We’ve all been there: wading through your fave sites desperately trying to find that one special piece and then sharing a plethora of links with your pals to get their opinions on your finds. Truth be told, it can be a bit of a pain—until now.
If you’re an avid Orange Is the New Black watcher, you’d posit that the red-lipped, West Side Story-obsessed inmate Lorna Morello is easily the most chipper of the Litchfield crew. The woman behind that sweet imprisoned character is even more sweet in real life: Sydney-born Yael Stone. When the pint-sized actress swung by our offices yesterday to chat about the show (season two premieres June 6!), she bequeathed us a box of Lamingtons—a chocolate sponge cake dessert that’s popular in her native Australia. “They are my favorite dessert ever!” she said. Scroll down to see five other things we learned from the actress. More
Step aside, skinny jeans. There’s a new style in town—and who better to demonstrate its wearability than the ever-trendy Jessica Alba? While out visiting a friend in Brentwood, the Dear Eleanor actress and entrepreneurial mom of two showed off her tomboy style in a tailored yet slouchy fit by Paige Denim that’s straight from your BF’s closet. The Jimmy Jimmy Skinny jean is as versatile as can be: Dress it up with bright pumps and a button-down blouse, or dress it down à la Alba with ankle booties and a trendy moto jacket (hers is Members Only). What’s more, these baby blues are also a fave of Sarah Jessica Parker’s and Natalie Portman’s—and now they can be yours too! InStyle teamed up with Paige Denim to give away the $189 pants to TEN lucky readers. To enter to win, snap a selfie in your best denim look and tweet it to @InStyle with the hashtag #instyledenim. You have until March 13 to send through your entries, and winners will be selected by March 20. What are you waiting for? Assemble your chicest Canadian tuxedo and tweet us ASAP!
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On February 14, the monogamists of the world will wear their hearts on their sleeves, but we’d bet a pretty penny that Emma Roberts will wear hers around her neck too. The Adult World actress, who recently became engaged to her co-star Evan Peters, stepped out for a romantic couple’s dinner in West Hollywood wearing a whimsical heart necklace by Cali jeweler Maya Brenner. What we assume has to be a gift from her beau, the sterling silver strand comes on a 22-inch chain that hangs just low enough so it’s perfect for layering over other delicate pieces. The long length also toughens up the heart motif. “I wanted to take what’s traditionally a very feminine shape and give it a little edge, so I made the heart larger and the length of the necklace longer,” Brenner told InStyle.com. If you want to steal Emma’s style (or prod your boyfriend to do it for you), then shop her charming neckpiece for $180 at mayabrenner.com. Or, if you’re feeling extra romantic, cop the same one in 14kt yellow gold for $600. We <3 both.
Here’s an easy outfit how-to for a night out: all black everything, with a touch of gold detail. Take it from Olivia Munn, who topped off her no-frills monochromatic look with strands of shiny neckpieces—and one statement-making piece—for an evening at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood. The Newsroom actress dressed down in a pair of J Brand dark skinnies, a slouchy tee, and a simple trench with matching ankle boots. The perfect finish? Stella & Dot’s Rebel pendant, which Munn smartly layered over her delicate pieces for a rocking neck party. The 12k gold-plated prism chain, which counts Selena Gomez and Amy Poehler as its fans, is made by casting actual crystals in metal to create a structured shape. Cop Munn’s style in two swift clicks by shopping J Brand’s distressed denim for $227 at jbrandjeans.com and Stella & Dot’s gilded Rebel necklace for $79 at stelladot.com.
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Over its fifty-year legacy, Ann Taylor has amassed a reputation as the go-to destination for fashionable and affordable officewear. But starting with its fall 2009 collection, the retail giant has undergone a facelift—thanks in no small part to its newly appointed creative director Lisa Axelson, a veteran of Club Monaco and Banana Republic. Axelson made a name for herself that fateful season by introducing a range of decidedly different looks: boyfriend blazers, leopard-print ballet flats, and costume necklaces accented with faux crystals and pearls. At the brand’s summer 2014 preview in Times Square last night, the trendiness continued—this time with nautical-inspired summer separates. Fortunately, the moderate prices still remain.
