Ad Madness: Michelle Williams Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton!

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton 01

I knew that being away for so long & out of touch with the latest fashion news would make me (almost) miss some really great stories tos hare here on Style Darling. This includes the latest from the fall ad campaign circuit, which is three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams showing off her darker, dramatic side for Louis Vuitton. The usually ethereal girly-girl of the red carpet is shedding her bombshell Marilyn Monroe / sweetheart Glinda image in this images seen above & below!

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton 02

The ads are celebrating the latest in handbags from the brand’s Autumn / Winter 2013-14 line, including the W and the Capucines, by photographer Peter Lindbergh. However, it’s Michelle here who really steals the spotlight from the luxury accessories with her sensual wine-hued pout & a rocker-inspired shaggy ‘do.

What do you think of Michelle’s turn as LV spokesmodel? Do you like her new, dramatic look? Which ads are catching your attention for the upcoming season? For more fashionable posts like this, check out Lanvin’s latest Mad Men-inspired campaign, Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein, & Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Viktor & Rolf’s Fall 2013 Haute Couture Collection!

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Seems like the all-white looks that we’re seeing are celebrities on & off the red carpets are going away in the fall, especially with a head-to-toe black line, as seen in my latest gallery for Viktor & Rolf‘s Fall 2013 Haute Couture Collection. Here we have a very minimalist approach, mixed with plenty of cloak shapes & dramatic structure. Of course it takes a daring fashionista to try one of these looks, but given the right occasion, I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of black in the future.

Which haute couture collections have inspired you? Which designers are your favorites? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Giorgio Armani, Elie Saab, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, & Chanel! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Pick Polka Dots For Fall!

I’m in the middle of some major summer style moments (which I hope to share photographs of soon!), but I’m looking forward to what fall has in store for Style Darlings. Since I’m returning to the classroom as a student after a year-long break, I was thinking about what my everyday “school bag” would be. However, the traditional Jansport that I toted around back in high school just doesn’t cut it at nearly 30 years old.

Forever 21 - Polka Dot Backpack $32

I just fell in love with this polka dot backpack ($32.80) from Forever 21, which not only fits my personality, but makes for a stylish statement in & out of the classroom for any girl on the go. I’m especially crazy about the red leather trim & multiple buckle details for all of those everyday essentials that we can’t live without!

What are you putting on your fall shopping list? Which stores are you stalking for the latest accessories? For more posts on affordable fashion, check out previous posts like the Downton Abbey-inspired beauty line, Lauren Conrad’s July lookbook for Kohl’s, & beach-ready summer must-haves! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Claire Danes Goofs Around Behind-The-Scenes with Vogue!

Claire Danes for Vogue August 2013

I can’t wait for Homeland to come back for a fierce third season, but in the mean time, the stars of the Showtime drama are hitting the pages of Vogue‘s August 2013 issue. Cover girl Claire Danes recreates her on-screen dynamic with co-star Damien Lewis in a series of fashionable shots. In the video below, the pair playfully name their favorites… including movies, characters, physical attributes, & so forth. It’s funny & sweet to see the actress so light & humorous, when she’s always so serious on the small screen & when it comes to fashion.

For more from Watch This Style, check out previous posts including my top 5 favorite Glee moments, Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein’s Downtown fragrance, Miu Miu’s fall ad campaign, & Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Lots Of White, B/W Looks, & Booties, Featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Gwen Stefani, & More!

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I’m all packed & ready to hit the road tomorrow for a highly anticipated break from reality while attending a very intense, yet chic Writer’s Conference out in Southampton for the next eleven days… which means that posts may be sparse for the rest of the month. However, I wanted to leave readers with plenty of inspiration, including some of my favorite celebrity looks who are toting head-to-toe white, black & white ensembles, & fall-ready designer booties that I can’t wait to put on my own feet! My top picks include Salma Hayek Pinault in a printed Christopher Kane dress with seriously stylish Giuseppe Zanotti booties. Also, there’s much to talk about with the usually belly-baring Rihanna who couldn’t look cooler or more casual, as well as supermodel Karolina Kurkova in elegant menswear-inspired separates & Kristen Wiig in a Viktor & Rolf shift dress at an NYC screening for her new film, Girl Most Likely.

My gallery also includes Gwen Stefani working the printed pant trend, young actress Holland Roden in a pretty Naeem Khan frock, Kelly Rowland testing gravity in a flouncy dress & towering booties, tennis star Maria Sharapova in a Valentino shift dress, socialite Olivia Palermo continuing her stylish streak, & Vanessa Hudgens in a cropped sweater by Catherine Malandrino.

Who wore your favorite looks? Do you wear all-white? Are you breaking out your ankle booties just yet? For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out Rooney Mara as the face of Calvin Klein’s Downtown, the trailer for Burton & Taylor starring Helena Bonham Carter, Lauren Conrad’s July lookbook for her Kohl’s collection, & Diane Kruger as the face of Chanel skincare! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: My Top 5 Favorite ‘Glee’ Moments!

