It’s your turn to be the judge of your own Fashion A-List and pick who rocked it best from this week’s celebrity Look of the Day moments! These five glamorous looks from around town made our Look of the Day section and scored spots in the ranks of our very own A-List Top 5: Keira Knightley (in Mary Katrantzou), Julia Roberts (in Dolce & Gabbana), Dianna Agron (in an Osman ensemble), Katie Homes (in a rose skirt and cashmere sweater), and Kate Middleton (in Jenny Packham). Now that you know our faves, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top 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.
Prabal Gurung is known for dressing the First Lady, the Duchess of Cambridge, and countless celebrities, but his shows spark trends in beauty as well as fashion. He invited InStyle to his buzzing studio just 48 hours before the show to give us a behind-the-scenes look at his makeup test with lead makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who used MAC cosmetics. Of course, we were thrilled to hear all about Gurung’s inspiration and the creative process behind the final product. When asked about conceptualizing the beauty look Gurung says, “For me, the starting point has always been the woman and this season it’s very much about celebrating the femininity with just enough bite. The whole theme of the collection is preserving the elegant woman who’s become more of an endangered species now, which means not only preserving but celebrating what a woman means – the curves, the décolletage, everything about her.” The show opened with the models literally preserved in a plastic box, coming out onto the runway out one by one. The centerpiece of beauty look is the lip, which Tilbury calls “fluoro-pastel,” which she created using Mac Lip Mixes ($15; maccosmetics.com). Tilbury told us the face is inspired by “a kind of mannequin, untouchable feeling of these women. They’re almost so precious they’ve got to kind of be incarcerated into this glass box, and can only come out when taken.” Click the photo get an exclusive look at all of the details, straight from Prabal Gurung and his glam squad!
By George, new pictures of the Royal Baby have just been released! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled their very first family picture with His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge alongside their cocker spaniel Lupo and the Middleton’s retriever, Tilly. The official photo was shot by Kate’s father Michael outside the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, People.com reports, just a month after Kate and Will introduced their little bundle of joy to the world at St. Mary’s hospital in London. For the photograph, Kate chose a fuchsia Jolene front knot dress ($79) from maternity retailer Séraphine, and kept the little prince wrapped in a G.H. Hurt & Son 100% merino wool shawl, which he also appeared in for his official debut on the hospital steps in July. Judging by their radiant smiles, Will, Kate, and baby George are looking very much like a happy family — we think another congratulations is in order!
Plus, see more of Kate’s most memorable outfits ever.
Banana Republic’s Issa Collection Is Now in Stores (Including a $130 Version of Kate’s Sapphire Wrap Dress)Aug 8, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
This just in from across the pond: British brand Issa London—a favorite of Kate and Pippa Middleton—has invaded the stores of Banana Republic across the country. Issa’s designer Daniella Helayel teamed up with the retailer to debut a safari-inspired capsule collection filled with wrap-style dresses (including a similar version to Kate’s sapphire engagement dress for $130), sweaters, tops, jewelry and accessories. “We were immediately inspired by Banana Republic’s heritage of safari adventures when we dreamed up this collection together,” Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Keenan said back in April. That inspiration translated into exotic prints like zebra and leopard-covered pieces and textured accessories, like leather envelope clutches and statement gold necklaces. The collection is priced between $39.50 to $150—all available at bananarepublic.com. Repli-Kates, we know you’ve been waiting for this, so click ahead to start shopping the collection.
We’re sure Kate Middleton is exploding with pride over her new little prince, so we asked some of our favorite jewelry designers known for their personalized pieces to create a customized gift for the Duchess to celebrate the birth of George Alexander Louis. Prince William, we hope you’re reading this because we think all of these would be perfect additions to Kate’s already enviable jewelry box. Click to see all of the personalized designs and where you can buy them with your own initials.
Now that Kate Middleton‘s a mom, we can’t wait to see if she’ll change up her look. But as any new mom knows, the first couple months are the toughest since maternity pieces are baggy and pre-pregnancy clothing is still too small. So we asked celebrity stylist Estee Stanley what advice she’d give to Kate if the Duchess were her client. To avoid buying a “transition” wardrobe, Stanley suggests getting some key pieces tailored. “I would bring everything to alterations that she had custom made by Alexander McQueen while she was pregnant and take them in,” said the star stylist, who dresses Lea Michele and Jessica Biel. A perfect option? The pastel pink McQueen coat she wore in June to the annual Trooping of the Colour parade in London. “I don’t like to waste, so I would reuse those because all of the pieces were great!” To create a slimmer silhouette, Stanley would dress Kate in a lot of black, vertical stripes and empire-waisted looks (like the Jenny Packham blue polka dot dress she wore when leaving the hospital). And on one of those days where the Duchess wants to feel a bit more relaxed, Stanley loves a loose caftan. “I’m obsessed with them! You can never go wrong with an amazing printed caftan or even a basic solid colored one.” It’s hard to imagine the Duchess going for a flowy caftan, but if she were to choose one, we’d put bets on this colorful silk-chiffon look from her go-to-designer: Issa. What do you think?
Plus, see more of her best looks ever.
It’s only been three days since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, and that’s all the time souvenir shops needed to produce items marking the royal arrival. From commemorative fine china to silver coins to decorated mugs, enough royal memorabilia has been released to fill one china cabinet, or maybe two. Click to see some of the items celebrating little Prince George.
We’re always enamored by the Duchess of Cambridge’s sartorial choices, and Kate looked especially chic yesterday when she chose a custom cornflower blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress to debut baby Prince George. She may have taken fashion cues from Princess Diana’s post-baby appearance, but Catherine was an unforgettable vision in the beloved speckled print. That’s why we’ve pulled together eight royally-inspired dresses in shades of blue and sprinkled in spots for you to shop for your own glowing look. Click to see them all.