What do cascading feathers, lemon yellow peplums, errant capes, pops of hot pink, and gigantic gold sequins have in common? They all get top billing at the 2012 Met Gala! Arguably fashion's equivalent to the Oscars and prom all rolled into one magical night hosted by Vogue magazine to celebrate the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Gala is the one event of the year where you go big, bold, bright, and brilliant or you get booed off the crimson carpet. (Seriously, the paparazzi this year were INSANE with their commentary, and one photog's hilarious banter was picked up by Vogue's live stream all night.) Thankfully, there was a steady stream of stunners down the carpet and up the steps. From see-through mega gowns and a dress made entirely of red plastic flowers to mismatched cocktail numbers and the Longest Donna Karan Train in the World™, we bring you our top picks of the night.
Beyonce at the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7 in New York.
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Raise your glasses, coffee mugs, celebratory baby bottles—what have you—because pop icon and new baby mama Beyoncé brought the Met Gala tent down. You guys, LOOK AT THIS DRESS. Words cannot convey the magnificence that is this jaw-dropping Givenchy show-stopper. What's more, when everyone was inside and the press was about to pack up their gear and go, Bey decided to saunter on up the carpet in all her lens shattering glory like, "Oh, hi! Am I late? Did I miss anything?" NO, B, we missed YOU. From the sleek-swept ponytail to the utter see-through mastery of this dress, your eyes barely know where to focus before exploding along with the black to purple ombre feathers (FEATHERS!) pooling around her ankles. This is how you do the Met Gala. Period.
We know you've got your prom game on lock, but are you still fretting over which dress to wear? Can't find something that feels YOU or stands out from the pack of strapless ball-gowny frills? No worries, we're not the only ones who agonize about evening dresses, and on occasion we find that pants actually work better (and are soooo much more comfortable). But can you actually wear pants to prom? Of course! The trick is in how you wear them. Whether you're stepping out in sequin jeans and a sharp jacket all Janelle Monae lady tux style or going for a vampy, structured jumpsuit, there's no way you can't make prom pants pop. Here's how…
We love these AG Adriano Goldschmied Ankle Legging Sequin Pants ($168.75) which are pretty much black jeans in sequin form. We'd rock these with a lace top and short, structured black blazer with an oversized corsage or with dangling punk earrings as seen in our prom accessories guide. Leggings with a bit of embellishment are totally acceptable if you layer them with the right top and accessories. A pair of ASOS Leggings with Metallic Paint Splatters ($36.36) work because they're dark and glam at the same time. We'd top these as they did in the photo with a flowy black top and sequined bustier underneath for a little WOWZA factor. Accessorize with layered gold necklaces, add bold eyes, dark lips, a sophisticated updo, and some killer heels for the ultimate chic New York evening look. Or you can just let the pants do all the work for you with these BCBG MAX AZRIA Zhara Sequined Pants ($199). Holy sparkletasia! Add a white tank and black leather moto jacket with platforms and disco hair. (#DAZZLING) Need more options? We've got 'em.
You can snag a pair of Iris Apfel's signature sunnies from Eyebobs.
Photo: Belathée Photography/Eyebobs Eyewear
We adore Iris Apfel. Who doesn't? Not only does she have insanely incredible Advanced Style, she's witty and knows her way around the fashion block. We spoke to her when she launched her MAC makeup collection (which was all about pink pigeons and party parrots, of course), and talked about how much she loves to style herself and try new things. Well, it looks like she's at it again as she recently collaborated with Eyebobs on a sunglasses line entitled, simply, "IRIS". We love everything about this, especially that the folks at Eyebobs call themselves "designers of eyewear for the irreverent and slightly jaded."
In the world of fashion education, Parsons The New School for Design is the Harvard of burgeoning fashion designers. With competitive entry and a rigorous curriculum, it is held in high esteem for producing world renowned fashion designers like Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Every year, the Parsons graduating class puts on a runway show to showcase the next generation of design talent, and three lucky students are crowned Designers of the Year in the respective fields of Womenswear, Menswear, and Children's Wear. I was completely BLOWN AWAY by the work of these talented students. There was children's wear made of the most insanely—yet beautifully—structured knits. Layered menswear with way oversized messenger bags drew gasps while look after look of mega tailored noir womenswear kept everyone bobbing their heads like at an intense tennis match. All in all, it was something truly special to behold and begs the question: Which one of these up-and-comers will be the next Alexander Wang or Prabal Gurung?
Runway looks from student Jin Kay at the 2012 Parsons Benefit Runway Show.
Photo: Dan Lecca/Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design
The title of 2012 Womenswear Designer of the Year was awarded to Jin Kay from Seoul, South Korea. Kay's cohesive collection of all-black structured looks were both dramatic and wispily feminine. The entire collection was wearable, covetable, and just what you might imagine a downtown gal wearing to her boyfriend's gallery opening. Every look accentuated the body in a chic yet subtle way, and though you can't tell from these photos alone, the craftsmanship was bonkers. These looks need to be on racks, red carpets, and upon my person immediately. I have a good feeling we'll be hearing more about Mr. Jin Kay in the future.
Whew, prom is almost HERE. We're sure you've got your checklist in order and have dutifully crossed dress, hairstyle, and tricked-out DIY nail art off your exhaustive list. What's left? ACCESSORIES. This is arguably the hardest part of the prom equation. (Clutch or crossbody purse? Headband or bow clip? Statement necklace or simple pendant? And what about rings, bracelets, and the corsage????) *deep breaths* Whether you're going for an edgy, glammed-up, or total fairy tale look, we've got your accessory game covered.
