Red Carpet Review: Kate Mara’s ‘Fantastic 4’ Summer Fashion & Pixie Cut!

Fantastic 4 actress Kate Mara is an in-demand actress & surely a Style Darling to watch. The actress has been having one stylish summer, as spokesmodel for MaxMara & promoting the new summer blockbuster. She looks confident & sleek in mini dresses, A-line frocks, ankle strap sandals, pointy toe pumps, & a toussled pixie ‘do. 

Kate Mara 01Kate Mara hit the MaxMara 2015 Women In Film event in a burgundy jumpsuit by MaxMara with strappy sandals & a black clutch. Then, for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Kate  was edgy in a black leather detailed David Koma mini dress with Jimmy Choo pointy toe pumps. She went for a black leather fit & flare dress by Valentino with black ankle strap sandals at the New York premiere of Fantastic 4. For a ladylike look, Kate wore a floral black & white Giambattista Valli mini dress with white Sophia Webster pointy toe pumps & an Emm Kuo clutch for an appearance on Live! With Kelly & Michael. At Comic Con, Kate dressed up in a jeweled gunmetal mini dress with by Valentino black ankle strap sandals.

Kate Mara 02For the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards red carpet, Kate in a little black fit & flare dress by Max Mara with leopard print sequin pointy toe pumps. In Miami, Kate looked sweet a little white dress by J. Mendel with black detailing & black ankle strap sandals. Then, she switched it up for a military-inspired lace blouse by Sandro & Louis Vuitton mini skirt with jeweled yellow pumps at an Atlanta screening of Fantastic 4. During a press junket appearance in New York City, Kate dazzled in a pink tweed mini dress by Dior with red pointy toe wedges. Again in Dior, Kate picked in a red vest by the brand & cream shorts with nude pointy toe pumps at an Apple store event. Lastly, Kate kept it minimalist in a white A-line mini dress with red pointy toe wedges.

What do you think of Kate Mara’s summer of style? Do you like her new pixie cut? Which is your favorite look of hers? For more stylish posts, check out maxi skirts for summer inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Beyonce, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s fall denim campaign for Paige Denim, how to restyle a bridesmaid dress with looks from Weddington Way, Eva Mendes for Estee Lauder, & an affordable summer dress outfit for any size. Happy Styling!

#RedCarpet Review: Every Look From The 2015 #MetGala, Featuring Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence, Sarah Jessica Parker, & More!

Rihanna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Kerry Washington, & Anne Hathaway at the 2015 Met Gala.

Last night’s #MetGala at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art honored Asian-inspired fashion with Anna Wintours latest exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. In attendance were top A-listers from the realms of fashion, music, Hollywood, & more, wowing on the red carpet & showing support for the art of fashion. Some of the greatest risk takers of the night included Rihanna in a stunning  over-the-top gold design by Guo Pei, Beyoncé‘s barely there shimmering gown by Givenchy, Jennifer Lopez who showed off her best assets in a Versace design, Sarah Jessica Parker‘s collaboration with H&M & a masterfully crafted Philip Treacy headpiece, the always elegant Kerry Washington in a pink Prada confection, & Anne Hathaway‘s futuristic & sleek hooded gold gown by Ralph Lauren.

Of course, there are plenty of glamour & daring fashion feats in the slideshow below to feed your celebrity red carpet style obsession. Who wore your favorite look? Will you be headed to NYC to check out the exhibit? Who missed the mark on the red carpet? Happy Styling!

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#RedCarpet Review: #Oscar’s #BestDressed Gallery, Including Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, & More!

 Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong'o, & Gwyneth Paltrow.

The long-awaited 87th Oscars ceremony is under way & the web is buzzing over the glamorous red carpet, featuring a slew of gorgeous gowns from nominated actresses & fabulous looks from presenters & performers. One of the biggest trends of the night was sparkle & color, as well as some surprises from favorite A-listers who have taken some risks & stayed true to their consistently celebrated style.

