Red Carpet Review: The Stars at Cannes Part Two!

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Just a few days ago, Style Darling featured some of the most gorgeous looks from the Cannes Fim Festival, such as Rachel McAdams, Uma Thurman, & Diane Kruger. The prestigious event is currently taking place in the south of France, but it seems that (thanks to In Style), the stars just keep a-comin’ & style, glamour, & elegance is all the rage on the red carpet, at the parties, & other fashionable press events. While my monstrous gallery for the Met Costume Institute Gala is getting a lot of hits, we can’t ignore what’s going on across the pond, especially when stars like Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Bar Rafaeli, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Penelope Cruz are making a splash.  Those are just some of my favorites!  Designers like Versace, Marchesa, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, The Row, Giorgio Armani, & Stella McCartney are just a few of the stellar visionaries behind the looks worn by these international beauties.  Take a click around & tell us who your favorites are! Happy Styling!


Red Carpet Review: The 2011 Met Costume Institute Gala!

Courtesy of In Style, here are the noteworthy looks from this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala, honoring the late Alexander McQueen.  The website has 86 images of the stars who came out in their best, whereas I somehow narrowed my favorites down to 78! Yes, there are a lot here, but if you click on each image, you can get a close-up on the fabulous & risk-taking stars who sparkled & wowed last week.  My top picks include Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Greene, & Eva Mendes.  Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Top Looks from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival!

Get ready, get set, Go! There must a race of style at this year’s Cannes Film Festival because there’s an abundance of ravishing beauties hitting the red carpet in names like Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, just to name a few.  Today we’re celebrating the many, many highs on the red carpet, at the movie premieres, & for photo calls.  Check out In Style’s Photo Gallery for a more detailed look at all the stars attending this ultra glamorous event. Let’s take a look at first & foremost, the scene-stealers, the true best of the best.  These are the looks that celebs wear for which red carpets are made!

Diane Kruger is my current favorite Style Darling!  The model-turned-actress is experimental when it comes to fashion.  Not to mention that she is effortlessly chic, especially in this gorgeous Calvin Klein shimmering gown that looks like flowing liquid medal against her enviable shape.  Rachel McAdams really surprised me with this intricately detailed in a red lace Marchesa number & Veronica Lake hair.  I just can’t get over how it makes her look like such a movie star. Salma Hayek Pinault can’t go wrong in a silver Gucci Premiere strapless gown.  It hugs her curves in all the right ways & she looks like a princess! Uma Thurman is a tower of pure elegance in a white feathered Versace sweetheart gown.  In no way does she wear it like a bride, but as an accomplished & stylish movie star. I’m not usually a fan of Tilda Swinton, but I do respect her passion for fashion.  This navy satin Haider Ackerman gown is so regal, very feminine, & timeless!

Additionally, there was quite an impressive slew of international beauties, including Mexican beauty Salma Hayek Pinault in a leather Gucci dress with a hand-painted flower shrug (kind of recalled Jennifer Lopez at the Met Costume Gala),  Indian actress Aishwarya Rai in navy & white silk strapless bustier Giorgio Armani Prive, & British import Cheryl Cole (who was recently named the latest judge on Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor) wearing a plunging Stephane Rolland gown with gold accents on the belt.

Australian star of Sucker Punch Emily Browning (who appears twice more in this blog) wears a sweet deep-v embroidered Valentino creation in nude, & fellow Aussie Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska in a Roland Mouret column gown & drop earrings!

Last, but not least, Canadian sweetheart Rachel McAdams switched it up in a Monique Lhuillier embellished bustier top & matching wide leg pants.  The Salvatore Ferregamo clutch & stacked bangles make this a chic & modern way to show up at a formal event.  There aren’t many women who can pull off a pants look on such a prestigious red carpet, but Rachel hits a homerun!

