Fashion took a dark turn at the 2014 Academy Awards, where, for the first time in recent memory, black and midnight blue were surprisingly popular choices among A-list actors and nominees (along with the occasional over-the-top sparkler, of course). This made for a fairly sober, rain-soaked red carpet that was, at times, even a little sleepy. What the awards lacked in bold and bright colors, though, was made up for with some daring shapes and fabric treatments – so long as you could make them out.
Yesterday evening Zac Posen delivered the drama with his fall/winter 2014 collection, packing a major punch with deliciously glamorous dresses that swished and swooshed down the runway. Looks worth noting were easily the red carpet-ready gowns, some with corseted bodices that ballooned out from the waist, and others with exquisite detailing on slinky silhouettes. And while the show was breathtaking in every way, we wanted to know: What happened before showtime? Well, we got the exclusive deets on what his day was like, from morning ’til dusk.
Philip Lim was a spectacle of light, with models sashaying between tinted glass partitions in a rainbow-y spectrum of colors (above, left). Read the story
Zac Posen channeled old world glamour. The designer opted to showcase a more minimalist line with a limited color palate this time around. The result? Pure romance (above, right). See the photo
Fashion is becoming an intersection of style and food. Lela Rose‘s collection of pretty dresses and ladylike separates featuring stacked pearls, silk layered with feathers, and cashmere knit with crystals were inspired by — get this — molecular gastronomy. Read the story
This season’s beauty moments are nothing short of extraordinary. Blue streaked ponies and fierce cat-eyes have been ruling the runway. Read the story
Even the most fashionable crowd loves a good excuse for après-ski. The snowy scene inside Tommy Hilfiger’s star-studded show is making us want to hit the slopes, stat. Read the story
Celebs are ‘gramming up a storm from inside the tents. Our favorite moment? Emmy Rossum trying on Jamie Chung’s pinkie-sized engagement ring. See the photos
And the countdown has begun! There’s only a little more than a week left until the fall/winter 2014 collections debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means you only have a finite amount of time to memorize the schedule before the fashion frenzy hits Manhattan (and Brooklyn, this time around). Read ahead for a breakdown of when and where your favorite designers are showing this season.
We Played Stylist! Here’s How We Would Dress Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Lena Dunham for the Golden GlobesJan 10, 2014 @ 4:01 pm
At the moment, it seems as though nothing will quell our excitement for the Golden Globes. In anticipation of finding out who will be wearing who down the red carpet, we played stylist and narrowed down our favorite gowns for three leading ladies: Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Lena Dunham. Read on to see our winning picks for each nominee:
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A sheer beaded Miu Miu
What we can see her in this year: This tiered Marchesa creation (middle). Her style is a complex blend that manages to fuse a fierce, fashion-forward attitude with sweet, soft styles. And thanks to her history with the brand, we know a Marchesa gown wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
What we’d love to see her try: A sleek burgundy J. Mendel gown (right). Even though the color is infinitely richer and bolder than what Washington typically favors on the red carpet, the gown’s off-shoulder straps and intricate bodice hold a daring-yet-romantic aesthetic.
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A mermaid Marchesa design
What we can see her in this year: An embellished baby-blue Badgley Mischka (middle). The softness and opulence are both in line with what she wore last year, plus the deep sexy neckline is a perfect fit after all the plunging silhouettes from her role in American Hustle!
What we’d love to see her try: This Chanel Couture stunner (right). The mermaid silhouette is one she’s familiar with, but we dare her to inject some edge with a gown that fearlessly mixes texture and metals, complete with the severe pulled back ‘do.
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A plum off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown
What we can see her in this year: This Valentino Couture gown (middle). Judging from Dunham’s history on the red carpet, we’ve discovered that she gravitates toward dresses that 1) are in jeweled tones, 2) boast bold prints, and 3) flares out at the waist. The gown we’ve chosen for her embodies all three.
What we’d love to see her try: A Marc Jacobs design (right). The uncensored actress is famous for venturing out into unknown territory (in life, in Girls and even in fashion), so this out-there sheer Victorian-inspired gown is right up her alley.
Confession: We’re addicted to Zac Posen’s Instagram. Amid the frothy floor-sweeping red carpet creations, the designer sprinkles in another kind of creation—from his kitchen. Week after week, the chef whips up drool-worthy dishes, from festive Christmas almond lavender pound cake to savory quinoa and vegetable stir-fry. Even though we wish we were #cookingwithzac, the least we can do is emulate his flair. So, we tapped into the mind of the master himself for holiday entertaining tips and tricks. Find out how he makes guests feel at home, his number one tip for hosting and more:
Christina Hendricks‘ presence almost upstaged Zac Posen‘s spring/summer 2014 show at New York Fashion Week when she took her seat in the front row. But we noticed something different about her tresses and quickly learned that the screen siren traded in her signature red for a slight blonde wash earlier that day for a film role. The change may be small, but for Hendricks, it makes a huge difference. “I’ve only been a blonde for a couple of hours,” she told InStyle.com. “I’m naturally blonde, but I haven’t been blonde in so many years—I’m having an adjustment period!” It also means trying to figure out what to wear with her newly colored coif. “I had been looking at a few dresses for the Emmys, but the (hair color) change could determine what dress I wear, because not being a redhead is throwing me for a loop!” Hopefully, Zac’s show gave her some red carpet inspiration.
Plus, check out all the moments “Seen and Heard” at New York Fashion Week:
Designer: Zac Posen
Location: Center 548
What was it like: Models sashayed to the melodic beat of The Misshapes (it was fitting that Leigh Lezark was in attendance) down a makeshift runway lined only by rows of gray chairs. It was simple, which was ok, since all eyes were on Zac’s beautifully sculptural creations anyway.
Why we love this collection: Zac Posen summed up his collection in three words: “Summer spring romance.” Inspired by Sarah Bernhardt’s art nouveau posters, the Impressionist color palette and Martha Graham’s movement, Zac’s designs glorify the feminine curve, with soft drapery, sculptural lines and floaty fabrics. He loves every single piece, but the ones that hold a special place in his heart are the the green sculptural dress and the opening dress. “The look on Coco Rocha just makes me want to sing or dance!” he told us.