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--STYLE BREAKDOWN OF OUR CURRENT(current as of yesterday) 10 BEST DRESSED CELEBS--
i regularly change the list of our top 10 best dressed celebs, usually twice a year, and it always contains a group of fabulous ladies that i believe look amazing on the red carpet, at press conferences, in magazine editorials and even on the sidewalk. there have been repeats, and regular newcomers (this time is no different). i hope that you love the list, and even if you don't agree with all of my choices i hope you enjoy the style breakdown of these ladies' impeccable style. say goodbye to these top 10 and say hello to your new top 10 by the time you reach the end of this magazine entry. :)
i absolutely love zoe kravitz! i love her name, i love her hair, i love her cute face, her cool parents, and her AH-MAZING style! zoe kravitz, wherever you are, know that i think you're so cool and also be aware that if i see you walking around anywhere...ever...i will totally geek out on you. so be prepared. anywho, zoe's casual style is quirky and cute, and that doesn't change when she steps out for glamorous events. zoe definitely knows how to glam it up but she never looks too polished, she always has an eclectic vibe to whatever she pieces together and definitely knows how to put her personal stamp on all the looks she wears.
in the day, you could find zoe in floaty tops or dresses, and showing lots of leg (whether encased in tights or bare). to get a zoe-esque day look you could try the mesa pintucked top, madison marcus anthem jacket and siwy camilla cutoff denim shorts (all from shopbop) with comfy flat gladiators and tousled hair.
for night, expect to see zoe in luxe fabrics, whether they're beautifully printed or tantalizingly textured. she would look great in this taupe 3.1 phillip lim sequin covered dress from netaporter paired with these lovely and unique wedges from miu miu. marni earrings add a bit more sparkle and a nice pop of unexpected yellow.
i've loved leighton meester's style for the longest while. most of the things she wears on the red carpet, i would wear. for day she loves to wear breezy sundresses and flat shoes. she's not afraid of color for day or night and often squeezes color into her ensembles through bright accessories.
i could so see miss. meester strolling down a sun drenched walkway in this t-bags stone embellished dress for $122.50 from theoutnet.com paired with a large tote (linea pelle dylan large bowler bag), a belt, and bright flats.
for a nighttime event leighton would be cute in this bright salmon confection from asos (although she'd probably be wearing a designer house). i really love the detail, cut and color of this folded silk front dress by asos. the dress would be paired perfectly with leg lengthening nude heels with complementary square frill detail on the heel: asos frill back patent platform peep toe shoes.
leighton isn't afraid to experiment, but also has a classic sensibility to her dressing and that's what i love about her.
i love kerry washington. she always looks beautiful, polished, put together, classy and never boring. she can look glamorous, simply chic and edgy. she can do it all. her daytime look is cute and classic, and she doesn't shy away from color (especially for day). i'd love to see her in the hushed hamlet dress from anthropologie. if you want to channel some kerry, i'm sure this dress would look great on you as well. i love the bright coloring of the dress and i know it would be a perfect match with the space between slingbacks and fir & finery drops.
for night, turn up the glam factor a la miss washington in a beautiful celadon js boutique ruched chiffon gown for $178 from nordstrom.com. this color would look great against kerry's skin. pair it with a fun, complementary cuff and sexy dolce & gabbana metallic strappy sandals and you are more than good to go. i absolutely love those dolce & gabbana sandals! look at those dainty ankle and heel straps!
kate beckinsale set my heart a flutter when she arrived at this year's costume institute gala in a beautiful, sparkling, dusky blue marchesa confection with a skirt that seemed to take up the entire red carpet. she really knows how to wear gowns well.
her daytime style is just as captivating as her nighttime event style. you can find her, more often than not, in floaty peasant dresses, or tops with slouchy pants, cute boots or sandals, and you can bet your life that she'll be wearing big sunglasses. i don't recommend you betting your life, but i'm telling you...she loves wearing big sunglasses anywhere that she goes and she's not on a red carpet. the breezy, summery outfit from revolveclothing.com would look great on her and on you. i love the combination of the minkpink portobello dress and the 8020 sophie hidden wedge thong in thunder.
