We’re in the throes of gearing up for pending blizzards, freezing temps and overall bone-chilling cold. And even though all we want to do is to stay huddled up indoors, it’s unfortunately not an option (for those who still want to function in society, or in life for that matter). So we called up the biggest style players we know and picked their brains on how to look chic, regardless of the forecast. Here, five celebrity stylists, including Cristina Ehrlich, Miranda Almond and Nicole Chavez, dish exclusively to InStyle.com on their must-haves for the season, from long shawl-style sweaters to knee-high boots, and how to wear them. And since they’re chock full of gems, they offered up the best styling tips for the season. Go ahead, read on to look your best yet all season long.
This week on The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) left her partner position at Lockhart & Gardner—and not by choice. Her abrupt dismissal came as a surprise, a plot line that carried throughout the entire episode, which meant she only wore one look for every scene, the gray Number 35 suit you see above. Choosing this two-piece took a lot of work, costume designer Daniel Lawson tells InStyle.com exclusively. It had to evoke that she was both surprised at her being fired (its subtle gray color) and it had to last (as in through six days of shooting, up to 12 hours a day). “We took extra care in picking this outfit,” Lawson says. “This didn’t stretch over the course of shooting, which was great. But the biggest seller for Julianna was that it was easy to wear — easy on and easy off.” If you have a zip-front gray jacket, Lawson suggests pairing it with a black high-necked top to frame your face. Flip through the gallery to learn more about Alicia’s looks this season.
It was a “major mommy moment” for two of Hollywood’s mom-to-bes, singer Gwen Stefani and stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe. The stylist posted the photo of the two moms showing off their growing baby bumps while dressed to the nines in their Salvatore Ferragamo gowns at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala with the caption, “Another fun one from moms night out at Wallis Annenberg! Isn’t Gwen the most gorgeous?” News broke of Stefani’s third pregnancy back in September, around the same time Zoe announced her second pregnancy. Congratulations to the soon-to-be new moms and we have to admit they both look gorgeous!
Plus, see Gwen Stefani’s best looks ever!
A new episode of The Good Wife premiered last night and it had power lawyer and politician’s wife Alicia Florrick picking sides, both in the courtroom and the boardroom. Costume designer Daniel Lawson worked hard to create her look to match her all-around quick decision-making personality. “I wanted her to be very professional looking,” he told InStyle.com this morning over the phone. “I think if it was real life, women would really respond to her look — it’s elegant, but not over the top.” And that’s not all! Click the gallery to get more exclusive details about the looks he picked last night.
Someone get Alicia Florrick a drink! Between her old firm, her new firm and her family, this power lawyer has a lot to juggle. Luckily, she need not worry about her wardrobe thanks to costume designer Daniel Lawson. For this week’s episode, he dressed the governor elect’s wife (star Julianna Margulies) in a mix of Christian Dior, Karen Millen and Escada. One look he loves for a woman in power: The zip-front suit jacket. “It’s a great silhouette, but it’s also easy on and off,” he explains. “It’s comfortable!” Click to see what he dressed Alicia in and, more importantly, learn why.
For Brad Goreski, it makes sense that he has up to 40 pairs of frames. “I like to have glasses for day and night. There’s a major rotation happening, it’s like the Clueless closet!” he told InStyle.com. The stylist to the stars—from Jessica Alba, Rashida Jones to Fruitvale Station‘s Melonie Diaz—has long been admired for his chic taste and those signature black, thick-framed glasses, so it was no surprise that Goreski partnered with eyewear retailer glasses.com to curate a selection of his top picks for both women’s and men’s styles. “I tried to choose glasses that would work well at the office and then also at a party,” he said. But with every accessory, you have to work it into your look — and that’s where Goreski steps in again. “I usually start with the whole overall look, but it really depends on what kind of statement you want to make.” Whether you’re going for a Sophia Loren bombshell look, a sexy secretary or vampy vixen, Goreski says, “you need to make a story for yourself; playing dress-up applies to glasses as well.” Scroll down for more of Brad’s styling tips and shop Brad’s top picks like these matte, tortoise Eddie Bauer frames ($79) or the black Ray Ban wayfarers ($170) at glasses.com.
1. Update your Wardrobe with Accessories
“Buy really good wardrobe staples that fit you well and update them with new frames or a good pair of shoes. It’s all about your finishing touches.”
