It was Spring 2013 Haute Couture Week in the City of Lights, and we’re bringing you everything you need to know about the fashion, beauty, and celebrities, no airplane ticket to Paris required. From the front row stars (Princess Charlene of Monaco and Diane Kruger!) to the exquisite all hand-made clothes (like the imaginative red carpet gowns at Valentino and Elie Saab), the elegant beauty (sleek chignons from Stephane Rolland) to the extravagant sets (Lagerfeld imported a forest for the Chanel show)—click through the gallery to see all our favorite moments.
Does a new year mean a new you? Whether you’re ready for a change or want to try something new, January always brings along a surge in dramatic haircuts. And if you need inspiration to take your look to a new level, we’ve got plenty. From Anne Hathaway‘s pixie to Miley Cyrus‘s platinum, to Cameron Diaz and Princess Charlene‘s bobs to Natalie Portman‘s color, click through the gallery to see 134 hair makeovers to inspire you to snip, snip and color, color!
Princess Charlene of Monaco left Europe for a whirlwind week in New York, where she attended Versace’s Soho boutique opening celebration dinner and the Princess Grace Foundation Crown luncheon hosted by Don Perignon. And there was one person who stuck by her side more than her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco—Czech model Karolina Kurkova. Oh, how we wish we could have girl talk with these new besties!
Plus, see Charlene’s best looks.
Oxblood red was one of the hottest colors on fall runways, and now it’s showing up everywhere—including on our favorite princesses. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chose a burgundy Paule Ka suit to meet scholarship recipients in London today, while Princess Charlene of Monaco wore an Akris sheath to the label’s fashion show in Paris last week. What’s the appeal? This rich, intense color is as sexy as red yet as versatile and chic as basic black. “This sumptuous shade is flirtatious and even slightly provocative,” color expert Kate Smith of sensationalcolor.com said. “The woman who wears it has an allure that is hard to ignore.” Looking at these royals, we’re inclined to agree!
Plus, see Kate Middleton’s best outfits.
The Red Cross Gala Ball, one of the biggest, most expensive events held annually, happened in Monaco this weekend, and we’re always curious to see what kind of fancy look Princess Charlene of Monaco brings out for this kind of mega black-tie occasion. This year, she picked a two-tone gown with a gold sequined backless bodice and white flowing skirt. While the colors were less eye-popping than the magenta gown by Akris she wore last year—she does tend to favor neutrals overall—it was no less glamorous. Tell us: Would you wear this dress if you were a princess?
Celebrities love cheering on Olympic athletes, too! While we were busy enjoying the games from our couches, Bar Refaeli and Shaun White took in Michael Phelps‘s latest race from the stands with the Phelps family. And Prince William and Duchess Catherine returned to Olympic Park to cheer on Will’s cousin, Zara, as she competed in her equestrian competition—and won silver! Click through for more celebrity sightings in London.
Princess Charlene of Monaco loves to put it in neutral! Yesterday she stepped out in Stuttgart, Germany wearing a belted shirtdress in khaki—a hue she happens to adore. Previously, the royal has worn a deep beige double-face cashmere funnel-neck Akris cape with a matching embroidered sheath dress (left), a sleek sand-hued coat with a fold-over collar (center left), and a pleated camel cocktail dress with matching sandals. Tell us, which neutral look is your favorite? Vote in the poll below! More
Couturier to the likes of Angelina Jolie and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Akris, based in Switzerland’s fabled “Embroidery City,” is celebrating its 90th year in business with a new commemorative book, curated by FIT’s museum director, Valerie Steele, with an assist from the brand’s designer, Albert Kriemler. “For us, this book is extremely special. If you think of the last 90 years, it’s much more an expression in five chapters of what Akris is today,” Kriemler told us at the Bergdorf Goodman launch of Akris, the book. “The final editing was the most exciting thing. It was like a recipe—doing a meal where you prepare everything for it, but then, when the mise en place is done, it’s really the most exciting moment.” And the finished product is beautiful! Complete with pictures of celebrity fans and decades-old pieces from the brand’s inception, Steele’s book truly gives a well-rounded history of the honored brand. Click through to preview the book, available to pre-order now ($125, assouline.com).