I’ve featured plenty of news about Glee on Style Darling in the past, but I wanted to take a moment today to share my favorite moments from the musical show, especially with the headlines circulating about the death of lead actor Cory Monteith this weekend. I’ve been saying for a while now that the show isn’t the same as it was in its first two seasons, but either way, a memorable impression has been made on the world of television & its audience. My persona here is all about fashion & style with a side of literary nerd-dom, but I also come from a theatrical background & have come to appreciate performers for their craft & style, which is why I frequently feature music videos in Watch This Style posts.


There have been so many great Glee moments, including anything that Darren Criss has performance by Katy Perry, as well as Chris Colfer‘s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” ballad, Lea Michele singing with Idina Menzel, & when the New Directions broke out into a Rolling Stones number. However, with that in mind, I’d like to share my top 5 favorites which is comprised of Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” a Queen cover of “Somebody To Love,” Prince’s “Kiss” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan, & the always touching “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Which are your favorite Glee songs? What do you think will happen in light of recent events for the upcoming season? For more video posts, check out Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein’s Downtown fragrance, Miu Miu’s fall ad campaign, behind-the-scenes with Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo, & Adam Levine speaks out about his debut fragrance! Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Lanvin’s 60s-Inspired Fall 2013 Campaign!

Along with the new fall previews hitting the pages of the best fashion magazines, you can expect lots to look at when it comes to ads for the biggest brands with the most stylish collections. I’m certainly paying attention to texture, pattern, shine, & accessories, especially when there’s plenty of 60s-inspired silhouettes to Lanvin‘s Fall 2013 campaign. Also, I love the nod to Hitchcock heroines like Grace Kelly & Janet Leigh, as well as plenty of Mad Men-chic looks. This is a more memorable ad with an elegant Aflac-esque duck held by the models, as quirkily demonstrated by director Alber Elbaz with shots taken by Steven Meisel of House + Holme.

Lanvin Fall 2013 ad campaign

To shop Lanvin the luxury brand, check out retailers like Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Barneys, The Outnet, YOOX, Harrods, & Neiman Marcus! Do you like this ad campaign? What fall trends are you following? For more posts from Ad Madness, click on Rooney Mara’s short film for Calvin Klein’s Downtown, Adriana Lima & Georgia May Jagger dancing for Miu Miu, Diane Kruger as the new face of Chanel skincare, & Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Finally! Rooney Mara’s Short Film For Calvin Klein’s Downtown!

Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein's Downtown fragrance

Back in May, I posted the debut image of Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein‘s newest fragrance Downtown. Now, the brand has released the short film for the perfume, directed by Girl with the Dragon Tattoo visionary David Fincher, which features a rarely cheerful leading lady. The black-&-white minute-long film hits up the subway, dances with children, & wears the most gorgeous of fashions all to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song, “Runaway.”

For more celebrity ads, check out Georgia May Jagger in Miu Miu’s fall ad campaign, Diane Kruger for Chanel’s new skincare line, Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo shoes, & Jessica Chastain for Yves Saint Laurent’s Manifesto. Happy Styling!

Show Me The Shoes: Is It Too Soon To Talk Fall Booties?

I swear, I’m not trying to wish the summer away, but I’m already receiving stacks of August 2013 issues of my favorite fashion magazines, which have pages plastered with fall preview looks & accessories, & I knew it was time to repost in Show Me The Shoes. While clicking around for some style inspiration, I found the Kierce booties ($190.00) in green, black, & dark orange from Nine West.

Nine West - Kierce bootie $190.00

I’m kind of crazy about these shoes & definitely wouldn’t spend the bucks to add them to my own personal shoe collection, but I’m definitely excited to see suede textures, modern styles, & towering platforms for fall. I just had to share them, especially the dark green hue, which I already know would look great with any LBD, 70s-inspired, jumpsuit, or skinny jeans & tunic top.

For more fabulous shoe posts, check out look-alike shoes to recreate Sandra Bullock’s monochromatic look at the Sydney premiere of The Heat, studded gladiator sandals from Forever 21, Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo, & fall-ready cap toe pumps from Payless! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Helena Bonham Carter Stars As Elizabeth Taylor In ‘Burton & Taylor!’

Burton & Taylor

The memory of Elizabeth Taylor can finally thrive on the big screen with the latest BBC movie, Burton & Taylor, which documents the twice-divorced couple the theater for their 1983 production of Private Lives. In this short first look at the made-for-television movie, I’m super impressed by Helena Bonham Carter‘s spot-on representation of the violet-eyed movie legend. Also, Dominic West as Burton seems a good match against HBC who captures Taylor’s every seductive & playful stare. The film will premiere on July 22nd so check your local listings & set up your DVRs!

Are you looking forward to seeing this movie? Do you think Helena Bonham Carter was a good choice for the lead role? For more posts from Watch This Style, check out Miu Miu’s fall ad campaign, Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo, Adam Levine’s debut fragrance, & Lily Collins Glamour cover shoot! Happy Styling!