The Grammys are indeed considered music's biggest night, but don't think that your favorite artists reserve their celebrations for just that night. In fact, these people party days before it's time to even walk the red carpet. On Thursday, Ashley Graham stepped into The Grill and The Pool in New York, where she greeted stars like Ciara, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, and Bebe Rexha for Warner Music Group's pre-Grammys bash. They all looked fabulous, and Cardi B topped off the night with one epic performance. Missy Elliott was there too, though she was pulling double-duty. That same night, the rapper headed to Essence's Black Women in Music event where she received the Visionary Award directly from Janet Jackson. Spotify celebrated nominated stars like SZA, Alessia Cara, and Julia Michaels, and Delta joined in on the fun with their own party, welcoming Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lea Michele. In Paris, Dior and Bella Hadid celebrated couture week with a masquerade ball. Talk about a busy few days. VIDEO: 2017 Grammys Red Carpet Arrivals Scroll down to see the best parties of the week.
Ashley Graham and Addition Elle have done it again! For their latest lingerie collaboration, we're presented with a full range of re-worked best sellers that are sure to satisfy the tastes of every woman. Whether your preference is lined or unlined bras, thongs or full briefs, or even a bit more coverage (there's a babydoll), this capsule is for you. Each of the 7 pieces are adorned with beautiful feminine touches such as lace, mesh, and soft hues of gray and pink. Of course, the timing couldn't be any better as we prep for the biggest lingerie holiday of all: Valentine's Day. "I'm excited for this collection to launch just before Valentine's Day so that you can treat your special someone, whether that's your significant other or you!", says Graham in a press release. RELATED: Ashley Graham Says Doing This 1 Thing Every Day Is the Key to Her Body Confidence The collection, available up to sizes 3X and bras up to H cups, is available to shop on additionelle.com.
If you were looking for a young artist in N.Y.C. on Tuesday, they were probably at the Whitney Museum of American Art's annual Art Party. Everyone from models Ashley Graham and Natasha Poly, to actresses Nina Dobrev and Zosia Mamet stepped out for the event, and they must've gotten the same dress code memo, because we saw some serious similarities. Graham wore a plunging V-neck Markarian black top and skirt that looked beautiful with a slightly reflective skirt. Mamet wore a similarly deep V'd black dress, only hers was belted at the waist. Dobrev also wore a dark dress, only her Versace outfit had violet and neon yellow embellishments, while Poly strayed from the pack and opted for a bold red top and jeans instead. Before the party kicked off, Graham and artist Raúl de Nieves hosted a candlelit dinner, and Young Paris performed a special concert. Artists Joe Bradley and Trisha Baga also created limited edition artwork during the night, with Baga's being in collaboration with Birkenstock. While the fashion was killer and the music was fun, above all else, the Art Party was for a good cause. The proceeds from the night all went toward the Whitney's Independent Study Program and education initiatives, which makes it easier for young artists and students to work on their projects. Scroll through some of our favorite party moments below, and relive the night for yourself.
The A-listers came out in droves for the launch and preview of Forevermark’s Tribute collection in N.Y.C. on Tuesday. Beloved social media star and style icon Chrissy Teigen arrived at the event in Chelsea wearing a semi-sheer off-the-shoulder Massachi LBD which clung to her every curve. Decked out in head-to-toe diamonds, the 31-year-old glittered with every step and finished off her look with sleek locks parted down the middle and shiny black sandals. Also in attendance was Zendaya, who wore an ivory ruffled jumpsuit with a structured bustier top and a diamond choker, giving off an almost matrimonial vibe. The stars sipped beverages from an open bar, ate extravagant gourmet bites, explored Forevermark’s latest collection, and took photos in a special diamond-shaped photo booth as they made their way through the evening. Scroll down below to see all the best looks from the luxurious (and blinged-out!) evening.
When it comes to dressing to flatter a curvy figure, supermodel and former InStyle "Great Style Has No Size" columnist Ashley Graham has the process down to an exact science. So what's her secret? By our count, she's actually got nine—and each one's worth trying, STAT. Keep reading for the fail-proof formula behind this star's bombshell look.
