She Leads, You Follow: Oscars After Party Edition

After a night of stunning red carpet looks for the 88th annual Academy Awards, the after parties brought on a host of other high fashion ensembles that may have topped those from the awards.

Trading in her Dior Haute Couture ceremony gown for an Alexander Wang number, Jennifer Lawrence attended the after parties in a custom two-piece gown featuring a bustier top with barbell piercing and a black skirt with the same details stitching together a thigh-high slit, says InStyle. The Joy actress topped off her look with Anita Ko jewelry, an Alexander Wang bucket bag and metallic sandals.

Rachel McAdams headed out for a celebratory night in a light pink Naeem Khan number with head-to-toe beading, according to InStyle. The sexy look came courtesy of a deep V-neckline and a thigh-high slit, in addition to her platform silver heels.

Lady Gaga gave an alternative look, wearing an ultra-chic jumpsuit that was a custom creation by Brandon Maxwell, says ELLE. Featuring a peplum and a demi-skirted bottom, the “Til It Happens to You” singer completed her look with diamond earrings and an old Hollywood glam hairstyle.

Following suit in another custom ensemble was Mindy Kaling, who worked the after-party circuit in a tailor-made Salvador Perez number says ELLE. The quasi-tuxedo style gown featured an asymmetrical satin lapel with beading on the other side of the bodice. The Mindy Project star showed some skin in a deep V-neckline and side slit that grazed the top of her thigh.

Elizabeth Banks attended the after parties in a Ralph & Russo gown with a semi-sheer lace  beaded bodice, from which a dramatic cape flowed from her shoulders to the hemline of the gown, according to ELLE. Banks completed her regal look with a small frame clutch and an upswept hairdo.

Although these ladies are dressed to party the night away after the film industry’s most important celebration, there is one very important thing we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

While fit, V-necklines and embellishments can all combine to create fashionable looks, confidence is the most important thing you can ‘wear’ with any outfit. If you are confident in who you are, you will feel confident in what you’re wearing; this will shine through, allowing beautiful you to be the star of your look while your fashionable outfit will play a supporting role. Looking great on the outside is great, but knowing you’re great on the inside is worth so much more.

 

She Leads, You Follow: CDGA Awards

Although awards season often pays tribute to those artists in film, television and music, an oft-overshadowed group of people behind the scenes was honored this week at the 18th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills. And of course, guests in attendance came in high-fashion looks worthy of being seen among dozens of the film and television industry’s top costume designers.

Cate Blanchett attended the Feb. 23 awards in an Atelier Versace number, says ELLEThe winner of the LACOSTE Spotlight Award stunned in her all-black ensemble, which she offset with an oversized bib necklace.

Adding a pop of color to the party was The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling, who shared on Instagram that she was wearing a custom gown by Salvador Perez, the costume designer for her show and the president of the Costume Designers Guild. She paired her bright pink and crystal-embellished gown with a silver clutch and sparkly jewelry to match.

Attending the event in another all-black look was Kate Beckinsale, who wore a lace paneled gown by Hamel, says ELLE. The star completed her look with a black minaudière and drop earrings.

Although these ladies are dressed to celebrate the people behind the scenes — or should be say, behind the ‘seams’ — who make them look camera-ready, there is one very important thing we should take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

If you ask any of the costume designers honored at the awards what their biggest style rule is, they will most likely tell you that fit is key. If a garment doesn’t fit, no matter how gorgeous the piece is, it is ruined by a lack of proper fit. Therefore, it is important that we try clothing on before we purchase it to ensure that it fits as best as possible; this means making sure that the shoulder seams hit at the top of the shoulder, that any darts in the chest of a garment hit at your bust, that seaming that the waist falls at your natural waist, that there is no fabric pulling at the hips or thighs and that the hemlines of pants or full-length dresses are not dragging on the floor. If there are certain facets of a garment that don’t fit perfectly, try to see if a tailor can remedy the problem if it’s worth the investment.

Remember: fit is everything, and as our favorite TV stylist and imaginary best friend Stacy London once said, “If you don’t have fit, then you don’t have style.”

 

Take Her Look [For Less] – ‘The Mindy Project’ Edition

Rarely do television shows place as much of an emphasis on their characters’ wardrobe as they do on the show’s script. But The Mindy Project seems to consistently captivate its audience not only with its humorous storylines, but also with its fashionable aesthetic, which comes courtesy of the show’s head costume designer, Salvador Pérez.

Featuring brands from Chanel to Tory Burch and Manolo Blahnik to Vivienne Westwood, it should come as no surprise that Pérez’s high-fashion ensembles for the show have earned him and The Mindy Project a 2015 EMMY nomination for Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie.

So if you’ve ever lusted after Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s chic outfits, you’re in luck. In anticipation for the comedy’s September 15 premiere on Hulu, we’ve decided to unveil a new Look for Less series, dedicated to the impossibly posh looks from The Mindy Project. Get ready, because these looks — and the low prices of our look-alike finds — will have you saying, “Ex-squeeze me?!”

On August 18, Mindy Kaling, creator and star of The Mindy Project, took to Instagram to show off a look from a forthcoming episode of their new season. Kaling was styled for the small screen in a forest green biker jacket by AllSaints, paired with an orange floral skirt by Miu Miu, a C. Wonder blouse and Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Instagram / @mindykaling

Instagram / @mindykaling

While her whole outfit is the object of our envy, we can’t help but zero in on Kaling’s luxurious leather jacket by AllSaints. Done in a forest green Italian lambskin, this jacket is the definition of perfection. But this perfection comes at price — a $491 price, to be exact. But if you covet this jacket as much as we do, we’ve found two gorgeous jackets to replicate Kaling’s on-screen style for much less. Read on for the results!

Keeping true to the biker style of the AllSaints jacket is the Members Only Pebbled Vegan Leather Jacket from Urban Outfitters. Featuring a similar lapel construction and hardware detail, this olive green jacket will give you the expensive look and feel of the AllSaints piece without paying the high $491 price. For $159, this jacket will be the first step in incorporating Dr. Lahiri’s posh Manhattan style into your own wardrobe.

The Members Only Pebbled Vegan Leather Jacket in Olive, found on UrbanOutfitters.com.

The Members Only Pebbled Vegan Leather Jacket in Olive, found on UrbanOutfitters.com.

To mimic the shoulder details and rich color of the AllSaints jacket, we chose the Sam Edelman Elise Faux Leather Jacket from 6pm. Done in a stunning hunter green, this jacket delivers a rich, deep green perfect for the upcoming fall weather. For only $54.99, this jacket will leave enough room in your budget to afford a printed skirt, a kelly green blouse and pointed-toe pumps to recreate Kaling’s look from head to toe!

The Sam Edelman Elise Faux Leather Jacket in Hunter, found on 6pm.com.

The Sam Edelman Elise Faux Leather Jacket in Hunter, found on 6pm.com.

Although we all, unfortunately, can’t be styled by Salvador Pérez, we can take the looks he styled for The Mindy Project for less, starting with these great jackets from Urban Outfitters and 6pm.

Happy Shopping!