How To Dress For A Wedding: What InStyle’s Fashion Editor Wears

by Amy Bannerman

InStyle’s Fashion Editor Amy Bannerman’s shares her essentials to help you solve this sartorial style nightmare…

1. The LBD.

Black isn’t usually classed as an appropraite colour choice for weddings but my advice is a classic LBD will see you through many wedding’s and you’ll look utterly chic standing next to someone in a chintzy floral number. My utter favourite is any style from Vivienne Westwood (honestly, it will change your life) Vivienne Westwood dress, £675 Coggles

2. The disco Mule.

Mules instantly elongate your legs and they’re easy to kick off when the DJ puts on your favourite song. Gyda mules, £275 from Rupert Sanderson

3. The clutch bag.

You don’t want to ruin the effect of your dress with a messy strap so a clutch is a simple solution, also somewhere handy to store your tissues if you’re a cry baby like me. Sophie Hulme Mini Envelope Bag, £350 Harrods

4.The oversized sunglasses.

You need to stash some dark sunglasses in your clutch, especially for summer weddings, and those inevitable teary moments. Lucie Preppie Round Glasses £14 Topshop

5. The big hoops.

A pair of super size gold hoops will add a touch of disco to your look and are an instant glamourizer, and are very on trend, the 70s  is a huge AW trend. Melissa Odabash rose gold hoop earrings £35 John Lewis

6. The romantic dress.

The key to this is not to wear it in white or the bride will kill you. Wear with flat gladiators to toughen it up a bit. You can switch the slip for a vintage version or a floral version for more of an eclectic layered summer look. Sheer Floral Lace Layered Maxi Dress, £320 Self Portrait from Matches

7. The underlayers.

French shorts and a cami are a great layering option under a sheer dress, and they will make your legs look longer than a longer slip. Isabella Cami £90and French Knickers £90 from Myla

8. The party dress.

A lurex  mini dress. Hello 70s! This party banger is from buy a couple of sizes up to make it a bit longer. Lurex dress £20 from available mid September 

Dior Homme SS16: Kris Van Assche Designs For the Modern Aristocrat

Emblazoned on the lapel of a sharply tailored jacket were random zippers in a zig zag pattern, and subtle, thin, orange trim on ties and collars gave off an almost 3D effect. A dark, navy trench coat looked like something we’ve all seen before, but with a flutter of wind, the coat revealed a bright orange lining that was hard to ignore. Slender ties complimented all the looks, keeping the models contemporary and urban, classy and sophisticated—perfect for the modern aristocrat.

Dries Van Noten SS16: Marilyn Monroe & Salvador Dali Are Immortalized in Fashion

Male models showcased garments with Marilyn Monroe’s gorgeous, pouting face and enviable figure printed onto silken suits, button-down shirts, roomy boxer shorts and capes. Dali made a few spontaneous appearances in the form of a lobster motif, with the crustacean embellished in ruby red sequins on a shirt or crawling across loosely-knitted sweaters. A sheer shirt with Marilyn “kissing” the male model’s chiseled torso was a stand-out piece and encapsulated the light, fun mood of the collection. The lavish fabrics combined with silhouettes that were loose and slouchy gave the runway a sort of liberating atmosphere and the effect was almost hypnotic. Just like the iconography of Marilyn herself.

Kendall Jenner Did NOT Dress Appropriately For Yesterday’s Heatwave

by Maxine Eggenberger

While most of us were sweltering in the heat, Kendall Jenner played it cool in a knitted dress and leather ankle boots. Wait, WHAT?

Kendall Jenner has taken up temporary residency in London after rocking out with Taylor Swift at her concert last weekend, and it’s easy to see that she’s having an amazing time in the Great British capital now that the weather’s in her favour. 

The 19-year-old model, who hit British soil after walking at the Givenchy show during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, has been spending her time in London just as a tourist should, touring the parks and streets on a quintessential Boris bike. 