This season’s collection was an effort in mixing and matching, with a menswear spin: There were stitched sweaters paired with eyelet skirts, double-breasted cropped blazers layered over striped dresses, and your quintessential summer whites—smartly paired with nudes. One look, a navy lace skirt paired with a slouchy tee and a polka dot crossbody bag, would work dually well for the office or after-work drinks—a huge draw for career women, who make up a majority of Ann Taylor’s consumer base. Each impeccably styled model stood against large-scale paintings of vacation locales, which, according to Axelson, were sketched from photographs on her own inspiration board. “The concept [of the collection] is the dream vacation infused in classic American style, with the influence of these far-off getaways,” she told InStyle.com.
The room was filled with Ann Taylor appreciators, including actress Jamie Chung, who gushed about her love for Axelson’s menswear aesthetic (a nod to Axelson’s own personal style). Her fandom was apparent in her outfit: Chung wore gingham tuxedo-stripe pants and a crisp white collared shirt layered under a navy knit sweater, paired with metallic silver brogues. “I love that some of the pieces really bring a masculine tone,” she told InStyle.com. “I’m all about the Bermuda pants, but still femming it up. Everything [Axelson] makes is wearable and comfortable, but still looks sophisticated and put-together.” We recommend she opt for look 11: a tailored white jacket and matching cropped pants—a warm-weather option that’s perfect for work or play… or a getaway. Snap up the collection in stores or online at anntaylor.com on April 28.
Plus, see more stars wearing Ann Taylor!
What do Olivia Palermo, Ali Larter, and Ellie Goulding all have in common? Impeccable taste in skirts, apparently. The three starlets were each separately spotted wearing J Brand‘s Maxine style from the designer’s fall 2013 collection. The trendy leather piece comes equipped with shiny gold zippers on the side pockets and down the front (which you can unzip to mid-thigh to create a sexy peek-a-boo slit, as Palermo does). At $1,095, the skirt has a hefty price tag, but it’s an investment item that pairs with a range of separates—chunky neutrals, loose-fit tees, turtlenecks—and works day or night. And while its pencil shape has a slimming effect, make sure to top it off with heels for added height and maximum flattery. Scoop up the style now at jbrandjeans.com.
Plus, see more of our favorite looks from this week!
Dance aficionados of all ages congregated at New York City Center in Midtown Manhattan last night for the opening of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—the world-renowned dance company’s 25th season since the untimely death of its celebrated founder, choreographer Alvin Ailey. With his fresh eye, energetic style, and persistence in giving dancers of all backgrounds a chance to perform, Ailey paved the way for the future of American dance. And one of the many legacies Mr. Ailey left behind was his beloved troupe, which inaugurated yet another year onstage yesterday evening. The event attracted many lovers and supporters of African dance, including InStyle‘s Man of Style Taye Diggs, Joan Smalls, and honorary event chair Gabrielle Union. When asked what she loved most about the theater, Union jokingly told InStyle.com, “It’s where real talent lives – the people who don’t need takes and extra editing and close-ups and filters and everything else that we frauds like to use.”
The show commenced with the company’s premiere of Chroma, a wildly dynamic effort by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, set to music by Joby Talbot and orchestrations by Jack White (of The White Stripes). After a brief intermission, Union took to the stage to give a speech and introduce the second act, Revelations, a historic work that, according to Union, “has been seen by more people throughout the world than any other work of modern dance.” She continued, “It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen before – it never gets old and it never loses its power to transport us.” Union then polled the audience, listing off legendary talents who danced for Alvin Ailey and inquiring whether or not they had seen them in the flesh.
But whether members of the audience had seen Ailey’s pupils perform or not, each was treated to a fantastic production by the future of his company, half of whom were formerly scholarship students at The Ailey School. And the admired choreographer’s legend lives on: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater raised $2.4 million, which will go towards giving other students the opportunity to perform.
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