The 45th annual Country Music Association Awards took place in Nashville last night, and white gowns overwhelmed the red carpet! Taylor Swift went for a strapless organza and tulle design by J. Mendel; Kellie Pickler shimmered in silver Pamella Roland; Faith Hill wore a beaded gown with sheer panels by Chado Ralph Rucci; and LeAnn Rimes decided on a Badgley Mischka lace gown with a ruffle train. Who says you can’t wear white in the winter? To see what everyone else wore to the CMA Awards, click through the gallery now!
Gilles Mendel, the designer behind J. Mendel, dresses celebrities like Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and Hilary Swank all the time, but there was one introduction that left him starstruck—First Lady Michelle Obama. “I had a moment with Mrs. Obama and she was so gracious,” Mendel told InStyle.com at his New York Fashion Week show yesterday. His moment happened at the National Design Awards at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, where the designer accepted this year’s Fashion Design Award, winning over finalists Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu, both of whom dressed the First Lady in the past. “I sat next to her during the luncheon,” he continued. “It was so surreal. She really was a vision. I’m critical, but I have to say—she blew my mind. She was so perfect!” So does this mean we’ll be seeing the First Lady wear a J. Mendel design for the first time soon? “I have millions of ideas for her,” he said. “I’m working on it.”
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Dianna Agron! Not only did Glee take home three awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday, but you voted Agron as your favorite look in our InStyle Best Dressed Poll. (Anne Hathaway took second place.) The actress’s winning look was a J. Mendel gown, which she paired with a Cathy Waterman diamond necklace. The J. Mendel label is quickly becoming a red-carpet staple—counting Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift and Demi Moore among its many celebrity fans. However, fun fact: It was first known for its furs. It’s also a family business; the current designer Gilles Mendel is the fifth generation to direct the label. Well, Agron and Mendel certainly made a great pair—another win for the Gleeks!
Taylor Swift walked the carpet at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night in a pretty peach pleated cocktail dress with an illusion neckline by J. Mendel. The designer behind the label, Gilles Mendel, shared an exclusive sketch of the dress from his spring 2011 collection with InStyle (right), which captures the thought behind the look. The singer and new face of Cover Girl (check out her first commercial!) finished the look with Prada heels and Neil Lane jewelry. See the dress, from sketch to runway to red carpet, in the gallery.
Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) decide it’s in both of their best interests to put the past behind them and end their vindictive games. Nate (Chace Crawford) confronts Juliet (guest star Katie Cassidy) after discovering a secret she has been keeping from everyone. Dan (Penn Badgley) and Nate realize they both have feelings for Serena (Blake Lively), pictured here in a Zuhair Murad dress, Halston clutch, Double Happiness earrings, and Leopoldo Giordano shoes. Tune in to the CW at 9 p.m. ET Monday night to see the juicy episode, and click through the photo gallery now for head-to-toe credits of what everyone will be wearing!
It’s her party, so she can have drama if she wants to! A surprise guest catches Blair (Leighton Meester), shown here in a Giambattista Valli suit, Chris Benz top and Paige Gamble headband, off-guard—and not in a good way. Having had enough of Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair’s games, Serena (Blake Lively) and Nate (Chace Crawford) decide to plan an intervention. Musical guest Robyn also performs. Tune in to the CW at 9 p.m. EST Monday night to watch the dramatic episode, and click through the photo gallery now for head-to-toe credits of what everyone will be wearing!
We love Cat Deeley‘s SYTYCD wardrobe as much as dancing on the show and were thrilled when she invited InStyle to take an exclusive peek at her behind the scenes, getting camera-ready. Her two finale looks—a lacy LBD covered in paillettes by Jenny Packham and a voluminous peach tulle dress from J. Mendel—were wildly different, but equally gorgeous. “I want to go from a Dolce & Gabbana, Madonna[-inspired] look to more ‘La Dolce Vita’. Think fountains, think ice cream,” she tells her glam squad as they hover around magazine tears and Web images for inspiration. Watch her get finale-ready above and check out the on-stage outcome after the jump!