There’s no doubt that the competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics has been fierce, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the fierce fashion as well. Even a shared time frame with New York (and London, and Milan) Fashion Week, didn’t deter designers and stylists alike from tuning in to the enthralling games in Sochi. That’s why we enlisted the top tastemakers in the industry, including the likes of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and designer Rachel Zoe, to call out the best of the best in Olympic fashion. From German figure skater Aliona Savchenko’s Pink Panther costume to Ralph Lauren‘s patriotic Opening Ceremony uniforms, see the top six gold medal-worthy moments.
What was it like: A golden metal gate adorned with the Versace crest opened and a group of models emerged onto the catwalk, strutting down the runway to a selection of upbeat and peppy tunes. Metallic ivy crept down from the ceiling, and several large trees were parsed throughout the room.
Why we love this collection: Inspired by the new icons of Versace, the collection veered slightly from that of seasons past, feeling more provocative and proud in a solid palette of mostly blues, reds, and black. Filled with tailored jackets and dresses adorned with gold buttons that were reminiscent of parade uniforms, the looks were strong and fit tight to the body. A sea of vibrantly hued fur coats, gold embroidered and embellished slinky silk gowns, and eye-catching accessories rounded out the strikingly sexy designs that seemed almost tailor-made for Donatella Versace’s most recent muse, Lady Gaga, all finished off with the label’s signature gold detailing.
This winter season has been seriously brutal, which is why we want to know: What are your summer swimwear secrets? How many suits you try on before you find the one? Do you slather on sunless tanner before suiting up for the first time of the season? Do you own bathing suits that are too fabulous to swim in? Let us know by voting in the poll below!
One more reason we’ve been looking forward to Friday? A pre-weekend visit from none other than Drew Barrymore, of course! Today, the star stopped by InStyle headquarters in New York City to show Flower Beauty’s brand-new spring products to our Beauty Director Kahlana Barfield. “I absolutely love Drew and think her line is incredible. Of all the people I’ve met and interviewed over the years, she’s, hands down, one of my absolute favorites,” says Barfield. “What I love most about her line is that that there’s something for women of all colors, shapes, and sizes — and you can’t beat the prices!” We’ll say! With each of Barrymore’s new items priced at $10 and under, you can afford to stock up, and even better, each product is double the fun thanks to each of their multitasking formulas. We’re obsessed with the lip and cheek stain hybrids ($10; walmart.com), and the dual-ended liners offer up endless eye makeup possibilities — the all-black stylos hold a volumizing mascara on one end ($10; walmart.com), while another version comes equipped with a metallic shadow ($10; walmart.com). “Drew has been in the makeup chair since she was a little girl, so she knows what she’s doing. I looked in her purse and it was full of lab samples!” adds Barfield. Find Flower Beauty’s spring range at Wal-Mart stores nationwide or on walmart.com, and click through our gallery to see each product up close.
Dreams do come true — decking your walls Maison Martin Margiela‘s signature design aesthetic is now possible. The French fashion house is set to launch a collection of wallpaper with Omexco, a Belgian luxury wall coverings manufacturer. The influential and sought after style of the Margiela brand comes through in the designs, blending avant-garde ideals with classic tastes, much like the label’s garments. Margiela is known for reinterpreting objects of all forms and sizes, while deconstructing shape and volume to craft one-of-kind creations.
Based on multiple motifs, the line features emblematic Margiela prints, oversized patterns, and varied textures. The collection finds inspiration in a variety of places, and includes five design themes with several color offerings for each. Patterns vary from soft to bold, including a floral print inspired by classic cross-stitching, as well as the rough reproduction of a Tuscan limestone found at a flea market. The other three themes are a geometric marble mosaic print, a trompe l’oeil of a typical Margiela pattern, and a deformed herringbone motif with an optical illusion. The wallpaper collection will be available at the end of April, in over 3,000 design stores worldwide. Check out the full collection on omexco.be and start planning your own fashion-forward wall makeover.
Love Maison Martin Margiela? See stars wearing his designs in our gallery!
Several years ago, producer Francine LeFrak set out to make a film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The movie never got off the ground, but that didn’t put a dent in her determination to improve the lives of women there. Same Sky, a jewelry line she founded and helps design, now employs 130 female Rwandan artisans many of whom are victims of rape and HIV-positive. Starting at around $39 and with 100% of net profits going back to the makers, the colorful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings feature Japanese beads, Venetian glass, or traditional fabrics and have found fans in Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Meryl Streep among other stars.
“I open my jewelry drawer every morning and always end up picking one of these to wear,” says LeFrak, pointing to a bright-as-sunshine yellow glass bead necklace she’s paired with a pinstripe power suit. “These pieces affect the lives of the makers and their children, so they inevitably outshine my other jewelry.” Late last year, LeFrak launched a program in the United States whereby women just out of jail produce some of Same Sky’s pieces. “These women told me when they make the jewelry they don’t feel the pull of the street,” she says. “I own diamonds, but to me, these pieces, these are my real diamonds.”
With the 2014 Winter Olympics coming to a close this Sunday, February 23rd, most of the 1,300 medals have already been awarded to some of the world’s best athletes—including USA’s very own Devin Logan (Silver Medalist in Women’s Ski Slopestyle), Kaitlyn Farrington (Gold Medalist for Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe), Jamie Anderson (Gold Medalist in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle), and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Gold Medalists in Couples Ice Dancing). From skiing down the slopes of Sochi, pulling off aerial leaps on the halfpipe, and ice skating in the arena, the cold elements have definitely taken a toll on these athletes, but as Olympians, they have a few tricks up their sleeves. Scroll down to learn about their secret beauty weapons, what you’ll find in their makeup bags, and which lipstick is the best to ice skate with!
For 22-year-old Devin Logan (left), the only obstacle in her way aren’t the slopes at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, but the wintery elements that she faces, from the cold air, wind, to of course the snow. “I use a lot of Paul Mitchell products to help with moisture because basically the little ends [of my hair] are always getting so fried up,” says Logan exclusively to InStyle.com.
As for 24-year-old Kaitlyn Farrington (right), she faces the same elements on the halfpipe. “For me, I’m really big on sunscreen. I wear it every single day even when it’s cloudy out,” explains Farrington. “I also use Clinique Moisture Surge and that’s just some I found randomly in Duty-Free and it’s gel so it doesn’t make my skin oily and have that weird texture to it, so I just love that.”
With spring on the horizon, many of us are tempted to lighten up our current hue, but Elizabeth Olsen decided to take things in the opposite direction by taking her sunny blonde strands to a deep brunette just before a taping of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. While everyone else was buzzing over her answer when a caller asked who her favorite sibling was, we were fixated on how well her new hair color complements her skin tone. For the record, Olsen doesn’t play favorites when it comes to family “Ashley remembered my birthday, but I don’t hold grudges against Mary-Kate for forgetting mine. She was out of town!” she tells host Andy Cohen. “We’re all very close. I’m very close with my brother as well. I should have just said him — it would have been the easier scapegoat!” Too funny! Regardless of who she really favors, we loved her diplomatic answer, not to mention her glossy, Earth-toned strands. Get a closer look at her ‘do, and click through for more celebrity hair makeovers!