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Rebecca Minkoff Is Essie’s Global Color Designer! Get the Nail Art From Her #NYFW Show

Rebecca Minkoff is about to redesign your manicure wardrobe! Just before showing her fall 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, Essie announced Minkoff’s new role as the Global Color Designer, and will be launching her first collaboration with the brand next month for spring. “It’s so exciting! Rebecca is so passionate about color, so I wasn’t surprised when the announcement was made,” says Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist at Minkoff’s show. “As soon as I heard, I said, ‘You know what? You do the nails! You pick the colors out.’” To determine exactly which colors to incorporate into the runway show, Minkoff drew inspiration from both the clothing and accessories. “When we did the test, Rebecca had her model hold a handbag after we painted the design,” Saunders adds. “Her handbags are really vibrant, so we had to make sure the colors would still show up against that.”

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While the crisp lines may look intimidating for nail art novices, the effect is one of the easiest to master–it’s all in how you angle the brush. “The width of the stripe is the width of the brush, so the brush does all of the work for you,” says Saunders. After a layer of Essie’s Mademoiselle ($ 8.50; essie.com), Saunders picked up the Berry Naughty hue ($ 8.50; essie.com) and directed the brush upward toward the tip in a V shape. She then took the deep navy Midnight Cami shade ($ 8.50; essie.com) and followed the same motions just above the red portion. “You’re basically drawing a little X at the top of your nails,” she adds. “What you’d want to do is paint all ten nails in Mademoiselle, then do the criss-cross on all ten with Berry Naughty. Once you get around to adding the blue, the rest of the pattern is dry and ready for the next step.” To finish, Saunders added a layer of the Good to Go Top Coat ($ 8.50; essie.com) to seal in the design.

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How The Fault in Our Stars Costume Designer Discovered Shailene Woodley’s Memorable Blue Dress

Due to the tears spouting from our eye sockets, it was easy for us to glaze over the fashions featured in The Fault in Our Stars. But one article of clothing was impossible to miss. For TFIOS die-hards, surely one of the most poignant scenes in the book is when Hazel, a 16-year-old with thyroid cancer and “an impressive and long-settled satellite colony” in her lungs attends an over-the-top romantic dinner with Gus, a fellow cancer patient and amputee, at a lavish restaurant in Amsterdam that overlooks the city’s canals. For the fancy occasion, Hazel dons a fittingly fancy dress.

So when John Green’s much-adored YA novel was adapted into a film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Gus, one of the questions on the forefront of our mind was, of course, What would that dress look like? Would the movie stay faithful to the story and outfit Hazel in a “blue-print, flowery knee-length Forever 21 thing,” or would it defer to a stunning piece of designer garb? We reached out to costume designer Mary Claire Hannan to get the full scoop.

First off, how did you find the dress?

Just before I left for Pittsburgh to shoot the movie, I was running through the Beverly Center in West Hollywood in search of last-minute wardrobe treasures. I ran into Halston Heritage and there she was. The dress was a beautiful shade of blue—somewhere between cornflower and French.

In the book, the dress is described a bit differently. Why the change?

I knew the movie was filming in Amsterdam in October, so a sundress was never going to work. This one had a simple silhouette that felt fresh, young, and demure. It was a perfect cinematic match for what I had been looking for.

What was Shailene’s reaction when she tried it on?

It fit her like a glove. She was delighted. We camera-tested it and off we went.

Besides the dress, what were the other important wardrobe choices for the movie?

The Magritte T-shirt she wore to meet Peter Van Houten [author of the faux book An Imperial Affliction]. It was important to make sure the pipe read very well on camera and yet was not so big it overwhelmed the actress. We looked at many hues of color and size before we chose that one. Gus’s leather jacket was also an important piece—it showed he came from a privileged family and it gave him that classic James Dean–leading male look.

This story resonated with a lot of people, and it topped the box office last weekend. Why did you gravitate toward it?

I loved the script and the story—John Green is an amazing writer. I had also just lost my little brother to a similar cancer to Gus’s, so I could relate. At first I thought it would be too difficult to do, but I found making this movie was actually very therapeutic.

Want more Shailene? Check out the actress’s best red carpet looks in our gallery.

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.

What Do the Stars Love About Designer Tory Burch? Find Out What They Said at Burch’s Rodeo Drive Opening

For Tory Burch‘s grand opening of her West Coast flagship store she enlisted a few of her close friends to help celebrate (and even blogged about it!), including Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Hailee Steinfeld, Emmy Rossum, Jaime King, and Camila Alves, dressed in Burch’s very own designs. With green hydrangeas arrangements placed throughout the 4,700 square-foot space, guests enjoyed Philly cheesesteaks (a homage to Burch’s hometown), spring rolls, and sugar-dusted doughnut bits, while they sipped on Champagne and Tory’s favorite cocktail—the Southside made with vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and a sprig of lavender.

This may be Burch’s fourth boutique in Los Angeles and her 13th store in California, but it’s her very first Rodeo Drive location. “I think Rodeo is such an iconic location,” the designer told InStyle.com. “I never really dreamed of having a store here and when we started this company, we hoped that one day we would,” she added. Not only did she make that dream come true, but she even custom-designed the space with architect Daniel Romualdez and gave the brick and mortar location a personal touch, complete with black and white photos of the Burch family, flea market finds like tables and mirrors the designer scooped up while traveling in Paris and Morocco, and even needlepoint pillows adorned with quotes from Burch’s childhood, including “Everything begets thee to me.”

Within the the three-story boutique, Burch’s entire collection of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, including her new fragrance, will be available to shop (not to mention the designer already has a loyal Rodeo Drive following). “I love [Tory's] clothing because it works for the every girl,” Decker told InStyle.com. “You could be a tomboy or an eclectic, crazy quirky style kind of girl or super preppy, and her clothes kind of speak to everyone.” To find what the others stars love about Burch, look through our gallery.

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