Kate Beckinsale In Elie Saab – ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’

Tuesday night the lovely Kate Beckinsale once again appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’

The ‘Total Recall’ star went with understated elegance for her on-air look, choosing an Elie Saab dress from the 2012 Pre-Fall collection.

When done correctly, a one shoulder dress can provide just the right amount of intrigue, which a weathered designer like Saab is certainly capable of. The dress itself fit Beckinsale like a glove, but it was her hair and shoes that I feel didn’t do the frock justice.

Although Beckinsale looks beautiful with large, loose curls, wearing her hair over the revealed shoulder makes the dress appear awkward and incomplete. A look like this begs for an updo, which would show off the silhouette of the dress.

While I appreciate the elegance of simplicity, a higher shoe with a small amount of embellishment would have amped up the entire ensemble and made the knee-length hemline more flattering.

There is nothing agregiously wrong with Beckinsale’s ‘Tonight Show’ choices, but I believe that the actress is certainly capable of more.

Do you think this is one of Kate Beckinsale’s better looks? Or were you hoping for something with a little more style know-how?

You can buy Kate’s Elie Saab dress from Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman

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18.07.12 Style Spotlight

Style Spotlight: Elisa Nalin

You know the stereotype that fashion girls love black, don’t smile, and think fashion is très important and no laughing matter? Well Elisa Nalin has proven time and again that the above stereotype is also false. A lover of colour who is always ready to crack a smile for the camera, Nalin — a Paris-based stylist and style consultant — is the ultimate when it comes to fashion’s favorite street style darling.

Elisa seems to interpret every major trend with ease, so it’s no surprise that her talents are sought after by Dazed & Confused, La Perla, Le Bonmarché and numerous other industry heavyweights.

Elisa’s style aesthetic is evident from her list of favorite designers, which includes Dries van Noten, Pierre Hardy and Christian Louboutin. But don’t take our word for it.  Everything you need to know about this Italy-born fashionista’s style can be found on today’s bevy of street style sites.

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18.07.12

Freida Pinto In Contrarian New York – Flaunt Magazine Denim Issue Party

Yesterday, Freida Pinto hosted theFlaunt Magazine and Agave Denim ‘All Wraped Up In Blue’ dinner at Sherbourne in Los Angeles.

The stunning actress wore a Contrarion New York top and A-line skirt, topped off with a pair of black Christian Louboutin pumps.

It’s always hard to find fault with someone as stunning as Pinto, but this ensemble isn’t doing her justice.

The gorgeous red tone of her Contrarion skirt is played down by the black and white top, and the two components of the look fail to achieve any kind of harmony. The bow on her top only makes the rest of the outfit appear costume-y and thus, her gorgeous, classic shoes are lost in translation.

The one good thing I can say about this look is that Pinto left the jewelry at home — with two strong competing colours, it would have been distracting to throw adornments into the mix.

If Pinto did want to do red and black, a top sans bow would have been preferable, and I would have liked to see a more feminine cut with some shoulder details to add a little intrigue into the mix.

Do you agree? Or are you a fan of Freida Pinto’s look?

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Hailee Steinfeld In Marc Jacobs – ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ New York Premiere

Hailee Steinfeld proved herself to be a true fashion darling in the making yesterday evening at the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in New York City.

The actress sported a colourful floral sequin dress from Marc Jacobs’ Resort 2013 collection and looked adorable as she smiled and flaunted the large three-dimensional bow at the top of her age-appropriate and fresh ensemble.

When this look was presented it was of a longer, ankle-grazing length, which I would have preferred in this case.

While the look has a youthful air, a full-length dress would have mixed in an element of drama. Steinfeld’s updo and simple makeup, on the other hand, are refreshing nods to her young age — the starlet is only fifteen, after all.

Black chunky wedges and a black plexy clutch from the same collection prevent the dress from seeming too dainty and complete what I think is a winning look.

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17.07.12

Nicholas Kirkwood Pre-Spring 2013 On Moda Operandi

What do Blake Lively, Lea Michele and Jessica Biel have in common?

They, and every other woman on this planet, share a love for the shoe genius Nicholas Kirkwood. And who can blame us? His shoes are more than an accessory, they tell a story all on their own.

The designer’s Pre-Spring 2013 trunkshow is available on ModaOperandi.com right now and can be snatched up until July 23.

Boasting an array of colors that start with sorbet inspired blues and oranges and end with neon pink and turquoise, Kirkwood has certainly outdone himself this time around.

Every piece is structural and has the same playful flair make Kirkwood’s designs distinct. But what distinguishes his most recent collection is that every shoe is absolutely wearable, and not just if you are one of the lucky few sitting front row at fashion week or strutting down a red carpet.

I’m partial to the peep toe sandal in a metallic pink with pink and black design around the back because it is accompanied by the blessed ankle strap — a trend that I’m determined to make the most of while I still can.

If you want to snag your own piece of shoe heaven, pre-order from the Nicholas Kirkwood Resort 2013 collection on ModaOperandi.com now.