Camilla Belle, Poppy Delevigne, And Liv Tyler at the Chanel Artist Dinner during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 24.
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What do you get when you gather high fashion, le cinema, downtown lovelies, and a gazillion roses into one stylishly spring bouquet? A Chanel-hosted party in honor of the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC! The "Artists Dinner" brought a bevy of bright young things to the Odeon restaurant in Tribeca to celebrate all things frock, film, and floral—literally—and everyone from actresses Camilla Belle and Liv Tyler to model Poppy Delevigne were there to toast a warmer season in their best flower-printed finery. What's more, these ladies rocked their girly ensembles with the freshest scents of gnarliness.
There are certain hair accessories (*cough* hair chains *cough*) where one should heed warning, but when chosen wisely, hair adornments like fascinators, fun headbands, or anything involving animal ears can truly elevate a look. Thanks to pop style slayers like Lady Gaga and her hair-o-dyanmics or Nicki Minaj and her penchant for bear hoodies, statement head pieces are making a comeback, and luckily our fave online shops are getting in on the action. Headed to a party in your little black dress? Pop some cat ears up in there. Going to an outdoor music festival in a tank and cutoff jean shorts? Tip it out in a mini feathered headdress. No need to worry your pretty little heads about which ones to choose, though, because we've done all the work for you…
ASOS Cat Ears Fascinator, Panda Sequin Hat, and Pom Pom Ears Cap.
This ASOS Cat Ears Fascinator Hat is what we're talking about where your black dress conundrum is concerned. Pin this purrrfectly jaunty li'l cap to the side of your head, add heels and a generous sweep of cat-eyed liner and you're guaranteed to stand out at a party. The ASOS Panda Face Sequin Hat would also do the trick, but we like the idea of wearing this with bright colored separates or with tailored menswear for a tricked out Janelle Monae kind of feel. But if you're into the sporty trend, try pairing your track suit with this super cute ASOS Pom Pom Ears Cap and platform sneaks as an ode to '90s ravers. Need more ideas? Right this way!
Dakota Fanning at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 17 in New York.
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Let's get right to it. Dakota Fanning wore a super cute, hot pink structured mini cocktail dress to Vanity Fair's opening night party celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival. The hue of the dress, gentle blown-out blonde tresses, and neutral clutch and shoe game were spot on. SPOT. ON. Now, before I get all short-breathy and overcome with Victorian vapors that might require a fainting couch and mild dose of smelling salts, let me preface what might turn into a teensy-tinsy bit of a step-on-the-pulpit diatribe about hair jewelry with this very important fact: there is nothing wrong with hair accessories. I love 'em and have been known to throw some flowers in an updo or wear a headband that looks like a giant melted inkblot. There's nothing wrong with being playful or adventurous with your hair game. *exhales while folding hands together* But hair chains? This is an accessory I find ABOMINABLE.
Tees from the Runway To Win collection by Marc Jacobs and Beyoncé and Tina Knowles.
Photo: Via Runway To Win
The year 2012 is significant. Not only is there hoopla surrounding some sort of massive global shift, there's a presidential election on the horizon. As you might already know, President Barack Obama is up for reelection, and the fashion world—specifically Vogue editor Anna Wintour—wants to show emphatic support. Thus, in support of the Obama campaign, designers like Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung and multifaceted artists like Beyoncé and Diddy via his Sean John line have designed an affordable line of products called Runway to Win which features everything from t-shirts and tote bags to colorful scarves and patriotic nail polishes. What's more, they've put out a public call for guest designers (that means YOU!) to take part in the Runway to Win Design Challenge where one winner's design will be sold along with the designer collection. (#salute!) Oh, and did we mention there's also going to be a Chicago pop-up shop and full-on fashion event, too?
What is going on with you, Gossip Girl? It's all kinda CRAY on the Upper East Side as well as in Brooklyn, now that Blair (Leighton Meester) and Dan (Penn Badgley) are criss-crossing boroughs in order to figure out the proper way to debut their love affair. Even the parental unit of Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus (Matthew Settle) can't figure out whether to keep it posh on the UES or low-key in the "718". All of this flip-flopping leads to dastardly results, obvs. While chilling in Williamsburg, Blair and Dan meet a cross-borough literary hipster couple who inspire them to have a "salon" in Dan's loft as their official coming out party. Sadly, Serena (Blake Lively), Chuck (Ed Westwick), and Nate (Chace Crawford) aren't invited, but they show up anyway to stir up trouble.
Serena's newly found cousin Lola (Ella Rae Peck) goes from temporary It Girl to paranoid gossip monger when she figures out Serena's identity. Yes, Serena is still acting as the de facto Gossip Girl, and Lola tries to rat her out but no one believes her. Meanwhile, gossip high-priestess Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) makes a deal with the real Gossip Girl in order to keep a certain secret involving Chuck Bass under wraps. But oopsies! Lola tapes an intimate convo between Serena and Diana that reveals this mega secret to the entire world (and it's a doozy), but is there more to this story? We think so. Also, did we mention this episode features a famous chef, bowler hats as overhead lighting, and the potential demise of a certain couple? If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Lola Rhodes (Ella Rae Peck).
