The amount of chic leather fashion pieces available this fall is crazy – no longer is it just for girls in their “Livin’ on the Edge” days. From ladylike to rocker chic to the classic LBD, we sorted through all the options to bring you the best silhouettes and shapes. Click through to see our favorites.
The classic LBD gets an edge when dressed up in glamorous black leather – this will be your go-to piece for the season and totally worth the investment! Once Upon a Time actress Ginnifer Goodwin turned heads with this dress and a pair of orange platforms.
Reality TV personality Kyle Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a mother of four, wife, actor, philanthropist and now author! How does she do it all? I personally caught up with Kyle to find out some of her best-kept lifestyle secrets, tips on how to look camera-ready and her favorite things. As you may know from watching the show, Kyle always has a point of view and loves to share it. She is one of my favorite Housewives!
MM: What inspired you to write Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All?
KR: I grew up in house of all women–my mom, grandmother and three sisters (I actually slept with my mom until I was 15 years old). I was always known as the dating guru–giving my friends and family tips on dating like how to get a guy to call you back. My real inspiration for writing the book is that I want to help women have the best marriage and relationships while looking and feeling their best. If I wanted to write a how-to manual to give to my daughters on having successful relationships, this would be it.
MM: What are three tips or take-aways from the book?
1. Beauty: I am a girls’ girl and love make-up. If I weren’t doing what I do now, I would be a make- up artist (I always like to do my own make-up). Using individual false lashes takes your make-up to a whole other level. In the book, I share my technique of how to put them on. My favorite brand for lashes is DuraLash.
2. Fashion: Mix and match your fashion with clothing at all price points. I think women should shop smart–if you buy the basics in solids from inexpensive stores, no one will know whether you are wearing Dolce & Gabbana or Zara. Stay away from prints in the less expensive stores. I recently wore leather leggings from H & M for $35.95 on the Wendy Williams show and received lots of compliments on them.
3. Relationships: I have a great marriage but it’s not by accident. It’s a big job and worth it to put in the effort. I enjoy giving people the tools on how to have a great relationship. For example, Mauricio and I have a designated date night. We also like to stay home more nights than out if possible. My daughters certainly have big shoes to fill.
MM: What advice can you give women who are trying to juggle a career and family?
KR: Make things in your life as convenient as possible. One of the things that is helpful for me is having my dog groomer come to my home which cuts down on time spent running around doing errands. I don’t have a chef, nanny or driver so I need to simplify my life and stay organized.
MM: You have the most gorgeous silky hair. What are some of your favorite hair products?
KR: For shampoo and conditioner I like Pantene, and for styling I use Moroccan hair oil to keep fly-aways in place.
MM: Who are some of your favorite designers?
KR: For clothing: Haute Hippie, Parker and Chanel. For shoes: Fendi and YSL. Handbags: I am obsessed with them (and love to collect them). Favorite: Chanel.
MM: What is your “never leave home without” accessory?
KR: Lip Gloss.
MM: You always wear great jewelry. Who are some of your favorite jewelry designers?
KR: Jennifer Miller for costume jewelry. And Nicky Hilton too–I know she is my niece but she really has great things. Jacob & Co. and Loree Rodkin for fine jewelry.
MM: How you do to stay in shape? Favorite workout?
KR: It’s very hard for me to workout with my schedule. When I have time, I like to go on a hike in the canyons of Beverly Hills or Bel Air after school drop off.
MM: What are your favorite restaurants or nightlife hot spots?
KR: Of course Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants SUR and Villa Blanca. Mr. Chow, La Scala, Il Pastaio, Shu in Bel Air for sushi. I like Frida in Beverly Hills for Mexican.
MM: Where do you and Mauricio like to go on vacation and where do you stay?
KR: I like to rent a house in Lake Tahoe with family and friends and get away from it all. Picnics on the boat, barbecuing, just hanging out with my family.
MM: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
KR: Hand bags. I am having a hand bag shopping hangover this month. I hope Mauricio doesn’t read this!
For more insider tips from Kyle, order Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All.
Finding the right pieces for your best gorgeous + glam look is easy, but who says elegance is an evening-only affair? Equal parts comfy and chic, we’ve compiled a list of on-trend casual clothes for summer – mix and match for a variety of looks guaranteed to keep you looking cute long before cocktail hour.
It’s all about fit this summer… less of it! Stay lovely in tanks that are loose and frame-flattering, such as this nautical-striped silk top from Joie or SPLENDID’s Cotton Mesh & Chambray Stripe Tank. Like any designer piece worth its price tag, beauty is in the details: Accenting the finer, delicate features of your body is both sexy and feminine. We’re loving scoopnecks, the perfect style for highlighting your collarbone and elongating your neck. Try ecoSkin’s Hydra Top, Two Color Rugby Stripe Scoopneck Top from SPLENDID, or Ralph Lauren’s Modal-Cashmere Scoopneck Tee for a look that shows you off without showing too much. If your taste is more dramatic than demure, we recommend Rammy Brook’s DEBBY top. The charmeuse staple combines the airy flow of a summer tank with the daring plunge of a night-worthy neckline, while the high neck in back and careful front drapery keep it just right for the daylight hours.
