Celebrity trends may come and go, but we are thrilled to see the denim shirt holding steady among Hollywood's hottest. Every celeb has her own way of wearing the trend, and we particularly love how these 17 stars worked the basic fashion staple. Channel your inner fashionista by styling denim on denim like Kate Bosworth, balance a pair of darker bottoms with a denim top like Taylor Swift, or layer a chambray blouse over a floral maxi skirt like Jenna Dewan. As you can see from these looks, a denim shirt is super versatile; it works well with everything. So step inside to see more celebs working the trend, then shop our favorite picks.
Sometimes we love it when celebs forgo feminine frocks and wear fashionable suits for a borrowed-from-the-boys look. These 26 celebs switched up the norm by donning fresh suits — both with trousers and shorts — at premieres, parties, and other fabulous events. Some looked totally office appropriate in classic cuts, while others were ready to party in bold patterns and colors. Whether you prefer a monochromatic look like Taylor Schilling in a blue Elizabeth and James number and Heidi Klum in red or love a bold pattern like Alexa Chung, you will definitely stand out in the crowd with any of these looks. Step inside to see 26 A-listers rocking menswear-inspired suits, then shop our widgets to find the perfect mix just for you.
Olivier Rousteing conjured up a Louis the XIV-meets-rocker vibe for Balmain's Fall 2012. It's Balmain's signature cool-girl appeal done up in rich Baroque-era references — brocade and pearl embellishments cover nearly everything, slim pants and maxi skirts feel infinitely more luxe in velvet fabrications, and pretty floral-embroidered details feel almost like oil paintings. When we're not taken with the decadent craftsmanship, we're looking to slick silhouettes that counter the 17th-century feel with the rocker-inspired edge. But there's less leather here than you think — only a few slim leather pants and body-con leather tops; the rest is done up in velvet, and even moto-style quilted vests are finished in the same plush fabrications. The real star of this show is ornate embellishment married with Balmain's sharp silhouettes. This is where Rousteing crafts his cool — a kind of nod to the classics, an homage to elegance with a definitively modern point of view.
- Trends: Brocade, pearl embellishment, slits, velvet, leather, metallic, military-style jackets, baroque references.
- Colors: Black, peach, white, blue, mint green, silver, gold.
- Key Piece: If we had to pick favorites it would be the moto-style vests and embellished minis.
- Accessories: Lace-up ankle boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Kristen Stewart or Emmanuelle Alt could carry these looks effortlessly.
>> For his second season at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing combined the house's trademark androgynous edge with intricate Fabergé egg-inspired embellishment. The result was a strong collection that managed to look tough and lovely all at once. Pearl embellishment, floral embroidery, gold thread work, and intricate quilting gave an ornate flourish to Balmain classics like boxy tuxedo jackets, moto vests, cuffed leather pants, fitted military dresses, and slim-lined trousers.
Jennifer Lopez strolled arm in arm in NYC looking super stylish in leather Balmain pants and an off-the-shoulder, burnout tee with a turquoise peek-a-boo bra. J Lo accessorized her rock-chic ensemble with two pyramid stud Hermes cuffs and embellished '50s sunglasses. We picked a fur vest, burgundy crossbody bag, and matching nail polish to complete Jen's lunching look. Shop like items now.
>> Lanvin, Dior, Balmain, Carven, Rick Owens — the past few days of Paris Fashion Week have been busy ones, so it's no wonder that the backstage mood has been just as high-energy as ever. The ladies of Lanvin played up the mystique with giant fans and new-wave shades; the girls at Dior looked demure in ladylike lipstick and super-sweet poses; and there was plenty of playful frolicking — not to mention an eye-catching array of candy-hued shoes — at Carven. Balmain offered up a dose of rock n' roll glamour with gilded shorts and heavy hardware, while the ethereal vibe at Rick Owens made for lots of ghoulish creeping. All the behind-the-scenes action and more, here in the slideshow.
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Rousteing said he wished to turn the label away from holey T-shirts and tattered jeans to give more focus to the Balmain's couture roots, and his efforts were rewarded. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley noted: "From the look of things, Mr. Rousteing has a bright future." "I think he did great," said Bergdorf Goodman fashion director Linda Fargo as she exited the show. And Suzy Menkes called the collection "a hit": "Mr. Rousteing proved his weight in the gold he scattered so liberally on the collection."
From the looks of things, Olivier Rousteing knows exactly what Balmain is made of. For Spring 2012, the designer showed us what might happen if a Spanish dancer went west — a mix of long, duster-like leather skirts and denim button-ups paired with the label's signature embellishments on body-conscious minidresses, skirts, and slim pants and jackets. Gold embroidery and fringe on white pants, skirts, and boleros all hinted at beautifully ornate Spanish detailing; while leather pants, denim shirts and skirts, and laser-cut leather brought us back to the Old West. At the core, it's still what Balmain does best — standout, rich metallics, and beading on the slickest and sexiest silhouettes.
- Trends: leather, boleros, embellishment, fringe, embroidery, and high-waisted pants.
- Colors: black, white, gold, some florals and denim.
- Key Piece: the black embellished suit; the gold and white embellished mini and denim shirt.
- Accessories: embellished suede and cutout leather booties, gold cuffs, chain bracelets and belts, oversize gold belt buckles.
- Who Would Wear It: Cool-girl types with an eye for glam-rocker pieces; Zoe Saldana and Anna Dello Russo would rock the embellished minidresses.
>> In anticipation of the Pierre Balmain diffusion line's launch on Sunday, Balmain has released the first of three videos featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, her boyfriend, Matthew Hutchinson, and their band, Our Mountain. Directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the video follows the band around New York City — set to their single, "Devils Banquet" — and gives peeks at the cropped jeans and zebra print tops that populate Pierre Balmain's debut Spring 2012 collection. The second video, focusing on Hutchinson in the line's menswear, will be released on Friday on the Pierre Balmain Tumblr, followed by the full-length version of the video next Monday, Oct. 3.