When the first hint of warm weather strikes (if it ever does…), your first instinct might be to bid adieu to any and all pieces that remotely suggest at winter, but don’t store them just yet. Key cold-weather staples aren’t exclusive to one season—they can serve as the perfect antidote to tricky in-between season dressing. That’s why we took style cues from the stars and rounded up six essentials that work now and beyond. From chunky knits, like those seen on Jamie Chung, to flannel shirts, breathe life back into last season’s clothes by re-purposing and re-styling them for a new, fresh (and spring-ready!) spin.
Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate the forthcoming warmer weather then by snapping pics al fresco. Newly cemented BFFs Lorde and Taylor Swift soaked up the sun and enjoyed the sand between their toes while strolling on the beach in California. Across the country, New York City experienced its first warm weather of the year, and stars like Jamie Chung ventured outside in much lighter outerwear to bask in the 50 degree temperature. But they weren’t the only celebrities to snap and share their weekend moments on Instagram! Click through the gallery to see 10 of our favorite photos from the weekend.
New York City has been abuzz for the past four days as countless designers have showcased their latest collections during New York Fashion Week, and while the industry has been busily attending shows, so has some of Hollywood’s most stylish. AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Jamie Chung, and many more have been spotted in the front row taking in the collections, and like the rest of us they have been actively sharing their favorite moments on Instagram. From a cute selfie from Robb and Underwood to a backstage shot of Chung and the designers of Cushnie et Ochs, click through the gallery to see the 11 celebrity fashion week ‘grams that had us double-tapping this weekend.
Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Location: Theatre, Lincoln Center
What was it like: Dark and mysterious, in terms of both the collection and the atmosphere. In typical Monique Lhuillier fashion, models were outfitted in beautiful cocktail dresses, but there was an undercurrent of something moody and ominous. And the music spoke to that as well, with bass-heavy beats.
Why we love this collection: It’s a side of Monique Lhuillier we’ve never seen! Abstract skulls were intricately embroidered onto otherwise pretty princess-like tulle frocks. “I wanted it to be a little twisted, and really go somewhere I’ve never been before,” Lhuillier tells InStyle.com before the show. “The skulls create a mysterious, darker feeling–it makes it more dangerous than other seasons.”
True to her word, Lhuillier branched out and experimented with tougher textiles, like patent leather and vinyl. “It felt newer, fresher–I wanted to add more drama. I want people to come back to the show and not know what to expect,” Lhuillier continues, expanding on the concept that the brand and its dresses are not just another pretty face. And with so much of her focus on her new inspiration, Lhuillier is seeing skulls everywhere – even in her breakfast on show day.
Designer: Herve Leger by Max Azria
Location: Theatre, Lincoln Center
What was it like: The main theme of the collection revolved around “technology,” and as such, the atmosphere relayed that message, with techno-like beats and a frills-free runway.
Why we love this collection: Herve Leger’s trademark bandage dresses may have looked as though they had undergone a makeover this season, with feather detailing and neon accents, but Lubov Azria, chief creative officer of the brand, was quick to note that the fall 2014 collection doesn’t stray far from the Herve Leger aesthetic, but rather lives as a “continuation.”
And there’s nothing more evolutionary than referencing the future. Azria cites technology as the source of her inspiration, emphasizing its role in design and fashion. “People don’t realize technology plays such a huge part: the way we design, sketch something, scan it, and digitize it,” she explains. “The clothes (for fall 2014) boast 3D jacquards and dimensional beading, and to make an even stronger statement, we made the girls look like avatars–just a little bit, with the hair extensions.”
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!
The stars are starting the new year right: in the sunshine. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities have been heading to warmer weather and the beautiful beaches of tropical destinations—like Turks and Caicos, Mexico, and Brazil—for some fun under the sun and relaxation, flaunting their hard-earned bikini bodies in the process. Alessandra Ambrosio (in Luli Fama) vacationed with her family in Brazil, while Jamie Chung (in Mikoh) and her new fiancé Bryan Greenberg enjoyed an enviable trip to Turks and Caicos. Transport yourself to the same beaches by looking through our gallery to see more bikini-clad celebrities, like Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, and Behati Prinsloo!
It’s true what they say: A big rock really does go well with everything. In Jamie Chung’s case (when she’s not all glammed up in a racy plunging Julien Macdonald lace gown), that means her go-to denim shirt for relaxed, post-Golden Globes look. And with American Eagle Boyfriend Chambray Shirt ringing in at $20 (marked down from $45!), consider this the perfect time to start building your own casual-chic wardrobe. Take her cue and half-tuck yours into dark skinnies (bonus points if they boast exposed zippers) for street style status. For a polished office-appropriate spin, pair it with a pencil (solid for sophistication, prints for playfulness) and pumps. Snag the shirt in light or medium wash at ae.com.