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Some of the night’s best dressed include Emma Stone (in Elie Saab), Reese Witherspoon (in Tom Ford), Jennifer Aniston (in Versace), Rosamund Pike (in Givenchy), Lupita Nyong’o (in Calvin Klein Collection), Jennifer Lopez (in Elie Saab), Anna Kendrick (in Thakoon), Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Jennifer Hudson (in Romona Keveza), & Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu).

Glowing & sparkling in white were Marion Cotillard (in Christian Dior Couture), Julianne Moore (in Chanel Couture), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (in Zuhair Murad), Lady Gaga (in custom Azzadine Alaia), & Zendaya (in Vivienne Westwood). Also, taking a cue from the paler hues were Chrissy Teigen (in Zuhair Murad), Felicity Jones (in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton), Gwyneth Paltrow (in Ralph & Russo Couture), Karolina Kurkova (in Marchesa), Nicole Kidman (in Louis Vuitton), Octavia Spencer (in Tadashi Shoji), Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang), Viola Davis (in Zac Posen), & Zoe Saldana (in Atelier Versace).

Some of the bolder looks came from model Behati Prinsloo (Armani Prive), Cate Blanchett (in Maison Margiela Couture with a statement necklace), Chloe Grace Moretz (in Miu Miu), Dakota Johnson (in Saint Laurent), Keira Knightley (in Valentino), Lorelei Linklater (in Gabriela Cadena), Giuliana Rancic (in Mireille Dagher), Louise Roe (in Monique Lhuillier), Naomi Watts (in Armani Prive), Scarlett Johansson (in Versace), & Solange Knowles (in Christian Siriano). Going for metallic statements were Anna Faris (in Zuhair Murad), Catt Sadler (in Charbel Zoe), Cheryl Hines in pewter, Faith Hill (in J. Mendel), Jamie Chung (in Yanina Couture), Katie Cassidy (in Julien Macdonald), & Laura Dern (in Alberta Ferretti).

Lastly, those donning black & other classic, tried & true looks include America Ferrera (in Jenny Packham), Gina Rodriguez (in Suzy Amis-Cameron), Kelly Osbourne (in Rita Vinieris), Margot Robbie (in Saint Laurent), Melanie Griffith in a black column gown, Meryl Streep in a menswear-inspired look, Patricia Arquette (in Rosetta Getty), Rita Ora (in Marchesa), & Sienna Miller (in Oscar de la Renta).

Who wore your favorite look of the night? Which celebrity did you think surprised or disappointed? What were the hottest trends on the red carpet that you loved most? For more Red Carpet Review posts from this awards season, check out complete galleries from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, & Critics Choice Awards! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Pretty & Patterned Separates To Amp Up Your Solids (Dedicated to Lisa)!

When it comes to new style resolutions for 2015, an easy way to spruce up a boring wardrobe or upgrade to a more mature style is to step outside of your comfort zone & that starts with prints. An attention to detail immediately shows off your personality & gives off a very positive first impression. I’ve learned (from shows like What Not to Wear) that when you put a thoughtful effort into what you’re wearing, you’ll have more confidence & the people around you will notice. I’d like to dedicate this post to my favorite cousin, Lisa, who has turned to me with advice & questions on how to dress more appropriate to her age, while shopping on a budget & discovering who she is through her own personal style.

When it comes to prints, there are a lot of opportunities to discover your personal style, which is why I turned to recent Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear runway collections for a little inspiration of what’s trending this coming spring.

Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

Of course, not all of these outfits are meant to be taken literally as inspiration, but it’s apparent that the range of prints, from classic to crazy, will instantly amp up any look, including those from Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino.

Also, when it comes to prints, mixing separates with basics is the perfect way to build a variety of outfits for day, work, night, & weekend looks, as seen with these tops & sweaters on actress Jessica Alba, model Miranda Kerr, Glee star Lea Michele, fashion darling Alexa Chung, singer Gwen Stefani, & it-girl Kendall Jenner.  

Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, & Lea Michele in printed tops.

Alexa Chung, Gwen Stefani, & Kendall Jenner in printed sweaters.

Also, A-listers know how to play with prints when it comes to bottoms, which is why I sought out chic printed shorts, skirts, & pants. Examples include The Americans star Keri Russell, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, Oscar nominee Reese Witherspoon, TV personality Kelly Ripa, style icon Olivia Palermo, & actress / fashion blogger Jamie Chung.

Keri Russell & Alessandra Ambrosio in printed shorts.

Reese Witherspoon & Kelly Ripa in printed skirts.

Olivia Palermo & Jamie Chung in printed pants.And so… with a budget shopper in mind, I’ve searched high & low to find great deals on stylish printed separates. First, these printed tops are great building blocks to a more sophisticated look, when layered with staples like a military or moto jacket, flyaway cardigan or cropped bolero, or with leather leggings, tuxedo pants, dark denim jeans, or bootcut trousers.

Printed tops.

SHOP: printed tank ($22.50) @Neiman Marcus, lace tee ($14.97) @Old Navy, print top ($22.80) @Nordstrom, & black top ($22.90) @Forever 21.

Also, printed blouses are must-haves when you’d like to sport a clean, professional look. Not only do smaller patterns work on flowy toppers, but they’re great for when you really want to go all out with your prints & mix them with other bolder prints, like animal spots, polka dots, colorblocked stripes, & many more.

Printed blouses.

SHOP: heart blouse ($24.99) @Kohl’s & shirt ($29.94) @Old Navy.

In these colder months, printed sweaters are a fun way to play with patterns, while also staying warm. Also, sweaters in different textures will surely show off a variety of colors to play with when it comes to accessories too! 

Printed sweaters.

SHOP: lace sweater ($27.80) @Forever 21 & animal sweater ($32.99) @LOFT.

When headed to the office in a dress or skirt outfit, try on a printed cardigan to wear open or closed over basics like a button down shirt, scoop neck tee, tie-neck blouse, or ruffled camisole.

Printed cardigans.

SHOP: houndstooth cardigan ($22.99) @Target & snake cardigan ($11.93) @LOFT.

When it comes to bottoms, we’re often so quick to pick out a pair of jeans or leggings, but wearing prints on your lower half is unexpected & certainly a way to get the most out of your solid tops, like a black turtleneck, three-quarter sleeve sweater, or pocket tee. However, printed skirts are fun since you can not only layer with neutrals, but also enhance your look with a pop of color.

Printed skirts.

SHOP: plaid pencil skirt ($24.99) @Target & zebra skirt ($29.95) @H&M.

Maxi skirts are everywhere & great when headed on vacation, to a day  by the water, or lunch with the girls, which is why playing with printed maxi skirts has so many possibilities, especially with metallic gladiator sandals, riding boots with button details, & textured wedges.

Printed maxi skirts.SHOP: snake maxi skirt ($30.00) in blue @Dress Barn & print maxi skirt ($30.00) in coral @Dress Barn.

For those who dare to wear shorts, think outside of the box with printed shorts in delicate fabrics. not only can these be perfect for day, but they’re easy to dress up with decadent pieces in lace, leather, & brocade.

Printed shorts.

SHOP: chevron shorts ($23.30) @Saks Off Fifth & shorts ($24.99) @Kohl’s.

Printed pants aren’t new, but not everyone gives them a chance, especially when concerned about emphasizing your assets in an unflattering way. However, loose-fitting pants in subtle prints are perfect for neutral tops & jackets when on the go. These are also great for pairing with ballet flats or pointy toe stilettos.

Printed pants.SHOP: pants ($12.00) @H&M & stripe pants ($19.99) @JC Penney.

Lastly, I’m certainly not saying that anyone should abandon jeans in any way, but perhaps instead of wearing regular washes, try a printed jean, which will not only perk up a casual look, but will surprise those around you, especially when paired with a blouson top, graphic tee, or tunic sweater.

