Sweeten Up Your Spring Wardrobe with These 22 Pastel Finds

Pastel is the ultimate springtime shade. From buttercup and petal pink to pistachio and powdery blue, these soft colors usher in the new season with sophisticated ease. Not to mention, they are a refreshing departure from winter’s usually moody tones.

Pastels are destined to play with equally soft colors but the trick to bringing out the dreamy undertones is to mix in unexpected fabrics. Metallics work wonderfully with pastels: There is something so charming-yet-cool about teaming a futuristic finish with a sherbet shade. Also, pastels will stand out just as well when paired with a creamy white hue. This combination is a foolproof approach to updating an on-trend all-white look.

If pastels are too sweet for your taste, juxtapose them with something edgy. Think: a combat boot or hardware-heavy accessories. Or, go for a tough-chic piece doused in a pastel shade, like the Zara moto jacket shown above. Playing with textures and details is another way to up the ante. The rose-colored Rebecca Taylor top shown above has a mixed media feel while the Marni dress is undeniably sweet thanks to its ultra-fem bow.

For a beauty look, opt for a pastel lip. Our favorite is Nars’ Velvet Matte lip pencil. It’s easy to swipe on (much less intimidating than red and orange!) and just as easy to pull off—soft pinks are a no-fail in the makeup department since the color is universally flattering.

We went on a quest to find the dreamiest pastel pieces and put all of our favorites here in one place. Click through the gallery to shop 22 sweet treats—accessories and beauty products included!

 

Masterpiece! Uniqlo Turns Famous Art Into Fun Tees, Available Today

If you think fashion is art, Uniqlo is taking it one step further—the retailer is turning art into fashion. Today, the company launches its first SPRZ NY collection in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Together, the store and museum teamed up to create over 200 pieces, from tanks to tees to socks to bags, all plastered with the work of the most transformational artists of our time ($ 5.90 to $ 49.90 at sprzny.uniqlo.com).

The project took months to develop, partly-led by the curatorial team at the MoMA, who hand-selected the eight artists to kick off the collection, plus the works they would reinterpret for the clothing. And it’s all in the mix. Artists include both rising stars and household names, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat (below right), Keith Haring (tote above and tank below left), Ryan McGinness, Sarah Morris (above left), Jack Pierson, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol (above right), and Lawrence Weiner.

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The bonus? This isn’t just a one-and-done deal. You can count on Uniqlo as your new go-to art clothing dealer. The retailer revealed to us that they’re replacing the first two artists who sell out with two additional artists around July.

And while the art on the clothes are limited-edition delights, so is the new second floor of the Uniqlo Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City, which the brand remodeled specifically for this collection.  Museum-like in its structure, the space displays each arty tee behind a glass panel (think: a gallery exhibition). Of course, if you want to see this art for real, the Museum of Modern Art is actually just down the street.

The Best DIY Nail Looks to Try This Spring

Manicurist Madeline Poole, who’s polished up rockers Miley Cyrus and Kesha, created four DIY designs inspired by spring’s top runway trends. With her fresh pointers, you’ll nail these looks faster than you can type #ManiMonday. Find out how to get each look below!

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PASTEL MOONS

With smoky lavender and a pop of soft coral, this is subtle enough to fly at work but cool enough to boost your fashion cred.

1. Apply a base coat.

2. With the coral polish brush (try Nars nail polish in Wind Dancer, $ 19; narscosmetics.com), paint over the natural half-moon shape at the bottom of your nail. Drag the tip of a wooden orange stick along outer edges to perfect the shape. Let dry.

3. Position the lavender polish brush (we love RBG nail polish in Haze, $ 18; rgbcosmetics.com) at the lower-left corner of the nail, above the coral arc, and sweep it diagonally across the surface. Position the brush at the lower-right corner and repeat. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

POP ART

If these artful streaks feel too daring to brush over all 10 digits, “try them as an accent nail,” Poole says.

1. Apply a base followed by two coats of white polish like

Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds ($ 15; ulta.com). Let dry.

2. Paint on one stripe of red polish; allow edges to appear uneven. Repeat with yellow and green. We recommend Sally Hansen’s I Heart Nail Art Stripers ($ 4 each; ulta.com). Let dry.

3. Paint on several streaks of black polish, like Orly’s Instant Artist Lacquer in Jet Black ($ 7; orlybeauty.com), in varying lengths.

4. Add a topcoat.

GRAPHIC MINIMALISM

Never cared for coloring inside the lines? Use a long, thin striping brush from a crafts store to draw these V-shapes and keep you on the straight and narrow.

1. Apply a base, then two coats of opaque white polish. Let dry.

2. Grab the black polish and place the tip of the brush on the outer edge of the nail; sweep it over to the center. Repeat, starting at the other outer nail edge.

