The countdown to 2014 is on! Tonight at 11:59 p.m., the iconic Times Square ball will begin to drop from the top of One Times Square, signaling the start of the New Year. While millions will flood the streets of New York City to watch (in the freezing cold no less!), you can catch it all live (and stay warm!) by tuning in to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Why do we think the show, kicking off on ABC at 8 p.m. EST, is a must see? Keep reading to find out.
A red lip is a classic look for a reason — it’s universally flattering, and never fails to add a touch of retro glamour to any look. Katie Holmes‘ bold crimson from Bobbi Brown‘s holiday campaign delivers an especially striking effect, and we loved the vivid, super-saturated color. The trick to going as bold as the star? It’s all about layering. Brown began by tracing the star’s lips with her brand’s own lip liner in Red, then layered the aptly-named Hollywood Red lipstick ($22 and $25; bobbibrown.com) over the line. To dress up the effect, Brown swept on the Lip Gloss in Siren Red ($24; bobbibrown.com) as the finishing touch.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that on average, Facebook users upload over 350 million photos to the site every day. (A whooping figure, for sure, but not surprising when you also consider how “selfie” was crowned 2013′s word of the year.)
As New Year’s Eve approaches, that figure is bound to increase — how can you make sure you don’t need to go on a de-tagging rampage Jan. 1? Check out our guide to never taking a bad picture again, complete with tips from pro photog Patrick McMullan, makeup artists, and a few tried-and-true tricks from celebrities (who get schooled in this kind of stuff before ever stepping foot on a red carpet).
Ready to have your most photogenic year yet?
It’s Diane von Furstenberg’s 67th birthday today! The Belgian-born fashion designer has led a diverse and fascinating life. After studying economics at a university in Switzerland, Diane worked throughout Europe in photography and textiles. She married into royalty (she was wed to the late Prince Egon von Furstenberg of Germany in the ’70s and ’80s) and moved to New York City, where an industry legend was born. Diane started her career in women’s clothing design in 1970 and she continues to wow us not only with new collections (including a line for GapKids and BabyGap that launched last April), but with her contributions to the industry and in philanthropic endeavors as well. She’s president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has hosted the DVF Awards, honoring women “using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women,” since 2010.
The designer is also celebrating another big event to kick off the New Year–it’s the 40th anniversary of her timeless wrap dress. To commemorate, a retrospective exhibit titled Journey of a Dress opens in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Conservatory’s May Company Wilshire on January 11th and runs through April 1st.
It’s hard not to be inspired by all of Diane’s accomplishments and her philosophy for a confident woman, which she shared last May when she took over our Facebook: “She is a woman who wants to be effortlessly sexy. She knows herself. She is the woman she wants to be.”
Another year is about to have come and gone, but before we say goodbye to 2013, we’re taking a look back — specifically, at our most-liked Instagrams of the year. So which of our shots got your fingers double-tapping? From Jennifer Lawrence‘s memorable Golden Globes win to dreamy bridal fashion week gowns to rows of beautiful heels in our fashion closet, our 13 most popular ‘grams encompassed a wide range of events — including Halloween! Click through the gallery to see them all, and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @instylemagazine for more behind-the-scenes photos in 2014.
Happy New Year!
Restraint? So 2012, Hal Rubenstein writes in InStyle‘s December issue. No where was this more evident than on the runway, where designers showed off brazen colors, bold graphics, and lots of leather. What’s more, we couldn’t get enough of the drama on TV (hello, Scandal), the big screen (like in Baz Luhrmann’s deco-drenched film, The Great Gatsby), and in our newsfeeds (the term “twerking” blew up so much it was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online). Frankly, we’re surprised we were able to narrow it all down to just 100 moments.
From royal maternity clothes and orange lips to cronuts and selfies, see the looks, trends, and pop culture moments that defined 2013 before the ball drops! If you don’t want to miss a thing next year, subscribe to InStyle now to keep up with all the fashion, hair, makeup, and style trends you’ll need to know about in 2014.
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The New Year isn’t the only thing we’ll be counting down for on Dec. 31. Come 2014, Gwen Stefani’s much-awaited OPI collection officially hits shelves, and we’re so excited to give our manis a makeover with a touch of the star’s famously glam-punk style.
“With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” said the brand’s executive VP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. The seven-piece collaboration features an assortment of stand-out swatches, including semi-matte polishes in dramatic black and gold hues, a reflective chrome finish, and a red hot signature shade (inspired by the singer’s trademark red lip), available with a set of Swarovski crystals and decorative metallic studs. Prices start at $9 a bottle, and you can scoop up all the limited-edition shades at ulta.com beginning Jan. 1.
Just like 2013, the holidays are still hanging around thanks to these festive celebrity Instagrams from the past week. If you were too busy spending time with family and friends to find time to scroll through your feed (as it should be!) check out our roundup of the best photos shared via the social media app for your double-tapping pleasure. From Jesscia Alba‘s family photo to Taylor Swift‘s PJ party to Mariah Carey‘s post-Christmas vacation, flip through the gallery to see 11 ‘grams that are guaranteed to keep you from losing the holiday spirit.