Elisabeth Moss, Anjelica Huston Highlight Personal Style in Gap’s Fall Ad Campaign

Chances are you have a uniform that makes you fell unequivocally like you. Whether it’s a flowy dress and heels or jeans and sneakers, wearing some version of this ensemble feels at once normal and comfortable. Gap is celebrating everyone’s unique take on normal dressing with its new ad campaign, which is all about the individuality of personal style.

“Finding your own version of ‘dress normal’ is an art—my normal is different from your normal, and that’s the essence of the campaign,” Seth Farbam, Gap’s global chief marketing officer, says of the campaign. “This fall, Gap celebrates dressing for yourself and finding those perfect items—a pair of jeans, a T-shirt—that make you feel confident to be your most authentic self.”

The retailer has enlisted the help of some stylish celebs for the campaign, including Elisabeth Moss, Jena Malone, Zosia Mamet, Luke Grimes, and Anjelica Huston. More celebs will be revealed closer to the official Sept. 2 launch date. All of the ads, which focus on what Gap calls autumn’s standout trend, black denim, bear slogans like, “Dress like no one is watching,” and “Let your actions speak louder than your clothes.”

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Plus, see Elisabeth Moss’s favorite on- and off-screen moments in our gallery!

Listen Up! Why DJ Dillon Francis Wears Givenchy To Work

Growing up, I always pictured myself working someplace where I’d have to wear a suit,” says Dillon Francis. And though the L.A.-native does in fact suit-up in a gorgeous Givenchy notched lapel, it’s for a career far removed from Wall Street; the 26 year-old DJ’s debut full-length album Money Sucks, Friends Rule will be released this October and he won’t be hitting the stage in jeans and a T-shirt.

“It’s been 6 years in the making,” says Francis, who initially connected with artists like Twista, Martin Garrix and Brendon Urie through Twitter. “There’s a phrase that’s something along the lines of, ‘You master a craft if you put in 10,000 hours.’ And I’ve come close to 10,000 with this one, you push through the bad until you get to the good music. It’s been . . . transformative.”

And Francis’ evolution hasn’t just been melodic. Before getting a preview of the album, he showed us some seriously ’90s #TBT photos to prove that before the designer suits, there were hoodies. Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

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What kind of music did you grow up listening to?

Top 40 Radio—Spice Girls, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette—and then a bunch of emo music like The Used, Panic at the Disco, Saves the Day.

How did you get your start?
It pretty much began when I was 21. I moved to Atlanta to intern for producer Dallas Austin. I only had enough money to stay for two months, but I made it work–I didn’t let leftover food go to waste. [laughs] When I moved back home, I really dove into electronic music and then began producing.

What’s a typical work day like for you? For some reason, I assume musicians work best at night.
I’m a 9-8 kind of guy, actually. I have a regiment: I wake up, make three poached eggs, two pieces of turkey bacon, one piece of gluten-free bread, and coffee with cream and lots of sugar. The sugar is key; it helps you to sit down and not move.

Reading a crowd seems like such an integral part of DJing. How do you do that?
I can see faces and movement from the stage– you just have to look at that and gage whether people are having fun. People know my music and come to shows for it, so that changes things. But I remember playing at a party for MySpace once. I literally went through every genre and nothing hit.

How did you connect with all of the people who worked with you on the album?
Twitter. That’s how the song with Brendon Urie happened and it’s how I connected with Diplo. My former manager sent him one of the songs I made and heard that he liked it. I instantly went on Twitter and was like, “Hey man, heard you liked the song?” He followed me and that’s how it started.

Now that MSFR is completed, what’s next?
I’m already on to album number two–I know who I’m going to be working with and when I’m going to be working on it. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the ride–relax and just DJ.

Listen to DJ Dillon Francis’s newest single, “When We Were Young” below, plus discover more bands that are currently on our radar now! 