Printed jeans.

SHOP: camo jeans ($26.55) @Lord & Taylor & floral jeans ($24.99) @6PM.

Must-have prints to have in your wardrobe, yet worn with caution, include polka dots, animal prints, graphics, modern florals, lace, stripes & chevron, tribal, plaid, & houndstooth. I even made a quick guide to learning prints, which will perhaps also serve as a chart on how to successfully mix prints too.

The guide to prints & patterns

Which prints are you naturally drawn to wear? How do you like to wear prints? Do you mix prints with solids regularly? For more stylish posts, check out all of the runway looks from Christian Dior’s Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection, tips on how to dress your body type, the complete red carpet gallery of this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, & spring dress predictions inspired by designers Erin Fetherston & Nanette Lepore! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: Olivia Wilde for Glamour’s September 2014 Issue!

It’s about that time of year when not only is fall fashion hitting your favorite stores, but also the magazine racks with the coveted September issues, thriving with new outfit options for the changing of the seasons, as well as the trendiest new pieces to transform & upgrade your style. Actress Olivia Wilde graces the cover of Glamour, discussing her upcoming 30th birthday, her newest role as motherhood to baby Otis (with fiancé Jason Sudeikis), changing how women are perceived in the film industry, & her latest HBO project with Martin Scorsese.

However, it’s time to talk about the fashion shoot, under the direction of famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Olivia’s cover look is romantic in a Lanvin dress & Dior flower scarf. Other looks in from the shoot include Louis Vuitton, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, & Dolce & Gabbana, aong with accessories from Echo Design, Jennifer Fisher, & Yossi Harari.

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For the complete interview, check out Olivia’s candid remarks on Glamour‘s website. Which look from the shoot is your favorite? Who do you love to read about in magazines? Which is your favorite magazine for the best style inspiration? For more gorgeous images to add to your Pinterest, check out previous posts including Lauren Conrad’s newest collection for Kohl’s, how to get Chloe Grace Moretz’s recent red carpet look, & a great deal on a chic Calvin Klein dress. Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Selena Goes Casual, Miley Makes Marc Jacobs Shimmer, Natalie Dons Cashmere & Dior, & More!

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It’s been quite the fashionable fall, & there’s just too much to talk about, but I’m sure that these top 10 images in my latest gallery are sure to blow away even the most critical of style critics. As signs of autumn have never been more present here on Long Island, it’s impossible not to look to the most buzzed about celebrities without some major fashion envy. Some of the favorites from the last week or so include a dressed down Selena Gomez in a white t-shirt with olive buckled leather pants from Rachel Zoe Collection, gold hoops by Melinda Maria, & black leather sneakers, as well as Oscar-winner Natalie Portman donning a cashmere sweater with a silver brocade full skirt by Christian Dior & black Charlotte Olympia pumps. Also, I’m loving the formal styles of Carrie Underwood‘s beaded blue number by Randi Rahm, Diane Kruger‘s graphic print frock by Cushnie et Ochs, & Michelle Williams‘ sleek LBD from Louis Vuitton.

Also featured in the gallery below are Style Darling regulars like blogger-actress Ashley Madekwe in a Thakoon design, Nashville crooner Hayden Panettiere in Georges Hobeika, Kate Beckinsale in a red Donna Karan draped dress with a Jimmy Choo pumps, the usually shocking Miley Cyrus looking elegant in an emerald Marc Jacobs halter gown, & Gravity star Sandra Bullock showing off her killer figure in an LBD by DSquared2.

Who wore your favorite looks? Which celebrity is your favorite on the red carpet lately? Which trends are you noticing this season? For more posts from Top 10 Celeb Sightings, check out black & white looks on Karolina Kurkova & Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Aniston’s sweet & sassy side in Alexander McQueen & Dior, & Kerry Washington & Rooney Mara’s retro chic style! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Robin Thicke Performs With The Roots & Jimmy Fallon, Kate Upton Is The New Face Of David Yurman, & More!

