In terms of celebrity weddings, we saw everything from secret nuptials to surprise ceremonies to unnecessarily over-the-top soirees (we’re looking at you, Kimye) this year. While marriage is a beautiful thing no matter what, celebs often take it to the nth degree with their perfect and lavish celebrations. Or, they surprise us with a simplistic – but just as perfect — approach. There was no shortage of notable pairs that tied the knot in 2014 and boy, were they beautiful. But these 14 celebrity weddings are the cream of the crop as far as we’re concerned, and will no doubt serve as sources of inspiration for plenty more in 2015. Start pinning now.
Price point doesn’t define a perfect present. Stylish surprises for your girlfriends can be budget-friendly and fantastic with a bit of savvy shopping. Lucky for you, we already took care of the nitty-gritty gift searching. Edgy jewelry, beauty boosters, and awesome accessories each come in at $6 and under for a haute holiday season that saves too.
Style Scoop: Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign, Prince George’s Christmas Greeting, Gigi Hadid Is A VS Pink Model
Burberry’s latest captures the joy of the brand’s spring/summer 2015 collection and brings it to life—with the help of top models Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell plus British musicians George Barnett and George Le Page. The campaign, directed by Christopher Bailey, places the newest interpretations of the iconic Burberry trench at the heart of the vision, incorporates bright colors and beautiful models, and pulls everything together with a really good soundtrack. [Glam Inbox]
Is Prince George not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 16-month-old son sports the chubbiest of cheeks in the Christmas photos taken at their Kensington Palace home. George, who is going to be a big brother in April, sported a Polarn O. Pyret jumpsuit with a Cath Kinson sweater vest, which is, unsurprisingly, now sold out. Looks like he gets his trendsetting abilities from Mommy after all. [Us Magazine]
Gigi Hadid made an exciting announcement via Instagram on Sunday; she’s the newest face for Victoria’s Secret PINK. The model posted picture of herself on the set of an Elliston Lutz shoot for the brand. Given this gig, we won’t be too surprised when we find out that Hadid is in the running towards becoming Victoria’s Secret’s next superstar Angel. VS is known to start its rookies off with Pink before moving them on up to Angel-status, so we’re thinking this is only the beginning for Vicky and Hadid. [Fashionista]
Speaking of models, Kendall Jenner achieved a significant accolade, too. The 18-year-old beat out bestie Cara Delevingne as Tumblr’s most popular model of the year. Delevingne took second place on the list, followed by Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Barbara Palvin. Brit models Alexa Chung, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also secured top-ten spots, as did Dita Von Teese. [Daily Mail]
Iggy Azalea and Nick Young are the unflinchingly cool faces of Forever 21’s holiday campaign, but they show off some serious charm in the brand’s “Questions From A Hat” video. The lovebirds draw questions from a hat and reveal their favorite holidays, secret crushes, and ice cream flavors (his is “vanilla…”). Warning: they’re pretty adorable. [Glam Inbox]
In a departure from BabyPhat, Kimora Lee Simmons is launching a clothing line, KLS, for the more sophisticated and chic dresser. The 35-look pre-fall collection incorporates pieces like cinched-waisted dresses, business-y separates that Simmons says represents “where I am in my life.” It’s geared toward professional women (with pretty hefty budgets—dresses range from $1,500 to $2,400) and launches today. [The Cut]
Being book smart never looked so chic. Fashion figures like Valentino Garavani, Coco Rocha, and Betty Halbreich, have become subjects of some of the most-fascinating reads of 2014. And who better to own these tomes than your favorite, fashionable bookworm?
From a sensational foray into street stalking at Refinery 29 to an insider’s look at the parties, exhibitions, and people that make up the Met Gala, we’ve rounded up the most polished publications of the year. And take our word for it: your flyest friends won’t relegate these page turners as mere tabletop accents. Instead, these books make the perfect gift for the style stars in your life who don’t just dress the part, but think the part, too.
