This past fall, Chanel launched a series of short films recounting the history of its now-iconic brand. And last week, the online storyboard (aptly named Inside Chanel) released its 11th chapter. Giving viewers an inside look at the label’s key colors and what they meant to the brand’s visionary, Coco Chanel, it’s the most interesting installment to date. Don’t believe me? Check out the clip below.
For the fashion set, this short film is pretty eye-opening. It proves that although black and white are signature Chanel colors, Coco was also loyal to beige, gold, and red in her designs.
We all know (and love) Kate Hudson. When she’s not teaching us How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, she’s busy collaborating with Ann Taylor. Not only is she the face of the beloved brand, but on occasion, she designs for it as well. Just last summer she created an all-white collection for the label, and this April she’ll be debuting a new capsule collection of five LBDs. And with names like The Romantic, The Late Nighter, and Best Actress, it seems there’s a style for every event on the social calendar. Can’t wait until these black beauties hit stores? Preview the collection here, and then start RSVPing to those invites (I know I will).
By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer
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After beginning her career as a model for the likes of Chanel and Calvin Klein, the 6’3" style icon launched her eponymous label in 2006. Adept at creating flattering, feminine silhouettes, her designs were beloved by the likes of Angelina Jolie and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Her death is a true tragedy for the fashion world. May her legacy continue to live on.
Here at Rue, we have LBDs on the brain. (Our 10 Ways to Wear: The Little Black Dress Boutique opened today. Just saying.) So when we spotted the queen of candy-colored ensembles embracing her dark side, we just had to share.
Katy Perry pulled out a short, sparkly number with a schoolgirl twist for the Tokyo debut of her new album, Prism. Refinery29 is calling it an “all-smiles version of our favorite morbid preteen, Wednesday Addams.”
Now, I’ve never been one to channel Wednesday Addams’s or Katy Perry’s style, but this is one look I may just have to swipe.
This time of year, our calendar is rife with summer weddings: vineyard tie-the-knots, crown-of-roses-in-your-hair garden affairs, and jazzy cultured “I do’s” at the MET. We’re flirting with LWDs for non-weddings, and we love the thrill of a new floral or stripe, but we’ll also find lots of ways to wear the always faithful little black dress. Here, our stylist Evan proposes his truisms for party dress styling:
1. We believe that wooden wedges were made for vineyard weddings (especially of the hot-to-trot python variety). Ditch any worry about sinking in the ground. Arm yourself with these clear bangles and raise your glass to the happy couple.
2. We believe that strands of pearls were made for museum weddings (especially with the interplay of large and small). Slip into a pair of leggy black heels and dance circles around paintings by Picasso and Matisse.
3. We believe that bows were made for garden weddings (especially when they’re sprinkled with polka dots). Cinch a day-glo orange belt around the waist, lace up these black-and-white oxfords, and cha-cha real smooth among the daisies and daffodils.
As always, it’s best to consult the invite for the dress code de rigeur.
AN INTERVIEWWITHTHEELLEASSISTANTEDITOR ON THECLASSICMUST–HAVE
ELLE’S Sarah Schussheim considers the little black dress the most important go-to piece in a woman’s wardrobe. With holiday party season inching dangerously closer, we’re thrilled to get her insider advice on the style staple she calls “sexy, empowering, and terrifically versatile all at the same time.”
Rue La La: Do you have a signature style you always find yourself gravitating towards? Sarah: My go-to silhouettes are a black longsleeve wrap dress and a structured shift dress.