Some of the photo calls during the day called for the stars to face the press in very chic & elegant day looks.  These include Cannes stunner Tilda Swinton in a two-piece look that virtually everyone can wear.  A loose-fitting blouse tucked into a pencil skirt with flower-accent Roger Vivier heels. Rachel McAdams was front & center in an uber-feminine bright white flower Maxime Simeons dress with peep toe pumps by Salvatore Ferragamo.  Mia Wasikowska brought some sweetness in a lace Valentino pleated dress with beige strappy sandals.

Uma Thurman stayed with white once again in a slimming Dolce & Gabbana dress with silver Jimmy Choo sandals.  Emily Browning brough some color to the mix in a jungle print Louis Vuitton tube dress & nude peep toe platforms.  Angelina Jolie celebrated Kung Fu Panda 2 in a beige chiffon wrap dress with a leather belt & round toe pumps, a throwback to vintage Hollywood, but still very modern & minimalist.

At night some of the stars hit yet another red carpet wearing some of the best of the best designers.  Sarah Jessica Parker showed up to support a Weinstein Company press event in a belted Dolce & Gabbana with an embellished belt & layers of pearls (very Carrie Bradshaw)!  Somewhere at the celebrity-riddled circuit was a Calvin Klein sponsored bash which featured Uma Thurman in black, Vanessa Hudgens in yellow lace, & former Gossip Girl co-star Clemence Poesy in a color block shift dress, all designed by the label.

Check back with my Red Carpet Review for more upcoming events, as well as series of blogs for the Costume Gala!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Get Clearance Deals @Newport News!

At Newport News, Style Darlings of any age can can enjoy the latest clearance markdowns to enjoy this spring!  Not only are some of these pieces great for now, but they can be worn & remixed into your fall  & winter wardrobe.  For example take this tie-neck tunic with some leggings & wedges for a bright day, or mix it up with a chunky vest, skinny jeans, & knee boots for when it’s cooler out.  A beaded cropped jacket like this can help dress up an embellished teeflared jeans, or even look nice over a cute LBD. Go with a sexy off-the-shoulder top for a pencil skirt & skinny belt for an after work affair, but mix it up with cargo pants, cut-out shooties, & a beaded necklace for a day of running errands.  For your next family affair, break out this flirty yoke-waist skirt with a simple top & ballet flats.  Jump on the 70s trend bandwagon with a jumpsuit!  You can change up the belt with something colorful or go for something thick! A one-piece like that calls for large earrings & strappy platforms.  However, if accessories are your thing, break out some color with these chunky bangles for just $5.99. Hit up the website to check out more clearance items that will help keep your wallet happy, but make your wardrobe all the more fabulous!  Happy Styling! 

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: A Michael Kors Peep Toe Platform Vs. A GOjane Super Deal!

I was so pleased to find these (sort of) look-alikes!  One pair is just over $30 from GOjane & the other is a big whopping $850.00.  That’s of course b/c of the label: Michael Kors.  Although one is a buckled peep toe platform & the other is a bow back platform, you can still achieve the same sense of a covered-up ankle.  Sometimes I think this style of shoe cuts off the legline, but both pairs are also available in nude & there, you really can’t go wrong.  That’s when the style became a focal point of illusion.  For example, take a look at Rachel Bilson back in February sporting peep toe shooties.

An ankle wrap peep-toe platform is sexy for lace shorts & cowlneck top for a dressy occasion.  Or go casual chic in a jersey tankcity shorts, & a linen hobo bag. Even mix & match different pieces like a plaid button down with a zippered mini skirt! Why not try a lacey tee with black skinny jeans & a ruffled blazer!

If you’re in constant pursuit of finding affordable & stylish shoes, subscribe to the GOjane emails!  If you’re looking to learn more about the designs of Michael Kors, check out Neiman Marcus, where this item is sold.  Happy Styling!

5/10/11 Darling of the Day: Amy Adams in a Tory Burch Shirtdress!

Amy Adams is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood right now! She’s got some super style, as seen here in a navy Tory Burch belted shirtdress, which runs about $350.00 on the designer’s official store website.  This look is so regal, especially the navy against her striking red hair.