You see all the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos of a sample sale commences, but we’re giving you a preview of which sales are on tap for this week. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before it all begins so that you can prepare accordingly, get there on time, and leave with bags of designer scores.
DESIGNER: Ralph Lauren
WHEN: December 12-15, Friday-Sunday, 9a.m.-6:30p.m.; Monday 9a.m.-5p.m.
WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street (between 8th and 9th Aves.)
What You Need To Know: American Express, Visa, and MasterCard only!
WHEN: December 16, 10a.m.-8p.m.
WHERE: 433 West 14th Street (between 9th Ave. and Washington St.)
What You Need To Know: Pieces start at $10, while a majority will be between $150 and $200.
WHEN: December 17-18, 10a.m.-5p.m.
WHERE: 601 West 26th Street (between 11th and 12th Aves.), Suite 1425
What You Need To Know: Get 65-75% off women’s dresses and handbags; Marchesa Notte and Marchesa Couture will also be available.
DESIGNER: Noir Jewelry
WHEN: December 14-16, 11a.m.-8p.m.
WHERE: 54 Crosby Street (between Broome and Spring Streets)
What You Need To Know: Women’s jewelry will be 50-65% off.
Style Scoop: Balmain’s Models Eat Fast Food, Gucci Execs Step Down, Polyvore Reveals Top-Searched Brands
Balmain’s spring 2015 campaign features models—and an unexpected side of fries. Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Isabeli Fontana, and Crista Cober are pictured playing video games and downing burgers in the images, shot by Mario Sorrenti. We’d like to know how many (if any) burgers were actually consumed on the set, but we’re into the unapologetic realness of this campaign, regardless. [Women’s Wear Daily]
After 6 years at the helm of Gucci, Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco are stepping down from their roles as creative director and CEO (respectively) at the Italian fashion house. Giannini will exit following the showing of her fall-winter 2015 collection in Milan, while di Marco will depart on January 1. Rumor currently has it that Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is in the running for Gucci’s next creative director, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. [Women’s Wear Daily]
Polyvore released top 10 lists that show which fashion and beauty brands are among the highest-searched on the site. Topshop, H&M, Forever 21, Wet Seal, River Island, ASOS, and Nars made the list in 2014, with Nars being the only beauty company represented. [Women’s Wear Daily]
It looks like Condé Nast’s rat problem is only getting worse. Apparently it’s gotten to the point where Anna Wintour won’t even enter the 1 World Trade Center (not that we really blame her). Rugs have been eaten through, ceilings have been penetrated and droppings have been dropped—and none of it seems to be stopping any time soon. Ew. [New York Daily News]
On Thursday evening, Women’s Wear Daily and The Howard Hughes Corporation announced the annual “Ten of Tomorrow” at the Seaport District. Event attendees included the 2015 WWD Ten of Tomorrow honorees: Simone Rocha, Marco de Vincenzo, Scott Studenberg and John Targon of Baja East, Brandon Ralph and Dan Gardner of Code & Theory, Marvin Ellison incoming JCPenney CEO, Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air, Paola Russo of Just One Eye, Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss & Glossier, Ana Khouri and Lee Savage. [Glam Inbox]
For the most fashion-forward of gift lists, look no further. We know how hard it is to shop for the lady that’s always ahead of the style game, which is why we’ve put our industry-expertise to good use by rounding up the trendiest pieces, products, and brands on the market right now. We all know how much fashionistas love designer, but don’t fret–not everything in a street style star’s closet is necessarily couture. Sleek and chic is most important, not price point. You’re sure to find something in your budget.
