If your Summer plans include sandy beaches and sunshine, let our tropical travel dressing guide lead you in the right style direction. Opt for dresses in exotic prints and bold colors, deck your feet with equally standout details, and finish off the look with distinct jewels.
Congratulations are in order for a group of young designers including Joseph Altuzarra, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Wes Gordon, all of whom are in the American finals for the 2014 International Woolmark Prize.
The group of finalists, which includes seven other design houses, will compete for the opportunity to go up against designers from Australia, China, India, and Europe in Milan next year. One American designer will be selected to represent the United States this July, when the 10 finalists present competition collections made with merino wool.
The prize for breaking through the other finalists and into the last round of competition is $100,000 toward that designer's next collection; the international prize is another $100,000, plus the opportunity to sell the winning collection in stores all over the world.
A look at who else is in the running, here in the gallery.
Miranda Kerr already has an enviable designer-handbag collection, but she just debuted a new one — Valentino's black studded chain-handle bag ($2,095) — on her way into a meeting in NYC. The model sported her new purse with a black-and-white printed Tucker coat, a black Givenchy ruffle-front blouse, black cropped trousers, these Manolo Blahnik patent tortoise pumps ($595), and Dita aviator sunglasses ($375). Miranda's latest ensemble will make you the chicest employee at work, so to get her look, shop similar pieces, including her exact bag, below.
Celebrities have done florals, landscapes, and nature-inspired prints all over town, but the newest celebrity-approved print is definitely butterfly. Jordana Brewster worked a fluttering Tucker skirt with a mesh Tucker top — score the tank version here ($175) — with ankle-strap sandals in NYC, while Michelle Trachtenberg opted for a sequin butterfly dress at an Entertainment Weekly party in New York. The vibrant print is both stylish and cheeky, and it's sure to inject a pop of pizzazz into any ensemble. Whether you're on the hunt for a bold dress, top, or jacket, stand out in the crowd by shopping our favorite butterfly-print pieces below!
From satchels, to clutches, to fringed and textured numbers, celebrities around the globe have been spotted toting the chicest sunny-yellow bags. Krysten Ritter paired her floral Dolce & Gabbana dress and ankle-strap espadrilles with a mini yellow bag in Las Vegas, Michelle Monaghan worked printed Tucker pants with a sunny Coach tote in LA, while Serinda Swan styled her studded Zara jacket with a croc-embossed YSL clutch in Beverly Hills. Cruise through to check out which celebrities have been test-driving this vibrant new trend, then shop exact and similar bags to inject a pop of color into your Summer ensembles.
You don't have to be a runner to wear stylish track shorts. Just look at the fabulous Tucker pair actress Dania Ramirez wore with her Chinese Laundry wedges at the Miss USA 2012 Wedge Run in Las Vegas. They lent sporty edge to her otherwise girlie red ruffle top and wedge espadrilles. Since track shorts are trendy right now, you can find them in all sorts of varieties: solid, printed, fitted, loose, etc. Inspired by Dania, we set out to find the coolest, most fabulous track shorts out there. Step inside to see and shop them now.
While shopping around LA, Ashlee Simpson amped up her basics when she wore a colorful geometric Tucker kimono, scalloped Chloé flats ($450), a black Hermés bag, and pork pie hat along with her simple white tee and gray skinny jeans. Her exact wrap isn't available, but if you love the print, you can score the same Tucker print in a dress ($359), maxi skirt ($357), or tie-neck blouse ($274) here. Channel Ashlee's urban-hip style by layering a geometric kimono over your basics, then finish off with classic flats, killer sunglasses, and a quirky topper.
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- Karl Lagerfeld will provide live fashion commentary of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee for French state TV channel France 2. He's reprising his role from last year's royal wedding ceremonies, which he called a procession of "bad proportions, ugly hats, [and] short skirts on fat legs." Lagerfeld will go on air June 3. [The Daily Telegraph]
- Tucker designer Gaby Basora worked with director Zoe Cassavetes on a silent film showcasing her Spring 2012 collection. It stars Liberty Ross as a movie star fighting against a "bicycle-riding ingenue" for a role. "Look at the women in the film, the ages — their spontaneity, bravado and love of life," Basora says. "It's the notion that Tucker has a timeless universal and utterly gorgeous appeal." [Grazia]
Wondering where the Jenna's Picks emails from J.Crew's Jenna Lyons have gone? They're currently on hiatus, according to Lyons. "It was totally not my idea, just for the record," she says. "It was actually the person who ran marketing at the time, who's no longer here, and wanted to do something that felt a little bit more personal." [The Cut]
- Topshop will introduce a bridal collection designed by Richard Nicoll this June. Details are scant, but the brand recently tweeted, "Want to get married just so we can wear our @studio_nicoll bridal collection set to land in June. Can't give you a sneak peek but wow!" [The Huffington Post]
- The US International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Louis Vuitton after a 15-month investigation into an elaborate ring of counterfeiters that made and sold fake Vuitton bags around the world. "As the first luxury goods company to seek redress at the ITC, we are pleased with the significant remedy that has been recommended," said a lawyer for Louis Vuitton. [Styleite]
Motorcycle boots have been a hot trend for a while now, and those who own a pair know how hard it is to get rid of them. They're super comfy and lend instant badass to every outfit. While out and about in London, Minnie Driver showed off a new way to rock the statement boot. Start with an equally statement-making Tucker coat — it doesn't have to be black and ivory, or even a diamond print, just as long as it stands out. We love this gray and black cocoon coat by Tracy Reese ($190, originally $475). Then rock black leather pants or jeans with sheen, an oatmeal long-sleeve tee, a cozy black scarf, and a black bag, like Minnie's ruched Prada, and, of course, finish your look with your edgy boots. Your top half will say chic chick, while your bottom half will scream badass babe. And that's a combination you can't mess with.