InStyle caught up with American Idol’s costume designer Soyon An to get the inside scoop on what the remaining six female contestants wore on last night’s show, which judge Jennifer Lopez declared “officially a competition.” Hint: An pulled lots of pieces from Zara and Bebe! Click through the gallery to see outfits from Pia Toscano (right), Naima Adedapo (left), Lauren Alaina and more, and read what An has to say about each look. And keep checking back for more information about American Idol style—we’ll be covering the hottest moments all season!
Why does Ashley Greene’s skin look so flawless? It’s all about hydration for the mark spokesgirl! That, and well-placed concealer. “I prepped Ashley’s skin by applying a calming moisturizer all over her face for a clean canvas,” the actress’s makeup artist, Mai Quynh told us about the look she gave Greene for an appearance on SiriusXM Radio in New York City. “Next, I used a light/medium concealer under her eyes and around her nose.” Quynh paired Greene’s fresh-faced look with slightly smoky eyes, for a dose of drama. “I applied taupe eyeshadow to Ashley’s inner eyelid, and then I mixed gray and plum shades and applied them to her outer lid,” the makeup artist told InStyle. “To make Ashley’s eyes pop, I used felt tip eyeliner along her upper lash line, and added two coats of mascara.” To keep things sweet, Quynh dabbed Greene’s cheeks with rosy blush and swiped her pout with shimmery pink lipstick. Like the look? For more info, check out InStyle’s Daily Beauty Tips.
We know Eva Mendes is a star, but is she an angel? She is now! Today, the French fashion and perfume house Thierry Mugler announced the 37-year-old actress will replace Naomi Watts as the face of the iconic perfume Angel by Thierry Mugler. “While Naomi Watts’ ethereal beauty embodied the angelic aspect of the fragrance, Thierry Mugler chose to reignite the enticing and explosive dimensions of the fragrance with the sultry Mendes,” the company said in a statement. The perfume, which launched in 1992, is a sweet and dynamic blend of fruit and honey. Are you excited to see the new Mendes ads? Tell us in the comments below!
Celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez (shown) often works with Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Rachel Bilson—and now she wants to work for you. Chavez joined the online consignment store reFINEstyle.com as its Style Editor starting today, which means she helps curate the collection and shows users how to achieve getting a designer look for less. “As a huge fan of consignment, I’m excited to have it at my fingertips,” Chavez tells InStyle. The site, which has been in a beta phase before officially launching today, gets its designer inventory of 3,000-plus products from 40 of the nation’s top consignment stores. “About 98% of our stores don’t sell online, so this site gives accessibility to a national audience,” founder Megan Masoner adds. The prices are up to 90% off retail, and the selection includes designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Hermes and more. So how does Chavez score her own amazing finds? Check out five of her expert consignment shopping tips in the gallery!
The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen added a new material to their sunglasses lineup for spring—crocodile! The twins collaborated with British designer Linda Farrow for a collection of shades that incorporate crocodile and leather materials in the arms of the frames, a first for the pair. “It’s about combining the allure and quality of the past with a modern aesthetic,” Ashley said. Prices for the collection range from $442 to $874, and all styles are now available on TheRow.com. Add this to their growing list of recent news—their label also just got nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which recognizes emerging design talent. Click through the gallery to see the sunglasses.
Here’s a new label to put on your radar: Theodora & Callum. Designer Stefani Greenfield recently teamed up with Project Runway producer Desiree Gruber to launch the accessories label, and the designs are inspired by the pair’s trips to exotic locales like Morocco and Bali. “Although our individual styles may differ, our values are shared,” said Greenfield, who designs the line. “I’m eclectic, bohemian, love to layer, and mix modern and vintage, while Desiree is more of a traditional dresser who favors neutral colors and accents of jewelry.” The collection, ranging from $48 to $525, includes espadrilles and bags (both produced by Stuart Weitzman) available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, while the scarves and jewelry will be sold at Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Intermix, and Shopbop this season. See more of the colorful accessories in the gallery.
1. Names are already swirling for possible designers of Reese Witherspoon’s wedding dress. Right now word is that it will be Monique Lhuillier. [Fashion Etc]
2. The Glee Regionals dresses combined BCBG jewelry with Jenny Yoo dresses. [EW]
3. Piperlime partnered with four designers to create collections that will launch April 4th. [WWD]
4. Lady Gaga favorite Thierry Mugler is hosting a contest to win a Fall 2011 look. Enter by liking them on Facebook. [Mugler Facebook]
5. Katy Perry stars in a new Adidas campaign with one of her favorite designers Jeremy Scott. [Telegraph UK]
6. Pamela Love’s will release a collection for Topshop in April. Line us up! [Fashionologie]
Malin Akerman, Garcelle Beauvais, and more toasted to Rag & Bone when the label held a party at Intermix in Los Angeles this week. “I love Rag & Bone,” Beauvais told us. “Everything lately that I pick up and ask ‘What is this?’ It’s Rag & Bone.” The label’s designer David Neville was on hand to welcome guests, which also included Drew Barrymore, who stole the designer away from the crowd to chat with him privately in the corner while Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” played in the background. Click through the gallery to more celebrities at the party.
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Andrea Simpson