Now this is a reason to shop—and celebrate! For the second year, Vestiaire Collective, a site that serves as a safe platform to buy and sell authentic pre-owned luxury items, is hosting an annual charity sale of “partywear” pieces, which happily coincides with the start of holiday dress shopping. Celebrities and designers alike have donated high-end coveted pieces starting at £100 (or, roughly $162) from their personal collections, with proceeds going to their charity of choice. Scoop up Rachel Weisz‘s pink Joseph dress for £250 (or, $404) or Gemma Arterton‘s leather Armani dress for £750 (or, $1,212), both benefiting children’s charity NSPCC. “We are thrilled that so many leading lights in the fashion world have come out to support our annual charity initiative,” said Fanny Moizant, UK Managing Director of the site, in a statement. “This year we expect to raise thousands for charities from Barnardo’s to NSPCC.” Talk about feel-good fashion! Head on over to vestiairecollective.com to snag a designer piece that’s (finally) worth the splurge.
A few of our favorite leading ladies stepped out in their most glamorous looks both on-and-off the red carpet this week. Now is your chance to tell us who wore your favorite look by picking your top 5 Fashion A-List from the celebrity Look of the Day picks. Who made it on our list? These five looks from around town: Camilla Belle (in Oscar de la Renta), Hailee Steinfeld (in Saint Laurent), Blake Lively (in Balmain), Naomi Watts (in Michael Kors), and Gemma Arterton (in Louis Vuitton). 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.
In the last two weeks alone, Jessica Stam, Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jennifer Lawrence have all worn dresses by London-based Antonio Berardi—much to his delight. “[As a designer], I try to enhance the female body but it’s really about the woman,” he told us following the MADE for Peroni Young Designer Awards in New York City, just days before his fashion show during London Fashion Week. “Clothes are just clothes. They’re pieces of cloth that need to be brought to life.” And ever since he started designing his own line after graduating from Central St. Martins in 1994, stars have gravitated to his looks that are as intricate with tailoring as they are sensual with their body-contouring shapes. And it’s a bonus: Having a celebrity model can mean big business. “Seeing these women in these clothes makes people want them,” he said. “Erin Wasson wore a dress to Cannes. That dress was incredibly expensive, but after Erin wore it, it sold out worldwide,” he said.”Sometimes the clothes can be the most amazing clothes in the world, but unless people see them on an amazing woman they’re not always interested.” See more stars in his beautiful designs by clicking through the gallery, and visit saksfifthavenue.com and net-a-porter.com to shop his collections.
While music’s hottest acts partied at the Grammys in Los Angeles last night, film’s hottest stars hopped across the pond to attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London for what turned out to be one of the more beautiful red carpets of award season thus far. Julianne Moore walked the carpet with designer Tom Ford wearing one of his strapless blue designs, Emma Stone upped her status as rising style star dressed in head-to-toe Lanvin, and Gemma Arterton wrapped herself in a silk velvet black gown and tied on a sapphire blue bow, a look designed by Yves Saint Laurent. See the rest of the beautiful BAFTA red carpet looks in the gallery.
Net-A-Porter continued its 10th anniversary celebration—having already announced plans to give some lucky (and creative) fans Miu Miu pumps and a Burberry trench. Last night, the online retailer threw a lavish fete in London which doubled as as the opening party for the site’s new offices. Victoria Beckham, Gemma Arterton, and a slew of top designers including Christopher Bailey, Christopher Kane and Roland Mouret sipped champagne with Net-A-Porter.com’s founder and chairman, Natalie Massenet (pictured, right, with Antonio Berardi and Beckham). Guests were given the chance to pose for their own custom “Net-A-Porter.com homepage” in the company’s studios, and this week’s Net-a-porter magazine is a special anniversary issue; it features a whirlwind tour of key fashion moments from the past decade. Here’s to ten more years of fabulous fashion at our fingertips.
1. Mulberry will release a capsule collection of handbags for Target this October. [NYMag.com]
2. Gemma Arterton just tied the knot in a super-secret affair in Spain. [JustJared.com]
3. Could The Proposal‘s Ryan Reynolds & Sandra Bullock be teaming up again? [People.com]
4. Find out what TV shows to watch (and which ones to skip) this summer. [TheDailyBeast.com]
5. Look out for Alice+Olivia’s makeover tour bus in your home town this summer. [AliceandOlivia.com]
6. Marc Jacobs’ boyfriend, Lorenzo Martone, is launching a swimwear collection. [CocoPerez.com]
It’s official: The formerly-dowdy tea-length dress is having a chic revival, thanks to Marc Jacobs’ ladylike designs for Louis Vuitton and stylish celebrity fans such as Gemma Arterton, Alexa Chung, and Kirsten Dunst. All three stars chose skirts or dresses that hit their mid-calves, straight from the Fall 2010 Runway, for the launch of the Louis Vuitton Bond Street Maison in London last night, and on them the retro silhouette looked anything but old. They key to keeping this shape looking fresh and youthful rather than frumpy? Highlight a slim waist with a voluminous skirt that shows off dainty ankles . . . and a great pair of killer pumps.
While international cinephiles are buzzing about the must-see movies set to debut in Cannes, we’re dying to see what the stars will wear at the world’s most glamorous film festival. Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Gemma Arterton, Carey Mulligan and Naomi Watts are expected to ascend the grand steps of the Palais des Festivals for this year’s gala premieres, so we expect no shortage of head-turning gowns. Plus, Jennifer Lopez and Diane Kruger have already been spotted on the French Riviera, which could mean they’ll add to the star style power at the annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala and lavish fetes hosted by Chopard and Gucci. Come back to InStyle.com for your daily dose of glamour from Cannes starting tomorrow, and help us decide who wins the award for best dressed when the festival wraps up on May 23rd!