Staged at the École des Beaux-Arts, the Lanvin Autumn Winter '13 collection proved just as feminine, expertly tailored, and over the top (tastefully so) as the season before. Translation: we want it all. Attendees were served champagne and popcorn as they waited for the show to start, and once it did, Alber Elbaz sent out looks defined by ladylike silhouettes — cast in dark navy blue, black, icy pearl, and muted rust hues — and eye-catching accents. In addition to those highlights, it was all about the full skirt, too. Whether they came down the runway traditionally voluminous, tiered with ruffles, or pinned with asymmetrical folds, there was a definite turn to all-out glamour for day and night. Silky dresses, cropped trousers, and belted outerwear, which provided gorgeous nipped-waist shapes, were also part of the every-styling-sensibility formula that made this collection both relatable and fantastical. As for the finishing touches? Bejewelled belts, sumptuous fur stoles, leather opera gloves, chain-link necklaces that read "HAPPY" and "HELP," glitter ankle-strap pumps, flat brogues, and the house's signature floral prints rounded out the undeniably beautiful Fall '13 show. See everything here.
It's pretty much a given that when Michelle Obama steps out wearing something, it's about to hit the fashion circuit in a big way. That's certainly the case when it comes to the black-and-silver embellished J.Crew belt she wore after her husband Barack's Inauguration on January 21. Cinching in her teen-tiny waist and adding a touch of glam to an otherwise dark and wintery look, it's pretty amazing just how much a great little belt can do. With that in mind, we've decided to do a little shopping for you and here you'll find 10 of the best embellished belts out there. They'll pull you in and add a little flair to any outfit, but best of all, you won't need to take out a loan to afford them. Click through and check them out!
The easiest way to add a little glitz to your look might just be with a sparkly belt. We spotted this glitter bow-waist belt by Miu Miu, and we were instantly inspired to re-create one on our own. Fashion Reporter Allison McNamara put together this simple DIY, so you too can make the same sweet statement accessory at home.
It may seem like a small detail, but the effect a statement belt can have on your outfit is actually pretty big. They're both functional and fashionable, a little piece that pulls double-duty by adding interest and helping to flatter your figure. They also happen to be one of the easiest ways to take a look from office to after-hours and a perfect way to experiment with the season's biggest trends in small doses. Yes, they really do all that — and they're, well, a cinch to wear. Just watch on to see our Fab US sisters talk through the must-have belts of the season — from McQueen's sexy, statement-making belt to Miu Miu's glittered and girlie version, there's a piece for every personality.
This week we're shining our Accessory of the Week spotlight onto an oftern overlooked accoutrement — the belt. We'd like you to re-imagine the humble cincher as more than just something to keep your pants from falling down. Think of it instead as jewellery for your clothes. A well-chosen belt can simultaneously create shape, and tie an otherwise-disperate ensemble together. Our tip is to invest in belts that have that lil' somethin'-somethin'. Be it a beautiful bejewelled buckle or couture-esque leather tooling a la Alaia's sensational corsetted styles; the devil is indeed in the detail when it comes to a waist-maker. Keep on clicking to see our top ten online buys . . .
Bet you never thought about belts as a figure-fixer item, huh? The humble waist-cincher is a key piece for showing off your shape — so it only figures that you should choose one that works for your particular proportions. We've been playing around with Westfield's quick-and-surprisingly-painless body shape calculator, and suggest insist you do the same before investing in a new season waist-maker. Simply take your measurements, punch them into the online calculator, and hey presto! You've got a body shape profile which will make it a cinch (sorry) to buy your best belt yet. Now, go forth and shop — safe in the knowledge that you're going to belt it outta the park!
For today's DIY, we're showing you how to update a basic floppy hat with a cool belt. A felt hat is one of those items that isn't tied to a season — it pairs perfectly with your your wide-leg jeans and sweaters now but also your maxi dresses when the weather warms up. Another perk of this DIY? It's so simple! All you need is a hat, a belt, and a hot glue gun. Watch today's DIY and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
The reason we included Kate Bosworth in our top ten? It was 50 percent because of that killer Isabel Marant dress, and 50 percent because of her self-designed bag. We're now keen-as-mustard to take a closer look at her latest accessory offerings via JewelMint. The chic star and her stylist pal and Cher Coulter are expanding their covetable, and affordable, JewelMint line with clutches and belts launching online in the US just last week. The 13-piece collection is called Boutique, featuring limited-edition items — different items will be featured every month — like the aforementioned silver box clutch, cute bohemian-inspired belts, and a nifty neon-infused number. Now, keep your hats on. JewelMint doesn't ship down under (yet), but we thought you might enjoy a preview of Kate's designing skills anyway. Try not to get too attached.
Since y'all seemed to love our fast Fab five edit of beautiful ballet flats from yesterday, we thought we'd keep the shopping ball rolling! Today our focus is firmly on the waist, with statement-making belts being the object of our online searches. A streamlined cincher, in a notice-me colour is so worth the big bucks; pulling together a shapeless outfit in an accessorizing snap. Step inside and see our top five belt buys!
Here's a thought. Why not try belting over the top of your blazer, instead of underneath it? It's a great way to show off a statement accessory, and give waist definition to a straight-laced suit jacket. Cameron Diaz pulled out this simple styling trick at yesterday's CinemaCon proceedings in Las Vegas, to great effect! Her wide black belt is substantial enough to define her light-weight Elizabeth and James blazer, and special enough to draw attention to. The key to this look is choosing your belt/blazer combo wisely. To help you out we've picked five fab belts that are begging to be showcased with this simple styling trick.