Runway Rundown: Rachel Zoe’s Resort 2013 Collection!

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Any time Rachel Zoe adds one more fashion / style credential to her name, Stye Darling will be there.  This time, we’re talking about her Resort 2013 collection, featuring brights, basics, & bold prints.  The always stylish designer / stylist has created an admirable empire that have made stars like Jennifer Garner, Demi Moore, & Anne Hathway red carpet A-listers.  Not to mention that Zoe’s collections @Neiman Marcus are wildly popular, trend-setting, & always gorgeous for us to gasp over.  Here’s a gallery of the latest from the star of The Rachel Zoe Project, which I hope will premiere another season on Bravo sometime soon! Check out The Zoe Report for everyday finds & for all the best fashion finds! Happy Styling!

Magazine Must-Haves: Check out Rihanna & Affordable Fall Fahsions in Glamour’s September 2011 Issue!

I’m a little behind in my magazine updates, but I had to get this one up before it’s no longer available!  Rihanna graces the cover of this month’s issue of Glamour, showing her softer, more feminine side in an array of looks by Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, & many more! It’s nice to see that the edgy pop singer has embraced a more “glamorous” look these days, although she can rock letaher whips & bondage costumes like no one else right now.  Her bouncy red curls are envious & her smile is infectious.  Which look is your favorite?  Would you wear any of these pieces?  The red cat suit?  Black sequined pants? Green & black lacy polka dot dress?

What’s even better is the affordable array of editor’s picks for the fall’s upcoming season.  There’s a blend of floral prints, bright reds, structured jackets, & ladylike accessories to wear for any occasion.  Take a look at some of the best items available at some of my favorite stores, ranging in price from just under $7.00 to $90.00!

There were just so many different pieces to choose from & so much to say- I’m really excited about this issues.  It’s gotta be one of the best September fall fashion issues on stands now, so what I did for my eager Style Darlings out there is simply list where all the items are from & their cost, starting from left to right, top to bottom.

Floral print tunic top by Attention, $24.99 @Kmart. Cropped button front trench coat in Creme Caramel, $29.50 (was $44.94) @Old Navy. Printed dress in Blue, $44.50 @American Eagle Outfitters. Abbey blazer in Black, $43.00 @Urban 1972. Ruched one-shoulder knit top in Red, $12.99 @Charlotte Russe. Colored skinny jeans in Red, $22.80 @Forever 21. Short sleeve lace overlay dress, $89.50 @LOFT. Polka dot pintuck dress by ELLE, $44.20 (was $68.00) @Kohl’s.

Exotic trouser belt in Natural, $55.00 @Banana Republic. Ribbon peep toe pumps in Black by Worthington, $39.99 (was $70.00) @JC Penney. Kristiana piping sandal in Grey by Christian Siriano, $34.99 @Payless. Sindy’s Chunky Coral Stone Teardrop Earrings in Red, $24.95 @Fantasy Jewelry Box. L. Erickson preppy braid headband, $6.90 @France Luxe. Black & white striped single button faux pocket blazer, $32.99 @AMIClubwear. Creased disc earrings in Gold, $18.00 @Topshop. Leatherette Safari clutch, $19.80 @Forever 21. Abstract garden dress, $19.90 @Forever 21.

For more on the best fall fashions, check out the magazine’s official website & upcoming October issue with Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, & Jennifer Aniston all on the same cover!

While you’re snooping around the Glamour site, take a look at their famous Dos & Dont’s, Sweepstakes promotions to win clothes, accessories, vacations, or cash, & their daily blog, Slaves to Fashion!

Also, you can check out previous Magazine Must-Haves posts including Kim Kardashian on the cover of Cosmopolitan, the stylish cast of Bridemaids & Lady Gaga posing in Harper’s Bazaar, & more!

Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Demi Moore is the Newest Face of Ann Taylor!

Ann Taylor has a new face & that’s none other than the sexy working mother of three, Demi Moore! The actress is no stranger to modeling, having also been the face of Versace a few years back.  However, now Mrs. Kutcher is filling in the very fashionable shoes of the likes of Heidi Klum, Naomi Watts, Milla Jovovich, & most recently, Katie Holmes.

In a recent feature for the new ad campaign, In Style quotes Demi as saying, “The new Ann Taylor is for modern women who want to take on the world in style.” This is the perfect phrase that captures a very polished, professional, & feminine brand that mixes ladylike details with menswear-inspiration for women of the office, working mothers, & Style Darlings everywhere.  Some of the designs at their regular price cost a bit much for me, but if you wait for the end of the season (LIKE NOW), you can find awesome deals on sale items, like sporty striped tees, sequined tanks, & delicate necklaces.