Get back in touch with your inner child this summer by channeling this season’s whimsical inspiration: Rainbow Bright. Summer’s hottest bottoms are coming fast and fashionable in an assortment of colors, from muted rose to hot, hot pink. J Brand’s Cut-off Shorts come in five eye-popping varieties, while Forever 21’s short shorts have you (mostly!) covered, with faded denim cutoffs available in a trio of light, pastel shades. Skinny jeans are a great fit all year round, and the warmer months are a perfect excuse to experiment with a warmer color palette. Rag & Bone have a sweetly rose-toned skinny cigarette pant, Urban Outfitters offers a high-rise take on the look in berry, and for an even comfier fit with the skinny flair, we can’t wait to kick back in American Apparel’s Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack, carried in both hot + cold colors. Twill is our latest material of choice, great for those lazy days that mosey rather than move too quickly, and Forever 21’s Twill Joggers are right up our alley of relaxation. Ramy Brook’s Silk Stretch Charmeuse pants are a higher-end take on the jogger look, offered in the more understated options of mocha and fern.
There’s lots of crossover action going on in this season’s dress designs, and we want a piece of it! Both Edit and H&M are carrying dresses with the detailing of a great fitted shirt, replete with sleeveless button-up fronts and attached belts. We’re reaching for Phillip Lim’s Sleeveless Belted Patch Pocket Dress W/ Shirtail Hem, and H&M’s spin on the style, in either white or brown. Can’t decide which style suits you best? There’s always James & Joy’s Orange Convertible Dress, which goes both ways to equal fun and flirty effect: Pull the fitted bottom down for a sassy shift, or hike it up and pair over skinny jeans to wear as a loose, flowy top. For those whose style trends to the wild, jungle genre-bending is in: mix your maxis with fierce patterns, including Mink Pink’s Tribal Dancer Dress or TIBI’s Mosaic-print stretch-jersey maxi dress.
There’s only one way to move when your heels are strapped and styled in summer’s must-have sandals: sashay! Gladiators are still very much on-trend, but to more understated – and comfortable – effect. K.Jacques Suede Knot Sandal is a simple interpretation of the distinctly summer design, with a single strap around the heel and two encircling the front of the foot. A more open shoe, Endless’ Cocobelle Women’s Samuna Sandal puts a spin on traditional straps by twisting them over and around the big toe, while the crisscross design of Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Toehold Simple Gladiator Sandal keeps the detailing and definition of traditional Gladiators without restricting your foot.
Coco Chanel always said she never left the house without taking at least one item off – but she didn’t have accessories like these. We say, the more the merrier when it comes to Chan Luu: Layer the wrap bracelets for an exotic, beachy vibe, or wrap your wrists in a leather or intricately beaded cuff. Jill Heller Fine Jewelry is dedicated to bringing spiritual substance to the style of her Abundance bracelets – each sterling silver or gold-linked piece comes encased with a “scrolled mantra for abundance,” including instructions on how best to use the fashionable and wise words.
Any outfit, no matter the time of day, is ever complete without the right bag to complement, highlight, and pull everything together! For a comfy look, go for bags that, like your outfit, are less structured: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target’s Linen Tote is the perfect accessory for any relaxed beach-day wear, functionally sized and decorated with fun threaded detailing. CALYPSO’s Convertible Tote may be a little pricier, but it stands apart from the style pack as a study in daytime slouch chic.
Having that “it” swimsuit is an essential element for every summer wardrobe! Now is a great time to make sure you have the best suit for you. Whether you love bikinis, one-pieces, or even the retro look, we’ve got you covered with the most chic and trendy styles available. After scouting out all our favorite retailers that offer this season’s most stylish finds, we rounded up plenty of swimsuits for you at every price point to suit your taste. Looking cute at the beach or pool has never been so easy!
1. Skull Chain Bikini
Stand out this summer with this amazing edgy print! With medium coverage and skull ring details, this swimsuit is hot. We love that you can also choose different sizing for the top and bottom!
Buy Now, $180, Letarte
2. Zebra Twisty Bikini
White and animal print are two must-haves for summer. This is a super flattering bikini and has great tush coverage! Love the beaded details on the bottom.
Buy Now, $176, Letarte
3. Majestic Swim Women’s Gina Triangle String Top and Lana Twist Bottom
(Multi Aqua Cheetah Print)
Cheetah print is so exotic! Strut in style with this sexy bikini and you’ll be the Queen of the Beach. The side ruching detail in the bottoms is great – it runs a bit small so order one size up!
