Cinderella and her infamous glass slipper.
Photo: Amazon.com via Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Did you know that it was National Princess Week? Neither did we, and it's already Friday! What does this mean? Well, we have some celebrating to do in the name of princesses everywhere. (We're gazing your way, Kate Middleton.) Looks like we aren't the only ones getting into the spirit, either. Christian Louboutin just announced via WWD that he will design a pair of glass slippers in honor of the Blu-Ray and DVD rerelease of Walt Disney's Cinderella this summer. Whatever will these "magic touch" creations look like?
This year's Met Gala will be livestreamed.
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STOP THE FASHION PRESSES! Big news. HUGE. Are you holding onto the lapels of your leather jacket and/or clutching the sides of your computer machine as you focus your gaze upon these words? Do so, because hyperventilation or hallucinative vapors may result in reaction to this oh-so glorious news. Vogue Daily just announced that the most exclusive fashion party of the year, namely the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met Gala) will be streaming all of the glitz and glamour that is their red carpet LIVE. Taking place on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30, hosts Elettra Wiedeman and Vogue's William Norwich will interview this year's gala chairs—like newlywed Carey Mulligan and honored designer Miuccia Prada—along with what's sure to be an exhaustive bevy of celeb beauties from Rihanna to Kanye. (Remember when we crowned him Prom King last year? Will he show up with Prom Queen Kim K this year? Zut alors!) We have a few questions, though; most specifically, WHY ISN'T ANDRE LEON TALLEY DOING THE RED CARPET COVERAGE?!
Out of all of the spring/summer 2012 trends, Tex Mex and Southwest looks are my favorite. I'm from the land of cacti and tacos, so dressing the part has always been a cinch. BUT, I must forewarn you, going head-to-toe with draped Pendleton scarves layered over multiple turquoise necklaces atop mix n' match Aztec-printed separates may not be for everyone. I like juxtaposing a few borderland and Day-of-the-Dead-inspired accessories with everyday basics to give my overall look a hint o' festive flavor. Throw in some Frida Kahlo and a smattering of saddle blanket adornment for total caliente chica cool. Check it!
FANTASTICAL FRIDA FINERY
Clockwise from left: ASOS Tex Mex Backpack, Topshop Stitched Stetson, Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks, ASOS Tassel Chandelier Earrings, ASOS MIAMI Aztec shoes.
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If you've seen a Frida Kahlo painting, you know it's all about COLOR. I'm talking electric blue, hibiscus pink, baked yellow, and bright orange; sometimes all mixed together in a serape palette that is as vibrant as it is energetic. This is the type of spirit I want you to imagine when infusing a South of the Border feel into your wardrobe. A perfect start—other than ceasing all brow-taming—would be an ASOS Oversized Tex Mex Skull Backpack which nods at Mexico's most famous holiday, Dia de los Muertos, while also tossing pink and yellow pom poms and multicolored skulls (who are smiling, I might add) all over your person. Topshop's Stitched Stetson Hat with delicate turquoise-y beads would work with a maxi dress and sandals or with a white t-shirt, faded jeans, and Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks (#AWESOME). If you're truly going for it, though, I'd throw in a pair of ASOS Skull and Fabric Tassel Chandelier Earrings with everything I've mentioned thus far, and tip your toesies out in some ASOS MIAMI Lace Up Shoes With Aztec Print. These shoes alone work magic. Need more inspiration, preferable of the dusty desert variety? Right this way!
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.