The ’90s Are Alive and Well! Betsey Johnson Revives Her Iconic Must-Have Styles

It’s no secret that the ’90s are back in a big way this spring, and Betsey Johnson is giving all you lovers of the hallowed decade a major reason to be excited. Urban Outfitters has just released Betsey Johnson Vintage For UO, an exclusive capsule collection that brings the designer’s fun and flirty ’90s classics back to life.

The retailer replicated Johnson’s most loved creations from one of our favorite decades, including floral-print maxi-dresses, lace slip frocks, and a pouffy pink tulle confection. Cure your nineties nostalgia with one of the collection’s eight pieces ($ 89 to $ 350), and style the designs in traditional grunge fashion with plaid button-downs, a chunky cardigan, leather jackets, and biker boots, or opt for something sweeter.

Feel like you missed out on those iconic Betsey Johnson dresses from the ’90s? See the full Betsey Johnson Vintage For UO collection in our gallery, and shop the line now in select Urban Outfitters stores and on urbanoutfitters.com.

Only On InStyle! Mad Men’s Alison Brie Dishes On Trudy Campbell’s Transformation

With the seventh and final season of Mad Men off to a great start, seeing how much Don, Joan, Peggy and the gang have changed over the years is more obvious than ever. One of the most dramatic transformations of all is that of Trudy Campbell, played by the talented Alison Brie, who goes from being head-over-heels in love with her husband Pete Campbell, to kicking him out of their family home in season 6. We caught up with the actress, currently starring alongside Adam Scott in a series of hilarious videos for Smirnoff, to find out what it was like developing Trudy as a character, and how she grew from year to year.

“It’s really interesting working on a TV show like this where everything that happens to the character is a constant surprise,” Brie tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I think Trudy started out seeming very superficial and driven by money and appearances. We definitely saw real growth as she struggles with trying to conceive and start a family, which makes you realize that she has more at stake in this life, and has deeper wants and needs than it appeared.”

Trudy later gives birth to her daughter and moves with Pete out of the city to Westchester, and her defining moment came at the end of season 6, when Trudy demands Pete to leave upon discovering he had cheated with a woman from their neighborhood. “I always got the sense that she knew what he was up to most of the time and was willing to look the other way, so it was nice to see her stop putting up with it,” Brie adds. “She found that strength that had always been there, but it was a quiet strength. To see her finally voice it and become this total badass — it was such a good reveal, and it’s a nice confirmation for everyone to know that she’s a lot smarter than she seemed at times.” Amen to that!

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No word yet on if Trudy will make a return for the final season (fingers crossed!), but we think her story isn’t quite over. (And any excuse to see her amazing ’60s-era wardrobe is as good as any for us.) “Trudy is very fashion-forward, which I love about her,” says Brie, who notes that a few of her favorite pieces were from the third season. The most-notable for Brie?  Her look in the episode The Grown Ups, in which the assassination of John F. Kennedy became an integral part of the plot. “Trudy and Pete were leaving for the wedding of Roger Sterling’s daughter, but decide not to go once they hear the news about JFK. Before that happens, she comes out in this amazing blue dress, and it could not have been tighter!” she says. “It was a little hard to breathe, but every time I see pictures of it, I’m always like, ‘That was such a killer dress!’ It’s immediately what I think of when I remember my all-time favorite Trudy outfits.” Tune in to a new episode of Mad Men Sunday at 10 PM EST on AMC, and click through our gallery to check out the best looks from season 7 so far!

This Week’s Wow: Dior and I Delivers an Intimate Look at Christian Dior, Past and Present

In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.

The Moment: The opening scene of Dior and I, an engaging new documentary that follows the designer Raf Simons (pictured above, in a scene from the film) at the moment of his arrival at the house in 2012, juxtaposes archival footage of Christian Dior in the late 1940s with scenes of Simons in the present. We first see Simons from behind, as he is introduced to the workers in Dior’s ateliers, and even from that vantage, he is visibly uncomfortable, and anxious about how he will be received in his new role.

For the director, Frédéric Tcheng, who débuted the film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night, it may have been an approach that risked prematurely elevating Raf Simons to mythical status, by comparing him to Dior even as he begins his job as a couturier. Simons himself says in one scene that he does not want to suggest, “in any way,” that he considers himself to be as talented a designer. But emphasizing a sense of nearly metaphysical connectivity between the two men, toggling as the film does between historic and contemporary scenes, turned out to create an effective narrative, since it so neatly mirrors the approach that Simons is seen taking as he creates his first haute couture collection.

“The idea of juxtaposing something from that time with something from this time—that for me is modern,” Simons says in the film, describing one of his designs.

Parallels between the two designers are made evident almost from the start. The way they stand. How they address the workers in the atelier (pictured below). The mutual interest in modernity. The incredible sense of tension they face as they approach their work.

While he was researching the life of Christian Dior, Tcheng says, “I was surprised how intimate his autobiography was and how he talked about the work in great detail, but also his own relationship with the work and his relationship with image.”

