With Election Day coming up this Tuesday, November 6th, we’re getting in the spirit by taking a look at what our current First Lady Michelle Obama has taught us about FLOTUS fashion. From hand-embroidered, one-shoulder Jason Wu gowns (far left) to floral print Thakoon dresses (left), click through the gallery to read our 10 tips for replicating her chic political style.
What’s better than turning 100? Turning 111! Bergdorf Goodman celebrated its birthday last night with a mega-bash at The Plaza, located across from its famous Fifth Avenue and 58th Street flagship. The New York design world came out for the retailer’s “111 Years of Extraordinary”-themed party, with designers and their muses covering every inch of the ballroom in the most extraordinary garb. The standouts included Coco Rocha in a Zac Posen bordeaux satin gown, rising style star Rita Ora in an old Hollywood-inspired white look by Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, and Karolina Kurkova, who wore a Roberto Cavalli suit done in one of the label’s signature exotic prints. Other designer attendees included Thakoon Panichgul, Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors. And, as if there weren’t enough showstoppers with the fashion alone, classical singer Sasha Lazard stopped by the party to perform “Happy Birthday” while a giant three-tiered cake—flaming with fireworks—was rolled on to the dance floor. Way to throw one “extraordinary” celebration, Berdgorf! Click through the gallery below for more photos from this week’s hottest parties.
Each year our editors go behind-the-scenes for New York Fashion Week, and this year we’re sharing our VIP views with you! Throughout the shows, InStyle is bringing you all of our coverage on Instagram—making you our plus-one for fashion week’s top runways, parties, and more. Today, we gushed at how adorable Lela Rose‘s daughter and dog were backstage, oogled one of our favorite Cullens, Ashley Greene, at Donna Karan, and primped with the Thakoon models. Check out more of today’s best photos, and stay tuned for your daily dose of Fashion Week!
Francois Nars and designer Thakoon Panichgul—whose fans include Rachel Bilson, Jessica Alba and Michelle Obama—are frequent collaborators, working together during New York Fashion Week. This season they’ve developed a limited-edition, six-color nail polish collection, making it the first nail collaboration NARS has ever done with a fashion designer. Inspired by the vibrant colors found in Indian Spice Markets, each shade is named after a spice or medicinal plant, including Koliary (cyan blue) and Anardana (azalea pink). The high-gloss hues are long-wearing, chip-resistant, formaldehyde-free and come in eye-popping brights just right for spring. Click through the gallery to preview the entire collection now, and shop them for $18 each at narscosmetics.com starting May 1st.
Easy outfit idea: Break up a monotone look with a bold belt in a different color. This month, Nicole Richie added a patterned style to her sunny Thakoon look, Mila Kunis toughened up a blush pink Dior dress with black leather, Reese Witherspoon reversed hers so the buckle showed in the back, and Kim Kardashian lightened her berry dress with a printed addition. Remember, when shopping for the accessory, stock up on a few different styles. Treat the dress underneath as just the foundation. See more celebrity belt inspiration in the gallery now.
Searching for Jessica Alba’s outfits this year pulls up more than 2,190 photos on Getty Images. So, which ones stand out to her? We caught up with the actress and mom of two at the March of Dimes’ 6th Annual Celebration of Babies in Beverly Hills this weekend to find out. “I feel sexiest in things that I feel the most confident in,” Alba tells InStyle.com of her red carpet choices. See her favorite looks from 2011 in the gallery.
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In addition to dressing numerous celebs, from Sienna Miller to Liv Tyler, New York designer Thakoon Panichgul also turns his attention to charity. This month, he launched the limited-edition Masai blue and red plaid scarf, and will donate 100% of proceeds to UNICEF to benefit children dealing with famine and devastation in the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. “I know we have a lot of problems out there, but this one involves lives, especially children’s lives,” Panichgul told InStyle.com. “It’s something we can all prevent, and we all should. We all should be a little bit more aware of the world we live in, of people.” Scoop up the lightweight wool scarf at Thakoon.com for $250, and watch the scarf in action in the video below. More
To celebrate five years of fabulous low-price looks from famous designers, Target presents Go International Designer Collective, a reissuing of the company’s highly-coveted pieces since the project’s inception. Target will re-release 34 looks from 17 of the project’s past designer collaborators—including Cindy Greene and Johnson Hartig of Libertine, who created this striped dress worn by Kate Bosworth, as well as Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Zac Posen. All 34 dresses are priced under $50 and will be available March 13th on Target.com or in stores until April 10th. Click through the gallery to see all 34 dresses part of Target’s Go International Designer Collective.