“New Yorkers for Children is such an amazing charity,” Nicky Hilton said as she arrived to the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental wearing a dress by Valentino, who sponsored the organization’s 10th anniversary Spring Dinner Dance, after being the first sponsor a decade ago. Valentino’s presence—despite current designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli nowhere in sight—remained deeply felt, from the flutter of dresses that filled the 36th floor ballroom to the event design crafted by David Stark, who used Valentino’s latest collection as inspiration to use cherry blossoms (hauled in from North Carolina) and over 1,200 silver mirrored candles to “spring” the room to life. Emmy Rossum (in Dior) relaxed during the meal for only a moment before leaping to her feet when DJ D-Nice played the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back—just as the arctic char had been served—starting a vivacious and lively dance party that lasted through midnight, with Rebecca Minkoff, Erin Heatherton, and DJ Harley Viera Newton busting moves to classics by The Eurythmics and the Bee Gees, as well as and pop hits by Rihanna and Florence Welch. Olivia Palermo (in Katie Ermilio) kept her swaying to the sidelines with boyfriend Johannes Huebl, moving her Jimmy Choo shoes to Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The event raised $625,000 for New Yorkers for Children—the most ever in the gala’s history—money that supports youth in foster care in New York City. “It’s important to bring everyone together to give back,” said Palermo, describing a feeling validated by each of the 450 guests in the room. Learn more about the cause at newyorkersforchildren.org.
Michelle Obama might be bidding her bangs goodbye! The First Lady kicked off the new year by adding fringe to her trademark bob, but now, she’s working on growing them out. “The bangs are a day-by-day proposition,” she told ET. “They’re starting to grow out, getting a little irritating, but it’s okay!” We’re fans of Obama’s current side-swept look, but we can certainly sympathize with that awkward in-between phase. That’s why asked hair pros Heath Grout and Harry Josh for their bang-maintenance tips. Read their thoughts below!
IF YOU WANT TO GROW YOUR BANGS
“Growing out your bangs takes patience!” said TIGI’s U.S. Creative Director Heath Grout, who recommends starting with a side-swept style like Obama’s. “Remember, you must blow-dry the root in the direction you want your bangs to go,” he added. “After a couple of months, go to your stylist to trim your bangs using a deep parallel point technique. This will encourage the fringe to sweep out of the way as it grows longer and heavier.”
IF YOU WANT TO TRIM YOUR BANGS
Many salons offer complimentary bang trims, but if you’re taking matters into your own hands, start by blow-drying your fringe completely straight with a paddle brush. “You need to see the direction of the strands, from root to brow,” said Rose Byrne‘s mane man Harry Josh. Then, comb your bangs straight down, divide in half, and work with one portion at a time. Snip upward into the tips until they’re wispy. “Pecking at the ends first is easier than cutting straight across,” he added. Once the tips are thinned out, you can taper them into a straight line until you reach your desired length.
Plus, find the perfect fringe for your face shape in the gallery.
Rihanna took a daring plunge in a her tailored blazer, which she paired with matching white shorts and cap-toe sneaks. You can snag her Jefferson style jacket from Rag & Bone ($535 at rag-bone.com), or get the look for less with a similar version by Michael Michael Kors ($130 at nordstrom.com). It would also work well over a black tank and dark denim skinnies!
Plus, see more of Rihanna’s best looks.
Starting today, you can wear Keds head-to-toe! Just in time for the carefree days of spring and summer, the comfy sneaker brand launched its first clothing collection, complete with jackets, dresses, shorts, tees, and tops. The designs incorporate the easy, wearable spirit of its lace-ups, and some even take direct inspiration from the shoes (as seen on this navy and white polka dot blouse), which means you can match your look from top to bottom. Shop the collection, ranging from $20 to $90 at macys.com.
Plus, click through the gallery to see more launches you’ll love this month!
Not quite pink, but more intense than the traditional nude, the cantaloupe-hued lipstick Kate Mara wore to the Kate Young for Target launch amped up her natural lip color without overshadowing her delicate silver eye. “A warm-toned melon lip is a great way to warm up fair skin and add an understated pop of color to the face,” said Mara’s makeup artist Nick Barose, who used the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi. “I used an orangey tint on her cheeks, then matched it with a jumbo lip pencil that creates a fresh sheen on the lips.” The user-friendly stylo makes applying the color as easy as signing your name, and the versatile hue pairs well with both smoky eyes and minimal makeup alike. Pick up the color for $25 at narscosmetics.com.
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Inside the Party: Kate Young for Target’s Prom-Themed Bash With Michelle Williams, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kate MaraApr 10, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
We went to prom with Kate Young last night! We were just one of the celebrity stylist’s many dates—along with her guests-slash-clients Kate Mara, Michelle Williams, and Maggie Gyllenhaal—for an evening that included disco balls, pink champagne, and streamer-covered bleachers at the elementary school-turned-event venue The Old School in New York to celebrate the new Kate Young for Target collaboration. “The collection was inspired mainly by the magic of getting dressed up and the feeling of hope that comes with putting on a fancy dress and going out for an evening,” Young told InStyle.com of the line, which is full of pieces for every spring party, from weddings to prom. Gyllenhaal, along with the rest of the star guests, served as celebrity models showing off the designs while grooving to tunes spun by DJ Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, daughter of Duran Duran’s John Taylor. “[Young’s] own personal style is really down to earth, smart, and sexy,” said Gyllenhaal. “It really comes through in the clothes.” Shop the festive collection at Target stores and online at target.com on April 14.
Plus, click through the gallery to see a full preview of her collection.
1. Princess Cruises is going to have Kate Middleton be the Godmother of its new ship, Royal Princess. [E! Online]
2. The teams are set on The Voice! Now, on to the battle rounds. [People]
3. Justin Bieber has a new ‘do. We thought you should know. [MTV]
4. Chairman of Esteé Lauder, Leonard Lauder, is donating 78 cubist works to The Met. [NY Times]
5. Alec Baldwin may be moving to late night! [EW]
6. Designer Lela Rose has an elevator just for her dog. [Fashionista]
What does a girl wear to celebrate her best friend’s upcoming nuptials? If you’re New Girl‘s Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel), the answer is Kate Spade New York. “Hot pink and red, what could be better?” New Girl costume designer Deb McGuire told InStyle.com of this two-tone color-block dress Jess wore to throw her bestie CeCe a dream bachelorette party. “This dress has it all. Jess rocks it big time.” Shop the same exact style for $298 (down from $498!) on neimanmarcus.com, and head over to possessionista.com to see more New Girl style.
Plus, see Jess’s most iconic New Girl looks.
— Dana Weiss of Possessionista.com