Mad Men’s Megan Draper (played by Jessica Paré) is more than just a character—she’s a muse! Don Draper’s wife was award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant’s main inspiration when she went to work on the new capsule collection for Banana Republic, which hits stores and bananarepublic.com February 27, and we’ve got a peek at the first six looks in the collection. “The green and blue shift minidress is a dress that Megan actually wore in the promotions from last season,” Bryant told InStyle.com. Prices for apparel range from $50 to $140 for women and $45 to $375 for men, with accessories starting at $30 for women and $45 for men. See the first complete looks (including the show’s main attraction: the perfectly tailored men’s suit), along with their character inspirations, in the gallery.
InStyle’s editors are busy running around New York to get sneak peeks at all of the upcoming beauty and fashion to expect next season, and we’re bringing our faithful Instagram followers—253,000 and counting!—with us to all of our preview appointments. Today, we dined amongst overflowing crystal flatware and fresh-cut flowers in celebration of Hermès’s spring scent, Jour d’Hermès, visited the opening of Chloé’s Soho boutique and fell in love with the Amelia bag, and previewed the oh-so-animalistic designs from Aerosoles. Get your dose of even more behind-the-scenes moments by following us @instylemagazine today!
Plus, check out the Instagram moments from London Fashion Week!
Fashion Week is now in Milan—and InStyle‘s Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary is right there with it! Every day she picks her favorite look from the shows, and today it was this stunner from Gucci‘s fall lineup. “Over the top? Yes. But in a good way,” says Weber Cleary. “This elaborately feathered and sequined dress by Gucci’s Frida Giannini is destined to appear on a red carpet, pronto!” Fingers crossed we’ll see it at the Oscars this Sunday!
Plus, see Cindy’s favorite New York Fashion Week looks.
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) may be unlucky in love in Washington D.C.—she has dysfunctional relationships with both the President and Senator Davis—but on tonight’s all-new episode of Scandal, she’ll be playing matchmaker to another high-profile politician, played by guest star Eric Mobius. For this pivotal episode, costume designer Lyn Paolo outfitted Pope in a black and white Escada dress, which she called, “a transitional gown” that “echoes” Olivia’s previous two gowns featured on the show. “Originally, we saw Olivia in a sleek Calvin Klein gown, then we moved to a more romantic-feeling Jean Fares gown with a full skirt and a lot of beading,” Paolo told InStyle.com. “Now, because Olivia’s life and loves are once again in turmoil, we have transitioned to a gown that is both black and white, feminine and romantic, with a lace paneled back but from the front a geometric strong shape and silhouette.” We love the of-the-moment choice, reminiscent of Julianne Moore’s striking Tom Ford gown at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Tune in to Scandal tonight at 10 p.m. EST on ABC to see what happens when Olivia Pope & Associates tackle date night, and Olivia gets set up herself by Navy captain turned spy, Jake (played by the always adorable Scott Foley).
Plus, see Kerry Washington’s best looks ever.
— Angela Salazar
The Oscars are Sunday night at 7/6c on ABC, but the parties have already begun! Vanity Fair hosted two big soirees last night in Hollwood, each to celebrate one of the nominees for Best Picture—and also support good causes! The cast of Les Miserables—InStyle cover girl Amanda Seyfried (in Dior), Man of Style Eddie Redmayne, and nominee Anne Hathaway, who were all joined by Isla Fisher, wife of castmate Sacha Baron Cohen—celebrated together to support the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education. Meanwhile the cast of Silver Linings Playbook, including nominees Jennifer Lawrence (in Roland Mouret) and Bradley Cooper, attended a party that raised funds for The Glenholme School, a boarding school for children with special needs. See more Oscars celebrations in the gallery!
Marchesa isn’t just for the red carpet anymore! Designer Georgina Chapman, whose fans include (Oscar nominees) Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, and Naomi Watts, is designing a collection of party dresses for JCP—and everything is under $250! “There’s nothing more beautiful to me than seeing a woman who feels wonderful in what she’s wearing,” Chapman told InStyle.com. “I love dressing all women—celebrities or otherwise—but personally my favorites are those who are risk-takers, who aren’t afraid to push boundaries.” Here’s your chance to make Chapman a fan! Pearl by Georgina Chapman (named after her daughter’s middle name) will be available on jcp.com March 1st, with 26 evening looks to start. Get shopping!
Plus, see more of Marchesa’s looks.
For fall 2013, Gucci‘s Frida Giannini presented a powerful collection filled with strong, structured looks. The dark lineup included high-shine fabrics like python and patent leather in rich autumnal hues. The designer, weeks away from giving birth to her first child, offered women an array of modern daytime looks like body-conscious dresses and sleek suiting. For evening, the tone was all-out glamour, with a handful of embellished, illusion mesh gowns begging to be worn on the red carpet. The accessories matched the structure and gloss of the clothes, and included luxe top-handle bags, patent booties, and sexy ankle-strap stilettos. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
1. Julianne Moore donned one of Elizabeth Taylor’s most dazzling necklace’s to a pre-Oscars bash. [People]
2. Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s Japanese Jim Beam commercial. [Vulture]
3. Justin Timberlake got a shout out from the boys of One Direction. [ONTD]
4. Brides-to-be, alert, alert! J. Crew is taking 20% off bridal inventory until March 3rd. [Racked]
5. America’s Got Talent has a new judge! Spice Girl Mel B will join the panel. [THR]
6. It’s almost time for the Academy Awards! See the Oscar dresses worn by 13 stars. [EW]