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Opening Night of the American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Season with Sigourney Weaver, Christian Siriano, and MoreOct 31, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
The scene at Lincoln Center was one filled with excitement as stars and designers alike gathered at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City last night for the American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Fall Gala. Celebrity fans of the ballet, including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, and the evening’s hosts Mark Badgely and James Mischka, were all looking forward to the magical but stormy evening ahead–the night’s theme was inspired by the world premiere of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” ”I love ABT. They’re such an amazing company, an amazing organization,” Sigourney Weaver (in Badgley Mischka) told InStyle.com as she made her way into the theater. A sentiment that Mischka seconded. “The performances are always amazing,” he said. “It’s always astonishing and an inspiration to see them.” And that it was! The two-hour performance was well received by the more than 700 guests who were all treated to two world premieres, the “Aftereffect” choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, and “The Tempest” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
After the performances (and many rousing rounds of applause), guests headed upstairs where they entered a real-life tempest. To create the effect of the stormy seas featured in the ballet, designer Bronson van Wyck installed a 180-foot hand painted mural and floor-to-ceiling tornados throughout the space. “These tornados are so cool!” designer Christian Siriano told InStyle.com. The theme even extended to the menu, too, which included a “Tempest” appetizer course of meats and cheese, and even into the night’s signature cocktail, which was a stormy concoction of sweet fruit flavors. But the night wasn’t all glamour, the event raised $1.65 million dollars for the ABT and their education and community outreach programs.
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Britney Spears has been hard at work promoting her latest album (and managing to look perfectly polished in the process), but while she’s been busy hitting the pavement, we’ve been hard at work watching the fierce video for her hot new single Work B*tch—over and over again. So we went straight to the source to get all the glamorous details behind the elaborate costumes designs, styled by B. Akerlund. “B. Akerlund’s costume designs always give me a sense of empowerment,” Spears told InStyle.com exclusively. “The outfits for my ‘Work B*tch’ video were strong and still so sexy.” In the video, Spears sports an array of intricately designed looks, ranging from a custom-made metal mesh bra and hot pants, to a hot pink and electric blue cutout gown with a crystallized thigh-high slit. How did Akerlund come up with each outfit? “I was really inspired by the song and I wanted something sexy and edgy,” says Akerlund, who has also styled Lady Gaga and Fergie. “Britney was very involved in the fashion and had a strong vision in what she wanted to do. The outfits are sexy, yet they have a soft, romantic feel in the hardness, which I think works with Britney as an artist. We collaborated on everything and she looked great because she also felt great. She owned it.” Get all the behind-the-scenes details on each look in the slideshow below, and be sure to pick up Britney’s new album, Britney Jean, when it hits stores Dec. 3.
The Nashville Stars Dressed For A Polo Match! Get the Fashion Scoop On Season 2, Episode 6 With Costume Designer, Susie DeSantoOct 31, 2013 @ 5:03 pm
What do you wear to a polo match? Nashville costume designer Susie DeSanto had all the answers and more when InStyle caught up with her this morning. Both Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) headed to the races in last night’s episode—flirting with the high society elite of Tennessee? Check! “We shot some of the polo footage a week before we shot the episode, so I got a glimpse of the real thing,” DeSanto told InStyle. “Having a good set piece is so important, I knew right away I wanted a big broad-brimmed hat for Connie!” DeSanto worked with New York hat designer Christine A. Moore, who custom designed both ladies fashionable headpieces. Click through the gallery to learn more about the looks from the episode and make sure to tune into Nashville on Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.
The days of girly pinks and boyish blues are long gone. Instead, the increasing intrigue with androgynous dressing means there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what you can and cannot wear. Cue the line-up of celebrities who have eschewed flirty frocks in favor of sharp tuxedo vests (a la Olivia Palermo), power suits and tailored pieces. And let’s give credit where credit is due—our obsession for dapper styles became official when Jennifer Lawrence‘s fierce editorial spread in the fall-winter issue of Dior magazine came to light. From gold-button blazers to striped Oxford button-downs to wingtip brogues, channel the opposite sex with our 19 gentlemanly sartorial picks.
Just when we thought Jennifer Hudson’s new pixie was the biggest hair surprise this week, Pamela Anderson stepped out yesterday in Los Angeles with an ultra-short crop — a dramatic change from her trademark long layers. Ever since we first spotted the star on Baywatch, her tousled waves gave us serious hair envy, but we admit, the bold cut is showing us a polished, classy side to the icon. Could this be the beginning of a new style phase for Anderson? Possibly! Back in April when we caught up with her at New York City’s International Beauty Show, she confessed that she had been road-testing a more natural beauty look. “I try to do less makeup now because I think it looks prettier,” she told InStyle.com. “I also love the smudgy effect you get when you wake up with a little leftover mascara on, and your hair is slightly messy like you’ve been running down the beach.” We’re wondering if we can expect to see her complementing her shorter strands with minimalist makeup. What do you think of Pamela’s new ‘do? Tell us!
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Lady Gaga Will Perform At the American Music Awards, Brad and Angelina Look Adorable As Pumpkins and MoreOct 31, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
1. Lady Gaga will be joining Miley Cyrus on the list of performers for the American Music Awards on November 24th. [People]
2. Brad and Angelina (and other celebrities!) got the carved pumpkin treatment. [PopSugar]
3. In need of a beauty fix in the subway? L’Oreal Paris’ makeup vending machines have got you covered. [HuffPo]
4. See how Elizabeth Banks and more reacted to the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. [The Hollywood Reporter]
5. Dolce & Gabbana’s new holiday beauty collection features both green and purple lip colors. [Refinery29]
6. Bonobos is launching a women’s line, Ayr, with Madewell’s former designer. [Fashionista]
Put A Little Scary Movie Magic Into Your Halloween Makeup With Rick Baker and MAC Cosmetics Beauty LineOct 31, 2013 @ 10:16 am
Legendary special effects artist and creature creator Rick Baker (Men in Black, Thriller and upcoming Maleficent) has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to bring a little movie magic to our personal makeup counter. “I always wanted to make Halloween makeup but I wanted it to be quality makeup,” Baker told InStyle.com. “I didn’t want it to be the junk that you use in a kit.” Practicing on himself to perfect each of the three Halloween looks he created for the collaboration-bride, Day of the Dead and Zombie, Baker also filmed step-by step DIY YouTube videos that explain the how to for those of us trying it at home. ”People would ask me, where do we get the appliances to create these looks? It’s not appliances, it’s just two little pencils. It’s all just colors on the face,” says Baker. The special MAC collection, which is available now through the end of October, includes Cyber deep plum lipstick, currant and brick lips pencils, two pro shadow palettes, a black penultima eyeliner, two paint-sticks, set powder, chroma cake, acrylic paint, face and body foundation and Monster FX dirt bronzer.
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