If you've ever wanted a piece of Behati Prinsloo's style, now is your chance to get it. The sweet (and totally hot) Namibian model shared with us her Summer shopping list, and it's filled with a range of warm-weather essentials and special pieces we guarantee you'll want to get your hands on. So what does Summer mean to Behati? "Summer involves the ocean, rolling in the sand, paddle boards, soaking up the sun, and eating good food! Being with friends and family, and going fishing with my dad(!)," said Behati. We wouldn't expect anything less from the water-loving beach babe. See what shopping picks she's jonesing for right now, then don't forget to check out our exclusive of her latest Seafolly ad campaign here.
If you're in need of bikini bod inspiration, look no further than these exclusive photos of Behati Prinsloo for the Seafolly campaign shot in sunny Palm Springs. The weather is ripe for beachside lounging, with Behati taking the lead wearing Seafolly's latest collection comprising irresistible colorful bikinis and sleek one-piece suits set to debut during Miami Swim Week in July. Behati follows in the footsteps of her Victoria's Secret cohorts Miranda Kerr and Jessica Hart as the face of Seafolly, and her new gig seems right up the alley of the 23-year-old Namibian beauty, who is a huge fan of beach living. "The beach is definitely where I feel most at home," said Behati. "It's my oxygen! I forget how much I need it sometimes when I'm away working, I am a mermaid after all! When I'm on holiday I'll paddle board, swim in the ocean, roll in the sand, long board, soak up the sun, eat good food, be with friends and family, and go fishing with my Dad." Click the slideshow to see one more exclusive shot of Behati Prinsloo for Seafolly now.
If you were a kid in the '80s and '90s, you most likely owned a pair of Dr. Martens boots, and even more so, you probably stomped around on them like you were the coolest grunge girl in school. Fast forward to present time, and you'll come to notice that grunge is back in full force, and so are Dr. Martens's awesome kicks. Not only is it still pumping out the classic yellow-stitched boots but also a supercute array of more feminine styles in the way of colored oxfords, thinner soles, and our favorite, floral printed boots. We recently took a tour of the Dr. Martens factory on Cobbs Lane and were seriously blown away with the quality and craftsmanship behind every single pair of shoes. There's a reason why those soles are so durable — just click the slideshow to see our behind-the-scenes tour of the Dr. Martens factory now.
When it comes to easy breezy SoCal fashion, Lauren Conrad is our girl. In addition to showing us her effortless style at various red-carpet events, we're also fans of her feminine-meets-cool Paper Crown collection. We know it takes certain skill and finesse to perfect such a look, so we went to the source herself at Paper Crown's Spring sample sale in LA. Here, Lauren chatted with us about how her personal style translates into her Paper Crown collection, her ultimate Summer must haves, and even her most memorable (and somewhat disastrous) fashion moment of all time:
FabSugar: What are three words that describe Paper Crown and how does that relate to your own personal style?
Lauren Conrad: Classic, romantic and effortless. Between the draped silhouettes and the fabric selection, I really try to design pieces that look nice and put together, but are still comfortable to wear. If you are going to wear something all day, you want to feel comfortable and pretty in it. My personal style is kind of the same. I like balancing out different qualities, whether it's a really feminine top paired with leather pants or a button-down in a more masculine, traditional shape with a full skirt.
FS: What is your most memorable fashion purchase of all time?
LC: A few years ago, we had a premiere or finale party in Malibu beach for The Hills. I was in Vegas and I bought this Cavalli dress [for the event] that I absolutely loved and I accidentally left it in a restaurant at the airport. It was this beautiful, full-length cream-colored dress with a bright orange flower on the side. I was so upset; I called the airport and I told them it was my wedding dress so they would look for it. They found it but because it came right before the premiere, I didn't have time to have it altered. It was such a bummer because it was a beautiful dress that ended up not fitting quite right. I remember I was so excited when I first bought it.
One season of Revenge later and we're totally addicted, not to mention completely smitten with the ever-adorable Ashley Madekwe. We know her best as the show's impeccably dressed Ashley Davenport, but the England-born actress is just as much of a style pro off screen, showcasing her styling expertise on her very own blog, Ring My Bell. Now she's dishing on her Summer must-haves and giving us an exclusive look at her ultimate seasonal shopping list. With a penchant for dip-dyed cutoffs, neoprene-injected jewels, and clear acetate shades, plus designer goodies from the likes of Proenza Schouler and Miu Miu, Ashley's list reads like a how-to in crafting cool-girl Summer style. Step inside for Ashley's awesome Summer essentials and why she's loving every piece.
