When Jay Z announced that he and Beyoncé were embarking on a 22-day vegan challenge, he may not have been thinking about the impact the diet might have on their high-fashion wardrobes. But after a recent outing to LA's Cafe Gratitude, what Beyoncé wore to lunch, not what she ate, has become the biggest focus. That's because Bey's fur-collared Christopher Kane coat (the same one pictured above), made with real fox fur and glossed leather details, isn't exactly vegan. But we ask you, does it have to be? Surely there are vegans who embrace an entirely plant-based lifestyle, but just because you eat like a vegan, do you have to dress like one?
While we love style stalking celebrities across the globe, there's something amazing about spotting a home-grown talent taking the red carpet (or the street) by storm. And as we come to the end of 2013, internationally and at home, 20 Australian women's wardrobes really stood out, each for their own, unique personal style. But you'll have to head into the gallery to see who made the cut.
Sure, you can’t deny that Ashley Madekwe is a talented actress — any fans of the small screen hit Revenge will testify to that — but we think the American star's stellar sense of style is equally worthy of the spotlight.
While she has admitted to working with celebrity stylist Joey Tierney, Ashley also runs a style blog, Ring My Bell, that is a true picture of her personal look off the red carpet — and, needless to say, we love it. "I started my blog as an online diary," Ashley explained. "I moved to New York for a job and I kind of wanted to keep my pictures all in one place. Also, I just love style blogs and wanted to join in on the fun!"
Ashley always blends the best designer names with accessible high street finds (we’re talking Isabel Marant and Balenciaga styled with H&M) and has a knack for nabbing the styles destined for cult status. A look that is heavily influenced by her own style star Alexa Chung. "I love women that have an ease to the way they dress," Ashley told Cosmopolitan. "I think Vanessa Paradis and Alexa Chung do that very well." Well, we think you do it pretty well too Ashley!
On the red carpet, an edgy accessory, a surprising pop of colour (often delivered by her shoes), or quirky styling twist (like picking a matchy-matchy printed ensemble), are the three factors setting Madekwe apart. And with a wardrobe like that, does she have a favourite piece? Ashley Madekwe’s stylist, Joey Tierney, says “Ashley's closet go-to is her Chanel chain purse. Every girl should have one!” We couldn't agree more. Head into the gallery to check out Ashley's most amazing outfits.
Though her route was a bit more casual than we're used to seeing from her (enforced in part by flat sandals), the daring dresser was as colourful as ever in her printed Preen column gown. Tempered with a black back, the front of her dress certainly kept our eyes busy with a floral print, stripes, and high contrast hues. Not to be outdone, her watch kept to the colourful theme with a neon band. Were you impressed with Marion's bold style?
On Sunday night the crème de la crème of Australian music stepped out to celebrate a year of hard work and success at the 2013 ARIA Awards — a night that has no strict dress code, inviting a cool mix of red carpet looks. David Jones supermodels Montana Cox and Jessica Gomes both looked particuarly polished, with Jessica picking a sultry Dion Lee look. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, It-Brits came together to celebrated the 2013 British Fashion Awards. The night wouldn't have been complete without Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne each bringing something totally different, but equally amazing to the red carpet. Step inside the gallery to see all the celebrities (and outfits!) that topped this week's best dressed list.
Jessica Hart, the blonde Australian beauty famous for her gorgeous gap-tooth grin and that bikini bod', was snapped shooting swimwear in
Taylor Swift — who was the headlining performer at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show — could make it as an Angel. Rumours soon surfaced that she had been fired from the lingerie brand. Victoria's Secret, however, insists that's not the case, saying "There is no truth to the rumours that Jessica Hart has been fired or that she will no longer work with the brand."she didn't think
Although it's not confirmed which brand Jessica was snapped shooting for in Miami, she is a regular face (and body!) in Victoria's Secret's swimwear campaigns, plus it's rumoured she is working on a fashion project of her own. Head into the gallery to see all the behind-the-scenes snaps of Jessica Hart working it on the beach.
Considering it houses racks upon racks of on-trend pieces, with reasonable price tags to boot, it's no wonder that fashionistas flock to Topshop. And the celebrity world is no exception, with favourites like Erin Wasson, Mandy Moore, and Ashley Madekwe incorporating Topshop pieces into their wardrobes.
But our favourite look as of late comes courtesy of Beyoncé, arguably Topshop's most famous fan. While on vacation, the star, who recently went vegan, wore a printed bikini for an impromptu seaside photo. Grab it now — we're sure it's soon to sell out — and decide for yourself who wears Topshop best with our ultimate celebrity round-up here, in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Robert Khederian
Kate Middleton, wearing Roland Mouret, and Prince William outshined the movie stars when they arrived at the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London on Thursday evening. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no strangers to glittering film premieres as they've previously attended a similar party for 2012's War Horse, which coincidentally starred William's Eton classmate, Tom Hiddleston. Other guests at the big event included the flick's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.
It's been an action packed week for the royals and particularly Prince William. The duke showed off his volleyball skills (and a bit of his torso) when he made a special appearance at a charity event on Wednesday. He and Kate also donned their best ensembles, including a tiara for Kate and white tie for Will, when they greeted diplomats at a special function in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Kate got a break on Wednesday when she took the day off to go for a walk in the park with Prince George.