 

 

Naomi Watts Nails Weekend Style in a Denim Shirtdress

Every Monday, like clockwork, we usher in the work week with a slew of updates detailing what our favorite celebs did over the weekend. And, especially in the summertime, few are more exciting to read than those concerning Naomi Watts. When she’s not busy filming, the Australian actress spends nearly every weekend gallivanting around the great outdoors—biking, scootering and generally living life with a capital L—with her husband Liev Schreiber and their two sons, Sasha and Samuel, in tow.

On a recent warm weather jaunt to the Brentwood Farmers’ Market, Watts was spotted rocking the perfect off-duty ensemble: a straw fedora, floral Birkenstocks and a denim shirtdress by Michael Stars. Made of a soft Tencel material that’s washed down and bleached through, the playful frock features reversed fabric on the front pockets, a drawstring to cinch the waist and button-down front. “We wanted to take that perfect, easy denim dress and give it an elevated and modern edge,” Michael Stars co-founder Suzanne Lerner told InStyle.

We can’t help but love the laid-back vibe of Watts’ look. After all, we demonstrated its wearability ourselves just a couple of months ago. If you want to nab the look, you’d better act fast: the Michael Stars Denim Tencel Shirt Dress is currently on sale (score!) for $ 89 at michaelstars.com.

Want more jean-ius sartorial inspiration? Click through our gallery to see 30 ways to style your denim.

“Ew!” Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon Channel Their Inner Tweens (Complete with Braces!)

Well, this is quite a different look from her appearances at the Teen Choice Awards and The Giver premiere! Taylor Swift, who has been making the rounds promoting the upcoming movie this week (and looking downright fab doing it), rocked a vastly new look when she participated in the “Ew!” sketch with Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday visit to The Tonight Show.

The singer-actress officially joined the prestigious ranks of Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, and even First Lady Michelle Obama for the hilarious segment, in which Fallon plays a very outspoken tween named Sara who hosts a show from the comfort of her basement.  Swift played Natalie, a nervous and adorably nerdy new guest who wears three ponytails and invents new mythical creatures like a pegacorn (that’s a unicorn and a pegasus, FYI).

While you might not immediately recognize the typically glamorous Swift in the sketch, you definitely won’t be able to miss that excellent “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” reference they snuck in there. Check out the delightfully dorky Swift here:

Can’t get enough Taylor Swift? Check out our gallery of 42 of her best street style looks!

Meg Myers’s Tour Must-Haves Allow Her to “Get Crazy” on Stage

When 27-year-old Meg Myers hits the concert stage, she sings with a commanding fierceness. And before things got intense at this year’s Lollapalooza festival, where Myers performed songs from her second EP, Make a Shadow, in front of more than 100,000 people, we swooped in to get the scoop on her tour must-haves, which include fitted clothes, sneakers, and waterproof makeup. Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

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What’s your favorite song to perform live?
Hmm. I think probably “Desire” or “Heart Heart Head.” Those generally are the ones that I have the most fun with—they’re typically last and I can really just give it my all.

What do you do to center yourself before performances?
I listen to dark classical music, it kind of helps to center me and I use this throat spray called Entertainer Secret—I’m sharing a secret with you guys! I also drink tea and I’ll inhale steams from the tea and that’s pretty much it … and drink a ton of water.

Crop tops take a certain kind of confidence …
I feel like I’ve become actually a little more comfortable with crop tops in the last year. Performing is pretty good cardio and it’s helped me be able to pull it off a little more, too. If I wear things that cover me too much then I look like I’m eaten up—I’m 5’3″ and just little. But yeah, I guess it has sort of become a bit of a signature thing.

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Do you have any other staples?
Yes! These Do & Be shorts, I’ve worn them so much that all of the little embellishments are starting to fall off. I love to wear shorts and tight clothing because I move around so much on stage and don’t like to risk having anything fall out. And then I always finish off the look with Converse or Adidas—once again, I need shoes that I can get crazy in.

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Do you have any on stage makeup must-haves?
Yeah, I want to look as natural as I can even though stage makeup is always a little bit more dramatic. Lately I’ve been sticking to It Cosmetics concealer—it looks so natural and it has ingredients that aren’t terrible for your skin; it covers up the circles I get under my eyes when I’m touring. I also like to use a nude eye shadow by Nars on the top lid and a little bit of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner ($ 20; stilacosmetics.com). I sweat so much on stage and it’s waterproof, has a fine tip … it’s awesome.