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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games' and the Calvin Klein dress named after her.
Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate/Net-A-Porter
Giant movie franchises based on popular books are kind of a thing right now. There's huge hype beforehand, lots of internet hullaballoo when the film premieres, and then it all dies down little by little until the next franchise peeps around the corner. It's kind of like when Halloween candy goes on the shelves in August but is completely forgotten about on November 1st, but it doesn't involve as much tooth rot or unwearable costumes. Such is not the case with The Hunger Games, though. (Random thought: how many Katniss's are we gonna see this October 31? I totally call dibs on Effie Trinket!) The dystopian teen survival story of Katniss Everdeen (played by the super talented Jennifer Lawrence), who is chosen to battle to the death in a televised Survivor-like thrill fest is still going strong, especially in the fashion world. Case in point, Calvin Klein released a Katniss Dress on Net-a-Porter today that is, well, insanely expensive and not very Katniss-like.
Missoni x Converse sneakers.
Photo: Courtesy of Converse
We love a good fash collaboration, especially between a major designer and a classic shoe company. But we've got to give a standing ovation to the latest Missoni and Converse joint effort. Yes, what you're seeing above, folks, are some prettttty dynamic Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars rendered in Missoni's classic zig zag print with flecks of gold metallic detailing. Aren't they GORGE?? If you can believe it, this is the fifth time Missoni and Converse have collaborated, but this spring 2012 collection will not only see two exclusive womens-only versions of the Chuck Taylor but also a super kewl blue and white unisex version, too.
Rihanna in New York on March 18 and Liv Tyler in Paris on April 12.
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Rihanna and Liv Tyler have a thing for Givenchy. And style-offs. In fact, Rihanna went head-to-head in a Rottweiler tee with Kanye West and so did Liv, in the very same tee. We don't know if it's a serious love for the House of Givenchy, support for Rottweilers in general, or just a basic need to try and one-up Yeezy, but perhaps there's something to this here. Case in point, both stylin' ladies are in a fash-duel yet again, this time in an oversize Givenchy silk orchid tee. But who wore it best?
Jarvis Cocker performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 11.
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Last night marked a momentous occasion in the history of music, and if you were on Twitter or happened to stroll past Radio City Music Hall in NYC, you may have noticed a sea of mostly black-clad misfits freaking out about a band called Pulp. If you're unfamiliar with the seminal Brit-pop legends that helped define the '90s music scene (and completely rule my life) nor the band's enigmatic lead singer, Jarvis Cocker, you best educate yo'self because, like the entire audience at both performances at Radio City, Pulp is soul-bursting on a variety of levels. For one, their hit song, "Common People" is both a hilarious generation-defining anthem and a super fun song to dance to 17 years later. Also, Jarvis himself is witty, fearless, and incredibly dapper. Did I also mention that he's a consummate performer who not only feuded with Michael Jackson in 1996, when he ran onstage during Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" and, well, pointed to a certain part of his anatomy to tell the audience what he thought of it, but also fronted the Hogwarts dance band, The Weird Sisters, in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Yeah. AMAZING. But yet another reason to love Jarvis and Pulp is their enduring style, specifically Jarv-o's uniform of black-rimmed glasses, a crisp shirt, tie, suit jacket, and '70s heeled boots.
Topshop Shopper Bag, Floppy Hat, and Drop Earrings; ASOS Color Block belt and Happy Socks Inca socks.
Photo: Topshop; ASOS; Madewell
Color blocking is one of spring's biggest trends thanks in part to another trend, sportswear, which was all over the runways. What we love about wearing bold blocks of color (aside from the whole infusion of cheerfulness to our otherwise goth-like winter wardrobes) is that it adds a bit of movement to a basic ensemble. It's also great for those of us who are into the whole mixed prints look but don't know if that stripey blouse will really look ok with a neon floral skirt. Enter color blocking! We recommend giving it a try through accessories. Topshop's Blue Structured Shopper Bag (above left) is the right balance of school/work functionality with blue and yellow modernism—the perfect accessory to accent that still-being-worn black dress. (Don't worry, we're still wearing ours, too. With tights. *sigh*) Topshop also has a Colour Block Floppy Hat in black and tan for those who shun color altogether but pair it with a pair of gold and yellow Circle Triangle Drop Earrings and a maxi dress, and you're good to go. Just want a dash of blockage? An ASOS Color Block Waist Belt in purple and red suede is great with jeans and a tee or try Madewell's Happy Socks in Inca print, instead, for something a bit more funzies. Need more options? We've got 'em!