Kanye West expresses his love of fashion in interesting ways: The rapper tapped Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci to design the cover art for his new song, “H.A.M.” (above), the first single off his new album Watch the Throne. You’ll notice the artwork includes crowns, stars and daggers, common themes in the designer’s clothing, as shown here on Tisci (center, with Ciara and West), in his jewelry and on the runway (seen at the Givenchy fall 2010 ready-to-wear show at right). Could this be a sign that we’ll hear a shout-out to Tisci in West’s next song? The track, which features Jay-Z, drops tomorrow.
Royal couple Kate Middleton and Prince William attended their friend’s wedding on Saturday in England, and the Princess-to-be chose a a black velvet dress by Libélula for the event. She brightened the look with splashes of royal purple on her fold-over clutch and shoes, and we love how the plum pumps featured a bow-tied ribbon detail on the pointed toe. Wondering where you can snag your own pair of violet heels? Click through the gallery to see some of our favorite similar styles.
The Golden Globes anticipation is building! Sandra Bullock, winner of the Best Actress in a Drama award last year, will return to the Golden Globes red carpet this Sunday as a presenter. She chose a strapless violet Bottega Veneta gown with a sheer skirt for the event last year, and we can’t wait to see if she picks another bright hue for Sunday’s ceremony. Funnyman Jimmy Fallon, Robert Downey Jr., Kaley Cuoco, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans were also announced as presenters on the Golden Globes official Twitter.
Exciting news developed on the baby front this weekend. Victoria Beckham is pregnant, for starters. The designer, 36, is expecting her fourth child with husband David Beckham this summer. The mother of three boys—Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz—thanked her fans for their “kind and beautiful” congratulatory messages on her Twitter today, and we’re left wondering if it will be a girl so she’ll have someone to share her amazing closet with in the future. Also in baby news: Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom welcomed a baby boy on Thursday in Los Angeles. Congrats!
1. Salma Hayek announced that she’s working on an mini-series about Broadway’s Wicked for ABC. We hope she’s starring in it! [Reuters]
2. Check out Amanda Seyfried’s new beauty campaign for Cle de Peau. [Racked]
3. Perfect timing: Gwyneth Paltrow is now the face for Baume & Mercier watches. [WWD]
4. Summer’s calling: Eres and Longchamp teamed up to create bathing suits and beach totes. [W]
5. Essie’s spring 2011 collection, named French Affair, is full of pretty pastels. [Stylelist]
6. Tommy Hilfiger is in talks to create an apparel line inspired by bands and singers, including The Who and Lady Gaga. [WWD]
Genetic Denim launched its first collaboration line recently, partnering with Nevena Borissova (inset), owner of the popular Curve boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, for a six-piece collection. The items, which she developed with the label’s creative director Ali Fatourechi, capture a popular trend on the spring runways: Seventies separates. “It is refreshing and light, and provides a nice contrast to the more dramatic looks we see throughout fall,” said Borissova of the trend. This is proven in her line, which includes a denim skirt, shirt, belted shirtdress, quilted corset top, cropped jean and bell bottoms (as seen on Kate Walsh). More
Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan and more headed to Palm Springs, California on Saturday for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala. Portman, who showed off her stunning round engagement ring (inset), accepted the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the event. “It’s been really wonderful,” said Portman (dressed in a Vionnet dress, Cartier earrings and a Christian Dior bag and shoes) of all of her recent success, from Black Swan to her award to her engagement and pregnancy. “I feel really lucky. I think I’m just trying to take it all in because it’s a lot.” See all the stars on the Palm Springs red carpet in the gallery.
Golden Globe nominees are finalizing their last dress picks this week before the big show on Sunday, January 16th, and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to wear! That’s why we dreamed up our wish list of gowns we’d love to see hit the red carpet. For example, Best Actress nominee Halle Berry favors body-conscious gowns like this single-shoulder jersey gown from Alberta Ferretti, hence our pick for this Atelier Versace design. Its illusion bodice gives a nod to her peek-a-boo Elie Saab Oscar gown, while the bright white shade complements her caramel complexion. See Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Lea Michele and more in our InStyle Golden Globe Gown Predictions.