3. Make a dot at the center of the nail; sweep the brush from that dot out toward the tip, creating a V-shape. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

BOLD FLORALS

This splashy tip is a cinch to master, if you just keep the shapes abstract, says Poole.

1. Start with a base coat, then add two layers of navy. Poole used Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Rolling in the Deep ($ 18; deborahlippmann.com). Let dry.

2. Paint a few short streaks of green polish over the nail, pointing the ends so they resemble leaves.

3. Next to the streaks, dab and swirl the tip of the purple polish brush (try Ginger & Liz Nail Lacquer in Total Control, $ 12; gingerandliz.com) to make petal-like shapes. Repeat with coral polish. We love Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orange Fizz ($ 27; chanel.com).

4. Dot the yellow pen over petals.

5. Apply a topcoat.

Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff on Last Night’s Costume: “I Wanted to Make it Simple and Bright!”


March 25, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

When it came time to design this week’s costume, Dancing with the Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff took a straightforward approach. “I wanted to make it simple and bright!” the dancer exclusively tells InStyle.com. Smirnoff and partner Sean Avery performed a Salsa routine; the genre inspired Smirnoff. “I added short yellow ruffles and rhinestones to my dress to support the Cuban theme,” she says, which also accentuated the hip movements.

Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery earned a 21/30 from the judges, which unfortunately did not earn them a spot on next week’s lineup. They, along with Henry Byalikov and Diana Nyad, were eliminated last night.

Tune in next Monday night at 8/7c on ABC for the live results show. And for exclusive details on Karina Smirnoff’s premiere costume, click here.

Cool Cat Alert! Hello Kitty Celebrates Turning 40 With Coffee Table Book

It’s hard to imagine, but Hello Kitty turns 40 this year. After first appearing in 1974 on a clear vinyl coin purse in Japan, her creator Yuko Shimizu never imagined that the cheerful and chic feline would become the global phenomenon she is today. In honor of her milestone birthday, Sanrio is releasing Hello Kitty ♥ Collaborations, a book that highlights 40 of the beloved character’s most fabulous appearances in fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, toys, confectionary, art, music and more.

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 As Hello Kitty always says, “You can never have too many friends!” 

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Set to hit shelves April 8, Hello Kitty’s first ever coffee-table book with Rizzoli is an exclusive compilation of the brands, designers, and stars the cool cat has worked with over time. Amongst her fashionable partners are companies like Vans (pictured, above), Diesel, Swarovski, Reebok and Uniqlo, as well as a variety of fellow characters and celebrities including Lady Gaga, One Direction, the Sesame Street gang and the DC Comics superheroes. The tome highlights the pairings with images and illustrations along with a brief profile of each brand or star — like a bookish birthday party of sorts, perfect for Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary. As Hello Kitty always says, “You can never have too many friends!”

A must-have addition to the collection of any fan of the cute cat, Hello Kitty ♥ Collaborations ($ 65) is available for pre-order now at rizzolibookstore.com.

Want more fun character fashion? Shop 10 fluffy Muppets-inspired pieces now!

Mais Oui! French Designer Sandro Throws a Star-Studded Dinner Party

French fashion designer Sandro threw a private dinner for friends and clients last night at the famed Chateau Marmont Bungalow in Los Angeles. Celebs including Emmy Rossum, Annabelle Wallis, Emma Roberts, and Jamie King (pictured above), came out Thursday night to celebrate the gorgeous, Parisian-chic line.

Actress Emmy Rossum, an affirmed fan of the designer, wore Sandro head to toe. Well, almost head to toe. “Clavicle to ankle!” She declared, wearing Stuart Weitzman shoes. Rossum cited the brand’s sense of relaxed chic as her reason for devotion. “(Sandro is) easy to wear for every day. It’s for the girl who’s confident but relaxed. I like it a lot.”

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“It’s that French cool. You could go into the store & get a little piece of that.” -@HilaryHRhoda on why she loves @SandroParis

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As the sun set, dinner was served as glowing candles and heat lamps illuminated the grove of palm trees surrounding the poolside party. Guests were treated to a three-course meal including kale and feta salads, crispy bass, and thyme roasted chicken with caramelized cauliflower.

Catching Fire actress Jena Malone surprised guests with an unexpected performance. After her set, the actress/musician beamed, “This was the best audience I have ever performed in front of. . . they were great!”

Jamie King was taken aback by Malone’s surprise performance. “It was so beautiful,” the model/actress said. “It was like Mazzy Star-ish…really really beautiful.”

See all the the pictures from Sandro’s star-studded dinner party now.

How to Get a Perfect Bun In Five Minutes Flat!

The tried-and-true ballerina bun is the ultimate in versatile hairstyles — it adds an elegant touch to casual and formal ensembles alike, and presents a polished way to hide second-day strands. Just like its variations, there are many ways to create a flawless ballerina bun, and InStyle Beauty Director Kahlana Barfield has found the easiest method yet! All you need is a ponytail holder and a handful of hair pins to master the look. Sweep your hair into a low ponytail that sits at the nape of your neck, and once you’ve tied it off, wrap the length of your hair around the base of the style, and secure with bobby pins. For extra insurance, finish with a light veil of hairspray. Get the step-by-step breakdown by clicking play in our video above!

