Just one day before the 86th annual Academy Awards, celebrities headed to the beach to honor those recognized for independent filmmaking at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. For the laid-back event, stars ditched their formal attire in favor of less fancy designs. Cate Blanchett went for a funky Roksanda Ilincic dress, Lupita Nyong’o showed up in an unusual choice for her — a textured jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, Shailene Woodley chose a trademark midriff baring top by Lyn Devon, and Paula Patton brightened things up in a Lorena Sarbu mini dress. For an up close look at what everyone wore, take a look through our gallery.
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The Moment: Before we get too deep into Fashion Week to pay attention to the Olympics, let’s check in on a different sort of runway show getting underway in Sochi. No, not the opening ceremony, but what Maria Sharapova is wearing. As a Games ambassador and special correspondent for NBC, and having grown up in Sochi, Sharapova is helping to put a positive light on an event that has been plagued by security concerns and protests over the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals. And as a fashion lover and part-time designer, not to mention former Olympian, she wants to make Russia look good.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the country, and people aren’t always aware of how unique and culturally important this place is,” she tells me by e-mail.
Why It’s a Wow: Let’s just say the packing for her trip to the Games involved a steamer trunk. Already this week, Sharapova has made appearances wearing a skimmy top with crystal embellishments from Roksanda Ilincic, Holmes & Yang pants and a Reed Krakoff gray coat; another prim suit from Krakoff worn over a white button-up MaxMara shirt; and a red Nike puffer jacket over a thin hoodie and athletic pants (pictured, right). In her suitcase are more items from J Brand, Dolce & Gabbana, Yigal Azrouel, Michael Kors, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Akris, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. There are also more shoes from Tod’s, Brian Atwood Aperlai, and Louboutin.
“It took quite a while because I’ve been traveling since just after the holidays,” she says. “I’m fortunate because I know what to pack for Sochi, having grown up here. It’s more temperate than most people think, and it’s all about layering.”
Still, since her training in California and Florida and her red carpet appearances do not give her many opportunities to dress warmly, Sharapova said she was most excited to wear some coats, like the MaxMara topper she wore over an Alexander McQueen dress (pictured above left), and the Bottega Veneta she wore over a Michael Kors dress (pictured, middle). Coming up, look for “a really feminine and sleek ivory wool coat from Bottega Veneta, a coral colored MaxMara menswear-inspired coat and a few other sportswear options,” she says.
What didn’t make the cut?
“Definitely the super-high, pointed-toe heels!” she says. “I’m not one to sacrifice style for comfort, but comfortable and maneuverable heels and boots are a must.”
Learn More: Don’t be a bad sport. Some designers take the Olympics almost as seriously as they do the Oscars (you’ll typically see contributions from Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Prada). And certainly keep an eye out for Ralph Lauren’s new uniforms, now made in the U.S.A., for the American athletes at the opening ceremony. Based on previews, they may be hard to miss.
Keira Knightley‘s onscreen looks are exquisite, iconic, and tend to perfectly epitomize a period. That emerald green gown she wore in Atonement was a conversation in and of itself, and the pieces she wore in Pride & Prejudice were charming and time-telling. Though the films she stars in are fashion moments, her offscreen red-carpet appearances also always steal the show.
In 2011 she wore a Chanel Haute Couture belted organza gown with sheer sleeves. In 2012 she sported a crisscross midriff-baring Roksanda Ilincic dress and a minty silk floral Erdem gown that was sprinkled with touches of snakeskin and lace. And last year, Keira showed her love for picturesque prints in a cool-colored Mary Katrantzou fit-and-flare. The sartorial risk-taker (proof: she re-wore her wedding dress — three times) is consistently one to watch.
We’ve picked our 10 favorite Keira Knightley red-carpet looks so far — but we’re sure we’ll have to do it all over again. After all, the British actress and fashion go perfectly together.
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British Invasion! Roksanda Ilincic Debuts Collection in L.A. With Julianne Hough, Ashley Madekwe, and MoreJun 13, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
Roksanda Ilincic—the British designer loved by Jessica Biel, Kate Middleton, Jessica Chastain, and more—hopped the pond and landed at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles to celebrate the debut of her resort 2014 collection (pictured center). Louise Roe, Julianne Hough, Ashley Madekwe, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all came out to support their designer pal wearing pieces from her collections. “With the ladies all wearing@roksandailincic. #fashion,” Madekwe Instagrammed with a photo of her fellow Ilincic fans. Click to see more party photos.
With baby fever taking over the United Kingdom (and the world, for that matter), let us not forget about the other Princess who knows how to make a powerful fashion statement: Princess Beatrice. Ever since her “hat moment” at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials two years ago, she’s upped her style game by hiring a stylist (that would be Charlie Anderson) and wearing some of the biggest names in British fashion (like Roksanda Ilincic and Jonathan Saunders). Click through to see what she’s been up to.
With graphic black-and-white outfits making a strong appearance at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this week, we’re thrilled to see some color contrast in the mix thanks to Selena Gomez in (Dolce & Gabbana), Ashley Benson, and Michelle Monaghan (in Roksanda Ilincic). The citrus-y hue was popular last year when Pantone named it the Color of 2012 (a title emerald green has claimed for 2013), and it’s an anything-but-subtle look you can try, too. Bright and bold, tangerine looks best worn in solid blocks. Stick to a classic silhouette and experiment with fun, high-contrast accessories for day or accent with basic black for a chic evening look.
See how more stars work tangerine in the gallery.
Oxblood is the color of the season, and Bella Heathcote knows it! The actress accessorized her bordeaux ruffled Roksanda Ilincic dress with matching Christian Louboutin heels at last night’s New York premiere of Killing Them Softly, and the gold accents and laser-cut detail on the pumps were a fun finishing touch to her look. Would you wear them? If so, the designer “Indies” style is available at neimanmarcus.com for $995.
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Pippa Middleton’s wardrobe worked overtime yesterday! The royal-in-law kept busy in London promoting her new party-planning book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends (pre-order it for $50 on amazon.com), hopping from book store to book party. She made four official appearances in all, wearing a different look each time, and her superfans on pippa-middleton.co.uk were quick to identify each look. From left, she wore a Markus Lupfer jersey and brocade dress, a Roksanda Ilincic wool-crepe style, a Stella McCartney mixed-fabric sheath, and a Paper London patchwork tunic. So, which one was your favorite? Tell us by voting in the poll below! More