Now that we’re well on our way to finding out the next American Idol, let’s take a closer look at the contestants’ style! Today we caught up with Soyon An (inset), the costume designer for the show, who gave us the inside scoop on what some of the ladies wore. Pia Toscano, who sang Celine Dion’s “All By Myself,” wore a gold one-shoulder mini by ABS Luxury Collection, a piece that’s available on Yoox.com for $138. “I added the train, which is chiffon,” An said of Pia’s look. “She told me what she had in mind and that’s what I came up with.” For Haley Reinhart’s rendition of sang LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue,” she wore, fittingly, a blue floor-length dress by Basix II. As for Karen Rodriguez’s “I Could Fall In Love” by Selena, An created the look herself using stretch jersey with glitter on it. “I choose those looks because they complemented the outfit as well as the talent that’s wearing it,” An explained. Keep checking back for more information about American Idol style—we’ll be covering the hottest style moments all season!
Who made the red skirt suit Kate Middleton wore last week? Luisa Spagnoli! Here’s a little background information: The Italian ready-to-wear label was founded in Perugia in 1928, and has been helmed by four generations of the Spagnoli family (Luisa’s great-grandchildren currently run the company). The brand entered the spotlight after pioneering angora knitwear, People reports, which is made from the wool of super fluffy Angora rabbits (Luisa Spagnoli even bred them!). The clothes weren’t available outside of Italy until recently, thanks to the brand’s strict distribution policies. Luisa Spagnoli is considering selling in the U.S., but until then, fans of the ladylike looks will have to travel to Europe to purchase the collection. Click through to see more pieces from the line. Could these show up on Kate Middleton?
Hot collaboration alert: French clothing brand Zadig & Voltaire enlisted jewelry designer Gaia Repossi to create line of baubles for the label. Repossi, who has previously created jewelry for designers like Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, designed hinged rings and latticework bracelets for the collection. “Items of body ornaments among tribes and ancient civilizations,” Repossi, pictured, tells us of her inspiration. With prices ranging from $280 to $2,500, the collection is priced lower than the designer’s namesake line. Pieces will be for sale exclusively on Zadig and Voltaire’s website from March 28th to March 31st before hitting the brand’s U.S. branches in May. In the meantime, click through the gallery to preview Repossi’s collection!
Forbes released its 2011 Forbes Rich List today, which names the richest billionaires in the world, and the fashion and beauty world is nicely represented! L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, pictured, ranked #15 with $23.5 billion, the only woman in the top 20 other than Walmart heiress Christy Walton (#10 with $26.5 billion). Other fashion and beauty leaders named include: LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault (#4 with $41 billion); Zara founder Amancio Ortega (#7 with $31 billion); H&M founder Stefan Persson (#13 with $24.5 billion); Uniqlo owner Tadashi Yanai (#122 with $7.6 billion); Giorgio Armani (#136 with $7 billion); Mango founder Isak Andic (#159 with $6.1 billion); and Ralph Lauren (#173 with $5.8 billion).
1. Justin Timberlake’s William Rast clothing line was selected as the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s Brand of the Year. [Racked]
2. Gwen Stefani’s Dior wedding gown will go on display at a museum in London. [StyleBistro]
3. Kate Winslet’s sexy new Lancôme campaign is out, and there’s an even sexier behind-the-scenes video, too. [Ohlala]
4. Red carpet-inspired doggie clothes debuted on the Wendy Williams Show. So cute! [PeoplePets]
5. What are Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty secrets? Blush, girdles, and Guinness. [JustJared]
6. Would you wear a short wedding dress to show off your shoes? [Real Simple]
Designers and retailers are revamping their Web sites so you can have a more interactive experience online, and this week was full of new launches. Nicole Miller just premiered her YouTube TV channel, which will include bi-weekly webisodes; Neiman Marcus started its first blog named NMDaily; and Kate Spade relaunched the brand’s Web site so it features more than just online shopping. For example, KateSpade.com is now home to a blog. And we just love blogs. Go forth, and surf!
Louis Vuitton’s fashion show offered a fetish-inspired collection. See-through and transparent clothes populated the runway, as did pieces fashioned from plastic and rubber. Rich accessories topped off the looks, with bags covered in everything from gold to plastic. Even the shoes looked subversively sexy, as super-high heels stomped across the runway. The show’s cast also featured some of the biggest supermodels, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Amber Valetta. At the end, Louis Vuitton’s designer Marc Jacobs rose from beneath the runway and stepped off an elevator custom built for the show. Click through to see the entire Louis Vuitton fall 2011 runway show.
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Alexa Chung collaborated with Madewell for a successful collection last year, and she’s coming back for round two this fall! Madewell confirmed the news to InStyle today, and while details about the Brit’s upcoming collection are still under wraps, you can expect the pieces to evoke Chung’s charming style on easy-to-wear casual pieces. While we wait to see her fall lineup, catch Chung modeling five of Madewell’s spring looks on Madewell.com starting March 15th, including this exclusive sneak preview (right) of the label’s Tried and True skinny jeans.