting places, but the outfit clincher in all of these looks is a pair of t-strap heels, flats, or sandals. While the silhouette is nothing new, the t-bar is pulling rank as one of the hottest styles to hit the pavement this season, on the heels of style setters like Alexa Chung at Fashion Week and Emma Stone. As for designers, we're getting both sweet flat and sexier studded iterations from Valentino, retro-feeling heels with modern-day flair from Christian Louboutin, and a range of other styles to choose from that all add extra interest with a t-bar strap. This is style to a T, so click on to see who's wearing them — then shop your own.
When Glamour hosted its "These Girls" event last night in NYC, it was these girls: stylish attendees like Alexa Chung, Rashida Jones, and Coco Rocha, who stepped out to join fashionable forces and show off their Fall styling game. Just in time to inspire your own seasonal looks, Alexa and Rashida offered perfect plays on Fall-appropriate party dressing, with Alexa in a sweet printed dress, tights, and loafer combo, and Rashida keeping it more classic in a fit-and-flare LBD and Valentino heels. For a more alternative route, we'll look to Coco, who decked out a pair of tartan trousers with a velvet blazer and booties for a cool-girl play on prep-school styling. As for the other notable arrivals (like Olivia Wilde in a slick leather look), you'll have to click through — then be sure to tell us who gets your vote for best dressed of the night.
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- Remember the hula hoop bag from Chanel's Spring 2013 show? "It's for the beach," Karl Lagerfeld says. "You need space for the beach towel, huh? And then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it, and things like that." [Styleite]
- Alexa Chung is writing a book that will be released in September 2013. We wonder if it'll debut during Fashion Week? [Vogue UK]
- Cathy Horyn has responded to an open letter from Hedi Slimane, in which the designer called her a "schoolyard bully" for her critique of his debut at Saint Laurent. "It's just silly nonsense to me," she says. [WWD]
- Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis got her first job in the industry by winning a contest at Mademoiselle magazine. "I was the guest editor. I won that contest, and that really started the whole ball rolling," she said. [Teen Vogue]
- Victoria's Secret has asked Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars to perform at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. [Jezebel]
Alexa Chung has come a long way since catching our radar as one of the coolest kids on the fashion block back in '09. Since then, Chung has designed clothing collections for Madewell, hosted TV shows, modeled in tons of ad campaigns, cemented her status as an international style icon, and the list goes on and on. Now there's one more thing to add to her growing résumé: author. That's right, Chung is dropping all of her fashion knowledge in a book set to release in September 2013. The untitled tome will reveal Chung's fashion icons and styling tips in addition to personal sketches and photographs. We can't wait to see what she has in store for us — after all, doesn't everyone need at least one ladylike-with-a-twist look in their style portfolio?
Bangs may be an instant way to update any beauty look, but if you're searcing for an of-the-moment haircut, you can't go wrong with a midlength style. Teetering somewhere between a lob and subtle shag, the style should hit somewhere between the collarbone and the breastbone for optimal results.
"You don't really have to fuss with it because that line, where it falls, is the style itself. You can wash and go with most hair types and it still looks good," explains Alberto VO5 hair expert Chris Lospalluto. The chic cut, which has been spotted on stars like Alexa Chung (left) and model Freja Beha Erichsen (lower right) in recent months, also proves that everything old is new again. Style icon Jane Birkin (upper right) was one of the first to perfect the flattering look back in the mid-1970s.
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Since the cut pretty much determines this style, there's no need to overdo it with flat irons or curling irons. (Healthier hair for the win!) Begin with a hydrated base. "If you use a moisturizing shampoo that has shea butter [along with a moisturizing conditioner], once you blow-dry your hair, you don't really have to do much," says Lospalluto. After rough-drying the hair, add product — like a salt spray, a volumizer, or an antifrizz serum — if even needed, and hit the ground running.
Alexa Chung was spotted on the streets of NYC looking prim and proper in a brown and blue ensemble that screamed Fall chic. She tucked a blue silk button-down blouse into a brown suede miniskirt, then finished off with black opaque tights, Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse flats, exaggerated tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses, and a floral bag. When the weather cools, re-create Alexa's look by pairing a blue blouse with a brown skirt or a blue sweater with brown pants. You can also sport a brown top with blue bottoms to switch things up.
London Fashion Week comes to a close today after a few days of star-studded and fashionable shows. Burberry rounded up its usual crop of actors, including Dev Patel and Aaron Paul. Even One Direction's Harry Styles was in the front row. Elle Fanning, meanwhile, caused a stir at Topshop Unique.
LFW queen Kate Moss joined the fun last night after a bikini-filled getaway to Ibiza. She supported her husband, Jamie Hince, as he performed with The Kills at a special party held at London's Serpentine Gallery, then was up this morning to take in Mulberry with Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey, and a handful of Downton Abbey stars.
Check out all of our London Fashion Week coverage, and click through to see all the celebs who checked out the action.
Alexa Chung made her rounds at London Fashion Week wearing a gray ruffle-hem sweatshirt with nude silky shorts. But it was her accessories — leopard Mulberry Alexa bag and black studded t-strap flats — that really elevated her look to maximum fashion heights. The leopard print added a wild touch to her delicate ensemble, while the studs lent rock 'n' roll edge. Re-create Alexa's latest look by shopping similar items in the widget below, and to get her exact Mulberry bag, call your local Mulberry boutique to check on availability.
Kate Moss wrapped up her bikini time in Ibiza and headed back to London yesterday. She didn't need much time to acclimate to being home after the flight. She and her husband, Jamie Hince, put on their party clothes to hit the town during the tail end of London Fashion Week. Kate went to the Serpentine Gallery for the Future Contemporaries bash, where Jamie performed with his band, The Kills. Other celebs like Princess Eugenie, Liberty Ross, One Direction's Harry Styles, and Kelly Osbourne attended as well. Kelly's boyfriend, Matthew Mosshart, was there, too — his sister Alison is Jamie's bandmate in The Kills. Kelly had a great time, and tweeted a photo of herself and Kate with the caption, "I had the best night catching up with Miss Moss and watching The Kills at the Serpentine!" Kate and Jamie wrapped up their evening at an afterparty held at Loulou's members club.
Despite their late one, Kate was out this morning for the Spring 2013 Mulberry show. She had a seat in the front row near Lana Del Rey, Rebecca Hall, Alexa Chung, and Gillian Anderson. Downton Abbey was also well represented at the presentation, with Joanna Froggatt and Elizabeth McGovern on hand to see creative director Emma Hill's latest.
Style-setter Alexa Chung has a way with clothes and a seemingly limitless wardrobe — but that wasn't always the case. We caught up with the fashion fixture and TV host at last night's Elle Fashion Next Awards, where she revealed that she "didn't care for a very long time" about fashion. Find out what sparked her love of style and what's up next for the always-charming Miss Chung.