First female creative director may be in order for Dior

The October 2015 departure of Raf Simons left a gaping hole in the house of Dior. But a new creative director may be installed next month, and may also be making history in the process.

According to ELLE, Reuters is reporting that Maria Grazia Chiuri, co-designer for Valentino, will step into the role in July while her counterpart Pierpaolo Piccioli will remain in his role at Valentino. If the reports are true and Chiuri does assume the position, ELLE says it will “mark the first time Dior has been creatively led by a woman in the brand’s 70-year history.”

While ELLE reports that Dior has seen a dive in sales following Simons’ exit from the fashion house, there is hope that Chiuri’s track record of success will boost their supposedly suffering sales.

Chiuri and Picciolo’s designs, which tend to have a “romantic yet sleek” aesthetic, according to ELLE, have been lauded, as have their accessories — something that ELLE  says “have proven to be a retail success.” Thus, Chiuri might be able to restore some financial stability to Dior with her fresh designs and history of significant sales.

Although ELLE says the rumors have yet to be confirmed by Dior executives, it looks like Chiuri may just be the remedy for the fashion house in flux.

 

She Leads, You Follow: Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland

With summer drawing to a close, autumn is coming ever so quickly and bringing with it all our favorite things associated with the season, from fall fashion to fall television. But while Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland event on August 27 celebrated the arrival of animated series Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland to Netflix, celebrities in attendance held on to what’s left of summer with their colorful fashion choices.

Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka showed up to the Greystone Manor Supperclub in West Hollywood, California in a whimsical pink dress, featuring a sweet ruffled neckline and matching hemline. She paired her fun frock with what InStyle says are multicolored Valentino heels done in green, orange, blue and purple.

Arriving in an equally cheery outfit was Modern Family star Ariel Winter, who wore a bright yellow top and an asymmetrical skirt in a matching hue. She paired her eye-popping look with simple nude strappy heels and a metallic clutch.

Although Shipka and Winter are dressed to impress at an event teeming with celebrities, there are some things we can learn from their style and apply to the way we dress everyday:

  1. Ruffles aren’t just pretty – Kiernan Shipka’s ladylike dress features ruffles at the neck and hemline of the dress, but don’t be quick to dismiss them as merely a girly detail. These ruffles actually act as shape-creators, giving structure to a dress with a very straight cut. The ruffle at the neckline serves to emphasize her shoulders and frame her face, drawing attention up toward her collarbone and shoulders. The ruffle at the hemline flares out just slightly, balancing out the width created at her shoulders while also enhancing the curve of the dress at her hips. Ruffles like these on a dress or top/skirt combination are great ways to use clothing to trick the eye and make others see proportionate, structured silhouettes without doing too much work.
  2. Nude heels and high waists are a girl’s best friend – Wearing a blouse tucked into a high-waisted skirt, Ariel Winter not only showed us how to effectively define a waist in a monochromatic outfit, she also showed us how to create the illusion of long legs by wearing simple nude heels that blend into her skin tone. Nude heels are a great way to fool the eye into seeing one long, uninterrupted legline, which makes the legs look even longer and leaner than they are. Pair this with cinching in your waist at its natural location, and not only will your legs look like they go on for miles, you will also look taller and leaner in two easy steps. What’s not to love about that?!

She Leads, You Follow: Downton Abbey BAFTA Edition

There’s no denying the tremendous success of Downton Abbey, so it would come as no surprise that the show was honored with a special award at the BAFTA Tribute that took place on August 11. And while this tribute was held to celebrate the show’s worldwide success, the celebration had a pretty exciting side effect — it showed off just how fashionable their cast is!

Keeping it classic in black and white was Michelle Dockery, who turned heads on the red carpet in what InStyle reports was a Valentino gown. Dockery styled her minimalist gown with a slick of red lipstick and a metallic clutch, while letting her hair fall around her shoulders in loose curls.

Lily James followed suit in an equally exquisite ensemble, wearing a white jacquard midi dress by Ulyana Sergeenko. James completed her head-to-toe white look with white pom-pom embellished pumps, the product of what InStyle says is a collaboration of Christian Louboutin for Ulyana Sergeenko.

