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It’s a Love Story: Kim Kardashian Carries a Clutch Featuring Her Famous Wedding Photo

This might just take the cake for most personalized wedding gift ever. Kim Kardashian hit the red carpet at Variety’s Power of Women event in New York City today, where she carried a clutch baring a very familiar image—a stunning photo from her May 2014 wedding to Kanye West.

The custom Olympia Le-Tan accessory featured the phrase “Mr & Mrs West, A Love Story,” along with an intricate and embroidered portrait of Kim and Kanye kissing in front of a wall of white flowers during their nuptials.

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But her clutch wasn’t the only thing that caught our eye: Mrs. West herself wowed in a sleeveless ivory coat, silk top, and chic wide-leg pants all by Narciso Rodriguez that she paired with metallic Giambattista Valli shoes. Kardashian was one of five ladies honored at the luncheon, being recognized for her work with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: Dolce & Gabbana Design a Love Letter to Mom

Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram.

The invitations to Dolce & Gabbana’s fall runway show today featured the kind of children’s drawings you might find taped to refrigerator doors across the world. A child handing a rose to his mother, saying she is the most beautiful thing in his world. What could be sweeter?

Sometimes a fashion show isn’t about fashion at all, and the theme of this one was “the mother,” which, as anyone who has ever dated an Italian will tell you, is sacrosanct. I mean, Mamma mia! While moms are an unusual choice of muse for designers like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, it turned out they had quite a lot to say on the subject in what turned out to be the feel-good moment of Milan Fashion Week. The curtains parted to reveal a tableau vivant of models and children – babies and toddlers, some still in diapers, others old enough to know how to stand still and look adorable. Some of the babies even clapped along! Not one of them was a crybaby, either.

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Next came the runway models, carrying little babies in their arms, and one model, Bianca Balti, was pregnant, which means that Dolce & Gabbana managed to combine fashion for women, moms, babies, children – and maternity – on a single runway. They even created gowns printed or embroidered with drawings by the designers’ nieces and nephews, which were surprisingly delightful and also unexpectedly symbolic, a heartfelt expression of acknowledging their roots, or, as the designers said in a release, “allowing fashion to be seen as an extension of where one comes from.”

Even if you have mommy issues, it would have been impossible not to find something charming about this collection, which included quite a number of gilded suits and lacy black dresses, some with red roses appliqued along the hems and trims. One perfect cape, in particular, was beautifully crafted with a three-dimensional embroidered rose on the shoulder, perhaps less saintly than suitable for Mommie Dearest.

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Moving on from mom, Milan has had its shares of highs and lows this week, but none as high as another M, as in Marni. Consuelo Castiglioni, its designer, stripped down her silhouette to bare lines, and in many cases highlighted the waist to a greater degree than is her norm. The results were super-intriguing, like a long brown jedi-like tunic worn over loose wide trousers that were slit in the back to reveal a flash of leg with each lengthy stride (pictured, below left). Coats were shown with long fur sleeves in contrast colors, and a brick red dress was cinched with a wide belt worn high above the waist, a look both abstract and clean, without veering too far into the territory minimalism.

Speaking of, what ever happened to minimalism? What’s so wrong with distinct lines and a spare palette, or a perfect navy wrap coat over trousers in the same fabric (pictured, above second left)? Or a simple-skin-tight turtleneck worn under a loose jacket or sweater? Rodolfo Paglialunga, the new designer at Jil Sander, has given us reason to reconsider the value of a clean start. His terrific remake of the troubled house is gaining momentum, and fast.

MSGM designer Massimo Giorgetti loves turtlenecks, too, and evidently minimalism also (pictured, above right). He showed something that could be described as a turtleneck dickey – that is, just the turtleneck part, attached to no sweater, and worn with a colorful coat. Not for everyone, I’ll admit, but I’m interested.

If you’ve been following the gossip, you’ll also know that Peter Dundas, currently the designer of Emilio Pucci, is rumored to be heading to Roberto Cavalli very, very soon. You might say it’s in the stars. For what it’s worth, Dundas must have been spending quite a lot of time with his astrologist, his fortune teller, and his tea-leaf reader this season, given that he showed some dashing gowns that were printed with constellations (pictured, above second right). Anyone feel like making predictions?