However, yesterday the Keeping Up With The Kardashians starlet swapped the outdoorsy fun for a day of culture as she hit up the Tate Modern art gallery situated on the city’s picturesque Southbank (and, just a stone’s throw away from InStyle HQ, FYI).  And, being the hottest day in the UK in NINE years, we can’t blame her for wanting to get out of the sun…

Taking to her Instagram account to share her day with her fans, Kendall can be seen with her back to the camera observing an Andy Warhol print at the Tate. However, instead of gawking at the multi-million pound art just feet from her, we couldn’t stop staring at her seriously cool frock. Then, as she exited the building shortly afterwards, we were given a proper look at it, when something struck us — how weather inappropriate it actually was. 

Sure, she hails from LA, where the weather is typically better than here but regardless, with temperatures soaring to over 35°C, she must have been cooking in her Isabel Marant knitted dress and pony-skin ankle boots. We’re toasty just looking at her… 

Of course, she still looked fly, but we can’t believe she managed to hold her own in this outfit with the heat reaching that kind of intensity; it WAS hotter than the Sahara Desert, after all.

However, another thing we couldn’t help but notice about her get-up was her western style belt. From label B-Low, Kendall’s been sporting its cowboy inspired waist-cinchers non-stop over the past few weeks, catapulting the western belt into the fashion spotlight. 

Her originals will cost you upwards of £100, but if you don’t have that kind of change to throw, you should definitely consider snapping up this amazing doppelgänger from ASOS. Who’d have thought a buy costing you just £9.50 would give your failsafe jeans and t-shirt combo new-found fashion cred? 

Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video Is Here and It’s Insane

She’s teased us with a trailer, with countless Instagrams and Tweets, and now it’s finally here: Rihanna’s entire seven-minute long horror film video for “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Rihanna directed it herself with Megaforce writing on Instagram, “Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!! 😬😬😬.”

The “concept” is deeply twisted…

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…and involves boobs, blood, butts…

…and some seriously sick fashion.

Want to see how Rihanna ends up like this?

Watch it yourself. At home. With no small children around:


Shiri Appleby Was Told She Was Too Flat for ‘Baywatch’

Shiri Appleby has been acting since age four when she appeared in a Raisin Brain commercial. Now, after cultivating an insanely impressive IMDB filmography—from “kid #1” on Who’s the Boss? to 61 episodes of Roswell to a ten-episode stint on ER—Appleby is starring as TV producer Rachel Goldberg on Lifetime’s UnREAL, a series that plays on the behind-the-scenes drama of a Bachelor-like show. It’s a grittier, darker character for the actress, who sees her recent credits as a new chapter in her three-decades-long career. (Need more proof? See her four-episode arc on Girls, which involved a deeply memorable if not disturbing sex scene with Adam Driver.) Here, as part of our recurring Explain Your IMDB series, Appleby recounts her memories from some of her most memorable roles (including a TV movie called Pizza My Heart.)

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I Love You To Death, Millie, Girl In Park (1990)

“Lawrence Kasdan directed it. It was a scene with Tracey Ullman and I was a girl in the park. I remember my mom telling me it was a big deal movie because of who the actors were. Tracey Ullman was sitting in the park after finding out her husband has cheated on her, and this blonde boy and I ran over to her and asked if everything was okay. I thought I was a really serious actor and took it so seriously.”

Doogie Howser, M.D., Molly Harris (1993)

“It was a really big job for me. I remember auditioning on the 20th Century Fox lot. I knew it was a big deal because I had auditioned for it two or three times before that. I was about 11 years old and, to me, it was like starring in Gone With The Wind. It was a really fantastic work experience. There were a lot of scenes for me to play and I had to do a lot of emotions. I remember feeling really sad when the job was over because I felt like I really grew a lot. I know I was 11 years old, but I really felt that.”

ER, Ms. Murphy/Dr. Daria Wade (1994, 2008-09)

“I was in the pilot of ER, I played a 15-year-old pregnant girl they were treating. And then in the final season they were casting for interns. I had literally just been in the actual E.R. because I broke my pelvis and tailbone and told my agent, ‘I really want to be on ER‘ So then I was in the entire last season of the show. It was amazing. It was like being in graduate school for television. I learned that this is how you do television at the highest level.”