Photo of Ashley Madekwe courtesy of Iddo Goldberg
A trip to Jennifer Fisher's Soho studio is like a trip to Candy Land — and the designer, herself, is like your fairy godmother, albeit the kind that wields amazingly edgy and awesome studded gold cuffs and jeweled skull cocktail rings instead of sweets. If you haven't yet heard of the insanely talented jewelry designer — whose celebrity clientele reads like a who's who of Hollywood and includes A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Miranda Kerr, and Sheryl Crow (who just sported Fisher's jewels at the Tonys) — consider this your formal introduction. Fisher welcomed us into her studio with open arms – then opened up the jewelry cases, giving us free reign to try on her cool-girl collection and revealing just how she began her career as one of the hottest up-and-coming designers in her field. Read on to get to know our latest designer crush and her gorgeous collection of baubles.
FabSugar: How did you get started designing jewelry?
Jennifer Fisher: I was a wardrobe stylist for film and TV before I made my first piece. I ended up being diagnosed with a really rare sarcoma in 1998, and I was dating my husband here in NY and flying back and forth from NY to LA, working on jobs and going through chemotherapy at the same time for this tumor. Work saved me. After we got married, we wanted to have a child, but my oncologist didn't want me to . . . Long story short, it was a really long journey to get to have my son.
When he was born, I wanted something cool to wear with his name on it, and there was nothing out there. It was all very generic, and I didn't want to look like everybody else. I wanted something that felt heavier and edgier and had some grit to it and some substance.
So I went out and sourced how to make these tags and started making them, just with his full name on a long chain, and people started stopping me on the street and asking me to make them, and that's sort of how it started. And then other pieces, oh, you know, 'Will you make me this?' And it just started growing into 1,000 different options of charms now.
FS: Do you have a specific girl in mind when you're designing?
JF: No, it's funny — I don't design seasonally, although I'm starting to sort of have to, now that I'm in stores. I started designing wanting something sort of different, so in designing pieces, I sort of go for what I feel like wearing. I think trying to worry about what everyone else is doing sets you up for failure. It's not really designing for someone in mind so much, but more what I want to wear that week or that day.
Someone always says to me, 'What season is this from?' But I wanted pieces you would wear in Fall and Summer, and pieces you don't get sick of after a year. I try not to be too trendy, and that's why I don't work with stones too much or with color. I really like the metal base because I feel like it's timeless.
FS: What's up next for Jennifer Fisher?
JF: I'm working on these larger statement things and working toward more earrings — I'm really into earrings right now! – more heavy necklaces, because that's the one thing that's lacking. I was so into bracelets when I started the line that now I want to go into earrings more. It was really bracelets and rings to begin with, and now I want to do big necklaces, charm bracelets on a really heavy level. It's fun! I'm also working on a collaboration, but it's not finalized yet.
It's fun to grow and to see what this has turned into from this little thing. It's fun to create what you want to create and to have people on the street that I don't know wearing it — that's the most amazing thing in the world.
FS: If you weren't a jewelry designer, what would you be?
JF: Growing up I always wanted to be a plastic surgeon. I have such a crazy, type-A, detail-oriented personality that that's something that I would love to do.
Brad Goreski Shares His Closet Organization Tips and Tells Us Which Trendy Items We Should Toss, Stat
Last night, we chatted with stylist extraordinaire Brad Goreski at eBay's selling style event. Since the evening was all about getting rid of lost loves — also known as the pieces in your closet you know you'll never wear — and replacing them with something new, we asked Brad, also part of eBay's chic squad, to share his thoughts on editing our wardrobe. "Once we allow ourselves to free up that space that is being held by things we never wear, then we free up that space with better and more beautiful things to come in," said Brad. "Everyone has those shoes in the closet that are 1/2 size too big or too small or that dress that doesn't fit anymore. Now, you can easily sell those items [on eBay] and use that money to buy those Céline shoes you've been lusting after." Safe to say, we're all guilty of hoarding such pieces.
So which trendy items should you definitely get rid of? "One of the things I think should really disappear are any denim that has any kind of embroidery or embellishment (unless it's a stud) on the pockets or any kind of jeans with oversized stitching," said Goreski. "Jeans should just be clean, beautiful, and classic." So with a strong heart and Brad's amazing closet organization tips in hand, we urge you to set forth and start detoxing your closet. Just read below for Brad's quick and easy tips now:
Brad Goreski's closet organization tips:
- Do a mini Spring cleaning. We all have that dress in our closet that we haven't worn in a year; pull that dress out and get rid of it.