When he met Simons, who was a reluctant subject, at least at first, “I saw a little bit of the same dynamics,” he says. “As I kept reading the autobiography, a lot of parallels started appearing in the past and present. What goes on in the workroom today versus 55 years ago is pretty much the same—not only the skills and traditions, but the same emotions and relationship to the work.”

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Why It’s a Wow: At the film’s climax, Tcheng approaches his subject like a producer on “Shark Week,” drawing out the big moment of the couture show with slow-motion, high-definition footage that captures the expression of every editor and designer in the house. Hamish Bowles leans in for a closer look at the embroideries. Jennifer Lawrence turns her head at the sight of a dress. Simons, backstage, is an emotional wreck.

Among recent fashion documentaries, it’s one of the best, and most coherent, I’ve seen. Although the film curiously makes no mention of the scandal of John Galliano’s disgrace at Dior that preceded the hiring of Simons, it otherwise seems unflinchingly honest. With only two months to prepare his first collection, Simons was under enormous pressure, and reacted at times slightly grouchily. In one scene, as he is told that work on his dresses have been delayed because a head of his atelier had gone to New York for a fitting—”We can’t say no to our clients,” he is told— Simons snaps. “You also can’t say no to me,” he says.

Learn More: If you can’t make it to screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, watch the trailer for Dior and I, and hope someone picks this film up for broader distribution, because you can’t say no to Raf.

Emilio Pucci’s First App Introduces a New Kind of #Selfie

Looking for a way to spice up your selfies? Why not try a scarfie instead! Emilio Pucci has launched its first mobile app which adapts the selfie trend and spotlights the brand’s most iconic accessory—the printed silk scarf—in a playful and creative way. The Emilio Pucci Scarfie app allows you to choose one of the label’s signature scarves styled in a variety of ways on the head, neck or wrist and snap a photo of yourself wearing it. You can use the app as a virtual dressing room to try on different styles and prints, and then share them with your friends! Tag your post #PucciScarfie and @emiliopucci, and the brand may even share your image on their Tumblr page.

After choosing your favorite design, you can shop the silky accessories in a variety of gorgeous designs on emiliopucci.com, straight from the app.

Download the Emilio Pucci Scarfie app for free on an iPhone, iPad, or Android from the iTunes app store, and post your own #scarfie now.

Doctor-Approved Secrets to Treating Varicose Veins


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When you decide to show off your gams this spring, the last thing you want to showcase is a spidery, blue-green bulge on your calves. While varicose veins can be hereditary, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them forever! We quizzed doctors for a decade-by-decade plan of attack and came up with plenty of non-surgical ways to keep the unsightly situation at bay, whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond. From collagen-boosting moisturizers to fashionably compressive pantyhose, uncover the secrets to treating varicose veins at any age in our gallery! 

Jamie Chung’s Bridal Fashion Week Diary

Whether we’re swooning over her flawless style or taking note of her beauty must-haves, we’re always admiring the gorgeous, sweeter-than-pie Jamie Chung (note: she really is the nicest, coolest girl ever).

So when she invited us along to experience Bridal Fashion Week with her in New York City while she hunts down the perfect wedding dress, we slipped on our finest swingy spring skirt, freshened up our bold red lip and hopped in a cab to go hang with her.

The actress, who is planning her wedding to fiancé and fellow actor Bryan Greenberg (have you seen her stunning engagement ring?), and is also starring on NBC’s new J.J. Abrams-produced drama, Believe, is quite the busy little bee. But finding a couple of afternoons to squeeze in bridal gown perusing? No problemo.

Day one kicked off with a private visit to Monique Lhuillier’s Madison Avenue showroom, where the designer took Chung through her breathtaking new collection. After meeting Lhuillier and taking one glance at a room full of romantic statement gowns, Chung realized choosing a wedding dress might be harder than she anticipated. “I turned to Monique and before I could even say anything, she said ‘don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of time to figure it out,’” said Chung.

By the end of the afternoon, Chung came to the conclusion that perhaps playing princess for the day is exactly the kind of wedding look she had in mind. “Growing up I was the tomboy, playing sports and getting dirty,” Chung shared. “I never daydreamed about my ‘big day,’ nor did I ever want to be the princess. It wasn’t until this very moment, standing in Monique’s showroom, I realized I do want to be the princess in a fairy-tale wedding…This is really happening!”

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“I took a step back to look at the collection as a whole and I found myself in a glorious cloud of silk, satin, tulle and crystals. This must be what heaven looks like!”

The next morning, we met Chung for coffee (a lot of coffee) and croissants before dashing off to the Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal collection show at Canoe Studios, where she sat front row in a gorgeous bold red blazer by Reese and Riley and skirt by Elizabeth and James, which she accessorized with the perfect red lip. Her seat mate? None other than film honcho Harvey Weinstein, playing the good hubby (he’s married to Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman).

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So, after seeing all those gowns sashaying down the runway, what will she wear on her big day? The verdict is still out, but our new favorite girl-next-door says she’s now rethinking what she wants in a wedding dress in the first place. “I’m really loving the colored dresses,” she says. “I thought I wanted a white dress but now I’m considering a bit of color!”

