While we’re lounging in our relaxed weekend gear, the ladies of the Cannes International Film Festival have been bringing their fashion A-game to the red carpet. Amongst our favorites this weekend? Three dazzling choices by Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Though Hayek chose a straightforward strapless silhouette for the premiere of Saint Laurent, the intense pink by Saint Laurent, aptly, really packed the punch. Plus, the look was in the details. Rather than overly fancy accessories, she chose a black leather studded clutch from the design house. And with the seaside location, her loose highlighted curls were a smart finish. (But it wasn’t all about looks for the actress. Hayek took the red carpet opportunity to support the missing Nigerian schoolgirls by holding up a sign that read: #BringBackOurGirls.) Chastain, meanwhile, also knew her way around the color wheel. For the premiere of her latest film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, the red-haired beauty played up her assets. Wearing an asymmetrical Atelier Versace gown in vivid blue, Chastain was prime example of how to dress for one’s complexion and hair-color. Plus, the gentle draping at the waist, matching Roger Vivier heels and soft Old Hollywood waves added just the right touch of refined elegance. Last but certainly not least, JLaw’s look was no-fuss but hit all the right notes for a film party. To celebrate The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, the actress wore a layered ensemble just breezy enough for the occasion. Lawrence donned a Dior cobalt tank dress under a sheer, flowy gown. The wow factor? The contrasting emerald green Irene Neuwirth earrings that were an unconventional but smashing pick. Looking for more red carpet fashion highlights? See the best looks of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival at our gallery!
Senior market editor Dana Avidan-Cohn is taking you behind the scenes at her Rag & Bone fall 2014 market appointment, giving you a sneak peek at everything the label has in store for next season.
“These guys really know how to dress that cool downtown New York girl,” Avidan-Cohn says of Rag & Bone’s designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. With leather sneakers, adorable cross body bags in a variety of hues, and chic embellished sweatshirts to choose from, there are so many pieces for you to love, and our editor agrees. “The accessories from Rag & Bone are completely addicting,” she says. “I buy a pair of shoes every season, they’re super comfortable.”
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We first loved this collection when we saw it go down the runway because of the pops of red, strong focus on layering, and majorly covetable accessories—we can’t wait until it hits stores.
Watch the video above to see the full Rag & Bone showroom tour, and see our favorite looks from their fall 2014 collection in our gallery!
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.”
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.
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!
How-Tos From Left to Right:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!”
“I wanted to bring a little bit of who I am and where I’m from.” – @SofiaVergara on her fragrance
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.
One of the reasons we love our favorite films and television shows is the costuming—and the top designers were honored at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards over the weekend. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, stars like Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Olivia Munn, Mindy Kaling, and Kiernan Shipka came out to celebrate the event, which was hosted by Scandal‘s Joshua Malina. The Guild handed out competitive awards for costume design excellence in seven categories for film, television, and commercial work, with the costumers behind Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and Behind the Candelabra all taking home top honors.
This year, five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams was honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design. ”I just had such an amazing privilege working with so many extraordinary costume designers and so many wonderful costume departments, and I’ve learned so much,” Adams says. ”[Costume designers] have taught me that clothing is a language, but that costume is an art… I am so, so lucky to work with amazing artists.”
Additionally, writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow was recognized with the Distinguished Collaborator Award for his support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers. “I feel like this is really more for all the costume designers that I’ve worked with over the years,” Apatow tells InStyle. “They really work with us to create these characters.” Congratulations to all the night’s big winners!
Want more photos from this week’s parties? Look through our gallery to see some of your favorite celebrities out and about town!
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Reporting by Brianna Deutsch
It wouldn’t be music’s biggest night without the parties! From the days leading up to the 56th annual Grammy Awards to just hours afterwards, music’s biggest players came out in style this weekend—including new BFFs Taylor Swift and Grammy-winner Lorde, and Katy Perry with John Mayer— to celebrate the nominees and winners of this year’s award show. First, Roc Nation kicked off the awards celebration with their pre-Grammy Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam, where InStyle.com caught up with Rihanna, who received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Mikky Ekko for their hit song, “Stay.” “That’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever sang and performed,” Rihanna tells reporters. “I’m really excited about that.”
Fast-forward to post-Grammys, where the stars came together for numerous fetes including Billboard’s 2nd annual after-party, where Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter couldn’t help gushing over Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Drunk in Love” opening number. “I loved her performance! She is perfect and her vocals are always on point,” Winter tells InStyle.com. We second that! To see more celebrities who stepped out over the weekend for all the biggest Grammys parties, look through our gallery.
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—Josephine Cusumano, with reporting by Brianna Deutsch, Matt Donnelly, Scott Huver, Heather Newgen, and Carita Rizzo
With the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards is just days away (airing live on January 12th!), Hollywood kicked off award season early with the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala this past weekend, which honored a few of the Golden Globe nominees themselves in Palm Springs, California.
Among the stars, Lupita Nyong’o was awarded the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in 12 Years a Slave (and wore a stunning belted Elie Saab sheath dress with metallic embroidery), while Sandra Bullock (in a pink-and-orange two-toned Alex Perry dress) and Matthew McConaughey were both honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Awards, along with Meryl Streep (Icon Award), Tom Hanks (Chairman’s Award), Julia Roberts (Spotlight Award), and more.
With more than 2,100 guests in attendance, actors Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Naomie Harris, and Idris Elba all came out (in their stylish attires no less) to support their films and fellow co-stars. To see more photos from the gala, look through our gallery!
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