kate beckinsale loves white gowns, and would look super angelic in this notte by marchesa chiffon column dress. if you want to be like kate, then wear this dress with equally angelic christian louboutin fortuna 120 platform pumps. get an other worldly glow by swirling on some NARS blush in nico for $25 from sephora.
charlize theron is such a fashion goddess! i'm sure she'll be on my best dressed celebs list again because she just always looks so dang good.
for day she keeps it relaxed yet chic with long trousers, a roomy blouse, a jacket and a soft scarf as well as a cute and roomy clutch. recreate the look with j brand love story shadow black wash jeans, nation easy scoop neck slub jersey tee, degaine shredded infinity scarf, and stella mccartney foldover patent clutch (all from intermixonline.com).
i am in absolute love with the little ensemble i put together for a look that is reminiscent of something charlize theron would wear for a night event. she wears gowns, cocktail dresses, shifts, whatever, for night events and she always rocks it. but i love when she shows her legs. her skin is always glowing, so the more that she shows of it; the better! she would look stunning in this amazing creation from the great designer graeme black. i love the little silver grommets and the lace up detailing, as well as the beautiful silver belt and peplum on the dress. pair it with the jil sander fringed clutch for 625 pounds from brownsfashion.com as well as mesmerizing dries van noten sandals with metal beads (also from brownsfashion) and you'll be in a look fit for a femme fatale.
a lot of people don't pay attention to terri hatcher's style, but it is rather good. it's a modern romantic style. she's trendy, but not too trendy, and she wears things that make her body look great. for day you can find her in long skirts and tank tops. this look can be easily recreated with pieces from old navy. keep it bright with a color top and a cute matching enamel disk necklace.
to get a teri hatcher inspired night look, shimmy yourself into what i like to call a hot tamale dress. this dolce & gabbana bicolor ruched strapless dress from bergdorf goodman is perfect. i love the look of those nude pumps from victoria's secret: they could really lengthen your legs. to get silky locks like terri's run some fekkai coiff perfecteur anti-frizz silkening creme through your hair before, or after straightening it.
by now you should know that ashley olsen is my fave olsen twin. if you don't know by now...you must be very unobservative or a new reader. ashley can be tastefully eclectic and is always classy; whether she's stomping down the pavement during a starbucks run, after a meeting, or wherever or being photographed at a ritzy event. like mary-kate, she loves to wear vintage clothes rather than current designer creations and looks great in them.
to re-create an ashley day look all you need are some skinny jeans, a jacket (a leather one or a blazer), a loose shirt (preferably grey or white), a scarf and some awesome shoes. try a piece from the elizabeth and james shoe collection. i'm loving the elizabeth and james luella high heel gladiator bootie for $325 from shopbop.com.
for a night look go for a fresh, vintage look (like kate beckinsale, ashley likes white gowns) with this adam lace long dress for $425 paired with the stoned and waisted black leather laser-cut belt for $174 from farfetch.com and LOTS of rings. keep the makeup fresh and the hair tousled. for the day look you can use the bumble & bumble surf spray, and if you want you can use it for night as well.
lucy liu is such a darling. she always looks so pretty and cute. they should make a lucy liu doll, but it wouldn't be half as gorgeous as her! lucy, like the other ladies on this list isn't afraid to take risks but still has classic undertones to her style of dressing. yes she'll take a risk, but you'll never see her in an orange fleuroescent patent leather sculptural dress. because that's not a classy risk. you've got to keep it classy gals. it's just that simple.
i loved her when she dazzled in white giambattista valli, and i think she'd look captivating--as would you-- in a slinky zac posen dubloon knit dress and fun proenza schouler speckled pumps (don't you just love the heel?). the david yurman white mosaic drop earrings are gorgeous and pick up the light accents in this ensemble.
keep it casual like miss liu in black leggings, a colored drapey top and a cute necklace. the outfit from wetseal is cheap, yet comfy and stylish.
eva mendes always looks perfect and sexy. that's why i love her.
i would soooooooooooooooo wear most of the things she is photographed in. gosh, i love this lady.
i could so see her (and me) in the casual ensemble from forever 21. the lizbeth floral chiffon tunic would make such a darling, floaty mini dress and the celeste o-ring sandal and vintage faux leather tote are the perfect bohemian accessories.
