There's a reason Alexa Chung is a favorite among street-style photogs on any given day. The perennial It Brit never fails to deliver an on-point, nonchalantly cool outfit that so deftly mixes both tomboy and girlie-girl elements. She keeps us on our toes with romantic English floral frocks one day and then dusted-up denim the next (we mean, she was the mastermind behind her highly successful '70s-inspired denim collab with AG, after all). All of this is why she's our modern muse for the month. To emulate her look, say yes to her idiosyncratic mix and up the appeal with dynamic extras, like saucer-size shades and glam-rock booties. As for beauty, tousled hair and lived-in liner are musts. Give your lash lines a swipe, then smudge the black ink with a cotton swab (our pick: Eyeko liner, $20; eyeko.com). Charmed, for sure.
In this battle of who can one-up the other in extravagance and far-flung locations for resort, Gucci is definitely among the top for staging its Gucci Cruise 2017 runway show in the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey, the first brand ever to do so at the British landmark that has previously hosted history-making events, like one Royal Wedding. But unlike other collections, this particular show felt less indulgent, less hedonistic, and more meaningful in its delivery. As a self-described Anglophile, Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele has been quoted for being obsessed with all things British. And the feeling is mutual—according to report from Kering (the luxury house that owns Gucci), sales for Gucci merch have grown, specifically in London over the past couple of months. For these reasons, the 96-look cruise collection served as a sartorial love letter to London. "I love the English aesthetic," Michele said of his inspiration. "In a way I feel it is close to my own, a beautiful chaos, it is a powerful mix of the past and the present." A beautiful chaos indeed. It was one sensory overload of ideas, textures, and color. But at its core, each look is united by either an overt reference or a subtle nod to British culture. There were Union Jack sweaters jumpers and headwraps (aka the Queen's preferred hair accessory), tartan reinvented as animal-embroidered skirts and sweeping floor-length gowns, Staffordshire spaniel motifs, and British punk takes on Gucci signatures, like studded Dionysus purses and lots of black leather. No doubt this show was one for the books, which you can see for yourself. From the star-studded front row to Gucci's eccentric zoo of animals, scroll through for a look at the 10 things you need to know about its cruise 2017 show.
Anyone who lives in New York City will attest that it's the center of the universe. As such, scrolling through a native's Instagram feed will result in an endless photo stream of everything the five boroughs have to offer (the architecture, the shops, and everything else). Ahead, we rounded up seven of New York's top fashion girls to follow—from born-and-bred Manhattanites like Leandra Medine to stylish transplants like Alexa Chung—for a daily dose of outfit inspiration and, well, pretty much non-stop FOMO.
While wonderfully demure midi skirts and '70s-inspired minis will always have a place in our hearts, we're all about the wrap skirt for spring. Think of it as a pencil skirt, but with a playful—and completely wearable—twist, thanks to the cool asymmetric hemline that the wrap-style silhouette creates. And clearly, the the wrap skirt is rapidly gaining momentum, if the street-style set has any say on the subject. Case in point: Alexa Chung who hit the fall/winter 2016 shows during Fashion Month in a sophisticated navy wrap-style piece that she gave a preppy spin with a ruffled blue button-down and a gray sweater (draped over her shoulders). And because she's Alexa Chung, she gave her look an offbeat edge with a novelty clutch and patent zip-up boots. Take a cue from Chung's style playbook and start shopping for wrap skirts this spring—we found seven of them to get you started. From pretty scalloped edges to one lined in stripes, shop our favorites, below. RELATED: 12 Reasons to Shop Pink This Spring
While denim is making yet another strong showing on the fashion week runways in New York, London, and Milan so far, everyone's favorite textile is also proving to be just as popular—if not even more so—outside the shows. After seasons of peacocking for the paparazzi in impractical high heels and kaleidoscopic mash-ups of prints and textures (oh wait, that’s still happening), street style stars are fully embracing the comfort, versatility, and (perhaps ironically) laid-back feel of denim. But, don’t expect them to just wear straight-leg jeans or a boyfriend jacket the standard way. These fashion pros infused denim pieces with their own flair and pro-styling touches. And the sartorial spectrum runs the gamut, from casually cool (think: beat-up vintage tees tucked into raw-edged jeans) to elevated silhouettes (trench coats and pleated trousers), plus just plain fun pieces in between. Besides, street style pros also possess the best layering tricks in the business and the talent to make Canadian tuxedos even more chic than a tailored pantsuit. So, check out 12 cool, new ways to wear denim, courtesy of Fashion Month street style stars. RELATED: The Runway-Approved Styling Trick to Make Your Old Bag Feel New Again
Kate Moss's discovery in 1988 by Storm Models talent scout Sarah Doukas has become part of modeling lore. Then 14, Moss was at a ticket counter at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport when Doukas spotted the schoolgirl waiting with her father for standby seats. Back in the U.K., Doukas sent Moss to photographer Owen Scarbiena, who took some shots of the teenager on the tennis courts of Battersea Park in South London. "I shot with a wide aperture, no lights, no make-up," Scarbiena told British newspaper The Telegraph. Now photographs from Moss's first shoot, which have never been seen before, will be on display at London's Zebra One Gallery from Feb. 23. RELATED: How to Get Kate Moss's Signature Coat Style Each image shows Moss already displaying the combination of rock-and-roll attitude and stylish cool that has kept her at the top for almost 30 years and paved the way for modeling descendants such as Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner. See highlights from the exhibit below.
