After reflecting on the Fall 2013 collections, we quickly realized that designers filled the runways with high-shine, futuristic opulence. And while warm golds, rich bronzes, and shiny silvers are the obvious metallics, luminous blues and polished pinks also radiated down the catwalk. Shop the gallery below, where you’ll find untarnished ankle-grazing booties, glitzy frocks, and casual pullovers sprinkled with shimmer.
“Tonight’s the big kickoff party!” said Jennifer Garner when she took a look around at the 68 stars and fashion industry faces who joined her at Bill’s in midtown Manhattan to celebrate her being named the first celebrity face of Max Mara. “The campaign came out this week and I didn’t even know it was coming out. People said, ‘Oh, I see you’re doing this.’ And I said, ‘Yes, yes, I am!’” She was thrilled to toast to the accomplishment with free-flowing white and red wine and a three-course meal alongside the Max Mara team and some of her closest star pals, including Molly Sims (Garner’s kids go to her friend’s pre-school) and Gretchen Mol (the pair worked on a movie together two decades ago). Throughout the night, Christina Hendricks kept fielding congratulations for her Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nomination, which had just been announced that morning. “Everyone is so happy, it’s so exciting,” she told InStyle.com. “I’ve been getting a lot of messages today, so that’s really fun.” Meanwhile, Solange Knowles, in a sunny Max Mara dress that “fits great because everything is sucked in,” treated the evening as alone time for her and boyfriend Alan Ferguson, sans son Julez. ”My mom is keeping my son tonight. This is date night!” she said. “I’m just happy to be out in Manhattan on a summer night in a great dress and having some nice one-on-one time.” Click to see which Max Mara design each star chose for the celebratory evening.
Beat the summer sizzle with the hottest launches to hit stores this month! We’ve rounded up our favorite new releases, from MaxMara‘s sleek Hollywood bag inspired by Hailee Steinfeld to the first collection Kate Hudson designed for Ann Taylor. Click the photo to check out our fave new bags, dresses, and jewels.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge has so many events coming up on her social calendar—a baby on the way isn’t stopping her!—and that means we can expect to see her in some new (covetable) clothes, too. So, we’re doing some style prep for the Princess, picking out a look we’d like to see her wear for her next appearance. On deck: Easter Sunday. Here’s what we’d love to see her in at a church service—for Kate, RepliKates, and beyond.
With her bump becoming more prominent, MaxMara‘s dusty yellow design ($2,046 at matchesfashion.com), features a silk chiffon and a floral lace bodice for a looser fit, without sacrificing elegance. To top it off, add a sculptural fascinator from Philip Treacy London ($847 at lovehats.com), a neutral box clutch by Expressions NYC ($48 at nordstrom.com), as well as a few pieces from her favorite shops, like Links of London pearl drop earrings ($590 at linksoflondon.com), and her go-to nude L.K. Bennett pumps ($345 at shopbop.com).
Plus, see more of Kate’s best looks ever.
Nina Dobrev celebrated her stylist, Ilaria Urbinati, at THR‘s Top Stylist Luncheon, which is why she chose to wear this strawberry MaxMara pantsuit—a look she said she chose to reference the first time she and Urbinati worked together. “I wanted to pay homage to her. The first job Ilaria and I worked together on was the 2011 Emmys, when I wore Donna Karan‘s red dress, so I wanted to honor that,” Dobrev told InStyle.com. So sweet! And she went on to say why their partnership, which includes Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, and Naeem Khan dresses, works so well: “If something doesn’t work, even if it’s a big designer look, she’s not going to make me wear it just because. It’s whatever I feel best in and what is event-appropriate. That’s why I love her so much.” If only every closet came with an Ilaria!
Plus, see more of Nina’s looks, as chosen by Ilaria, in the gallery.
— Lindzi Scharf
The LWD (little white dress) is summer’s answer to the LBD, and celebrities love the look. “I’m a big fan of something feminine, but also strong, and I feel like this gets it,” Minka Kelly told InStyle.com of her Z Spoke by Zac Posen lace design at the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic this month. And other stars agree, including Gabrielle Union, Nina Dobrev (in MaxMara), and Lauren Conrad (in Sparkle & Fade for Urban Outfitters top and a Paper Crown skirt). As for tips for how to wear this look with confidence, Kelly offered a few words of wisdom: “As long as you’re comfortable and as long as you’re confident, it will be sexy.” Keep that in mind when getting dressed this weekend!
Plus, see more stars who love wearing white!
This weekend, Kate Winslet attended a charity gala in London wearing a white Max Chaoul dress tied with a bold black sash. Zoe Saldana rocked a similar look a few months ago, when she wore a MaxMara frock with a ruffled neckline. With the first day of spring upon us and sunny skies in the future, this is the perfect look to kick off the season, which is why we rounded up our favorite cinched white dresses to get you in the mood for spring. Click through to see frocks by Issa, DKNY, See by Chloe, and more.
At last night’s Crystal + Lucy Awards in L.A., Vanessa Hudgens admitted that she’d taken a pair of scissors to her MaxMara gown before walking out the door. “It was too formal, so to make it more of a cocktail dress I chopped the slip,” said Hudgens, whose DIY alterations took the look of the black chiffon floor-length gown from demure to daring. “My stylist and I always end up reworking dresses. I like to have fun with fashion.” Boyfriend Zac Efron wasn’t on hand to give his opinion, but the actress did get a thumbs up from stylish pal Nikki Reed. “Nikki and I went over our outfits earlier today, but then I decided to add my own flair,” Hudgens said of the last-minute decision to shorten her hem by several inches. The finishing touches to her custom creation? “A pair of YSL heels and a Chanel clutch, because they both go with everything.”