for nighttime events eva mendes loves to show a bit of leg and wears lots of dreses that nip in at the waist. she would glow in the barneys new york strapless party dress in hot pink paired with scintillating lanvin pointed toe pumps in pink. get her glow with NARS bronzing powder in irresistblement for $30 from barneys.com.
kate moss has been everywhere lately, what with her wildly successful collections for topshop, her renewed popularity as a supermodel, her much coveted street style and her appearance at marc jacobs' side at the costume institute gala. this woman has turned from just a model to a mogul and her style is envied and imitated by many women.
for day, try the kate look above. all items provided for from topshop. kate loves her aviators and the oversize metal aviator for $30 from topshop.com is a great finish to the casual ensemble.
for special events kate likes the simply elegant look. she looks great in long, flowing gowns in light colors. i could see her in this blue jersey knit evening dress by bcbg max azria from edressme for $378. as the current face of versace, along with gisele, i'm sure she has a sample of versace bright crystal (if not the whole bottle) somewhere. i'm sure it smells good, and the bottle is so pretty, no? for the subtle kate glow dust some pearl gold makeup forever star powder all over.
--GREAT AMERICAN STYLE--
every western society lady has a place in fashion. there are the french gamines, the london rebels and classic english roses and then there is the fresh faced american. pure american style is fresh, straight forward and simple. french couturiers of old scoffed at american women's "sporty" style, but this casual style of dressing is elegant and fresh and embraced by american women as well as women in general. american style allows women to be dressed comfortably and still be considered graceful and beautiful.
the collage provides an expensive and a cheaper alternative for the all american day look and an expensive and a cheaper alternative for an all american eveing look. for day, a white button up and crisp shorts are perfect. finish off with a pop of color that be found in red flats or a colorful scarf.
for evening the look to the left is super elegant, yet so simple. it consists of a beautiful red one shoulder column dress from calvin klein, silver sandals and majorca pearl drop earrings. finish off with a fresh, invigorating scent to match the essence of your look: origins ginger essence sensuous skin scent.
a younger, funner and slightly more detailed (but still all american) look for evening can be found in a short, strapless orange polka-dotted frock and nude heels with fun metallic accents. a perforated metal bangle finishes off the look.
do you dress according to classic american style?
--WHO IS HANNELI MUSTAPARTA?--
i stumbled across hanneli's site a little while ago and loved her quirky style. she's gorgeous and fun and i love visiting her blog. you can visit her too at www.hanneli.com
here is an interview hanneli did with guestofaguest.com and a few images of her.
image from elle norway
How long have you been New York and what part of town do you live in ?
I moved to New York in 2004 and lived here for a year. Then I went back to Norway for a week just to see my family before going to Milan for work. While home I met the guy that a month later would be my boyfriend , and the love of my life. Now we have been together for 3.5 years, so I moved back home and took a break from modeling and started studying. Now we commute between Norway and New York for months at a time. I feel like we get the best out of both places. We rent for now, and I love getting to know the different neighborhoods in the city. My favorites so far would be the west village and the lower east. Least favorite would be Midtown.
What do you do for employment?
I used to model with Supreme models and later Ford models, but to be able to start a career with something else I found I had to quit completely, so I could use my time to start to pursue something for my future. Modeling in New York takes up so much time, castings take forever and it’s hard to plan anything else as work comes suddenly or in periods. In Norway I get direct bookings which makes it easier to concentrate on other things. Now I want to assist fashion photographers.I have assisted one already and I love it! It feels great learning something I have always loved and to actually get my fingers dirty. I’m used to being the first to leave a studio after work, now I’m the last, as assistants have to do back ups and collect the photographer’s equipment.
I was kind of thrown into modeling, it was never my dream to be one, but when I got my chance I really made myself deserve it. I have worked very hard and given it my all and have had so much fun with it. I think modeling gives amazing work ethics, cause you don’t go home before it’s perfect. I have a blog and I also write for a fashion web-site connected to my blog - lola.no. I’m a columnist for Norwegian Cosmopolitan, also I do styling jobs. I’m a true multi tasker. I guess that if you love something within fashion, the limits of it all aren’t that hard to cross, especially when I have worked for eight years as a model. You can pick up so much, cause you just sit there and get pampered and pick up tons of tricks and dos and don’ts.
image from fmd
What are your some of your favorite spots around town….restaurants, shops, clubs bars?
