Inspired by the black-and-white photography of Cecil Beaton, Carolina Herrera’s spring 2013 bridal collection included delicate touches of black. “I wanted to design a collection based on the beauty he portrayed—the blacks, the whites, the fantasy of it all,” Herrera said. “This is not a collection that is occupied by trends, but one with a more personal purpose.” And the designer found new ways to add a personal touch: She accessorized many of the 21 dresses (and one pantsuit) with jewelry from her own collection, and secrectly embroidered the waist of each look with the bride’s initials in blue. See our five favorite looks in the gallery.
Are you the next great handbag designer? Tell us! 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 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. Head to handbagdesigner101.com to submit your application—you only have two weeks left!
See last year’s winners in the gallery!
Put this on your To Do list—try a new smoky eye! We loved the modern twists Beth Behrs, Selena Gomez, and Kristen Stewart put on the traditional look by adding a touch of navy. Gomez and Stewart layered deep azure onto a soft black shadow, while 2 Broke Girls star Behrs added an extra swipe of midnight liner to her lower lashline. “This created a gorgeous hint of color that really brought out her eyes,” Behrs’s makeup artist Jamie Greenberg said of the hue, No Place to Run Eyeliner in Indigo Girl by mark ($9 at meetmark.com). So, don’t be afraid to break into your blue shadow—as these ladies prove, all it takes is a few swipes to do the trick.
Plus, get more eye makeup ideas from the stars in the gallery.
Here’s a way to add a dash of color to your summer wardrobe and give back! Nicole Richie just added a new mint green pyramid necklace to her House of Harlow 1960 lineup, and 20% of sales from the design benefit Baby2Baby, a charity that supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing. “Creating this special necklace was a friendly reminder to not take the basic necessities for granted and especially at Mother’s Day, give love and a gift to those in need,” Richie told InStyle.com. Shop the $75 design at revolveclothing.com.
See Nicole Richie’s QVC Collection!
Halle Berry used her fame for good as the Silver Rose Chairperson at the Jenesse Silver Rose Awards gala in Beverly Hills, which benefited the Los Angeles-based domestic violence intervention program. “Over the past 14 years I’ve watched the lives of countless families transformed and I am excited about the future for these families as we work to build on our success and bring an end to their suffering one family at a time,” she said. At the event, she toasted to the success of Schinal Walker, a former Jenesse client-turned-spokesperson, who was honored. See more stars at this weekend’s biggest events in the gallery.
Indio, California turned into a mini-Hollywood at the annual Coachella Music Festival this weekend. Lily Collins, Emma Watson, Lea Michele, Lauren Conrad, Nina Dobrev, and Ian Somerhalder were just a few of the stars who took in the music (and the parties) at the multi-day event. Click through the gallery to see more of Coachella’s most recognizable fans.
Francisco Costa must be a Hunger Games fan! The Calvin Klein creative director, who designed Jennifer Lawrence’s plunging green shift for the film’s New York premiere, just released a dress named for her character, Katniss Everdeen. While the apricot silk crepe design reflects Katniss’s streamlined style, its $5,000 price tag is more Capitol than District 12. Shop the look at net-a-porter.com, and see more Katniss-inspired fashions with a lower price tag in the gallery.
1. Why was Britney Spears’ sports bra worth $20,000? The zipper was 18-karat gold, for a start. [Fashionista]
2. The new prom budget has skyrocketed to more than $1,000—on average. Wow! [USA Today]
3. There will be a new show that focuses on finding the next Marilyn Monroe. Are you her? [Refinery 29]
4. Goodbye sticky fingers with Korres’ new line of tubed lip butters. [Stylelist]
5. Learn five facts about Titanic’s turkish baths. [BellaSugar]
6. Find out how the man behind Chanel makeup picks his next hit polish color. [T Magazine]