Sure the temperatures are beginning to dip, but for a certain swath of fashionable types, it doesn’t matter. They are impervious to weather in fresh-off-the-runway looks from the Spring/Summer 2016 collections. And no, these pieces aren’t available to the general public, that won’t happen for another five months when the clothes actually trickle into stores. Pulling straight from the runway is an act typically reserved for top tier celebs that have various glittery occasions to attend. “I wouldn’t say that celebrities are demanding the newest looks,” says stylist Erin Walsh by way of explanation. “I would say, in general, I want to share the best with the people that I have the opportunity to work with. What is best for them, what suits them, what they feel comfortable in, what most suits that particular occasion, and how they want it to be remembered.”Walsh was among the first to get her hands on Marc Jacobs’s triumphant Spring 2016 collection. A mere three days after the designer’s show at the Ziegfeld Theater, her client, Kerry Washington, dazzled on the red carpet like a glamorous disco ball at the Emmy Awards in Jacobs’s silver sequin dress with thigh-high slit. “We tried it hours after it was shown,” the stylist tells Yahoo Style. “And it kind of went off like a bomb at the Emmys. At least that was the idea.” In fact, Jacobs’s most recent collection has been sough out quite a bit this fall; is there a bigger testament to its greatness? In addition to Washington, both Lady Gaga and Sienna Miller have worn his ornate guipure confections for big red carpet events. Other designers who fall into that category are Proenza Schouler (worn twice by Cate Blanchett as well as Elizabeth Olsen) as well as Oscar de la Renta (favored by Carey Mulligan and Kristen Wiig). Not that these pieces are easy to secure. The stylists not only have to dance around the buyers’ schedules but fellow members of their profession as well. “It is a business of wrangling, and most of it is logistics,” says Walsh. “That said I like to walk kindly and carry a considered stick. It does not have to be a competition, and those who consider as one are so are short sighted. If you are in it for the long haul, as I intend to be, generosity goes a lot farther than being a greedy gal who grabs all the latest looks.” It’s not surprising that some stylists develop pointy elbows, knowing the impact that these wardrobe choices can have not only on their career, but also their client’s. “If someone is photographed in something direct off the runway, it is a coup, because that literally sells the idea of how desirable it is,” says Walsh. “Newness is always titillating.” Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Award shows or Oval office, Kerry Washington’s style never falters. With the help of stylist Erin Walsh, the Scandal actress has earned what might be an unmatched reputation for looking the best while taking fashion risks. She might rotate Prada and Balenciaga on the red carpet, but Washington swears she favors sweatpants at home. “I really admire and respect those woman who don’t go down that road,” she tells Yahoo Style contributor Amanda De Cadenet of the loungewear that’s largely taboo among women in Hollywood.
Sequins, sleeves and chains dominated the sartorial styles at the 2015 Emmy Awards, but hair had its own recurring theme: the bob. From Claire Danes’ blonde tresses to Taraji P. Henson’s angled brunette style and Sarah Paulson’s slicked-back ‘do to Sarah Hyland’s wavy short locks, there was enough variety to make the single cut anything but boring.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Diane Kruger never misses a fashion beat, and at the premiere of her newest film, Maryland, she was resplendent once again in a red and white tweed minidress from London-based designer, Simone Rocha. Meanwhile Claire Danes was also red hot in a lace halter dress from Oscar de la Renta while she accepted her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From Kate Bosworth’s plunging black Dior tuxedo dress to the plunging Alexandra Rich jumpsuit that Lupita Nyong’o wore to visit the Late Show, here are the rest of this week’s best dressed. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Maisie Wiliams (Arya Stark on Game of Thrones) was the first to wear Self-Portrait on a major red carpet. I noticed because she looked fresh, I’d never seen the dress before, and it took me longer than usual to track down the designer. That was in January, at the SAG Awards. Since then, Reese Witherspoon and Lucy Hale have worn the lacy looks. Kerry Washington and Kristen Stewart, two women who mark opposite ends of the sartorial spectrum, both wore the brand. And most recently, on Thursday night, Jessica Biel wo re a sheer scalloped top from the collection with culottes. It’s a brand, by the way, that tops out around $600. So what’s the story? “I didn’t set out to purposely fill a void in the market place,” Han Chong, the creative director, tells Yahoo Style. “I started Self-Portrait to create something special for women that was still affordable.” And the clothes are special—lacy, but not at all girly—the dresses flatter all shapes and sizes, and they look surprisingly appropriate on the red carpet given their starting price of $300. “We’ll continue to push the boundaries of what people traditionally expect from lace,” Chong says. Look for sporty elements and what he calls “more provocative” silhouettes next season. The Central St. Martin’s graduate was an artist before he turned to fashion. Chong’s work was on display at the 2011 Venice Biennial, before he co-founded a line called Three Floor, and finally launched Self-Portrait in 2013. “Inspiration for me comes from many sources, but mostly I mostly get inspired by films, art, what I see on the street or things I read,” he says. “All these little impressions form into your visual memory and then suddenly new patterns and ideas start to form.” He’s traded in his art world influence for Hollywood, where he’s found a surprisingly diverse fan base—including Lady Gaga, whom he was surprised to see wear his clothes. “But she always seems to surprise, doesn’t she?!” From ASOS to Net-a-porter, it doesn’t look like anyone can keep Self-Portrait in stock—and that’s just the way Chong wants it: “Beauty shouldn’t be just for the privileged few.” Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
With summer’s end fast approaching, this week’s best-dressed celebs seem fully aware there’s only a precious few weeks left for leg-baring dresses. On Thursday, stylist Kate Young dressed Selena Gomez in a sophisticated, ‘80-inspired J.W. Anderson white leather dress — and she wasn’t the only one in high hemlines this week. Gigi Hadid, W’s September cover girl, arrived to the David Jones Spring 2015 collection launch in Sydney wearing a plunging-neckline, embellished Marciano mini-dress. From Kate Mara’s daring leather Valentino dress to Zendaya’s strapless culotte ensemble, here are the rest of this week’s best dressed. More from Yahoo Style:Rebecca Ferguson, Kiernan Shipka & More of This Week’s Best Dressed.