While Dockery and James are dressed for the red carpet, there are some things we can take away from their formal looks and apply to our everyday style:

  1. Panels are perfection – Michelle Dockery’s colorblocked dress shows us just how useful panels can be not only on a dress, but on any garment. The white panels on her dress are positioned in such a way that they fall straight down from her waist to the floor, just barely skimming her hips. This straight line from her waist to the floor creates the illusion of straighter hips while also allowing us to focus on the black center column of the dress, which overall makes her appear even slimmer than she is. The lines created by the colorblocked panels also lengthen her frame, making her appear taller. Panels like this on a dress, skirt, pants or top are a great way to create illusions of a longer, leaner silhouette — having the panels positioned on the outsides of the body help to create this shape, so look for pieces with a similar construction to recreate the look.
  2. Simple doesn’t mean boring – Lily James’ red carpet look may be done in one color, but it’s far from boring. That’s because her outfit is filled with subtle details that come together to create a cohesive, visually stimulating look. Her dress is done in jacquard, which means that the material of the dress has a print woven into it. Oftentimes, this print can be done in a metallic thread or a thread of a slightly different hue, which makes the print multidimensional. James’ dress has a tone-on-tone jacquard, meaning the print is done is the same hue as the dress, adding the slightest bit of texture to the monochromatic look. James then introduces satin and fuzzy pom-poms with her shoes, adding yet another dimension to her outfit. Her look shows us that an outfit isn’t boring just because it’s comprised of only one color — as long as it has pattern, texture and some shine, any outfit that pays attention to details can be an exciting outfit.

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Ricki and The Flash’ Premiere Edition

The midsummer movie season is upon us, and that means another movie is set to debut at the box office. On August 3, stars lined up to walk the red carpet outside the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City for the premiere of Ricki and The Flash, co-starring real-life mother-daughter duo Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer.

Speaking of the famous mother-daughter pair, Streep and Gummer both walked the red carpet in equally chic looks, proving that good fashion sense runs in the family.

Streep graced the red carpet in what The Daily Mail reports was a contrast-inset dress by Valentino, featuring a jewel neckline and tea-length hemline. Done in classic black and white, this dress’s contrasting insets produces a stylish color-block effect, making Streep’s ensemble the most eye-catching look of the night.

Mamie Gummer follow suit, matching her mother’s stylish look with one of her own — a black and blush color-block dress with a sheer mesh skirt, also done in a tasteful tea length. She completed her look with simple black sandals and upswept hair.

Rounding out this red carpet of impeccable fashion was Laverne Cox, who opted for a short, powder blue bodycon dress with an asymmetrical hemline from Elizabeth and James. She accessorized her modern frock with embellished pointed-toe pumps, a black and white clutch and a bold belt.

Although these gorgeous ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet, there are some lessons to be learned from their red carpet style that can be applied in our everyday lives.

  1. Punch up a classic – Meryl Streep’s black and white contrast-inset dress shows us that it is possible to wear a classic combination like black and white in a new way; the proof is in the pleats that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be a really striking combination. If you want to pair black and white together in your outfits but fear looking boring, try to find pieces that pair the colors in a modern way. For instance, look for a dress with an asymmetrical hemline (like the skirt of Laverne Cox’s dress!). Prints always add a bit of depth to an outfit, so you can also try tops featuring black and white abstract or geometric patterns to revive the classic combination.
  2. Tea length is terrific – Both Streep and Gummer showed that tea length dresses are far from boring; it’s just a matter of picking a dress that fits your personality and that you’re comfortable in. If you are looking to try a tea length dress or skirt, take Gummer’s lead and try out a style with a semi-sheer skirt; this way, you get the look of a tea length dress or skirt while still being able to show off some leg.
  3. Don’t underestimate the power of a belt – The right belt on the right outfit can take the look to the next level, and that’s exactly what the belt did for Laverne Cox’s Elizabeth and James frock. A thick, detailed belt not only adds visual interest in an outfit, it also enhances the shape created by the garment. Cox’s belt accentuates her narrow waistline, creating a perfect hourglass shape. If you ever notice that your dress, skirt/top combination or even cardigan is looking a little shapeless, throw on a stylish belt right at your natural waistline, and you will instantly create shape in your outfit without extensive (or expensive!) alterations.

