The 2013 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards are just hours away! This is the one night a year when the fashion industry’s most influential tastemakers will gather at Lincoln Center in New York City to find out who will be named the Designer of the Year for womenswear, menswear, and accessories. From nominees to presenters to special honorees, we highlighted the top five things you should get excited about. Scroll down to check it out, and then come back to InStyle.com tomorrow to see the star presenters and starry-eyed winners. More
At tonight’s CFDA Awards in New York City, Oscar de la Renta will be presented with the Founders Award by pal and frequent de la Renta dresser Hillary Clinton. This is one of the most prestigious honors in the industry, so we’re offering our early congratulations for the 80-year-old designer. The Founders Award—given in honor of Eleanor Lambert, who founded the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1962—recognizes people who have made their mark on the fashion world. De la Renta certainly has done that throughout his 45-plus year career, both on and off the runway. In addition to his romantic and feminine designs being a red carpet staple for Hollywood heavyweights Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Biel, he also helps usher in a new class of Oscar Girls, like Jessica Chastain and Allison Williams. Off the carpet, de la Renta also is a devout supporter of the arts, serving on the boards of several organizations, including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the nonprofit New Yorkers for Children. Click to see who is loves the designer’s looks.
— Jennifer Merritt
Beyonce and Madonna are sounding off for a cause–and they’re bringing extra dose of girl power to boot! Tonight in London, Queen Bey, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, and many more will take the stage at The Sound of Change Live, a concert held by Gucci’s Chime for Change campaign working to raise awareness for girls’ and womens’ issues. “I am really happy that so many amazing artists and presenters have come together to support Chime for Change,” Beyonce said. “Our goal is to have a great time together while we unite and strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world.” In addition to the star-studded performance lineup, Madonna is scheduled to present, along with Freida Pinto, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain, and many others. Funds raised at the event will benefit non-profit organizations pursuing change, and encouraging education for women and girls around the world. “60% of the children in the world not in school are girls, and two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women,” Madonna added. “We need to change this and we will change this!” We hear that! Tune in to NBC tomorrow night at 9 PM EST to see the full show.
Plus, click through our gallery to see products that look good and benefit even greater causes.
We’ve picked our Fashion A-List of the week! It was a week of white, and these five scene-stealing looks topped our list of favorites and secured top spots in our Look of the Day section: Cameron Diaz (in Roland Mouret), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in Chloe), Rose Byrne (in Emilio Pucci), Jessica Chastain (in Trussardi), and Nicole Kidman (in Giorgio Armani). Now that we’ve told you our faves, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s new A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top five looks, then share your picks with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter. Head to the A-list maker right now to get started.
With the hundreds of gowns that graced the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year, which ones looked best? Who better to ask than celebrity celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart. “There are so many [I loved]!” she told InStyle.com at the P.S. ARTS Bag Lunch in Holmby Hills, California yesterday, an event she co-hosted to raise funds for the non-profit children’s arts education organization P.S. Arts. But when forced to narrow it down, she chose Freida Pinto’s coral Gucci gown and Jessica Chastain’s beaded violet Givenchy design. While Stewart put the stars in these two looks as their stylist, that’s not the only reason they rose to the top of her list. Here’s why:
“It was just so her,” Stewart explained. “This incredible bright coral with this cool belt and it was just a very Frieda moment.”
“The purple on Jessica was just so hard to pull off and she pulled it off so beautifully and it’s just this incredible, one of a kind, custom-made dress,” said Stewart. “She just looked perfect in it.”
Tell us: Did these looks top your list? Click to see more Cannes Film Festival fashion and pick your favorite, too.
With the parade of glamour at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival finally coming to a close this weekend, we’re looking back on the moments that reaffirmed why this is one of the most beautiful events in the world. Click to see the 10 fashion and beauty moments that made this year’s festival a memorable one.
As we say au revoir to the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, we’re looking back at the 101 best fashion moments that paraded down the French Riviera for the past ten days. Click to see the looks, including Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior), Zhang Ziyi (in Elie Saab), Jessica Chastain (in Versace), and Nicole Kidman (in Armani).
What is your favorite look from the Cannes Film Festival? We know, we know, there are just so many to choose from! But we made it easy to pick your favorites with this week’s edition of the A-List. That’s where we dropped all of our top celebrity Cannes looks, including our five faves: Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, and Freida Pinto. Do they make your list? Tell us who you think has the best Cannes style by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list to make your picks, and then share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Head to the A-list maker right now to get started.