Jessica Alba stepped out in NYC donning a Narcisco Rodriguez ensemble, colorblock dress and d'orsay pumps, that made heads turn. The actress punched up her already noteworthy look with blue Thierry Lasry sunglasses, a black Narcisco Rodriguez shoulder bag, and ladylike pearls. Use colorblocking to your benefit to accentuate your waist like Jessica in an eye-catching form-fitting dress, d'orsay pumps, and chic accessories, or test-drive the trend with skirts, tops, and pants. The simplicity of this Summer look can be used as the perfect day-to-night transition.
Narciso Rodriguez's crisply cut separates came in a fresh palette of white, black, and nudes — accented by bold ribbons of crimson and pink — for Resort 2013. The designer's said that his main focus was ease, and thus there was a pared-down feeling to these bias-cut jackets, ankle pants, body-skimming camisoles, and strappy dresses. "The idea was to do something that was languid but still quite tailored," the designer explained.
Sources say Derek Lam will follow Rodriguez as the second Kohl's guest designer, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Rumors of Rodriguez's partnership with Kohl's surfaced last week, but this isn't the first collaboration for either party. In 2010, Rodriguez created an eight-piece capsule collection for eBay. Kohl's, meanwhile, has established a long-term relationship with Vera Wang, who creates clothing, cosmetics, shoes, and housewares for the store under the label Simply Vera Vera Wang. br>Sketch courtesy of Kohl's
Thus, Rodriguez journeyed to Istanbul earlier this year and immersed himself in the culture of the city, visiting its museums and palaces, poring over its famous colorfully-charged bazaars, and taking a boat tour down the Bosphorus. "There is such a great mix of Europe and Asia, and a really cool new scene, from the arts to the kids, the graffiti, the colors of the streets, the patinas on the walls, the tiles on the floors," Rodriguez said. "I was taking it in from so many different angles. The adventure seemed like a great opportunity to do something new." Expect rich hues and his signature colorblocking (for proof, see two looks from the collaboration line above) with a playful side of abstract prints that are altogether new to make an appearance on the Kohl's-exclusive outerwear, tops, dresses, and knits — priced from $30 to $150. With Rodriguez's loyal base of A-list starlets, including Claire Danes and Jessica Alba, and First Lady Michelle Obama, and the collaboration's undoubtedly cool premise on the rise (reportedly slated next to design? Derek Lam!), we'll keep you up to date on all the launch details as they are announced.
Happy Friday — you know what that means: it's time to announce our CelebStyle top stars of the week! This week's standouts worked eye-catching color combos, sassy sequins, and more sultry styles, and we just can't get enough. Zoe Saldana showcased her inner rocker by working leather shorts with caged Christian Louboutin sandals, Jessica Alba channeled her sexy side in a white cutout Narciso Rodriguez number, and Beyoncé went all out in a colorful zigzag Carven blouse and hot-pink trousers. See all of our fashion-forward favorites, why they were crowned top stars, and how you can steal their looks for yourself.
As much as we love Jessica Alba in colored denim on the streets, we also adore her in a chic dress on the red carpet. While in Beijing for a gala for the world premiere of Montblanc's concept store, the actress stunned in a white cutout Narciso Rodriguez dress from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection, strappy white sandals, and a matching white box clutch. If you don't have a white cutout dress in your collection yet, it's the perfect time to get one now that Summer is almost here. This Silence & Noise white cutout minidress ($60, originally $79) can be dressed up or down, while this BCBGMAXAZRIA white cutout tulle gown ($348) is a dressier version for fancier affairs. For a monochromatic look like Jessica's, wear either with white sandals and a white clutch. For a pop of color, ditch the white accessories for a colorful pair of sandals and a bright clutch.
>>You've seen the pictures from Wednesday evening's event — now here's a video that will make you really wish you were there. Put together by Swarovski — who is underwriting the awards for the 11th year in a row now — the video reads like a who's who of the industry. Among those who make cameos? Well, there's Carolina Herrera, Johan Lindeberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Pamela Love, Stefano Tonchi, Virginia Smith, Garance Doré, and Scott Schuman — just to name a few. There's also lots of head-nodding, air-kissing, champagne-drinking, and general good times being had all around.
Narciso Rodriguez stuck with his signature structured silhouettes for Fall '12, and this time, he built out the form-fitted figure into silky crepe dresses, colorblocked in geometric patterns of rusted brick reds, tangerine oranges, and chartreuse greens. In addition to the more "billowy" looks, he also sent out bustier-inspired, nipped-waist versions that accentuated the body in artfully draped folds of fabric. For a mix of sophisticated sheaths and polished daytime looks, Narciso included tailored trousers, luxe leather gloves, graphic-print tops, and a handful of covetable oversized trapeze and bell-shaped wool and felt coats. As for accessories, the designer impressed with his first-ever line of shoes and handbags — we were especially taken with the two-tone pointy-toe boots making turns on the catwalk. In a nutshell? The clean, chic designs juxtaposed against rich Fall colors let Narciso's impeccable cuts and shapes shine through; for more details, read below.
- Trends: Silky structured dresses, long bias-cut dress trains, and oversized trapeze and bell-shaped coats.
- Colors: Chartreuse, chocolate brown, rusted brick, tangerine, black, and russet orange.
- Key Piece: Super-structured, form-fitting sheaths; the tangerine-hued silk crepe dress with a bias-cut train.
- Accessories: Pointy-toe boots and heels in two-tone palettes, ultra-textured handbags, leather gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: The modern, sophisticated girl with a flare for daring cuts, like front-row attendee Claire Danes, Rachel Weisz, and Zoe Saldana.
>> Fall 2012 had Narciso Rodriguez referencing some pretty varied inspiration: "Collaging, collecting, color, film stills, many artists, the film world," the designer listed after his show. For a less-disciplined type, this kind of vague assortment might run the risk of turning into a directionless jumble. Luckily, Rodriguez is nothing if not a minimalist, and so these pieces were bold, cohesive, and forward-thinking. The designer emphasized volume this season, working sculptural folds, architectural draping, and trapeze shapes into his signature silhouettes. Colorblocking — in a robust palette of green, tangerine, and red — was used to artful effect.
This season also marks the debut of Rodriguez's new accessory and shoe collection. In luxe leather, exotic skins, and enticing silhouettes, they were a gorgeous addition to an already-strong collection.
>> The brushstroke prints peppered throughout Narciso Rodriguez's Pre-Fall 2012 collection were achieved by photographing some of the paintings the designer does on weekends through sheets of glass. "We've been playing with the idea of creating painterly effects on woven fabrics for a few seasons now," Rodriguez noted. "We just keep evolving . . . and computerizing them." Also of note: the three reversible coats, featuring detachable fox fur sleeves.