When Charlize Theron donned a neutral suede bootie with cropped cargos, we decided maybe it's time to stop wearing black shoes all the time. It looked fresh and light, just in time for Spring's warm weather, sheer, gauzy fabrics, and softer palette. These booties will go with everything, but they'll look killer with the season's short, flowy dresses. Check out our editor picks for five perfect neutral booties.
On this year's Oscar red carpet, Fab spotted two color trends amongst the ladies: subtle sparkle and red-hot sirens. Here are a few ways to make your next gym visit red hot and sparkly: Nike fleece striped hoodie ($40), Puma fitness bag ($45), Adidas shiny capri pants ($30), Nike training tank ($20), Kate Spade gold tote ($365), Diesel sneakers ($64), Sigg bottle ($25), Madewell shimmer dust tee ($58).
One of the biggest trends of the Oscars' red carpet was the lovely march of ethereal sparkle via nude or blush gowns. Halle Berry shone in Marchesa, Mandy Moore glowed in Monique Lhuillier, and a bevy of stars proved that a little sparkle is a big way to shine. It's a refreshingly easy trend to work into your wardrobe: try a sparkly J.Crew skirt ($350) with a nude tank, or just do a little glitter for work with a cream cardigan ($29). Click items to buy.
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In the September issue of Vogue, Halle Berry lets writer Jonathan Van Meter into her life, and home. (He's actually the first writer Berry has allowed into her house!) I enjoyed reading about the actress's interior design style, which included lots of photographs and artwork, including some unexpected pieces.
In the article, Van Meter writes,
There is also surprising art: mostly modern painting and sculpture, a lot of it of a sexual nature. In her living room there is a very tall statue by Curt Brill of a naked woman looking out to sea. "I love the naked female form," she says. "I just feel like that's the most empowered position you can be in. She is standing tall in all her nakedness, and she is just commanding the room. Everything revolves around her in the house. I love it."
While not all of us can afford a Curt Brill sculpture, such as "Lisa," shown here, we can add some art to our homes that celebrates the feminine form. See some of my finds below.
Is it just us or is the Banana Republic Spring 2009 collection as chic (if not more so) than some of the Spring 09 collections we saw in the tents this year? The gliding silks, the rolled up sleeves, the jumpsuits, the color palette of mint, ice blue, nude, and white--it's all too much to handle! As Simon Kneen first full collection for for the brand, we are now prepared to belive that Banana Republic will be the chicest new style destination in the contemporary price bracket. Which makes us wonder if Kneen has been at the helm since January (even if this is his first full collection) have they been achieving this level of chic for months now? We've just been distracted by their sale section (which is so unsightly!) or the fact that the closest one to us is on Broadway which is the Bermuda Triangle of tourist shopping. As a penance, we will be making a stop at their store this weekend...if Spring is this fantastic there must be something to tide us over from the Fall collection.
Last Fall we were being hit over the head with trend reports and runway galleries of nude: the 'pop' color for Spring 08. But did it ever manifest? Sure, we've seen the florals (the runner up to nudes as far as Spring 08 trends go) and the pleated trousers. We've seen the newest incarnations of gladiator sandals, the patent thick-strap heels we were expecting all along. Basically, the only trend that hasn't delivered is the nude, the one we were most excited about! We've two theories about the disappearance of this 'supposed' big-time trend. First, it's the nature of nude to blend in. Stark, natural tones like these tend to disappear once you put on those bright red sandals and that pair of electric blue sunglasses. Nudes, all along, were editorialized with pops of color and perhaps this trend has hit the streets and we just don't notice it, because, in the end, life isn't like it is in the magazines. The other possibility, the one we're most sure of, is that people aren't wearing enough nude. If you're wearing one garment that touches on the trend, well, you're just wearing a color. To really establish itself, there need be a few daring fashionistas willing to do the Claire Huxtable and dress in nude from head to toe. We're going to do it, and if you're with us, a spread of possibilities is below.