Just like their trusty beanies, celebrities are loyal to their favorite outerwear during Winter. And each has been sporting unique styles to reflect their personal styles. Along with her navy Balenciaga coat, Katie Holmes has also been spotted in a double-breasted Isabel Marant coat, while Ashlee Simpson has been covering up in a puffer coat by Sandro and Sophia Bush in classic gray. If you're in need of a fabulous coat to keep you warm, step inside to draw inspiration from seven stylish celebs and their outerwear picks.
While promoting Breaking Dawn Part 2 in NYC, Kristen Stewart showed off her latest street style: a two-tone leather jacket by Belstaff and these Hudson cropped black tuxedo jeans ($198). The actress finished her casual-cool outfit with signature Keds sneakers and a basic black Joe's Jeans tank. Tuxedo jeans are all the rage right now, and we recommend investing in Kristen's exact pair because it's black on black and will go with everything in your wardrobe. Dress them down with sneakers like the actress did or dress them up with a pair of killer sandals or booties and a blazer. For an office-appropriate look, sport your tuxedo jeans with a silky white blouse and classic pumps.
Sarah Jessica Parker bundled up in a belted leather Belstaff jacket ($1,789) and toted a printed umbrella to combat a drizzly day while walking her kids to school in NYC. Leather jackets are a cool-weather staple, but we particularly love the intricate details of SJP's textured topper. The trendsetter worked her military-inspired jacket with cuffed skinny jeans, gray cap-toe flats, and her signature wrap sunglasses. Style her versatile topper with light denim and gray flats for a low-key look or pair it with this floral ASOS mini ($38) and black suede ankle booties for a cool-girl vibe. To get SJP's luxe look without breaking the bank, shop this belted Kenneth Cole leather jacket ($400) or this tan leather Max Studio topper ($298, originally $698).
Inspired by vintage travel cases, Martin Cooper portrayed the ultimate sense of utilitarian luxe for Belstaff's Spring '13 collection. It was all about breathing new life into the brand's classics as the designer remixed the classic Belstaff Trialmaster jacket in linen and stripes. The latter also found its way onto breezy shirt dresses and louche pants. Meanwhile, perforated leather jackets, tops, and skirts provided a luxurious (and breathable) option for wearing Spring's leather trend without having to sweat it out. "We’re exploring the feminine side of the brand,” said Cooper. That said, he came, he sought, and he conquered.
- Trends: Utilitarian, shirt dresses, perforated leather, jacquard.
- Colors: White, gray, brown, military green, cardamom, bronze, egg shell.
- Key Piece: The striped heritage Speedmaster jacket paired with a matching skirt.
- Accessories: Suede and linen ankle wrap wedges with zipper detailing.
- Who Should Wear It: The short suits and silky shirt dresses has Zoe Saldana's name written all over it.
"The idea for the stripes actually came from the ones you see on vintage luggage and old travel cases," said Martin Cooper of the decorations in his travel-themed Spring 2013 collection for Belstaff, the second offering since the brand's relaunch earlier this year. "I just love the romanticism things like that evoke."
But this collection didn't just evoke the glamorous feeling of traveling in the past, it re-created it. Cooper dug deep into the Belstaff archives, dusted off its classic Trialmaster jacket and updated it with stripes and a more feminine shape. He affixed silk jumpsuits with with leather accents and toughened up shirtdresses with brass snap buttons. Some of the looks came down the runway with generously sized bags that could serve as carry-on luggage in a pinch, which helped reinforce the feeling that the Belstaff woman has places to go.
>> Tommy Hilfiger is said to be among those planning to privately invest in Michael Kors, WWD reports. Kors is reportedly seeking as much as $500 million to fund its global expansion plans, and hired Morgan Stanley to sell an equity stake of approximately 25 percent. The round of financing has since closed and is expected to be finalized next month.
Hilfiger, who put money into Belstaff earlier this month, declined to comment on whether he would invest in Kors, too, but did say: “Anybody would be crazy not to invest in it. Michael Kors is the next major global player in my eyes.”
If Hilfiger were to participate in this new round of funding for Kors, he would be joining his previous investment partners Joel Horowitz, Silas Chou, and Lawrence Stroll, all of whom were the original investors in Tommy Hilfiger (The latter two, Chou and Stroll, bought Michael Kors in 2003 for a reported $100 million.). “For over 20 years, we’ve invested in things together," Hilfiger noted. "If they ask me, of course I’ll invest [in Kors]."
Kors, which generates about $900 million in volume, is expected to do private placement funding followed by an initial public offering right away; some are estimating the company could be valued at over $2 billion. This strategy is notable because there hasn't been an American designer IPO in some time — Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren did theirs in the late '90s. More recently, brands have typically been bought up by larger players or conglomerates.
We're still digging parkas for Fall — and while the ubiquitous army green version is an option, we dare you to dabble with some of these new and noteworthy choices. We're smitten with the thought of wearing this smooth velvet parka from Asos, and Edun's patchwork pattern version is beyond rad. Feeling an extra splurge coming on? Then check out Rag & Bone's refined wool and cotton topper or Belstaff's timeless waxed cotton coat.
Left to right: Asos Velvet Parka ($211), Edun Patchwork Parka ($560), Rag & Bone Waterloo Parka ($965), Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket ($695)
Just when I'd forgotten the effect the fascinatingly gorgeous couple can have. Check out Angelina and Brad at the Inglourious Basterds premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Not only am I dying to see this movie (Quentin Tarantino directing, starring Brad and Diane Kruger), this is the best dressed Cannes red carpet thus far. There was a possibility Angelina's gown was by Belstaff, the brand who designed the military-style jacket worn by Brad in the movie. But she decided on Versace; this sheer and draped terra cotta colored gown definitely screams screen siren. And those red lips — they match the red carpet. Swoon.
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You may or may not have been convinced John Mayer is a secret fashion player in my first story, so let's give it another go. Maybe a sexier photo will help? A sexier photo of Mayer with shopping bags?! I spot a Louis Vuitton bag amongst others carried by a tattooed, tan arm.
OK, down to business. In this edition, Mayer talks about how the Japanese are ahead of the fashion curve (true), gushes about a cool pair of LV pants he bought last year (was that what was in this bag?!), and continues to tell us his style tips . . .
The Japanese are so forward thinking.
"No, they are past-thinking. That’s what is so forward about it. The Japanese will put out magazines devoted to denim for the '50s. You will find full-on books, encyclopedic in nature, all about old motorcycle jackets from the '40s and '60s. So all they are really doing is going through time and finding the greatest version of something and then mass-producing."
What's in your closet?
"I have a closet that’s like the greatest collection of leather jackets and Belstaff's. I know everything down to the name of these jackets but I normally just throw on jeans and a t-shirt. I’m a big Rick Owens guy. Love Rick Owens."
And to hear style tips two, three, and four, read more