In the last two weeks alone, Jessica Stam, Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jennifer Lawrence have all worn dresses by London-based Antonio Berardi—much to his delight. “[As a designer], I try to enhance the female body but it’s really about the woman,” he told us following the MADE for Peroni Young Designer Awards in New York City, just days before his fashion show during London Fashion Week. “Clothes are just clothes. They’re pieces of cloth that need to be brought to life.” And ever since he started designing his own line after graduating from Central St. Martins in 1994, stars have gravitated to his looks that are as intricate with tailoring as they are sensual with their body-contouring shapes. And it’s a bonus: Having a celebrity model can mean big business. “Seeing these women in these clothes makes people want them,” he said. “Erin Wasson wore a dress to Cannes. That dress was incredibly expensive, but after Erin wore it, it sold out worldwide,” he said.”Sometimes the clothes can be the most amazing clothes in the world, but unless people see them on an amazing woman they’re not always interested.” See more stars in his beautiful designs by clicking through the gallery, and visit saksfifthavenue.com and net-a-porter.com to shop his collections.
Headphone company Skullcandy recruited a supermodel crew—including Chanel Iman, Jessica Stam, Kate Upton, and Chrissy Teigen—to pose in brand’s newest ear-toppers, all while wearing barely-there bikinis. “Everyone talks about how the age of the supermodel is dead, but I don’t think it’s dead,” Upton told the Today show earlier this year. With this new campaign, it seems she’s right.
Plus, check out more celebrity ad campaigns in the gallery.
Aldo, our favorite source for of-the-moment shoes and boots, is giving us one more thing to lust after this season—real leather handbags! Formally featuring faux-only styles, the label is debuting a collection of natural handcrafted milled leather bags for September. Model Jessica Stam shows off the mini cross body bags and slouchy hobo styles that have been washed, tumble dried and then softened to give them that cool, lived-in effect. With prices ranging from $110-$180, they are a bit more than expensive than the standard line, but with promise to last you stylishly for seasons to come.
Rachel Roy has enlisted Canadian model Jessica Stam to lend her cool-girl style to three pieces for Roy’s Rachel Rachel Roy line, sold exclusively at Macy’s. The capsule collection will feature a jean, a cardigan and a handbag. “Just finished my first design meeting with @Rachel_Roy. I’m doing a capsule collection with her for Macy’s. So much fun sketching designs!” the blond beauty recently tweeted. The pieces will be unveiled during Fashion Week next September and hit Macy’s stores in October.