Our favorite outfits—pulled from our Look of the Day top picks—feature a mix of pretty summer trends (pastels and florals) and the ones we’ll see for fall (oxblood). Our favorites include: Naomi Watts in a peach jumpsuit, Ashley Greene in a floral J.Mendel skirt, Kate Hudson in a white Gucci suit, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a peplum LBD, and Zoe Saldana in bright A|X Armani Exchange jeans. Which one is your favorite? Vote in the poll below and let us know! More
The sports world just got a dose of style, thanks to last night’s ESPY Awards! Athletes like Maria Sharapova (in J. Mendel) and Lindsey Vonn shed their performance gear in favor of red carpet gowns, and Hollywood’s hottest—like Olivia Munn (in Armani), Jessica Biel (in Christian Dior), and Hayden Panettiere (also in Armani)—came out to show their support. See our favorite red carpet moments of the 2012 ESPY Awards in the gallery!
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Our favorite outfits of this week—pulled from our Look of the Day top picks—focus on floral prints and sexy cut-outs. Our top picks: Taylor Swift in a white J. Mendel gown with waist-high windows at the ACM Awards, Gabrielle Union in a plunging scarlet Bill Blass cocktail dress, Lauren Conrad in a sweet floral embroidered Lela Rose design, Nicole Richie in a vibrant rose print maxidress from her own Winter Kate collection, and Brooklyn Decker in a slinky femme d’armes black lace column. Which one is your favorite? Vote in the poll below and let us know! More
Grammy nominees almost always hit a fashion high note on awards night! See Taylor Swift‘s ebony KaufmanFranco design, Selena Gomez‘s silver J. Mendel stunner, Beyoncé‘s creamy Stephane Rolland creation, and more of our favorite Grammy gowns in the gallery! Then, catch all of this year’s winners and performances tonight at 8/7c on CBS, and visit InStyle.com for up-the-minute red-carpet coverage!
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.