Anna Dello Russo shows off some of the pieces from her new H&M collaboration.
Photo: Magnus Magnusson
There's a photo of Vogue Nippon fashion editor Anna Dello Russo accompanying the the word 'fabulous' in the dictionary. Ok, so maybe that's not true (who has dictionaries with photos in them, anyway?) but it might as well be, the woman is so totally amazing. When we heard that she was teaming up with H&M to create an accessories collection, therefore, we jumped up and down at our desks and started searching furiously for a sneak peek of the jewels. Just as we were close to tears in our desperation to see something, anything, of the collection, the fashion gods and H&M's PR people smiled upon us and sent around a set of photos revealing some of the collection, along with an insane video taking you inside of Dello Russo's totally crazy-awesome apartment. Check out both after the jump.
The slow crawl to the weekend means we're one step closer to PROM. You've given your hairstyle a practice run, secured your dress, selected your accessories, and you're probably well on your way to locking down the PERFECT pair of shoes to complement it all. But maybe you're not that stoked on the idea of teetering around on a pair of ortho-murdering stilettos all night? Well, whether you're just not a heel girl or you're anticipating a grand footwear switch in the middle of your night out, we've compiled an arsenal of sneakers you can wear with whatever prom dress you might be rocking, thanks, in part, to inspiration from three sneaker-and-dress-wearing stylettes: Kristen Stewart, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lil Mama!
PRETTY IN PUNK
Kristen Stewart wears checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of ASOS/Vans
Kristen Stewart is kind of the patron saint of sneakers-with-dresses, notorious for changing into a pair of Vans or Converse kicks in the middle of awards shows. She's also a prime example of how to balance looking pretty AND punky in a dress and sneakers. K.Stew wore a pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress, and you can implement the same idea in your prom look by opting for equally bold styles. Go for printed looks like these pink patterned slip-ons from ASOS ($63.63) or these graphic flatform high tops also from ASOS ($54.54). Add some edgy sparkle to your ensemble with these ASOS ($381.76) studded high tops, or add a major pop of color with some neon courtesy of Vans ($45.00). The key here is to keep the silhouette sleek and the upper loud and punchy.
Leandra Medine rolls around on the floor in seductive melancholy in new video.
Photo: The Man Repeller
You might think you know Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. You're an expert in arm parties and neon detachable collars--we know, we know. You might also think you know Lana Del Rey. She likes to pout her lips and surround herself with tigers, yes. But, do you know Lean del Ra, Medine's milk-drinking, stuffed polar bear clutching alter ego? In a new video set to Del Rey's "Video Games," Medine introduces her new incarnation, who stares longingly at basketball games and eats matzah with cream cheese (also perfect timing, and gusto). Medine, or we should say, Lean del Ra, also lets us see her favorite stuffed animal, a rotund polar bear named Puffy [Sidebar: we totally had that same stuffed polar bear as babies. It's like we're kindred spirits or something]. In the post accompanying the video, Medine describes it as "a newer age new age Who Wore it Best treatment paying tribute while simultaneously battling none other than internet favorite: Lana Del Rey," and we have to say, as far as who wore the pouty melancholy babe singing a sad song best? We just can't decide. Lana or Leandra? It's too hard!
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.
Willow Smith on the set of her "Do It Like Me (Rockstar)" music video.
Photo: Alan Silfen
Since Willow Smith burst onto the music scene with her impossibly catchy "Whip My Hair" single, spitfire personality, and undeniable fashion prowess, we knew we'd be glued to the girl's every move. Since then, the cutie patootie superstar spawn for Will and Jada has dabbled in street fighter inspired looks, buzzed off all her hair, and even tried a more subdued look (one time). But even before all this, before she exploded into a full-fledged style icon at the tender age of 11, Willow was sashay shante-ing up and down the streets of NYC and Paris in the most covetable of ensembles.
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!
Ke$ha for "V" Magazine.
Photo: Inez & Vinoodh for V Magazine
V Magazine's latest issue (hitting shelves May 10) aims to celebrate all things Americana. Rather than poster up a girl-next-door for their cover (say a smiley-eyed Blake Lively type), V shows the world exactly where they're going with this theme with a different American cover girl: Ke$ha. Her glitter-meets-garbage personal steez is reinterpreted as a full-face of star-spangled banner, stars and stripes waving from ear to ear, and the flag + nose ring + blonde curls + shaved Skrillex patch is enough to start "Sweet Home Alabama" playing on repeat in your brain for the next three hours. It's an atypical choice but a totally warranted one.
Since prom is basically the ONLY occasion in our lives that calls for super dressed-up gowns (well, minus our wedding day *crosses fingers*), it means we can FINALLY cop all those drool-worthy red carpet looks that we've been fawning over all year long. Just think—their stylists get paid the big bucks to dish out the top celebs' most killer looks, so why not take a cue from the best in the biz? We gathered some of our favorite awards show ensembles and found an affordable option for all our fashion-forward girls. I know, I know, we're sooooo nice. You can thank us later.
SELENA GOMEZ'S SPARKLY MERMAID DRESS
Selena Gomez at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Feb. 26.
Photo: Getty Images
We loveloveLOVED Selena Gomez's super glam Oscar party look because it's body-conscious but classy. We tried to match the intricate metallic bead work on her Dolce & Gabbana mermaid dress with an allover silver sequin dress from Bloomingdale's. The Lauren by Ralph Lauren gown ($270) silhouette is SO dead that you could even sport the same vintage-y faux bob and call it a night! To finish the look, grab a studded clutch and call it a night. We particularly like this embellished linen wristlet ($70) from Bebe!
Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, and Chelsea Kane wear little white dresses.
Photo: Getty Images
Forget whatever you think you know about little black dresses. As temperatures climb and hems rise, spring is all about the LWD (little white dress), and in just one evening, Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, and Chelsea Kane sported three different iterations of the crisp warm-weather trend at last night's Academy screening of Glee and the ABC Family West Coast upfront.
As far as we know, Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps have never attended a prom together, but this is what it might have looked like if they did.
Photo: Getty Images Illustration: Jason Mitchell
It's prom week, and there are so many things to think about, from the perfect dress to the perfect date and sparkly accessories, and so we enlisted the help of our besties at HelloGiggles to share their infinite wisdom with us. Site co-founder Sophia Rossi is an expert BFF, so we asked her to write about the most important accessory you might have forgotten--your BFF.
Prom is just around the corner and I'm sure you're all wondering what this thirty-something year old inner tween thinks about prom, right? Prom is one the most important nights in a teenager's life and Hellogiggles wants you to know that you have our support. Your biggest support system, always, should come from your BFF (we are willing to act as your BFF now). I will tell you my three basic tips because I tend to be bossy yet informative at all times. Also, I went to prom with my best guy friend and it was truly the best experience ever, but enough about me..