She Leads, You Follow: amfAR Inspiration Gala Edition

Fashion and fundraising came together in the Oct. 29 amfAR Inspiration Gala, held at Milk Studios in Hollywood, California. Launched in 2010, the series aims to celebrate men’s style while also raising money for amfAR’s AIDS research programs. Last Thursday’s gala certainly accomplished both goals, with stars turning out high fashion to support the worthy cause.

One of our favorite looks of the night came courtesy of the always-fashionable Sarah Hyland, who wore a blush Jenny Packam gown with beaded embroidery. InStyle says Hyland completed her gala look with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Following Hyland in a more whimsical look was Diane Kruger, who donned a Carolina Herrera gown in a faint sheer pink with black and white embroidery. InStyle says that Kruger polished off her look with a Charlotte Olympia box clutch and Harry Winston jewelry.

Interrupting the parade of gowns was Zendaya, who opted for a tailored blazer and shorts suit. She injected her look with some femininity by adding a black strappy heel and floral earrings.

Lea Michele rounded out our favorite looks of the evening, wearing a coral strapless gown with an origami-style curved neckline. A diamond bracelet and earrings completed her gala look.

Although these ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet of a charity gala, there are several things we can learn from their style and apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Simplicity makes a statement – All of these outfits have one thing in common: they are all fairly simple. While some included embroidery or beading, they all employ solid colors. While solid colors can sometimes be considered boring, these ensembles certainly prove otherwise. Their simplicity allows us to focus on each woman wearing the outfit; because we are not distracted by loud prints or overwhelming layers of material, which lets us see them and their natural beauty. When styled with bold jewelry, as these ladies did, it can create a striking, fashionable look.
  2.  Fit is everything – Another common thread running through each of these outfits is their fit; each ensemble is perfectly tailored, and good fit automatically elevates the inherent style of each piece. For example, Zendaya’s blazer fits perfectly at the shoulder and at the waist, accentuating her hourglass shape. Michele’s gown fits in a similar way, with the exaggerated neckline emphasizing her bust while the rest of the gown hugs her curves all the way down to its hemline.
  3. Proportional jewelry – Each woman also has jewelry that is proportional to their outfits; that is, because their outfits are simple, they could wear larger jewelry pieces. Notice, however, the mix of sizes in their jewelry; for example, in Michele’s outfit, she chose a smaller earring with a larger cuff bracelet. Kruger, though, opted for earrings and a bracelet that are fairly equal in size, while Zendaya chose for a bolder earring to counteract her menswear-inspired look. Hyland, however, chose the smallest jewelry, most likely to avoid competing with her bold lip color.

She Leads, You Follow: God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards Gala Edition

On Oct. 15, God’s Love We Deliver hosted their ninth annual Golden Heart Awards which honors those who have worked tirelessly to further the mission of the non-profit organization. Held at Spring Studios in Manhattan, the awards featured two honorees and a number of celebrities who attended the event in high fashion.

One of our favorite looks came courtesy of Kate Hudson, who wowed on the event’s red carpet in a black and white floral Michael Kors Collection dress, featuring a high neckline and split bodice. She completed her look with mustard yellow pointed-toe pumps, says InStyle

Diane Kruger went for something blue, wearing a Michael Kors Collection tonal abstract-print dress with belting detail at the bodice. Kruger polished off her look with a black frame clutch and minimal jewelry.

Rounding out our favorite looks is Emily Blunt, who took to the Golden Heart Awards in another Michael Kors Collection dress, this time a number featuring what InStyle reports is an illusion bodice and sequin skirt. Finishing off her look were single-strap sandals and a patterned box clutch.

Although these lovely ladies are dressed for a night of celebrating the generosity of God’s Love We Deliver’s supporters, there are several aspects of their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. A split decision – Kate Hudson’s black and white dress shows that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. While her dress features a high neckline, it also has split bodice. Dichotomies like this can be very useful when putting together an outfit; here, we read “conservative” from the dress’s high neck, but then read “sexy” from the slit. Things like this can create a visually interesting, sophisticated look, so when you’re putting together an outfit, look for the ways in which the clothing sends different messages. For example, high-waisted, wide-legged trousers can read as classic and even a bit professional. To contrast this, try pairing it with a modern crop top for a chic going-out look.
  2. Belted together – Diane Kruger’s belted dress shows us the importance of belts not just when paired with dresses, but with any garment. Here, her belt not only accentuates her waist, it also adds bit of an edge to the outfit, since it is done in leather and creates a wrap-effect around her ribcage. Belts are a great way to create shape in anything from a dress to a top, as they easily define your waistline and accentuate your curves. However, they are also a great way to build interest in your outfit, since they can indicate an edgier look (like Kruger’s) or even a more modern look, depending on the style of the belt.
  3. Mix it up – Wearing what can be called a mixed-media dress, Emily Blunt shows us how to wear a few different textures and materials simultaneously. The top of her dress reads as an open mesh, while the bottom of her dress is a skirt full of sparkles. This mixing of textures creates a really rich, intriguing look. To mimic this effect in your own outfits, an easy way to start is by mixing leather with things like lace, wool or even chunky knits. Mixing textures like this will not only look visually interesting, it will also look rather cohesive and put together.

Take Her Look [For Less]

With every film festival comes tremendous red carpet style, and this certainly held true for the 72nd Annual Venice Film Festival. The festival is days away from its September 12 conclusion, but there is one look that make us wish it would never end.

This covetable look comes courtesy of Diane Kruger, who attended the festival in a red jumpsuit with a V-neckline intersected by a band at the bust that InStyle reports is by Cushnie et Ochs. She completed her look with black sandals and a gold clutch designed by Lee Savage.

Kruger’s spicy jumpsuit, the Stretch Cady Jumpsuit by Cushnie et Ochs, delivers a structured silhouette in a bright scarlet red, but if you love this jumpsuit, you’ll have to shell out a whopping $1,695. Her luxurious look doesn’t stop there, incorporating the Gold Plane Space Clutch by Lee Savange that costs $2,595. Her film festival ensemble might cost upwards of $4,290, but we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for less than $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a jumpsuit to rival Kruger’s Cushnie et Ochs style was no easy task, but we thought that the ASOS Jumpsuit in Sculpt Me Bodyfit came pretty close. Done in an equally eye-catching red, this jumpsuit also delivers a cutout at the neckline reminiscent of Kruger’s look. While this jumpsuit is fairly similar to Kruger’s, it’s certainly not similar in its price, coming in at only $71.66.

The ASOS Jumpsuit In Sculpt Me Bodyfit, found on Asos.com.

The ASOS Jumpsuit In Sculpt Me Bodyfit, found on Asos.com.

Our look-alike red jumpsuit could use a little bit of shine, and that’s where the SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch from Lord and Taylor comes in. This clutch offers a similar gold tone in a box silhouette, which calls to mind the architectural style of Kruger’s Lee Savage clutch. This handbag is sure to add some shine to your look for only $48.

The SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch, found on LordandTaylor.com.

The SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch, found on LordandTaylor.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a simple black sandal, and the Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels from Charlotte Russe will do just that. Available for only $32.99, these heels will take your look to the next level without breaking the bank.

The Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

The Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

While Diane Kruger’s Venice Film Festival look cost at least $4,290, our reimagined outfit will deliver an equally sassy look for only $152.65. Now if only you had a film festival to jet off to…

Happy Shopping!