A little black dress can always be counted on to deliver a best-dressed look with hardly any extra effort. But for the holidays, making a LBD stand out in a sea of sparkle can be tricky, so we turned to the A-list set to show us how to shine like a star. RELATED: Your Favorite It Girls Demo 10 Stylish Ways to Wear Ankle Boots
The worlds of fashion and celebrity collided across the pond Monday evening, where a bevy of style-obsessed guests marched into the London Coliseum to celebrate the 2015 British Fashion Awards. So why did everyone dress to the nines for the event? Each year, the awards ceremony honors the noteworthy designers and models who repeatedly make an unforgettable impact in the fashion industry. This year's nominees included big names like Georgia May Jagger, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford. And while the ceremony itself is always one to mark your calendars for, it's the red carpet fashion that repeatedly proves to be impress. This year, Lady Gaga (above, center) arrived in a bright red Tom Ford dress while top model Karlie Kloss rocked a silver Chanel design. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie shined in a metallic couture Vivienne Westwood dress. "I adore this dress and the hammered metal sequins give the tiniest nod to the armor I'm known for wearing," she told InStyle. "The dress looks like an award, so it's so glitteringly splendid!" Click through to see what all the stars wore on the carpet.
The perk to attending a formal occasion is that it serves as a rare opportunity to play dress up. The downside? Looking good can take priority to, say, comfort, especially when it comes to footwear. And in most cases, that means needle-thin stilettos that do the job of giving you a lift, both literally and figuratively, but not without a wave of pain. For those who prefer to stay as close to the ground as possible (um, guilty), navigating the imminent deluge of holiday fêtes can feel only physically possible with flats. Since not all of them are created equal, we turned to accessories designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal to share her thoughts on the matter. "It all depends on the fabric and finish of the shoe," she says. "You should make sure they look pristine. Sometimes if flats are too worn, you've turned them into day shoes. They have to look special—keep them special." Of course she's the first to suggest her famous black velvet kitty smoking slippers for such an occasion. They have found fans among the likes of Alexa Chung (above), Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry, and they're so versatile, they transcend footwear activities, from running errands to attending fancy events (though she admits that she'd buy a new pair if she had an evening event to go to). "If you wear them in the day, they end up in your mind feeling like day shoes," she continues. "Or wear shiny shoes, I love shiny things." We heeded her advice and shopped out fancy flats that work for any soirée, from ones blanketed in luxe fabrics to others festooned with shiny embellishments. Your holiday shoe game, done. RELATED: Shop 10 of the Sexiest Lace-Up Heels
While we love the come-hither appeal of sheer clothing, incorporating barely there pieces into your wardrobe can be a tricky proposition. In fact, sometimes it can feel like nothing short of a major fashion risk. Still, that hasn’t stopped some of our favorite celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss, and Helen Mirren, from tackling the trend with aplomb on the red carpet. Ahead, we break down their sartorial findings, so you too can sport sheer like an A-lister.
Skinny scarves fall among the fashion trends that are more decorative than practical. Honestly, what good is a skinny scarf against the cold? But in light of the current '70s movement, the finishing accent has become an outfit-completer that a slew of stars and fashion insiders have embraced. And from our findings, the scarf has proven to be quite versatile, as well. Below, we rounded up all the ways to wear a skinny scarf all season long—before it gets too frigid, that is. Throw One Over the Shoulder (above) For a nonchalant look, Selena Gomez styled her minimal slip dress with a black piece that she casually wrapped around her neck and slung over one shoulder. RELATED: We Rank 9 of Fashion's Hardest Mini-Trends by Difficulty