She Leads, You Follow: Global Gift Gala Edition

On Monday, Nov. 30, the city of London played host to the Global Gift Foundation’s  Global Gift Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. The foundation, which serves to “positively impact the lives of children, women and families that find themselves in need,” got the help it needed from a certain few charitable guests.

One such guest was Eva Longoria, an ambassador for the Global Gift Foundation. The actress attended the gala in what InStyle says is a royal blue Victoria Beckham gown, complete with a deep v-neckline and oversized bow at the waist. Longoria polished off her look with a dainty necklace and ring to add a subtle touch of shine.

Longoria was joined at the gala by her equally stylish friend and the designer of her gown, Victoria Beckham. Beckham also wore a gown of her own design, wearing a minimalistic, all-black camisole-style dress which she paired with diamond drop earrings.

Although this is where we usually discuss how these red carpet styles can offer us certain hints and tips on how to dress from day to day, today’s She Leads, You Follow is a bit different. If there is only one thing to take away from this article, it is this: charity trumps fashion any day of the week, not just during the holiday season, but every single day of the year. So while we could discuss how the bow sash on Longoria’s gown accentuates her waist while Beckham’s earrings frame her face, these ladies demonstrate the importance of helping those in need and advocating on their behalf. Their fashion is great, but taking their lead in being charitable is even better.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Another day, another white-hot look from none other than Eva Longoria.

The actress was photographed on the red carpet of LG Electronics’ “Fam-to-Table” series on August 22 at The Washbow in Culver City, California, wearing a stunning white dress striped with sheer panels. She completed her look with nude T-strap heels and delicate gold jewelry.

Longoria’s latest white frock comes courtesy of London-based designer David Koma. Wearing the Sheer Cross Stripes Dress, Longoria’s head-turning look walks the line between sexy and demure. What’s equally head-turning about this look is its $1,770 price tag! Although nothing could truly replace this beautiful David Koma dress, we’ve found a dress and heels to replicate Longoria’s look for much, much less. Read on for the results!

Finding a dress to mimic the unique lines and sheer detailing of the David Koma dress was no easy task, but we found a near-duplicate look from Missguided — the Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress. Although this dress doesn’t have the same elbow-length sleeves of the David Koma dress, it features exact mesh detailing at the waist and hemline. This dress could easily pass for Longoria’s, but it has only one difference, other than its lack of sleeve: its $80 price tag!

The Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress in White, found on MissguidedUS.com.

The Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress in White, found on MissguidedUS.com.

Nude T-strap heels complete our look for less, and the Jessica Simpson Carys heel does just that. Done in a similar patent leather, these heels mimic not only the material of Longoria’s shoes but also their T-strap construction. The Carys heel also features a gold detail at the toe, adding a bit of shine to your look. These heels are the perfect way to cap off our look for less, coming in at only $34.99 from 6pm.

The Jessica Simpson Carys heel, found on 6pm.com.

The Jessica Simpson Carys heel, found on 6pm.com.

Eva Longoria’s red carpet style cost a whopping $1,770, but with these great pieces from Missguided and 6pm, you’ll be able to recreate her entire outfit for only $114.99. Style your new look with some dainty gold bracelets, and you’ll have Longoria’s exact look for a fraction of the cost!

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Although the days left in the summer season are numbered, certain celebrities aren’t shying away from wearing bright summer white to the last parties of the season.

According to InStyle, Eva Longoria showed up to Lot Studios in Los Angeles in a white-hot midi dress to attend the HollyRod Foundation’s 17th Annual DesignCare Gala on August 8. She styled her body-hugging frock with a nude pointed toe pump and a gold mirrored clutch, while slicking her hair back into a chic updo.

Longoria’s sophisticated look, which features what The Daily Mail is reporting as the Victoria Beckham silk and wool-blend crepe dress, comes at a price — a $2,365 price, to be exact. But if this look is the object of your envy (as it is ours), we have all the pieces necessary to recreate Longoria’s entire look for less. Read on for the results!

Since midi dresses are a huge trend right now, finding a style in a crisp white with clean lines was fairly simple. So we turned to trusty Lulu’s, who came through for us yet again with their exclusive We Built This Midi Ivory Midi Dress. Featuring a similar curve-hugging silhouette, this dress will accentuate all the right things in all the right places. For only $44, this dress is the perfect piece from which to reconstruct Longoria’s look for less.

The Lulu's Exclusive We Built This Midi Ivory Midi Dress, found on Lulus.com.

The Lulu’s Exclusive We Built This Midi Ivory Midi Dress, found on Lulus.com.

DSW’s Guess Lavonna Pumps could pass for Longoria’s exact pumps with their pointed-silhouette and matte leather finish. The only possible difference between these pumps and Longoria’s is the price — these gorgeous heels will take your look-alike outfit to new heights for only $59.95.

The Guess Lavonna Pump, found on DSW.com.

The Guess Lavonna Pump, found on DSW.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a mirrored gold clutch, and the Linear Ridge Clutch in rose gold by Glint certainly fits the bill. Pick up this shiny clutch from Nordstrom for only $34.80 to add some sparkle to your outfit.

The Glint Linear Ridge Clutch in Rose Gold, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Glint Linear Ridge Clutch in Rose Gold, found on Nordstrom.com.

Eva Longoria’s gorgeous Victoria Beckham dress alone totaled $2,365, but our look for less didn’t even come close to $200, coming in at only $138.75. Now you can look like a star without spending like a star!

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.