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Fashion’s biggest night took over New York City last night. The venue was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the theme was dark, edgy and rebellious. Simply put, it was punk. Anna Wintour hosted the event with actress Rooney Mara who brought her best version of punk to the big screen in the english speaking version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. The event’s other co-chair was socialite and Vogue contributing editor, Lauren Santo Domingo. The punk themed event apparently caused a frenzy amongst stylists and stars alike as many wondered how they would mix this very specific style with the glamour that the red carpet requires. As stars from the entertainment, fashion and sports world congregated on the famed Metropolitan stairs, the one question on everyone’s mind as always was “who are you wearing?”. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s most daring looks.
They say behind every great man, there’s a great woman; well behind every Hollywood star, there’s an uber stylish stylist. The Hollywood Reporter has once again released its annual Stylists issue. For the third year in a row, the issue showcases the artists behind your favorite stars and their red carpet looks. As every celebrity knows, the red carpet these days can either make or break you. Have a fashion “moment” as Kerry Washington and her stylist Erin Walsh call it, and you’ll find your face planted on every best dressed list. Have a miss, and well, you know the rest.
THR’s stylists issue features four separate covers of stars and their stylists, including Jennifer Lopez and Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn, Zoe Saldana and Petra Flannery, Taylor Swift and Joseph Cassell and Julianne Moore and Leslie Fremar.
Ranking in the top ten this year are Leslie Fremar (clients include Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson), Petra Flannery (clients include Zoe Saldana, Claire Danes, Megan Fox and Emma Stone) and Erin Walsh (clients include Zoe Saldana and Kristin Wiig). For the full list, photos, style inspiration and behind the scenes videos, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.
In honor of the artists that make them look so effortlessly chic, stars like Zoe Saldana, Kaley Cuoco, Nina Dobrev and Naomi Watts stepped out for a luncheon hosted by THR and Jimmy Choo.
Who: The lovely Eva Mendes hosted a celebration of Vogue Eyewear’s Spring Collection launch.
What: Vogue Eyewear kicked off spring in style last night in Beverly Hills. The Italian brand introduced a chic and playful collection of retro-inspired frames for gals and guys, just in time for the new season. Actress, Eva Mendes was front and center in the campaign shot by acclaimed photographer, Mario Testino. Sporting the latest and fashionable pieces from the collection, the actress embodied the effortless, youthful and stylish spirit of the brand.
When: Last night. March 14th, 2013.
Where: The global launch took place at the Simon House, a stunning California estate with sweeping views of Los Angeles that provided the perfect backdrop for a glamorous evening.
At the party…
Banana Republic took over The Grove on Tuesday, February 26th in L.A. to launch its third Mad Men inspired capsule collection –60s style. Collaborating with the show’s award winning costume designer Janie Bryant, BR took an official leap into the mod era of the 1960s. The collection features bold colors and prints as well as stand out silhouettes that the mod era is known for. Fronting the campaign and on hand to help guests get mod-ified was super model Coco Rocha, who mentioned that her favorite part of bringing the 60s into our modern world is the excitement of inspiring people to dress up again.
When asked about her favorite pieces from the collection, the self-described “lazy model” (when it comes to dressing up only of course) who has stomped the runway for every high end designer including the likes of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix and Emmanuel Ungaro mentioned that she loved the appeal of the mod shirt dress and the striped knit dress which allowed her to transition easily from a simple and chic daytime look to a sexy nighttime look.
Guests at the mod pod were also given the opportunity to create their own mod-meets-modern look using pieces from the collection, while receiving beauty makeovers reflective of the capsule’s aesthetic. The best part? Your favorite look was on the house.
The capsule collection will be available at select Banana Republic retail locations worldwide and online beginning February 27, 2013.
New York Fashion Week is officially over and things are moving on to London, Paris and Milan. Before we get to the trends on the runway however, let’s take a peek at the looks that stood out all over the city. Fashion Week is always a time for actresses, editors, buyers and many more style aficionados to strut their best stuff from tent to tent. As photographers and industry insiders anticipate the looks on the runways, there’s usually another kind of buzz happening pre-show. Starlets give their best model impressions while posing in the front row while editors who these days have just as much star power rub shoulders and schmooze with Hollywood. From the Fashion’s Night Out festivities that kicked things off, straight to the runways of Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, Rodarte and many more, here’s a little behind the scenes look at a few of our favorite “girls about town” and their very stylish outings this fashion week.
