Hundreds of independent designers from around the world submitted their creative designs for the 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, and 25 finalists made the cut. Now, it’s your turn to weigh in. Click to see all the finalists’ bags and then vote for your top pick at instyle.com/ihda. The designer whose bag gets the most votes will be honored with the InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite award at a ceremony in New York City on June 19th, hosted by Handbag Designer 101. So start clicking through the gallery, vote for your fave, then share the voting page with friends on Facebook and Twitter. The more votes the better!
Despite being hospitalized due to injuries earlier in the week, Karina Smirnoff brought her signature energy and expert dance moves to the ninth episode of Dancing With The Stars—the semi-finals! This time, she and her football pro partner Jacoby Jones went for flirty costumes for their two dances, the Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop. “For our first dance, the tango, I wanted the dress to resonate with the darkness of the dance, like a woman walking around the back alleys of Buenos Aires looking for trouble,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com. “The dress for the Lindy Hop (shown) was flirtatious, but it was all about the ’50s and polka dots. I designed it to flow while we flipped around the dance floor.” At the end of it all, their persistence worked: The two managed to achieve their first ever perfect score and tied for first place—one step closer to the Mirrorball Trophy! Find out if they make it to the next round on tonight’s live results show at 9/8c on ABC.
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Mad Men got saucy on Sunday night, and so did the clothes! Costume designer Janie Bryant crafted each of the looks to reflect the characters’ feelings, including Sylvia’s affair dress in a passionate red hue, Peggy’s back-to-the-Don-Draper-Show subtle three-piece suit, and Joan’s office-commanding royal blue look. Click through to find out all the details on this week’s looks for episode seven of Mad Men‘s sixth season.
From loose twists to colorful clip-ins, our June cover girl Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to change up her look. Click to get the star’s insights on her most daring hair moments and learn more of Selena’s thoughts on her best looks ever on page 250 of the new issue, on newsstands and available for download starting May 17.
Our Best Beauty Buys sweepstakes ends on Thursday, which means you have only two days left to enter to win an amazing beauty basket filled with our editors’ favorite spring products. To enter, just start a board on Pinterest titled “My Best Beauty Buys,” pin your top five must-haves from InStyle.com’s Best Beauty Buys, then submit your board’s URL at instyle.com/bbbsweeps. We’re accepting submissions until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. The winners will be named at the end of this week, so make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win. Click the box below to start browsing and pinning your faves. Good luck!
If you caught today’s episode of The View, you got a little dose of InStyle wisdom! InStyle editor Subira Shaw stopped by to discuss the best bathing suits to flatter every figure, and you can get a closer look at all of the bathing suits featured (and more!) by clicking the photo above. To watch the segment again, or in case you missed it, click over to abc.go.com.
The season finale of Revenge had us on the edges of our seats, and we’re still talking about the tragic loss and shocking reveal from last night’s episode. So, who better to give us the inside scoop on the show’s other character—the clothes, the fabulous clothes!—than costume designer Jill Ohanneson? ”I’m a character-based designer, and I also love fashion, so I have to serve the character and what they’re going through first,” Ohanneson told InStyle.com. Her work this season had to stay in line with the dynamic changes experienced by each character, and therefore, she had to alter the wardrobes of Emily Van Camp, Ashley Madekwe, and others to reflect shocking new plotline twists. “In season one, we were trying to find what worked and what defined each character, and we kept it very colorful and bright, but then the show got very dark and dramatic.” In honor of last night’s season finale, click the photo to take a look at how Emily, Ashley, Nolan, and many more have switched up their style.
It’s the grand finale of Fashion Star tonight—I can’t believe the show has flown by so fast! I wanted a true show-stopper to go out with a bang, so I looked at the Falguni & Shane Peacock collection. This Indian-based designer shows at New York Fashion Week and always works with crazy shapes, silhouettes, and textures. I just had to try on this gown after seeing the awesome architectural detail on the neck and hips. On my feet, I went for super high, sparkly silver Jimmy Choo platforms, and a diamond cuff by Carolee. Gothic black nails, and a moody smoky eye—I was ready to rock our show’s most dramatic episode.
Tune in to NBC for Fashion Star tonight at 8/7c, and follow @louiseroe on Twitter for all the up-to-the-minute updates. Plus, click “Louise’s Outfits” below to see all of her outfits from this season of the show.