I love the food at Mr. Chow, I even think about their chicken sticks with peanut buttery gravy while in Norway and sometimes it hurts not being able to get it when I want it. I love the Shepards pie at Balthazar and the Papardelle they serve at Bar Pitti. I shop at Popette, the vintage store on the east side where my last purchase was a pair of vintage Jean Paul Gaultier high-high waisted suit pants.I love Number (N)ine in Tribeca, it’s a Japanese designer with a very cool store, I drink and dance at Rose bar and 1Oak.
How did you get into blogging and how long have you been doing it?
I was asked by the founders of lola.no if I wanted to fashion blog for them, we had the very same view on how we wanted to do things and what we wanted to write about and therefore I said yes. I don’t think I would ever have started a blog on my own. To sit at home and just feel like my life is so interesting, so I should share it with the world is far away from who I am. In Norway there is a saying/unwritten rule everyone is raised by and goes by, which is called “Jantelov” (Jante Law). It is a social attitude and a way Norwegians look at each other. It consists of ten rules which all go by the variations of “Don’t think you’re anything special or that you are better than us”. It sits deeply and it’s hard to run away from. That’s why as a Norwegian it feels so good to be in another country. Especially New York. This stupid rule makes most Norwegians very humble- too humble, and it often makes life more difficult. A half year back I wrote an e-mail to a broker about an apartment me and my boyfriend were interested in renting in New York. She wanted me to write a short bio of ourselves. It was so hard and it took me an entire evening to write it because it was so hard for me to “brag” of our achievements. I did it eventually and it made me think how crazy Janteloven is. It was easy to say yes to the blogging with the back up of someone who believed in me.
image property of hanneli mustaparta
Do you Model in the US as well as Norway?
I did it in the US until April 08. My last job before i decided to quit was an international TV commercial for John Frieda, brilliant brunette shampoo and conditioner. I rarely watch TV so I haven’t seen it myself on TV yet. Fortunately it’s on the directors web page, ChrisApplebaum.com, I would still model if I didn’t have to go to all the castings. I love being in front of the camera, I love cooperating with the photographer to get the best possible shot and to be able to meet and work with so many amazing and creative people.
What are your style inspirations?
Oooh anything really. I pick up stuff from old ladies, as you know Ari, older people are so creative and inspirational. Since I started blogging, I had to start to check out other blogs, it’s a big blogger world out there so I probably pick up inspiration there. An I love just entering a thrift store and for instance find a typical trashy item from the 80’s and style it with something unsuspected from a different era and make it something new and unseen. I adore Chloé Sevigny, her style is very unpredictable. She is quirky-beautiful and I love that she never fell into the temptation of getting sickly skinny even if she is in the spotlight. She looks radiant and healthy, and I’m waiting for the new season of Big Love.
image property of hanneli mustaparta
Can you name a few favorite new york moments?
This summer I passed a homeless person, she looked so warm, sad and dirty. I had a fresh and cold yummy apple straight from my fridge in my bag, so I turned around and asked if she wanted it? She looked offended, shook her head and made a face. Very New York! Ha ha. I love hailing cabs like in the movies, whistling loud and they stop in an instant, I almost want to do it without needing one.
Being snapped by Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist and Bill Cunningham during NY fashion week.
One time I was at a party downtown, It wasn’t long after arriving to New York for the first time. There were no cabs and it was so late that no car services picked up the phone. I had no idea on how to get home. I asked a guy that exited the same party if I could borrow his phone cause mine was dying,. He turns around and shouts to his friend ” Hey! Milla! Give me your phone!” She throws it to him, he gives it to me and I realize that I’m using Milla Jovovich’s phone. She is the most beautiful woman and I have loved her since I saw “Fifth Element”. No one picked up, so I hung up and told her I adore her while I was jumping and giggling,that she’s amazing. She asked me if I got a car, since I didn’t she asked where I lived,.At the time I Iived in the Meatpacking area, so she said they could take me there with her limo. It was my first time in a limo which was pretty cool and to be in one together with her made it insanely cool.