2. Play with Textures and Brights
“Playing with textures is really nice and always lots of color, especially in the winter when it starts to get a little more dreary.”
3. Edit Your Summer Wardrobe Now
“It’s really important to begin with an edit while it’s in your mind of what you wore for spring and summer and what you didn’t really wear. Start pulling out those things that you don’t think are gonna make the cut and then store, as opposed to storing everything and doing an edit next year because you’re never going to get rid of anything.”
4. Key Pieces You Need for Fall
“Sweatshirts are such a big thing, a bomber jacket is the perfect layering piece and I’m loving fit-and-flare skirts. Those are my absolute favorite, I think it looks so chic with a very slim sweater a statement necklace.”
Plus, see the perfect star-inspired glasses!
Love Alicia Florrick’s Looks on The Good Wife? You’ll Love Costume Designer Daniel Lawson’s New Line 35·DL, Coming This SpringSep 24, 2013 @ 6:33 pm
Julianna Margulies‘s character Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife is one of the best-dressed on TV thanks to the handiwork of costume designer Daniel Lawson. Now, after four successful seasons dressing her—and as we gear up for the fifth season premiere this Sunday, September 29—Lawson reveals that he’s not just putting together looks, he’s creating them, too. He teamed up with Number 35 designer Andrea Cecile Cohen to create 35·DL, a line made for the modern professional woman. “This started because I am always looking for chic, elegant, high-end business wear,” Lawson tells InStyle.com. “On the show, I experiment with mixing strong and feminine, masculine and soft, and Andrea’s line embodies that. That chic look is what inspired us to create 35·DL.”
The pair originally met when Cohen sent Lawson samples for his characters to wear on the show (he ended up buying and customizing 26 pieces for Alicia [Margulies], Diane Lockhart [Christine Baranski], and Kalinda Sharma [Archie Panjabi]). “Working with Andrea is like a dream,” says Lawson. “She and I challenge each other in a good way, but our visual aesthetics and our work ethics go hand-in-hand and mesh beautifully. Several pieces from the line even showed up on season four. “When I put the first piece on Julianna, she went ‘This is so chic.’”
And chic is exactly the approach they took to their own collaboration. “We wanted this to have strength, but be feminine. That’s a big thing that I have been heralding on The Good Wife since Day One. It’s for the professional female—both the girl starting out and dressing for where she wants to go and the mature female who has already achieved that level of power and wants to continue it.” That’s why he made sure the colors were powerful, too. “I felt like the solid colors would be a strong start,” he explains. “When women go into the law firm, the boardroom, the courtroom, the big meeting—patterns can distract from their strength. I saw the solid as being as more powerful and creating that column of color which then translates to strength.”
If you’re seeking your own Alicia Florrick-approved power look, 35·DL will range between $750 and $900 for dresses, while jackets will be priced between $875 and $1,250—all available on no35.co.uk starting February 2014. So, is this something Alicia Florrick would wear? “Absolutely,” says Lawson.
Plus, see what Julianna Margulies’ wore on The Good Wife!
The red carpets at the Toronto International Film Festival are becoming an important place to make a fashion impression. Many of the biggest labels in the world clamor to dress the festival’s biggest stars, which is why we spotted looks by Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Prada and more during the first few days of the fest. One of the people masterminding the major moments is stylist Elizabeth Stewart. She is in Toronto helping three of her clients create memorable looks — The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby star Jessica Chastain (shown in Atelier Versace), Gravity star Sandra Bullock and August: Osage County star Julia Roberts. Stewart traveled with Roberts all day Sunday as the actress chatted with press, including a stop at InStyle, which is when we learned about the stylist’s busy TIFF schedule. For her, it’s all about surprising fashion fans. “For Sandra, we were going to go with something different, more gown-like,” Stewart said of the Narciso Rodriguez premiere look (shown above). “But we went with this and it worked.” She’s taking a similar approach to Roberts, choosing comfortable styles that aren’t too Plain Jane. “She’s wearing red, and it’s going to surprise you,” she said of the Dolce & Gabbana look Roberts wore to premiere her film. “It’s not her usual color.” Good thing these movies are getting knockout reviews — that means more opportunities for knockouts on the red carpet.
Click through the gallery to see all the fabulous premiere looks from Toronto.