She Leads, You Follow: La Mer Celebration Edition

Being considered an ‘icon’ in the fashion and makeup industry is not an easily-won accomplishment, but on Oct. 13, skincare and cosmetic brand La Mer celebrated their icon-status at their “Celebration of an Icon” 50th Anniversary event at Siren Studios in Hollywood, California. Although the night was all about La Mer, we couldn’t help but be sidetracked by the event’s tremendous red carpet fashion.

Take Chrissy Teigen’s white-hot ensemble, for example. The model and recently-announced mommy-to-be made an appearance on the red carpet in what InStyle describes as a white strappy Kayat dress. Teigen completed her look with silver metallic frame clutch, matching silver Jimmy Choo sandals and EF Collection jewelry.

Following suit in an equally stunning look was Gwyneth Paltrow, who rocked the red carpet in a Galvan jumpsuit with a sheer plunging neckline. Polishing off her look were black satin Brian Atwood sandals and a bold cocktail ring.

Although these lovely ladies are styled for the red carpet, there are certain facets of their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Structurally speaking – Chrissy Teigen’s white Kayat dress a perfect example of clothing with an inherent, shape-creating structure. The wide straps accentuate her shoulders, balancing them out with her hips, while the zipper running down the center of her dress draws our attention and makes us follow the long line it creates. The seaming and slight ruching at the bodice and waist of the dress draws attention to her bustline while simultaneously narrowing her waist. These simple, barely perceptible features all work to define her shape and make an otherwise simple dress visually stimulating. Whether you’re shopping for anything from a dress to a blouse, be sure to consider all of the elements of the garment beyond the print and overall shape, because there may be elements working ‘behind the seams’ that make the piece a very functional, yet fashionable item.
  2. Jump into a jumpsuit – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Galvan jumpsuit shows us not only one way to properly wear a formal jumpsuit, but also what to look for when shopping for the perfect one-piece. First, be sure that the jumpsuit has a clearly defined waistline; in Paltrow’s jumpsuit, her waist is easily identified by a thick black band. Then, check out the cut of the legs; a universally flattering leg silhouette for jumpsuits is wide-legged cut, because the leg of the pant will graze the widest part of your hips and fall straight down to the floor, creating a long, lean legline. Finally, try to find a jumpsuit with some interesting detail that will act as a focal point for the look; in Paltrow’s Galvan number, the obvious focal point is its sheer plunging neckline, but a high neckline or notched strapless neckline can be equally as eye-catching. All of these facets combine to create a flattering jumpsuit look for all body types.
  3. A ‘solid’ look – One of the things both of these looks have in common is that they are composed of solid colors. And while solid colors can sometimes be thought of as ‘boring’ or ‘dull,’ both of these outfits prove that solid colors can be anything but boring. So what is it that makes these outfits particularly interesting? The answer is in the details — not only are both Teigen’s dress and Paltrow’s jumpsuit tailored perfectly to their bodies, they also have inherent shape, structure and detail that combine to make a visually stimulating look. Both of their outfits demonstrate that solid colors can be exciting when they are cut and styled in ways that enhance the body shape of each woman, as well as their personality.

Take Her Look [For Less]

There is nothing better to wear to a black-tie affair than a classic black and white ensemble, and that’s exactly what actress Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the The Broad Museum Black Tie Dinner on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles, California.

Paltrow attended the museum launch party in what InStyle reports are Monique Lhullier separates — a black and white floral-print top and black wide-leg pants. She completed her look with some shine to frame her face in the form of Norman Silverman diamond earrings while adding some height to her look with Brian Atwood pumps.

Although Paltrow’s stunned in her elegant black and white ensemble, the price of even one of these pieces is equally as stunning. Take her trousers, for example. Her Monique Lhullier Wide Leg Tuxedo Pants will set you back a lofty $1,295 — and that’s not even considering her Monique Lhullier top! But if you love this look, there’s no need to shell out upwards of $1,000 to make it yours. We’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Paltrow’s entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a black and white floral top to rival Paltrow’s Monique Lhullier style was no easy task, but we finally landed on this floral top from Choies.com. Featuring a similar box cut and cropped style, this top will deliver a silhouette and print reminiscent of Paltrow’s top for a fraction of the cost, coming in at only $16.99.

The White T-Shirt with Black Floral, found on Choies.com.

The White T-Shirt with Black Floral, found on Choies.com.