Take a step behind the scenes with Jamie as she attends fashion shows and visits designer showrooms in our gallery, Jamie Chung’s Fashion Week Diary.

 

Genius Invention! Here’s Why We No Longer Fear Wearing White Pants

While a pair of white jeans may be a spring must-have and look gorgeous when flawlessly clean, one small misstep—like spilling a few drops of your morning latte—can leave your crisp pants ruined. Now, thanks to Joe’s Jeans, you don’t need to avoid white denim any longer. The brand has created a line of stain-resistant white denim, appropriately named “Spotless,” which allows you to be a little more relaxed in your quest to keep your white denim pieces looking new.

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The stay-true hue and innovative wash treatment repels spills and resists liquids, including water, coffee, soda, and even the worst type of stain—wine. While the pieces won’t ward off pigment based colors such as lip gloss, makeup, nail polish, paint or other products of a similar composition, they will stay white much longer than your average pair of snowy colored jeans. The Joe’s Jeans “Spotless” collection features several classic styles—skinny jeans in multiple lengths, a pencil skirt, bermuda shorts, standard cutoff shorts, and trousers, all for your springtime enjoyment.

Fear white denim no longer! Shop the Joe’s Jeans “Spotless” collection ($ 149 – $ 189) now at joesjeans.com and experience white jeans, stain-free.

Check out our gallery featuring 30 ways to style your denim!

Bayside Forever! Tiffani Thiessen Tells Us Which of Kelly Kapowski’s Outfits She’d Wear Today

If you grew up watching Saved by the Bell like we did, chances are, Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle, and Jessie Spano were your personal style icons. With all things ’80s and ’90s experiencing a revival in the fashion world, we caught up with Tiffani Thiessen to find out which of Kelly’s iconic looks she’d revisit in 2014. As it turns out, the star still has a penchant for her bold-colored ensembles.

“In that role, I wore a lot of colorful jean skirts,” she tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I loved those, and could pair them now with a button-down or T-shirt.” While Kelly’s many neon ensembles will forever hold a special place in our hearts, Thiessen confesses that her character Billie Chambers from the 2002-2003 series Fastlane is closer to her real-life sartorial choices. “I felt the most strong in that role, and loved how it translated to my look. I think about going back to that look often,” she adds.

While you can still catch Kelly Kapowski during the morning reruns of Saved by the Bell, Thiessen is taking on another role by teaming up with the Cosmetic Executive Women group and QVC to take part in their Beauty with Benefits event. This is the second time CEW and QVC have partnered for a cause, and 80 percent of every purchase made during the live broadcast will benefit the Cancer and Careers organization, which works to empower survivors in the workplace by providing career coaching, support groups, expert advice, and more.

Thiessen, who is the Beauty with Benefits celebrity spokesperson, will be appearing in a PSA during the two-hour broadcast. “Cancer hit close to home with me. I have had friends and family affected by cancer, so I was honored to be part of this amazing cause,” she says. “Feeling beautiful on the inside radiates on the outside. Two important women in my life taught me thatmy grandmother and my mother.”

Tune in to QVC on Thursday April 17th at 8 p.m. ET to catch Thiessen’s PSA, and to shop for a cause.

And take a scent-sational trip back to the ’90s by checking out our favorite fragrances from the era!

Reader of the Week: Dawn Kanehl of Suffolk, Virginia


April 6, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

Congratulations Dawn Kanehl, you’re InStyle.com’s Reader of the Week! From Suffolk, Virginia, Dawn was inspired to create a nautical-themed look from February’s “You Can Do: La Marienere.” Exclusively to InStyle.com, she explained, “Pairing a J. Crew factory skirt with a nautical jacket and pointed-toe flats gave me a maritime vibe without looking too seaside. I finished off the look by adding multi-layered pearl necklaces over my top.” Get inspired by more InStyle readers we ♥ in our gallery.

Check out our other colorful Inspired By InStyle readers in our Jennifer Lopez-covered April issue, or download on your tablet.

Be our Reader of the Week! If one of our stories has inspired you to mix it up, send us a pic (300 dpi or larger) of your transformation to letters@instylemag.com or submit it through InStyle’s Tumblr. You could be featured in InStyle and on InStyle.com!

Get Your Sexy Abs Fix With David Beckham’s Latest Campaign for H&M

Prepare yourselves, ladies. It’s here—David Beckham‘s sexy new campaign for H&M. Shot by Glen Luchford, the photos show off Beckham’s latest collaboration with the Swedish retailer, a line of men’s swimwear. The soccer star’s beach bod makes a serious splash in the ads, and certainly has our heart rates rising.

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The David Beckham x H&M swimwear collection includes three different swimsuit styles: longer boardshorts, thigh-length swimshorts, and barely-there swim briefs—all which are available in his line’s signature neutral tones. “I’m thrilled to be introducing these great swimwear pieces ready for the summer,” Beckham says. “We’ve worked hard to create new classics for men, with great fit, comfort and also style.”

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The swimwear will be available May 22, exclusively at H&M stores and on hm.com. In the meantime, consider these hot images our gift to you!

Need more sexy men in your life? Check out InStyle‘s 20 hunkiest men of style in our gallery.

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