Now this is our sort of higher learning! Teen Vogue magazines hosted its 7th annual Teen Vogue Fashion University in NYC over the weekend, pulling a stellar crew of the industry's most respected and successful players to speak to the stylish student body. Topshop's creative director (and our girl-crush) Kate Phelan was on hand, as were designer all-stars Pamela Love, the DANNIJO girls, Phillip Lim, Erin Heatherton and Chris Benz. Blogger-extraordinaires Rumi Neely and Bryan Grey Yambao joined Twitterati Erika Bearman, aka @OscarPRGirl, and Nicole Richie. We wish our uni lecturers were half as stylish as this bunch! Click on through to see more of Teen Vogue's best-dressed class of twenty-twelve!
If the schoolgirl got a makeover from her artsy friend, we're betting she'd look a lot like the models in Chris Benz's Spring lineup — outfitted with sweet prints, quirky layers, and a bright Cambridge satchel in hand. This season, the designer takes on bold colour and print with his always-present styling whimsy: it's pretty, but not without a little of the subversive edge that sets Benz apart. Preppy staples, right down to the accessories, like "book bags" and flat-form brogues, are turned on their heads: suiting is finished in brilliant marigold-yellows and pops of print on print (on print). But it's not just the colour scheme or the perky prints; the styling here may be the most eye-catching in Benz's bag of tricks, with girlie skirts, tops, and dresses layering up to create a girlie-gone-grunge effect. You have to make a conscious effort to deconstruct each ensemble, realising that each piece, be it a floral jacket, CB's new denim, or a printed pencil skirt, would be as much of a standout in its own right.
- Trends: Quirky layers, bold prints, loose trousers.
- Colours: White, brown, black, yellow, bright orange, pops of blue and mint green, lavender, and grey.
- Key Piece: The sunny yellow suiting; we especially loved the new colour-blocked Cambridge satchels.
- Accessories: Colored and printed t-strap heels, menswear-inspired flatforms; Chris Benz x Cambridge Satchel Company bags.
- Who Should Wear It: Kate Bosworth would look gorgeous in the white lace top paired with the full white skirt; we'd love to see Solange Knowles rock those printed shorts and blazers.
Chris Benz is known for his own bright pink hair, so naturally the shade starred in his Spring 2013 runway beauty look. Hair was slicked at the roots and teased. "It's kind of inspired by stray cats," Benz explained. And makeup got a farmhouse-fresh finish. Key makeup artist Daniel Martin applied a translucent pink to the eyes, Lancôme's Color Design Infinité shadow in Perpetual Pink, and a bright rosé shade to the high cheekbones, using the Cheek and Contour Brush to create an upside-down triangle blush shape that extended upward just underneath the eye. Then, after a few coats of mascara, eyelashes were clumped together with tweezers.
The result: a healthy, vibrant, pretty-in-pink glow. See how it all came together in this makeup test done days before the show.
Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel
We knew that Shopbop was undergoing a bit of a makeover, but we didn't know they were going to do it with such cheek! The States-based e-tailer has always been sitting pride of place in our favourites toolbar, but the newly revamped site is going to make it that much more clickable (read: dangerous) with improved functionality and nifty 360 video footage. Shopbop are putting their stable of designers centre stage with this too-cute clip, 'launching' them quite literally into the new school, online shopping stratosphere. Keep your eyes peeled for funny cameos by Phil Oh, actress Camilla Belle, super stylist Rachel Zoe and she-of-the-awesome-facial-expressions Leandra Medine. Keep clicking to watch . . .
Backstage at Chris Benz, hair and makeup were inspired by a mix of Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Liza Minnelli's Cabaret character. In a word: fun. Models had ombré lids with silver shadow all the way up to the brows and the creamy lip colour was created with Lancôme Rouge In Love lipstick in Sweet Embrace, a dusting of blush and a dash of Juicy Tubes gloss in Pure. Paired with teased wigs and lavender, chocolate and grey nails, the look was sparkling, sequined, and endearingly kooky. Check out the transformation now.
With New York Fashion Week starting tomorrow, we can only imagine the frenzy that comes in the weeks beforehand. If you've ever wondered how fashion insiders stay sane, beautiful, and calm during this hectic month (maybe they don't), listen up. Our US Fab sisters spoke to some of New York's inner circle about their Fashion Week essentials, beauty product go-tos, and, for our pure curiosity, their special hidden talents. Step inside to get up close and personal with Olivia Palermo, Rachel Roy, Rebecca Taylor, and more now.
Resort 2012 continues with an emphasis on colour blocking, tonnes of colour — notably pink and yellow, plenty of vacation-ready dresses, and fresh takes on floral prints. Our favourites? Givenchy with its futuristic florals; Cèline for its completely modern approach to menswear, subtle femininity and freshness; Preen's pretty colour blocking; and the exotic, totally pretty prints from Tory Burch and Suno. Click through to see 40 of the best resort 2012 looks, Part III. Get up to date on Resort 2012, and check out the best of Resort Part I and Part II.
Are you heading out of town for the weekend? We wish we were! We thought we'd scratch that escapist itch by showing you what to pack for a stylish weekend away. Even if you're not heading out of town, or jetting off to The Great Singapore Sale like Camilla, here's how to fit all the necessities into one compact overnight bag. Who needs checked in luggage when you've got a wardrobe edit like this? Flip through and learn how to pack like a pro...
We hate to say it, but...we told you so! Another stylish star to don a sheer-black-over-nude style for the Vanity Fair, post-Oscars bash was Jessica Szohr. The Gossip Girl starlet wore a Chris Benz S/S '11 dress, which showed off her pins despite the floor grazing length thanks to the sheer overlay over a beige mini skirt. It's modern, it's sexy, but do you rate it? C'mon, spill!
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As speculation mounts about the possible designer of Kate, sorry, Catherine Middleton's wedding dress (widely expected to be Bruce Oldfield), designers from across the globe have been sketching their ideas for the future Queen. WWD published sketches by names like Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Missoni, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu showing off each fashion house's unique vision for Catherine's big day. Click through to see what they came up with!