The Heidi braid trend is still going strong! This week, Adele swapped her trademark retro coiff for a braided headband, and earlier this month Beth Behrs, Ashley Madekwe, and Florence Welch also tried out the style. The look is a fun alternative to the standard ponytail as the temperature rises, and is a genius way to mask second-day strands. To create Behrs’ updo at the premiere of Monsters University in Los Angeles, her hairstylist Aviva Perea began by spritzing Oribe’s Foundation Mist ($23; oribe.com) onto damp hair, then blow-dried the star’s strands using her fingers. A few quick twists using a curling iron added extra movement before Perea misted on Dove’s Dry Shampoo ($5; drugstore.com). “It gave her hair amazing texture, and helped the braids stay in place,” she said. Perea wound four plaits on Behrs’ head, placing two on each side of her head by her ears. “I started each braid with a fish tail and ended with a regular braid for extra texture,” she added. Perea anchored the braids just behind the star’s bangs with bobby pins. Click the photo to get more celeb braid inspiration.
Inside the Party: InStyle Celebrates Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s New Handbag Line for Elizabeth and JamesJun 20, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
“Good music, champagne, good drinks, and always a balcony,” Ashley Olsen said as she swept into the Chateau Marmont’s Room 64 two-bedroom penthouse in Los Angeles to join her sister Mary-Kate celebrate the launch of their new handbag collection for Elizabeth and James. InStyle’s editor Ariel Foxman hosted the fete for the pair, and pals of the designers and the magazine stopped by to check out the new backpacks, clutches, and carryalls, including Aimee Teegarden. “I’m in love with the blue messenger bag, it looks amazing with your everyday stuff,” she told InStyle.com. After she heard someone had their eye on it, she got protective of her new find: “Someone else is watching it? I might have to fight them for it! I’m up for the challenge.” Stacy Keibler, Brittany Snow, Ashley Madekwe, Kiernan Shipka all stopped by and tried out the pop-up photo booth, as well as Glee’s Naya Rivera, who posted her candids to Instagram. Specialty cocktails kept the conversation buzzing with their perfectly-named titles, a lemon-infused “The Elizabeth” and a ginger beer-based “The James.” As the sun went down, the balcony was the spot to be—just as Ashley Olsen predicted—as guests grabbed seats on the gray couches and high-back chairs to take in views of Sunset Boulevard and the famous bungalow pools. Click to get your inside look at the party.
Ashley Madekwe and Joico’s artistic director Damien Carney are back with a new tutorial in their Drab to Fab hair how-to video series, and the two pros are joining forces to give us a complete breakdown on the season’s most-popular style. “This is the one look everyone always asks for — relaxed, beachy waves,” Madekwe said. “It’s the kind of style you can wear all day long, take from day to night, and it’s great for the summer.” After lathering up with Joico’s K-PAK Shampoo and Conditioner ($15 and $17; joico.com for locations), Carney used the brand’s Power Whip Mousse ($17; joico.com) on the model before working his magic with a curling iron and the brand’s Power Spray hairspray ($17; joico.com). ”You don’t need to be a perfectionist,” Carney advised. “In fact, a little bit of the imperfections are what makes it quite perfect!” Watch the complete how-to in the video above.
Plus, see the must-try hairstyles for the summer.
British Invasion! Roksanda Ilincic Debuts Collection in L.A. With Julianne Hough, Ashley Madekwe, and MoreJun 13, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
Roksanda Ilincic—the British designer loved by Jessica Biel, Kate Middleton, Jessica Chastain, and more—hopped the pond and landed at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles to celebrate the debut of her resort 2014 collection (pictured center). Louise Roe, Julianne Hough, Ashley Madekwe, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all came out to support their designer pal wearing pieces from her collections. “With the ladies all wearing@roksandailincic. #fashion,” Madekwe Instagrammed with a photo of her fellow Ilincic fans. Click to see more party photos.
The season finale of Revenge had us on the edges of our seats, and we’re still talking about the tragic loss and shocking reveal from last night’s episode. So, who better to give us the inside scoop on the show’s other character—the clothes, the fabulous clothes!—than costume designer Jill Ohanneson? ”I’m a character-based designer, and I also love fashion, so I have to serve the character and what they’re going through first,” Ohanneson told InStyle.com. Her work this season had to stay in line with the dynamic changes experienced by each character, and therefore, she had to alter the wardrobes of Emily Van Camp, Ashley Madekwe, and others to reflect shocking new plotline twists. “In season one, we were trying to find what worked and what defined each character, and we kept it very colorful and bright, but then the show got very dark and dramatic.” In honor of last night’s season finale, click the photo to take a look at how Emily, Ashley, Nolan, and many more have switched up their style.
It may be a dream to get an invite to the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but wearing one of the red-carpet dresses can be a reality. After Topshop dressed Julianne Hough, Nicole Richie, Jaime King, and Ashley Madekwe in custom creations for this year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture event (as seen above), the retailer announced that all of the designs will be available in stores and on topshop.com this September for $630 to $1,050. In addition, ModaOperandi.com put 15 dresses that walked the red carpet up for pre-order exclusively on the site, including Olivia Wilde’s Calvin Klein creation, Taylor Swift’s J.Mendel gown, and Dakota and Elle Fanning’s Rodarte looks; and you can place your orders at modaoperandi.com. Now that’s something that rocks.
Plus, see all of the looks from the 2013 Met Gala!
Less than two years after it started as an online shopping site in London, Three Floor has become the newest brand loved by stars like Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe, Modern Family star Ariel Winter, and Amanda Seyfried, who wore the dress on stage at the MTV Movie Awards just a couple weeks ago. Ariel Winter chose the brand’s Attire dress (which you can snag on threefloorfashion.com for about $214) for the City Year event in Los Angeles this month. “I like wearing edgy things, and I really like this,” Winter told InStyle.com of her ensemble. “I thought it was really fun to wear.” Ultimately, this is a new go-to brand for trendy pieces at good prices. The designs start at $165, and are available at asos.com, revolveclothing.com, shopbop.com, and the brand’s own site, threefloorfashion.com. So, start browsing—we’re sure you’re going to like what you see.
Plus, see our picks for dresses that will complement your shape.
The 10 Most Memorable Looks from Revenge, Chosen by the Woman Who Knows Them Best: Costume Designer Jill OhannesonMar 10, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Revenge is back tonight! And (spoiler alert!) someone close to Emily (Emily VanCamp) has been killed—not that such an incident will stop her from attending the funeral looking anything less than polished. Because even with all the twists and turns on the Sunday night soap, one thing is constant: Emily, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), and all the other Hamptons ladies look good. That’s why we caught up with the woman behind their best looks, costume designer Jill Ohanneson, who shared with us her all-time favorite pieces she put on the girls, from Emily’s red-hot Alexander McQueen to Ashley’s (Ashley Madekwe) goddess Balenciaga, to Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) sweet Anthropologie find. “There are so many that I love! I have the best job in the world,” Ohanneson told InStyle.com. Can’t say we disagree! Click through to see them all, plus her insider scoop on what makes each look so special. And tune into ABC at 9/8c to see how Emily & Co. work their mourning LBDs for [------]‘s final farewell.