It’s a big year for fashion designers! Kenneth Cole, Dennis Basso, Tadashi Shoji, Kate Spade New York, and Yoana Baraschi all celebrate milestone decades in the industry in 2013—from 10, 20, and up to 30 years! Kate Spade’s Creative Director Deborah Lloyd (pictured with the brand’s stylist, Brad Goreski) thought her brand’s 20th year in business was a good time to be nostalgic. “When I came in the ’80s, driving into Manhattan and seeing that amazing skyline, I felt all the energy and the possibility, and that what this [anniversary collection] is about,” she told us. Inspiring! Click through to see how each designer celebrated his or her fashion birthday.
Amy Poehler debuted piecey fringe at the Writers Guild Awards over the weekend, making her the latest celebrity to try bangs! The last time Poehler wore brow-skimming bangs was in 2007, so if you’ve been debating a similar style, let Poehler’s move serve as inspiration! We added hundreds of bangs to our Hollywood Makeover Tool, where you can preview each style on yourself before heading to the salon. We have all the bases covered—from blunt bangs to sweeping, barely-there layers—and all you need to do is upload your picture to see yourself in each look! Once you’ve found your most flattering option, share your new ‘do to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what your friends think. Try on the styles now at our Hollywood Makeover Tool, just click the box below to get started.
The parties this weekend spanned coast to coast! It was a cross-country affair for the 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards, where stars gathered in Los Angeles and New York to honor the best writers in the business. On the east coast, Girls creator Lena Dunham celebrated her win for Best New TV Series at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill with Gina Gershon, and in Los Angeles, Jessica Chastain and her Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow came out to support the film’s screenplay writer, Mark Boal, who took home the award for Best Original Screenplay. Click through the gallery to see all the stars who attended this week’s biggest parties.
Fashion Week hopped the pond to London, and we rounded up our favorite moments in fashion, makeup, celebrity sightings. From Michelle Dockery and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson at Burberry Prorsum to Erdem‘s red-carpet florals to Justin Timberlake showing up at his “Suit & Tie” designer Tom Ford‘s fashion show, click through the gallery to see all the top moments from London Fashion Week.
After Fashion Week wrapped up in New York, Market Editor Dana Avidan Cohn hopped a plane across the pond for an all-access pass to London Fashion Week. And she’s bringing us along! Click through the gallery to get her behind-the-scenes Instagram photos, straight from her seat in the front row at all the hottest shows, like Burberry, Moschino Cheap & Chic, and beyond. Then, be sure to catch all of our up-to-the-minute snaps by following us @instylemagazine on Instagram (if you’re not already, that is!).
Every dress that hits the Oscars red carpet this Sunday will be special, but the one that will be worn by Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris will be different than any other. That’s because she’s going to be representing the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, a design contest started by James Cameron’s wife Suzy Amis Cameron, in which Harris will wear the winning design made of completely sustainable materials. This year, the contest winner is Michael Badger, a Ghanian-born fashion student at Atlanta’s Savannah College of Art & Design (above right). Part of his prize is getting the mentorship of a fashion designer when creating the piece, and the infamous Vivienne Westwood stepped in for this year’s duties. Currently, the mentor-student duo is putting the finishing touches on Harris’s gown—they shared this exclusive behind-the-scenes photo with InStyle.com—and it will be revealed this Sunday, February 24th on the Academy Awards red carpet. ”I’m thrilled,” Harris said of being involved. We can’t wait to see it debut!
Plus, see the 25 most breathtaking Oscar gowns of all time!
At London Fashion Week this weekend, Aldo debuted the next set of designer collaborations that will be part of Aldo Rise, a program that supports rising designers by producing and stocking their footwear in Aldo stores. One of the new collabs features Preen, a British label that dresses countless cool girls (Claire Danes, Michelle Obama, and Scarlett Johansson among them). The label’s designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi conceptualized buckle-covered booties in red and black for their Aldo creation, and the duo clued us in to their design process through the sketch shown here. “This season the shoes are tough and sexy with a collage of textures and finish,” Thornton told InStyle.com of the shoes. Find these in stores and aldoshoes.com come fall.
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When it comes to transforming the classic Burberry trench into a modern masterpiece, designer Christopher Bailey is quite the magician. For his fall collection, titled “Trench Kisses,” at London Fashion Week, he incorporated kitschy (even kinky) elements, like all-over hearts and slick latex. The transparent fabric popped up on skirts (revealing cheeky undergarments), tops, and jackets, all in a classic neutral palette spotted with pops of leopard print. For evening, he created bold cocktail dresses, some with built-in neck pieces, which cleverly replaced jewelry. The accessories also offered a lot to look forward to, like low-heeled animal print wedges, fur-covered evening clutches, and ladylike totes. See our favorite looks in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor