When it comes to couture, most celebrities play it safe. Wearing fashion’s highest artform can be daunting, and the desire to stay true to a designer’s vision often hinders experimentation. Thankfully, stars like Blake Lively think outside the box. At the New York premiere of husband Ryan Reynolds’ new sci-fi drama, The Adam Project, Lively arrived in a dazzling mix of high-end and accessible fashion. Dipping into the archives to unearth a rainbow gown from Atelier Versace, Lively brought back the spring 2019 collection, one of Donatella’s most festive in recent memory. A mix of pastel shades—lavender, periwinkle, pink, and baby blue—with a thigh-baring slit, her look was a romantic take on Versace’s trademark sexiness.
Most of the couture worn at premieres or events is styled to match what is presented on the runway, but having worn more than her share of sultry Atelier Versace creations, Lively decided to have fun with things. Throwing on a long, light-wash jean jacket, Chanel’s hot pink flap clutch, and Gucci’s rhinestone-embellished Mallory sandals, she utilized multiple labels. Lively, who doesn’t rely on a stylist and isn’t boxed in by a brand contract, is free to mix and match labels in a way that feels true to her personality and as she posed in her pastel finery for the photographers gathered outside Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall she seemed in her element.
Though she removed her outerwear to walk the step and repeat with Reynolds, the addition of the casual staple is what made Lively’s outfit a standout. A simple way to take ultra-luxury pieces off their pedestal and bring them into the real world, the jean jacket added nonchalance to the look and an easy-to-replicate style lesson. You might not have a piece of Versace couture hanging at the back of your closet, but odds are there’s some denim there waiting to be incorporated into your evening wear.
Originally published in Vogue.com
It’s not the first time that a celebrity has crowdsourced for fashion advice. Back in 2017, Camila Alves asked her followers what she should wear to the premiere of Gold, which she was attending with her husband Matthew McConaughey. On her Instagram, she asked her fans for styling advice on what she should wear with her Marchesa gown. More recently, model Ashely Graham had people vote on what shoes she should wear to the CFDA awards this past November. In JLo’s case, her asking her followers what to wear is a truly Jenny from the Block moment with her signature glamorous spin.
To complete her look, Lopez paired her sultry leather jacket with white paper bag trousers that balanced out her look with ease. In true J Lo style, the star opted for perfectly bronzed out skin, glossy nude lips, and a super slick ponytail. Party dressing done right? We think so!
Originally published on Vogue.com
Exclusive: This Emirati Luxury Label’s Capsule Collection Is All You Need To Look On-Point in the Winter
Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
The end of 2021 may be near, but the festivities that come around every December are far from over. While most of us are making an effort to rejoice during the festive season with intimate, safe gatherings, there’s no reason why we can’t do so in style. Cue Emirati luxury label Azzalia’s newest launch—The White City, a special capsule collection dedicated to the winter months.
Whether you’re planning to usher in 2022 with a romantic candlelit dinner for two, an intimate get-together with friends, or a cosy evening away from crowds at home, Azzalia’s winter 2021 line-up has something for you. Inspired by its founder and creative director Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum’s travels to Belgrade, Serbia, The White City brings together the hues and textures of the city to create a capsule collection that is likely to have you dreaming of peaceful evenings in one of Europe’s oldest metropolises. “The designs are inspired by my love of Belgrade, its cobblestone streets and retreats,” says Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum. “It’s a place where the worlds collide. The pieces capture the essence of the old and new Belgrade that offers a unique coming together of art and architecture, traditions and modern life. I’ve taken inspiration from its ornamental structures, contrasting high-rise buildings and vibrant night life,” she adds.
The winter collection also features abayas in soothing hues. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
The many elements come to life in The White City via a series of aesthetics, from modest to risqué. For those who plan to spend the coming months out and about, there’s no missing the roomy winter coats, robes and capes, which come in soothing shades of grey, ivory, black and peony pink, rendered in heather grey wool and popcorn texture wool. Fancy yourself a traditionalist? Then Azzalia’s mariposa-cut velvet abayas are just what you need as the winds get chillier. Bonus: the capsule collection’s layers are made with comfort in mind, making them winning choices for an evening of lounging at home too.
The metallic dresses are perfect picks for New Year’s Eve. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
For the woman who can’t resist a dreamy evening dress, there’s much to choose from the capsule collection, including a series of elegantly draped velvet dresses in shades of deep copper and soft grey, and clever gowns with peek-a-boo criss-cross detailing and dramatic open backs. And for the statement-maker, there’s no going wrong with Azzalia’s cut-out black dresses, or the label’s textured gold-meets-ebony numbers. If you’ve been thinking about giving your winter wardrobe a quick pick-me-up, this perfectly curated collection is just what you need. Take a closer look at its offerings, now available online, below.
Robes in soft greys add the perfect touch to winter wardrobes. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
Asymmetrical numbers stand out form the collection’s line-up. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
A classic white coat is more versatile than you think. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
The LBDs come with clever cut-outs. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia
Popcorn cotton adds an interesting texture. Photo: Courtesy Azzalia