Hollywood's A-listers gathered to celebrate the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards tonight. Among the red-carpet standouts, we spotted Ginnifer Goodwin in a floor-length red Nonoo gown and coordinating clutch, while Anne Hathaway sparkled in a gold sequined Gucci minidress, and Ashley Madekwe (baring her midriff) in her pink floral J. Mendel ensemble. Step inside to see what Lily Collins, Christa B. Allen, Kristen Wiig, and more of the style crowd wore tonight.
For Fall 2013, the makeup (and clothes) at J. Mendel were conjured up with the average girl in mind. Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman created a bronze eye that was high on shine and low on steps. A sleek, textured ponytail completed the look.
The look: Bronze eye shadow, low ponytails, and nude nails.
Key tips: Use a paddle brush to blow-dry hair instead of a round brush, and then finish with a rounded flat iron for curl.
Overheard backstage: Westman selected the playlist for backstage, including The Beatles, Radiohead, and a little Jay-Z to finish.
Luxurious texture and red-carpet dressing are par for the course at a J. Mendel show, but Fall '13 revisited the designer's staples with an impeccably sleek direction and an effortlessness in everything from the furs to the evening gowns. Click through to see the gorgeous collection now, and come back soon for our full review.
While many donned floor-length gowns on tonight's red carpet, Faith Hill opted for a knee-length J. Mendel dress from the designer's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. But this LBD featured a few dazzling details: a sheer bodice with sequin designs, a beaded collar, and a sweetheart neckline. As for accessories, Faith chose blue cluster earrings, a matching cocktail ring, and black patent pumps. Are you into the singer's little black dress tonight?
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If there was a gown to prove that not much is needed to create a strong and sexy look, it's the black J. Mendel dress Girls star Allison Williams made her entrance in at tonight's Golden Globes. A sculptural neckline and geometric back cutout created a sophisticated, skin-baring silhouette, while the seam work in her dress's skirt subtly added to its fishtail flare. Williams kept things chic and sleek with hair tightly pulled back to reveal her drop earrings — her only jewelry for the evening, which added a quiet pop of color to her timeless black dress. Are you a fan of Allison's gown?
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Revenge star Emily VanCamp chose a romantic gray J. Mendel gown for the Emmy Awards tonight. She paired a sparkly diamond bracelet and dark clutch to complement the neutral tone. Emily and boyfriend, and costar, Josh Bowman are often spotted sharing PDA on and off the set, but we'll have to wait and see if he's her plus-one inside the show. Stay tuned because we're keeping a close eye on all the celebrities as they arrive, so be sure to watch PopSugar's live Emmys show!
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Finding inspiration in the Kawachi Fuji gardens in Japan, Mendel's set is sophisticated to start — with clean lines, luxe details, and even mink coming down the Spring runway — then quickly evolves into something color-rich and definitively feminine. The onset is an exercise in more modern construction and a pale palette: soft pinks and greens. Then, with a sequence of light-as-air, diaphanous, pleated dresses, Mendel hints at what's to come. The entirety of the show seems to literally blossom right there on the runway. From tailored short sets and leather skirts to full-bodied prints on suiting, sheaths, and an intensely pretty violet pleated gown, the transformation is beautiful to watch (and obviously even more so to wear). As the show neared its finale, each brightly hued confection seemed lovelier than the next, until finally the collection closed out with a bold, orange, pleated gown with nods to the designer's botanical references, made only more literal with floral appliqués. This is why we're used to seeing Mendel on the red carpet and hearing A-listers credit his label at nearly every high-profile awards show: J. Mendel is masterful at crafting clothes that make women feel and look insanely gorgeous — and here's the proof.
- Trends: Brights, slits, pleats, cutouts, fur, leather, and floral print.
- Colors: Violet, navy, coral, peach, pink, and white.
- Key Piece: The diaphanous, sheer-pleated dresses were stunning.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap sandals and pointed-toe pumps.
- Who Should Wear It: We see beauty Natalie Portman in the violet, pleated, floor-length gown.
Taylor Swift wore not one but two fabulous outfits last night at the MTV VMAs! She started with an off-white J. Mendel suit and gold Tom Ford sandals, then later changed into a casual outfit during her performance. We love her red-carpet look as a fun alternative to a dress at a fancy party and her striped top and shorts ensemble for a laid-back but cute weekend look. Get a closer look at both outfits, then shop similar pieces for yourself.
Taylor Swift kept busy this weekend with a styled showing at not one, but two awards shows. She started off in a sweet, cream Maria Lucia Hohan frock at the Kids' Choice Awards, where she took home the "Big Help" blimp, presented by Michelle Obama, for her anti-bullying advocacy work and aid to tornado victims. She then jetted off to Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she took home entertainer of the year for the second time. Taylor went sleek and sexy in J. Mendel for the occasion and took to her Instagram to share a few cute photos after her win. See both of these glamorous get-ups in today's Fab Flash!
We continue to be mesmerized by Rooney Mara's red-carpet choices. She always looks polished yet edgy, which sounds like an easy feat, but isn't. Side note: we've heard her stylist wants to remain anonymous, but we are dying to know who it is! But back to Rooney's look; her latest J. Mendel plum number from the Fall 2012 collection is just sexy enough thanks to the plunging neckline, but the full skirt and moody hue keep it from going into cheesy territory. Slicked-back hair, bordeaux lips, and nude t-strap sandals are just-perfect accoutrements. While this ensemble is quite fancy for everyday, we can definitely draw inspiration from its color and cut. This Three Dots draped dress ($37) is a great alternative without the risque plunge. Or, if you want something a bit more casual, why not throw on this Guess top ($35, originally $49) with a pair of gray jeans and nude sandals? There's also way more red-carpet-to-real-life suggestions in the widget below.