Bethann Hardison (pictured above, left) and Ruth Finley (pictured above, right) are names you may not immediately recognize, but in fashion, they are legends, each standing for something important, but far too often overlooked. So it is a wonderful moment to see that they will be honored along with the more famous designer names, like Tom Ford and Raf Simons, when the Council of Fashion Designers of America hands out its annual Fashion Awards June 2.
It’s been three days since the wrap of New York Fashion Week, and we’ve had enough time to collect ourselves and digest all that we saw. And what we saw included everything, from the beautiful and ornate to the extreme. This year, we were surprised with unexpected headwear that topped the models’ looks on the runway (and no, we’re not just talking about baseball caps). The three that reigned supreme? The beekeeper-like veils at The Row, a swathed nest-like wrap at Oscar de la Renta and netted pieces at Thom Browne. Thanks to these unexpected looks, we might be looking for something a little unconventional come spring.
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Is the end of squeezing into spandex-tight jeans nearing? It’s not entirely over, but there is a shift happening. Stars including Milla Jovovich (in Giorgio Armani), Solange Knowles (in Roberto Cavalli), Nicole Richie (in Balmain) and Elizabeth Olsen (in The Row) have adopted a more comfortable (read: roomier) alternative to too-tight skinnies with wide-leg pants. Ever since designers like Chloe and Proenza Schouler sent the wide-leg silhouette down the runway last year, the relaxed fit has become popular both on and off the red carpet. To find the right one for you, look for a pair that sits easily at the hips. The hem should skim the ground, revealing just the tips of your shoes (this may require alterations). Team a tee with a linen fabric for a casual weekend brunch look or don a blouse and blazer with a silk or satin pair for a dressier occasion. Click through to see more celebs taking the trend in stride. Tell us: Would you wear the look?
After the CFDA Awards, it’s party time! Stars like Kerry Washington (in Jason Wu) and Sofia Vergara (in Herve L. Leroux) gathered in their best couture getups to fete the achievements made by this year’s fashion all-stars. Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci celebrated his win for the International Award with a hug from Jessica Chastain, and Elizabeth Olsen came out to support little sis and The Row designer Mary-Kate. Click the photo to see even more behind-the-scenes shots from the most stylish soirees of the year.
Usually on the red carpet, the designers praise the stars. At the CFDA Awards, it’s the other way around! Celebrities including Sofia Vergara (in Herve L. Leroux and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry) and Kerry Washington (in Jason Wu), Elizabeth Olsen (in The Row), and Romeo and Juliet stars Hailee Steinfeld (in customized Swarovski-covered Suno) and Douglas Booth (in Tom Ford) were among the celebrities who helped honor fashion’s elite at Lincoln Center in New York City last night. With the event celebrating the best of the industry, it has a different feel than typical star-heavy awards shows. “I presented at the Oscars, and I thought, I’m an actress, so I understand talking about acting, but fashion is a bit more complicated for me,” The Office star Ellie Kemper (in Naeem Khan) told InStyle.com. “It’s intimidating because I’m in awe of what they do!” Click to see what everyone wore.
InStyle’s editors were busy this week, hopping from showroom to showroom (like The Row and Rodarte) during the days and attending fashion parties in the evenings (like the prom-themed Kate Young for Target launch), and we posted all of our must-see insider moments on Instagram. Click through the gallery to see more of our best photos, and stay up-to-date by following us on Instagram at @instylemagazine.
Every season, InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary picks out her favorite Fashion Week looks, and for the fall 2013 shows, she loved Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s new lineup for The Row. “So, The Row is very understated, I know, but I love this coat and skinny pant, especially the white cuff under the trouser,” says Weber Cleary. “It doesn’t really come across as well in a photo as in real life, but these clothes are almost perfect. Grown up, beautifully made, versatile. Wow.” Check back every day to see more of Cindy’s favorites.
Plus, see more of Cindy’s favorite looks!
For spring 2013, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were in a romantic mood. Their soft, layered collection featured muted tones (with a few shots of red), rich details, and long, flowing hems. Each look, even the strapless evening dresses, were paired with minimalist flat sandals, giving the entire collection an effortlessly cool feel. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
— Violet Gaynor