There’s no doubt that the competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics has been fierce, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the fierce fashion as well. Even a shared time frame with New York (and London, and Milan) Fashion Week, didn’t deter designers and stylists alike from tuning in to the enthralling games in Sochi. That’s why we enlisted the top tastemakers in the industry, including the likes of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and designer Rachel Zoe, to call out the best of the best in Olympic fashion. From German figure skater Aliona Savchenko’s Pink Panther costume to Ralph Lauren‘s patriotic Opening Ceremony uniforms, see the top six gold medal-worthy moments.
When it comes to fun ensembles, bold prints, and even bolder beauty choices, Kate Spade New York‘s Fashion Week presentation sets the bar high every season. InStyle.com took an exclusive trip to the label’s studio just two days before the Fall/Winter 2014 show for a behind-the-scenes look at the hair and makeup test, and to find out all about the creative process behind the whimsical getups. Kate Spade Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd drew inspiration from her travels to create a range of high-impact pieces that seamlessly walk the line between traditional and modern. “When I traveled to Tokyo and Shanghai, I loved how these super-modern cities existed alongside the amazing culture, tradition, and heritage these places had,” Lloyd tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I spent a lot of my time hanging out the back of our car photographing in Tokyo, because I just loved what happened with the lights and bright colors. When I was in Shanghai, I loved being in the traditional hotel, but looking out the window and seeing a super-modern city.” The avant-garde street style in both locations one modern element in particular that resonated with brand stylist Brad Goreski. “We were in Harajuku, which is where the best of the best street style is. Even as a stylist, it’s hard for me to imagine all the creativity and conception that goes into these looks — and on top of that, the dedication!” he tells us. “The clothes fit beautifully, and they played with shapes, colors, layering, and textures. The way the pieces went together was very unique and inspirational.”
Of course, the dual nature of the collection was also mirrored in the hair and makeup; Garnier‘s Tommy Buckett put a classic spin on the ponytail by incorporating an old world vibe. “It’s really exaggerated with a slight samurai feel as the inspiration this year came from the modern and traditional aspects of Tokyo, among other destinations,” he says. “Looking at the inspiration gets you going as an artist, and allows you to see where the designers want to take it.” Alternately, Lyne Desnoyers, MAC‘s Executive Director of Makeup, took the current route by pairing bold neutrals with glowing skin and subtle highlighting. “We want to create a look that is versatile and very chic, but something that wouldn’t be in your face,” she tells us. “There’s a beautiful story going into this collection, and I think it should be reflected in the makeup with luminous skin, and delicately-lined eyes.” Click through our gallery to take an exclusive look at how Kate Spade’s fall 2014 look came together, straight from each of the hair, makeup, and nail pros!
What Do the Stars Love About Designer Tory Burch? Find Out What They Said at Burch’s Rodeo Drive OpeningJan 15, 2014 @ 3:22 pm
For Tory Burch‘s grand opening of her West Coast flagship store she enlisted a few of her close friends to help celebrate (and even blogged about it!), including Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Hailee Steinfeld, Emmy Rossum, Jaime King, and Camila Alves, dressed in Burch’s very own designs. With green hydrangeas arrangements placed throughout the 4,700 square-foot space, guests enjoyed Philly cheesesteaks (a homage to Burch’s hometown), spring rolls, and sugar-dusted doughnut bits, while they sipped on Champagne and Tory’s favorite cocktail—the Southside made with vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and a sprig of lavender.
This may be Burch’s fourth boutique in Los Angeles and her 13th store in California, but it’s her very first Rodeo Drive location. “I think Rodeo is such an iconic location,” the designer told InStyle.com. “I never really dreamed of having a store here and when we started this company, we hoped that one day we would,” she added. Not only did she make that dream come true, but she even custom-designed the space with architect Daniel Romualdez and gave the brick and mortar location a personal touch, complete with black and white photos of the Burch family, flea market finds like tables and mirrors the designer scooped up while traveling in Paris and Morocco, and even needlepoint pillows adorned with quotes from Burch’s childhood, including “Everything begets thee to me.”
