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.
J. Mendel showed an elegant Fall 2012 collection, where the beauty was all in the details. Designer Gilles Mendel cited a memory of his mother's Courrèges boucle suit: "the first time she opened it, I was about age 14, and seeing the flash of the metallic lining shining from under the black, it was stunning and surprising, even then. That peek-a-boo effect . . . [is] alive in this collection." That translated into dresses with crescent cutouts, peplum tops, crocodile trim on fur jackets, and chiffon evening gowns embellished with embroidery. Mendel lined a black jacket in metallic gold, and combined multiple furs for a degrade effect on his outerwear. The collection was completely, utterly luxurious, and we look forward to seeing the gowns on the red carpet, while we expect to see the furs on front-row attendees Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
>> Eenie, meenie, miney, moe, which Olsen twin sat front row? Both did, actually — but that's beside the point. Or is it? By now, Giles Mendel's J. Mendel line is just as known for its red-carpet gowns as it is for its signature furs, and two pint-size megastars perched beside the runway really hammers that home.
But on to the main event. For Fall 2012, Mendel said he was inspired by Gaudi's architecture in Spain, as captured in an old Helmut Newton-lensed editorial for Vogue. "I feel like it spoke to the DNA of the brand. There's the luxury of materials, rich textures and curves, which I see sliding over the curves of a woman's body." To that end, there was plenty of luxury to be found — and plenty of architecture as well. The former came in the use of cashmere, alligator, fox fur, and silks, the latter in sculptural draping and geometric cutouts. Separates and outerwear were sharply-tailored with plenty of feminine charm: belted leather jackets and decadent fur coats draped easily over soft wool suits, wide-leg trousers, and long-sleeve frocks.
And the gowns? No disappointment there. The styles were as varied as they were breathtaking, with plenty of elaborate detailing: there were flowing chiffons, dramatic slits, embellished deco motifs, and some very artful asymmetric draping. A dress for every mood — and every red-carpet queen.
One of the hottest working models right now, Karlie Kloss, stepped off a shoot and onto the red carpet for Jay-Z's performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC last night. Her dress of choice for the event? J. Mendel's colorblock silk dress ($1,980), which she paired with gold strappy sandals and a black Chanel bag. Her color scheme — black, white, and green — feels super fresh at the moment, so let's use it as inspiration to create a similarly colored outfit you can wear in your everyday life. Start with a sleeveless green button-down blouse and pair it with black wide-leg trousers — slim black pants work too — a sharp white blazer, and gold sandals like Karlie's. There you have it, a crisp look you can wear to the office, then to after-work sips.
If your dress is white, you may automatically reach for a white or nude shoe to pair it with, but before you do, take a look at Jayma Mays's red carpet style. She went for an element of surprise with each of her LWD outfits this past weekend, opting for bold shoes instead of something more subtle. For the Glee 3D Concert movie premiere, Jayma wore an ethereal, ivory J. Mendel dress that would be pretty enough for a beach wedding, but toughened it up with strappy black platform heels. At a Fox All-Star party, Jayma chose a fitted, short-sleeve Pamella Roland sheath dress that would have been perfect for a weekend brunch if paired with nude flats. Instead, she made it party ready with Brian Atwood Maniac calf-hair pumps ($735) in shocking hot pink. We love her style choices here; will you give them a try?
We've had red-carpet looks on the brain here for, oh, ever, so we paid special attention to the gorgeous gowns coming down the runway at New York Fashion Week. There were florals, lace, flowy chiffon numbers, lots of red, and plenty of sparkle from our favorite designers, including Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Monique Lhuillier. Here are the top 25 most drop-dead gorgeous dresses of the week — and the ones we're hoping to see on the Oscars red carpet!
Rosario goes for a softly sexy look in a citrus-colored J. Mendel dress. The bodice is a simple v-neck, but underneath the beaded waist is an asymmetrical hem that shows off her legs and her metallic Louboutins. On her wrist are some strong gold bracelets, and she carries a little box clutch. What really pops are her bright green pendant Susie Fox Jewelry earrings — love the pairing with citron yellow! What's your feeling on Rosario's softly sexy outfit?
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