Take Her Look [For Less]

This year’s Wimbledon tennis championships has not only been a platform to showcase the prowess of the world’s best tennis players, but it has also been a platform for celebrities to show off their impeccable style.

Some celebrities in attendance went all out on their Wimbledon ensembles, and Chrissy Teigen was no exception. According to EOnline, the Sports Illustrated model attended the tennis tournament this week in a striped Magda Butrym dress trimmed with fringe, which she paired with a white Valentino studded bag, nude heeled sandals by Stuart Weitzman and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

Teigen certainly stunned in her polished, trendy Wimbledon look, but perhaps more stunning about her look is its price tag — her entire outfit totaled $4,878! While we want to steal her look, there is no way we can pay almost $5,000 for it. So we set out to recreate her look from head to toe for under $200. Read on to see how we did!

Finding a dress to rival Teigen’s $1,730 Magda Burtrym dress was quite possibly the most difficult part of this look for less scavenger hunt. So instead of searching for a dress with a similar print, we instead chose to look for a dress with a similar cut, and we landed on the IRO Hailee Sleeveless Mesh Contrast dress from Nordstrom Rack. While this dress does not have the same color scheme or fringe detail as Tiegen’s dress, it does share a similar neckline while its mesh bodice mimics the stripes on the Burtrym frock. The other major difference this dress presents is its price: it’s currently on sale for only $104.91.

The IRO Hailee Sleeveless Mesh Contrast dress, found on NordstromRack.com.

The IRO Hailee Sleeveless Mesh Contrast dress, found on NordstromRack.com.

Although nothing can compete with Tiegen’s $2,345 Valentino bag, we found a cute studded wristlet by Carlos Santana that is definitely a contender. The Carlos Santana Serita Studded Zip Top Wristlet gives us the same studded look in a more subtle, dainty way. The gold studs are laid over a similar crisp white leather, making it the perfect alternative to Tiegen’s more expensive bag. The best part? This wristlet is available for only $29.97 at NordstromRack.com.

The Carlos Santana Serita Studded Top-Zip Wristlet, found on NordstromRack.com.

The Carlos Santana Serita Studded Zip Top Wristlet, found on NordstromRack.com.

Teigen completed her look with nude Stuart Weitzman heeled sandals for $398, but we knew that we could find a similar heel for much less that would not compromise style or comfort. We found the perfect replacement in the form of the Steve Madden Gea sandal. This sandal is offers the same slim straps as Teigen’s Weitzman heels, but for a fraction of the cost; these heels are available at 6pm.com for only $44.99.

The Steve Madden Gea sandal, found on 6pm.com.

The Steve Madden Gea sandal, found on 6pm.com.

Sunglasses were the last item to check off of our look for less list, and we found a cute cat eye wayfarer style to mimic Teigen’s $405 Oliver Peoples sunglasses. The Fossil Cat Eye Wayfarer sunglasses deliver a similar shape to Teigen’s sunnies but for only $19.97 at NordstromRack.com.

The Fossil Cat Eye Wayfarer sunglasses, found on NordstromRack.com.

The Fossil Cat Eye Wayfarer sunglasses, found on NordstromRack.com.

Teigen’s Wimbledon outfit cost a lofty $4,878, and while we love her look as is, we’d rather take her look for less. Our reimagined outfit inspired by Teigen’s original look comes in just under our $200 budget at $199.84, making this look affordable for shoppers of all price points.

Happy Shopping!

Fashion Statement or Lack Thereof?