- Go through the things in your drawers and evaluate whether you really need a certain number of things you have in your closet. I have 40 cashmere sweaters, do I really need 40? How many pairs of jeans do you really need? Just keep the ones you are really into right now.
- Get rid of duplicates and things in your closet which still has its tags on.
- Try to allow yourself to part with something that you've been holding onto for a long time. Things that you don't love but just can't seem to get rid of for some reason. Just know that the thing you're going to get rid of is going to turn into something new and beautiful.
Just in time for bikini season, we came across Giejo, a new swimwear line created by Gabby Sabharwal. "The idea to create a swimsuit came about really as something that was initially just for me," said the supertalented 26-year-old, who also leads a double-duty life as a PR girl at BCBG Max Azria. "I was looking to purchase a new swimsuit for my upcoming vacation with my girlfriends. We were going to St. Thomas to celebrate my 25th birthday and of course I wanted to look fabulous." That said, Giejo — the name stems from a childhoood nickname — was born in Spring '11 and has already garnered a cult following from stylish girls looking for a unique twist on swimwear. When we say unique, we really mean it; Gabby uses deadstock textiles so only a certain amount of pieces can be made in a collection. In fact, Barneys loved her line so much that it asked Gabby to design an exclusive collection (available now in stores and online). Want to learn more about Gabby? Just read below for the 411, then click the slideshow to see her Summer '12 lookbook.
FabSugar: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Gabby Sabharwal: Everyone in New York City. I could spend hours people watching. They are the real people wearing fashion. I always dreamed of moving to this city and I am grateful every day to wake up and experience what surrounds me.
FS: How would you describe the Giejo girl?
GS: The Giejo girl is me, but she is all of my girlfriends, too. She's fashion forward and wants to stand out. She is aware of the trends but is also price conscious, and she is a bit sick of hitting the sales. She wants an affordable line that is fashion forward and not mass market. She is a smart packer and smart shopper who is always on the go and trying to think of ways to simplify her wardrobe without sacrificing style.
FS: How do you balance being a designer and a BCBG PR girl?
GS: With a lot of organization and coffee! I work from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed! I usually wake up around 6 a.m. to start getting together the orders for Giejo, answer emails, run errands, pick up samples/fabric. Then, I'm in the office from 8:45 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Then, I go home to finish everything that I didn't get to during the day and start preparing for the next day. Every day there is a new challenge!
FS: Favorite food?
GS: French fries and ice cream.
FS: First memorable fashion purchase?
GS: For making national honor society in high school, my father bought me a Louis Vuitton purse — it was the one that everyone had — the mini wallet on a chain. I was obsessed!
We love looking to stylish celebs for wardrobe inspiration, and with Summer on the horizon — think beaches, rooftop parties, and days spent in the sun — we're giving you an exclusive look at what some of our top fashion stars are shopping for right now. Our first Summer stylist is So You Think You Can Dance superhost Cat Deeley, who chatted with us about her Summer fashion must haves. We've been admiring her penchant for bright colors, fun embellishments, and cool-girl accoutrements from afar, and we're so excited by her picks. Not only does she have a keen eye for covetable brands like Isabel Marant and Matthew Williamson, but we also love how Cat mixes up her style profile with affordable, high street fashion. Just click the slideshow to see, and shop, Cat Deeley's ultimate Summer shopping list right now.
The annual Met Gala not only inspires fashion's finest to come together for an epic showing of couture, avant-garde, and wildly fantastic gowns, but it also allows us to catch up — if only for 60 seconds — with some of our favorite style setters. Last night's affair was nothing short of eye-catchingly chic, and to add to our plate, we caught up with the likes of Rachel Zoe in her own fringed creation, the beautiful Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren, and Monique Lhuillier-clad Ginnifer Goodwin. Wondering who's bringing sexy back, which model isn't worried about wardrobe malfunctions, and which cool girl gets nervous about those infamously treacherous museum steps? Keep reading for the best quips, all in a Met Gala minute, of course.
- Rachel Zoe, on how long it took her to get ready: "Me? Me? Not very long. I care more about her [points to Karolina Kurkova], so . . ."
- Karolina Kurkova, on bringing sexy back (literally): [Turns around to show off her back] "I always love open backs. Very simple and chic in the front and then the back, it's like, 'Wow.' . . . In the back, I have a zipper, so I can completely unzip it, so you know, if you want to loosen up, if you want to get a little more, you know, sexy in the back, show a little skin!"
- Ginnifer Goodwin, on her custom Monique Lhuillier creation: "To have a dress made to your proportions makes you realize how every other day of the year you wear a dress that doesn't fit!"
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