Buy Now, Top: $68, Bottom: $76, Amazon
4. L* Space Women’s Twister Ziggy Bikini Top and Bottom
This flirty multi-colored print is on trend for this season. The bottom is skimpy and will show off those buns!
Buy Now, Top: $60, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $60, Amazon
5. Ikat Underwire Halter Top Bikini
Make a splash with this tribal printed two-piece. It is made with quick-drying and fade-resistant materials, great for girls who like to spend time in the water.
Buy Now, $52, J.Crew
7. Black & White Printed Bikini Top and Bottom
This twisted front bandeau bikini with leopard print is the perfect choice if you’re on a budget. Sexy and chic, you can now look gorgeous on the beach without breaking the bank.
Buy Now, Top: $14.95, H&M
Buy Now, Bottom: $12.95, H&M
8. Powder Rose Flamingo Print Bikini Top and Bottom
Subtle yet pretty flamingo print gives off a sexy retro feel. The girly pink is trendy and fun. This is great for any age.
Buy Now, Top: $14.95, H&M
Buy Now, Bottom: $12.95, H&M
1. Lisa Curran Women’s Valencia U-Bar Halter Top and Scoop Bikini Bottom
The U-Bar ring in the center gathers the bust to create a sexy visible curve. Perfect for ladies who wants that little extra boost!
Buy Now, Top: $88, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $88, Amazon
2. L* Space Women’s Sensual Solid Twister Bikini Top and Twiggy Bikini Bottom (Limon)
Beachy, bright and trendy! This bold bikini looks fabulous on all shapes and sizes.
Buy Now, Top: $60, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $62, Amazon
3. Victoria’s Secret Mix and Match Bikinis
Life is all about having options and your swimsuit is no different. Mix and match styles to make your perfect summer suit. You’re bound to find a style and color that shouts YOU!
Buy Now, Top: $18-24, Bottom: $16, Victoria’s Secret
1. Emilio Pucci Zebra-Print One-Piece Swimsuit
Bring out the animal in you! Rock out in this flirty zebra print one-piece with a metallic finish that adds a touch of glam to the already sexy silhouette.
Buy Now, $346.50 (Orig. $495.00), Saks Fifth Avenue
2. Amber-buckle strapless tank
This stunning one-piece from J.Crew really caught our eyes for its flattering retro ruching detail. It includes removable halter straps with full coverage for added supported. Great for bustier beach babes.
Buy Now, $105, J.Crew
3. LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece
Whether you’re hitting up a pool party or vacationing in the Hamptons, this simple one-piece is perfect for any occasion. The perfect choice if you want to be a little more covered-up and still accentuate your curves.
Buy Now, $109, Amazon
4. Front Frill Plunge Swimsuit
Have the best of both worlds with feminine ruffles in the front that gives this on-trend monokini a girly-girl vibe and a plunging scoop back that exudes sex-appeal.
Buy Now, $41.37 (Orig. $48.27), ASOS
5. Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit
Cut-outs are a major trend in swimsuits this season. This simple yet classy one-piece shows off just-enough skin to stand-out in sophistication. The cut-outs also gives the illusion of a slimmer waist!
Buy Now, $38, American Apparel
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Karl Lagerfeld, check! Stella McCartney, check! Sonia Rykiel, check! Jimmy Choo, check . . . LANVIN, HERE WE GO!
Yesterday, Melissa and I headed to the Penthouse at the Cooper Square Hotel in downtown New York to the press preview of the Lanvin for H&M collection.
As we came out of the elevator, we felt as if we’d died and gone to heaven—killer views of Manhattan, the sun was setting, there was champagne and platters of hors d’oeuvres. And the Lanvin for H&M collection front and center. LANVIN FOR H&M! We were giddy, more excited than a 10-year-old with a new puppy. The prices, the design, everything! The H&M staffers were decked in the collection, and they looked glamorous. Standouts included a one-sleeve dark purple dress with a voluminous pouf at the shoulder and thick black belt, a black cocktail dress covered with fabric bows, faux-fur coats and vests, tuxedo blazers, ruffled floral dresses, decadent-looking jewelry, and plenty of pointy shoes. The menswear collection is also a winner, so for the men in your life, don’t be selfish; they also deserve Lanvin for H&M.
We can’t wait for the line to hit H&M on November 20. We’ve already got the date in our Blackberries, and we’ll camp outside the entrance overnight if we have to! Melissa plans to scoop up the entire collection, because she’s already chosen a few favorites. I have my eye on the pointy leopard-print stilettos and a faux-fur coat that I am sure I will sleep in. —Daniela Apeloig
Watch the Lanvin for H&M Fall Winter 2010/2011 Full Fashion Show Video