Jeans are an absolute mainstay in everyone’s closet and they’re now constructed in virtually every way imaginable! From colored to striped and leopard to solid, we scoured the expansive denim market to bring you some of the best fits, looks and trends this season has to offer.
1. J Brand 899 Niko in Bright Royal, $255
No denim collection would be complete without a little J Brand love! Started in 2004 with a vision to create a jean with so perfect a fit it followed the contours of one’s body the brand became an overnight success after begin sold exclusively in LA at Ron Herman’s Melrose Jean Bar. The 899 Niko in bright royal is their new mid-rise skinny and we just love the racing stripe detail—perfect if you want to get in on the colorblock trend!
2. rag & bone Khaki Tuxedo Skinny, $198
One of our favorite pant looks is the tuxedo stripe (it gives the illusion of a thinner leg!). These jeans not only look amazing on but are extremely comfortable and made of cotton, tencel and spandex stretch twill. Über stylish rag & bone was founded in 2002 by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, both of whom had no formal fashion training— sure fooled us! We are huge fans of the brand and these jeans will certainly make a great addition to your wardrobe!
3. Joe’s Jeans The Skinny in Fiery Red, $158
Joe’s Jeans “The Skinny” comes in 55 fabulous colors— so you can count on them having your favorite shade! Sitting just above the hips, The Skinny has a 12″ leg opening and boasts a 2% elastin concentration for comfort. The Fiery Red is bold and bright and a perfect color for all skin tones. Rock them during the day with your favorite striped flats and spring sweater or at night with a slinky top and pumps! Joe’s Jeans are celeb favorite, spotted on A-listers like Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
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.
Want to know if you could rock Beyonce’s chic braid? Head to DailyMakeover.com!
Think braids are only for laundry day and the gym? Think again! Intricate twists and plaits are totally trendy, and there’s a braided hairstyle to suit every occasion. Here, Beyonce pairs a sexy side part and long, wavy bangs with a simple braid to complement her sequined outfit.
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Socialite Tinsley Mortimer dresses up her long, blonde hair with a headband braid and long bangs. She plays up her girlie style with frosty eyeshadow and a pink lip.
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Melissa Joan Hart rocks a bewitching (see what we did there?) take on the classic side-parted low ponytail. A thin braid along the actress’ hairline adds a unique accent and shows off her blonde highlights.
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Looks like Lucy Hale is getting style advice from her character on Pretty Little Liars. The cheery brunette goes emo with a fall-weather ready crocheted snood and some Kool Aid-red streaks. A loose side braid completes Hale’s tousled hairstyle.
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Garcelle Beauvais knows how to transform a plait into a sexy premiere hairstyle. The actress paired her loose side braid with gold earrings, a trendy fur vest and turquoise beads on the red carpet.
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Nicky Hilton sports a Swedish milkmaid-inspired braid with a center-parted updo hairstyle. Her updo shows off the socialite’s glittering one-shouldered dress.
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Need a cute hairstyle that keeps your locks out of your eyes and transitions easily from day to night? Look no further than Katharine McPhee’s hairline braid and rolling waves. This ‘do works on every hair length from bob to long!
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Nina Dobrev manages to completely transform (and lower!) her hairline with a braid that swoops around from the crown of her head to her ear. It’s a totally unique spin on a classic braided updo.
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Jessica Szohr is all smiles in a laid-back side fishtail braid and loose, choppy bangs.
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Eve blows your mind (YouTube it asap) with a super-stylized long braid topped with retro volume and finger curls
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By Katrina Caspelich
Crazy busy hitting the fashion-designer high notes—bag designer, clothing designer, and now jewelry designer—Nicky Hilton recently sat down with us to discuss her latest venture, the Nicky Hilton Collection. This L.A.-based socialite-about-town and sister of Paris just launched her own designer jewelry line. Her fashion-forward necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings work with styles from edgy to classic. Nicky also reveals some of her must-have winter items, go-to fashion pieces, and favorite places to shop in NYC.
Katrina Caspelich: When did you discover your love for fashion?
KC: When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
KC: As a designer, what inspires you?
KC: You were a handbag and clothing designer. Why jewelry?
KC: What is your favorite piece?
KC: What is the price point of your jewelry line?
KC: Who would you love to see in your jewelry?
KC: What type of person do you design for?
KC: Who are your favorite designers?
KC: Who in the fashion industry inspires you?
has gracefully maintained an incredible balance of family and work. Her brand has expanded so much over the last few years—fragrance, luggage, footwear, eyewear, swimwear, etc. She has really built a lifestyle brand.
KC: What is your favorite thing to wear?
KC: Where do you like to shop?
KC: What is your must-have fashion item this winter?
KC: What fashion item should we all own—and splurge on?
KC: What look makes you feel most confident?
KC: Name your favorite vacation purchase.
