Palm prints have been given a modern face lift this season thanks to brands like Victoria Beckham, Sandro, and Oscar de la Renta. Not just for the beach, these island-invoking pieces will make a bold statement at a Summer rooftop party as they would at a luau in Hawaii. The key to getting this look right? Make sure to choose streamlined silhouettes — like J.Crew's easy crewneck tee or Michael Kors's fitted dresses — and accompany the look with minimal accessories.
Just days after after announcing her new clothing line, Alessandra Ambrosio was spotted looking bright as ever while grabbing lunch in Brentwood. She gave her laid-back style a major jolt with this Michael Michael Kors green sweater ($206), then tempered it via a white scarf and these Citizens of Humanity lightwash skinny jeans ($218). Then here's where things got really exciting for us: the model completed her outfit with Rag & Bone's tan Harrow booties ($495) and a matching CC Skye black and tan studded bag. In doing so, she reminded us how much we dig green with tan — it's a fresh color combo that will liven your Winter wardrobe and take you all the way through Spring. If you love Alessandra's latest look as much as we do, score her exact sweater and booties to work into your everyday style. We recommend sporting the sweater with jeans and trousers now, then throwing it over your shoulders with a tank and shorts come Spring.
Gwen Stefani dropped her kids off at school in LA, then headed to the car, showing off her new MICHAEL Michael Kors dotted sweater ($120). We've seen a lot of polka-dot tops, but this one definitely pops thanks to its mix of small and large dots. The white contrast collar, hem, and cuffs lend a sporty flair, and the the faded wash makes this affordable buy even more effortlessly adorable. We also love the way Gwen styled her sweater: with olive skinny jeans, black booties, and slick Karen Walker off-white sunglasses ($250). Score Gwen's exact polka-dot sweater now to work into your Winter wardrobe. Wear it with black trousers or leather pants to dress it up, with jeans for a laid-back vibe, and with leggings when you just feel like lounging at home.
Ellen Pompeo made a shopping stop at American Rag in LA looking preppy-slash-polished in a white silk button-up blouse, which she tucked into light gray shorts. She continued her monochromatic outfit with this Michael Michael Kors off-white bag ($398), python pumps, and aviator sunglasses. A gold watch and matching gold ring completed her Summer look. Wear this ensemble on your next retail run or swap the shorts for white trousers for work. Shop similar pieces below to get Ellen's latest look.
>> Michael Kors is hitting 30 years in the business this year, but just because he's celebrating doesn't mean he's slowing down, he tells the Los Angeles Times: "There will be another 30 years. I'm not 80. This isn't the hydraulic lift coming up at the Oscars and the slow wave. I still feel like a kid."
His attitude toward designing has changed since he started, however: "Initially, my clothes couldn't be expensive enough. I went from thinking fashion was only the provenance of big-city affluent people, to thinking you could be 14 or 80, live in the city or suburbs, have endless money or a limited budget, and buy something great-looking at the right price for you. The world has changed, and people look and feel better for it."
And he plays his part to make sure the lower-priced Michael Michael Kors collection is quality: "I always say, 'If you blurred your eyes, would the wealthiest person in the world want to wear it?' If the answer is no, we don't make it."
Kors, who dressed Mark Wahlberg's wife, Rhea Durham, for the Golden Globes over the weekend, doesn't see himself as a red carpet panderer: "If it's a client of ours, or someone I'm intrigued by, then collaboration is great. But we're never going to have rolling racks with ball gowns all over town. That's not who we are."
But he does have ambitions in the entertainment industry. He's represented by Creative Artists Agency, and although he doesn't want to direct a la Tom Ford, he says, "My real love is theater and stage. But unfortunately, my day job is busy, to say the least. Could we see Michael Kors the impresario in the future? Maybe. Producing something would be intriguing."
Gloves and scarves are not only perfect holiday gifts because of their timeliness — everyone loves being given a cozy accessory when it's freezing out — but also because of their versatility. They're no-brainers, and are sure to fit and delight almost anyone. From a pretty knit scarf ($86) to a pair of toasty faux-fur mittens ($15, originally $28) these pieces are guaranteed to keep the lucky recipient snug and stylish. Click through to see all of my cozy-cool picks.