To put together a stylish ensemble like this, we have a few simple steps at affordable prices to help!  I searched high & low (& the search still isn’t over!) for a navy dress like the one is Amy wearing, but I found a black shirtdress @Macy’s for under $20.  You can switch up the fabric belt for a more special belt in cognac.  Don’t worry about the loop holes b/c something as thick as this from Forever 21 will cover them up & really cinch in your waist.  This is a little trick that celebrities like Kim Kardashian & America Ferrera always use.

Right now is the perfect time to find some great deals on open booties from last season.  This laced-up style runs close to $60, but they’re an investment piece with shorts & a vest, or in the fall with a sweater dress & textured tights & in the winter with a pantsuit.  On the DSW website, the shoes have earned some great ratings & originally ran for $150.00!

For the finishing touches, since we can’t all afford a gorgeous Cartier bag like Amy, try out something fabulous like a bucket bag to go with any day romper & scarf or sheath dress & ballet flats this season.  Lastly, the squared sunglasses make for a stylish way to hide from all the flash photography, or even the blingy ring.

The total for this look comes to just about $141.00, which is pretty decent when you think about all the different ways this dress can be styled throughout the spring & summer (with some gladiator sandals & dangly earrings), & how you can make great use of these accessories all year long!  Check out our previous Darling of the Day posts to find more celebrity look-alike deals!  Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Black Round Toe Pumps like Keira Knightley, Lauren Conrad, & More!

And so it seems that even though it’s fabulous to wear crazy high strappy heels or cut-out shooties, sometimes it’s the basic black pumps that really do the trick for your look.  Like every woman should a little black dress, every woman should have basic black pumps for every occasion from formal (like Keira Knightley wears in satin with a stunning short dress by Chanel), for work (as seen on Malin Akerman in a black blouse & high waist pencil skirt) to cocktail (for example, Lauren Conrad wearing a blue dress by BCBG Max Azria) to casual (well, sort of like the always stylish Rihanna in a menswear-inspired look of a white jacket & black pants).  These celebs find comfort & style solace in turning to a classic favorite of rounded toes with or without a platform.

Showing off textures like leather, patent, suede, or velvet, luxurious basic black is an elegant and sexy way to complete your look with every step. Of course in this case, by affordable, I mean $30 or under, especially when compared to brands like Christian Louboutin or Salvatore Ferragamo.  These pictured styles are from stores like Forever 21, PaylessAldo, Mandee, AMI Clubwear, & GOjane.

More great outlets for bargain footwear are Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Zappos, & Love My Shoes. If you’re still looking for some style inspirate for your black pumps, check out Dianna Agron at this year’s Grammys in Vivienne Westwood, Natalie Portman at last year’s Gotham Awards, Kirsten Dunst at the Tribeca Film Festival, Emma Roberts at the Sucker Punch premiere in leather leggings, Eva Longoria in a dramatic Ashi Studio minidress, Michelle Williams at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, & Scarlett Johansson in a bright Oscar de la Renta party dress.  Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Affordable Finds for Mother’s Day!

For this mother’s day, pick out some stylish pieces, for your mom or a friend who is a mother! You can find plenty of household appliances & functional items for their everyday life, but sometimes it’s something a fashionable & pretty item that will do the trick.

If fancy dangly earrings wouldn’t function for a busy mom-on-the-go, try these rose gold-tone flower earrings which would look just darling with a ruffled dress & strappy shooties.  With a classic LBD that every woman should have, bangles with an antique finish really add some poshness to an outfit & they can even be mixed & matched with other bangles with beads or something Egyptian-inspired.  Try an embossed clutch as a gift if you know that your favorite mom is headed to a cocktail event, or maybe even a woven clutch by Lela Rose.  When in doubt, a feminine cardigan by Lauren Conrad would look great with her favorite pair of Levi’s bootcut jeans & organic cotton bowed flats from Payless.  To prepare for upcoming summer looks, a macrame natural belt looks very finished with a pair of white shorts & a ruffled babydoll top.

