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How a Met Gala Dress Is Made

The first Sies Marjan show took place on the top floor of a strange and random building in downtown New York; not in the epicenter of where most other shows take place. I remember getting chills as asymmetrical dresses, skirts, and overly textured coats walked the runway, and I very dramatically grabbed the PR person afterward and said, “THIS was magic.” Full disclosure: I’m a huge Sander Lak fan. I love wearing his clothes, I love seeing his clothes, and I love talking about his clothes. So when I found out that he’d be attending this year's Met Gala, I was thrilled. Of course, you can never see one too many old-school designers on that red carpet, but seeing someone as bold and talented as Lak, makes the night all the more exciting. Lak took an Angel to the religiously-themed event; Doutzen Kroes. “It's a nice thing we're from the same country,” Lak told me in his showroom days before the Gala about his decision to bring her as his guest. “She’s an incredibly easy person to work with. That’s very helpful, Especially for the first time. She completely trusted me to do whatever I thought was right. That’s not always the case.” VIDEO: See All the High-Fashion Red Carpet Looks from the 2018 Met Gala Here, Lak takes us through the making of Kroes’s Met Gala dress:
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How to Achieve Ballerina Style, According to a Ballerina

The following text is an excerpt from Ballet for Life: Exercises and Inspiration from the World of Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers. For ballet dancers, style is about melding personal expression with physical form. Embraced by celebrities and fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Natalie Portman, and Alexa Chung, ballet fashion has a glamorous history. Classic, formfitting clothes are cut to flatter and reveal, allowing for sleek silhouettes and optimal movement without giving too much away. Dancewear offers a fun mix of function and whimsy. Ballet clothes are designed first with a dancer’s performance in mind. From leotards to woolly knitwear, each piece has a purpose and a specific role in a dancer’s wardrobe. Tights permit a wide range of motion and accent a dancer’s lines, while a leotard-sans-tights look shows off the powerful muscles in a dancer’s legs in the studio. A simple scoop-neck leotard highlights a ballerina’s swanlike neck and elegant posture, both rooted in a powerful core. Long-sleeved leotards provide coverage and warmth for every port de bras. Simple chiffon wrap skirts offer a floaty, opaque layer over the hips and butt while displaying the legs. Tutus and tulle practice skirts add structure and formality while bringing the focus to the lower legs. Cozy legwarmers and knit shorts keep the muscles warm and hips loose during rehearsals and classes. A simple ballet wrap sweater heats the back muscles but is easy to put on or take off without disturbing a dancer’s makeup or hair before a performance or during a workout. I love the way that my dance clothes perform, both in the studio and out, from season to season. Classic pieces like ballet flats and soft wrap sweaters add elegance and ease to any look. When shopping for dresses, skirts, or the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans, I always think about how I can work in my leotards. Seamed ballet tights transition a look from summer to fall, as an easy layering piece for a workout as well as under almost any skirt or dress.  Legwarmers over tights with boots or flats take that same look into the cold winter months. Ribboned satin and leather ballerina flats paired with jeans or A-line skirts make for the perfect off-duty-dancer look. I am often stopped on the street or subway when I am wearing my Ballet Beautiful flats. It’s always fun when a mom points to my feet and tells her little one, “Look, a real ballerina!” Lumina, our older daughter, is completely mesmerized by ballet shoes, both hers and mine. Tutus are also one of her favorite fashion accessories, whether paired with tights and a sweater for a trip to the farmer’s market or under a fancy dress, petticoat style. Lumina tells us, “I want to go to work with Mommy and climb the big stairs and wear ballet shoes.” (Our SoHo studio is a fifth-floor walk-up and a serious heart-pumping climb!) Designing and creating dance clothes has taken my love for dancewear to a whole other level, melding the creative process with my daily fashion and allowing me to bring my most dreamed-about ballet styles to life. Seeing these styles on others is the icing on the cake! Whether a top fashion editor in our NYC studio, a supermodel like Lily Aldridge, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, or a Ballet Beautiful novice training with us online, witnessing our clients make ballet style their own inspires me to view ballet fashion through fresh eyes. Iconic beauty Raquel Zimmerman has a soft spot for a classically cut leotard and tulle, while model Imaan Hammam favors simple black camisoles with a pop of red in a satin shoe. Meanwhile, fashion It girls Harley Viera-Newton and Alexa Chung put their own unique stamp on ballerina street style, casually knotting the ribbons of their slippers and tossing them around their shoulders for a post-workout look that is always chic.
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Tiffany & Co.'s New Fragrance Is the Other Little Blue Box You Need in Your Life

They say all you need is love. And while we’re not discounting that phrase, having a floral, elegant, and transformative fragrance dabbed on your wrists doesn’t hurt either. That’s the exact idea behind the new signature Tiffany & Co. fragrance, which was revealed last night in New York City, among celebrity guests and campaign faces like St. Vincent who performed a cover of the campaign song, "All You Need is Love." Installations of the brand’s signature tiny blue boxes filled the space, while guests like Riley Keough, Zoey Deutch, Doutzen Kroes, and campaign star Achok Majak enjoyed the atmosphere while modeling timeless Tiffany’s diamonds and link bracelets and necklaces. RELATED: See Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Products Before They Drop As for the scent? Like the campaign featuring the iconic Tiffany Blue and diamond jewelry draped on skin, it embodies the purest form of the brand with its harmonic compilation of floral and musky notes. The notes consist of four “muses.” Created by master perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givudan, the top note introduces you to vert de mandarine. But the heart of the fragrance, iris, is what will capture your senses. Not only is it responsible for the lingering floral scent, but the flower has been a reoccurring theme in Tiffany’s designs throughout the years. As for the clear glass bottle with robin’s-egg blue accents, it was inspired by the brand’s diamond cuts, the Yellow Diamond and the Lucida Diamond. You can shop the fragrance in varying sizes now available at Bloomingdale's exclusively and on Tiffany.com and check out some of the notable attendees, below.
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The One Surprising Thing Top Models Have in Common

Models off duty, in fashionspeak, is how we describe the style of those who project in their everyday lives a certain aura of coolness–casual, seemingly offhand, and yet entirely unattainable by mere mortals. Spending enough time around the nutty world of designers gives a person a greater perspective on creativity, and often a better appreciation of the craft. For these five supermodels, all beauty ambassadors of L'Oréal Paris, recognizing a star in the making is a skill honed from experience. Likewise for the makeup company, which through its sponsorship of Paris Fashion Week works with designers early on by supporting their shows. "It's interesting to see how many designers are taking on the big names of fashion," says L'Oréal executive Cyril Chapuy of the major débuts at Dior, Lanvin, and Saint Laurent. "And yet the shows that were the biggest successes were from new names altogether."  In addition to the established houses, L'Oréal provides makeup artists and hairstylists to promising brands like Koché, Off-White, and Wanda Nylon, which are helping to maintain the energy and excitement of Paris. Chapuy adds, "Fresh air in every métier is critical."  To preview the spring collection from Paris, here, five of today's biggest models show off looks from fashion's rising stars. Styled by Leila Smara. Check out the March issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, Feb. 10.