Alber Elbaz has never had a problem with glamour, and for Lanvin Resort 2014, he supplied it with an opulent flourish, with subtlety, and, most importantly, with a wink. Lamé brocades came dotted with gold and copper sequins, colourful snakeskin covered sleek trench coats and boxy tops, and paisley-print shifts were accented with chunky scarab-shaped necklaces and brooches. In effect, Elbaz invoked the flair of a modern-day Cleopatra, only to fuse and build upon it further with the bold palette and regality of an Indian maharajah. His quintessential black and white pieces were also there — some in sportier perforated leather finishes, some simple and straightforward — all topped with oversize, numbered gold pendants that even hip-hop artist Flavor Flav would approve of. And at the middle of his Resort spectrum came a bold red strapless dress: a number that proved structural, clean, and perfect for the woman who doesn't need more than a sultry hue to be glamorous.
For A/W 2013, Stella McCartney showed off her signature sporty-cool aesthetic to an A-list group that included Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Natalia Vodianova, Bono, and, of course, her father, Paul McCartney. A star-studded crowd indeed, but once the lights went down, all eyes were focused on McCartney's refreshing array of boxy pinstriped coats, flip skirts, cropped plaid jackets, and chunky-soled loafer shoes. "It was a redirection of Stella classics, things I do instinctively and effortlessly, so paying homage to Britain and its classic tailoring and inserting a new femininity, bringing a sensual woman into it all," said McCartney. The designer continued her story with an interesting array of knit dresses featuring intricate semi-sheer lace detailing, portraying a simultaneously tomboy yet luxe feel. Eveningwear showcased a lineup of effortlessly elegant strapless silk dresses with bold elastic banding, while others featured a kitschy "skate" print. There was also a covetable array of metallic, holographic bags that will surely make their way onto every fashion darling's must haves list. See Stella McCartney's Autumn/Winter collection in all its glory now.
The rocker chick always has a place at Jean Paul Gaultier, and for Autumn Winter '13, she's taken on a distinct '80s punk vibe. Wherein, the styling is subtly subversive and the confidence of the JPG woman is bolder than ever. Models (with mohawks) took the runway — as "Iron" by Woodkid played overhead — in an assortment of off-the-shoulder silhouettes mixed with loud jewellery, printed and patchwork-infused pieces paired with sweeping floor-length outerwear, and of course, the designer's signature strong-shouldered blazers and pantsuits set in metallic sheens. As for the finale? Models posed seductively behind a Jean Paul Gaultier-monogrammed light screen, which projected their shadowed figures out at showgoers like a scene from a vintage burlesque number. For JPG, though, this kind of epic rock-star showmanship is par for the course. See all of the looks inside.
The top trends at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 have everything to do with shimmery metallics, luxurious textures, military details, and '90s references. And that's just the beginning. Designers like Tibi, Proenza Schouler, and Jason Wu looked to Winter whites, supplied us with new (feminine) takes on the suit, and delivered our latest handbag craze by way of slim, structured clutches and crossbody bags. We've broken it down — standout trend by standout trend — so see our top 10 straight from New York Fashion Week's Fall '13 runways now.
When it comes to wardrobe staples, there's nothing more classic, sexy, and versatile than a little black dress. For brunch with friends, office meetings, girls' nights out, or your next hot date, the LBD can be transformed time and time again with the right accent pieces. So today we're bringing you 10 chic new ways to wear this timeless frock, and we can't wait to hear which stylish ensemble is your favourite!
There's no way that Bella and I could not include Rachel Bilson somewhere in the Icon Kit mix, so today we're shining a light on one of the cutie patootie's best-ever looks; that 3.1 Phillip Lim rose gold short suit. Ms Bilson worked this directional look with her usual effortless style for a Vogue fête way back in June of 2009, but three years on this high-shine ensemble still has major sway with us. Step inside to see how steal a little bit of Rachel's iconic style for your fine selves. . .
Free People's latest look book fare, titled Stage Right, is just another excuse to keep the styling inspiration at an all-time (dreamy) high, and we're more than OK with that. Here's the thing: we've come to expect nothing less than effortlessly cool combos from the US-based, bohemian-luxe brand, which regularly makes us wish we layered up in flowy maxi dresses, oversize cardigans, fringed skirts, and wool fedoras. This time around, though, Free People is doing what it does best — juxtaposing ultra-feminine silhouettes with a tougher tomboy attitude — with a timely party-season slant. And, without spoiling the prettiness ahead, let's just say, you'll be prepped with the essentials for any gorgeous cocktail party. Think metallics, lace, sequins, floral appliqué, and soft open-knit weave details. Wanna see?
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We're putting an end to ever having to utter the phrase "I have nothing to wear!" — one one-minute makeover tip at a time. Truthfully, it only takes a moment to refresh your style, like, for instance, with a touch of metallics. For today's little lesson, we're looking to high-impact shine to transform your everyday ensembles — and yes, we're talking about your daytime look, too. It's easier than you think. Just take a cue from Olivia Palermo's subtle version, and read on for all of our editors' tips.
- Start simple. If you fear the potency of metallic shimmer, look to one great piece in an understated silhouette. A metallic tee is a great jumping-off point to amp up black skinny jeans. This is also a look you could easily wear during the day with flats or ankle boots, then out with heels. And, speaking of heels, metallic footwear happens to be a huge trend this season, as well as a pretty safe place to start experimenting with small doses of gold and silver.
- As you feel more comfortable with high-wattage metallics, feel free to mix and match gold, silver, pewter, and gunmetal shades. The trick to making it work is balancing all the shine with more grounded textures, like a woven knit or wool.
- Remember that metallic pieces are already bold, so don't overdo it (especially for day) with sexy silhouettes. Gold- or mercurial-hued pieces will feel the most sophisticated in classic silhouettes, like suiting, trousers, or tailored tops. They'll also be the pieces you'll be able to keep and rewear year after year.
A plain white tee is a wardrobe essential, and one of our go-to pieces year-round. So we decided to elevate our tee by giving it a little shine with metallic sleeves. We spotted shimmery separates on the runways at Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, and Dolce & Gabbana, and an easy way to incorporate this trend into your everyday look is with today's DIY. Wear this top right now with some black cut-offs, or dress it up with a pencil skirt come the holidays.