Baywatch, Jennie (1995)

This Underground Street Artist Is Challenging Global Beauty Ideals

Kashink, a street artist from Paris, has a been drawing a mustache onto her upper lip for the past two years. “I wear it every single day,” says the artist, who has become one of the world’s better known street artists for her large-scale, diversity-conscious murals in Paris, Miami, Morocco, New York, and Los Angeles. “It started as a kind of alter ego to wear to openings or performances or parties. Little by little I realized I wanted to wear it more often. Two symmetrical lines on a female face are accepted on the eyebrows or as eyeliner, but if you drop these same lines [lower] on the same face, it becomes the opposite of how a woman is supposed to look. It’s really interesting to question these codes.”

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Kashink’s latest mural in Paris was commissioned by Amnesty International as part of their “My Body, My Rights” project. “The idea of the campaign is to be able to reach a broader audience about sex roles and reproductive rights,” Kashink says. “It also has to do with gender representation. The first idea I had was to revisit classical paintings such as ‘La Grande Odalisque’ with the idea that bodies are represented a certain way in art. I thought it was interesting to present them in a way that was the opposite of the originals.”

The artist, who got involved with street art at age 17 and began creating wall-sized pieces at 25, has finally established a recognizable aesthetic at 34. Her re-imagining of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s celebrated nude form employs her trademark bright colors to render the woman race neutral. “I’m working on human diversity and how beautiful it is,” she says. “The fact that my subjects have no defined skin color is a great way to share these different aspects.” She’s also added a message to the piece—the words “mon corps, mes droits” (my body, my rights) appear as if coming from the woman’s mouth. “Ingres made her skin look perfect and smooth. I thought it was interesting to completely change these aspects,” the artist says of her creature’s comfort with her spotted skin and Picasso-esque rows of eyes. “We’re so bombarded with images of women looking good that we don’t even question this anymore,” she says. “It’s very interesting that the imaginary skin color I’m doing is a way to free my art from the origin of my characters.”

In addition to disturbing the notion of beauty, Kashink also wants to give back to her community. She regularly involves students in her projects and enlisted a group of them to help with the Odalisque mural. As for being a woman in an art scene that is primarily comprised of men? “I get that question a lot,” Kashink says. “There are less women in art in general. It’s very easy to name ten male painters who marked art history. It’s very hard to name five female painters who marked art history. It’s not specific to street art. Women are expected to be useful in society. They’re supposed to be raising kids, taking care of their homes, having a career that’s effective. Art, in a way, is kind of useless. Art doesn’t change diapers, cook, or clean the house.”

There is a second factor that comes into play with street art: the inherent risk. Although Kashink paints a lot of commissioned murals that are completely legal, she continues to create pieces outside the law. And despite recently being brought in by the Paris police for tagging trucks, the artist remains undeterred. “I’ve always been a risk-taker so I’m not scared of that,” she says. “But maybe taking risks is not something women are encouraged to do and they should be.”

To see more of Kashink’s work follow her on Instagram.

How to Get Breezy, Laid-back Leading Lady Waves

What a difference a week makes: Early in her career, Mara Roszak went from giving $5 beauty-school haircuts to styling Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hair for a premiere, thanks to an intro from a friend. “I’d never done anybody’s hair except my friends and family and beauty-school customers,” Roszak says. “After the premiere, Sarah hired me for her entire press tour. ” Thirteen years later, Roszak, now L’Oréal Paris’s celebrity hairstylist, creates breezy waves on celeb fans such as Emma Stone, Emily Blunt, Kate Mara, and Zoe Saldana. “I never want to put a hairstyle on someone,” she says. “I like the person to show through.”

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You’ve taken some clients gradually shorter over the past year. Is the slow shift strategic? If you start with a longer bob, just below the shoulder, you can rock that for a couple of months. Then you map out your next style, which is maybe a collarbone bob. Ease your way into it. It’s a little bit less shocking.

Does texture affect how short you can go?

I never want someone at home fighting with their hair to try to make it look the way the stylist did. The whole point of having short hair is that you want to be free of the battle. So if you have thicker hair, you definitely need to put texture into your cut. If you have curly hair, you’ll need to get a cut with blended layers that will keep it from going too round.