It’s been a crazy month & I’m in between trips, trying to catch up on the latest & greatest fashion & pop culture news from around the world, all while bopping to “Blurred Lines” in the car! What stories are circulating on your Twitter feed? Which stars have caught your attention this week? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines

*10 things you didn’t know about The Mindy Project*

*Watch this behind-the-scenes video of Michelle Williams during her latest campaign shoot for Louis Vuitton*

*Robin Thicke joins The Roots & Jimmy Fallon in a playful performance of “Blurred Lines“*

*Jennifer Aniston is Glamour‘s September cover girl*

*Penelope Cruz‘s racy video for L’Agent by Agent Provocateur has been pulled from YouTube*

*Kelly Osbourne & Jennifer Hudson are among the best dressed on the Do Something 2013 Awards red carpet*

*Britney Spears attends the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in blue*

*Check out the latest must-have pieces from the ASOS fall lookbook*

*Megan Fox is expecting baby number 2 with husband, Brian Austin Green*

*American supermodel Kate Upton is the latest face for David Yurman jewelry*

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

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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!

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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!

Magazine Must-Haves: Kate Mara’s Playful Dramatic Photo Shoot For ELLE!

When flipping through the pages of next month’s ELLE magazine, I was pleased to see Shakira returning to the spotlight as the magazine’s cover girl. However, in the pages of the fashion mag, I was most intrigued by he 12-page photo shoot & accompanying article on House of Cards actress Kate Mara, whose stylish red carpet appearances & career on both the big & small screen has always seemed to catch my eye.

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Of course, I’ve learned that the actress, who formerly co-starred in the first season of American Horror Story as Dylan McDermott’s psycho dead mistress, comes from NFL royalty, & was the first of the Mara sisters to hit up Hollywood with acting dreams. However, Kate proudly talks about little sister Rooney who snagged her first Oscar nomination for her gritty portrayal in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also, Kate discusses her role as Zoe Barnes & working with acclaimed director David Fincher on the Netflix series, House of Cards, alongside Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright.

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The shoot features plenty of enviable high fashion looks from designers like Valentino, Chanel, Rag & Bone, Dior, Ralph Lauren Collection, Donna Karan New York, Prada, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, J Brand, Calvin Klein Collection, Versace, & Louis Vuitton. What makes this an especially interesting fashion shoot is the combination of luxe labels with novelties like stuffed animals, adorable puppies, & showcasing the difference stellar accessories make for an ensemble.

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Click here for more on the entire ELLE profile on Kate! What do you think of the shoot? Are you a fan of House of Cards? Which Mara sister’s style do you like best? For more fashionable photo shoots, check out previous posts including Burberry Prorsum’s Resort 2014 collection, Adam Levine’s debut fragrance ad, Lily Collins on the cover of Glamour‘s July issue, Prada’s Menswear Fall / Winter 2013-2014 campaign starring Christoph Waltz, Ezra Miller, & Ben Whishaw, & Vogue‘s homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window with Tobey Maguire & Carolyn Murphy. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Christian Siriano’s Resort 2014 Collection!

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It’s not secret that I, along with the (practically) rest of the fashion world, am a fan of the most successful Project Runway winning designer, Christian Siriano. To add to the plethora of posts dedicated to the flamboyant fashionista, I wanted to share his stripe-happy, colorblocked Resort 2014 Collection, which seems to have derived inspiration from previous collections from Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, & Oscar de la Renta. However, Siriano puts his own spin on these brights with contrasting black or black & white pieces that add a demure sensibility to his youthful audience. Also, details like reinvented chevron stripes & feathers make this one luxury line to watch out for on upcoming movie premiere red carpets!

Which look is your favorite from the collection? Who is your favorite Project Runway victor? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous Resort 2014 posts including Tory Burch, Gucci, Rachel Zoe Collection, & Chanel! Happy Styling!