From the front rows to the runways, here’s a summary of what you can expect for Spring 2013
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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama once again took over downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. The iconic fashion show celebrated it’s 30th year of raising awareness for HIV/AIDS. Featuring the theme “British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!”, the event was the perfect combination of high energy performances and a showcase of affordable style. Chart-topping pop duo Karmin hit the stage with a little swagger-pop while Robin Thicke who had the audience singing to his hit “Lost Without You” brought his own swagger with a three-song set.
Fall collections featured on this year’s runway include Bar III, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Kensie, Material Girl, Rachel Rachel Roy, Sean John, Tallia Orange, and the runway debut of the exclusive, limited-edition Nicole Richie for Impulse collection (available in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com on September 12). Glamorama which has raised 30 Million dollars in its 30 years once again benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food. Check out all the action from the red carpet to the the performances and the runway below.
Straight from the runway…
Fashion’s Night Out is once again upon us. Since its inception in 2008, the yearly extravaganza that celebrates all things fashion now runs across the world from New York to L.A, London to Paris. From epic sales, to live DJs, food trucks and runway shows, the city is going to be packed tonight with memorable activities. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening for Fashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles.
The retailers of Robertson Boulevard, from Beverly to Third, are opening their doors and inviting you to join them for the first annual Robertson Celebrates! Fashion’s Night Out street party which pays tribute to “Iconic L.A.”
An anticipated 2,000 guests will stroll down Robertson Boulevard enjoying live music, interactive elements and unique art-inspired activities. Each of Robertson’s retailers will be creating a fabulous FNO experience with special branded treats, cocktails galore and extended shopping hours to make sure you get a chance to view all the brands’ latest fall fashions.
And, of course, there will be an invitation-only VIP party with surprise celebrity guests stopping by to celebrate a tribute to Los Angeles’ favorite iconic shopping spot. A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s festivities will benefit the Vintage Hollywood Foundation.
Beverly Center will shine light on L.A.’s most iconic influences, from fashion to entertainment and music, with a star-studded evening complete with signature fashion shows, celebrity and stylist appearances, shopper incentives and more. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick things off with a video address to the public followed by an appearance from Lisa Love, West Coast Editor of Vogue and the evening’s Host, Actress and Singer, Lucy Hale.
Experience the Opening Ceremony and Fashion Shows from all three levels on Beverly Center’s interactive LED Jumboscreen. Fashion shows will showcase fall collections and Kendall Jenner – who is the face of the Beverly Center’s FNO campaign – is expected to attend.
Although there’s no circus theme this year, 30 to 40 stores are expected to host individual events. Bottega Veneta, for instance will introduce a new line of eco-friendly handbags and Chanel will present a new Fashion’s Night Out collection of matching lip and nail duos. Feeling charitable, Prada and Miu Miu will be giving a cut of the night’s proceeds to P.S. Arts, a non-profit organisation that promotes arts education. Did we mention you can also indulge in a little chocolate while browsing for bubbles at Harry Winston?
Browse the launch of limited-edition accessories showcasing drawings of Grace Coddington’s cat at Balenciaga or peruse fashion installations at Palihouse.
When the stores close (or your stilettos give out), West Hollywood invites you to stay and play at their official Fashion’s Night Out afterparty overlooking the sparking lights of the city. Hit the dance floor at The Standard on Sunset from 10pm to midnight (complimentary cocktail hour at 10pm).
The party doesn’t stop in L.A. Over the hill, Westfield is bringing a variety of Fashion’s Night Out events and promotions to its Topanga, Fashion Square, and Santa Anita locations.
WESTFIELD TOPANGA (Canoga Park)
There will be Fashion Shows featuring looks provided by various retailers at 6, 7 and 7:45pm. At Westfield, it also pays to shop. The first 100 people to present at least $1000 in same-day receipts from two or more participating retailers will receive a $100 Westfield Gift Card by American Express or present at least $500 in same-day receipts from two or more participating retailers to receive a VIP Smashbox Gift Bag.
Shoppers can enter-to-win the opportunity to drive around in style in a brand new AUDI. No purchase necessary- just come to Westfield Topanga on September 6th- submit a ticket with your name and email address information (raffle-style) and ten lucky entrants will receive a key to try and open the car (only one key will win).