In my travels around the Internet yesterday, I stumbled upon an interview from The Washington Post featuring world-famous designer Carolina Herrera. Amidst surveying Herrera’s own crisp, classic style and her modern yet timeless designs, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan asked Herrera for her thoughts on the ‘nearly nude’ trend (think Beyoncé’s Met Gala dress) that has been popping up on red carpets this season.

And Herrera certainly made a statement with her response, saying “Some designers think ‘it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No!'” She went on to say that gowns like these are only trying to draw attention to the wearer, but she instead thinks that there should be “‘a little mystery'” in the way stars dress.

Her best point on the nearly-nude trend was yet to come. In speaking on the celebrities that wear these barely-there gowns, Herrera said, “‘They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything.'”

After reading her thoughts on this trend, I knew I was not alone in my distaste for these gowns! Showing a little skin is one thing, but bearing it all with the risk of a wardrobe malfunction at any second is completely different story. In my opinion, it can be just as sexy or appealing to wear something that only shows one of your favorite ‘assets’ and leaves the rest to onlookers’ imaginations, or as Herrera says, leaves “‘a little mystery.'” This was proven this past weekend when Jennifer Lopez, who tends to partake of the ‘barely there’ trend, wore a demure Valentino ballgown to the Tony Awards. She looked just as sexy as she always does, but she also looked sophisticated and elegant, and she managed to do so all while being completely covered!

What is beginning to happen as a result of the nearly-nude trend is that many teens are beginning to copy this trend in their prom gowns, which oftentimes goes against their high schools’ rules. It is really not appropriate for teenage girls to be copying this risqué trend at such a young age; girls should instead pick one element of the nearly-nude dresses that they like and find a way to incorporate that into their gown. For instance, if they like an illusion neckline, find something with an illusion neckline, but keep the rest of the dress free of cutouts, high slits and cleavage.

Although being covered seems to be ‘uncool’ lately in Hollywood, I agree with Carolina Herrera; how can these stars be “‘fashion icons'” when they barely wearing any material? Fashion is all about how material is cut, sewn and worn in a way that new and progressive – if we judge these barely-there gowns by this standard, then it is not fashion at all. It instead has become a competition of who can wear the least possible amount of material without having a wardrobe malfunction.

Giorgio Armani once said, “Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” These barely-there dresses certainly get noticed and have their moment in the spotlight, but not because they are elegant. True fashion icons dress elegantly at all times and are remembered for an eternity.

Take Her Look [For Less]

For the past several months, we have seen our favorite stars wearing a certain studded shoe that has worked its way into the wardrobes (and hearts) of many: the Valentino Rockstud Pump. These studly stunners have been rocked by the likes of Mindy Kaling, Olivia Palermo and Reese Witherspoon in recent months, but these gorgeous pumps don’t come cheap – stores like Barney’s New York are selling them for $995!

If these nearly-$1,000 pumps aren’t in your budget, never fear! There are a few different brands that make similar pumps for thrifty and extravagant spenders alike!

If you love Mindy Kaling’s pink rockstud pumps, DSW offers almost an exact replica of the pricey Valentino version for only $79.95. The BCBGeneration Darron Pump not only comes in pink, it also comes in yellow, black, white, and turquoise, all paired with nude straps and gold-tone studs.

Screenshot from DSW.com of the BCBGeneration Darron Pump valued at $79.95

Screenshot from DSW.com of the BCBGeneration Darron Pump valued at $79.95

If you would rather spend a little less, Charlotte Russe offers another replica of the Valentino Pumps for only $40.99 in black with nude straps. To sweeten the deal, Charlotte Russe has a promotion where if you buy one pair of shoes, you can get another pair for only $12.50!

Screenshot of the Charlotte Russe Studded Strappy Pointed Toe Pump valued at $40.99.

Screenshot of the Charlotte Russe Studded Strappy Pointed Toe Pump valued at $40.99.

So if you’ve been envying the Valentino Rockstud pumps that your favorite leading ladies have been rocking lately, the BCBGeneration Darron Pumps and Charlotte Russe Studded Strappy Pointed Toe Pumps are two great options to add to your shoe rotation!