It was a big night for Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as they brought their historic film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to New York City at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with special guest, Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi. For the premiere, Elba, who stars as the iconic leader, was joined by his on-screen wife, Harris, who told InStyle.com that she did her fair share of research in preparation for her role as Winnie. “I interviewed people who knew Winnie, I watched documentaries about the Apartheid era, I read biographies written about her, I watched hours of uncut footage of her being interviewed,” she said. “I also sat down with Winnie herself, which was amazing.” The film is based on the 1994 biography written by Mandela himself, which chronicles his early years growing up in the rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, his 27 years spent in prison, and finally his election as South Africa’s first-ever democratically voted president. It also touches on the relationship of Nelson and Winnie, who after Nelson went to jail, spent almost a year in solitary confinement, yet managed to express her strength through style. “The fashion is really about self-expression, it’s very colorful and very different,” Harris explained. “They have their own sense of style, almost peacock-like, its vibrancy and the use of colors.” As for Harris’ style on the red carpet, the actress stunned in a black sheer tulle Valentino embroidered gown and admitted that she gets to “have fun, play, and be outlandish” when it comes to her premiere looks. “[Since] you’re actually in the movie, you can go a bit further because normally you kind of feel like, ‘Oh I don’t want to dress up too much,’ but now you’re like ‘oh, well it is my movie so I’m going to dress up!,’” she laughed. Catch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom out in theaters everywhere on November 29th.
They may have a troubling on-screen mother-daughter relationship in Carrie, the film based on Stephen King’s horror tale, but off-screen, Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz have shared some adorable red carpet moments! From celebrating Moore’s star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they both wore Dolce & Gabbana dresses, to the red carpet for the world premiere of Carrie where they matched in long gowns (Moore chose a white draped Givenchy dress and Moretz went for a sheer forest-green Valentino dress) these two make a great pair. Click through our gallery to see more of Moore’s and Moretz’s cutest moments from the Carrie premieres, and be sure to catch the film in theaters nationwide right now!
You’ll always be true to your blues, but it may be time to spice things up! Recently, denim designers have translated acclaimed runway prints onto our beloved denim bottoms: We spotted Valentino’s delft porcelain pattern and Milly’s holographic hue on jeans, and we have sourced these pairs and more to help you find the perfectly patterned fit. Click to shop denim inspired by praised Fall 2013 ready-to-wear runways looks, including Givenchy’s paisley, Alberta Ferretti’s plaid, Kenzo’s croc, L’Wren Scott’s embroidery, and more.
My motto is “Don’t ever have a motto!” Kristen Wiig told InStyle last year of her approach to fashion. And for such a freewheeler, we’re consistently impressed with her red-carpet looks, which she puts together with help from her stylist, Erin Walsh. Since Bridesmaids propelled Wiig into the spotlight, her style has become something we define as “approachable girl-next-door”—which she solidified this week when she premiered in new film, Girl Most Likely (in theaters today), in a LWD by Viktor & Rolf. The 39-year-old actress is a fan of neutrals and solid colors and plays up her whites, blacks, and nudes with bold jewelry accents and shoes. And she’s not afraid to try new trends like printed dresses (in Theyskens’ Theory), jumpsuits (in Valentino), and cut-outs (in Michael Kors). Click through the gallery to see more memorable Wiig style moments.
Fall 2013 Couture Fashion Week is wrapping up in Paris, and we’ve been glued to checking out the custom-made, hand-stitched collections the past few days. Zuhair Murad, Valentino, and Vionnet helped close out the runway schedule with designs fit for the red carpet, as seen above, adding to our list of overall favorites. Click to see the 36 looks we loved most.
You could feel the positive energy anywhere you turned in The Plaza in New York City last night, as amfAR’s 4th Annual Inspiration Gala took over the space and filled it with uplifting moments. “I’m here because of the heroic people who have dedicated their lives to finding the cure for AIDS,” Uma Thurman (in Versace) told InStyle.com as she arrived to the event, which raised money and awareness for AIDS research and advocacy projects around the world. “I’m just bringing my love and energy and my prayers to their mission.” Before the gala started, the evening began with a military-themed fashion show made up of looks donated by leading menswear designers, including Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors. Kenneth Cole, amfAR’s Chair of the Board, happily played along: “I’m wearing fatigues to anticipate anything that could come of tonight—I’m prepared for it,” he joked to InStyle.com.
After the bumping runway beats faded, guests made their way to the ballroom where Thurman got down to business giving out honors while guests bid on silent auction items as they dined. “What’s special about this evening is that we’re honoring them not for their artistic achievements but for their ability to inspire us,” Thurman said of the honorees. Valentino earned the Award for Inspiration, accepted on his behalf by Iman (in Valentino), Alan Cumming took home the Award of Courage, and Jennifer Lopez (in Tom Ford) received the Humanitarian Award. “I’m deeply touched,” Lopez said tearfully. “I’m grateful that I have the opportunity of helping to improve the lives of others even if it’s in a small little way. We all just need to do a little bit and then all of a sudden all these amazing things happen.” The evening concluded with a group sing-a-long to “Call Me Maybe” spearheaded by the hitmaker herself, Carly Rae Jepsen. Click the photo to see more.
The fashion world is in mourning: Annabel Tollman, former fashion director and stylist to the stars, passed away in her sleep last week at age 39. The British stylist became known for her her ability to highlight the female figure, which led her to dress a range of body types and personalities in Hollywood, including Scarlett Johansson (in Valentino), Anne Hathaway (in Nina Ricci), the Olsen twins, and Kristen Wiig (in J. Mendel). Her sartorial vision, her keen eye, and her old-Hollywood glamour aesthetic will be missed. In her memory, click to see several of the memorable celebrity looks she put together for the red carpet.
This is what Valentino comes out of retirement for! Only the best, of course. Last year, it was Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress. This year, it’s a princess. The designer, who retired from fashion in 2008, brushed off his sketching hands to create the wedding dress for Princess Madeleine of Sweden for her wedding to New York banker Christopher O’Neill, held at the Royal Palace Church in Stockholm on Saturday, June 8. “Working with Princess Madeleine has just been so easy,” Valentino said in a statement. “She is very lovely girl. She is modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful! It has been a pleasure and an honor.” The dress he created is made with silk organdies and applications of ivory Chantilly lace. The train was four meters long. The veil measured six meters long, crafted with silk organdies with tulle edges and Chantilly lace flowers. The waist had small vertical pleats the spread out to the skirt. Topping it off, orange blossoms decorated her royal tiara. The Princess is 31 (as of June 10), and the youngest daughter of the King and Queen of Sweden. She is fourth in line to the throne.
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