Emmy Rossum figured it out—the easiest way to get in on the leather look without actually buying leather (and potentially breaking the bank in the process) is slipping on a pair of coated jeans. Layered with a waxy sheen, the glossy surface conjures up the very same too-cool biker vibe that real leather pants evoke, but for a fraction of the cost. Unlike leather, varnished jeans are versatile, which means there’s a whole slew of options in a wide spectrum of colors, patterns and fabrics. Toughen up any topper with coated skinnies like Rossum did when she teamed her Old Navy “Rockstar” jeans in wine ($35; oldnavy.com) with a sweetly striped sweater. Get the look by shopping 14 of our favorite pairs that range from straight-up wax to coated brocade.
Seth Meyers, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, and More Show Their Support At The Worldwide Orphans 9th Annual GalaNov 19, 2013 @ 5:45 pm
Last night in New York City, Cipriani Wall Street was filled with messages of hope at the Worldwide Orphans 9th Annual Gala. The Worldwide Orphans Foundation, founded in 1997 by Dr. Jane Aronson, aims to transform the lives of orphaned children to help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world. Funny-man Seth Meyers hosted the evening, which honored Diane von Furstenberg and Dr. Sophie Mengistu for being exceptional WWO ambassadors and supporters. In her acceptance speech, von Furstenberg touched on the importance of WWO. “Worldwide Orphans has saved 50,000 children! That is amazing! Dr. Jane is the most wonderful, extraordinary person, and I am just honored to be here and to help her,” the designer stated.
Elie Tahari, Alexi Meyers, Jenna Lyons, and Ann Curry, were also in attendance, each of whom seemed to have a personal connection to the cause. “It’s a wonderful thing, this cause. When I was young, I was in an orphanage myself,” Tahari, who was honored at last year’s gala, told InStyle.com. Seth Meyers got involved in the cause through the encouragement of the women in his life. “Amy Poehler, who was honored with Dr. Jane is 2009, has been speaking about WWO to me since then. Also, my wife has been working for the organization. I was lucky enough to have these strong-willed women in my life introduce me to the strongest-willed woman, being Dr. Jane,” Meyers told InStyle.com.
The evening also included a live auction, where items including Saturday Night Live tickets, an apprenticeship with DVF, and a personalized voicemail message from Hugh Jackman were auctioned off. All in all, the event raised over $1.3 million for the commendable organization.
It was the word heard ’round the world—the Oxford Dictionaries has officially dubbed “selfie” 2013’s Word of the Year, beating out Miley Cyrus‘s “twerk,” which had a late in the year resurgence. But it was the term used to describe the social media self-portrait that truly captivated English speakers from the United States to Australia—coincidently where the word originated. “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” Oxford Dictionaries said in their blog post to announce the news. And they’re right: From Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler to the Obamas, it seems as if most people have gotten in on the fun–we even included a category for “Most Glam Selfie“ in our first-ever Social Media Awards. So in honor of this phenomenon, we want to see your best selfies! Tweet us your photos using the hashtag #InStyleSelfie.
On last night’s Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu performed a Tango to the fired-up melody of Fall Out Boy’s “Light Em Up,” which Smirnoff took into consideration when designing her first costume of the night.
Smirnoff wore a nude mesh dress, and had orange, yellow, and red hues airbrushed on, along with rhinestone accents—an outfit The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen would approve of. “I wanted to stay true to the theme of the dance,” the dancer told InStyle.com exclusively. “I really wanted it to look like our outfits were on fire!”
For their second performance, the partners danced a Rumba, and looked to a different storyline for costume inspiration. “I was under a spell during the first dance, and was trying to break out of it in our second performance,” reveals Smirnoff. The dancer aimed to incorporate light, innocence, and edge into her design, which included sheer fabrics, as well as a sweetheart neckline and high-low skirt. “When you think of silk, you think ‘dreamy,’” Smirnoff said. “But when you add in lace, you think ‘sexy,’ which has a daring feel.”
The odds were definitely in their favor Monday night. The duo earned a total of 75/80, the second highest score of the night, right behind Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s 79/80. Shockingly, Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani were eliminated this week, leaving four couples in the ballroom.
Tune in next Monday night at 8/7c on ABC for the live results show.
As much as we love the often-outrageous costumes of the Hunger Games cast, more often than not, the looks don’t exactly translate to the real world. (To get outfitted as Effie Trinket, Elizabeth Banks has said it required a 4 a.m. wake-up call and two-and-a-half hours in the makeup chair every day. Not exactly what we would call a low-maintenance beauty routine.) Still, where there’s a will there’s a way, and so we set out to find some looks from Catching Fire, the series’ second installment hitting theaters this Friday, that we could easily replicate. Click through the gallery to see the outfits we found to fashionably function as styles worn by Katniss, Cinna, and yes, even Effie, no 4 a.m. wake-up call required.
1. Watch Sesame Street‘s parody on The Hunger Games and may the cookies be ever in your flavor. [YouTube]
2. Brad Pitt showed off his new haircut at the 2013 Governors Awards. [People]
3. What is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite nail polish? Essie’s Ballet Slippers! [Telegraph]
4. Watch Kanye West’s new music video for ‘Bound 2′ starring Kim Kardashian. [Ellen]
5. This guy did a celebrity-inspired mustache selfie each day of Movember. [HuffPo]
6. Echo Design launched their “Share the Warmth” campaign, where you buy one accessory and they will give two to those who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, now through December 1st. [Echo Design]
An outfit so nice, the Duchess of Cambridge wore it twice! Looking good while doing good is certainly a trend for Kate, and her latest outfit is no exception. Yesterday she stepped out with Prince William in a patterned Orla Kiely coat-dress to visit the London offices of Only Connect (left), a crime prevention charity and positive community helping prisoners, ex-offenders and those at risk of getting into trouble to rebuild their lives. But this wasn’t the first time the coat has made a royal appearance. In February 2012, Kate wore the exact same ensemble when she visited a school in a disadvantaged area of Oxford to support the Art Room (right), an organization that teaches kids self-esteem and confidence through art. The Duchess paired her bird-printed outerwear with brown tights, Aquatalia ankle boots and an Emmy clutch for each occasion — the only difference between the two looks is her now slightly lighter locks! “I thought she looked really well,” designer Orla Kiely previously told InStyle of Kate’s first time wearing the coat-dress. “It was out of the blue! It’s all quite nice, and now we’re crossing the generations which I think is a lovely thing.” Repeat or not, we’re loving Kate in this perfect fall look!
• See the Royal Family in the Official Picture of Prince George’s Christening
• Kate Middleton and Prince William Take Their First Family Photo with Prince George
• Found It! Pippa Middleton’s French Connection Blazer
With so much innovation in beauty, it’s easy to forget that simple is sometimes best. The timeless products used by our mothers and grandmothers are classics for a reason, and you know you can trust something that has been a bestseller for decades. From beauty tips passed down through the generations to re-releases of products that were sorely missed, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best old-fashioned beauty buys that shouldn’t be overlooked.