Emmy Rossum is having a pretty stylish run this week. First she gave us an adorable Rebecca Taylor look while singing the national anthem in New York. Then she went ultra-ladylike in a fit-and-flare dress by Temperley London for a Broadway premiere. And yesterday, she channelled her inner flapper girl in a fringed, metallic Naeem Khan dress at an NYC charity event. Consider this her Week in Chic, in motion!
If you, like a certain celebrity, got engaged over the holidays we'd like to say a big congrats! Unlike your gran and your next door neighbour and your second cousin Sal we won't start harassing you about a date just yet, but we would like to start the ball rolling on the issue of the dress. If the thought of dropping close to a house deposit on a frock gives you hives, we've got something extra-special for you. There are plenty of gorgeous wedding gowns that will get jaws dropping as you walk down the aisle and leave you with change from $1,500. Don't believe us? Step inside to see the ten stunners we found from the likes of Collette Dinnigan, Lisa Ho, Rebecca Taylor and Rachel Gilbert.
Trust Gwyneth Paltrow to motivate a new addition to our leather wardrobe. Sure, we've already invested in a pair of pants, have dabbled with shorts and may even own a skater-skirt (or two) in this luxe fabrication, but a chic shift is now topping our must-have list thanks to GP's latest outing. Gwyneth stepped out as the face of Hugo Boss' fragrance Boss Nuit Pour Femme, in Madrid just last night, wearing this very slick leather shift dress by the German designer (but of course). She tempered the tough moto-vibe with a pair of dainty Jimmy Choo bow-topped pumps and a delicate bejewelled bracelet. We liked her look so much we went shopping to find similar. Like it too? Then shop our top ten edit.
Pack your bags, because Rebecca Taylor is taking you on a beach road trip. Inspired by a girl just stepping off a deserted beach, the look had us longing for a summer that isn’t quite here yet.
The look: Windswept hair, metallic nails, and bronzed cheeks
The inspiration: A long road trip vacation
Who would wear it: A surfer babe headed to her next beach
You know that we love a bit of DIY, and today's is super simple! Instantly transform any old wooden bangle in your jewellery box by making your very own, custom-designed thread-wrapped bracelet! All you need is a wooden bracelet, a hot glue gun, and some colourful thread. You can go for a tribal feel with greens and browns, nautical with blue and red, or try out our take on the pastel trend with pretty sorbet hues. Watch on to see how to make your own thread-wrapped bangle.
Lea Michele turned up the heat in a sleek LWD for the taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. The Glee star arrived wearing a metallic blazer and miniskirt combo, but slipped into something a whole lot sexier for the show, choosing this Amen frock with a low neckline and side cut-outs. Lea snagged the 14 spot on Maxim's Hot 100 list, and even beat out Kristen Stewart who came in at 15. Watch today's FabFlash to see Lea's sexy style.
Just days before celebrating her wedding anniversary with Prince William, Kate Middleton showed off her trending nous, wearing not one, but two brilliant peplum looks. Yesterday, we spotted Kate in a dove grey peplum dress adorned with gorgeous embellishments by Matthew Williamson, paired with dark green suede pumps and a matching clutch at the UK premiere of African Cats. Kate then switched out of her fancy dress for a prim two-piece tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor for a royal reception at the Goldsmiths Hall in London honoring the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole. We love how anyone can wear this look just as easily to the office. Meanwhile, blue suede pumps and an Anya Hindmarch snakeskin clutch finish off her ensemble. Now, it's time to compare and contrast; which of Kate's peplum looks gets your seal of approval? Let us know in comments.
Rebecca's girl is both an homage to '90s grunge and a fresh-faced street-styler. The A/W collection marries the designer's signature sweet side with darker territory, at least where texture and colour are concerned. Rebecca's palette is decidedly moody in deep brown, burgundy, and black on leather, herringbone, wool, and velvet layers. Then she counters with cool-girl silhouettes; layers are in perfect proportion — for every slick leather layer, there's also a sheer-chiffon sleeve, slinky sequins, or abstract print. There's a lightness to counter the depth of her colours; she still homes in on that girlie factor we love in a pretty peplum top, a sexier snake-print halter dress, or ultra-femme sheer pleats. Like front-rower Olivia Palermo, this girl is something of a mix-master who's got as much femininity as she does cool-girl edge.
- Trends: Rich texture in leather, velvet, and jacquard; sequins, peplum, heavy layers, and exotic print.
- Colours: Brown, grey, and black with just a pop of purple and blue.
- Key Piece: We love the open sheer-chiffon pleats on the gorgeous full-length print dress; also the cool factor of a leopard coat done in ombre.
- Accessories: Metallic ankle-strap heels, fur-adorned ankle boots, chain-strap crossbody bags, and oversize leather satchels.
- Who Would Wear It: Street-chic celebs like Nicky Hilton would rock the moto-style jackets and edgy layers.
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.
Those runway trends we spotted way back in September may have inspired our Spring/Summer 2011-12 wardrobes, but the designer threads are starting to come into reality via lust-inducing ad campaigns in time for their (northern hemisphere) in-store drop dates. To refresh your memories, we've culled the top 10 trends as spotted on the Spring '12 runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and London. From the colours to invest in, to the key prints, to the embellishments to covet, we've got your fashionable backs. Whether you are busting to buy, or just want to know what's on the way, take a tour and get up to speed with the biggest trends that are heading our way.