A new episode of The Good Wife premiered last night named “A More Perfect Union.” And while and it touched on the unions created and broken at the courtroom and at the firm, we’re more focused on another union—that of costume designer Daniel Lawson, shown inset, and his commitment to making the show a fashion statement for women in the workforce. This season, he’s elevated Julianna Margulies’s lawyer character Alicia Florrick to another level, as seen with his mix of day-to-night Emilio Pucci suits and peplum-covered jackets by rising designer Number 35 (shown). “There is this sense of body and sensuality in there that I’m trying to achieve with business suits,” Lawson told InStyle.com. And with one episode left of the fourth season, we can’t to see what kind of fashion he uses to for the show’s finale. Get all the exclusive details on the looks he picked last night the gallery.
On last night’s episode of Mad Men, “To Have and to Hold,” fans of the show saw the main female characters in three very different states of dress–all purposeful, thought-out decisions made by costume designer Janie Bryant. Megan’s pink brocade sleeveless dress used fashion to impress while Joan’s vintage floral dress used style to show her new authoritative role as a women who goes from office day to night on the town. ”That dress is reminiscent of silhouettes from past seasons, and stands in contrast to the power suits she’s been wearing,” Bryant told InStyle.com. “It’s a little bit more old-fashioned, and I felt it was important to harken back to the past.” Click the photo above to find out more about the costume choices, including that scandalous French maid outfit Megan wore.
“It’s all about the ladies being bold,” Mad Men‘s costume designer Janie Bryant told InStyle.com of her approach to the latest episode, which aired Sunday, April 14. And she delivered: Peggy exuded authority in her deep purple three-piece design, while Sylvia radiated elegance in a vintage blue dress. Meanwhile, Megan returned to her cable-knit sweater to deliver bad news her new pal. “Megan wore this cable-knit a lot last year, and she wore it when she was depressed,” Bryant explained. “Because this scene was so sad, and Megan was sad in the scene, I wanted to repeat the sweater.” She added a modern twist, just to change with the times. “She’s grown from struggling actress to now being in a soap opera, so I added a collared blouse and wool plaid pants, which is very modern for the period.” Click the photo to get more behind-the-scenes detail, straight from Bryant!
Selena Gomez went for a come-and-get-it look for last night’s MTV Movie Awards—an attitude that matched the name of her new single that she performed—and her stylist Basia Richard gave InStyle.com all the details on her two looks. For the red carpet, she went with a gold, embroidered Julien Macdonald mini, originally chosen as a performance contender. “Selena fell so in love with this dress that it was instantly her first choice for the carpet,” Richard told InStyle.com, noting that she kept the accessories simple with metallic peep-toe Jimmy Choo heels. For her Bollywood-inspired performance, Richard chose to add more sparkle and embellishment to a red Marco Marco design with Swarovski crystals and gold pieces—which, pssst, you’ll also seen in an upcoming video. “I made the skirt fuller, I wanted it very sensual, very tribal,” she said. As for our favorite detail, Selena’s sparkly bindi? “That was her makeup artist, Karan Mitchell’s idea,” Richards said. “We loved it so much everyone on the team was wearing a different color backstage!” Love it!
Plus, see more moments from the MTV Movie Awards.
A new episode of The Good Wife premiered last night, and it touched upon a sensitive subject in the courtroom, rape. For the intense episode, costume designer Daniel Lawson put Julianna Margulies’s lawyer character Alicia Florrick in equally intense looks, like a oatmeal-hued Brioni jacket and an electric blue Giorgio Armani look. “She’s in court a lot and so it’s trying to pull her out of that court world,” Lawson explained of his choices. “I love any time I can punch her up with and bring her to the audience’s attention. That’s certainly what we did here.” Get all the exclusive details the looks he picked last night the gallery, and follow Lawson on Twitter @GoodWifeFashion for the latest updates.
Zoe Saldana’s longtime stylist, Petra Flannery, knows a thing or two about how to change up a wardrobe, which is why we turned to her to find out how to brighten up our spring closets. Running low on time? Shift your focus, Flannery suggests. “Freshen up your tops—everybody always has jeans and their little black jacket, but sometimes mix it up with fresh new tops,” Flannery told InStyle.com. “Also, try different necklines. That way you have your favorite pants, but you can make it look different.” Saldana followed this tip with her fun summery blouse, which she paired with a pair of moto-style denim (right). “Petra has been influential in my closet, but I run with it,” Saldana noted. “Sometimes she’s proud of me when I come see her for coffee!”
Plus, see Zoe is the cover girl for InStyle Hair—the issue is on newsstands now!
— Lindzi Scharf
Inside the Party: Kate Young for Target’s Prom-Themed Bash With Michelle Williams, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kate MaraApr 10, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
We went to prom with Kate Young last night! We were just one of the celebrity stylist’s many dates—along with her guests-slash-clients Kate Mara, Michelle Williams, and Maggie Gyllenhaal—for an evening that included disco balls, pink champagne, and streamer-covered bleachers at the elementary school-turned-event venue The Old School in New York to celebrate the new Kate Young for Target collaboration. “The collection was inspired mainly by the magic of getting dressed up and the feeling of hope that comes with putting on a fancy dress and going out for an evening,” Young told InStyle.com of the line, which is full of pieces for every spring party, from weddings to prom. Gyllenhaal, along with the rest of the star guests, served as celebrity models showing off the designs while grooving to tunes spun by DJ Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, daughter of Duran Duran’s John Taylor. “[Young’s] own personal style is really down to earth, smart, and sexy,” said Gyllenhaal. “It really comes through in the clothes.” Shop the festive collection at Target stores and online at target.com on April 14.
Plus, click through the gallery to see a full preview of her collection.
Reese Witherspoon‘s hair color from blonde to brunette is having a ripple effect—not only does it effect how she treats her hair daily, it also effects how she dresses, something her stylist Leslie Fremar confirmed today. “With Reese’s hair, she did this for a movie, she’s an actress and more of a chameleon than the average woman,” Fremar told InStyle.com this morning in New York at T.J. Maxx’s discussion on self-expression through fashion. “If it feels right to dye your hair a different color or cut it off, you will learn to dress in that mood of whatever made you do that in your life. You have to understand that and then kind of go with it,” she added, noting that she chooses different looks to flatter her clients’ hair hues. Her tip: “Sometimes with shorter hair, you need to wear a little bit more makeup,” she said. “Or, with darker hair, you might feel like your skin color changes, so you need to change the colors that you use.” Good to know!
Plus, see more celebrity hair colors.