The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 31 to September 6

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 

These celebs are proof you don’t need over-the-top colors or prints to make a statement. Sometimes all it takes is a touch of whimsy on a classic ensemble to craft a winning look.

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  1. Emma Stone added printed pumps to a Sandro top and sweats combo at the Venice Film Festival.
  2. Diane Kruger opted for a RED Valentino swan collar shirt under her classic trench at the Japan Rive Gauche exhibition preview.
  3. Olivia Palermo paired gold accessories with a black Witchery trench-turned-dress at the Chadstone runway show in Australia.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 5, 2014

Discover How Robert Graham Takes On the Classics

With its bold prints and bright colors, Robert Graham has that anything-but-boring rep locked down. But that doesn’t mean the brand can’t handily take on the classics. You know, like your go-to navy sport coat and crisp white button-front. Even though these pieces may seem deceptively simple, they always bear a bit of that Robert Graham punch of personality. Here’s how to find it.

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The navy version above is business on the outside, but look further. It’s party on the inside with floral-print lining.

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What appears from afar to be your average white shirt will surprise you. Find contrast under the collar, on the cuffs, and along the gig line.

Shop these classics – plus the brand’s unabashedly bold prints – in our Robert Graham Men Boutique, which opened Friday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

Salute the Runway: Servicewomen Take On NYFW

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

On the eve of New York Fashion Week, the industry gathered at Lincoln Center to support an often-overlooked group of women: female veterans transitioning to civilian life. Dubbed Salute the Runway, the show featured 15 servicewomen who modeled LBDs from a stylish designer roster. As both a military wife and a fashion editor, I attended proudly.

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September 4, 2014

Karlie Kloss Travels the Globe as the Chicest Flat Stanley Ever

Remember Flat Stanley, the paper cutout you’d send to distant friends and family in elementary school, begging to be snapped in exotic places? Vogue does, and it re-envisioned the childhood favorite in a very high-fashion way. The magazine printed and distributed a “small army” of 3D-printed mini Karlie Kloss dolls, in a variety of poses from the ubiquitous model du jour. The 50 figurines spent 80 days traveling to 22 cities, getting the star treatment in clever photo shoots around the world.

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Karlie’s long legs and coy smile have been spotted at Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, and even the moon. Like any good international voyage, her tour of the continents was not without hiccups. Vogue notes that more than a dozen limbs were broken in transit (ouch!) and that the mini Karlie was escorted off the Acropolis in Greece. Head to Vogue for the dolls’ complete photo diary and even go behind-the-scenes of her 3D shoot. You’ll never feel so envious of a piece of plastic.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 4, 2014

New York Men’s Day: American Brands Band Together

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for being predominantly geared toward the sartorial-obsessed females of the world. Typically, if you want to view designer menswear, a flight to London, Paris, or Milan is required. But according to the New York Times, an industry-wide push for a full-fledged Men’s Fashion Week is gaining momentum, and it started yesterday with NYFW Men’s Day.

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September 4, 2014

Princess Di’s Wedding Gown Will Go to Her Sons

Before there was Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown, there was Princess Diana’s – and it was next-level famous. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the frothy silk and taffeta number boasted a 25-foot train and 10,000 pearls. The dress has spent 17 years in the hands of her brother, Charles Spencer, but come September 15, it will go to her sons.

As outlined in Diana’s will, the ivory gown must be given to Princes William and Harry following Harry’s 30th birthday. With that milestone just a couple weeks away, fans are speculating the fate of the dress. PEOPLE guesses it might go on display in London’s royal palaces, which isn’t far-fetched considering it spent a decade as the centerpiece of the museum at Althorp, Diana’s family’s Northampton estate.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 4, 2014

Angelina Jolie (Finally) Ties the Knot in Versace

Here comes the bride – in Atelier Versace. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married in an under-wraps wedding at the couple’s home in Marseille, France just last weekend. Of course, everyone’s been dying to knowWho was she wearing? 

In true Brangelina fashion, the gown had a creative and totally cute twist. Luigi Massi, master tailor at the famed Italian fashion house and a longtime family friend, embroidered drawings sketched by their six kids onto the veil and gown.  Angelina completed the chic, custom look with white silk Versace pumps.

Keep on sketching, Jolie-Pitt children. I see some runway designs in your future.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 3, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
Modern femininity requires a finely tuned mix of sophistication, sex appeal, and a little bit of edge. Present-day incarnations of Brigitte Bardot come to mind, like Kate Moss and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. This week’s picks channel these three elements – all you need to pair with them is a noir-heavy wardrobe and a touch of leopard. (And great genes don’t hurt either.)

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1. CÉLINE Mini Luggage Tote. Tap into your feline side with this leopard-print tote.
2. Rivka Friedman 14k Earrings. Dramatic earrings are an easy way to glamorize your look.
3. Trina Turk Leather Skirt. Add a bit of edge with leather statement pieces, like this perfectly fitted pencil skirt.
4. Casadei Pump. Swap out classic pumps for this high-impact pair with cutouts and gold heels.
5. L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream. Keep your hands feeling soft with this shea butter cream. The travel size is perfect for your purse or desk drawer.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 2, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For new boots: Need a shortcut to break in boots? Fill two large plastic bags halfway with water, zip them shut, and slide into your shoes. Then freeze them overnight – the ice should stretch stiff leather ever-so-slightly.

For your bikini: Your swimsuit might have had its last summer hurrah. While hand-washing is generally best for an itsy-bitsy bikini, you can run it through the washing machine (in a laundry bag) before storing away for the winter.

For sunburns: Got a little too much sun this weekend? Sip on and soak in green tea, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Make a compress with cold green tea and apply to skin to fight redness and ease your burn.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 2, 2014

The Almighty Blazer: How to Get the Right Fit

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.

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The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014