--MY FAVE THINGS FOR SUMMER--
as many of you know, everytime a new season comes i put together a little grouping of things that i am loving for the season. this summer is no exception!
if you can't tell from this little collage, i'm loving ruffles, color and a relaxed fit in clothes. i absolutely love the beautiful blue color, the ruffles and the stud details on the shay todd neilhead ruffled bikini. it's $200 from netaporter. yes...$200.
the marc by marc jacobs day lily cotton dress is so fab. it's very well made and i love the asymmetric shoulder work. it looks like dark denim but it's really a navy cotton eyelet overlay over a lighter sheath. this dress is so fancy for day and great for night. ohhhh it would look so good on me.
lanvin makes such pretty things, and this beautiful tangerine/melon mini pop bag is no exception. i love the shape, the fabric, the closure and the strap on this bag. it's so perfect! it's small and beautiful.
rompers and playsuits are so fun. the safest choice is in black, so i think if i get one it'll be in black or a darker color. the theory ardenia cotton blend playlist from netaporter is a nice option.
i love tulip skirts. i don't think i have one though...this thread social silk tulip mini skirt belongs in my closet. it would look so good with a white top and a blazer. can you imagine it? just imagine....just imagine...
diane von furstenberg makes such fab floaty tops and dresses. i love her esperanza silk chiffon top. bright teal gladiators are something you don't see too often. be original, pick up these cute dolce vita sandals. instead of opting for dark sunnies try out something bright, these look marni inspired: butterfly sunglasses for $5.80 from forever21.com.
i have veryyyy few eyeshadows and i'd love to jumpstart my collection with the widely loved and greatly pigmented 2nd edition 120 color palette from bhcosmetics.com. everyone who gets this palette loves it. high quality by far!
lastly i really want the dolce & gabbana light blue fragrance. i heard it makes boys go wild. ;) hahahahaha!
- gucci and versace won't be doing big resort presentations like chanel. the people at gucci and versace say that resort collections are strictly commercial and donatella says that a big production ruins the commerical moment. donatella also says that she'd like to do a virtual runway show because versace needs "to find a new formula".
- agyness deyn wants to quit modelling and become an actress! hmmm...let's see if it works.
- alexander wang's star is still rising. he won the swarovski womenswear award at the CFDA awards and is being discussed as a good investment among financial gurus.
- natalia vodianova is on a 3 year contract to design lingerie for etam and is also designing for lutz & patmos's pre-spring 2010 collection. we know natalia is a good model, is she a good designer too?
- are platforms a thing of the past? carine roitfeld was spotted at cannes in flats (she wears heels 97% of the time it seems!), and many designers have featured flats in their collections. i like flats AND platforms. i don't want to see either go out of style. especially platforms since i haven't worn all of mine yet....
- vera wang may be dancing with the stars! you might be seeing vera wang shake her groove thang on the september 21st premiere. i'm excited to see her! you knew she was/is a figure skater...so this isn't totally impossible.
--OUR NEW TOP TEN BEST DRESSED CELEBS!--
are you excited to see who is now on the list as our top ten best dressed celebs? oh you don't have to scream, i know you are. ;]
this is her first time on the list but she so deserves this spot. she, like so many ladies who have been on this list in the past, always looks so impeccable. she is very consistent with her style and she is not praised enough for looking so good everywhere she goes!
i love this lady: she always takes fashion risks that pay off. and for her, they are not fashion risks--the pieces she chooses to wear are just part of what she loves to wear. she also has such an infectious smile!
She is one of my favorite models. she is so beautiful. in this picture she's not wearing any makeup and yet she's able to match the dazzling beauty of her balmain dress. i feel she doesn't get enough attention for her style choices, and hopefully people will start paying more attention to her.
Congratulations Kerry! You are a repeat! I think this is just her second time on the list...it's either the second or the third...but anyway, she more than deserves to be on this list. she is so beautiful and has great style. she's able to wear elegant, classic glam pieces as well as more edgy ensembles. she's totally rocking her louis vuitton top in this picture.
that's it for the magazine entry! i hope you enjoyed reading it. please leave comments and continue to visit my site, i really appreciate all of the support!