“New Yorkers for Children is such an amazing charity,” Nicky Hilton said as she arrived to the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental wearing a dress by Valentino, who sponsored the organization’s 10th anniversary Spring Dinner Dance, after being the first sponsor a decade ago. Valentino’s presence—despite current designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli nowhere in sight—remained deeply felt, from the flutter of dresses that filled the 36th floor ballroom to the event design crafted by David Stark, who used Valentino’s latest collection as inspiration to use cherry blossoms (hauled in from North Carolina) and over 1,200 silver mirrored candles to “spring” the room to life. Emmy Rossum (in Dior) relaxed during the meal for only a moment before leaping to her feet when DJ D-Nice played the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back—just as the arctic char had been served—starting a vivacious and lively dance party that lasted through midnight, with Rebecca Minkoff, Erin Heatherton, and DJ Harley Viera Newton busting moves to classics by The Eurythmics and the Bee Gees, as well as and pop hits by Rihanna and Florence Welch. Olivia Palermo (in Katie Ermilio) kept her swaying to the sidelines with boyfriend Johannes Huebl, moving her Jimmy Choo shoes to Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The event raised $625,000 for New Yorkers for Children—the most ever in the gala’s history—money that supports youth in foster care in New York City. “It’s important to bring everyone together to give back,” said Palermo, describing a feeling validated by each of the 450 guests in the room. Learn more about the cause at newyorkersforchildren.org.
The statuesque Stacy Keibler flaunted her curves in Rebecca Minkoff‘s Elvi Eyelet Dress in Los Angeles. The contrasting navy and white hues create an ultra-slimming silhouette in the front, and the cutout detail adds a sexy edge in the back. Perfect for spring! Shop it for $468 at shopbop.com.
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InStyle’s editors scoured the racks for spring’s hottest accessories—and this is one you should definitely add to your shopping list: A white clutch that can take you from day-to-night. We’re loving Victoria Beckham’s perforated style; the small design detail is just enough to add a unique touch to even your simplest ensemble. Try Rebecca Minkoff’s Mac Clutch, available for $395 at amazon.com.
Plus, see more accessories to try this spring!
Wake up your style for spring with this fun idea from InStyle‘s Ask A Designer columnist Rebecca Minkoff—this locket bracelet! “The studs flip up so you can slip a picture or note inside,” the designer told us. Brilliant! And it comes in rose, silver, or gold. For $128, it’s edgy, original and available at rebeccaminkoff.com. One more tip: “Stack with others in the same color,” she advised. For more of Rebecca’s warm-weather must haves, flip to page 260 of InStyle‘s March issue, on newstands and downloadable for your tablet now.
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The Queen of Downtown Cool keeps surprising us! Rebecca Minkoff revealed to us backstage that her fall 2013 collection was inspired by famed female pilot, Amelia Earhart. “I did all this research about Amelia, and I got really excited about flight suits! All those details that you could apply to a garment.” But that’s not all: The collection, filled with the cool, menswear-inspired leather bombers, fur statement collars, and briefcase bags you might expect when an aviator plays muse, is already available (in part) to shop online at rebeccaminkoff.com. Get Minkoff’s picks before she puts them away until next fall!
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Rebecca Minkoff is InStyle’s designer expert helping us answer reader questions! Here’s what she had to say this month:
QUESTION: Can I wear tights with my black peep-toe booties? I don’t want to freeze! —Carolyn M., Arlington, VA.
ANSWER: “Sorry—no. A bit of covered-up toe sticking out of your shoe looks cheap. A better option? Open-toe stockings, which will still keep your legs warm. You can find some at American Apparel and Capezio. Go for black instead of a bold color, as you’re already pushing the envelope enough by exposing your toes.”
For more of Minkoff’s style advice and her inspiration for spring, flip to page 92 of InStyle’s February issue. On the go? Download the issue on your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet!
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For our Ask a Designer page in InStyle’s January issue, designer Rebecca Minkoff sounds off on all the New Year’s resolutions that have been on her bucket list. What’s on her mind in 2013? Find out below!
Do a monthly hair mask. “I have really curly hair, plus I do a lot of blowouts. I should probably start taking better care of it!”
Keep weekends work-free. “I’m in my office all week from 9 to 5, and after I put my son to bed, I answer email late into the night. I’m going to make Saturday and Sunday the time when I don’t do this.”
Learn French. “Paris is my favorite place in the world and I think I’d love it even more if I could speak the language.”
For more of Minkoff’s resolutions and for her style Q&A with readers, flip to page 50 of InStyle’s January issue. On the go? Download the issue on your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet!
Plus, see more holiday Q&A from the stars!
We’re giving away 5 chic designer handbags in December—and this week, we’re giving away this gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff chain-strap bag worth $425!
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER THE HANDBAG SCAVENGER HUNT:
2. Use the clue to find the gallery the red bag is hiding in.
3. When you find the bag icon, click on it to go to the sweepstakes entry page. Good luck!
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