Diamonds Swarovski crystals are a girl’s best friend…or in this case, designers’. Each season, Swarovski partners up with select designers who exhibit “cutting edge talent and the ability to demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship with crystal” that ultimately form the “Swarovski Collective.” It means, the designers who snag a spot in the Collective are backed by the Swarovski brand, given financial support (for their show) and the freedom to experiment with the crystal. At New York Fashion Week, the lucky, lucky designers on this season’s roster include: Prabal Gurung, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte), Max Osterweis (of Suno), Wes Gordon, Scott Sternberg (of Band of Outsiders), and Shane Gabier and Chris Peters (of Creatures of the Wind). From original sketches to final runway looks, click through to see how the designers encrusted Swarovski crystals into their spring/summer 2014 collection.
Monday, again?! Kick your week off with a new jam by Jennifer Lopez. The star just released the music video for her new single “Live It Up”—coinciding with her performance of the tune at the Billboard Music Awards last night—and it’s pure J.Lo. All her classic elements are there: Belly-baring outfits (including her swing look by Wes Gordon), baller shades (by Swarovski), wild makeup choices (orange lipstick, anyone?), and dance moves at the going rate of 125 BPM. Her explanation: “I’m a dancer, so dance and choreography have always been a way to express myself,” she once told InStyle. “Anything you do with music or a song, or even playing a character, is a way of expressing yourself. Dance just happens to be a very sensual way of doing it.” Watch the video above to see Lopez’s latest heart-thumping song. Because it’s Monday and you should LIVE IT UP.
Plus, see Jennifer Lopez’s latest red carpet look!
Look who played peekaboo! This week, red carpets were full of very sheer looks, with Kristen Stewart, Christa B. Allen, Teresa Palmer, and Ashley Greene all wearing see-through styles in a 48-hour time period. Stewart chose Zuhair Murad for Twilight’s London premiere, Allen worked Catherine Malandrino at GQ’s Man of the Year Awards, Palmer went bare in Emilio Pucci for Twilight’s screening in Hollywood, and Greene tried lace Wes Gordon for the CFDA Fashion Fund Award ceremony. While these looks dare to bare, the look is actually something many women can pull off. So you don’t expose too much, look for pieces with built-in coverage, like double-layer pockets and panels or strategically placed prints. Most importantly, this isn’t a grab-and-go shopping venture—the fabric has little hanger appeal, so you must try it on!
Plus, see another trend we love, black and white!
As the underwriter of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund since 2006, Nordstrom is expanding its support of the initiative, which annually selects a winner from 10 up-and-coming American designers to receive a $300,000 grant to pursue independent design work. The retailer will open six pop-up shop-in-shops across the country peddling the designs of all 10 finalists, including jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher and New York-based womenswear designer Wes Gordon. “We are proud to evolve our commitment to the future of American fashion by hosting CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund shops in our stores,” Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom executive vice president of design, said in a statement. “We think that our customers will be excited to have access to the collections from these talented designers.” The shops, which will live inside existing Nordstrom stores, will open in February in five locations: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, as well as the Nordstrom-owned charity boutique, treasure&bond, in New York City.
Plus, see our favorite convertible coats!
With fall being a season of dark hues, we’re thrilled to see stars livening up the red carpet in bold prints. January Jones worked a pelican print Wes Gordon dress at the 41st Annual Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards, Michelle Pfeiffer opted for metallic Barbara Bui dress for the 8th Annual Elyse Walker Pink Party, Kerry Washington tried a tropical style by British designer Mary Katrantzou for The Details premiere, and Olivia Munn attended the Courage in Journalism Awards wearing a psychedelic patterned Peter Pilotto style. “You have to have a little bit of fun, especially with prints,” advised Katrantzou of wearing in-your-face looks. “We all need a little bit of color and humor in our lives. Wear it confidently.” Agreed! Tell us: Which of these prints would you wear?
Plus, see all of our favorite fall trends!
Hit makers Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry came together to honor 2012′s Fashion Fund Finalists at a dinner hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the Chauteau Marmont in Los Angeles. New York designer Wes Gordon was one of the honorees, and outfitted Perry in his bird-printed black-and-white dress for the occasion. Stefani also chose black-and-white, a sleek Calvin Klein pantsuit with glamorous Neil Lane jewels. Though, she did keep it classically Gwen with an exposed black bra top underneath and powerful red lips. See more great parties this week in the gallery.
Rita Ora is pop’s new party girl—just listen to her hit “How We Do”—and her style reflects her fun music. “My music has so many varieties; it’s a little bit for everyone, and I mix my outfits in the same way,” the British singer told InStyle.com at the Absolut Tune launch in New York. “Sometimes I come out looking kind of boyish, like tonight, and sometimes I come out looking like a complete hip-hop ’90s baby, complete with beanie.” Menswear-inspired or not, the look was all designer, including an Emilio Pucci jacket, Roberto Cavalli blouse, Wes Gordon leggings, and Manolo Blahnik pumps, and Jennifer Fisher rings. Overall, though, she said: “My style is always different.“
Plus, see more stars who love Pucci.
Jones New York called upon rising designer Wes Gordon to create a capsule collection exclusive to Bloomingdale’s—and it just landed in stores. “Our goal was to create modern classic pieces that are accessible and can be easily incorporated into an existing wardrobe,” Gordon told InStyle.com of the jackets, blouses, pants and skirts that make up his lineup. One of his favorite pieces is the classic navy short, $128, shown here. “The high waist, a-line shape, pleats, and pockets combine to make them look fantastic on anyone and effortlessly cool,” the Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta-trained designer said. Check out the entire collection in the gallery, which ranges from $88 to $398, and shop it now on bloomingdales.com.
— Nikki Ogunnaike