Portia de Rossi and Elle DeGeneres grabbed dinner at Craig's in West Hollywood, with Portia looking fashion forward in this Christopher Kane black leather rope top ($1,720). She paired her unique top with equally different loose-fitting white trousers and nude pointy pumps. If you've got money to spare, add Portia's exact top to your closet to give you that instant funky flair. Or, tie a black leather belt, like this one from Cusp ($64), around your high-neck black top to get the look for less. Finish off with these white trousers from Yoox ($158) and nude pumps to get Portia's latest look.
"I used accents of black leather in my A/W12 collection and so wanted to create a hairband for Tigi that had the same attitude," Kane explained. "A double strand in soft, mock leather adds toughness and strictness and keeps the hair controlled and modern." The limited-edition headband will be available with the purchase of two Catwalk by Tigi products at participating Tigi salons next month. Wear the sweet but sultry accessory with a tousled updo for cool-girl appeal, or with a ponytail for a crisp, sophisticated style.
Despite the gloomy UK weather, there were plenty of bright spots at this past weekend's Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup polo final in West Sussex, England. Zara Martin and Jade Williams, for one — the pair was the picture of polish as they sipped champagne and zipped around the giant Veuve-themed carousel in their coordinated black-and-white Moschino skirt-and-jacket ensembles.
Also on hand and looking quite chic was Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael, who attended on the arm of Christopher Kane and wore a vibrant printed dress from the designer's Resort 2013 collection. "We met at a party,” Kane explained of his and Carmichael's friendship. "We were both still there at 7 a.m., and I thought, anyone who can last as long as me is worth knowing. We’ve been friends ever since."
See the best looks from the day — including Bianca Jagger, Henry Holland, Jodie Kidd, and Beth Edwards — here, in the slideshow.
Actress Estella Warren attended a magazine party in Beverly Hills last night clad in a combination we've seriously fallen in love with: an orange frock with white lace sleeves by Christopher Kane! The lace lends sweet daintiness to the orange, while the orange kicks things up a few sassy notches. Together they're the perfect Spring couple. Inspired by Estella's orange-and-white-lace frock, we've put together our very own outfits with white lace and a bold hue. Try a sleeveless orange dress with a white lace cardigan to re-create Estella's look, or pair pink shorts with a white lace tee, a lace skirt with a mint blouse, and a white lace dress with a cobalt blazer for other fun alternatives. To get in on this sweet-slash-sassy look, shop the widget below.
Ever the eclectic styler, Shailene Woodley opted for one of Christopher Kane's slick floral-infused column dresses. The retro flower pattern paired with the designer's more futuristic, edgier leather detailing and high-low sheer proportions showed off Shailene's youthful spirit and penchant for red carpet gowns that need little else in the way of accessories. To polish off this look, Shailene wore her hair back in a sleek ponytail, donned diamond stud earrings, and kept her makeup Spring fresh and dewy. Does she get your best-dressed vote?
>> Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane tapped the rough-and-tumble youths of London's Camden Town for their Fall 2012 Versus collection. "The skinheads, the glitter, the acid tie-dye," Kane described backstage. And sure enough, there was a grittiness to the collection — and it was evident from the moment the first model appeared on the runway clad in a leather-sleeved jacket. Colors were dark and moody — burgundy, violet, and acid yellow — and everything from the skintight pants to the short little dresses was printed in psychedelic graphics or slashed-and-laced with grommets. "She's a rebellious, tough, angry, modern girl," Kane explained.
For Versus Fall 2012, Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane took it to the streets of London, more specifically to the Camden underground scene. Translation: it's all about the tough girl with a confident punk attitude and a penchant for grittier, trippier silhouettes. Between the bright tie-dye prints and rocker-chick lace-up minidresses, we could tell that Versus was honing in on its playful spirit and younger edge. While the collection offered a solid lineup of minis, over-the-knee leather boots, shredded-front tees, and general punk-appropriate attire, there were also some super-structured leather outerwear that struck us as totally wearable, no matter your personal style preference. Although Donatella and Christopher combined rougher elements — rock music, teenage angst, and more — the result can be easily transitioned into a sexier cocktail look. See more Versus details below.
- Trends: Bright tie-dye-meets-ikat prints, lace-up minis, strong leather silhouettes, and rounded shoulders.
- Colors: Fuchsia, turquoise, yellow, black, burgundy, and midnight blue.
- Key Piece: The punk-rock minidresses that featured sequins, psychedelic prints, or lace-up details.
- Accessories: Boxy purses, over-the-knee leather rocker boots, and tough biker boots with colorful piping.
- Who Would Wear It: Ladies who aren't afraid of showing a little skin with more than just a little attitude, like Heidi Klum, Diane Kruger, and Mila Kunis.
For Fall '12, Christopher Kane brought a decidedly Gothic vibe to the runway, returning to the leather, leopard, and PVC detailing he's used in earlier collections. Known for combining the futuristic with classic feminine details, Kane showed many looks that could be considered signature — there were knee-length dresses with supersexy cutouts, paisley-print skirts teamed with chunky cable-knit sweaters, and sleek, pinstripe leather trousers that gave a dose of Dick Tracy-cool to an otherwise subversive mix. Get the full breakdown below.
- Trends: Stripes, leopard, grosgrain prints, cable-knit sweaters, boxy jackets.
- Colors: Red, black, purple, blue, white.
- Key Piece: The leather cutout dresses in almost wood-like prints were sexy, yet sophisticated.
- Accessories: Obi-style belts, chunky heels, simple colorblock clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: Christopher Kane loyalists like Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Chloë Moretz.
>> Lacquered leopard print, fuzzy cable-knit, and a heavy dose of iridescent purple. This is not a list from which fashion dreams are usually made. Throw in some black-and-white pinstripes, velvet moire print, and a dash of super-slick leather, and, well, the potential for chicness is not looking good. Unless, however, you're Christopher Kane. Kane tapped all those elements — plus a few more surprises — for Fall 2012 and whipped them into a Goth-tinged frenzy that managed to look modern, refined, and decidedly cool.