See more must-try hairstyles in our gallery. 

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As Talented as She Was Tall, L’Wren Scott Will Be Missed by Many


March 17, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

L’Wren Scott took command of any room she entered. At 6-foot-3, the designer, who maintained a model’s physique well into her 40s, was hard to miss, not merely for her considerable beauty. She had the kind of personality that was immediately arresting and slightly formal, but she was also conscious that her height could be intimidating, so she always made an extra effort to be sunny and gracious, and often quite funny. Once, when greeting the comedian Martin Short at a party, she introduced herself as “Miss Tall.”

Self-awareness is what made Scott, 49, a successful designer. As a stylist early in her career, she understood the power of clothes to project an image, and later as a designer, she knew the value of projecting confidence, which made the news of her death on Monday, in an apparent suicide in New York City, all the more surprising. Her most famous designs, including her so-called “headmistress dress,” a prim, body-conscious style favored by Madonna, Ellen Barkin and Nicole Kidman, had an amazing power to project an image of strength, almost like sartorial confidence boosters.

“If I looked naked like I look like in her dresses,” Barkin once said, “I’d be very happy.”

Scott was unusual among successful designers in that she did not study fashion or apprentice with another designer, but learned by living an extraordinary life. She was adopted and raised in Utah by Mormon parents. When her mother told her that if she wanted something, she had to go out and get it, Scott immediately took off for Europe, where she landed a modeling contract with Pretty Polly legwear. In her 20s, she became one of the leading stylists in Los Angeles, dressing Julia Roberts and creating advertising campaigns for Elizabeth Taylor‘s fragrances. In 2006, after spending a year perfecting her own version of the Little Black Dress, Scott started her own collection that became an immediate hit. Its appeal was in its ingenious construction, designed to look structured, but in fact very easy to wear. She described them as the kind of dresses any woman could zip on and, with a touch of lipstick, head right out the door.

Of course, Scott was also famous for her decade-plus relationship with Mick Jagger, for whom she recently designed concert wardrobes, but her success in fashion was her own. She presented her collections, first in New York and later in London or Paris, to a hand-selected crowd of elite editors, often serving them lunch. Like the designer herself, her signatures — like the headmistress dress or a pencil skirt in a bold color — left an impression, but that was not all.

“I think the biggest compliment is to say somebody looks beautiful, versus wow did you see that dress,” Scott said during a conversation with the artist Rachel Feinstein at the Neue Galerie in New York last year. “Because it’s about the girl. It’s about the woman. It’s not about what I did.”

Eric Wilson is InStyle‘s Fashion News Director. Follow him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram.

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What Does Sofia Vergara Smell Like? We’ll Find Out This July


March 15, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

Sofia Vergara is quite the entrepreneur — she’s the fashionwire.com/celebrity-fashion” target=”_self”>celebrity face of both CoverGirl and Head & Shoulders haircare, and with successful clothing and furniture lines already under her belt, Vergara is planning to conquer the fragrance world next! The star just announced that she’ll be launching an eponymous fragrance this summer, and we already know it’s going to be sexy. In addition to the blackberry, violet, vanilla, and heady wood notes, Vergara is also incorporating Colombian Rose and Colombian Orchid into the mix as a nod to her roots. “I wanted to bring a little bit of who I am, my ethnicity, where I’m from, and I thought it was very cool to be able to get flowers from Colombia actually into the perfume,” she tells WWD. “We created the bottle to look like a cut emerald. Actually, I have an emerald that looks just like it — a ring!”

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“I wanted to bring a little bit of who I am and where I’m from.” – @SofiaVergara on her fragrance

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Sofia by Sofia Vergara will be available for $ 55 on HSN starting in July, and is due to roll out nationwide in time for the holidays, but if you’re in Latin or South America, you’re in luck! The fragrance could arrive at the Falabella and Liverpool department stores as early as next month, which makes taking a spring break trip to Bogotá even more tempting.

Shop editor-approved spring fragrances in our gallery.

Scent-sational! Kick Off the New Season With Our Editors’ Favorite Spring Fragrances


March 13, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

Our InStyle beauty team is constantly trying out new fragrances, and to welcome the warmer weather on an aromatic note, we’re sharing the scents we spritz on to make winter a distant memory. Just like a seasonal printed sundress, fresh, floral blends like Etro’s Jacquard and By Kilian’s Imperial Tea always prove to be popular, but our picks don’t end there — a few of our bodycare faves also made the list, and we even included an ultra-luxe home scent to make your spring cleaning routine a little more bearable. Click through our gallery to see each fragrance now!