The Victoria's Secret Angels were out in full force for an appearance at a retail store in NYC yesterday. Lindsay Ellingson, Chanel Iman, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana Lima put on their Santa hats and leather leggings to chat about their favorite holiday gift ideas and promote their sexy Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs on Nov. 29. The ladies taped the annual extravaganza earlier this month and shared the runway with performers Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Adriana is continuing her work with the brand today since she popped up at the company's headquarters in Ohio. Alessandra, meanwhile, switched gears to another popular franchise when she caught a screening of Breaking Dawn Part 1 with her sister after wrapping up her angel duties.
When Oprah Winfrey joins forces with Ralph Lauren, you can bet the industry giants are going to draw a crowd. So, while Hollywood partied the night away in Beverly Hills, the style crowd rivaled with their own fashionable fête, benefiting both the Ralph Lauren Center For Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem and Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts in NYC. The black-tie affair gave good cause for suiting up in Ralph Lauren's glam gowns, and we spotted our style favorites like Camilla Belle, Chanel Iman, and Jessica Alba doing just that. Click through to see who wore what, and tell us who would get your vote for best dressed.
Kanye West, Maroon 5 to Perform at This Year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show; Plus, a Few Costume Sketches
>> News is starting to flow about this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which tapes in a little less than a month at Manhattan's 69th Street Armory on Nov. 9.
Today, Kanye West and Maroon 5 were announced as the show's musical guests. Notably, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine's girlfriend, Anne Vyalitsyna, is confirmed to walk in the show, and West's rumored girlfriend Chanel Iman — who recently closed his debut womenswear show at a day's notice — will also walk as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.
Speaking of Angels, this year's lineup seems curiously devoid of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, throwing into question whether she will be walking at all — or just walking without wings. Miranda Kerr, Chanel Iman, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, and Lindsay Ellingson, however, are all expected.
The show airs on CBS on Nov. 29 at 10/9 CST. A few sketches of this year's costumes, in the slideshow.
>> For the first time in over eight years, Elle has placed a model on its cover. Not just one model, in fact, but rather four: “We felt it was time to show the sexy side of fashion again, enlisting four of the runway’s super seductive models – Miranda Kerr, Chanel Iman, Adriana Lima, and Doutzen Kroes," says editor Robbie Myers. "These covers harken to what made Elle Elle: Shot outside, drenched in sunlight, color, and of course accessories, the women look right back at you with all the personal and sexual confidence in the world.” The four models, who appear on the cover of Elle's October 2011 issue — on newsstands Sept. 20 — were styled by Joe Zee and shot by Alexei Hay. Erin Wasson was the last model to cover Elle, for the magazine's September 2003 issue.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, below.
Miranda Kerr posed in a bikini for October's Elle. The magazine actually has four different covers this month, since her fellow Victoria's Secret Angels — Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, and Doutzen Kroes — also wore swimsuits for the issue. Elle dedicated the month to the history of the bombshell, and they each seemed flattered to participate. Three of the four models, except Chanel, are all moms and spoke to the magazine about the challenges and joys of being working mothers. The girls said:
- Miranda on being a working mom: "It's a good thing we all have babies the same age. We all understand what's going on. The other day I was on a shoot, and Doutzen and I were both having to pump our milk to send back to our babies."
- Miranda on challenging shoots: "When I was shooting in New Zealand, and it was absolutely freezing cold, and I was shooting a Summer campaign. That was pretty challenging. A few of my friends and family have been on shoots with me, and they've been like, 'Hey! This isn't as easy as it seems. You are really working hard.'"
- Chanel on getting her Angel wings: "I received the Angel wings in 2010. I will never forget the moment, just because I got these really big, classic Angel wings."
- Adriana on her background: "To me, you know, I come from this little town in Brazil. I'm like, 'Am I dreaming? Is this really happening to me? Am I really here?' Trust me, there is nothing different besides my dog. I'm still the same girl from before."
- Doutzen on her young son: "It's amazing what it does to life. It makes everything more important. Work even became more important. I really enjoy working, because I feel like I'm doing it for something bigger. I'm doing it for my new family."
Gathering at the Museum of Modern Art last night, some of our favorites in fashion stepped out for amfAR's second annual Inspiration Gala. Inside, Michael Kors was honored as the recipient of the organization's Award of Courage, given to recognize his efforts to combat AIDS. While on the red carpet, Kors seemed to be the designer of choice among the night's guests. Jennifer Hudson, who also performed at the benefit, opted for a short, white Michael Kors sheath and mirrored platform sandals while Heidi Klum took to the red carpet in Kors's draped, aqua-blue halter gown. Meanwhile, Alek Wek showed off a funkier style in a fringed and sequined trimmed dress, and Chanel Iman opted for rich, saturated color and dramatic eyes. Now we're putting it to you — who's your pick for best dressed?
The fun at yesterday's CFDA Awards moved from the main event at Alice Tully Hall on to various afterparties around town. Gerard Butler made sure to catch up with lovely ladies like Michael Kors-clad Miranda Kerr and Ashley Greene while a sequined onsie-wearing Marcia Cross mingled with stars like Kanye West, Leelee Sobieski, and her husband, designer Adam Kimmel. Liv Tyler and Alessandra Ambrosio showed love for their designer pals, Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Prabal Gurung, respectively. Some went for an after, afterparty at the Monkey Bar, though the evening's big winner, Lady Gaga, celebrated her fashion icon honor at the Top of the Standard and performed in an outfit that was skimpy even for her! Check out all this year's CFDA Awards winners and highlights from the big night.
Chanel Iman went the ladylike route, opting for a calf-length, white lace Dolce & Gabbana. Thanks to embellishments and a slightly peekaboo effect, this look is a lot more red carpet and a lot less ladies who lunch. In fact, with a sparkly diamond belt, major red pout, and spiked Louboutins, this look is entirely glam. What do you think?
Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!
Sadly, we're bidding the desert goodbye after our last night at Coachella. On the upside, this one went out with a bang —Kanye West gave a show-stopping festival closer, and the day was jam-packed with even more of the festival style we love. Fringe, floppy hats, crop tops, and lace — we even spotted Chanel Iman staying cool in VIP — click through to see the top Coachella street stylers from our last day on the grounds.
>> Lily Aldridge has played coy about her wedding since announcing her engagement to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill last September, but it sounds like they've set a date. The two are reportedly to wed in Aldridge's native California in early May, with fellow models Anne Vyalitsyna, Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and of course, Lily's sister Ruby Aldridge, expected as guests. Beforehand, the couple — who met at Coachella in 2007 — have rented a house in Palm Springs for this year's Coachella festival, which Kings of Leon is headlining alongside Kanye West. Aldridge wouldn't speak to the wedding, but said of Coachella: "I'm counting down the days. We're gonna cook food, go watch great bands and listen to music. I'm really excited." [NY Post]