Bethann Hardison (pictured above, left) and Ruth Finley (pictured above, right) are names you may not immediately recognize, but in fashion, they are legends, each standing for something important, but far too often overlooked. So it is a wonderful moment to see that they will be honored along with the more famous designer names, like Tom Ford and Raf Simons, when the Council of Fashion Designers of America hands out its annual Fashion Awards June 2.
Floral for spring isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but this season’s blooms are something else entirely—they’re more sophisticated, modern, and fresh (and not at all the garden-variety type). The blossoming print runs the gamut, from sweet buds like as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana runway and this Rebecca Taylor top (pictured, above), to ones more moody and edgy, like the florals on the Milly dress (pictured, right).
To avoid looking too overly done, we suggest limiting accessories to a pair of standout chandelier earrings or a structured bag. The same goes for makeup. A neutral lip and a dab of blush will complement—not compete—with the print. In the meantime, we rounded up our eight favorite petal pieces to help push your spring wardrobe into full floral gear.
She is a woman who has it all (a successful career, adorable twins, and a younger man), and a woman who does it all (Idol host, clothing line designer, and movie star, among many, many, many other things).
With a life like that, one would think Jennifer Lopez’s day needs to be hyper-scheduled—and to a certain extent, it is. But even the best laid plans can end up a bit messy, and Lopez is just fine with that.
In a complicated world, sometimes there is nothing more refreshing and comforting than a crisp, black-and-white look. The color combo is the most trustworthy and timeless of all, making each B&W purchase guilt-free. Plus, season after season, black-and-white reigns supreme on the runway. We’ve seen it in stripes, geometric patterns, and classic prints like houndstooth and tweed, but no matter what the print, there is an overall ease to the color combo unlike anything else.
The stripped-down color palette calls for luxe fabrics. Sheers, leather, wool, and crêpe add oomph to this sophisticated yet simple look. Play with all textures, like Narciso Rodriguez did for his spring 2014 collection, shown above. Lastly, resist the urge to add a pop of color — you want to keep the color combo united.
Resist the urge to add a pop of color to a black-and-white outfit. Instead, keep the color combo united.
Molten metals, one of this season’s hottest trends, practically oozed off the spring/summer 2014 runway in all of its iridescent glory. But let’s be honest: Head-to-toe lamé is a tad more challenging to pull off in real life. The non-committal way to work the trend? With a shimmery scarf. Inspired by the Lanvin runway, here’s how you can inject a touch of luminosity into your look without diving into a pool of megawatt shine.
When it comes to nuptial style, is it really necessary to shell out thousands for a one-time wear dress? H&M sure doesn’t think so.
Later this month, the fast-fashion retailer is bringing a super-affordable option to the masses, inspired by Old Hollywood glamour that boasts a blend of classic and modern-day elements (pictured right). The price? Just $99—a fraction of the cost of a traditional gown (H&M had one other instance of a bridal creation, thanks to a past collaboration with Viktor & Rolf that retailed at $349).
Which got us thinking: What else is out there for brides that’s beautiful and affordable? We went on the hunt for budget-friendly wedding dresses, and found 10 that ring in under $1,000. Who could RSVP no to that?
Fashion Month is like a month-long, four-city marathon that calls for a complete immersion in all things fashion. And as of this week, the fourth (and final) leg of the fall/winter 2014 shows has come to a close. Following New York, (ICYMI: here are our 125 favorites from NYFW), the industry crossed the pond to take in key collections from London Fashion Week, like Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford, and Peter Pilotto, before it was off to see the shows that sizzled in Milan, from Prada to Roberto Cavalli (whose runway was literally on fire).
Finally, in Paris, fashion favorites like Phoebe Philo’s Celine and Raf Simon’s Dior, amazed again and again with each passing look. And the moment we had all been waiting for: Nicolas Ghesquière debuted his first collection for luxury powerhouse Louis Vuitton and didn’t disappoint.
To see our favorite standout moments from the European shows, flip through our mega-gallery of 100 runway looks from London, Milan, and Paris.
Pictured, from left to right: Shoes seen at the Chanel, Dior, and Iris van Herpen runways.
In this 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: Shoes! There’s rarely a fashion week when we’re not wowed by the fancy footwear as much as by the clothes, but the Paris collections this week offered a rare glimpse of a major change in shoes. From the editors in the front rows to the models on the fall runways, the direction is overwhelmingly toward flats, which will probably be welcome news to orthopedists and podiatrists, not to mention anyone who’s braved the recent weather in stilettos.