Style Scoop: Olivia Wilde Reps Sustainability, Valentino Shows In New York, Christian Louboutin Teams Up With Dita Von Teese
Olivia Wilde is the new face of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection, “which shows the stylishness of sustainability.” The role seems fitting, given that Wilde cites sustainability as “one of [her] biggest passions.” The line, which will feature inspiration from African, Asian and Indian cultures in both cut and detail, is set to launch in stores and online on April 16. [Women’s Wear Daily]
Valentino did it up New York-style on Wednesday night with a runway show to display its new 47-piece collection, created in honor of the house’s new Fifth Avenue flagship. The show and “dinner soiree” was held in the former Whitney Museum of American Art and there were plenty of notables in attendance. Among the guests were Tommy Hilfiger, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, and Sofia Coppola. The collection, designed by duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, is pretty spectacular. [The New York Times]
Christian Louboutin and Dita Von Teese are the next big duo in town. The two have teamed up to create a seven-piece lingerie capsule collection called XXXtian, to be sold exclusively in Europe on Glamuse.com. The line includes a bra, a bodice, and suspenders, all made with a naughty toile de Jouy motif designed by Louboutin. [Women’s Wear Daily]
There’s an array of vintage Chanel hailing from a private seller’s collection that’s going on sale at Covetique.com. Think: classic bouclé jackets, elegant dresses and a rare handbag. Gasp! Something tells us these goods might not be within our holiday gifting budget, but the collection is certainly still worth perusing. [Vogue UK]
As they work on their upcoming film, Paper Crowns, Cara Delevingne and John Green sat down for a little chat…which they shared with MTV. A range of topics were discussed (mostly with Delevingne demonstrating the American accent she uses in the movie), including eyebrows (duh), bacon (why not?), octopi (Delevingne’s alter-ego), Nat Wolff (her co-star)…and, of course, the movie. Watch it. [MTV]
Not only does she have her own LinkedIn page these days but this girl has been around the block a few times to say the least. Barbie has been breaking down barriers for women since the day she was born! She’s had over 100 careers which I don’t think anyone else on this planet can possibly complete with. It’s as though she can be in more than one place at a time. This girl is magic and she’s makin’ moves. I had a chance to catch up with her recently and our conversation dove into all sorts of fabulousness from her fashion choices to how she ‘leans in’ in the workplace. Her new hashtags (#unapologetic and #barbieinspired) say it all and here are 12 things I learned from Barbie herself…
Tell me about the new Barbie Fashion Design Maker? How does it work?
It’s such a fun app that enables anyone create new fashions for me- there are hundreds of options to mix and match, designing all kinds of looks with just the touch of a few buttons! The Fashion Design Maker comes with real printable fabric that works in any ink jet printer, and it also has trims, glitter and a fashion portfolio. Endless outfits are easy by downloading the free design app, then girls can select elements from existing designs or customize from their own photos and print for a one-of-a-kind look. They peel off the outfits from the fabric paper and I can wear them for a runway-ready look!
How would you describe your style?
Versatility is key, I like to be dressed for any occasion, you never know when you might get invited somewhere fun!
How has your style changed over the years?
I have learned a few things that I’m happy to share over my 55 fashion able years- make friends with great designers and they’ll never steer you wrong. I’m not afraid to take a risk now and then, trends are great fun, just be sure to go with something iconic – I gravitate to clothes that makes a statement with pink. When you look back at something that isn’t in style anymore, it will hold up if it captures the essence of that time period — all trends come back around. Lucky for me I’ve got a big closet!
What is your go-to outfit as a professional woman?
My friends helped me design a pink and black sheath dress that is just the epitome of entrepreneurial chic. But the most important thing is to find a look that is captivating, but comfortable.
What else are you working on right now?
I was really all over the world this Fashion Month. I launched my fashion Instagram page @BarbieStyle so all of my girlfriends could follow along my journey. I started at NYFW to launch my new Barbie Fashion Design Maker with help from CFDA designers and tech expert, Jesse Draper. Then I was off to Milan to act as the muse for Jeremy Scott and continue to Paris to partner with my longtime friend, Karl Lagerfeld.
As a fashion icon, how do you stay on top of all the latest trends?
It certainly helps to get a front row seat at Fashion Week- especially when you are my height. I am really excited by up and coming designers – watching them achieve their dreams is really thrilling for me- and the next generation is a great indication of where fashion is headed.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
Dream Big! Anything is possible!
Who are your girl crushes right now?
