>> Geometric prints, chevron stripes, and graphic fabrics dominated Lela Rose's Fall 2012 collection. The designer was inspired by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and so there was an emphasis on angular layers, movement, and linear cuts. Rose kept the color palette architecturally inspired as well, with industrial grays and inky blacks mingling with patina-inspired mustards and rusts.
Fit and flare dresses are making a huge comeback — we spotted the '50s-chic silhouette on the runways at Lela Rose, Carven, Donna Karan, and more, and are looking forward to adding the look to our wardrobe rotation next season. That said, it's super easy to achieve the buxom, Mad Men-esque look with one of these frocks — not only do they make you look incredibly feminine and ladylike, but they can create bodacious curves (and enhance the ones you already have). It's the perfect sweet-meets-sexy statement piece, and one that can be yours for well under $150. Click the items in the widget below to shop our editors' picks now, and let us know how you plan to wear this trend for Spring.
>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
Shantel VanSanten looked darling in a fuchsia Lela Rose frock at the Spring 2012 Lela Rose fashion show in New York City. She paired her girlie dress with rose gold Brian Atwood ankle-strap pumps, a multicolor flower bracelet, and oversize fuchsia earrings. We added a rose gold ring and pink matte lipstick to complete Shantel's ladylike look. Get her exact party frock to re-create this adorable ensemble.
In tribute of 9/11, Lela Rose played John Lennon's "Imagine" to a crowd that, at times, even sang along. It was a good start to a show that kicked off with a hopeful and happy message. While her inspiration was the "neon graveyard," namely the unrestored and broken signs seen in Las Vegas and Coney Island, her collection was far from decrepit. Instead, muted neon hues, washed-out voile, and chipped-effect embroidery — using Guipure light bulb lace — were crafted into whimsical polka-dot dresses and colorblocked sheaths and separates. A couple of lightly quilted dresses that looked like a broken glass mosaic were also reminiscent of a carnival funhouse. For accessories, the designer punctuated the carnival theme via printed wedge sandals and cap-toe pumps from her Lela Rose for Payless collection. More details from the fresh and flirty collection below.
Jennifer Hudson shimmered in a cotton-tulle Lela Rose dress at the 12th annual Art For Life in East Hampton, New York. She paired her structured frock with leopard and stud Christian Louboutin pumps, drop earrings, and a few rhinestone bangles. Hot pink nail polish and a matching lip finished off her star style. Get Jennifer's exact dress and shoes here.
We all need a pretty cosmetic tote that's perfect for packing, and this one happens to come stuffed with beauty samples. As part of Lela Rose’s annual partnership with Beauty.com, the designer has just launched her latest offering: a vibrant clutch in the Peruvian-inspired Cajamarca print from her Spring 2011 collection. Starting now, customers who shop the site and spend over $100 will receive the chic, airy bag, along with 14 deluxe samples from brands like Tarte, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, and Borghese. The samples are limited, so take advantage of this sweet deal by heading over to Beauty.com now.
When I think about the classic bride, my mind instantly goes to Sex and the City's Charlotte York (then MacDougal, before Goldenblatt). In her strapless white dress and wispy veil, she epitomized the sophisticated woman with traditional sensibilities— the woman who most wants to look timeless and elegant on her big day. For those of you who can relate to the eternal optimist Charlotte, we've rounded up 10 gorgeous gowns to suit your understated, classic style.
Choosing a dress for your wedding is a momentous decision; you're going to be wearing it for one of the most important moments of your life, and you're going to be photographed A LOT in that dress. Those photographs will live on for a long, long time, so let's choose the best one, shall we? This week, we're all about the dress, peep our slideshow of the 25 most classically gorgeous wedding gowns around and stay tuned for more frock inspiration.