Take Her Look [For Less]

On Sept. 26, New York City played host to the Global Citizen Festival, which served to bring awareness to issues such as hunger, healthcare and education that affect people around the world. Musical performances from acts such as Coldplay and Beyoncé added to the festival, and so did some of the fashion from celebrities in attendance.

One of our favorite looks came courtesy of Kerry Washington, who attended the festival in what InStyle reports is a black and white lace-up Balenciaga dress, which she paired with a black clutch, grey pumps and Eva Fehren jewelry. Washington capped off her look with a pop of color in the form a slick of orange lipstick.

Although we love the Scandal star’s black and white ensemble, we wish we could say the same about its price. According to The Daily Mail, her dress is part of the yet-to-be-released Balenciaga’s Resort 2016 collection, but similar strapless styles from the current collection start at $1,695 at Net-A-Porter. We love her look, but we think that you don’t have to spend like a star to look like one. That’s why we set out to recreate her entire look for under $100. Read on for the results!

Because Washington’s frock is so unique, we had to opt for a dress similar only in color palette and construction — and that’s where the Color Block Mesh Asymmetrical Dress from Charlotte Russe comes in. Its black and white color block style invokes Washington’s Balenciaga number, but it isn’t even close in terms of price, on sale for a mere $9.99.

The Color Block Mesh Asymmetrical Dress, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

The Color Block Mesh Asymmetrical Dress, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

To mimic Washington’s textured clutch, we chose the Urban Expressions Reilly Clutch from DSW. Featuring a tonal faux snakeskin leather, this clutch can easily pass for Washington’s clutch, but will only set you back $29.95.

The Urban Expressions Reilly Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Urban Expressions Reilly Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Audrey Brooke Sloane Pumps complete our look our less, with their perforated toe box reminiscent of the texture on Washington’s charcoal grey pumps. This gorgeous suede heel will elevate your look to the next level for only $59.95.

The Audrey Brooke Sloane Pump, found on DSW.com.

The Audrey Brooke Sloane Pump, found on DSW.com.

Kerry Washington’s Balenciaga dress for the Global Citizen Festival costs an estimated $1,695, but our look for less will give you a similar look for only $99.89. Swipe a bright orange lipstick on your lips and you’ll have taken Washington’s entire look for less.

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: ‘The Prophet’ Screening Edition

The Bing Theatre at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art played host to a screening of GKIDS’ Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet on Wednesday, July 29, and the event drew a crowd of high-profile, well-dressed celebrity guests.

Salma Hayek, who not only produced the film but starred in it as Kamila, graced the red carpet in what People reports was a black tuxedo-inspired Balenciaga dress which she paired with black Gucci heels. She completed her look with a silver clutch, a silver broach, and silver earrings, while keeping her hair simple in a sleek half-updo.

Following Hayek on the red carpet was Eva Longoria, who stunned in a cobalt blue bodycon dress that featured a sheer mesh panel flanked by white stripes at the waist, which she paired with a black clutch and black pumps. Longoria topped off her look with a chic top knot and dramatic eye makeup.

Although Hayek and Longoria are decked out for a red carpet event, there are still some things we can take away from their red carpet looks and apply in our everyday lives.

  1. Menswear can be feminine – Salma Hayek’s tuxedo-inspired dress shows us just how versatile menswear can be. This dress has satin lapels just like a men’s tuxedo jacket, but it is transformed into a feminine piece not only because it is a dress, but also because of the shape of the dress. Shape is created in this dress by a thick half-belt that closes the blazer-like construction of the dress and defines her waist; this also creates a quasi-slit in the front, adding a little bit of sexiness to frock. To incorporate menswear into your style, try a blazer to start; look for blazers that feel a little more masculine, meaning they have a stronger shoulder, a thicker lapel or a boyfriend cut throughout the body of the jacket. Then, to inject some femininity into the look, pair the blazer with a girly floral or a dainty lace top.
  2. Mesh makes shape – Eva Longoria’s dress shows us that mesh is not only good way to share a peek of skin in an outfit, but it is also a great way to create shape — that is, if it is strategically placed. The mesh on Longoria’s cobalt frock is placed in a demi-chevron pattern that falls right at her natural waistline, thus accentuating her waist and creating shape in a dress that otherwise lacks shape-creating seams. Having the mesh outlined in white panels further emphasizes her waist. When shopping for mesh-embellished pieces, make sure that the mesh does double duty, meaning that the mesh is placed in such a way that it will create shape while also showing some skin. The easiest way to ensure that your mesh embellishments work with your body is by taking Longoria’s lead and wearing the mesh as a waist-defining structure on the garment. Shape can also be created via mesh panels at the shoulders to give the illusion of broader shoulders or panels at the hips to create curves on your bottom half.