Couture claws reigned supreme at New York Fashion Week! Backstage at Rachel Roy, manicurists painted on a retro half-moon design, while a thin gold line adorned the inky digits at Falguni & Shane Peacock. And they weren’t the only ones! Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham followed suit, lacquering up in chic patterns that didn’t overshadow the classic feel of their ensembles. Click through our gallery to take a closer look at the 19 manicures we loved most.
Jenny Packham’s fall 2013 collection is packed with looks fit for a princess—and it’s a good thing, too, since Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is one of her biggest fans. “My job as a designer is to create some sort of emotion for people,” Packham told us backstage after her runway show during New York Fashion Week. “I want people to leave the show thinking that was beautiful.” And it was beautiful indeed, with free-flowing cinnamon chiffon, lustrous light rose silks, long-sleeve dresses covered in beaded roses, and Swarovski crystals covering the necklines of topaz-hued gowns. Any one of her 39 new runway designs is red-carpet ready. “I expect we’ll get some calls. Hopefully in the next few days, and I’ll find out,” she said. Perhaps it will be the Palace on the other line? “She’s got such specific taste,” Packham noted of the Duchess. “I’ll just have to wait and see!”
Plus, see Kate’s best looks ever!
Julianne Hough did double dress duty at last night’s Golden Globe Awards! The dancer-turned-actress attended the show in a gorgeous cream Monique Lhuillier ballgown with gold embellishments, and a unique one-of-a-kind earcuff made of a fossilized carob beetle! After the show, Hough changed into a sleeker, more party-ready number by Jenny Packham for the InStyle after-party. Hough flaunted her figure in the curve skimming blush-hued gown, which featured silk panels and exaggerated shoulders. However, her dress didn’t last past the dance floor! “I love to dance regardless of how expensive a dress may be… You can’t hold me down!!!” Hough tweeted along with a picture of her ripped dress. Tell us: which look is your favorite? Vote in the poll below!
Plus, see more photos from last night’s Golden Globes after parties!
With 2012 drawing to a close, we’re taking a look back at our favorite dresses of the year! We saw thousands of dresses at hundreds of events this year, so it was hard to narrow down our favorites to just 12. But we did! Click through the gallery to see the statement-making dresses that topped our list, including Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and more.
We saw thousands of dresses at hundreds of events this year, so it was hard to narrow down our favorites to just 12—but we did! Our picks include Jessica Alba’s feminine Valentino gown, Emma Stone’s red-hot Lanvin mini, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s ethereal but bold Jenny Packham dress, and more. Click through the gallery to see the statement-making dresses that topped our list!
Last night’s sixth and final season premiere marked the beginning of the end for Gossip Girl’s fashionable Upper East Siders. The drama is heating up once again—and so is the fashion. Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), masquerading as “Sabrina,” wore a gorgeous lemon silk chiffon Jenny Packham dress, while Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) worked a gray Joie tank and statement necklace. Meanwhile, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) sported some knockout accessories, complementing her ensemble with a python Fendi bag. For more looks from the new episode, titled “Gone Maybe Gone,” click through the gallery. Catch Gossip Girl every Monday at 9/8c, and check back on news.instyle.com to get all the weekly fashion credits.
Happy day, RepliKates—we now have over 100 outfits in our ultimate Kate Middleton lookbook! The Duchess of Cambridge always wows us with her refined closet, filled to the brim with custom pieces by Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, Issa, and more of the best from Britain and around the world. Starting with her royal wedding dresses (yes, two!) and updated with even the latest looks from her Jubilee Tour through Asia, click through to see all of Catherine’s best designer looks. And—*clink your teacups and raise a pinky*—here’s to the next 100!
It’s almost time, Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl returns for its final season October 8th, and we have a sneak peek at Blake Lively’s premiere look—a dress almost identical to the one Kate Middleton wore to the Olympic Concert back in May. The showrunners must be determined to continue the regal storyline from last season, because the flowing, lemon lace dress that (newlywed) Blake was spotted in is straight from Jenny Packham’s Spring 2012 runway, as is the bespoke teal creation designed for the Duchess of Cambridge. (And this isn’t the first time the Gossip Girls worked one of Catherine’s Packham dresses—check out the style Blair wore.) We can only hope that after last season’s “royal” wedding, complete with Kate and Pippa-inspired dresses, there’s more fairy-tale style—and story lines—to come from our favorite Manhattanites. Xoxo
Plus, see more of Kate’s best looks.