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—With reporting by Alex Reside

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Happy 17th Birthday, Kylie Jenner!

Happy Birthday, Kylie Jenner! At just 17-years-old, the reality TV star has already made quite the name for herself by launching a modeling career, designing a women’s clothing line for PacSun and releasing a science-fiction novel with older sister Kendall. Talk about keeping busy, but we wouldn’t expect anything less when you come from one of the most famous families in the world.

The fashion-forward teenager, whose spunky style is quickly rising in the ranks of those best-dressed, has recently announced her intentions to pursue an acting career and debuted those talents in a promo video for the 2014 Much Music Video Awards in June, an event she co-hosted with Kendall. But even as older sis (who is nominated for one of our Social Media Awards) is beginning to carve herself out a place among the fashion elite with her modeling career, we’re confident it won’t be long until Kylie’s audacious personality boosts her into the spotlight. Watch out Olsen twins, there’s a new dynamic sister duo in town!

Want more celeb sisterly love? Check out our siblings gallery!

Birthday Boy: Justin Theroux Turns 43!

Happy Birthday, Justin Theroux! The actor and beau to Jennifer Aniston turns 43 today. Best known for his roles in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and American Psycho, Theroux is currently starring in the HBO series The Leftovers. When he’s not acting, the D.C. native shows off his best outfits while on the red carpet with his bride-to-be. Want a peek at their standout looks as a darling duo? Click here to see him and Jennifer Aniston in our Most Stylish Couples gallery.

Candles Now Come in Shampoo Scents — Would You Buy One?


August 6, 2014 @ 11:40 am

Below is an excerpt from “Candles Now Come in Shampoo Scents – Would You Buy One?” which originally appeared on StyleBistro. Read the full story at stylebistro.com.

Ever open your shampoo bottle just to get a whiff? You’re not the only one! A trio of brands has now translated their signature shampoo scents into solid candle form, so you can enjoy the follicle cleansers’ fragrances outside the confines of your bathroom—sans lathering. Click through to see all the products.

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• Would You Try a Sunscreen Applicator?

These Star Rookies Are Battling It Out for the Top Spot in InStyle’s Second Annual Social Media Awards!

These celebrities may be new to the likes of Instagram and Twitter, but in no way does that lessen their impact. In fact, these stars boast at least 100,000 followers (and counting) in their social media accounts, and keep their fans entertained with updates, ranging from on-set sneak peeks to red carpet outfit snapshots.

From Sarah Jessica Parker’s quirky ’grams and Lupita Nyongo’s flawless selfies, to Gwyneth Paltrow’s family snaps, Drew Barrymore’s candid photos, and January Jones’s silly hashtags, these social media rookies are quickly rising to the top of the digital game—and we’ve taken notice! They’ve all been nominated by our selection team to join our Rookie of the Year category in our second annual InStyle Social Media Awards. Who will win the coveted title? It’s up to you.

The polls are open: Visit InStyle’s SMAs hub and cast your vote for your favorite social media rookie now!

Who Was Best Dressed This Week? Tell Us With Our A-List Tool!

You voted, and we listened! This week, some of Hollywood’s most happening ladies stepped out wearing stunning ensembles that gave you, our readers, something to talk about. These five looks were chosen by you as this week’s must-see looks. The stars who made it to the top: Emma Roberts (in Tanya Taylor), Zoe Saldana (in Calvin Klein), Miranda Kerr (in Escada), Kristen Bell (in Monique Lhuillier) and Reese Witherspoon (in Monica Rose for Lovers + Friends).

Did your favorite celeb not make the cut? Tell us whose getup made your Fashion A-List by choosing your five favorite style moments from this week’s Look of the Day. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top looks, then share them with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the top looks of the week below (voted by you!) and then head over to our A-List to pick your top 5.

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