InStyle hosted three events while up north at the Toronto International Film Festival, and our top three looks from stars at our parties! Camilla Belle chose a graphic Carlos Miele for the annual InStyle/HFPA bash, Blake Lively looked sexy in a red sequin Chanel dress at the after-party for The Town and Hilary Swank wore head-to-toe Lanvin for a fete celebrating her new film Conviction and her September InStyle cover. See all ten best dressed by clicking through the gallery now!
Marchesa‘s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig—also newly minted InStyle contributors—really outdid themselves for their Spring 2011 presentation yesterday, showing off incredibly ornate Oriental-inspired gowns (standout: the blush laser cut sculpted gown, above right) featuring horsehair, tulle, feathers and lace. Jessica Szohr and Olivia Palermo oohed and aahed at the fairytale of dresses, modeling a couple of knockout looks themselves. Click through the gallery below for all the need-to-know news, trends we are loving now, plus our take on the hottest moments from New York Fashion Week!
—Joyann King, with reporting by Heather Viggiani
Style icon Michelle Obama attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala in Washington last night, with a very dapper-looking President on her arm. The First Lady, who’s known to wear designs from labels like Thakoon and Jason Wu, showed off her famous arms in a bronze sequin cocktail sheath from Moschino, and it’s one of our favorite looks yet! She accessorized with jeweled circular earrings and gold open-toe pumps.
1. Find out why Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal are suddenly getting cozy. [JustJared.com]
2. Kim Kardashian went on a major Parisian shopping spree. Tres chic, Kim! [TMZ.com]
3. Missoni has hit Rent the Runway–and so has one of the label’s dresses donned by Rachel Zoe. [RentTheRunway.com]
4. The latest celebrity to walk the runway? Angelina from Jersey Shore. [NYMag.com]
5. Purchase these trendy charm bracelets at any David Barton Gym (or from the designer!!) to support National Ovarian Cancer Month. [JulesSmithDesigns.com]
6. Check out Michael Stipe’s guide to great food in New Orleans in Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter. [GOOP.com]
Michael Kors‘s fuchsia silk jersey tank and long skirt with slit was a knockout (so was Isabelli Fontana’s body!). Happy Spring!
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On September 20th, Swarovski will be auctioning off 22 LBDs designed by some of world’s most influential fashion designers. The crystal-making line challenged the designers to each create a one-of-a-kind LBD using Swarovski gems as embellishments. The designers tapped for the project include Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Fendi and Giorgio Armani Prive (each of whose creations are shown from left to right). In addition to these dazzling dresses, Swarovski is releasing a book, 22 Ways to Say Black (available on Amazon.com) with blown-out images of the collection. The proceeds from each dress and the book will benefit cancer-related charities including the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer in France. Can’t wait to add one of these beauties to your collection? You can bid by phone (212-940-1228), by e-mail (email@example.com), or in person at the Phillips de Pury & Company auction in New York City this Monday.
People has released their annual Best Dressed listed, and some of our favorite stars have earned top marks. Jennifer Aniston was called out for chic, all-American taste (like this draped Donna Karan), while Jessica Alba was noted for her always-effortless mix of casual pieces with more fancy, edgy ones. Softly waved hair, for example, tones down the high-fashion, hard-edge of Alba’s sparkling Balmain dress. And Zoe Saldana was noted for her impeccable, always dramatic red-carpet choices, such as this stunning RM by Roland Mouret gown. For the complete list of stars, visit PeopleStyleWatch.com.