The ELLE Style Awards, held annually in London, celebrate the year’s achievements in both fashion and show business, with accolades spanning from Red Carpet Designer of the Year (Roksanda Ilincic) and International Designer of the Year (Stella McCartney) to Best Actor (Bradley Cooper) and Best TV Show (“Game of Thrones”). Needless to say, they draw in a very stylish crowd each time around; plus, it’s just better because it’s British. Check out the looks we loved (and loathed, and the ones that made us ask, “who did this to you?”) from the event in the gallery above!
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Set your alarms for Sunday at midnight! The Prabal Gurung collection goes on sale then and it’s a doozy! Seriously, I was pretty much over these designer collaborations because they’d had, for the most part, gotten really cheap and crappy looking, like the designers were phoning it in since they knew the items would sell like hotcakes regardless. But the massive Prabal Gurung collection for Target has won me over — I’m loving nearly everything, from the bright florals to the short hemlines to the chic and unique accessories. Best of all, everything is majorly affordable. Click through to see the entire lookbook, with prices, so you can plan your shopping spree accordingly…
When I recently surveyed my sock drawer and noticed that my collection was all hole-filled stinkers and pairs that I’d “borrowed” from friends, I realized that it was time to update my footdrobe. I started with these Digital Tiger Ankle Socks, which send the appropriate “Don’t step on my toes” message. Footwear that is both threatening and adorable feels like the right way to go. Just think, nobody will ever accuse me of foot odor again — they’ll be too scared of my socks. Rawr! [$6,Â TopShop]
Each season, New York Fashion Week kicks off with the American Foundation for AIDS Research (better known as amfAR) Gala. This year’s party was a little bit different, because while the guest list always reads like a who’s who of fashion big shots, supermodels, and stylish starlets, that generally doesn’t include Lindsay Lohan. Hmmmmm. Check out what Lindsay and 10 other famous faces wore in the gallery above!
Carine Roitfeld recently bemoaned the exclusivity of fashion shows, revealing her own opinion that young people who love fashion should be able to see it. (In fact, it’s this very conviction that drives her to take two spectators in with her each time she goes to see a show — so cute!) It’s true: you’ve got to have Notoriety with a capital “N” (for nepotism, of course) to land your lucky self an invite to Fashion Week. While it sure doesn’t beat being personally escorted by the former EIC of French Vogue, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week partner IMG has offered us Regular Folk a new in at the events this year by teaming up with online video platform Rightster to host streaming video of the runway. More than half of the shows in New York this season, which begins today and ends the 14th, will be available to watch both live and on-demand afterward, should you happen to miss your favorite. You can find the full list of shows, dates, and times, complete with links to the live stream, here at International Business Times.
Anyone who has ever dabbled in granola pursuits can attest to the comfort of Birkenstocks. Yes, they are a pleasure to wear, but what they are not is stylish. It shouldn’t even be a question: unless you align yourself with a crunchier crowd (and there’s nothing wrong with that), Birkenstocks have no place on your feet. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Birkenstocks have no place in fashion … but if Phoebe Philo says otherwise, it’s probably in my best interest to step back. The Céline designer, beloved for her airy, streamlined silhouettes (and to-die-for handbags), designed a Birkenstock-esque flat sandal with a decidedly un-hippie mink lining, priced at €700 (close to $1,000). That’s a lot of cash for a glorified Jesus shoe.
But in a true testament to high fashion’s ripple effect, the latest issue of British Vogue features a pair of classic white Birks, and the same shoe was spotted on the runway of menswear duo Agi & Sam at London Fashion Week. Will we be seeing a resurgence of this particular footwear previously favored by the hackysack set? It’s possible, but I just can’t imagine society tastemakers like Anna Wintour giving them the sign-off. I do, however, peg Kanye West as the next to sport the shoe. Just you watch. [Guardian]
- Supermodel and Guess girl Claudia Schiffer revealed that Hermès wished to name a signature handbag after her when she was 22… and she turned them down at her agent’s insistence. Regrets, I’ve had a few… [Telegraph]
- It is entirely possible that Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of Vogue in the coming months — The Washingtonian reported that a team from the mag was spotted “moving cameras into the residence” (i.e. the White House) for a shoot with Annie Leibovitz. [The Cut]
- Good news for the crusade against animal testing for cosmetics (in the European Union, at least): a ban preventing the import and sale of any animal-tested products or ingredients will go into effect March 11. Your move, America. [WWD]
- If you don’t think your baby smells enough like a baby already, Dolce & Gabbana is launching a new (totally safe, alcohol-free) perfume intended to enhance the natural smell of newborns. The fragrance, inspired by “the softness of baby skin, the freshness of baby breath, a mother’s sweet hug, [and] the first smile” will contain notes of citrus, honey, and melon. Now I’m hungry. Not for babies. [BuzzFeed]
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