On her hit show Homeland — whose season three series finale airs Sunday, Dec. 15 on HBO — Claire Danes tends to wear staid suits (and the occasional hospital gown). But on the red carpet, the three-time Emmy winner and four-time Golden Globe winner is a style pro. She’s been walking in the pop of flash bulbs for almost two decades now, ever since 1995’s My So-Called Life made her a bold-faced name. While most people would be intimidated navigating the tricky style waters, Danes approaches her red carpet appearances with a solid confidence, telling us in 2004, “Armed with good shoes and a good frock, I’m good to go!” She takes a minimalist approach to her style, donning sleek silhouettes with clean necklines and letting a pop of bold color or dazzling fabric bring the glamour.
A dress so nice, she wore it thrice. The Duchess of Cambridge has already proven that she’s not afraid of committing head-to-toe outfit repeats, so it was only a matter of time before her floor-sweeping black lace Temperley London gown resurfaced on the red carpet. She first wore the stunner to the War Horse premiere in January 2012, safely pairing it with a diamond bracelet and a black clutch. Ten months later, she took it out for another spin, wearing it to the University of St. Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Appeal at Middle Temple Hall. The second time around, she breathed new life into the lacy number with a refreshing jolt of color in the form of a bright red Alexander McQueen clutch.
Most recently, Middleton relied on her initial styling prowess, accessorizing the dress with the same diamond bracelet at last night’s screening of David Attenborough’s “Natural History Museum Alive 3D” in London. The only difference? A pretty pendant decorating her décolletage. We’re all for making the most out of our investment pieces, so we’re curious if we’re going to see a fourth appearance. Would you like to see her wear it again, or do you think she should retire the look for good?
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Just in time for the holidays, Oscar de la Renta is releasing his second exclusive collection for The Outnet! Available starting on December 17th, the collection features colorful frocks, skirts, and blouses perfect for any holiday fete with just 20 ready-to-wear styles to choose from. The designer previously launched his first limited-edition collection for theoutnet.com this past February and he returns with more feminine styles featuring his signature touch on classic silhouettes using rich fabrics including jewel-tone silks, vibrant brocades, and tweeds in vivacious floral and stripe prints. The pieces have been modeled on Moscow-based street style star and founder of Buro247, Miroslava Duma, and she is already a fan. “It’s elegant, sophisticated and chic – exactly how every woman wants to look,” Duma said in a statement. To snap up your favorite Oscar de la Renta pieces—ranging between $325 to $1,095—make sure you shop theoutnet.com first thing Tuesday morning on December 17th!
Plus, see celebrities who love Oscar de la Renta!
Between her multiple fashion lines, being a mother of two, and keeping up her avid social media accounts, Nicole Richie is one busy style-setter. We caught up with her (wearing a Lovers + Friends top and Holmes & Yang skirt) at the launch of the new Styletag app in New York City, where she talked to InStyle.com about her winter must-have this year. “A statement coat for sure,” said Richie. “I always like a good winter coat.” Her pick for this holiday season certainly stands out, and she’s been spotted wearing it everywhere from the airport to the red carpet. “I recently got a floor-length, faux fur Stella McCartney jacket. I usually splurge on one coat every winter, and that was it this year,” Nicole told us exclusively, noting that it’s her go-to item to add wow to any cold weather outfit (and it’s available on stellamccartney.com).
In need of some more winter style inspiration? Styletag, available to download now, is your answer. The first app to bring street style and personal style together, Styletag makes every shared look shopable. Fashion trend-setters and fresh new designers are able to curate their favorite looks and styles by building their own catalog of the latest trends, and you can too. Styletag empowers you to build your own personal look, allowing users to snap it, tag it, share it and buy it. ”There’s so many parts to how people are influenced by fashion,” Richie told InStyle.com. ”People are looking at street style, what people are wearing on the red carpet, what’s on the runways. This app is great because you can choose what you’re inspired by and follow that page. Then, you are actually able to buy what you see in the app.”
Click through the gallery to see Nicole Richie’s best looks ever.
Back the days when the word “supermodel” was first coined, and Kate, Naomi and Christie ruled on magazine covers, designer Todd Oldham was one of the New York fashion world’s biggest stars. His whimsical looks, which included pieces like the “Potholder suit” and hand-embroidered shirts earned him a coveted CFDA Perry Ellis award in 1991. After dabbling in television (he was best known as the host of “Todd Time” on MTV’s House of Style) and hotel design (including The Hotel in South Beach), Oldham stretched his focus well beyond fabric and hemlines. Today the 53-year old creates graphics, interiors and insanely cheerful art products for Kids Made Modern, a line of crafting kits sold exclusively at Target stores. And he’s having a blast. InStyle.com spoke with Oldham in his downtown New York studio about what’s inspiring him now.
Fans from your fashion world days may be surprised to see you making crayons and craft kits now. How did this come about? I have two incredible parents who were very great artists, and they spent all their time teaching my brothers and sisters and me how to make stuff, and I started seeing that attention to DIY slipping away. I thought it would be nice to show how creativity can be inspired, not copied, and to have the materials work for you.
Creatively, how does it compare to making a collection of clothes? When you do a collection you bring yourself to it; it’s your opinion. And in this, while it’s still my opinion, it’s also my obligation to get it right. Being able to get in there and make the crayons, and make sure they work as exquisitely as the finest German crayons, which are the very best, makes me really happy.
