During this week's Leather Only research trip, we've come across some newbie brands that deserve a little extra attention (much appreciated, Instagram). Thanks to fashion's continuing obsession with this durable fabrication, a number of start-up brands are producing leather-only or leather-focused collections. The consequence of this more focused approach is the production of leather pieces that not only fit better, but are priced better too. Step inside to meet the five fresh-faced fashion labels who are showing the old school crew how it's done.
There have been a lot of stellar looks on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but we felt compelled to draw your attention to one in particular. Talk about owning the red carpet! Cara Delevingne smashed her best-dressed competition out of the park at yesterday's premiere of The Great Gatsby, slinking down the red rug in a form-fitting black lace gown by her Brit label of choice — Burberry. Now the dress in itself is without doubt glamorous, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. The long sleeved, deep V number had peekaboo appeal, but it was Cara's unexpected finishing touches that really separated her from the A-list pack.
Dripping in Chopard diamonds, she broke the fashion (and makeup) rule of letting one feature shine. Chandelier earings + collar necklace + cocktail ring should've spelt OTT, but instead it was glamour of the Vogue Paris variety. Similarly, her scarlet pout and smoky eye combo would ordinarily be overkill, but thanks to Cara's posing skills and general YOLO 'tude, she pulled it off. Every shot of Ms D was a winner, so step inside to zoom in her look — from all the angles.
Nothing makes us crave hot Summer days like seeing the line-up of clothing collections we'll be coveting come next season. POPSUGAR Fashion editor Ali was knee-deep in stylish new wares from labels like Millie Loves Min (that's who's stocking those Yeezy and Moss tees!), Nude Footwear (wait 'til you see the boots), 3.1 Phillip Lim and many more. Health and beauty editor Alison was all over fragrances this week, snapping up two newbies (they're unique — details in here!), while on the celebrity side of things, we were all glued to Angelina Jolie's inspiring story and consuming delicious birthday treats (not at the same time, mind you). Oh, and then there was divine supermodel Coco Rocha in the flesh. . .
You can't say Donatella Versace doesn't know how to throw a party. Last night, she and designer Jonathan Anderson took over the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City to present the new Versus Versace and JW Anderson's first capsule collection for the brand. But this wasn't just any product launch. Versace managed to fill the space with everyone from industry insiders like Leigh Lezark, Eniko Mihalik, and Harriet Mays Powell, to stars like Heidi Klum, Darren Criss, and Taylor Momsen.
All of them assembled around a big black box in the middle of the room. When illuminated, the box was revealed to be a backstage area enclosed by translucent panels of plastic. From there, models walked down runways on either side of the space before performances by musicians Angel Haze, Dead Sara, and Grimes. And while no one walked away with pieces from the collection, guests did get a special treat at the end of the party: a parcel of differently flavuored doughnut holes served as the goody bag. A look at all the pieces that came down the runway, plus a few snaps from the party, here in the gallery.
When Donatella Versace throws a party, a star-studded crowd will attend. Case in point: the designer heralded a new era of Versus Versace and debuted JW Anderson's first capsule collection for the brand last night, and to celebrate, Jaime King, Hayden Panettiere, and Heidi Klum dressed up for the occasion. While both Panettiere and Klum selected dresses from Versace's Spring '13 collection, King took the head-to-toe Versus route. And in doing so, the Hart of Dixie star showed off a much more edged-up, safety-pin-included look. Three different plays on evening glamour (with an apropos Versace rocker-girl twist) and only one can be named "best dressed." Vote for your favourite below!
The Cannes Film Festival red-carpet events kicked off with The Great Gatsby premiere, setting a high bar for all the celebrity glamour to follow. Yesterday, Emma Watson and Freida Pinto furthered the A-list allure with arrivals at their respective premieres. Freida glowed in an embellished Sanchita gown as she made her way down the carpet at the Jeune & Jolie screening, while Emma traded her photocall style for black-and-white Chanel at the premiere of The Bling Ring. Just click to see all of these gowns and more, here, in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil
It's the end of an era: this morning David Beckham announced that he will retire from soccer at the end of this season. While he may have made a name for himself (taking his shirt off) on the field as one of the sports' most iconic athletes, he has also become famous for one other thing: his sizzling underwear ads. Judging from his iconic spreads for Emporio Armani in 2009 and his most recent campaign for his line of bodywear for H&M, we can only hope this job is one that the sexy footballer won't soon retire from.
Like shopping? Like scoring a bargain? Like wine-time with your friends? Excellent! Us too. Sydneysiders can enjoy this stylish trifecta this weekend (Thursday 16th until Sunday 19th) at Fashion Weekend Sydney. Moore Park's Royal Hall of Industries will be transformed into what is basically one big, rather fabulous sample sale. Over 100 designers, including Bec & Bridge, Watson X Watson, Ginger & Smart and PeepToe Shoes, will be slashing rrps during the four day shop-fest, plus there will be live runway shows to take in and the beauty hub to visit for tough-ups and tips. Once you've exhausted the bargain-hunting options you can pop your feet up and play show and tell over a vino at the [yellow tail] bar. Keen? Nab yourself a ticket here.
News flash: Christy Turlington Burns has been named the new face, and body, of Calvin Klein Underwear for A/W 2013. The legendary supermodel has been a long-time collaborator with the iconic brand, first walking for in Calvin Klein's 1987 Fall ready to wear show age 18, and fronting for the Calvin Klein Collection campaign the following year. This latest gig sees Turlington Burns pose for the first time for famed snapper Mario Sorrenti, proving that CK is still providing one of the original supermodels with career firsts. This is just the first glimpse from behind the scenes of the campaign, so we'll keep you updated as more images come through.