Forget taking your ensemble from day to night — we’re taking these chic bodysuits from night to day! While some lacy delicates are meant to never be seen in public, others are designed for (decent) public exposure. This new crop of stylish bodysuits has made its way from the shadows to the spotlight, and if you’re feeling bold, try wearing one of these picks as outerwear. Pair it with high-waist pants or shorts (think: Carey Mulligan on the red carpet in Nina Ricci) and shrug on a blazer. A tad too risqué? Give a glimpse of peekaboo lace from under your top instead. From shiny charmeuse to pretty barely-there prints, take a gander at the top 10 bodysuits we’re loving this season. Click the photo to start shopping, then tell us, are you bold enough to try this trend?
The fashion world is in mourning: Annabel Tollman, former fashion director and stylist to the stars, passed away in her sleep last week at age 39. The British stylist became known for her her ability to highlight the female figure, which led her to dress a range of body types and personalities in Hollywood, including Scarlett Johansson (in Valentino), Anne Hathaway (in Nina Ricci), the Olsen twins, and Kristen Wiig (in J. Mendel). Her sartorial vision, her keen eye, and her old-Hollywood glamour aesthetic will be missed. In her memory, click to see several of the memorable celebrity looks she put together for the red carpet.
TV may have made the switch to color in 1953, but its biggest stars still love black and white. Diane Kruger (in Nina Ricci), Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza (in Roland Mouret), Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (in Reem Acra), and The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco (in Paule Ka) all stepped out in the clean, simple black-and-white for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. The look, one of the most popular looks this season, is modern, cool, and assertive—but never in your face—and smacks of self-possession. “I love the cut,” Plaza said of who she chose her streamlined design. “It reminds me of vintage Sharon Stone.” Click to see what everyone wore to the ceremony.
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Carita Rizzo
Fringe swayed down the spring runways at shows like Bottega Veneta and Nina Ricci (left), giving everything from cocktail dresses to shoes a touch of cool movement. But how do you sport the look without looking like a Great Gatsby flapper? InStyle‘s fashion team advises that moderation is key. Look for separates that feature a few well-placed strips of fringe rather than an overly shaggy style (like this Ella Moss dress, $228 at ellamoss.com). A string-bedecked necklace (like this Annelise Michelson design, $475; 212-675-2346) with jeans and simple T-shirt is another foolproof and fabulous way to test-drive the style. To see more fringe pieces that will give your wardrobe an instant update, flip to page 316 of InStyle’s March issue. On the go? Download it on your tablet!
Plus, see spring’s most daring fashion trends!
Our favorite looks this week—plucked from our Look of the Day section—span from classic metallics to barely-there leathers. Freida Pinto wowed in a one-of-a-kind Ralph Lauren Collection gown, Naomi Watts stunned in a Zac Posen mermaid gown, Anne Hathaway wore a Nina Ricci cocktail dress, Blake Lively chose a Isabel Marant mini and Christian Louboutin booties, and Kirsten Dunst wore a Dior design with the label’s satin heels. So, you tell us: Which is your favorite of the week? Vote in the poll below!
Catherine Zeta-Jones is InStyle’s December cover girl! In the issue, the 43-year-old actress proves—after years facing life’s toughest battles, like husband Michael Douglas’s throat cancer and her own admission of bipolar disorder—that she’s back, and stronger than ever. “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops,” she tells InStyle. “But with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it’s completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it.” Ever an icon of strength, Zeta-Jones triumphed through it all—and now she’s having some fun. “I’m building a closet in my house now, and it’s like a dream,” she says of her obsession with fashion. “Racks on each side, a whole boudoir. I sit in there and watch CNN. Michael says one day I’m going to go in and never come out!” And her stock may surprise you. “I love clothes, and yes, we go out, but it’s not like I’m walking around all day in a neglige with fluffy mules,” she says. “We’re country people, really. I garden and knit. I golf. We ride horses. It’s true, I don’t like the whole cutoff-shorts-and-T-shirt look, but I think you can look fantastic in casual clothes.” Next up, you’ll see her in Playing for Keeps (out December 7th) and Broken City (out January 18th). For more of our exclusive interview, flip to page 431 of the December issue—or download it on your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet—on newsstands Friday, November 16th.
Plus, see Catherine’s transformation!
Cover: Nina Ricci dress and belt, Fred Leighton jewelry. Photo: Dolce & Gabbana silk lace and tulle dress, Eres polyamide-spandex bra, Falke fishnet tights, Verdura diamond, aquamarine, and platinum brooch, Fred Leighton diamond and 18kt gold vintage bracelet, Valentino Garavani crystal-embellished leather heels.
Season four of The Good Wife premiered on CBS last night, and Julianna Margulies’s Alicia Florrick returned with a fully restocked wardrobe filled with power suits, delicate jewelry, and work-ready bags. InStyle.com caught up with costume designer Daniel Lawson, shown, to get the full breakdown of last night’s looks. “I wanted to start off the season with something unexpected for her, which is why I put her in bright colors,” he said of the Proenza Schouler jade jacket and Akris red suit. “It’s something fresh and vibrant that we never did before, and it tells the viewers, ‘You better keep watching, because you don’t know what’s coming your way!’” Get all the details on this season’s looks in the gallery, and follow Lawson @GoodWifeFashion for the latest updates.