On her way to Live With Kelly in NYC, Jessica Alba donned a vibrant ensemble that has us yearning for Spring. Her solid separates — orange Acne sweater, kelly-green coat, and two-tone Barbara Bui sandals — balanced her floral Erdem trousers perfectly. Each piece is eye-catching on its own, but we are absolutely smitten with her 34.5-carat emerald Jack Vartanian ring. Shop it all here.
>> The best of the new arrivals, all in one place. With the flood of Resort 2012 pieces taking over stores, a few Spring 2012 items trickling in, and all the Holiday 2011 items still lingering about, the shopping options this time of year seem nearly endless. So, which of the just-in pieces are topping our list this week? Think ponyhair pumps from Alexander McQueen, a hyper-floral shift from Erdem, and drool-worthy handbags from 3.1 Phillip Lim — just to name a few. Shop all those, plus more, here in the slideshow.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Erdem Moralioglu infused his signature prim-and-proper silhouettes with an eye-popping mix of tangerine, citron, deep blue, and blood orange — just the thing for the girl who likes her sweater sets with a side of boldness. Prints and lace — two more Erdem classics — were used strategically and to great effect: fiery florals sprinkled the hem of a full-pleated skirt or the bodice of a slim-lined shift, and dainty lace added graphic intrigue in the form of applique on trenches and sweaters.
Still in need of an awesome Halloween costume idea? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We asked a few of our favorite trend-setting celebrities and designers what they plan on dressing up as this year — from a palm tree to a fairy to something very hairy, watch our video to get some creative Halloween costume inspiration. On Allison: Topshop jacket, Frieda and Nellie bracelets.
We caught up with a bevy of British designers at the London Show Rooms closing cocktail event in LA last week. Standout shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and Marios Schwab tell us their go-to style tips. Fenton Fallon designer Dana Lorenz and Erdem Moralioglu reveal the items every girl needs to have in her wardrobe. It's all in today's Fab Flash. On Allison: H&M jacket, necklace from CharmandChain.com
Delicate lace and feminine florals came together for a beautiful, ladylike show from Erdem for Spring 2012. We already know Erdem is high on Kate Middleton's radar after she wore Erdem several times on her North American tour this Summer, and for good reason. The brand manages to feel feminine and polished without an ounce of stuffiness.
- Trends: ladylike, florals, lace.
- Colors: shades of blue, yellow, and violet.
- Key Piece: a floral trench, the floral dress with lace detailing.
- Accessories: ankle-strap heels, delicate little car gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: Feminine, polished girls — Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Kate Middleton, and Sarah Jessica Parker would look great in this collection.
>> Kate Middleton's sartorial diplomacy is already winning accolades. Arriving Thursday in Ottawa, Kate kicked off her 11-day tour of Canada and the US in a lace dress by UK-based, Canadian-born designer Erdem. Middleton reportedly has quite a few more outfits planned for the trip — 30 looks in total — and if the first few are any indication, more nods to both her home country and host countries are in store. She did not bring a stylist or dresser with her, but appears to be moving away from wearing so many High Street designers. Click through to see all of Kate's travel outfits, with more to come as the trip continues.