Category Archives: Celebrity Fashion

Perfect Pairing: Denim Shirt + Tan Suede Skirt


April 10, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

The two trends that dominated the spring 2015 runways? Denim and suede. Individually, they’re classics that are strong enough to stand alone. But together, they make for the ultimate pairing. Not only do they complement one another, but they also reflect this season’s ’70s spirit. To that end, we found the perfect denim shirt and paired it with five suede skirts.

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To pull the combo off, look for chambray shirts in darker finishes (versus light washes) with sleek seams and interesting pocket details. The total effect reads more polished than casual. As for the skirt, all hemline lengths work, from mini to knee-grazing, but make sure to stick with a smooth russet brown color for optimum wearability.

Shop the denim shirt: Mango, $ 40; mango.com

Shop suede skirts, clockwise from top left: Theory, $ 655; net-a-porter.com. Topshop, $ 140; nordstrom.com. Gucci, $ 2,015; net-a-porter.com. Zara, $ 129; zara.com. H&M, $ 129; hm.com.

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What’s Right Meow: Meet Our InStyle Editor’s Fashionable Cat, Randy

This week we’re introducing the world to InStyle Senior Style Editor Ali Pew’s dapper cat, Randy: a blue-eyed Ragdoll with a cool, mellow personality.

Named after baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, the four-legged fur ball has been with Pew for the past five years and was adopted from a breeder in Utah by Pew’s husband, footwear designer Oliver Clark.

Sure, he’s clearly adorable, but he’s more than just a pretty face: he’s also a professional model. Yes, that’s right–Randy, the model cat. In 2012, he posed for fashion label United Bamboo for consideration of their annual cat calendar and sported a cute all-black ensemble for the occasion (above). The frock featured a statement bow on the back as well as sheer lace accents near the hemline and on the sleeves.

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“After the shoot, my husband and I were interviewed about Randy and it felt very Best in Show. We were like stage parents,” Pew says. “Now we take pictures of him all the time. He’s used to having bright lights in his face!”

Randy also modeled for the “Animal Attraction” fashion feature in the April 2012 issue of Dazed and Confused (above). Behind the scenes, he was a pro working the camera due to a characteristic common among Ragdoll cats of being relaxed even in unfamiliar settings. As a result, the photo shoot was a breeze for the feline who could strike practically any pose. While he did look lovely alongside haute cat-ure clothing, he usually just enjoys being in his fur and natural element.

And worldly as he is, he’s ready for any trips that may come up thanks to a pawesome fake license (below) made by Clark, who draws design inspiration from his pet muse.

Can you say cuteness overload? We can’t wait to see what his next campaign entails.

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Olivia Palermo Gives Us Weekend Outfit Envy with Her Latest Look


April 6, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

While most of us spend our weekend afternoons wearing a pair of sneakers and the most comfortable sweatshirt imaginable, Olivia Palermo does the exact opposite. The street-style favorite was seen leaving Saint Ambroeus restaurant in SoHo, New York City in what is definitely one of spring’s chicest ensembles.

Not one to trump style for comfort, Palermo sported a leopard coat (lined with a luxurious black fur trim) atop a casual blue turtleneck and neatly distressed ripped jeans. She added a dose of daytime glamour via a black crocodile handbag accessorized with a fuzzy brown keychain. 

And just when you thought an ultra-chic look was the key to a picture perfect weekend, Palermo brought along her handsome beau, Johannes Huebl, and their dog Mr. Butler to seal the deal. Cue the collective “aww!”

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Could This Be Gwen Stefani’s Favorite Print?

Everyone’s got a signature style. Kanye West has his closet of luxe hoodies, the Duchess of Cambridge has her royally cool slew of sophisticated coat dresses, and Gwen Stefani has her rockstar supply of stripes. In fact, as perhaps a public declaration of her love for them, Stefani has been snapped in her favorite stripes on more than one occasion. The proof? All the times in the past few months where she has, no doubt, wore her stripes on her sleeve.

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Skinny Lines

Stefani takes nearly identical pullovers but tweaks how she pairs them. styled the same way, but with completely different pairings. She casually half-tucked a Pam & Gela top ($ 295; pamandgela.com) into paint-splattered boyfriend jeans (right). A few weeks later, she goes back to black and white skinny stripes, pairing them with distressed denim. She swapped out her red cat-eye frames for white ones, and her crazy cut-out heels for strappy ones.

Bold Bands

The platinum blonde bombshell pulled off two distinct looks with the same knit and frames. She first tucked it into a pair of slouchy utilitarian jeans with a camo bomber tied at her waist, complete with maroon booties (right), and then paired the top with belted destroyed boyfriend jeans, a black beanie, and Pharrell Williams’s polka-dot Adidas Stan Smiths the second time around.

