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Celebrites Love…Capes

Move over, maxi coats. For warding off winter chills without skimping on style, celebrities on both sides of the pond are going sans sleeves in an assortment of capes.

Gwen Stefani kick started the trend on a recent trip to London, selecting a black Holmes & Yang cape with her black-and-white windowpane-check Michael Kors ensemble. In typical Gwen style, she added some tomboy flair with a slightly askew captain’s cap, lending the look a Modish feel.

Stateside, Lucy Liu took flight in a double-breasted feather-print trompe l’oeil Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012 cape. With so much to engage the eye, Lucy was right to slip on Roland Mouret’s understated black column gown underneath.

Back in London, Anne Hathaway channeled her inner diva, appearing positively operatic in a sapphire silk Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 cape at the ‘Les Miserables’ after-party last week. With its prim collared closure, this epauletted version demurely revealed Anne’s Altuzarra dress.

Farther north, Nicole Scherzinger covered up in Jan Ghandour’s cardinal-red style cape for an X-Factor press conference in Manchester. Thierry Mugler-esque, croc-embossed sculpted shoulders added edge to the luxuriant drape of the cape’s cashmere body; Gareth Pugh leather leggings, metal-toe Carvela heels, and a sleek ponytail underscored Nicole’s Bladerunner sensibility here.

Hollywood’s outerwear du jour resurfaced in Gotham on Tuesday, first on Jessica Biel caught running errands with her gold and green-trimmed Fendi crossbody bag, then seen again on Anne Hathaway—this time a Gucci buckled and flouncy cape—over a glittery Nina Ricci number for the Museum Of Moving Image salutes Hugh Jackman event.

When bundling up, there’s no question that a quick fastening at the neck is far more convenient than trying to stuff one’s arms into narrow coat sleeves, but who here best embodied this bicoastal trend?

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Celebrities Love…Rupert Sanderson ‘Elba’ Heels

Further proof that Spring 2013 is all about the single sole: Rupert Sanderson’s ‘Elba’ pumps, the latest object of the red-carpet set’s affection.

These four-inch stilettos by the London-based cobbler have been spotted everywhere this fall, from Lea Michelle’s nude calfskin rendition at Marie Claire’s Hollywood Dinner to the nectarine shade picked by both Emma Stone and Bella Heathcote for press events in New York and Los Angeles in early December.

Leslie Mann and Zoe Saldana were also on the same wavelength when they went with a burnt gold version to accompany two standout looks—Pucci’s sheer black cutout dress for Leslie and, for Zoe, a royal blue frock by Preen—at awards season honors these past two weeks.

With its elegant, curvilinear sides and slightly rounded point toe, the Elba is a stylist’s dream—its classic shape makes it easy to pair with anything from a Jil Sander peplum skirt to racer-striped Rag & Bone jeans.

Plus, the simplicity of the Elba’s silhouette allows for more risk-taking for its surface; I’d love to see a fall-winter version in oxblood crushed velvet or a turquoise-tone lizard skin for resort.

After a few more seasons, could the Elba join the hallowed ranks of Chanel ballet flats, the Brian Atwood ‘Maniac’ pumps and Manolo Blahnik’s BB heels?

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Elizabeth Banks In Rachel Zoe – Hollywood Reporter’s 21st Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast

Elizabeth Banks arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the early-morning Hollywood Reporter “Power 100: Women in Entertainment” breakfast in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

Banksy, as she’s affectionately referred to by friends, was particularly chic in a Rachel Zoe Pre-fall 2013 boat-neck black number and Prada Spring 2013 peep-toe platforms.

The dress’ leotard-like scoop back and bracelet sleeves, combined with the comedian’s graceful posture, channeled Degas ballerina, while her swept-back bouffant and irreverent daisy-print-decorated feet were reminiscent of a martini-sipping hostess straight out of Mad Men.

Kohl-rimmed eyes made Elizabeth’s baby blues pop, and I wouldn’t mind overhearing which night cream she uses to keep her complexion so flawlessly line-free.

You can buy Elizabeth’s Prada sandals from Nordstrom.com.

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Emma Stone In Daniel Vosovic – Revlon’s Nearly Naked Makeup Launch

Emma Stone stepped out in Manhattan on Wednesday for the launch of Revlon’s new ‘Nearly Naked’ Makeup at the London Hotel.

Wearing a silk gray-and-bone Fall 2012 design from ‘Project Runway’ alum Daniel Vosovic and Jamie Wolf’s 18k-gold lattice earrings, Emma dangerously toed the line between blah and best-dressed.

It’s tough to pull off washed out tones for the pale-skinned Revlon ambassador, made all the harder by Emma’s decision to keep her hair its natural blonde since last summer’s Spiderman reboot. And yet the 24-year-old New Yorker completely carries the raglan-sleeved ensemble.

Perhaps it’s her peachy point-toe Rupert Sanderson heels (popular in Hollywood at the moment); maybe it’s the vampish manicure and dark-lined eyes that add a bit of edge; or it could be Emma’s unwavering confidence.

All I know is that somehow, this works.

Have you any idea how Emma managed this magic trick?

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Bella Heathcote In Andrew Gn – Hollywood Reporter’s 21st Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast

Bella Heathcote was also among the bright young things honoured at The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Power 100: Women in Entertainment’ breakfast held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday morning.

The Australian actress Bella picked a botany-print dress with three-quarter sleeves from Andrew Gn’s Resort 2013 collection.

There’s something fresh—even fragrant—about this Beatrix Potter-esque fabric which we love.

Bella’s makeup-free face and unadorned apricot ‘Elba’ heels from Rupert Sanderson underscore the youthful ease of this look, as do her barely-there gold Cuyana earrings.

But the clearest indication that Bella’s on the right track is the chain-strap Valentino ‘Rockstud Lock’ bag tossed over her shoulder.

Are you missing the belt from this look?

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