PHOTOS: Runway Looks We Love From Milan Fashion Week

Runway Looks We Love: Gucci

Designer: Gucci

Season: Fall/winter 2015

Location: Milan

Notable guests: Salma Hayek

What was it like: It was a completely different look for Gucci, with creative director Allesandro Michele now at the helm. The usual runway scenario took a different turn, with the audience in the center of the room on risers, while models walked the outskirts–the exact opposite of the habitual fashion show runway scenario.

Why we love this collection: As InStyle‘s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson notes, the collection was a “flash of excitement and energy that has long been missing in the city.” This took form in washed silk dresses with tiers of ruffles to oddly creased floral-print suits which lead us to believe the following is true: the Contemporary is indeed the Untimely at Gucci these days.

PHOTOS: Runway Looks We Love: Gucci

Runway Looks We Love: Ralph Lauren

Designer: Ralph Lauren

Notable Guests: Kanye West

Location: 550 Washington St.

What was it like: A frenzy of flashbulbs ensued as Kanye West entered the swanky chandelier-lit studio space (his first time attending the designer’s show), but as soon as the show began, the entire room instantaneously shifted their focus to a myriad of Western-inspired looks, holding true to Lauren’s sophisticated and timeless style. This time it came in the form of cashmere everything (from turtlenecks to skirts to dresses) in tonal shades, to cozy shearling patchwork coats and vests, to a gorgeous glittering bronze beaded dress complete with a snuggly chic topper and matching gloves.

Why we love this collection: Last season, we were wooed by an inspirational luxury safari theme that had us planning an exotic vacay, but this season, after a seemingly endless winter that just won’t let up, Lauren’s cozy chic collection comprised of layers of cashmere, shearling, and platform boots was exactly what the fashion doctor ordered.

PHOTOS: Runway Looks We Love: Ralph Lauren

Runway Looks We Love: Vera Wang

Designer: Vera Wang

Location: 545 W. 22nd Street

What was it like: From the moody music to the grey-toned studio space, everything about Vera’s fall 2015 show was inherently sexy (including an appearance by fashion week all-star Kendall Jenner, who pranced down the runway in a cool babydoll-esque LBD).

Why we love this collection: Sure, Vera Wang’s 2015 collection was seeded heavily in black, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t feel the warmth of the collection from start to finish. From oversized fisherman cable pullovers that looked as cozy as they did understatedly sexy, to sultry crepe bustier tops with lace-up detailing that we’d eagerly slip on for a night on the town, the seasoned designer knocked it out of the park once again.

PHOTOS: Runway Looks We Love: Vera Wang

Get To Know Banks: Her Music, Style, and Love of Chanel

In the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now, Karl Lagerfeld’s resort collection for Chanel finds its match in Banks, the mercurial muse of a spare, new R&B vibe. She provides the soundtrack to a richly textured world, and he creates the stunning wardrobe you wear when you get there. The following is an excerpt from her feature.

How funny for an artist based in sunny Los Angeles, Banks is drawn to shadowy, solitary places. Not that the 26-year-old musician doesn’t love the spotlight. “Onstage,” she says, “I am the purest form of me, the me-est me, without any other voices dimming who I am.” One of a new breed of R&B singers, Banks, née Jillian Banks, writes visceral ballads that hang loosely on spare beats. Though it took a decade of toiling in obscurity to hone her début album, Goddess, garnered the kind of critical and popular reception worth waiting for when it was released this fall. “I was patient with myself,” says Banks. “By the time I started recording, the atmosphere was there in my head.” She describes her personal ozone as “moody, honest, and nocturnal.”

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Not surprisingly, nightfall also informs her fashion sensibility. “I like wearing a lot of black. Not just for the darkness of it,” she says. “Black is powerful.” Of course, here, dressed in the Chanel resort 2015 collection, she is less Maleficent and more Madeline. Karl Lagerfeld’s streak of brightness—evident in his densely patterned and ornately textured suits, tops, and dresses—is irresistible even to the most saturnine. “It is an exquisite collection,” says Banks cheerfully. “After all, Chanel is every girl’s dream and favorite thing in the world.”

For Banks’s full feature and to find out the five songs that shaped her, pick up the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now.

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Love at First Site: Where Hollywood’s Hottest Tomboys Get Their Fashion Fix

While it’s tempting to pillage the menswear market for comfy clothes, it can be a difficult area for a woman to navigate (and to find that fitted-but-relaxed pair of boyfriend jeans or perfectly oversized button-down) for her own wardrobe. After noticing a lack of menswear options in the women’s ready-to-wear market, Wildfang heeded the call.

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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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