While Prince William and Kate Middleton's Diamond Jubilee tour has come to an end, it certainly provided us with nine days of fun, flirty fashion. We're looking at you, Kate. The royal couple first made stops in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, but it was the last leg of the trip (read: the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu) that brought on some serious island style. And today's parting look — a floral Project D dress — proved, once more, that the Duchess of Cambridge fully embraced breezy tropical prints, bright hues, and a general laid-back dressing M.O. As we await our next Kate Middleton sighting, let's recap the best (and most colorful) ensembles of the bunch. Inside, you'll find a sweet lemon eyelet dress, a locally made pink batik-print strapless dress, a ladylike geometric-print Jonathan Saunders number, and a bold yellow button-front Jaeger dress to start. These, plus more, when you click through for an all-angles look at Kate's style tour de force.
Jenny Packham is known for her red-carpet gowns, and she certainly didn't stray from exquisite detailing for Spring 2013. Beading provided major glitz, while black-and-white dresses lent a touch of retro. A few polka-dot looks added a playful vibe. The color palette was mostly neutral but a couple bright-orange dresses were fun and unexpected.
With a roster of celebrity fans that includes Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, and Kate Middleton, it's no surprise that Jenny Packham's Spring 2013 collection was entirely red-carpet worthy. From shimmering gowns to embellished minis, there was definitely something for everyone, and we're excited to see how many of her pieces hit the award show circuit next year. Watch Jenny Packham's runway show now, and let us know which dresses are your favorite in the comments.
Jenny Packham has dressed royalty (ahem, Kate Middleton), and this roll-with-it ponytail is just the kind of style the newly minted princess would wear. It's fun, flirty, and fashionable: the perfect look for any commoner to re-create.
The look: A twisted side ponytail, teal eyeliner, and white-out French manicures.
The inspiration: The women who partied beside the Rat Pack in 1960s Las Vegas.
Who would wear it: The tomboy who also reads Vogue on occasion.
With a red-carpet following that includes Kate Middleton, Lea Michele, and Selena Gomez, Jenny Packham's Spring '13 collection was all about sequins and shine. Inspired by Vegas circa 1960, the designer mainly focused on copious amounts of embellishments adorned on minidresses and sheaths. A few looks, draped dresses and polka-dot peplums, provided pared-down options for the minimalist. For her red-carpet clientele, Packham provided elegant column gowns, some of which featured stunning intricate floral beading. We can't help but wonder which one Kate Middleton will wear for her next black-tie affair.
- Trends: '60s, peplums, heavy embellishment.
- Colors: Dove gray, gold, citron, pink, white, yellow, black, tangerine orange.
- Key Piece: The dove-gray embellished long-sleeved gown was the perfect example of elegance meets glamour.
- Accessories: Shimmery pumps by Christian Louboutin, statement earrings, clear clutches, and jeweled necklaces.
- Who Should Wear It: Kate Middleton will surely nab one of Packham's long, shimmery gowns; Lea Michele would love to show off her stems in one of the embellished minidresses.
Boardwalk Empire held its season three premiere in NYC and Ashlee Simpson looked beautiful while supporting her boyfriend Vincent Piazza. She looked like a vision in a white beaded Jenny Packham dress and silver pointy pumps, while a matching silver disco ball bag and rhinestone drop earrings completed her fresh evening attire. Next time a party calls for a sophisticated sparkly ensemble, look to Ashlee by sporting a white beaded dress with equally sparkly silver accessories. Shop similar pieces below to get her entire look.
Happy Friday! Ready to find out our top stars of the week? This week celebrities turned heads in sleek and chic red-carpet looks, sweet mixed-print styles, and refreshing takes on the classic black and white combo. Quirky accessories took Michelle Williams's look to new heights, Nikki Reed's dynamic hot-pink and edgy black leather combo lit her up, while Kate Beckinsale perfected proportions in black and white separates. And let's not forget Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, Lea Michele, and Elizabeth Olsen, who sported noteworthy looks of their own. Get inspired by our latest style standouts, then shop their looks to spice up your wardrobe.
Kristen Bell usually delivers feminine silhouettes and bright shades on the red carpet, so we were surprised to see her sporting a pantsuit last night at the premiere of Hit and Run. Kristen styled up a Jenny Packham Fall 2012 look for the night, proving that pantsuits aren't just for tall girls. Watch on to hear more about her outfit in today's Fab Flash. On Allison McNamara: H&M jacket.
Kristen Bell attended the LA premiere of her new flick Hit & Run looking sleek and chic in a black Jenny Packham jumpsuit with satin bodice and wide-leg pants. While her exact jumpsuit isn't available to shop online, you can easily re-create the look for those times when you want to look dressy but don't feel like wearing a dress. Just tuck a black satin top, preferably with a deep-v like Kristen's, into a pair of black high-waisted, wide-leg trousers. Then finish off with black platforms — hers were Jimmy Choo's Eros platform pumps ($750) — her Graziela drop earrings ($140), and a jeweled belt for extra shine. To get started on Kristen's red-carpet look, peruse our handpicked pieces below.
We saw floral appliqué on the Spring and Summer 2012 runways at Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane, and Diane von Furstenberg, and we love how the pretty floral embellishments instantly add a feminine touch to any outfit. Yesterday, we spotted Emma Roberts and Keira Knightley sporting different renditions of this floral trend. Emma styled up her appliqué for daytime, wearing a Jenny Packham top with jeans by Genetic Denim. Keira chose to wear this look for night, choosing a gorgeous Valentino number. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more about this trend. On Allison McNamara: Honey Rose & K earrings, H&M jacket.