The recipe for an inspired ensemble: Combine two of the season’s hottest trends (or make one a double). The result? An utterly intoxicating cocktail. Wild print mixology no longer includes florals and stripes. Instead, off-beat, refreshing combos made their way down the fall/winter 2013 runway, from stripes-on-stripes at Burberry Prorsum to pinstripes and embroidery at Dries Van Noten. Click through to see (and shop) the four charming outfit-making print pairings.
The midi skirt is proving to be one of fall’s most important silhouettes. Celine, Dries Van Noten, and Derek Lam were some of the notable runways to showcase the trend, and celebrities are following suit. Whether you opt for a full or pencil version of the skirt, the ideal length will ultimately depend on your height. (As a rule, it should always hit somewhere just below your knee or at mid-calf.) We love this shape because it feels tailored, sophisticated, and will easily take you from the office to a night out. It can be paired with a stacked-heel boot, feminine pump, or pointed flat. For a modern take, style with a cozy crop sweater and leather jacket. If you choose a print, pick up one of the print colors on your shoe to create a more cohesive look. Want more help finding your ideal style? Click the button below to shop our 15 favorite picks.
All shows are special in their own right, but it’s common knowledge that the ones at Paris Fashion Week trump all, taking the runway routine to extraordinary new heights. They’re bolder, badder and just bigger. Case in point: Raf Simons turned a garden upside down at Dior, stringing chandeliers of foliage through an arbor-like set. Rick Owens flew in step dancers (aka real women) for a dance battle on the catwalk. Jean Paul Gaultier transformed his into a Dancing With the Stars reality competition that included a Vogue-ing Karlie Kloss Madonna-style and Coco Rocha dancing as Danny Zuko in a Grease performance. For Marc Jacobs’ last show as creative director for luxury label Louis Vuitton, he created an all-black set that comprised elaborate elements from his previous shows, like a carousel, fountain, and escalators. And let’s not forget about the memorable fashion either. Karl Lagerfeld meshed art and fashion when he drew inspiration from vintage paint swatches for Chanel, while Hedi Slimane gave us sharp-shouldered pants suits for Saint Laurent. At the end of each day, InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary reviewed all the shows and picked her top spring/summer 2014 looks. Click through to see which ones made it to the top of her list.
Jennifer Lopez pulled out another amazing wardrobe during American Idol’s Motown-themed episodes on March 23rd 24th, and InStyle has all of the exclusive details! We caught up with her magnificent styling team, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn to find out what she wore—and why. On Wednesday, Lopez wore a Rodarte for Opening Ceremony skirt, Dries Van Noten sequin top, Ruthie Davis shoes, and Stephen Webster jewelry. “Jennifer looks so great in light colors, and she loved the short flirty skirt,” Haenn told InStyle of the look. On Thursday, she reached for a black and gold dress and shoes by Gucci and jewelry by Amrita Singh. “We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to showcase this dress,” Zangardi explained, “Jennifer always looks so hot in Gucci! The gold chain detail was our favorite part.” Ours, too!
The Dries van Noten show was to die for! One of my favorite looks was a pale lilac coat over a sheer peach blouse with ombre wide-leg jeans. The subtle pastels combined with the sporty silhouette was gorgeous and wearable. I loved the entire show, which combined mannish elements, like crisp white shirts and oversize tuxedo jackets with softer, more feminine pieces like floral silk shorts and embellished pants.
— Cindy Weber-Cleary
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Call 911: There’s a four alarm fashion fire! We’re heading up to San Francisco and setting up a pop-up shop in Fort Mason ‘s historic Firehouse June 18th or 19th. Christos Garkinos and the Decadestwo team have curated a special collection of pieces for their latest style adventure, hand-picked from the closets of our favorite consigners, such as consigner 4593—a design writer with inimitable style who recently relocated to San Francisco and managed to score some dazzling digs on the infamous Lombard Street. Christos sat down with her for a spot of tea and chatted about East Bay haunts from his former days as a SanFran resident, then they got down to serious business—editing her closet! They found some amazing pieces for the temporary shop including a metallic embroidered Dries Van Noten vest (left), a cropped golden jacket from Matthew Williamson (right), and a Spring 2005 Chanel boucle skirt suit (middle). For further information on the coming pop-up shop, visit our blog now!
Dries Van Noten‘s combination of a casual but reinvented sweatshirt with a ladylike full skirt and pumps looks so new to me! Dries’s prints are always gorgeous, and the longer length skirt looks just right. I love the mix of sporty and formal.