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Patch-Riddled Stripes

To support Pharrell Williams’s Adidas Originals collection, she stepped out in his designs at two red carpet events, gravitating toward happy patch-riddled stripes both times. Her look? Slightly eccentric, contentedly whimsical, and uniquely Gwen.

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Wolf Hall: How to Get Your Dose of the Story 3 Ways

I had never thought about Thomas Cromwell, the 16th century power broker, much until I read Hilary Mantel’s tremendous 2009 novel Wolf Hall. But since then, I can’t get enough. Thankfully, thanks to the popularity of the book and the award—twice!—of the Man Booker prize to Ms. Mantel for the first volume and the 2012 follow-up Bring Up The Bodies, there are now a plenitude of ways to get some Cromwell into your life.

Most timely perhaps is the PBS television series Wolf Hall (which airs every Sunday for six weeks beginning April 5 at 10 p.m. EST on PBS), in which Mark Rylance plays a slightly puckish version of the bruising blacksmith’s son. It’s a good adaptation, I suppose, a sort of Downton Abbey meets House of Cards. But I just can’t get over Cromwell’s hair or Rylance’s delicate features. One of the chief pleasures of reading Wolf Hall, and its sequel (and I’m sure the final book in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light) is imagining Cromwell for oneself.

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Rylance does a bang-up job, but it’s taken a while to warm to him as Cromwell. A tremendous ensemble cast—including Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, and Homeland’s Damien Lewis as King Henry VIII (who we will see onscreen for the first time with his real British accent)—helps but, having read the book, I couldn’t help but cast and re-cast, compare and contrast my mental Cromwell and crew with the actual.

Though I haven’t yet seen it, the Broadway adaptation of the book—which tackles parts I and II—plays through June and stars Ben Miles as Cromwell. This guy accords closely with my inner casting (plus it’s right around the corner from InStyle’s office) so I can’t wait go. It seems to me, if you’re not going to read the book but do live in New York, this is the play, literally. First of all, you get the drama in the room. Cromwell walks and breathes on stage. Secondly, it’s a twofer and a great value for time. What is it, three hours for two books? (The PBS series is a serious commitment.) But, it’s fleeting. The run—which shares the same cast the hit show did in London—is shut out after fifteen weeks with no possibility of extension.

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But really, if you can, just triple your Mantel and go in for all three. Read the book for the self-propelling pacing ($ 9; amazon.com), watch the television series for the gorgeous castles and high production values, and see the play to feel Cromwell’s spittle upon your brow and his syllables resonate in your heart. And then just bide your time until the next book, play, and movie come out.

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Step Into Spring Neutrals with InStyle’s PinStyle Board


March 31, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

One of our favorite trends for spring is neutrals, and if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to style it, we’ve got all the tricks you need. For our PinStyle program, InStyle teamed up with Eat.Sleep.Wear. blogger Kimberly Pesch on an exclusive Pinterest board filled with endless ideas for how to wear neutrals, from sporty white kicks to clothes in tans, blacks, and creams.

Ready to ditch your spring pastels in favor of cool and relaxed neutrals? Head over to InStyle’s spring neutrals Pinterest board now.

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Rihanna Performs “BBHMM” for the First Time at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna is back with a vengeance! The singer performed her just-released single “Bitch Better Have My Money” at tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and she was on fire.

The star emerged onstage from—what else—a helicopter. Flanked by dancers wearing all-black ensembles, Rihanna embodied the theme of her song in head-to-toe Versace, including a bright emerald green fur coat over an body-hugging LBD, leather thigh-high boots, a statement choker necklace, and bold sunnies. And she didn’t only look amazing: her dance moves also had us majorly impressed.

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Watch Rihanna’s killer performance from the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards below.

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Olivia Pope Is Back in Her White Hat on Last Night’s Scandal

Last night’s Scandal saw the return of “Gladiator” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), white hat and all. We’ve missed this version of her! Although she still suffers from frequent flashbacks, she dives headfirst into a new case with Pope & Associates on behalf of Cyrus Beene. They’re in damage control mode as his former-prostitute fiancé, Michael, is caught in a cheating scandal. The only solution? A wedding! Olivia Pope always knows what to do.

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In this episode, we see her slowly transform through her wardrobe choices. “We started her in dark navy pajamas, then moved to the black Armani suit, then on to lighter colors as the show progressed,” Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo, tells InStyle. “Now she’s doing her ‘Olivia Pope’ thing!” By the end of the episode, she’s even wearing a white jacket (Alexander McQueen)—the ultimate Gladiator look.

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For more fashion scoop from the episode, click through the gallery. Then be sure to tune in to ABC next Thursday for an all new Scandal!

