Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t just become a country music singer overnight. The Oscar-winning actress (and Glee guest star) relied on her friends for pointers to perfect her role in Country Strong. “I was playing a bonafide superstar and that’s what kind of scared me the most,” our January cover girl told Good Morning America.” I thought, ‘How am I going to realistically pull this off?’ So I studied Beyonce to see how she performs and that kind of amazing confidence she has. I thought if I could just channel a little thimbleful of Beyonce’s confidence, then you know.” Catch Country Strong when it opens nationwide on Friday. And for more from Gwyneth Paltrow, pick up a copy of January’s InStyle issue, on newsstands now.
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard landed a modeling job as the face of Kate Spade‘s spring 2011 campaign. Howard, the 29-year-old daughter of Ron Howard who starred in Hereafter, The Village, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is the first celebrity to star to pose for the label in the brand’s 18-year history (and it’s her first campaign, too). She perfects the playful, colorful aspects of the label in the photographs, posing with a bullhorn while draped in Kate Spade clothes, bracelets, shoes and bags. For more Bryce Dallas Howard style, check out some of her most memorable red-carpet looks in the gallery.
Just weeks after Kate Middleton wore a Temperley London dress out with Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II announced that Alice Temperley (the British designer behind the dress) made the annual Her Majesty’s 2010 New Year Honors List. We can’t help but wonder if one has to do with the other, but in any case, it’s great news for Temperley, who will receive the honor at a ceremony later this year. Other fashion industry recipients of the Queen’s honors this year include Tanya Sarne, founder of Ghost, and Mark and Mo Constantine, founders of Lush Cosmetics. These honorees join an established group: Past recipients of British Empire honors include handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, photographer Nick Knight, Vivienne Westwood and late designer Alexander McQueen.
1. Kim Kardashian prepped for her new music video wearing cornrows. Of course she did. [Just Jared]
2. Tutus are popular on the runways and on celebrities (like Rihanna). Thanks, Black Swan! [NYT]
3. The Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation is set to launch a fragrance named Promise Me in April. [WWD]
4. Italy banned using plastic shopping bags on January 1st. Way to go green, Italians. [Reuters]
5. Iconic textile industry figure Roger Milliken has died at the age of 95. [LA Times]
6. Catch a glimpse of Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mallon starring in the label’s first fragrance campaign. She describes the ad as “sensual and soft.” [The Cut]
Beyonce, Jessica Szohr, Blake Lively and a host of other celebrities partied on New Year’s Eve at the opening of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel and casino. And just before the clock struck midnight, we turned to the stylish crowd to find out if they had any plans for getting healthy in 2011. “It’s going to sound crazy, but traveling less,” Kristin Davis (wearing Prada) told us. “I get to go great places, but you don’t take that good of care of yourself when you’re always on the road. So I’m going to try to be home a little more.” Meanwhile, Brandy—wearing a Lipsy dress, which was styled by Taylor Jacobson—said she’s “cleansing.” “I’m going to really get back into being a vegan,” she said. “I’m going to put forth every effort I have to do that.” See more celebrities at the bash, and their get-healthy plans in the gallery.
—Sharon Clott, with reporting by Kahlana Barfield
Tom Ford‘s spring 2011 secret fashion show was one of the most buzzed-about of the season, and now, you can score a front-row feeling, as the designer just launched his official video of the runway presentation. “Tom Ford’s return to designing women’s clothing was the highlight of New York Fashion Week,” said Cynthia Weber-Cleary, fashion director of InStyle. “His intimate show featured a mix of his friends, fashion icons and muses as models: Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Lauren Hutton, Chanel Iman, and Daphne Guinness, among them. He dressed each woman impeccably, head to toe, in clothes and accessories designed to highlight each woman’s personal style. The message: dress to look your best, no matter what the fashion trends are.” Watch the video after the jump to see the stunning collection for yourself.