PUNK PROM PRINCESS
Clockwise from left: ASOS Skull & Spike Necklace, Tarina Tarantino Skull earrings, Topshop Spike Headband and Metallic Clutch, The Misfits lapel pin, ASOS Triple Spike Ring and Rubber Bracelet.
Photo: ASOS; Endless; Topshop; Amazon
Not only is pink-punk edgy and feminine, it has no rules. It's all about throwing together a motley crew of spikes, skull, grommets, studs, and whatever your rock and roll heart desires. Just make sure to turn the music UP when you're getting ready and don't be afraid to share these accessories with a frothy retro dress and beat up Converse. We'd start with an ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace which goes with just about anything bare-necked or strapless. Pair it with some Tarina Tarantino Ivorette Lucite Skull Drop Earrings which are just sparkly enough without going overboard. To lighten the mood, we'd add a Suede Effect Spike Headband and throw jars of eye glitter, dark crimson lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and our best punk tunes (for hijacking the DJ booth) in this Topshop Metallic Asymmetric Clutch which can also be worn cross-body style. Instead of a corsage, pay tribute to The Misfits with this mini Misfits Ghost Lapel Pin affixed to the bodice of your dress. Stack some bracelets such as this ASOS Rubber Spike Bracelet (which won't hurt people when you hurl yourself around the dance floor), and don't forget to tip your sparkly black mani out in an ASOS Triple Spike Ring. #RAWK! Need more ideas? Right this way!
Shailene Woodley for ASOS Magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of ASOS
Chilling out in a denim shirt, lace hot pants, and a pair of retro roller-skates, Shailene Woodley looks super SoCal cool on the June cover of ASOS magazine. The TV-turned-film actress, who can still be seen regularly on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has been having quite the year. Remember that elegant white Valentino gown she wore to the Oscars or those mega controversial Vibram Five Finger shoes she wore with a glam black gown? Yeah, Shai-Wood has made some SERIOUS fashion news this year, which is refreshing in the seen-it-all-before world of awards season. Miss Woodley continues to stand out on the red carpet as she does for ASOS mag, where she opens up about her low-key beauty regime, passion for film, and dreams of playing rock legend and enduring style slayer Patti Smith.
Lady Gaga sported hairy ensembles on April 28 2012, Aug. 6 2010, and Oct. 6 2011, Aug. 6 2010.
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Let's just get this off our denim-vested chests shall we? LADY GAGA is BACK, y'all! While we triumphantly hand clap and do our best monster-paw-raised rawwwwrs in our heads so as not to disrupt anyone working quietly next to us, we are beyond thrilled at both the return of our Lady and the arrival of the Born This Way Ball, which opened in Seoul, South Korea, on April 27 and is currently in Hong Kong for a series of shows ending on May 7. Mama M and crew are hard at work to bring us an epic show (hopefully touching down stateside this fall) complete with an honest-to-goodness MONSTER PIT and series of costumes courtesy of Giorgio Armani. Also? Our Lady is seemingly bringing the hair outfits back, too.
This week's climactic episode of Gossip Girl both solved some problems and created a whole slew of new ones. Serena (Blake Lively) is still acting as the de facto Gossip Girl but Nate (Chace Crawford) and Serena's new half-sister Lola (Ella Rae Peck) have her number. No, wait, Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) has the real Gossip Girl's phone number and uses that to get Serena to steal back the day planner that Nate stole from Diana's hotel room. In it are coded phone numbers possibly revealing the whereabouts of one Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) who may or may not be Chuck's (Ed Westwick) real father.
Speaking of which, Sir Chuckles enlists his former love Blair (Leighton Meester) to help him scheme a way around Diana's codes. She agrees and Serena decides to help, too, once she discovers that Chuck needs to take down Diana in order to find out who his father is but not without trying to steal the day planner first. They all wind up at a mansion that is actually a brothel (told you this episode was bazonkers) with Lonely Boy Dan (Penn Badgley) in hot pursuit thinking that Blair is canoodling with Chuck again. But wait, there's more! Serena gets super close to finding out who the real Gossip Girl is then totally fails. Diana reveals her true colors and sooooo much more behind the closed doors of the mansion. And let's just say there are secrets in this place of the ghostly variety. If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
Photo: The CW
BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Dress: Herve Leger
+ Handbag: Louis Vuitton
+ Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Dakota Fanning, Zooey Deschanel, and Ginnifer Goodwin attend the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Every year, the White House Correspondents Dinner brings the worlds of politics and Hollywood together under one fashionable Washington D.C. roof to dine with (and enjoy a speech delivered by) the President of the United States of America. Witty barbs are tossed around the room from the evening's designated host—who was Jimmy Kimmel this year—and everyone dresses up in their fanciest finery, aka black ties and gowns galore, usually of the more subdued variety. (Neon minidresses and/or jumpsuits made of wig hair should be saved for after-parties only.) This year, a bevy of beauties classed-up the evening in various shades of grey. Dakota Fanning and Zooey Deschanel both chose classic lady-gowns adorned in flowers, and Ginnifer Goodwin went for eco-friendly ruffles in the lightest, creamiest of grey.
Betsey Johnson readies herself for a cartwheel at the end of her Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.
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In unexpected and totally #sadface fashion news, Betsey Johnson has filed for bankruptcy. WWD reports that the 34-year-old company will close most of its stores but will keep a few flagships open in New York City as well as a few other cities. This is DEVASTATING news, especially since the company planned to have 100 stores open in 22 states this year. Also, it's prom season. Betsey is the QUEEN of prom dresses! *deep breaths* I feel a slew of exclamation points coming on and am feeling faint at the prospect of never witnessing a triumphant Betsey cartwheel-to-splits display down the New York Fashion Week runway ever again. Thankfully, all is not lost...