KC: What 5 things can’t you live without?
By Jennifer Wright
One of my all time favorite movies is Ninotchka. Haven’t heard of it? Don’t worry – hardly anyone has. It’s a great movie to watch if you love hats, though. It was filmed in the early 1940’s, and tells the story of a hardened communist envoy named Ninotchka (excellently played by Greta Garbo) who visits Paris for the first time. She sees a cocktail hat in a shop window and declares that a civilization which allows women to wear such frivolous things cannot be far from collapse. Needless to say, by the end of the movie, Ninotchka is wearing that very hat, and . . . well, I won’t spoil it for you.
So I was thrilled when Pamella Roland announced that her fall collection was inspired by Ninotchka! Perhaps Paris and Nicky Hilton love the movie as much as I do. They were sitting in the center of the front row, right next to Nigel Barker. Amanda Bynes was in attendance as well as Kelly Pickler of American Idol fame.
The show’s backdrop was a screen of an imperial Russian palace, and some of the elegant, almost regal styles made me think of a novel by Tolstoy. The collection wasn’t all about hats, but it did have a heavy dose of old Hollywood glitz and glamour. Pamella noted that, to some extent, she opted to forgo the elegant evening gowns for which she’s best known in favor of coats. There was a link to her gowns though – many of the coats incorporated her delicate use of chiffon (another one of her trademarks) offset by a plentiful amount of fur. And certainly, the gowns she did show were fit for a Czarina. I particularly loved this one:
Tommy Hilfiger also had a fair share of hats, though I have to admit, I didn’t love his collection quite as much as Pamella Rolland’s. The models strode boldly about in capelets, complemented by very tall, rounded, wide brimmed hats. Forgive me, Tommy Hilfiger, but I couldn’t help thinking of the man in the yellow hat from Curious George.
I did love his gowns though! Though – panic – I think there might have been a moment where one of the models stumbled. She pulled herself together incredibly quickly though, and marched on confidently in her pale pink gown. Thank goodness we avoided another interminable round of Internet and television reruns of the poor young model slipping at last week’s Herve Leger show.
She might have had extra cause to be nervous – the show was meticulously organized and the amphi-theater seating was divided into perfect sections. Beforehand, male models dressed in Tommy Hilfiger cardigans were serving china cups filled with hot chocolate and macaroons to the guests. Perhaps he did not want to be outdone by Betsey Johnson. Given his audience I’m sure he didn’t need to worry – Selma Blair was in attendance, as was Nina Garcia.
Ninotchka herself would have grown to love Fashion Week.
By Jennifer Wright
Remember that last column about how the economic crisis was taking a toll on Fashion Week? Well, seemingly not on everyone.
Maybe no one told Betsey Johnson about these dark times, because her show was too delicious for words. Little wonder as the theme was Betsey Johnson’s Sweet Shop. There was no sign of doom and gloom in this veritable candy land, in which the models channeled Queen Frostine in their perfectly puffed skirts. Well, perhaps Queen Frostine with a dash of 1980’s style punk rocker. Fatima of America’s Next Top Model fame did a great job.
Betsey herself led the guests in a dance and encouraged people to try the table of sweets provided by Sprinkle Society. Meanwhile, a video projected onto the wall showed Betsey “baking” by wildly throwing pink glitter at a chicken. She also appears to be generously providing the boys of Patrick McMullan with day jobs, as they were all there, dressed up as waiters and doling out mini hot dogs and sliders. It’s not every day you are served a vegetable burger by Liam McMullan.
I also want to say a special thank you to Betsey Johnson for the fantastic sunglasses in her goody bag. In my mind this was the most frivolous and fun show of the week.
Peaches Geldof was in attendance, giving Betsey’s punk style a run for her money in short shorts and garters. She was also ended at the Alice + Olivia presentation later, where I joined Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers. Rachel and Peaches are shown posing together below.
We quickly met up with the talented designer of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet, there with her husband Eric Eisner and their adorable daughter Eloise. Stacey noted that the show this season was “all about characters, as shown by the puppets and the art.”
The models were in scarce supply. Stacey opted for artistic mannequins and fabulous pictures of the clothing instead, but the beautiful people abounded. Not only were Paris and Nicky Hilton in attendance, but so was 90210 star Shanae Grimes. Shanae was loving her specially made floral print dress by Alice + Olivia.
While I was enjoying the mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa (it was a day full of cupcakes), Teen Vogue took a picture of Rachel’s Marc Jacobs outfit, but cannot feature it, as Rachel is not yet 13. Fortunately, we have no such rules here. Here’s a picture of both the fabulous Meyers women with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
The spirit of the shows may be different this season than in the past, but as long as Betsey Johnson and Stacey Bendet are around, the sense of playfulness that makes the week so delicious will not quite be lost.