Last night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards, host Carrie Underwood changed looks a staggering 10 times! The singer brought an array of designer outfits to the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and started the night off in a Ralph & Russo Couture dusky-pink sheer gown covered in delicate rose-gold floral-and-crystal embellishments on the red carpet. From navy embroidered Badgley Mischka pants and a white crop top, to a show-stopping Christian Siriano ruffly pink floral gown, she dazzled during her hosting duties. Carrie’s choices — all paired with her signature wavy locks — spanned the style spectrum. Though Carrie didn’t top last year’s record-breaking 12 outfit changes, her other 2013 looks (including a silver Grecian-inspired Talbot Runhof gown, a tuxedo romper and a Georges Chakra mod pink, orange, and black stomach-baring trapeze dress) certainly hit the mark!
Opening Night of the American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Season with Sigourney Weaver, Christian Siriano, and MoreOct 31, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
The scene at Lincoln Center was one filled with excitement as stars and designers alike gathered at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City last night for the American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Fall Gala. Celebrity fans of the ballet, including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, and the evening’s hosts Mark Badgely and James Mischka, were all looking forward to the magical but stormy evening ahead–the night’s theme was inspired by the world premiere of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” ”I love ABT. They’re such an amazing company, an amazing organization,” Sigourney Weaver (in Badgley Mischka) told InStyle.com as she made her way into the theater. A sentiment that Mischka seconded. “The performances are always amazing,” he said. “It’s always astonishing and an inspiration to see them.” And that it was! The two-hour performance was well received by the more than 700 guests who were all treated to two world premieres, the “Aftereffect” choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, and “The Tempest” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
After the performances (and many rousing rounds of applause), guests headed upstairs where they entered a real-life tempest. To create the effect of the stormy seas featured in the ballet, designer Bronson van Wyck installed a 180-foot hand painted mural and floor-to-ceiling tornados throughout the space. “These tornados are so cool!” designer Christian Siriano told InStyle.com. The theme even extended to the menu, too, which included a “Tempest” appetizer course of meats and cheese, and even into the night’s signature cocktail, which was a stormy concoction of sweet fruit flavors. But the night wasn’t all glamour, the event raised $1.65 million dollars for the ABT and their education and community outreach programs.
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The spring and summer seasons typically call to mind blooming flowers that make up a colorful palette of tropical motifs. So it makes sense that for their Spring/Summer 2014 collections, designers literally integrated hot-weather foliage into their designs. Raffia, a fibrous textile from palm trees, was a common thread among many. At Derek Lam, raffia-fringe belts and necklaces served as accessories layered over easy pajama silhouettes. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the designer took a breather from his geode-inspired looks to line tops and bottoms with multicolored raffia. Christian Siriano, who said he was inspired by a vacation to Mexico, twisted raffia into floral French knots that decorated a pretty chiffon dress. Woven, knotted or fringed, commit this to memory: Spring 2014 is all about raffia.
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The Academy Awards are not only a huge night for those nominated, but also for the designers who dress them! During New York Fashion Week, we asked designers to tell us which gowns from their fall 2013 collections they’d love to see on the Oscars’ red carpet, and all of them were quick to give us their top picks. “I’m sure any designer would love to have a great Oscars moment!” Christian Siriano told InStyle.com when we caught up with him backstage at his show. “There are so many actresses that I love and support.” Indeed! Click through to see the exact gowns Siriano, plus (from left to right) Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, and more picked—and keep your eyes on our red carpet coverage, starting this Sunday at 6 pm, to see what Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and all the other nominees choose to wear for their big night!
The stars are at New York Fashion Week to support their favorite designers! Diane Sawyer headed beackstage at DVF to get the scoop, while Shailene Woodley and Ashlee Simpson put the squeeze on Christian Siriano. Click through to see more stars who stepped out for Fashion Week!
It’s Day 4 of New York Fashion Week—and your all-access pass to the fashion, makeup, stars, and more is right here! Shailene Woodley sat front-row at Christian Siriano (who showed fabulous glitter heels), Prabal Gurung presented Oscar-worthy gowns, and Charlotte Ronson‘s models worked black and white manicures. Click through to get more of the best Fashion Week news!
It’s only fitting that a showman like Christian Siriano would look to one of the most epic stages for his latest collection! Inspired by the golden age of the Russian Opera, the designer’s fall runway was was rich in velvet, embroidery, and faux fur. The looks, which were powerful and glamorous enough to be at home on the stage, stuck to a lavish, mostly black and gold palette, with dramatic pops metallic fuchsia for an extra wow-factor. Of course, Siriano’s show wouldn’t be complete without its star: the shoes. The high steppers, which will inspire Siriano’s fall Payless Gold collection, included a patent leather slingback that will be available online and in-store beginning February 18th. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
Christian Siriano knows how to keep his shoe fans happy! While we oohed and aahed at the Project Runway alum’s Russian Opera House-inspired fall 2013 collection, filled with black velvet and gold embroidery, we were thrilled to note that the patent peep-toe slingbacks featured on the runway would be making their way to Payless stores next Monday! “I love my collaboration with Payless—they’re so supportive! I think we make great, wearable shoes, but more fashion and at a great price. I really love it,” Siriano told InStyle.com backstage. Shop the “Le Toille” shoe (only $30!) in Payless stores and on payless.com February 18th.
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