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Celebrities Love…Ralph & Russo Couture

The hottest—and hautest—duo in Hollywood right now? None other than designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo of Ralph & Russo.

Their Spring 2017 Couture show was made for the red carpet with glorious look after glorious look—55 in total—all with a take-your-breath-away sensibility.

Ethereal draping, sultry bustier styling, cascading ruffles, enchanting arrays of embellishment, sophisticated lines, sculptural silhouettes… such are the magical ways of a Ralph & Russo confection.

So, it’s no wonder that A-listers have fallen in love with the spellbinding styles of these seductive showstoppers.

Celebrity darlings including Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Priyanka Chopra, and Sara Sampaio have all gravitated towards the house’s gorgeous gowns.

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who strutted in the Spring 2017 Couture show, couldn’t get enough of the designer—bringing the runway to the red carpet with two looks in one night for the Oscars parties.

And, Brie Larson also has two Ralph & Russo gowns to her name now in as many days, first at the Oscars parties then at the ‘Kong: Scull Island’ premiere.

Eight is currently the magic number, as that’s the number of Ralph & Russo dazzlers we’ve seen just since Sunday’s 2017 Oscars.

And I say, keeping them coming—every day of the week.

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Celebrities Love…Vetements X Manolo Blahnik Satin Boots

Vetements is slowly taking the fashion world by storm presenting collection entirely made up of collaborations with well-known brands from Levi’s to Juicy Couture, which designer Demna Gvasalia presents during Couture week.

Part of his Spring 2017 men’s and women’s collections were a standout pair of waist-high boots, created in conjunction with Manolo Blahnik.

Rihanna was of course the first to be seen in these boots while on tour, with Kim Kardashian West following making a fashion statement all of her own. No doubt Anna Dello Russo will be papped wearing them – if she hasn’t already.

For those not daring enough to wearing bright orange waist-high boots, the five piece collection – which is exclusive to Net-A-Porter.com, does feature easier to wear styles such as pumps, ankle-tie pumps, kitten-heel slingbacks, thigh-high and ankle boots – all with a satin finish.

Shop the Vetements x Manolo Blahnik collection now.

Celebrities Love…House of CB

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A storm of CB dolls have been none too shy to strut out their love affair with the House of CB.

Seductively chic, the London-based label is a surefire way to make an entrance, checking all the boxes on sexy, body-con styling—skin-baring slits, strategic cutouts, deep necklines, and bandage silhouettes are the M.O. at this house.

So it comes as no surprise that the models and PYTs among the celebrity set are especially enamoured by the designs.

Jennifer Lopez found plenty of favour in House of CB’s second-skin mini while Vanessa Hudgens channeled an alluring vamp in a black lace gown. Keke Palmer took the plunge in a bodysuit and slit-to-there skirt and Joan Smalls showed off her model form in a daring, peekaboo LBD.

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The uncompromisingly sultry, attention-grabbing quality of the brand is not lost on some of its biggest fans, Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

From bandage minis and figure-flaunting two-piece statements to slit-to-there dresses, these girls have rocked to the beat of the House of CB, proving that monochromatic colour palettes and modishly minimalistic designs can retain plenty of striking, look-at-her cred.

Other fans of the brand include Kim Kardashian and Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Foster.

Are you feeling the House of CB love?

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Celebrities Love…Tuxedo Dressing

Celebrities Love Tuxedo Inspiration

Ever since Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic ‘le smoking’ entered the sartorial scene in the ’60s, the women’s tuxedo has captivated fashion darlings with its androgynous implications and sultry, structured appeal.

Now a women’s wear classic, the tux shows no signs of exiting the style vocabulary with the celebrity set embracing it at every turn. Just recently, a flush of starlets have debuted new reinterpretations of the tux-inspired silhouette, proving it’s not solely relegated to the traditional suit.

Gabrielle Union combined two trends—the tux and transparency—and made an instantly good impression with her Akris Fall 2015 tuxedo-style, side-slit dress with sheer detailing that added a seductive softness to the tailored sleekness of the look.

Another spin on the suit came with Nina Dobrev’s Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2015 tuxedo romper, where she amped up the charm meter by pairing it with a confetti-print blouse for a fun, youthful effect.

As for Sophia Bush, she showed just how sexy a suit can be by donning a tuxedo mini dress featuring a plunge neckline anchored by satin lapels. The result was nothing short of sophisticated glamour mixed with contemporary edge.

Step aside, guys. These tuxes are made for the girls.

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ASOS Tuxedo Collar Pencil DressASOS US and ASOS.com
MM6 Maison Margiela Sleeveless Tuxedo Dressfarfetch.com
Balenciaga Satin-Trimmed Crepe DressNet-A-Porter.com
Gucci Silk Trimmed Stretch-Cady DressNet-A-Porter.com
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Celebrities Love…Culottes

Celebrities Love Culottes

The culottes club is rapidly growing in membership, adding new converts nearly every day who are strutting out chic looks in praise of the pants.

