Marisa Tomei stunned the crowd at the premiere of The Ides of March at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. She worked the red carpet in a navy monochromatic Preen ensemble with a silk crystal cuff top and high-slit maxi skirt. Marisa styled her polished pieces with a black croc belt and triple-strap Christian Louboutin peep-toes. Get her exact skirt with other complementing items here.
>> Designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thorton effortlessly blended femininity with modernity in one fell swoop for Spring 2012. Silhouettes were straightforward and cut simple — no deconstruction in sight, just a hint of girlishness in the form of mini peplums and frilled collars. While there was a strong showing of solid separates in navy, pale blue, lemon, and white (made lively with spikes of neon at ruffled waists and cuffs), the real stars of the show were the prints. A checkerboard pattern in cupcake-hues was refreshing for its understated geometry, and a recurring doily floral refrained from looking precious with the help of a digitized pixel-print.
One theme we've seen a lot of this Spring 2012 Fashion Week is the balance of masculinity and femininity (see: the androgynous looks at Altuzarra and the sleek, braid-bun updos at Rachel Roy), and now we have Preen doing its own take on the gender-bender phenomenon. Of the '40s-style rolled updos seen on the runway, Paul Hanlon for Aveda explained, "It's a futuristic chignon; a bit Blade Runner, as well." And while the texture was slick and polished for a severe effect, Hanlon made sure the style also featured a modern, not-too-perfect edge, without being overly shellacked.
To create the look, he began by prepping the hair with the brand's Volumizing Tonic, blowing it dry with a round brush. Hair was then twisted back one side at a time, and ends were tucked and pinned within the style. Cool (er, hot) tip: to make sleek styles such as this smoother where needed, spray the area with hair spray (Hanlon used Air Control), and lightly brush the barrel of the curling iron over any wispiness to tame it down.
Photo courtesy of Aveda
>> Michelle Obama has been wearing mostly British designers like Preen and Roksanda Illincic, since stepping off Air Force One yesterday on an official visit to the UK. (Although she went with American designer Barbara Tfank to meet Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier today; the Reiss dress Middleton wore for the occasion promptly sold out online.).
This evening, however, for the state dinner with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, Michelle chose an ivory ruched georgette ribbon gown by Tom Ford, the American designer who also happens to make his home half the year in London, where his studios are located.
Beyoncé Knowles flaunted her toned figure in a cut-out Preen dress while dining with hubby Jay-Z in Paris. She paired her floral frock with a python Jimmy Choo bag and matching Christian Louboutin slingbacks. Her make-up and hair were au naturel, while her red nail polish added a bit of flare. Shop now to re-create her Parisian-chic look.
Emma Stone looked pristine in a light blue Preen dress while arriving at the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List party at Soho House in West Hollywood. Emma's beaded frock was feminine and fun, while her snakeskin Christian Louboutin slingbacks and matching clutch added a touch of edge. She finished off her look with neutral nails and a hot pink pout. If you are loving her dress and pumps, shop now to snag the exact items.
When it comes to wedding style, it's up to the bride to zero in on what she wants. Obviously, the wedding dress is one of the most important — if not the most important part of creating that look. So, we're helping to narrow down the selection and find that perfect dress. First up, we've got 10 gorgeous gowns that speak to the modern sensibility — some understated, others sculptural, draped, and tiered — click through to glimpse and shop this batch, carefully selected for the nontraditional bride.
New York Fashion Week Dispatches from Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson — Saturday and Sunday
>> You've met Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson, now delve a little deeper into her New York Fashion Week experience. As she hit Saturday and Sunday's shows — Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and more — she fired off notes on everything from the contents of her breakfast to a text message from Riccardo Tisci to her ensemble for the day. More in the slideshow.
Each day of New York Fashion Week is giving us something to look forward to for Fall '11. We've been seeing longer hems, bold pops of color, and loads of mixed prints — and each show leaves us more excited for the next. Derek Lam hit us with his well-known uptown glamour, VPL showed us sexy metallics, and Alice Ritter offered the ultimate in cool-girl chic. Click through to see day four's Fab-approved looks.