Sometimes a hard-working girl just needs to get on a plane and spend a few days underneath a palm tree in Mustique, and from the looks of things that's exactly the girl Vanessa Bruno was thinking of when she designed her Spring 2013 collection. The suiting was professional and appropriately androgynous, but what got tongues wagging were the day dresses. A restrained palette of rose, beige, and cream dominated in these pieces, and a few were accented with silvery sequins or ostrich feathers that exaggerated movement. But the cuts were body conscious in a languid way — almost as languid as a well-deserved vacation.
There are some shows that feel so effortless, so on point, and so simple, you leave feeling light and happy and wishing you had the biggest closet in the world. That was the feeling after leaving Vanessa Bruno's light-as-air and totally pretty Spring 2013 show. Having ended up with a stroke of luck that put me in the front row, I got to witness the soft silk dresses that floated on the models, the way Bruno's sharply tailored jackets were cut to make everyone look 10 times better, and the hugely covetable leather strappy ankle booties that had a fresh gladiator vibe. Vanessa Bruno dances the delicate line between bohemian and polished, and the clothes here always felt put together (I saw at least 10 outfits I would love for my work wardrobe) but with a loose, bohemian spirit. The dresses were gorgeous — particularly the ones with embroidery and eyelet. If I could tell you to invest in anything next season, it would be one of Bruno's fabulous blazers and one of these soft dresses. Some shows are inspiring because they're so innovative, but this one was so inspiring because it was simply so pretty.
Nicole Richie was spotted exiting Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollywood wearing a black-and-yellow ensemble, proving that the color duo is quite the fashionable match — and no longer screams bumblebee. She started with a sheer, printed yellow Winter Kate tee, which she matched up with black statement pieces: denim Current/Elliott shorts, a wide-brim felt hat, this Givenchy's Nightingale Satchel ($2,105), and Vanessa Bruno suede ankle booties with a chunky rubber heel ($448, originally $597). Next time you hit up your hair salon, mimic Nicole's Summer look by pairing a yellow tee with black shorts, a black hat, and booties, and don't forget the celebrity-favorite Givenchy bag to complete your luxe style.
If you haven't dabbled with the color orange, get on it, as Summer is the ideal time to work the beautifully bold shade. Here are two examples — Reese Witherspoon in a short orange v-neck Vanessa Bruno dress and Malin Akerman in a hot coral cutout Cushnie et Ochs maxi with two-tone Tibi sandals— of how to wear the hue for day and night. For day, look to Reese by matching up an orange minidress with gold accessories — like her Irene Neuwirth gold chain necklace — Jimmy Choo round sunglasses, and her exact tan Fendi satchel ($2,260). For night, draw inspiration from Malin by sporting an equally sexy orange gown with a matching clutch and minimalistic ankle-strap sandals. To get in on Reese and Malin's looks, shop similar pieces in the widgets below.
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If you're on the hunt for the perfect jacket to instantly revive your closet staples, look no further than the celeb-approved favorite, brocade jackets. Rachel Bilson worked her metallic Vanessa Bruno topper with cuffed AG denim and pointed black pumps in Hollywood, Kylie Minogue styled a yellow Dolce & Gabbana brocade jacket with cropped black trousers and gold sandals in London, and Kristen Stewart's jacquard Roberto Cavalli blazer complemented her slick leather pants at the Teen Choice Awards. As you can see, brocade jackets jazz up everything from denim to leather to dresses to skirts. Take a cue from these trendsetting starlets and work a brocade topper — here is one of our favorites for night ($225) — into your mix by shopping our favorites below.
Earlier today she wore a chic light-colored outfit with her tan Brian Atwood sandals, and now Eva Longoria was spotted in the same shoes with a polar-opposite bright look. For her NYC appearance, Eva donned this beautiful Vanessa Bruno green wrap ruffle dress ($271, originally $679) — score size 38 for 60 percent off now! She finished off with her Brian Atwood sandals — here is the colorful version ($1,335) — black nail polish, and a high ponytail. Eva's green dress is perfect for Summer and would also look great with a pair of colorful heels. You can even throw on a blazer and pumps to transform it into office-chic wear. Get it now before it sells out.
Hollywood has an obsession with Givenchy's ankle-strap high-heeled sandals, but Diane Kruger opted to wear the flat version with a white Vanessa Bruno dress while appearing at Sirius XM Studio in NYC. The actress could have chosen the heeled version, but her decision to go with flats took her look to casual, effortless heights. If you've been looking for comfortable statement sandals to live in all Summer long, look no further than Diane's Givenchy pair. Here is the nude ($398, originally $795), the salmon-skin pair ($359, originally $890), and black pair ($795). Choose your favorite hue and sport them with everything from dresses to shorts to skirts to jeans. Because they're so streamlined and minimal, you can rest assured that they won't clash with anything you wear.
Summer is the perfect time to show off your midriff, but if you're hesitant to rock the risqué style, look to countless stylish celebrities for inspiration. Jamie Chung revealed a sliver of her stomach in a cropped tank and high-waisted black tulle skirt, Whitney Port went a bit more daring in her crop top and printed pants, and Selena Gomez went all out ballsy in her bandeau top with matching shorts. Check them and a couple more crop-top-wearing stars out before you try the trend, then shop similar pieces to get started.
If we were treated to a look inside Rachel Bilson's closet, we're pretty confident we'd find a few of her staple Vanessa Bruno blazers tucked away. While it's safe to say the actress likely has quite a collection of clothing to choose from, Rachel's making a case for knowing what works — and sticking to it. We've spotted the style setter stepping out for press appearances, fashion dinners, and errands around LA in more than one version of the go-anywhere outerwear, which is incidentally perfect for Spring. Thanks to a sharp, cropped shape and a few perfect hues, these Vanessa Bruno blazers are a perfect fit with anything from Rachel's frilly frocks to a flowy maxi skirt. They're ideal for the transition to warmer days and they work just as well at the office as they do on weekends — need we say more? Click on to see exactly how Rachel styles hers, then shop our editors' picks to find your own version.
Vanessa Bruno's 2012 Fall collection was all about the cool girl, which will surely please fashion insiders like Alexa Chung and Hollywood darlings Rachel Bilson and Kate Bosworth. Just what did the French designer have in store? A heavy helping of patent-leather pants and skirts paired with her signature tailored blazers, jewel-tone silk lace dresses, and gorgeous metallic finishes on structured tops and cropped trousers. Slick and modern looks were further translated into leather-trimmed quilted jackets, sheer embellished dresses, and vibrant handbags. The latter highlighted a range of covetable sequined and bright floral-print satchels and clutches. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Leather pants, sheer detailing, and statement outerwear.
- Colors: Black, gray, metallic green, purple, blue, and white.
- Key Piece: We loved the statement-making patent-leather trousers and long coats.
- Accessories: Printed satchel bags and clutches, black and white ankle and lace-up boots..
- Who Would Wear It: We can easily see Rachel Bilson and Kate Bosworth in the brand's Parisian-chic wares.