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 and boasting 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.
Fashion’s perennial favorite piece — the button-front — got a facelift for spring. Spotted on a slew of runways, including Christian Dior, Valentino, Balenciaga, Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang, the classic top was re-imagined with new silhouettes and colors. “I love the shirt dress trend because I love a trend that has no beginning and no end,” says Dana Avidan-Cohn, InStyle senior market editor/digital correspondent. “This is something that always looks right, it always looks fresh, it feels new.”
On that note, Avidan-Cohn calls out particular styles she’s partial to, like a crisp white version for a put-together look, or a textured one to go more casual. “It feels finished; it feels like you put thought into your outfit,” she says. Watch the video above for more of Avidan-Cohn’s styling tips and head over to 20th.instyle.com to shop out the trend, from a two-toned Zara shirt ($36; zara.com) to an H&M chiffon blouse ($20; hm.com).
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Designer: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Location: Cour Carree du Louvre, Paris
What was it like: There was a stir of emotion and excitement among the crowd in anticipation of Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton. It was clear that the designer felt it, too. On everyone’s seat rested a lovely type-written note acknowledging the moment and saluting his predecessor Marc Jacobs: “Today is a new day. A big day. You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words cannot express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…Above all, immense joy at being here, in the knowledge that my stylistic expression is at one with the Louis Vuitton philosophy.” So it was poetically fitting when the metal blinds opened, letting in a flood of light that signified the start of the show and perhaps, symbolically, the start of a new LV era.
Why we love this collection: In the show notes, Ghesquière shared his quest for timelessness and a commitment to honoring the LV legacy. With his fall 2014 collection, he succeeded in both. With A-line silhouettes and pieces washed in sepia, there were vintage undertones that played on aesthetics from the ’60s and ’70s—yet, the looks were very 21st century. His use of leather specially made the line-up feel modern and fresh, from unexpected leather detailing to sexy leather bodices. And the accessories! Traditional LV luggage were reduced to mini trunk purses, Chelsea boots were splashed with the LV logo, and knotted strappy ankle boots were made wearable in assorted leathers.
Chandeliers constructed out of monochromatic goblets and a portrait of Kermit the Frog were just a few of the things that completely dazzled us at last night’s opening for the Whitney Museum 2014 Biennial. And there to help guide us through it was BCBG Max Azria‘s Chief Creative Officer Lubov Azria, who added some of her own texture and color to the scene with a midi-dress from her pre-fall collection and a bold red lip.
“Art and Fashion are one entity, they are deeply tied to self-expression,” she told us of BCBG’s decision to sponsor this year’s exhibition. “The Biennial is very much like fashion week for the Whitney, but what I love most is that this place never plays it safe.” Among the 103 artists who left an impression? “Terry Adkins—he created these beautiful metal discs that protrude from the wall.” So go ahead, wander through each strikingly distinct nook and find your statement piece now through May 25!
Want more party photos? Look through our gallery to see more celebrities at this week’s biggest fetes!
Today marks the end of Paris Fashion Week—and fashion month—and we can’t help but wish we were there for one final hurrah. From a massive archway made of white roses and orchids at the Repossi jewelry presentation, to the dance party down the Stella McCartney runway led by models Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls, we have loved watching every moment. Aside from a packed schedule of stunning shows, Paris Fashion Week brought us star-studded front rows, out-of-this-world street style looks, creative runway sets, and gorgeous springtime scenery.
As if you weren’t longing to be in the City of Lights already, we have compiled some of the most beautiful and exciting moments from this week in Paris. Rihanna making an appearance at what seemed like every major show? Check. The cherry blossoms in full bloom in front of the Eiffel Tower? Check. Major supermodels like Gisele Bündchen hitting the runway? Check.