Chess is more fashionable than ever. On Tuesday, the World Chess Hall of Fame revealed its new exhibition, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion & Chess,” at Christie’s in New York City, a collection of designer pieces that all represent the all-powerful queen piece in chess. The exhibit features designs by Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, and more that are all inspired by the queen archetype in chess. “We wanted to have a look at what kind of personality the queen has,” the exhibit’s curator Sofia Hedman told InStyle.com. “The queen is the most unpredictable piece, so we wanted to have quite unpredictable designers in the exhibition.” Mission accomplished. Check it out for yourself when the collection opens on October 19th at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, and learn more at worldchesshof.com. Click to get a sneak peek.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West revealed they’ll be welcoming a baby girl on last night’s season eight premiere of Keeping up with the Kardashians. YES. A GIRL. “I’m so excited we’re having a girl! Who doesn’t want a girl? I think they are the best,” Kim said on the show. “I know that’s really what Kanye has always wanted—he wanted a little girl.” This means K & K are in a prime spot to turn their baby into a little fashion princess. We predict their little bundle of joy will have no shortage of access to baby Roberto Cavalli, mini Gucci, and more pint-size designer clothes. Click to see our shopping picks for baby Kimye. The countdown to her July homecoming is on!
Proof That Girls Run The World: Beyoncé, Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lopez Unite at The Sound of Change Live ConcertJun 3, 2013 @ 1:29 pm
Who runs the world? Girls! Chime for Change’s The Sound of Change Live concert in London aired last night, and in addition to the showstopping performances by Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige, the event also raised a cool $4.3 million in ticket sales. The proceeds will benefit 200 of Chime for Change’s projects to advance the lives of women and girls in over 70 countries, and host Gucci even allowed attendees to donate the value of their ticket to non-profit organizations of their choice. Salma Hayek, Gucci’s Frida Giannini, Zoe Saldana, and Blake Lively also attended, and were treated to a surprise duet performed by Bey and Jay-Z. Change never sounded so sweet! Click to take an inside look at the event, and head over to chimeforchange.org to see how you can support the cause.
With the hundreds of gowns that graced the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year, which ones looked best? Who better to ask than celebrity celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart. “There are so many [I loved]!” she told InStyle.com at the P.S. ARTS Bag Lunch in Holmby Hills, California yesterday, an event she co-hosted to raise funds for the non-profit children’s arts education organization P.S. Arts. But when forced to narrow it down, she chose Freida Pinto’s coral Gucci gown and Jessica Chastain’s beaded violet Givenchy design. While Stewart put the stars in these two looks as their stylist, that’s not the only reason they rose to the top of her list. Here’s why:
“It was just so her,” Stewart explained. “This incredible bright coral with this cool belt and it was just a very Frieda moment.”
“The purple on Jessica was just so hard to pull off and she pulled it off so beautifully and it’s just this incredible, one of a kind, custom-made dress,” said Stewart. “She just looked perfect in it.”
Tell us: Did these looks top your list? Click to see more Cannes Film Festival fashion and pick your favorite, too.
Tribeca Film Festival Fashion Moment: The Director Documentary Stars Gucci’s Frida Giannini, and It’s a Must-See for Fashion LoversApr 23, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Over 100 films are being screened during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week, and this is the one we’d vote for if we were jurors: The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts. The documentary goes behind the normally-private world of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini’s design process to show her involvement in directing everything, from selecting final looks for runway shows to auditioning models (watch the trailer above). “For me, clothes are always first a way for people to be seductive,” Giannini reveals in the film. “I don’t think the power woman needs to be necessarily hard. You can be sweet and sensual, and feminine. I think that is the strongest part.” The film was produced by James Franco—who, coincidentally, also happens to be the face of Gucci’s men’s colognes—and was directed by by Franco’s one-time New York University classmate Christina Voros. Is your interest piqued? Scroll down to read six things that solidified our girl crush on Frida Giannini after watching the film. More
It’s been almost two months since Katy Perry “missed” the memo and dared to bare at the Grammys in that Gucci dress, and her stylist, Johnny Wujek, is still in love with what a moment it was. “I loved Katy’s Grammy look so much. I loved how it wowed everybody. Everybody who walked by commented [on it] or was staring,” Wujek told InStyle.com, refering to the gaping keyhole that helped his pop star client reveal her ample assets. “That day was so fun. We took that memo with a grain of salt.” Still, the jade column did help her cover up, too, with its full length and long sleeves—a nod to her more demure sartorial choices as of late. “We go through phases. It’s an evolution. We’ve done the young, playful, candy, cupcake thing and now she’s growing into a woman. We’re shaking it up.” We can’t wait to see what’s up next!
Plus, see more of Katy’s best red-carpet looks.
— Lindzi Scharf
Twitter turns 7 years old today! Not only did the site birth the terms hashtags, handles, and Tweets, it also became a go-to place to get fashion news, straight from the designers and brands themselves in easy-to-digest 140 character posts. Scroll down to see which ones we love to follow, and add them to your list today.
The retailer racked up almost 1.9 million followers so far, and it’s a go-to place to find out about new collaborations. Last month, H&M also enlisted David Beckham to Tweet from the handle for his new underwear collection. Yum!
@Dior: Christian Dior
There’s no better way inside this storied house than through Twitter, which is why it gained a following of over 1.8 million fans so far.
Creative director Christopher Bailey is social media obsessed—and to the benefit of his 1.7 million loyal Twitter fans. Burberry posts tweets daily about everything, from what’s new in stores to the newest campaigns to behind-the-scenes videos.
@MichaelKors: Michael Kors
Kors knows how to connnect with his fans (over 1.1 million of them!). He consistently answers fan questions, gives style tips, and shout-outs to his favorite new items in stores. And who can resist his humor?
@MarcJacbosIntl: Marc Jacobs
“Slightly bohemian, a little off-color,” is the description of Marc Jacobs’ account, and it’s accurate. Perhaps that’s why he has such fantastic fans, over 939,000 and counting.
Think everyone wears Gucci on the red carpet? This Twitter account gives you constant celebrity updates, plus a view inside the famed Italian label.
@LouboutinWorld: Christian Louboutin
“Louboutin is as Louboutin does,” was one of the recent Tweets the brand posted, and it perfectly fits its Twitter perspective. Expect to find new hashtags, quirky quips, and those iconic red soles everywhere on this feed.
Aliza Licht, the woman responsible for making DKNY’s Twitter a must-have for over 435,000 followers has become at Twitter personality all on her own. She constantly Tweets whatever’s on her mind—not only about fashion, but about pop culture and life itself. Oh, and she’s hilarious.
@Zac_Posen: Zac Posen
There’s nothing we appreciate more than honesty, and Zac Posen has tons of it. He holds nothing back on his feed, and you learn so much about the man behind the fashion. For example, he likes Scandal. Good to know!
Plus, see the most memorable Tweets from this year’s Oscars!
Our favorite looks this week—plucked from our Look of the Day section—were a mix of detailed black dresses and punchy springtime prints. Kirsten Dunst premiered Upside Down in a belted black dress, Zoe Saldana celebrated her stylist at The Hollywood Reporter‘s luncheon in Carven, Katie Holmes feted the New York Observer‘s anniversary in Dolce & Gabbana, Selena Gomez stunned at SXSW in Dolce & Gabbana‘s bright separates, and Olivia Wilde opened The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in peek-a-boo Gucci. Who had your favorite look this week? Tell us in the poll below!