After paging through thousands of red-carpet photographs from this year’s awards season, which just wrapped up with Sunday’s Oscars, we’ve noticed a popular designer emerge—Maria Lucia Hohan! Ashley Tisdale and Maria Menounos chose the Romanian designer’s clothes over Academy Awards weekend alone, while Stacy Kiebler and Jennifer Hudson also picked her elaborately draped and pleated gowns for red carpet events this year. ”It’s a dream come true, and I thank the universe for listening to my wishes and opening doors for me,” Hohan told InStyle.com of seeing celebrities in her line, which she first launched in 2003. ”My gowns are very glamorous, yet not too dressy, which is a nice combination.” Each of of her star-approved looks are handmade and shoppable on her website, mlh-shop.com. They run around $1,000 each and can be crafted in any color—including white, a great bridal option. See who else loves wearing Hohan’s designs in the gallery!
Ivanka Trump just launched her new clothing collection—and it’s heading straight to your TV screen! The rising business mogul will challenge the competitors on Sunday’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice to create window displays featuring her new clothes for Lord & Taylor in New York City. So, what do the challengers like Debbie Gibson, Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice, and Patricia Velásquez, and more have to work with? Scarf-print dresses, ponte knit capri pants, soft cardigans, patterned skirts, and more—each priced at under $200. “I wanted to build a strong and sustainable collection that is not overly trend-conscious,” Trump told us before the launch. “I wanted timeless glamour.” Check out some of the new pieces in the gallery, and catch the line’s TV debut on Sunday at 9/8c on NBC.
At the kickoff to the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon told reporters that the prevention of domestic violence begins at home. The actress also showed her commitment to the cause when she unveiled Avon’s new Empowerment Circle of Support necklace. Net profits from the sale of the $5 charm, a ring of interlocked infinity symbols, will fund the Avon Foundation’s global efforts to end violence against women. “Wear the Empowerment necklace proudly,” Witherspoon said of the charitable chain. “You are making a difference!” Shop the piece at shop.avon.com.
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Supermodel Naomi Campbell returned to the runway at Milan Fashion Week! Roberto Cavalli had the supermodel close his all-out luxe fall 2012 show, which featured fur bubble skirts, beaded T-shirts, tiered snake-print gowns, and sexy flared-leg trousers. Leopard heels, along with leather gloves, box frame bags, and oversize sunglasses completed the glam lineup. See our favorite looks in the gallery.
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Project Accessory winner Brian Burkhardt is still basking in the delight of his first season triumph. Not only did he take home the $100,000 grand prize to put towards his own line, he also got to design a four-piece capsule collection for Kenneth Cole, now in stores. “I feel very honored to have this opportunity,” Burkhardt told us at the collaboration’s launch party in New York City. The chance arose after Burkhardt won the sixth episode challenge with the unicorn clutch, shown, and bolero necklace—and then he added two more pieces after the season wrapped. “He took his own path,” Cole said of why Burkhardt rose to the top. Check out the entire collection in the gallery, and shop it on kennethcole.com—100% of net profits will be donated to AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation, in support of amfAR.
Is your morning makeup routine slowing you down? It might be time to simplify! For example, Jennifer Aniston tints her lashes instead of applying mascara every day. And that’s not the only time-saving tip we have to share! Click through the gallery for ten ways to get out the door faster.
1. Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon are going to star in a new Ryan Murphy movie together. Woot woot! [Business Insider]
2. Princess play time: Taylor Swift had tea with the tutu-wearing pair, Sophia Grace and Rosie. [Ellen]
3. Karlie Kloss returned to Paris Fashion Week for the Anthony Vaccarello show. [Fashionista]
4. Marilyn Monroe is the face of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. [The Hollywood Reporter]
5. Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay models jewelry, for real. [Refinery 29]
6. Snooki is going to be a mom. It’s true. [USA Today]