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"I love Gwyneth!" was heard Monday night all across New York's Spring Studios, where God's Love We Deliver and Michael Kors welcomed guests for the 11th annual Golden Heart Awards. There, Gwyneth Paltrow shone in a silver sequined dress from the designer's spring 2018 collection and Tamara Mellon stilettos and took to the stage to accept the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service. "This dress better not be f—ing see through," she joked to Kors as she delivered a touching speech. "We're living in a time that is so extraordinarily complex and between all of the natural disasters and the political climate, it sometimes feels like we're living in very extremely uncertain times, and I know a lot of us feel scared about the future that we are creating for our children and what is gonna happen next," she said to the room which included her mother, Blythe Danner, and friends and Kors muses like Kate Hudson, Ashley Graham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Amber Valletta, Gabrielle Union and Jasmine Tookes. "Community, us binding together, us understanding that we are one is what will lift us up, is what will make us strong, is what will make us persevere and prevail," she said, referencing the work of God's Love We Deliver, a nonprofit that delivers free meals to people in need. "Us coming together and creating this consciousness together ... us being banded together like this really, truly makes a difference." Kors shared similar sentiments, calling Paltrow strong, funny, a "fabulous friend," businesswoman, and mother, and praising her "really big heart." The evening's honorees included Jordan Roth and Jon Gilman, and guests couldn't help but focus on empowered women like Paltrow, who recently went public with allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. "I support all the women who've been harassed," Amber Valleta told us. "A lot of anger and a lot of frustration is bubbling to the surface. You'll see more and more women, more and more people of color, more and more people of different gender identification coming out and speaking, and those of us that have been suppressed are angry. ... We just have to keep raising our voices and be heard." Hilary Rhoda praised Paltrow for being a role model in her career, saying "she's just so cool and down to earth," and Joan Smalls cited other powerful women like Angelina Jolie and Rosie O'Donnell as sources of inspiration. Gabrielle Union, who on Monday took to Twitter to share her personal story of being raped, sent a message to victims of assault too. "There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is help. There is healing. This doesn't have to define you," she said. VIDEO: Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow Reveal They Were Sexually Harassed by Harvey Weinstein Kate Hudson, who wore a beaded asymmetrical dress, kicked off her evening walking with Kors, hand in hand. As for whether she influenced the selection of her friend Paltrow as the night's honoree? "I have nothing to do with that! That's all Michael," she shared. Scroll down to see all the looks from the evening.
Fashion month is in full swing, and this year's catwalks have seen some of the most diverse models yet. From 16-year-old runway rookie Kaia Gerber to 79-year-old Hollywood veteran Jane Fonda, women from every walk of life are lighting up the spring 2018 fashion week shows. The festivities kicked off in New York City, and NYFW started with a bang as major names like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Joan Smalls lit up Tom Ford’s catwalk. Of course, that wasn't the last we saw of these veteran models over these four busy weeks of fashion shows. From Moschino to Marc Jacobs, we saw many a major model moment on the runway. From New York to London, Milan, and Paris, the hottest designers are showing off their spring 2018 collections and using some major star power to do so. Scroll down to see what happens when these experts hit the runway, and you’ll understand why we’re seeing stars.
If you need proof that Prabal Gurung is one of the most forward-thinking designers in fashion, just take a look at the last week and a half. Gurung debuted his spring 2018 collection on Sept. 10 with one of the most diverse and body inclusive group of models that we’ve seen all season. Alongside Gigi and Bella Hadid, there was Ashley Graham, Aya Jones, and transgender model Andreja Pejic. Sitting front row, next to Cleo Wade and Huma Abedin, was activist and icon Gloria Steinem, who chose Gurung’s show as her first ever and took to Instagram to applaud the socially-conscious designer’s work in fashion and beyond. Just last Sunday Gurung was at it again, designing a stunning blush gown for Hollywood’s favorite feminist, Elisabeth Moss, who wore it to pick up her first Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale. And now? He’s launching another brand new collection, this time for Lane Bryant, proving once and for all that great style should be available for all sizes and at all price points. In the midst of his whirlwind few weeks, we sat down with the Nepali designer in N.Y.C. to chat about fashion, feminism, and his new projects. InStyle: Congrats on your spring 2018 collection and your new fall collection for Lane Bryant! How do you approach the design process for each line? Prabal Gurung: Even though they’re different customers and the price points are different, I still think the essence of the woman that I’m designing for is the same. She’s an assured woman, someone who celebrates style and substance equally. With Lane Bryant, I just have to work within a certain price point, while still making sure the look and quality of my designs are not compromised. What inspired your Lane Bryant collection this season? Paris was my inspiration because it’s a city that I’m in love with. I think every fashion person loves Paris. I wanted to capture the essence of the Parisian woman, who has that effortless ‘je ne sais quoi’ feel, but is still really polished. Was it a particular trip that you took to France that sparked the idea? Yes, actually! I go to Paris a few times a year because I’m fascinated by the city, the architecture, the locals. So last fall, when I was there, it was almost dusk and the colors of the sky were so warm and soft. That stuck with me when I was starting to design. Is there one piece that you think every woman should have in her closet for fall? For Lane Bryant, I designed this chic grey coat that I’m completely obsessed with (below). It works with tights if you need to go run around outside or if you want to dress it up, it’ll still look amazing. A great coat can take you places. You can wear anything underneath and look great. [tiImage img-pos="1" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] You picked Candice Huffine to be the face of your collection this year. Why was she a good fit? I’ve known Candice for about 2 years now. She is beautiful—that’s obvious. But she also has so much substance. She is one of the kindest people I know. And very stylish, of course. Just the whole package. You’re such a champion of strong women. You even got Gloria Steinem to sit front row at your show last week. How did that come about? It was so exciting! I have been an admirer of hers ever since I was a kid. When I was little, I was always fascinated by strong women who could fight, like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels. Women who’ve been through a lot and come out stronger on the other end and Gloria is at the top of that list. I read her book about a year and a half ago and I wrote to her about how it impacted me, and then last spring, I dedicated my whole collection to her. So this season, I just sent her an e-mail and said I’d love for you to come, and she came! [tiImage img-pos="2" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] Is it true that it was her first fashion show ever? Yes! In her 83 years, she’s been to all the protests, women’s marches, legislatures—and this is the first fashion show she has ever been to. For me, that was my biggest celebrity guest. Were you able to talk with her before or after the show? I was backstage when I found out she was there, so I told my team I needed five minutes to go meet her. I went out front before the show—which I’ve never done before—and gave her a big hug and we talked for a little bit. It was special. You’re known for being very diverse with your show castings including models of all backgrounds and sizes. Why is that important to you? That’s the world that I want to live in! I came to New York for that. I knew it was a melting pot and I also knew it’s a city of misfits, so I always wanted to celebrate that diversity. And frankly speaking, I’m bored of a one-dimensional view of what beauty is. Do you feel like the fashion industry as a whole is progressing with their inclusivity? Very slightly. American fashion has made some progress, but our industry is far behind. The worst offenders are the Europeans. In London, Paris, and Milan, you don’t see anyone that looks like a real girl or real woman on the runway. To think that the world is so open and diverse, and then to see the shows is really disheartening. Is it still exciting for you to see so many different kinds of women wearing your designs? Yes, of course. For my own collection, I offer up to a size 22 and for Lane Bryant, up to a size 28. And I have private clients of all sizes. One of the first big things that I did was dress Oprah for the cover of O Magazine. I‘ve always just wanted to celebrate the essence of a woman. If I’m not able to dress women of different sizes, that’s just ridiculous. You also designed Elisabeth Moss’s dress for her big Emmy win last Sunday. What was the inspiration behind her look? It was a great red carpet moment in the most unassuming way. We collectively decided to go a simpler route. We didn’t want to do bling. In her show, The Handmaid’s Tale, everything is stripped away from the characters. I wanted to keep the design simple and prove a point that the biggest strength for a women is embracing her femininity. I’m a big advocate for femininity and feminism coming together. [tiImage img-pos="3" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] How did you land on that beautiful blush color? We went back and forth on the color. We were going to do red because of the show. But I really wanted to embrace the femininity of blush pink. As a designer you want your dress to be the big, something people will talk about. But this was Elisabeth’s moment. Why she won was much bigger than the dress itself. Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant’s fall collection will be available in Lane Bryant stores and on lanebryant.com on September 25. To see all of the looks, keep scrolling.