Happy Friday — you know what that means, it's time to announce our CelebStyle top stars of the week! This week's standouts were Emma Roberts in a smashing black-on-black Valentino ensemble, Jessica Alba in an unparalleled street-chic look complete with a fresh Tory Burch fedora, Solange Knowles in a stunning Rachel Roy gown with a sparkling Edie Parker clutch, and a few more top trendsetters including Diane Kruger, Krysten Ritter, Chrissy Teigen, and Estella Warren. Step inside to see who was crowned a CelebStyle top star, why we loved their looks, and how you can re-create them yourself.
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23 actress Krysten Ritter has a knack for styling flirty ensembles that have us totally smitten, and that's why we love the most recent look — a blue cutout Lyn Devon dress with lace-up Aldo espadrilles — she donned at a boutique benefit in Santa Monica. The length of Krysten's frock is perfect for any age, but what really makes it pop are the side cutouts and bold blue hue. Her neutral espadrilles, gray leather Sud De Sur clutch, and circle drop earrings by Elizabeth Wells complemented her retro style flawlessly. Work a sassy cutout dress with Krysten's exact shoes for a bridal shower, or test-drive a black cutout number with caged sandals for a sexy-yet-sophisticated date-night look.
The pants that dominated the Spring runways were a varied lot, from slouchy borrowed-from-the-boys trousers to high-waist '70s styles to the clean, crisp, cropped trouser we saw at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and DKNY. With our new Spring shoes dying to break free, the cropped trouser wins our vote for best way to show off new shoes and just a hint of skin. Here are our editors' picks for the best cropped pants, ranging from neutral hues to pops of bright color.
>> Lyn Devon's goal is to become "the fresh voice in American luxury sportswear." In her SoHo basement studio today, she showed off her latest effort in "reinventing the classics": but instead of sticking to her usual straight, sharp tailoring, she was inspired by images of ballet and dance to give her silhouette a little more movement. Hence, her Fall 2010 "beatnik ballet" collection: Devon suggests countering the newfound looseness of her dresses with a black turtleneck and a belted waist. But when it comes down to it, she's all about catering to her customer — she says her hand knits, leathers, and prints do really well, and this season, she ventured into more eveningwear options, just because her clients asked.
Young designer Lyn Devon, who launched her label in 2005, wanted customers to "dress on the bright side" this Fall. In her collection, vibrant purple, deep red and an optimistic poppy print appear alongside dark classics. The effect is dramatic and sophisticated, optimistic but not at all ditzy. Texture is also considered this season with houndstooth, ultra-thin leather and tech jersey coming together in different combinations. The overall effect is an ultra-clean, sophisticated take on modern sportswear which will hopefully get Devon into many more stores next season. Check out the complete Fall 2009 look book in the gallery below.
We just had to wait until after Valentine's Day to say this--we're thinking red is the hot color for Fall 2009. Not only have head-to-toe red looks come together from Lyn Devon and 6119 Ilana Sunderland, but, last night, Ruffian sent their red-clad models down a matching runway. Combine the monochromatic examples with the glimpses of it at Rag & Bone (and color is hard to come by with those gents), the transparent instances at Verrier, and the ruby prints at Karen Walker, and you've got yourself a pretty strong case for the color.
Twenty-three-year-old designer, Lyn Devon, got her start working for Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen before launching her own line in 2005. This year she was the recipient of an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award. Her Fall 2009 collection demonstrates, similarly to Spring, her skill with tailored elements, strong color, and statuesque silhouettes. For more, click here.
>> Fall 2009 is "the make or break season" for small designers, according to Eric Wilson of The New York Times. Stores are reducing their orders by 20 percent or more for Fall, and some are already trying to cancel their Spring orders, which puts small businesses, especially those without independent financial backing, in a tenuous position. Basically, Wilson points out, "The more stores that close, the more designers will follow." And in show season, the cost of samples and putting on a show doesn't help with the strain.
The recipients of Ecco Domani's 2009 Fashion Foundation awards have been announced. The womenswear category winners are Lyn Devon, Matthew Ames, Cushnie et Ochs by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and Ohne Titel by Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. Corpus, by Jerrod Cornish and Keith Richardson, took the honor in menswear, and jeweler Monique Péan received the prize in the accessories group.
In addition, Bodkin Brooklyn designers Eviana Hartman and Samantha Pleet were granted an inaugural award for sustainable design. Each emerging label will receive a $25,000 grant towards their show at NY Fashion Week in February. They join the list of past beneficiaries, which includes Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, and Rodarte. Congratulations to all — we can't wait to see more from these talented designers!
Lyn Devon's understanding of cool, American sportswear has made her the recipient of a Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award this year.. Devon, a 23 year old New York native, got her started working for Zac Posen and Ralph Lauren before launching her own label in 2005. Since then the designer has been quickly gaining momentum with positive reviews from WWD and Style.com in addition to countless magazines credits. Her Spring 2009 collection featured practical sportswear-inspired pieces that balanced masculine and feminine silhouettes beautifully. Devon often refers to her range as 'no-nonsense' and we find that sentiment to be well-timed indeed. Check out her Spring 2009 look book right here.