If you’re loving this brand, be sure to click on over to a Darling of the Day post, which features Sophia Bush.  Also, fans of LOFT, Ann Taylor’s sister store, include Hilary Swank & Jayma Mays! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: My Favorite Past Oscar Styles!

It’s Oscar night & I’m dying over darlings like Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, & Reese Witherspoon‘s dresses on the red carpet.  Keeping it classic & timeless, effortlessly glamorous, & oh-so gorgeous is what a night like this is all about.  I decided to take a quick look back at my top ten favorite looks from previous years at the Academy Awards.  Among my favorites are designers Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Valentino, & Carolina Herrera.  I have a thing for some glitter, but also frills & clean lines are always amazing trends to show off at an elegant occasion such as this.  Take a look (at these, of course which are in no particular order) & lemme know which are your favorites?

Last year Cameron Diaz wowed in this gold princess gown by Oscar de la Renta.  She usually goes a little more eccentric, having worn a red Alexander McQueen gown for the Globes just weeks before, but thanks to her famous stylist, Rachel Zoe, this dazzling gold confection of elegance stole the red carpet.  Gold was a big theme at the show as winner Sandra Bullock showed off her embroidered Marchesa column gown.

Kate Hudson showed off some serious sparkle power at the 2003 ceremony in this Atelier Versace hand-sewn gown.  This look is listed among In Style’s 10 Best Oscar Dresses ever & is probably one of my favorite worn by the actress. She is also a client of Rachel Zoe’s, who has taken more risks in recent years on the red carpet, like for last years Globes in a white feathered Marchesa & her teal Gucci number at the 2009 People’s Choice Awards.

Keeping with the glamorous glitter theme so far, Diane Lane appeared at the 2003 ceremony in Oscar de la Renta.  Having seen the feathers for tonight’s show with Hilary Swank & Sharon Stone, I have to say that the gown is one that transcends time.  At the 2009 ceremony in ruched black Chanel & her white Azzaro gown at the 2004 show were just as gorgeous in the truest movie star fashion.

Renee Zellweger‘s Carolina Herrera gown for her 2004 win for her performance in Cold Mountain is one of those dresses that you just look at & know that a winner is wearing it.  Recalling the vintage elegance of Grace Kelly & the star power of Marilyn Monroe, this is one of Renee’s finest appearances in fashion.  Always a fan of Carolina Herrera’s designs, 7 years later, the actress even wowed in this sparkly gown for a German awards show.

Cate Blanchett‘s 2007 Armani Prive marcasite gown was a dramatic revelation against the usually ruffled & mainstream looks that we see on the red carpet.  Always a risk taker, we even saw her on tonight’s red carpet in a pastel beaded Givenchy gown that even wowed fashion icon & Oscar commentator Tim Gunn.

Keira Knightley was nominated in 2006 for her lead role in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice & showed up in this merlot Vera Wang gown & Bulgari necklace.  She was certainly the best dressed of the night & took the trend of statement jewelry to a new level.

Kate Winslet is a consummate favorite at the Oscars, having won two years ago for The Reader, I have to say that nothing pleases me more than seeing a pistachio dress draped in such a sophisticated way over a truly beautiful talent.  This Valentino dress helped make the 2007 ceremony a memorable night, as I recalled the sari-inspired Valentino dress that Jennifer Lopez wore in a similar shade in 2003.

Penelope Cruz showed up this year’s Oscars just weeks after giving birth, but when she took home Oscar for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn.  This vintage Balmain bridal-inspired gown pulled at every fashionista’s heartstrings.  She looked like an absolute princess that night & this is probably one of my favorite Oscar looks ever.  In previous years, she was very elegant in Versace and forward thinking in Chanel, but for this pivotal moment in her career, she looked flawless.

2009 was also a dazzling year for Sarah Jessica Parker in this belted princess Christian Dior.  Embodying all things Carrie Bradshaw & the whimsical way that Sarah Jessica has stolen our fashionable hearts off-screen, this is one of the most quintessential princess gowns that I’ve ever seen.  Critics didn’t embrace her 2010 look for the ceremony, but she’ll always be turning heads no matter where she goes.