What is it like to see the things kids make with your products? It thrills me on every level. We get lots and lots of fan mail and lots of beautiful projects made with our supplies. What excites me the most is when we do live events—I see kids come in who are three or four or even twelve. When they first come in, and they’re all shy, and they won’t speak, and within five minutes, the joy is just erupting off of them. They’re chattering and telling me what they’ve done. I see the real effects of what creativity brings to someone.
You’re such a DIY-er. What are the Oldham holidays like? Well, my parents are incredible decorators. I’ve never missed a Christmas with my family since I was born. My parents go to town — their house looks like Santa’s workshop.
It seems like all things ’90s are having a comeback now. Do you ever miss the early days of New York Fashion Week? It was a fun week. It was Mark [Jacobs], Anna [Sui], Isaac [Mizhari], and I had the 8PM shows on Monday through Thursday many, many years ago. I just heard endlessly, and still do, about how much fun people had. I got to do it when it was really fun. I had the great privilege of always working for myself, so when it was no longer in my heart to do it, I moved away. I really don’t have any interest or itch to go back. I didn’t change from being a fashion designer to designing hotels or kids’ stuff. To me, it’s just what I do, and the mediums change. It’s felt very consistent, to me, and I still make clothes for friends like Amy [Sedaris].
Are there any current designers or lines that you find particularly exciting? Oh yeah. I still look at it and get excited by what I see. I’ve always been very intrigued with what Sarah Burton is doing at McQueen. It’s astonishing. I think Prabal Gurung is just incredible. I like when things look like they have no predecessor. That’s always really interesting to me. I think Marc Jacobs is still astonishing. He’s been astonishing for forever.
What’s your favorite thing in the Kids Made Modern collection? The things that I love are the very core supplies stuff. I really believe our colored pencils are amazing. The pigment lays down so smoothly, and is blendable. I’m very, very proud of them, and the fact they’re, what, $6 for 32?
You can see the full collection of Kids Made Modern products, including the Modern Holiday Stamp Set (pictured above, left) and Create Your Own Wrapping Paper Kit (pictured above, right) at target.com.
Designer Marc Jacobs and his director BFF Sofia Coppola have teamed up to create a TV campaign for the designer’s ever-popular “Daisy” fragrance. Coppola, who has long been a muse of Jacobs, just debuted her brand-new short for the perfume, starring model Ondria Hardin running around in a field of—what else—daisies. Evoking the fresh and feminine feeling of “Daisy,” the film matches the playful, bright, and alluring character of the scent. The ethereal cinematography featured in the ad immediately reminded us of Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, one of her more well-known films (other credits include The Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette, and Lost in Translation). The director has modeled for Marc Jacobs in the past, but surprisingly, this is the first time she’s gone behind the camera for the designer and we’re sure it won’t be the last. Watch Coppola’s “Daisy” clip above, and pick up the fragrance now at marcjacobs.com.
Flip through the gallery to see our favorite spring 2014 runway looks from Marc Jacobs.
Lisa Perry, best known for her retro-mod designs, is the latest designer to collaborate with Coca-Cola! As part of their Designer Drinkwear series, Perry has created a limited-edition Coke glass just in time for the 2013 holiday season. In collaboration with Leitzes&Co, Perry was tapped by the iconic drink brand to design a custom glass interpreting the optimism of Coca-Cola and reflective of her signature style—and the company also made a donation to The New York Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room, the designer’s favorite charity, in honor of the partnership. As for her glass, Perry chose to go the graphic route and put the phrase “ENJOY” in bold, colorful letters on her stylish piece of drinkwear. It seems Coca-Cola was a perfect match for Perry’s bright and modern design aesthetic. ”I love all the Coke logos past and present and feel the graphic nature of them works perfectly with my fun and happy brand,” she said in a statement. “I have an ENJOY candy dish filled with M&Mʼs at my store and it makes people smile. I hope this glass will, too!” Pick up the glass now for $18 on lisaperrystyle.com!
Plus, flip through the gallery to shop our “Gifts That Do Good” Guide!
In this new weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Calvin Klein Collection’s pre-fall fashion show, Thursday, December 4 at the company showroom in New York City.
In his latest collection, Francisco Costa, women’s creative director at Calvin Klein, went in an unexpectedly cozy direction during a bustling start to the pre-fall fashion show season. (While you’re shopping for presents, we’re shopping for next year’s trends.)
Why It’s a Wow: Oversize cashmere and wool coats worn over lightweight knit dresses that grazed the floor suggested an off-handed manner of dressing, as if the models, with their hands tucked into their long felt sleeves, were dashing out into the cold to fetch the paper. Adding to this impression, and making the look a moment of the week: the fuzzy gray house slippers that were an amusing touch, and all about ease.
“The spirit of the collection represented a return to innocence,” Costa told me. He was inspired by the nostalgic photographs of Mike Kelley, the late conceptual artist whose work is the subject of a retrospective that recently opened at MoMA PS1 in New York’s Long Island City.
“The proportions were based on children’s clothes, such as the long and short double-breasted coats with oversize buttons,” Costa said. “There was also a coziness and ease to the silhouettes, which carried over to the shoes, like the effortless pony slippers.”
Learn More: Get to know the artist behind Costa’s inspiration by checking out MoMA PS1, and to recreate your own similarly cozy look now, read what stylists had to say about looking cool while still staying warm this winter.