>> Designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti showed off crochet and eyelet looks on their Spring runways, so we're looking in a similar direction to beat the heat. In hopes of staying cool this season, we scoped out the best batch of pieces — that simultaneously achieve fashion and function — from Alexander Wang, J.Crew, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Thread Social. Click the slideshow for more inspiring and breezy warm weather dresses, tops, and accessories.
We've all heard the requisite tales of bridesmaid dresses gone horribly wrong — ill-fitting, unflattering, and worse. So, while we know it's really all about the bride, for the sake of your friends' sartorial satisfaction, we've hand-picked the bridesmaid dresses that they'll actually be happy to wear at the wedding. From the more traditional sort to a bevy of pretty cocktail dresses that will transition perfectly beyond the big day, we've got it covered. Click through our editor's picks to shop the bridesmaid dresses your wedding party will happily purchase, wear, and keep long after you say "I do."
Spring is definitely not the time to be shy, and after spending some months hunkered down in fashion hibernation, it's time to cheer up and break out of your rut. Bulky layers and moody hues aren't going to fly here, so click through to see 20 bold, vivid pieces — then get ready to show this season what you're made of.
If the Spring collections were any indication, it's time to dress up your shorts. Adam, Chanel, and Rebecca Taylor showed chic shorts, and we set out to bring the glam to our own wardrobe. Dressy shorts look sharp, and they show off your legs — a nice bonus when warm weather comes. We found five very cool, very different shorts — lace, metallic, paillettes, polka dots, and silk — and styled them in five unique ways. Pick your favorite shorts from our slideshow, and get shorty.
Emerald green has risen as the color of the moment thanks to a plethora of stunning green dresses at the Golden Globes. But was green on a comeback even before stars chose it for the red carpet? We think so: bold green popped up on the Spring runways at Michael Kors and Prada. Start adding some green to your wardrobe, but make sure it's that deep, jewel-tone green, like these dangly earrings ($25) or lovely draped dress ($158). We promise you won't hear any Kermit the Frog jokes.
Many a catwalker have taken a stab at designing, but nobody works the model-actress-turned-designer game like Molly Sims. The Holiday collection for her jewelry line, Grayce by Molly Sims, is an array of chic, art deco-inspired pieces that celebrate the effortless style of timeless icons like Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Jackie O. It offers a mix of delicate layering chains, antique drop earrings, and decadent pavé statement necklaces. We got to chat with the statuesque stunner and picked her cool, creative, and superstylish brain. She let us in on some of her personal style secrets and holiday dressing tips, as well as what she'll be gifting her girlfriends this year.
Where have all the bows gone? For a while, it was all studs and leather, so it's nice to see the sweet thang is still around. What better way to evoke femininity than with bow belts? Emmy Rossum, on the streets of LA, manages to look not overly saccharine with her silver bow belt, Dita von Teese H&M charity tee, and light wash jeans. Sweet with a touch of spice.
Last week we checked out Thread Social's Fall 2009 offering and it was full of work and evening-appropriate pieces. Carried by Shopbop and Net-a-Porter, this contemporary clothing brand was created to compliment the bridal line, Thread. Launched in 2006 by Beth Blake (formerly of Chanel and American Vogue) and Melissa Akey (of Barneys and Stila cosmetics) the Thread Social aesthetic pivots on "perfect party dresses and quirky separates". Check out our snapshots from the showroom along with a few key looks from the Fall 2009 collection.
We all loved how Famke Janssen styled her black and pink silk Thread Social dress with a studded clutch and black heels to the premiere of her latest movie Turn the River. But how do you feel about Tinsley Mortimer in the same fetching frock? She was spotted on location for Gossip Girl in Long Island wearing the ivory version accessorizing with silver heels and a matching clutch. I like the dark and light opposition but which look do you prefer?
Jamie-Lynn went to get her hair done at the Frederick Fekkai salon all by her lonesome self . . . well, that is if you don't count the stalkerish paparazzi following her! If a breath of fresh air had a look, this would be it. Her crisp-white dress is given a hint of ethnic via her Diane von Furstenberg Dolce sandals and her snakeskin Calvin Klein hobo. Ahh, can you feel the freshness?