What’s your secret to those loose, tousled waves?

When hair is about 70 percent dry, I’ll prep it in either one big braid or two pigtail braids. Not too tight, not perfect. You want the braid to start the shape of a natural wave. And then hit it with a dryer to set the hair into that form. Then, before it’s totally dry, I take the braids out and rough-dry the rest of the way.

Are certain hairstyles more photogenic than others?

One of the most photogenic hairstyles, and also one of the most difficult, is the perfect old-Hollywood wave. It reads beautifully on camera because the waves are shiny.

Can I do this at home?

Yes, but you have to treat it like sculpture. Wrap the hair around the curler in the same direction all around the head, let it sit, then spray it and brush it out. Then you remold it with the brush, clip it, spray it, then let it sit again. Once you take the clips out, you want it to be almost a fixed structure. You really don’t want it to move.

And then to get that shine?

Make sure you’re blowing the hair out pretty and smooth first. Shine products help, but trying new ones can be scary for a hairstylist. If you over-oil, you can’t get it out, and you have to start all over by shampooing. So I prefer light shine products, almost like hairsprays. I’m obsessed with the L’Oréal Glossing Mist since it just mists out. When the flash bounces off the shine on the hair, it creates a glimmer effect. It’s pretty wild.

This article originally appears in the July 2015 issue of ELLE.

What the Fashion World Loses When Donna Karan Leaves

When Donna Karan steps down from her role as chief designer at Donna Karan International, fashion loses an ear for how women really want to dress. Sure, there are many brilliant visionaries out there who are reinventing fashion and championing political philosophies, but the bottom line is that there are millions of women who are insecure about their bodies, who want to go to work every day looking their best in clothes that will empower them, at times make them feel sensual, and more often than not, hide their flaws. Donna thought about that all the time. Most women designers think about that all the time. And, thanks to stretch fabrics, Donna mastered the equation. It became who she was and was every part of her DNA.

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With her Seven Easy Pieces, Donna Karan revolutionized the way women dressed. She is the queen of the body-conscious drape. My favorite Donna rallying cry is that shoulders never get fat! She made leggings cool. She is the ur-feminist post-modern designer.

It’s easy to forget that women designers were few and far between before Donna. She inherited the mantle of one of the great American women designers when she took over for Anne Klein before launching her own collection. With Donna’s leaving, I can already hear a collective sigh from her many fans as they pass wistful glances at their tummies, hips, and thighs. But take heart! Urban Zen, Karan’s philanthropic initiative that launched in 2007, really picks up where Seven Easy Pieces left off.

Because the legacy Karan leaves behind is not just one of easy, sensual dressing for real women’s bodies, but also one of philanthropy. In a statement released yesterday about her departure, Karan acknowledged, “I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures.”

I was recently in Haiti with Karan for Urban Zen. The line partners with artisans to create luxury goods that preserve local culture, and the proceeds benefit health care and education via the Urban Zen Foundation. Karan has focused particularly on Haiti, serving as an honorary ambassador, and works with the Clinton Global Initiative to support and develop Haitian artisan commerce. With her commitment to Haiti through her work at Urban Zen, Karan is one of the few designers who will revolutionize fashion through the spirit of conscientious consumerism. She is a force to be reckoned with and her work in fashion is far from over.

Serena Williams At Wimbledon: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Fuels Boyfriend Rumors On Instagram [PICS]


It was just announced on Tuesday that Williams and her sister Venus Williams withdrew from the Wimbledon doubles competition to concentrate on the singles title, according to the Washington Post.

“I feel it would be best for me to concentrate on singles here at Wimbledon, and as a result, have made the decision to withdraw from doubles,” Serena Williams said in a statement. “I’ve always loved playing doubles with Venus, particularly here at Wimbledon where we’ve had so much success over the years, and so I’m really sorry to have to withdraw this year.”

Fans are hoping that Williams won’t be shy on Instagram during her Wimbledon matches, but that would be kind of okay because Mouratoglou seems to be busy on his Instagram. He just posted a picture of him doing an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

Do you think Serena Williams will win the Wimbledon 2015 championship? Sound off below!


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