An underlying trend on the scene for more than a year, it’s safe to say that the voluminous, wide-legged trousers have found their footing amongst a flock of style darlings who have been none too shy in taking them for a spin.

Something of an acquired taste for many, culottes are all about the right proportions and sharp, clean tailoring, which is worth its weight in gold when it comes to this modern version of a midi.

Even bright magenta culottes can achieve sophisticated standards, as Keke Palmer shows in her Solace London ensemble, where she wears the high-waisted, structured pants with a simple cropped top for a look that’s packed with panache.

Playing with pattern instead of colour, Ashley Madekwe wore a Self-Portrait pair that boasted slightly less volume but no less boldness in the checquerboard print and the cutout, asymmetrical top.

An even breezier rendition, Alicia Vikander’s Rosetta Getty look displayed the ultimate in simple, feminine elegance—with a mod edge.

Are you convinced by these culottes?

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ASOS Geo-Print CulottesASOS US and ASOS.com
Roksanda Olive Deven Bonded Crepe CulottesMatchesFashion.com
Topshop MOTO Raw Hem Denim CulottesTopshop US and Topshop.com
Warehouse Faux Leather CulottesWarehouse
Stella McCartney Stretch-Wool CulottesNet-A-Porter.com
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Celebrities Love…Max Mara’s Whitney Bag

Celebrities Love Max Mara's Whitney Bag

Architecture, art, and fashion frequently collide, and such fusion is quite literally the case in the latest celebrity handbag crush.

The Max Mara ‘Whitney’ top handle tote is nothing short of museum quality, serving as not only arm candy but also arm architecture. Max Mara teamed with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to create the bag that is directly inspired by the sleek, sophisticated design of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

The formal, structured piece, which reflects the modern, ribbed museum building, still easily transitions from cocktail party to casual off-duty style for the utmost versatility. Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss have all been spotted carrying the bag, which carves out a signature, appropriate niche amongst both stiletto and sneaker ensembles.

The ‘Whitney’ is currently available in three colours including black, tan, and bordeaux, plus what was an exclusive collector’s limited-edition, light blue-grey hue that likewise mirrored the museum’s façade.

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Kylie Minogue Loves….Dolce & Gabbana

Kylie Minogue Loves Dolce & Gabbana

Kylie Minogue has recently been summering in Italy, where her love for all things Dolce & Gabbana has only become more pronounced. In what must be close to a record, she made not one, not two, but four outfit changes in the space of one day: Monday (July 13).

The beauty of her recent quartet of Dolce & Gabbana ensembles is that they look all the better for being in their natural habitat of the sublime Italian backdrop. If nothing else, she’s certainly inspiring a heavy case of wanderlust—with a side of wardrobe envy.

Look 1: The songstress was spotted leaving her hotel at the Miramare in Portofino, Italy, on her way to the annual Dolce & Gabbana Summer event, where she’s serving as a special guest. Classically chic with a feminine whim, her Dolce & Gabbana white macramé lace midi dress was at the height of easy summer charm. She styled the look in appropriately vivid form with a blue-and-white patterned tote, inspired by traditional Italian pottery, and matching sandals.

Look 2: For her second look of the day, Kylie matched the tote’s motif with her Dolce & Gabbana printed bikini while soaking up the sun and relaxing on the Dolce & Gabbana mega yacht, Regina d’Italia, in Portofino. I love the nude macramé lace cover-up, as it’s beautifully constructed with an air of breezy, boho inspiration.

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Look 3: Accompanied by a very special lunch guest, she headed out to the midday meal with Domenico Dolce by her side while vacationing in Portofino. The bohemian spirit was fully alive and well in her Dolce & Gabbana printed empire-waist maxi dress that featured a vibrant collage of scarf prints. Statement-making as it was, the dress also possessed an air of laid-back charisma—as any vacation wardrobe should.

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: Her final look also embraced the art of intricate pattern, as she greeted fans while attending the Dolce and Gabbana Event in Santa Margherita, Italy. I’m not sure the printed platform sandals would have been my first choice for this supremely girly frock, as the two patterns were more of a clash than a complement. But the rest of the look certainly had an adorable flair.

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Dolce & Gabbana Printed Silk-Chiffon Maxi Dress
Dolce & Gabbana Printed Triangle Bikini
Dolce & Gabbana Maiolica Swarovski Sandals
Dolce & Gabbana Macramé Lace Embroidered Midi Dress
Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Printed Faille Sandals
Dolce & Gabbana Escape Printed Bag
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