How could I choose! I was just with one of my favorite stylists, Rachel Zoe- she’s a great inspiration. And of course, Anna Wintour, who isn’t in awe of her? And of course, the ladies of Fifth Harmony, who I asked to sing my anthem this year. Honestly, I think it’s just an amazing time to be a female, it seems that everywhere I look there are great women just crushing it.
What is your morning routine?
I am a little obsessed with Instagram- so I can’t resist sneaking a peek as soon as my eyes open. And I have to do yoga first thing- otherwise I just feel stiff all day. On days I am not traveling or don’t have to work, I just throw my hair in a ponytail and head to the beach.
I understand you have a new Instagram account @BarbieStyle – What can we expect to see there?
You can definitely expect to see lots of fab new #OOTDs, all of the fun events I attend, and tons of fashion inspirations and creations for girls of all ages!
What inspires you to continue breaking down walls for women?
Ruth Handler, my creator, impressed upon me the importance of inspiring girls of all ages. It’s really what I was made to do. I want to encourage girls to celebrate each other’s successes. Because we all succeed together. Every wall that comes down empowers a new girl who in turn can be an inspiration to the girls who follow her.
How do you prioritize?
Oh it’s a lot to juggle multiple businesses, travel the world, keep up on social media and make sure the Dreamhouse is maintained. I have to admit- I have a lot of people who prop me up. So when it comes to prioritizing, I always put my girls first. And puppies- Taffy definitely knows how to get my attention too.
UCLA grad, Jesse Draper is a technology expert and creator and host of The Valley Girl Show through which she has become a spokesperson for startups and has helped to pioneer the way of new media content distribution. She oversees everything from pre-production to distribution of the show. Draper started the show because she realized there was no FUN business talk show, only grilling teeth clenching interviews, and she believes the most interesting and inspiring people in the world are the ones who’ve started a business. In her former life, she was on a Nickelodeon show called “The Naked Brother’s Band”. Draper also writes columns for Mashable, Forbes.com and San Francisco Magazine and speaks at business conferences around the world including SXSW, DLD, TEDx, TechVentures and STREAM.
Don’t let work get in the way of haute holiday style this season. Plan ahead for a flawless, fashionable transition from your office ensemble to a dance-floor-ready look. Often, you’ll need to get ready in the car after work, so make sure you have a desk-to-dinner box full of necessities stored somewhere in your vehicle. Include face wipes and Q-tips to fix your makeup, hair products, deodorant, and perfume for a quick refresh. Bring along a canvas tote to hold your work wear after your change. Follow these fashion tips to make a smooth shift from business to bash.
Tip No. 1: Keep a clutch in your work tote. A laptop bag is a dead giveaway that you just came to the party from work. Pack a soiree-styled handbag when you know you’ll be heading straight to a celebration later that day. Before getting out of the car, swap out the evening’s essentials from your designated office purse and put them into your party bag.
Tip No. 2: Fling off the flats and slip on stilettos for an instant ensemble makeover. Whether the particular get-together is more of a skinnies-and-sweater occasion or calls for a more dressed-up look, hot heels add instant festive flair. Pull out your go-to pumps from the trunk of your car and switch up your office kicks for more elegant shoe wear on the way to your soiree.
Tip No 3: Wear tights. For work, don a chic black opaque pair under a casual sheath or skirt. After hours, do a quick-change on top and swap your office wear for an embellished cocktail dress. The stockings can stay, just make sure you add pumps if you went to work in flats or boots.
Tip No. 4: Opt for dark denim. If you know you’ll be wearing the same pants from the office to the party, make sure they’re a dark shade of black or blue. This hue offers a more dressed-up feel, one that’s appropriate for an evening event in the winter.
Tip No. 5: Turn it up a notch with a necklace. The right accessory can take an outfit from drab to fab. An embellished, glistening, statement-making necklace adds instant glamour to your office look, making it holiday-party appropriate. Keep one that goes with everything in your glove compartment for last-minute occasions.
Remember: planning your desk to dinner outfit the night before your event will make those “holidaze” mornings a little less stressful.