With Summer in full swing, Hollywood's hottest have been spotted donning lots of sunny ensembles from maxis to minis and sweet ladylike dresses. This week, Amber Heard showcased a sassy new way to wear a pleated maxi skirt, Heidi Klum went bold in a red denim mini, and Katie Holmes edged it up in leather pants, while Freida Pinto, Dianna Agron, and Michelle Obama sported lust-worthy looks of their own. Take a well-deserved break from your busy day to check out all of our latest top trendsetters, then shop the pieces for yourself to re-create their spotlight-worthy styles.
Models walked the Chris Benz runway this season sporting an unexpected palette of green and orange-toned makeup. And the results were just as fun and bright as you'd imagine. Watch now to see Lancôme makeup artist Darais show us how to re-create this bold catwalk look at home. On Kirbie: Topshop.
Complexion: Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation and Blush Subtil palette in Nectar Lace.
Eyes: Color Design palette in Violet Magnetique (available Fall 2012), Color Design eye shadow in All That Glitters, and Hypnôse Drama mascara in Excessive Black.
Lips: Rouge in Love lip color in Sweet Embrace.
For her speech at Miami High School, Michelle Obama opted to stand out in this vibrant Chris Benz Nelda green and blue printed dress ($716, originally $895) with matching green pumps and an embellished belt. Green and blue are quite the hot match, so if you want to get in on the First Lady's bold style, do so by getting her exact Chris Benz dress on sale. You can wear it with a blazer and pumps at work, with strappy metallic sandals at an outdoor wedding, or with flats and a cardigan on the weekend. If the price tag is still too steep for you, try out the blue and green blend via this dragonfly-print dress by Lilly Pulitzer ($101, originally $168) or this BCBGMAXAZRIA one shoulder print dress ($298).
Christian Louboutin's Straratata at left; Jessica Simpson's Evangel at right.
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- As if its trademark lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent wasn't enough to worry about, Christian Louboutin now has to deal with the possibility that Jessica Simpson may have copied his Straratata sandal. [The Huffington Post]
- Speaking of copyright infringement: Guess CEO Paul Marciano defended his company against accusations that it's been knocking off Gucci. "I truly believe that if this is something Gucci was genuinely concerned with, they would have acted within days, everywhere," Marciano said in court. "Are you telling me today that suddenly you realize what's happened in 1995?" [The Daily Telegraph]
- Barbie is running for president, but not without a little help from Chris Benz. The designer created the campaign wardrobe for the new I Can Be President Barbie doll – which consists of a single suit. "She actually doesn’t have a change of clothes, and she’s not allowed to take those clothes off either," Benz explained. "That’s not what she does." [Styleite]
- Dior spokeswoman Charlize Theron is on the May cover of Vogue UK. In the accompanying feature story, she reveals that being a model isn't as easy as it looks. "That f***ing walk, so hard to do," she says of the forceful strut she performed in her iconic J'adore Dior commercial. [Fashion Etc.]
>> The Fall 2012 beauty look at Chris Benz was one part Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and one part Liza Minnelli in Cabaret. Eyelids were given an ombré look with silver shadow dusted all the way up to the brows, and lips were given a creamy sheen with Lancôme Rouge In Love lipstick in Sweet Embrace. A dusting of blush and a dab of Juicy Tubes gloss in Pure finished the look. Hair was all about high-impact volume — thanks to the addition of some ultra-teased wigs. Nails painted in shades of lavender, chocolate, and gray completed the endearingly kooky vibe.
Backstage at Chris Benz, hair and makeup were inspired by a mix of Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Liza Minnelli's Cabaret character. In a word: fun. Models had ombré lids with silver shadow all the way up to the brows, and the creamy lip color was created with Lancôme Rouge In Love lipstick in Sweet Embrace, a dusting of blush, and a dash of Juicy Tubes gloss in Pure. Paired with teased wigs and lavender, chocolate, and gray nails, the look was sparkling, sequined, and endearingly kooky. Check out the complete transformation right here.
Gossip Girl Jessica Szohr is known for her disheveled-chic look off camera, but the actress went unusually polished for her appearance at Chris Benz's Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week. Up top she wore a navy, schoolboy-style blazer with a black sequined tie-front blouse, which you can re-create by tying a sequined scarf around your neck. Down low, Jessica lightened things up with a pair of tan skinny jeans, which she cuffed at the bottom. But it's her feet that stopped the outfit from veering into too-preppy territory. The pointy leopard booties lend just enough roar factor without being obnoxious, which is just the way leopard should be worn, in doses. Re-create this preppy-cum-wild ensemble at the office, then remove the blazer to reveal a more nighttime feel for after-work sips.
Imagine what your mother looked like in the '60s: bouffants, full skirts, and pleats. Then add floral prints, lamé, and a whole lot of sequins, and you'd have Chris Benz's Fall 2012 collection — a fun, retro twist on party attire. Check out his entire presentation here.
>> The prim and proper lady has gotten a major shot of whimsy for Fall 2012 thanks to Chris Benz. While super-femme details like oversized bows, sequins, and poufy skirts ruled, bright colors and playful hats helped to set a not-so-serious undertone. White and ivory got playful via pops of bright red, yellow, and green, while major layering lent a disheveled-chic vibe. Also in the mix, printed pants, knee-length skirts, cardigans, and some unique jackets.