The winners of the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards have been announced! Last night, InStyle and Handbag Designer 101 hosted the fifth annual ceremony in New York, and designers from all over the world accepted awards in nine different categories. One of the most exciting announcements: The Audience Fan Favorite Award because it was voted on by you, InStyle.com readers! And after more than 334,500 votes, the winner is… Neide Ambrosio Martins de Souza! The bag featured over 1,000 recycled pop tabs, and the 69-year-old designer flew in from Brazil for the event. ”I’m truly happy,” she said when accepting her award. “I feel like I just won an Oscar!” (Her bag also won the Most Socially Responsible award.) Click “See the Photos” for all the winners!
The 2012 resort collection for 3.1 Phillip Lim is full of warm-weather must-haves like slouchy trousers, little white dresses, and billowy blouses. The designer also threw in some wilder pieces—think marigold harem pants and head-to-toe leopard print! Click “See the Photos” to browse 3.1. Phillip Lim’s resort 2012 lineup now.
Jewelry designer Eddie Borgo collaborated with J. Crew on an exclusive 6-piece collection! Borgo recently won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and he’s brought his signature studded-but-sweet combo to the J. Crew collab. These baubles are priced at a fraction of the designer’s usual offerings, ranging from $38 for a studded bow pin to $175 for a fringed mesh pocket necklace. The collection is available at select J. Crew stores and J.Crew.com starting today. Click through the gallery to see the entire line!
Update: Our lucky winners are Julia Taylor and Jasmine Sweat. Want to win our next giveaway? Go to the InStyle Facebook page, click the Like button and stay tuned!
Great news Beyoncé fans: We’re giving away two pairs of VIP tickets to see Beyoncé perform for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on July 1st! We know, deep breaths, deep breaths. To win, all you have to do is head over to InStyle‘s Facebook page (starting at 4:30 p.m. today) and leave a comment on the Beyonce wall post answering this one question: What is your favorite Beyoncé moment of all time and why? Tomorrow afternoon, June 17th, we’ll pick two winners at random to each win a pair of VIP tickets to the performance and a copy of her new CD, 4, before it hits stores on June 28th. Enter on Facebook now… and good luck!
NOTE: The concert is in New York City, Friday, July 1st. Travel and lodging are not provided. The tickets are VIP tickets right in front of the stage.
Gwyneth Paltrow (in Alexander Wang) met up with Donna Karan at the annual Bent on Learning Benefit last night in New York, held at the designer’s Urban Zen Center. The actress received an honor for her contributions to the yoga community, as Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the yoga community for social good. Part of her gift included a custom gold charm of the Ganesh, a Hindu deity who is known as the remover of obstacles, donated by the jewelry company Slane. Click through to see more photos from last night’s hottest parties!
Break out the butterfly clips, throw on a slap bracelet, and crank up the Ace of Base, because the ’90s are back! People say that history always repeats itself, and judging by the grunge-inspired ensembles on the runways, the uncanny similarities in hair trends, and the upcoming ’90s TV revival on TeenNick, we couldn’t agree more. What better way to traipse down memory lane than by seeing where your favorite ’90s teen TV stars are now? Click “See the Photos” to see what Clarissa, Buffy, Joey, Kelly, and more are up to.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are moving quickly toward the altar—the pair registered at Gearys Beverly Hills! The couple’s wedding registry is available for browsing at Gearys.com, where they have their wedding date listed as October 31st, 2011. (That’s Halloween! Will we see costumes at the affair?) So far, the two Ks picked out crystal dinnerware, decorative statuettes, Hermes plates, and silver ice tongs as necessities for starting their new life together. Click “See the Photos” to browse a few of the items. Would you register for these gifts?
1. Girls who run the world, listen up: Beyonce will launch third fragrance this fall! [Coco Perez]
2. Sienna Miller is JewelMint’s newest celebrity guest curator! [People StyleWatch]
3. Vivienne Westwood created totes for the launch of her Ethical Fashion Africa Project. [Style Bible]
4. Michelle Obama rocked red pants in her iCarly cameo. Bold. [PopEater]
5. Snooki’s footwear line will soon include pickle print flip-flops. Of course it will. [Fashionista]
6. ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ exhibit in Montreal opens this Friday. [The Cut]