Shoppers who download the new FREE Westfield App can search for the best FNO deals and latest trends at Westfield Topanga http://www.westfield.com/us/mobile.
WESTFIELD FASHION SQUARE (Sherman Oaks)
For the ultimate girly girl –enjoy a screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and enter-to-win a “LBD” contest or you can indulge at the “Mini-Mani Lounge” by Sephora, where guests can receive their own mini-manicure by Sephora make-up artists.
Over at the Tech-Social Lounge, shoppers can enter-to-win the newest Beats by Dre headphones, take custom photos in the lounge photo booth, and demo other fun tech accessories and gadgets.
No need to be jealous of the Canoga Park shoppers, there are freebies to be had here too. At the Fashion Perks Lounge, the first 100 shoppers to sign up for the Westfield Fashion Square email list and ‘LIKE’ the center’s Facebook page will receive access to the lounge, which includes a gift bag of giveaways and special offers from center retailers. You’ll also have the opportunity to redeem receipts of $300 or more for a $25 gift card, and complimentary refreshments and mocktails.
WESTFIELD SANTA ANITA (Arcadia)
Get a little style advice at the Style Lounge led by Style For Hire pros, offering free, 15-minute styling consultations. Shoppers can also enter-to-win VIP styling sessions via the Westfield Santa Anita Facebook page.
You can also let loose with the Breeder’s Cup branded photo booth experience, stocked with Breeder’s Cup fashions like fascinators and fedoras for fun FNO photos and don’t forget to check out the on-site, enter-to-win contest offering one set of four Breeder’s Cup tickets and free Style Lounge session for the winner and their three guests. The winner will also receive four $100 gift cards.
So there you have it, all the tools you need for a fabulous night out. Grab your friends and your wallets and get ready to shop till you drop. I’ll be tweeting my way around town so feel free to follow me @WemiO and @ruedechic
Who: Clos du Bois and wine maker Gary Sitton took over Hollywood last night to celebrate the launch of Clos du Bois Rouge.
What: A Moulin Rouge themed event complete with can-can dancers, delicious crepes, hors d’oeuvres and flowing Clos du Bois.
Where: Bar Marmont at Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
Notable: Stylish ladies Jamie King (Hart of Dixie), Mandy Moore, Jessica Lowndes (90210) and Eva Amurri (Californication, How I Met Your Mother) all stopped by to celebrate Clos du Bois Rouge.
Notable Events – Simon G. celebrates wedding season with a new collection + Essence Cosmetics brings affordable chic to Hollywood
Who: Renowned Jeweler Simon G. teamed up with Robbins Brothers to host a “bling try-on” party for bloggers and journalists.
What: Nearly 50 key wedding, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle bloggers gathered to try on fabulous jewels including engagement rings, wedding bands and fashion jewelry, plus mingle with peers, enjoy decadent desserts from Cake Moments and cocktails from Noor –and all for a great cause. The event benefited the local West Hollywood chapter of Dress for Success.
When: Thursday, July 19th.
Where: Robbins Brothers, Glendale
Highlight: They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. After trying on the exquisitely crafted pieces from the collection plus a few others in the store, I couldn’t agree more. Check out photos of my favorites below.
On the other side of town, Essence Cosmetics was introducing its affordable products to tinseltown at the gifting suite for the Teen Choice Awards. Here’s a run down of that event.
What: To celebrate the Teen Choice Awards, the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills opened it’s doors to companies like Essence Cosmetics, Carribean Living Magazine and many more eager to showcase their products in Hollywood. I stopped by the Essence Cosmetics booth to check out their latest offering for fall. Since its launch in 2002, Essence has focused on producing trendy and high quality cosmetics at a sensational low price (under $5). Produced in Europe and with hits like the matt bronzing powder, long lasting lip gloss, nail art and polish, it’s no wonder customers keep coming back for this affordable makeup line.
Where: SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills
The Costume Institute Gala was the event du jour last night with stars from the music and acting realms colliding with the elite of the fashion world. Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and other Hollywood heavy hitters took over the famous carpeted stairs of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. With tickets reportedly costing $25,000 per individual, the event often deemed as the “Oscars of the fashion world”, provided no shortage of Haute Couture at it’s best and worst. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s best and worst looks by fashion house. (more…)