Zara's May 2013 lookbook goes a little something like this: statement denim, fresh hues (both bright and light), and pops of fun prints. Starting with denim, we're smitten with two circle skirts that are perfectly retro. And when it comes to color palette, shades of cobalt, orange, crisp white, and baby pink should cover all the style-setter bases. Floral prints and stripes can be found on suits, skirts, and trousers, while another batch of sleek oversize clutches maintain their status as the perfect day-to-night accessory. For all this — plus a closer look at the Zara's signature cool-girl styling in action — click on for the complete lookbook now.
Thank goodness it's Friday, because Doutzen Kroes's latest turn as the face of H&M's High Summer campaign makes us want to be gallivanting on some far-off shore, too. Sure, Beyoncé may have heated things up in the brand's Summer kickoff campaign, but this Terry Richardson-shot spread is all sunshine, perfectly tousled beach hair, and of course, beach-bound essentials — with Tulum, Mexico, as the backdrop. Inside, Kroes shows off a cool mix of easy cover-ups, belted and accented with statement jewelry, and truth be told, there's really not much more you need than that. A look at the H&M High Summer campaign, as well as our favorite picks from the collection, here.
Our first lady isn't just a supercool mom and inspiring role model; she's a style maven, too. Michelle Obama is able to jump-start new health- and dance-related initiatives, attend summits and galas around the world with her husband, take her kids to school, and look amazing as she juggles it all. From the custom Jason Wu gown she donned at the president's inaugural ball to casual J.Crew separates, we love her signature style of mixing high and low brands. Her special attention on supporting new, young designers, her disposition toward wearing bright, bold colors, and her knack for showing off those amazingly toned arms are just a few more reasons why we love our FLOTUS's panache. And with yesterday's pretty floral Prabal Gurung sheath (to meet Prince Harry!) supplying our latest round of classic styling inspiration, we're taking a closer look at her best outfits yet.
—Additional reporting by Marisa Tom
Summer is officially on our brains, and we can't think of better way to delve in than with a major dose of Missoni. As if the fashion powerhouse hasn't provided enough eye candy before, there's a ton more zigzags and bright colors to get us excited for sunnier days. From bikinis to one-pieces to minidresses to rompers, and even visors and baseball caps, this is one collection you'll keep wanting to stare at. And even if you can't afford every single piece, it's still fun to draw inspiration for your upcoming vacation wardrobe. Ready? Head inside to experience Missoni's Summer beachwear 2013 lookbook now.
J.Crew's high-end Collection lineup always elicits a ton of "oohs" and "ahhs" at every Fashion Week showing. And who can blame us? With embellishments and fancy finishes aplenty, we immediately want to buy each and every single piece — stat. But once the looks hit stores (and once we see the hefty price tags), it takes a little more than Jenna Lyons's expert styling for us to fork over the big bucks for a piece of the collection. That being said, we're taking a zoomed-in look at the latest J.Crew Collection lookbook and breaking down the gorgeous looks really worth your hard-earned cash — and what you should consider skipping. Just step inside for our complete guide to buying smart.
Statement pieces plus basics give way to one pretty flawless (and pretty easy) outfit formula. That's what you'll learn in H&M's latest Spring styling lookbook, where t-shirts, staple cotton maxi skirts, and denim cutoffs are reinvented with embellished tops, textured jackets, and printed miniskirts. It's the "it doesn't take much" approach to elevated dressing that's employed here — just a hint of bohemian print on a sweatshirt or a touch of lace on a skirt has a major effect on how the whole outfit adds up (even when the other half of that look is just a pair of your favorite well-worn Summer shorts). And if you're looking for serious outfit perks that come in the form of just one great piece, you'll want to check out the label's graphic-printed t-shirt dress or revamp on the heat-wave-ready LBD. Just click through to see Frida Gustavsson showing off the latest Spring pieces — and the styling lessons that come with them.
As far as festival wardrobes go, the Free People Spring lineup comes pretty close to perfect. First, it brought us a beachy shoot with both Crystal Renn and Ieva Laguna cast as bohemian muses for the April catalog. Now, its newly released festival-inspired lookbook (with Martha Hunt playing cool-girl-gone-hippie) provides a Coachella-perfect selection of gauzy maxi dresses, embroidered tunics, crop tops, and printed swimwear. In short, if you're packing your bags for the second weekend at Coachella — or gearing up for any outdoor concerts — this lookbook comes just in time to inspire you as you plan your outfits. Sure, these collections also look to romance and some retro bombshell-inspired styling, but any one of these pieces could take on that quintessential festival feel with the right pair of ankle boots. Get a glimpse of it all when you keep clicking.
For Fall 2013, Gap turns its focus to classic denim pieces, boxier silhouettes, and colorblocked styling. In effect, the casual dresser has a wardrobe that's both polished and easy to wear again and again. We love the slightly unexpected inclusion of Spring hues (soft peaches, cotton-candy pinks, and tangerine corals) against chunkier cold-weather layers. But then again, that seems to be the brand's aim here — to bring about unlikely seasonal pairings, the kind that actually make a lot of sense. Take, for instance, the knitted mock pastel-colored turtleneck and cuffed khaki trousers, or the dark jean jacket layered with a thin puffer coat and black skater skirt. Both looks render an aesthetic that's equal parts lighthearted and functional. But most of all, Gap has inspired us to rework our own denim staples not just for Fall, but for right now. See what we mean inside.
On the heels of Kate Spade Saturday's online store debut, we're already getting our first look at the brand's Fall 2013 lineup. The verdict? It's cool-girl styling at its finest. Sure, we're currently shedding our cold-weather layers in favor of shortened hemlines and breezier silhouettes, but there are still a few things we can take away from Kate Spade Saturday's Autumn preview right now. From print-on-print mastery and wider belts cinched over sleeveless army vests, to colorful hand-strap clutches and one jumpsuit that (without its turtleneck counterpart) is perfect for the season ahead, there's enough fodder here to appreciate the Kate Spade Saturday Fall '13 wares now and later. Click on for the complete lookbook.
Basics with not-so-basic details might just be the best way to sum up Ann Taylor's Fall '13 lineup. The label may have made its name as the go-to for work staples like pencil skirts and sophisticated suiting — and you'll still find all of those pieces here — but this time around, they're delivered with lace, pops of print, and a hearty dose of accessories that'll set you apart from the rest of the office crowd. Fall is crafted in easy neutrals, grays, blacks, and hints of burgundy and navy, and while the silhouettes are timeless, the attention to detail is much more extraordinary. Bow-adorned skinny belts, striped blazer, polka-dot dresses, leather finishes, and a very cool shoe collection mean that you might very well look to this collection for your working wardrobe, but you'll end up wearing it just about everywhere else, too. Click through to get up close and personal with the Fall '13 clothes, shoes, bags, and baubles right here.