Our favorite looks this week—plucked from our Look of the Day section—were all about intricate floral detailing and classic silhouettes. Marion Cotillard wore a navy and white Dior Haute Couture design to the SAG Awards, Emmy Rossum prepared for a Conan visit in a slim Stop Staring by Alicia Estrada sheath, Cate Blanchett was red hot in a red sequin Armani Privé gown, Kate Mara wore silver and black floral lace Dolce & Gabbana design, and Rooney Mara looked sweet a floral embroidered Alexander McQueen dress in lovely light mint. So who do you think dressed best? Vote in the poll below! More
“I will read. I will study. I will learn. If you try to stop me, I will just try harder,” Anne Hathaway says in the inspiring new trailer for the Richard Robbins-directed documentary Girl Rising, an exploration of how a proper education can change the lives of girls growing up in underprivileged communities around the globe—and consequently change the world. (It’s not the first time the Les Miserables star has taken on a girl-power cause!) The film takes viewers into the lives of girls from Africa to India, and illustrates how simply trying to go to school is sometimes a significant challenge. Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, and Cate Blanchett are just a sampling of the stars who lent their voices to the film, in addition to a haunting cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” by up-and-coming British singer Birdy, which also appears in the trailer. Watch the clip above and see the film when it hits theaters March 7th. And click here to find out how you can be more involved in the Girl Rising movement.
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We’re loving the modern spin that Cate Blanchett and Emma Watson put on the classic French twist at last night’s Women in Hollywood party. Their pinned coif’s looked effortlessly chic. And, as proven by the actresses, a textured chignon with loose, face-framing pieces works at any age. To recreate the style, apply a coat of volumizer (from roots to ends) to blow-dried hair. Using a paddle brush, gently smooth the hairline and brush strands upward to create lift. Next, tease the crown and vertical sections on the sides, then pull strands back as if you are creating a low ponytail. While holding hair with one hand, begin twisting the “pony” up and to the left with your other hand. Continue until all of your hair is tightly wound. Fold the ends into the newly formed chignon and secure with pins. Allow short layers to fall, but tuck longer pieces into the updo.
Plus, check out our gallery of celebrity hairstylist tips!
Cult favorite New York clothing line Ruffian is known as much for their coveted fashion—Kirsten Dunst, Cate Blanchett, and Kate Moss are fans—as for the beauty looks born on their runway. Now that Ruffian Red is an established go-to crimson lip color, designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are expanding to nails. They’ve collaborated with MAC to develop a collection of super-chic press-ons in varying takes on the signature Ruffian half-moon manicure. “Every season Claude and I start with the manicure idea and it really forms the collection,” Wolk told InStyle.com exclusively. “Ruffian is always about a story, about a movie, about a film. It’s cinematic.” The kits of 24 press-on nails are self-adhesive and will be available for a limited time on maccosmetics.com starting on June 18th. “There is something so Ruffian about the ephemeral, that it will last just for a moment,” said Wolk. View the entire collection in the gallery.
Cate Blanchett, the ageless, Academy Award-winning Aussie turns 43 today. Help her celebrate by taking a look back at her Hollywood transformation, from a strawberry redhead in Elizabeth, to a platinum blonde in The Lord of the Rings, and beyond. Click through the gallery to see all of Cate’s best beauty looks.
Our favorite outfits of the week—pulled from our Look of the Day top picks—offer punchy prints and gold-dipped gowns. Our standouts: Michelle Williams in floral Erdem, Minka Kelly in red Nonoo, Viola Davis in white Marchesa, Cate Blanchett in gold Alexander McQueen and Rachel McAdams in a striped Peter Som dress topped off with a Roland Mouret coat. Which one is your favorite? Vote in the poll below and let us know!
Awards show season offered us dozens—if not hundreds—of red-carpet worthy gowns, from Diane Kruger‘s sleek and chic Calvin Klein metallic column gown to Cate Blanchett‘s insanely detailed couture confection compliments of Givenchy. Herewith, our six favorite dress moments of the first six months of 2011. May the second half of the year be equally as stylish.
We couldn’t help but notice that many of the most stylish ladies in Hollywood have been keeping it short and sweet when it comes to their hair. Actually, make that short and sexy. Pixies seem to be the go-to style for these A-listers, including Halle Berry and Ashlee Simpson (top left). Actresses Cate Blanchett and Emma Watson (bottom left) also dared to chop off their locks, leaving them with less hair but all the more wow factor. Click through the Gallery to see the ten pixie looks we can’t get enough of!