On her hit show Homeland — whose season three series finale airs Sunday, Dec. 15 on HBO — Claire Danes tends to wear staid suits (and the occasional hospital gown). But on the red carpet, the three-time Emmy winner and four-time Golden Globe winner is a style pro. She’s been walking in the pop of flash bulbs for almost two decades now, ever since 1995’s My So-Called Life made her a bold-faced name. While most people would be intimidated navigating the tricky style waters, Danes approaches her red carpet appearances with a solid confidence, telling us in 2004, “Armed with good shoes and a good frock, I’m good to go!” She takes a minimalist approach to her style, donning sleek silhouettes with clean necklines and letting a pop of bold color or dazzling fabric bring the glamour.
In this new 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: Calvin Klein Collection’s pre-fall fashion show, Thursday, December 4 at the company showroom in New York City.
In his latest collection, Francisco Costa, women’s creative director at Calvin Klein, went in an unexpectedly cozy direction during a bustling start to the pre-fall fashion show season. (While you’re shopping for presents, we’re shopping for next year’s trends.)
Why It’s a Wow: Oversize cashmere and wool coats worn over lightweight knit dresses that grazed the floor suggested an off-handed manner of dressing, as if the models, with their hands tucked into their long felt sleeves, were dashing out into the cold to fetch the paper. Adding to this impression, and making the look a moment of the week: the fuzzy gray house slippers that were an amusing touch, and all about ease.
“The spirit of the collection represented a return to innocence,” Costa told me. He was inspired by the nostalgic photographs of Mike Kelley, the late conceptual artist whose work is the subject of a retrospective that recently opened at MoMA PS1 in New York’s Long Island City.
“The proportions were based on children’s clothes, such as the long and short double-breasted coats with oversize buttons,” Costa said. “There was also a coziness and ease to the silhouettes, which carried over to the shoes, like the effortless pony slippers.”
Learn More: Get to know the artist behind Costa’s inspiration by checking out MoMA PS1, and to recreate your own similarly cozy look now, read what stylists had to say about looking cool while still staying warm this winter.
Obsessions come and go, but sometimes our affection for an accessory is so deep that we need to declare our love for it—so we turn to our We’re Obsessed column where we gush about our designer faves. From clutch crushes to footwear infatuations to the dresses we dream of, here is where we rant and rave on our most up-to-date designer fixations. Because sometimes, there just needs to be a discussion around Gucci’s bordeaux bootie, Calvin Klein Collection’s peplum dress, Roger Vivier’s suede strappy, and Jimmy Choo’s sequin clutch. Click below to see all of our picks.
The Emmys recognize the talented teams that work their magic in front (and behind) the silver screens. But really, it’s the night for men and women alike to pull out all the stops. We’re talking about A-listers dripping in jewels, flashing all-over sequins, toting decadent clutches and more. Last night, we scouted the red carpet and rounded up the top fashion and beauty trends that will set the style bar for the rest of the year and beyond. Tina Fey (in Narciso Rodriguez) and Zooey Deschanel (in J. Mendel) stunned in shades of blue, Rose Byrne (in Calvin Klein) and Taylor Schilling (in Thakoon) proved that minimalism is still best. In beauty news, Kate Mara and Kerry Washington went natural in petal lips; and Sarah Hyland and Zosia Mamet reminded us that nail art isn’t going anywhere. Click through to see all 12 trends from television’s biggest night.
It may be the first day of fall, but it was all pastels on the red carpet at the 2013 Emmy Awards! From Claire Danes (in Armani Prive) to Rose Byrne (in Calvin Klein), the stars went with gowns in nudes, blush pinks, silvers and even sheer. The trend went as far as the bling as seen by Zooey Deschanel‘s the pale blue Chanel ring that she wore to match her ice blue J.Mendel gown and even Allison Williams got in on the trend wearing a light pink Fred Leighton topaz rock. The pale shades also made their beauty mark with celebrities like Kerry Washington who matched her neutral lip color to her rose gold Marchesa gown, while Padma Lakshmi‘s ’70s inspired eyeshadow coordinated with her light blue Kaufmanfranco gown.
Over the past few days, we’ve been posting sneak peeks straight from Rose Byrne‘s stylist, Penny Lovell, documenting how the duo has been prepping for the 2013 Emmy awards, and the many gowns, heels, bags, and nail polishes Lovell sent through always kept us guessing. Ultimately, Byrne and her stylist opted for a custom design by Calvin Klein for the big night, but the chic pictures Lovell snapped along the way offered no shortage of style inspiration. We even got a sneak peek at Byrne’s glam squad — hairstylist Harry Josh and makeup artist Kate Lee — who made sure her glamorous waves and berry lip were ready for her walk on the red carpet. Click the photo to see how her entire look came together!
Designer: Calvin Klein
Location: Spring Studios
What it was like: Costa used his spring/summer 2014 collection to experiment with different textures, weaving multicolored yarn-like threads through tops, skirts and more.
Why we love this collection: Designer Francisco Costa stayed true to Calvin Klein’s minimalist aesthetic…to a certain degree. “Elevated deconstruction” was the main takeaway here, which was especially blatant when he wrapped up the show with three finale looks all decked out in fringe.
— Cindy Weber Cleary
Fall gala season is almost under way, and there will be a new event added to the lineup—Calvin Klein Inc. will present the first ever Save the Children benefit gala on October 1st in New York City. The event will honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Save the Children ambassador Jennifer Garner, among others. Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager will host the gathering, which will feature a performance by recording artist Daughtry as well as a short film produced by Garner that documents the real-life story of a family that has benefitted from Save the Children programs. The inspiring event will serve to increase awareness for Save the Children, as well as early childhood education programs in the U.S. in order to create lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world. We can expect many Calvin Klein-clad attendees, possibly in these looks from the Fall 2013 line, but expect to see guests stepping out in the brand’s yet-to-debut Spring 2014 collection as well! For more information about Save the Children, visit savethechildren.org.
Click through to see all the looks we love from Calvin Klein’s Fall 2013 collection.