If your mother is not so much into fashion, but is an organiz-ista, check out the black decarative magazine rack for $20, or even a white decorative pen / pencil cup, both available @Barnes & Noble.  Or, to help her relax after a long day with the kids, at the office, or doing chores, break out a few candles like this Green Tea votive from Ulta (which also has a bunch of other fun scents!).

Another good suggestion is a magazine subscription for publications of In Style, Allure, PEOPLE Style Watch, or The Food Network Magazine!  Happy Styling!  Happy Mother’s Day!

The Stylish Five: Cute Dresses for Spring ($15 & Under)!

It’s not news that I loooove dresses & I love ones that are especially body conscious & uber-flattering.  In my hunt to find some cute & affordable looks for this spring (& can be translated into summer), I came across these five very stylish pieces, all under $15!

While the black & white strapless dress may verge on clubwear, if you add a pastel cardigan with a metallic belt & wedge sandal, it would make for a great day out & about with the beau’s family.   You can really stand out in the red & white striped illusion dress which instantly hides a belly & creates some slimming shape.  For day, try a ruched open sweater & some neutral bowed flats! Then there’s a the purple twisted dress which calls for something edgy like buckled cone heels, beaded earrings, & a utility jacket.  Go bright with an orange ruffled front dress with calls for some mixed gold bangles & printed platform pumps for a night out on the town. Lastly, for work, try on this sleeveless scoop neck dress in black & gray under a bold tweed jacket, with a sparkly chained necklace & braided strappy sandal!

When you’re building a look on a budget, finding versatile & flirty pieces like these for under $15 is a great start, especially when you have items from last season that you’re dying to bring back like scoop wedge platforms, a two-tone circle necklace, a linen moto jacket, a comfy cardigan, or a tweed belt. Keep in mind some of my favorite places to look for stylish bargains, including Forever 21, Ann Taylor LOFT, The Limited, Old Navy, Target, Walmart, GOjane, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Mandee, Macy’s, Kohl’sJC Penney, & American Apparel.  Check out my previous posts of The Stylish Five for updates on the cutest flats from Aldo, deals on flip-flops @Payless, & many more! Not to mention, I recently posted on The $100 Challenge five adorable dresses that total under $100, which can really make you stand out in the crowd!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Our Top Picks for Maternity Styles!

I can’t even count on both hands how many women I know who are pregnant or have just popped out their bundle of joy.  While I can’t necessarily share in their journey through motherhood, I can however offer some awesome style suggestions if you’re an expectant mom-on-the-go & on a budget.  You only have nine months of growth, so making a huge investment in maternity clothes could hurt your bank account.  Don’t forget that the easiest way to get the most out of a maternity wardrobe is to swap stylish pieces with friends who no longer need them.  We can look to the baby boom in Hollywood for some inspiration, especially from famous moms like Gisele Bundchen, Ali Larter, Heidi Klum, & Christina Applegate, courtesy of In Style.

I’ve found a variety of cute pieces that can be mixed & matched for many different occasions during your months of pre-motherhood, which include versatile slim leg jeans, a delicate floral blouse, a loose-fitting cream trapeze cardigan, a darling blue belted wrap dress, a casual pair of cargo pants, & a black pleated dress as your go-to LBD for any special events that you may be attending.  If you’ve got basics like these that you like to wear, but want to help jazz them up, try out this braided sandal to keep your feet comfy this spring & summer, yet still chic in a metallic hue.  Or if you’re a real daredevil fashionista, get some neutral wedges for any outdoors affair this season.  During this time, accessories are the best way to show off your style, especially since (for the most part) they’re items that you already have.  For a solid color dress (like the LBD shown), try out a tribal necklace to bring out the wild yet sophisticated side of you.  Since the body is changing, add an elastic beaded bracelet, unless of course it’s too tight, but this pop of color looks so fun against natural colors & can help bright out other flattering shades in printed pieces.  Earrings are the best way to draw attention to your glowing face, so have fun with everything from red stud earrings to shell drop earrings for both casual & dressy days.  Happy Styling!