Demi Moore impressed fashion critics last year in her strapless silk organza ruffled gown by Versace.  Rachel Zoe was once again behind this look, which was a far cry from Demi’s 1989 shorts look that made In Style’s Most Unforgettable Oscar Looks.  Seeing this dramatic actress in such softness put her among the best dressed & was a lovely departure from her usually darker looks.

 To catch some of your favorite Oscar dresses from years of yesterday, check out In Style’s Oscar Index & the official Academy Awards website. Also, you can find some really incredible deals on celebrity-inspired gown from all of the awards shows at EDressMe, PromGirl, & SerendipityProm.  Don’t forget to check out our previous Red Carpet Review posts from this year’s awards season & our upcoming review from the 2011 Oscars red carpet.  Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Costume Designer Awards Featuring Kristin Davis, Halle Berry, Demi Moore, & More!

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Well, the days are counting down to the Oscars & I just don’t know how I’m gonna get my blog out timely enough.  The ceremony is on a Sunday night, right before the work week & I just don’t seem to do my best blogging when I’m tired.  However, a surge of energy comes over me instantly when I look at just another reason why I love Kristin Davis, my SATC idol, a.k.a. Charlotte York.  At this year’s Costume Designer Awards, a ceremony that she hosted, the stars came out in glamorous style, as usual, to honor the vision of fashion on & off screen.  Here Kristin is wearing a beautiful white strapless polka-dotted gown with a belt by Oscar de la Renta.  Here’s a glimpse at some of my other favorites, courtesy of In Style. Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: A Calvin Klein Little Black Dress!

When in doubt, you always have a little black dress for any cocktail occasion.  Audrey Hepburn solidified the classic black dress with Breakfast at Tiffany’s & since then, designers have created little black dresses in every which way.  While this spring is all about the LWD (little white dress), I came across this Calvin Klein design (left) with some special pearl beadwork, sold at Bluefly.  It’s simple & elegant, perfect for an after work affair with a stack of bangles & metallic heels, however the $80+ pricetage may set you back.  The dress on the right is a Studio 1 design.  I bet you’re thinking, who is Studio 1?  Well, it’s a designer of women’s clothing sold at KMart.  Before you judge or skip reading the rest of this blog, keep in mind that it is a look-alike item for a fraction of the cost, at $12.59, on sale now marked down from $59.99.  You’re not very likely to come across a price like that for a Calvin Klein dress.  You can even get some sexy lace tights & strappy heels from Payless & not even come close to the $80 of the first dress. For some LBD advice, take a look at In Style‘s  Find Your Little Black Dress Style, as well as Elle‘s profile on Jennifer Aniston’s LBD choices! Some of my favorite LDB looks include Victoria BeckhamZoe Saldana, Demi Moore, Scarlett Johansson, & Heidi Klum.  Happy Styling!!

Runway Rundown: A Look at Rachel Zoe’s First Line!

I don’t normally follow runway looks, or entire collections of big name designers, for they are just so expensive, but I’ve grown to have a fashion crush on Rachel Zoe (bah-nanas!) & when I saw InStyle‘s scoop on her most recent fashion endeavors, I drooled the unthinkable drool!

While Ms. Zoe’s looks aren’t available until the fall, I love the blend of 70’s starlet, modern minimalism, casual menswear, dainty ruffles, & regal faux furs.  It’s both flirty & whimsical, it’s totally Rachel’s style!  I haven’t read yet where her looks will be sold, but I’ve learned that they run anywhere from $200 – $700.  Kind of beyond my budget, but it doesn’t hurt to look at the professional celebri-stylist’s newest project as inspiration for our own wardrobes.  She’s so successful & is such an inspiration, who adores anything Chanel, Marc Jacobs, & even endorses H&M!

I don’t know how the first-time soon-to-be-mom does it, while still styling celebrities for their red carpet events.  As we’ve seen on her show, especially during the craziness that ensues for awards season (like right now the Oscars are just two weeks away & I’d love to see how all the fabulous history-making fashion is coming to life!), some of her most famous red carpet & often best dressed list topping  clients include actresses Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, & Molly Sims.  How can you go wrong with a fashionable lineup like that?

Check out The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo, of which I can’t wait to see Season 4!  Not to mention on her official website, you can sign up for a daily email of  The Zoe Report & get her advice in the Ask Rachel section!  She even offers some behind-the-scenes footage from her latest collection’s arrival!

Also, she lends her voice to Piperlime sharing her favorites from the retailer’s vast selections! And you can follow her up-to-the-minute tweets on Twitter! Happy Styling!