Gossip Girl returns tonight! To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at the show’s cast members before they were the toast of the Upper East Side. Click through the gallery to see high school yearbook photos from Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, and more, and tune in to The CW at 8/7c tonight to catch the latest episode of Gossip Girl!
Queen Elizabeth‘s Jubilee may not be until June, but famed perfumer Clive Christian is already excited for the celebration! To honor her 60 years on the throne, Christian, who previously created a his-and-hers fragrance set for Prince William and Kate Middleton, will release a special edition of his No. 1 Perfume, aptly named “Imperial Jubilee.” Unlike the original No. 1, this edition contains a higher concentration of perfume, making the scent richer—and fit for the Queen! Only 500 bottles will be released, priced at a cool $1,300. But if you can’t wait until June, check out the original No. 1 Perfume ($865; saks.com) on sale now. Sidenote: This isn’t the first beauty brand to fete Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee: Butter London is also launching a shiny silver nail polish in just in time for the festivities. Here’s to a stylish celebration indeed!
See more celebrity fragrances!
• Pippa Middleton Skied for Charity!
• Kate Middleton: Lady in Blue
• Prince Harry’s Central America Tour Outfits
A new episode of Mad Men premiered last night, and we caught up with the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant to get the inside scoop on the fabulous retro fashions seen on the ladies of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. One of our favorite looks: the purple dress and dramatic vintage baubles Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) wore for her dinner date with Don. “Her whole costume design is about being modern and fresh,” Bryant told InStyle.com of Megan’s look. “I loved this dress for that scene.” Click through the gallery for Bryant’s take on more of last night’s looks, and catch the next episode of Mad Men Sunday, April 8th at 9/8c on AMC.
Handbag designers, get your creative juices flowing! Handbag Designer 101 and InStyle have teamed up for the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, and undiscovered designers have until Saturday, April 28th to compete for one of seven different awards. Categories include Best Handmade Bag and Most Socially Responsible Bag. Also, a special Fan Favorite category will be voted on by the readers of InStyle.com, and the Best Overall Style & Design winner will have the opportunity to design a capsule collection with Kenneth Cole. Get your applications in at handbagdesigner101.com.
See last year’s winners in the gallery!
• 2011 List of IHDA Finalists
• Kate Spade’s Winning IHDA Bag
• Cat Deeley’s IDHA Bag
One of the most magical names in jewelry, Harry Winston, debuts Belle, a new engagement ring today. The delicate design is diamond, diamond, diamond. There is a gorgeous round center stone surrounded by a micro pavé-set diamond scalloped frame resting on a diamond-set band. All the razzle-dazzle reminds us of the jeweler’s brilliance. Take a look back at some of our favorite Harry Winston moments in the gallery.
— Marion Fasel
Customization is stepping up its game, starting with the relaunch of fashion site eShakti.com. Sift through 350 styles of tops, skirts and dresses (bridesmaids dresses, jackets and pants coming soon) in pretty cuts, prints and colors, size 0 to 26W. The kicker? You have the option to customize aspects of any item including sleeve type, hem length, and neckline. Most dresses are less than $60 and it only costs $7.50 to customize whether you pick one alteration or more. The most popular styles are their retro poplin dresses, perfect for cheery spring days!
See spring’s freshest color combos in the gallery to help you get started!
— Isabel González Whitaker
Ashlee Simpson (in Roberto Cavalli) and Minka Kelly (in J Brand) struck a pose at the opening of Marquee at The Star in Sydney. “Ladies night at @MarqueeSydney with @Minkakelly @k8herrera @lolozelman. It’s gonna be a fun night!!
#marqueeSydney,” Simpson Tweeted. Click through the gallery to see Carrie Underwood, Brooklyn Decker and more stars at last weekend’s hottest parties.
Ever the hair chameleon, Rihanna changed up her ‘do again! The just-blond star stepped out in dark strands with a shaved side at the Battleship press conference in Japan. (Officially, that makes three dramatic color changes—chestnut to blond to dark sable—in 2012 thus far.) RiRi isn’t the only one to sport this crop—Milla Jovovich unveiled her asymmetrical undercut at an event last week! We want to know: Do you like her new hair? Tell us in the comments!
Plus, click through our gallery to see the hottest celebrity hair makeovers of 2012!