Did you see a red carpet look this week that you just loved? Tell us with your Fashion A-List by choosing five of the best looks from this week’s celebrity Look of the Day moments! Who made it on our list? These five glamorous ladies from around town: Marion Cotillard (in Christian Dior), Allison Williams (in Oscar de la Renta), Keira Knightley (in Chanel Couture), Gabrielle Union (in Prada), and Kate Middleton (in Roland Mouret). Now that you know our faves, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top looks, then share them with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter. Head to the A-list maker right now to get started.
Dance aficionados of all ages congregated at New York City Center in Midtown Manhattan last night for the opening of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—the world-renowned dance company’s 25th season since the untimely death of its celebrated founder, choreographer Alvin Ailey. With his fresh eye, energetic style, and persistence in giving dancers of all backgrounds a chance to perform, Ailey paved the way for the future of American dance. And one of the many legacies Mr. Ailey left behind was his beloved troupe, which inaugurated yet another year onstage yesterday evening. The event attracted many lovers and supporters of African dance, including InStyle‘s Man of Style Taye Diggs, Joan Smalls, and honorary event chair Gabrielle Union. When asked what she loved most about the theater, Union jokingly told InStyle.com, “It’s where real talent lives – the people who don’t need takes and extra editing and close-ups and filters and everything else that we frauds like to use.”
The show commenced with the company’s premiere of Chroma, a wildly dynamic effort by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, set to music by Joby Talbot and orchestrations by Jack White (of The White Stripes). After a brief intermission, Union took to the stage to give a speech and introduce the second act, Revelations, a historic work that, according to Union, “has been seen by more people throughout the world than any other work of modern dance.” She continued, “It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen before – it never gets old and it never loses its power to transport us.” Union then polled the audience, listing off legendary talents who danced for Alvin Ailey and inquiring whether or not they had seen them in the flesh.
But whether members of the audience had seen Ailey’s pupils perform or not, each was treated to a fantastic production by the future of his company, half of whom were formerly scholarship students at The Ailey School. And the admired choreographer’s legend lives on: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater raised $2.4 million, which will go towards giving other students the opportunity to perform.
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Hollywood Has Gone Blonde! Ashley Greene, Gabrielle Union, Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore Debut Lighter StrandsAug 14, 2013 @ 4:56 pm
Did we miss the blonde hair memo? On the heels of the sunny makeovers debuted by Gabrielle Union, Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore, Ashley Greene has also joined the movement, revealing her golden highlights at the Los Angeles premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. If the recent surge in blonde hairstyles has you wanting to lighten your strands, start swapping your current shampoos and conditioners for intense, hydrating formulas, as bleach can dry out your hair — especially if you’re starting with a dark base. “You can splurge on gorgeous salon highlights, but if your hair is dry, the color won’t look good,” said colorist Sharon Dorram, who has worked with Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker. To lock in hydration, she recommends coating your hair from mid-shaft to end with conditioner, and brushing through with a wide-tooth comb before rinsing. “It puts moisture back into the hair and gives it elasticity to keep it shiny and healthy.”
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Gabrielle Union has gone blonde! Fresh off the heels of Julianne Moore and Abigail Breslin‘s new looks, the actress debuted gold highlights for an upcoming project. “In order to achieve a natural look, she opted to go for a darker root and added in hues of blonde, beige, and light brown to complement her skin tone,” said hairstylist Larry Sims, who created the star’s gorgeous blowout at the BET Awards. If you want to make a similar change, Sims recommends consulting a professional colorist, who can safely lift the tone of your strands with minimal damage. Those who have naturally curly hair should take extra steps afterwards to keep their strands hydrated, as curls can be fragile after such an intense process. “Once you’ve transformed your hair from dark to light, it may be a little weaker and needs extra TLC to keep it protected from UV rays and heat styling,” Sims added. “Use the got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm ($7; ulta.com) to protect your strands prior to styling.” Do you like Gabrielle’s new look? Tell us in the comments!
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The music industry gathered in Los Angeles for a weekend filled with festivities in honor of the 2013 BET Awards! White House Down co-stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum helped kick-off the celebrations at the three-day BET Experience concert at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Janelle Monae and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child kept the festivities going at the second day of L.A. Live where they chatted in a live broadcast at the Radio Remote Room, and for Sunday’s main event Gabrielle Union (in Monika Chiang) and boyfriend NBA star Dwyane Wade cozied up in the audience as they waited for the stars like Robin Thicke, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and more to take the stage at the Nokia Theatre. Click the photo above to check out more pictures from the BET Awards, and to go inside all of the star-studded parties from the weekend.
The 2013 BET Awards were a big night for music, and an even bigger night for fashion! To kick off the stylish red carpet, the ever-adorable Quvenzhane Wallis paired her frilly printed dress with her trademark puppy purse, while Jordin Sparks, Nicki Minaj, and Gabrielle Union lined the venue in couture offerings. Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake each took the stage later in the night to give stellar performances, and in preparation for the big event, Sparks went for a spontaneous color change. “I changed my hair last night — I literally dyed it last night with this color,” she told InStyle on her caramel highlights. “I really wanted a change and needed the carpet to push me to do it.” That’s the spirit! Click the photo to see what everyone else wore, then tell us, which outfit is your favorite?
— Brianna Deutsch
This may be the biggest BET Awards yet! Airing live tonight in Los Angeles at 8 PM EST, the 2013 BET Awards will feature a slew of performances by Mariah Carey, (who honored the late Whitney Houston at last year’s show) Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, and many others. The festivities kicked off early this weekend at the BET Experience Festival on Friday, where Beyonce started the U.S. leg of her Mrs. Carter tour with a showstopping performance. Chris Tucker will be the host for tonight’s festivities, and the red carpet is already shaping up to be exciting. Queen Bey, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna are all in the running for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist award, while Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, and NBA champ Dwyane Wade are also scheduled to attend. Tune in to BET tonight at 8 PM EST to catch the show!
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The festivities surrounding the Academy Awards continued in Hollywood yesterday when Essence hosted its sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The pre-Oscars soiree was filled with stars, including Kelly Rowland and supermodel Naomi Campbell (in Azzedine Alaïa), who were on hand to celebrate the day’s honorees, Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union (in Versace and an Oroton clutch), Bond girl Naomie Harris, and the youngest nominee in Oscars history, nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis. During her acceptance speech for Breakthrough Performance, Wallis thanked her on-set babysitter—she was only six when she made the film.
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