Since wide-leg trousers have been increasingly popular, finding a pair of these trendy pants to pair with the top was fairly simple. We quickly found the Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers from Missguided, which offer a similar wide-legged, high-waisted silhouette, but for much less than the Monique Lhullier style’s $1,295 price — these trousers will only set you back $60.

The Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers, found on Missguidedus.com.

The Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers, found on Missguidedus.com.

Every outfit needs a little bit of shine, and there is no better accessory for the job than the Rhinestone Fringe Duster Earrings from Forever 21. These earrings will add a much-needed dose of sparkle while framing your gorgeous face. While these earrings may look like they cost a fortune, they will only cost you an easy $5.90.

The Rhinestone Duster Fringe Earrings, found on Forever21.com.

The Rhinestone Duster Fringe Earrings, found on Forever21.com.

Heels are the final thing to check off of our shopping list, and the Mix No. 6 Sarti Platform Pumps from DSW are just the pumps to elevate your look to the next level. Featuring a tonal snake print, this pump has a subtle texture that will make your outfit that much more chic. These pumps will complete our look for less for only $39.95.

The Mix No. 6 Sarti Platform Pumps, found on DSW.com.

The Mix No. 6 Sarti Platform Pumps, found on DSW.com.

Although we love Gwyneth Paltrow’s head-to-toe Monique Lhullier look, we believe that you don’t have to spend like a star to look like a star. Paltrow’s Monique Lhullier tuxedo pants cost $1,295, but our entire recreated outfit will deliver a similar look for only $122.84. Now if only you had a black-tie event to attend…

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Sometimes, celebrities wear pieces that even us average shoppers can afford. But when they do, they accessorize with only the best designer shoes and purses. And last week, Victoria Justice did just that.

According to Cosmopolitanthe actress attended the July 17 premiere of Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, part of Outfest’s 2015 LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival. Justice turned heads at The Montalban Theater in Los Angeles in what The Daily Mail reported was a black mesh paneled Missguided dress, which she paired with pink satin Brian Atwood heels and a Henri Bendel clutch.

Although Justice wore a dress by Missguided valued at $70 (click here to get this dress in white for only $56!), she paired her affordable frock with some pricey designer accessories. Her Henri Bendel clutch, the Stingray Party Starter Box, is priced at $198, while her hot pink Brian Atwood Besame pumps are worth a hefty $695 — that makes her accessories alone worth $893, which is almost 13 times the price of her $70 dress!

But if you are looking to take her look for less, THL not only has two great dress options to rival Justice’s already-affordable frock, we also found killer accessories to complete the look for a fraction of the cost!

To mimic the angular mesh panels at the waist of Justice’s dress, we chose the Mesh Sesh Dress from Tobi. This dress not only delivers the same sexy mesh panels as Justice’s dress, it also has a small back cutout, making it an ultra-sexy dress for all of your party-going needs. Available for only $42, you can’t afford not to add this dress to your rotation of little black dresses.

The Mesh Sesh Dress, found on Tobi.com.

The Mesh Sesh Dress, found on Tobi.com.

If you love the high neckline of Justice’s Missguided dress, we found the perfect replacement for under $30. The Club L Mesh Plunge Dress with Open Back delivers a similar round, high neckline while also opening up the neckline with a mesh-covered plunging v-neck. An open back completes this sexy look, which can be yours for only $27.18 on Asos.com.

The Club L Mesh Plunge Dress with Open Back, found on Asos.com.

The Club L Mesh Plunge Dress with Open Back, found on Asos.com.

Justice added a punch of color to her look by adding bright pink pumps, and you can do the same with the BCBG Paris Jaze Suede Pumps from DSW.com. These d’orsay pumps are the perfect way to spice up your already hot look, and they won’t bust your budget at an easy $59.95.

The BCBG Paris Jaze Suede Pump, found on DSW.com.

The BCBG Paris Jaze Suede Pump, found on DSW.com.

A box clutch completes the look, and the Glint Embossed Minaudiere from Nordstrom does the job. Offering a similar silhouette and color to Justice’s neutral Henri Bendel clutch, this clutch will polish off your look (and hold your phone and lip gloss, of course!) for only $38.98.

The Glint Embossed Minaudiere, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Glint Embossed Minaudiere, found on Nordstrom.com.

Victoria Justice’s sexy Outfest look totaled $963, but our recreated look for less — that is, both dresses, the pumps and the clutch — comes to only $168.11! The moral of the story? You need to buy both dresses, the shoes and the clutch so you can have two fabulous versions of Justice’s look for far less than the original!

Happy Shopping!