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Jessica Alba Discusses Women’s Empowerment, Her Inspiration, and a New Collaboration


March 25, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

Here’s a collaboration that’s guaranteed to have you looking good on the outside and feeling great on the inside. Nordstrom has teamed up with Piece & Co., a company that sources handmade textiles from women artisans all over the world, on a collection of apparel and accessories from some of today’s most coveted designers. The Honest Company, Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Minkoff, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, and more created pieces using Piece & Co.’s ikat, block-print, and tie-dye fabrics, and they’re all available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Jessica Alba, founder of the Honest Company, created a versatile nursing scarf (below, $ 60; nordstrom.com) that’s a must-own for any mom. We caught up with Alba to find out why she collaborated with Piece & Co. and Nordstrom, what inspires her, and what she’s teaching her girls about women’s empowerment.

How did you get involved in this collaboration?

With our exclusive Collective line, I’m constantly looking for collaborators that share the Honest spirit and create delightful products that speak to our stylish audience. We were excited to discover Piece & Co. not only works with beautiful organic textiles, but also supports a sustainable business model with fair labor and local employment for those that need it the most.

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Can you tell me a bit about the scarf that the Honest Company designed? How is it unique?

It’s no secret that I love scarves. I wanted to create an Honest Nursing Scarf that looked cool enough to work with a modern woman’s wardrobe so she could wear it whenever she wanted. Ours are made from soft organic cotton that’s so lightweight you can fit it into your purse or your diaper bag. They’re unique in their versatility, since they can be used for car seat and stroller shade or as a wrap or blanket.

Why do you like Piece & Co.? Why do you think what founder Kathleen Wright is doing is important?

As a female entrepreneur, I’m passionate about supporting fellow women who work hard to achieve their dreams, wherever they are worldwide. Kathleen’s work with Piece & Co. empowers women to know their worth and contribute to their communities. She reminds us that we all benefit when women do better.

What did you do for World Women’s Day?

I shared a reminder on my Instagram that women deserve equal pay, education, opportunity and rights. In the U.S., women earn 78 cents on the dollar for doing the same work, we make up less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 company leadership positions, and for every female chief executive of S&P 1500 companies there are four men named Jim, Bob, Jack, or Bill! We’ve got a long way to go before there are more bossladies out there. When it comes to education, women still make up ⅔ of adult illiteracy rates worldwide—a proportion that hasn’t changed in 20 years. What has changed is the opportunity in technology fields. It’s the largest, fastest growing employment opportunity here and women are the leading adopters of technology. Unfortunately, we have half the number of female computer science majors that we did 30 years ago and women are only a quarter of the computing workforce.

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How are you teaching your daughters about women’s empowerment?

Ultimately, I hope to teach my girls how to be problem solvers and encourage their own curiosity and creativity. Also, empathy and compassion are important characteristics we should all have. It’s fundamental to peace and progress in our personal and professional lives. By the time they grow up, I hope there are more female leaders in every field for them to look up to.

What women do you look up to?

I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for her common sense, grace, and resilience.

How do you live a bountiful, full life?

I want to know how to live a bountiful, full life and still get sleep! I find that being active and eating right gives me more energy to live life to its fullest. I also think maintaining a sense of curiosity always keeps life interesting.

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to and seen artisans at work?

I recently went to Guatemala and saw women who’ve been working at their craft for years in an extremely remote location. Everything they made was so vividly colorful, but their hospitality stood out just as much.

Where’s one of the most inspirational places you’ve ever been?

Japan is so inspiring. They consider beauty and function in every detail of their lives. There’s such an inspiring blend of elegance and efficiency there, from food to floral arrangements. Even the 7-11 is awesome!

Shop every piece form the Nordstrom and Piece & Co. collection now at nordstrom.com.

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The One Thing You Need from the Lulu Frost + West Elm Collaboration

Acquiring new jewelry is all well and good—until you need to find a place to store it (preferably somewhere that doesn’t result in a gigantic knot of tangled necklaces). Thankfully, Lulu Frost has a pretty solution. The New York-based jeweler known for her glitzy, vintage-inspired aesthetic has finally made her foray into the world of home décor, teaming up with West Elm on a four-piece line of jewelry storage accessories. And while the collection includes two small storage boxes and sorting trays, the item we’re raring to pick up ASAP is most definitely the jewelry storage case.

The lacquered wood box (photo above), complete with embellished drawer pulls, promises to be a saving grace for anyone’s rapidly increasing jewelry collection. With six separate shelving compartments, two drawers, and a handy grate to hang multiple pairs of earrings, the case acts as the ultimate storage solution, and won’t look out of place atop your vanity or your dresser. “It’s a gorgeous and convenient way to stash all of your favorite pieces,” Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer tells InStyle. “Jewelry is beautiful, so its container should be equally so!” We don’t disagree.

Shop the whole collection at westelm.com or at West Elm stores beginning March 26.

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