And the countdown has begun! There’s only a little more than a week left until the fall/winter 2014 collections debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means you only have a finite amount of time to memorize the schedule before the fashion frenzy hits Manhattan (and Brooklyn, this time around). Read ahead for a breakdown of when and where your favorite designers are showing this season.
Talk about a heavenly spring debut! Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio surprised the crowd at Kaufmanfranco‘s presentation by not only opening but closing the show, too. Designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco made their first spring runway show a cut above the rest with lush light pieces (think cutout dresses and flowy yet structured separates in white, tan and gold)–perfect for a lingerie model. (On second thought, what’s not perfect for a lingerie model?) Inspired by a globetrotter, the collection “was really about a lot of crisp shapes for us this season,” Franco told InStyle.com before the show. “We were very inspired by musculature and how it forms on a woman’s body,” Kaufman added. And what a perfect body to which to conform!
— Alyssa Bailey
They’ve dressed red-carpet stars like Taylor Swift and Julianne Hough, but Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of Kaufmanfranco had never seen their clothes on a runway—until Monday! The designing duo had their first runway show ever at Lincoln Center, with Ashley Greene and Jane Krakowski sitting in the front row, and it went off without a hitch—except for the fact that one ruffled black dress popped up in the finale without ever walking in the show. “Yep, one of the dresses didn’t end up on the runway! And the two girls in brown who came out weren’t supposed to,” Franco laughed backstage, where we met him and Kaufman after the show. So, could the secret dress be headed a big Hollywood event later this month? “Maybe!” both boys coyly replied, with Kaufman adding, “We have a couple of hidden dresses at home! We always like keeping a little something behind.” There’s only one way to find out if the dress makes it to the Oscars: Tune in to the Academy Awards on February 24th—we’ll be watching with you!
Plus, get more of the latest Fashion Week news in our Cheat Sheet!
What are InStyle editors lusting after? Whether shoes or bags, clothes or jewelry, see what Randy Miller, an editor in our fashion department, and contributing fine jewelry editor Marion Fasel picked as the best of the best for our “We’re Obsessed” list, including this Kaufmanfranco crystal embroidered red dress, Louis Vuitton diamond watch, and these Daniele Michetti blue pumps. Click through the gallery to see all of the editors’ favorites this week—if money were no object, of course.
As a Dancing With the Stars pro, Derek Hough knows enough about over-the-top outfits to know a good color can make an outfit pop! That’s why we asked him what he thought of the neon one-shoulder Kaufmanfranco gown his sister Julianne Hough wore to the Rock of Ages premiere on Friday. “I love the choice!” he told InStyle.com. “It’s good. It’s an homage to the ‘80s with that lime electric green.” What a nice brother! Rock of Ages premieres Friday, June 15th. Click through the gallery to see more of Julianne Hough’s most memorable looks.
— Lindzi Scharf
Halle Berry always manages to turn heads on the red carpet, and it always seems so effortless. How does she do it? “When I think about how I want to be, I like to be less is more,” the Oscar-winning actress told InStyle.com at the launch of Revlon’s new soufflé-like ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation in New York recently. “I try to be more simple and not let the clothes wear me but me wear the clothes.” In addition, comfort is key. “I generally want to feel comfortable,” she said. “No bells and whistles. Try to find a simple way. That’s what I try to achieve!” Judging from her most memorable “less-is-more” looks—from left, Kaufmanfranco at a 2009 event, Nina Ricci at the 2011 Golden Globes, Halston at the 2011 FiFi Awards, and Elie Saab at 2002 Oscars—it’s mission accomplished!
Click through the gallery to see some of our favorite Halle Berry looks ever.
Grammy nominees almost always hit a fashion high note on awards night! See Taylor Swift‘s ebony KaufmanFranco design, Selena Gomez‘s silver J. Mendel stunner, Beyoncé‘s creamy Stephane Rolland creation, and more of our favorite Grammy gowns in the gallery! Then, catch all of this year’s winners and performances tonight at 8/7c on CBS, and visit InStyle.com for up-the-minute red-carpet coverage!
Here’s a little inside fashion scoop: Jennifer Aniston’s sexy metallic mini wasn’t always mini! KaufmanFranco, the label behind the look, originally produced the deep-V neck column with linear sequin paillettes as a long gown for their fall 2011 collection. So, how did it end up short? Not by Aniston’s hands. Turns out, designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco created a shorter version of the dress exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and that’s what ended up on the actress at the Elle Women in Hollywood celebration last night. And the designers enjoy seeing their creations land on the red carpet. “What makes a dress stand out is the woman who’s wearing it,” Franco told InStyle.com recently. Tell us: What do you think of the look?
Plus, do you prefer Jennifer as a blond or brunet? See the photos and decide.