[Photos from Lyst - $445, available here]
Diane Von Furstenberg is of course famous for her iconic wrap dresses, but ever since Kate Middleton paired a green DVF shift with a DVF clutch (in leopard no less), I've kept an admiring eye on her handbag designs as well. While the shapes and colors used in the line are all fabulous, I particularly like this summery blue and white sequin confection–its print and material make it perfect for both day and night wear. I love structured hard-bodied clutches (although I have yet to own one) and after Bottega Veneta's woven designs I have to say Diane Von Furstenberg's versions are my favorite.
What do you think? Do you own any structured clutches? And do you like DVF's handbags or should she have stuck to designing dresses?
[Photos from The Daily Mail]
Kate Middleton has worn quite a few stunning dresses since last year's announcement of her engagement to Prince William. If you pay attention you'll notice they're almost always in shades of red, blue, and white, which is one reason why she absolutely wowed in black at the Sun Military Awards in London this week. Sure, the glittering princess-y jewels she wore should have stolen the show (her spokesperson has said the ruby and diamond set were a wedding gift), but I was truly captivated by the dramatic and mature flared flair of the velvet gown. With all its alterations–the bottom was originally sheer, the top ruffle has been added, and the bodice no doubt has been taken in to hug her long torso–the piece fit and flattered her perfectly. As I overheard on Twitter, Kate's introduced us to the new LBD – the long black dress.
Special thanks to one of my favorite sites What Kate Wore for helping identify all of these items (next time Kate makes an appearance, head over to the WKW's Facebook page and watch in real time as everyone tries to identify what she's wearing– it's addictive.)
p.s. don't forget to enter my giveaway.
SHOP THE LOOK:
[Photo from Jimmy Choo - Cosmic Suede Pumps in Black, Jimmy Choo, $695, available here]
[Photo from Large Size Designer Shoes - Pretty Ballerina Black Velvet Clutch Bag, was $245,
[Photo from Net-A-Porter - Strapless Velvet Gown in Black, Alexander McQueen, was $6850,
When Kate Middleton visited Northern Ireland with Prince William way back in March of this year, I immediately fell in love with her Burberry coat and black-on-black tights and heels (see here and here). I couldn't have been happier when I found out a similar style trench was available for a much cheaper price and after a very funny exchange with a saleswoman–she nodded at me profusely but didn't seem to have any idea who Kate was–I snagged the store's very last one in my size. Even with a smaller price tag, it doesn't skimp on the details. I'm glad the buckles, epaulets, wide cuffs, and high belt were all reproduced because to me they're just as important as the ruffled bottom in making the coat so special.
And yes, I'm attempting my best Kate impression– all it takes really is holding a clutch, moving your hair, and beaming like you're in love with a prince.
Coat: Ruffle Trim Classic Trench in "Gold Champagne," New York & Company [was $90,
Tights: Solid Opaque Tights in "Black," J. Crew [were $24.50, available here]
Shoes: Heat High Heel Shoe in "Black Kid Suede," Pelle Moda [$140, available here]
Bag: Grosgrain Clutch [vintage]
Jewlery: Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [gift]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [$525, available here]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Necklace in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [from $425, available here]
Nails: "Stiletto Red," Rimmel
[photos from Eye Prime]
There were a few looks this week that caught my eye–a bohoemian Vanessa Hudgens rocked a floppy hat by Free People and Kate Middleton looked sleek in a felt dress by Amanda Wakeley that was so fitted it seemed like it had been sewn onto her–but I really loved the outfit Kate Beckinsale wore to go shopping at The Grove in Hollywood. Her trusted Nightingale tote by Givenchy alone is lustworthy, but it was her fur vest that made the outfit pop. Worn with wide leg jeans and clogs, she looked tall and cozy while transitioning to cooler temperatures. Fur vests are always a bit hit or miss to me, but with the sleek lines of her tank and pants the effect was anything but unruly.
SHOP THE LOOK:
[Photo from Bluefly - Givenchy Distressed Sheepskin 'Nightingale' Medium Bag in Taupe, was $1960,