Within the the three-story boutique, Burch’s entire collection of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, including her new fragrance, will be available to shop (not to mention the designer already has a loyal Rodeo Drive following). “I love [Tory's] clothing because it works for the every girl,” Decker told InStyle.com. “You could be a tomboy or an eclectic, crazy quirky style kind of girl or super preppy, and her clothes kind of speak to everyone.” To find what the others stars love about Burch, look through our gallery.
Congrats to Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman, who welcomed a baby boy (their second; son Skylar is 2-and-a-half) over the weekend! The style maven announced the news on Twitter Dec. 22, tweeting: “So excited to welcome our baby boy into the world…he’s 7 lbs 12oz, beautiful, healthy and we couldn’t be happier.”
While we await further details (like the name and a picture!) of the sure-to-be well-dressed tot, we know one thing for sure: Zoe is falling in love all over again. In our September issue, she told us of Skylar, “I waited this long [to have a child] because I knew I was going to be so in love with him I wouldn’t be able to see straight.”
In the same issue, photographer Dean Kaufman gave us an inside look at the family’s abode in Beverly Hills, including Skyler’s nursery — which includes a walk-in closet! Surely, the family’s latest addition will be just as lucky.
The 10th episode of The Good Wife, titled “The Decision Tree,” brought the once-romantic relationship between Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) back into play. There were flashbacks to their happiest moments and present-day scenes showing sadder times. There were ups and downs—and the wardrobe had to match. “It was like Will was putting his relationship with Alicia on trial,” explained Dan Lawson, the costume designer behind the show. “We had a whole conceit to make that visual with the clothes.” To do so, Lawson dressed Alicia in jewel tones for the flashbacks and neutrals for the modern day. Also, when Will was practicing his questioning of Alicia in his mind, he imagined her in a cream suit—the same cream suit she wore when they started their affair together. “It’s the subtle things,” said Lawson. But, of course, it’s always the little things that mean the most. Flip through the gallery to see what else she wore.
It’s chilly in Chicago right now—no wonder The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is bundling up! “She’s going through fall with us,” the show’s costume designer, Dan Lawson, told InStyle.com exclusively. That’s why he chose on-trend and on-season pieces, like a black Escada jacket, berry-toned Gucci blazer, and a plum Basler design. “She had a little more color this time around, and she stayed so chic.” And warm! Flip through the gallery to find out what else she wore.
The celebrity baby boom continues! Following recent announcements (or speculation) that stars like Drew Barrymore, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Gwen Stefani, and more are pregnant, comes news that recently married singer Kelly Clarkson is expecting, as is actress Ginnifer Goodwin (who is engaged to her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas) and Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky! As we have a few moms-to-be in our own office—and we’re quite certain there are a few of you out there, too—we’re excited to see how these impeccably outfitted stars dress their bumps in the coming months. But until then, we turned to our archives to see what pregnant stars of past and present — like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Evan Rachel Wood, Heidi Klum, Jaime King and Kristen Bell — had to say about adapting their style to their growing belly, plus uncovered advice from designers and stylists like Tracy Reese and Rachel Zoe (who is also expecting her second child any day now!) on the best way to dress your bump.
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Find Out Why The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick Dressed In Neutrals in Season 5, Episode 8 From Costume Designer, Daniel LawsonNov 18, 2013 @ 5:13 pm
The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is one month into launching her law firm after leaving Lockhart Gardner (or after last night, The LG) and she is maintaining her bold exterior throughout the tumultuous transition. “I don’t think she’s quite confident yet,” costume designer Daniel Lawson told InStyle.com today. That’s why he’s keeping her in neutrals until she really gets on her feet, like a gray floral Rena Lange jacket with black Gucci pants, or the black gold zip-front L’Agence jacket with an Alexander McQueen pencil skirt that he dressed her in for last night’s episode. “I really think the neutral tones this season are working well for us,” Lawson added. “As we move along, we might see a lot more color starting to peek in, but not quite yet.” Flip through the gallery to find out what else she wore—including her roomy, versatile black bag.