Stars literally sparkled from LA to New York to Paris, where the onset of fashion week brought out a particularly high dose of total glamour. Among the standouts, we spotted Bar Rafaeli glowing in a cutout gown, Margherita showing off Missoni's signature sequins and color, and Crystal Renn — who literally made our jaws drop — in a slinky gold Zac Posen. Of course, there are more inspiring style moments inside — we're looking at you, Miranda Kerr. Click through for Miranda's standout street style in Paris, Kate Bosworth's perfect Fall denim and loafers, and lots more of our fashionable favorites.
Dressed in a beautiful, white Roberto Cavalli gown, Heidi Klum joined Bar Refaeli, Lindsay Lohan, and an elite group at amfAR's Milano gala last night. The philanthropic celebration signals the start of Milan's Fashion Week and brought out a mix of designers, models, and stars. Guests were entertained with a duet from John Legend and Raphael Saadiq of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amore." John was accompanied by girlfriend Chrissy Teigen, who watched from the crowd while he auctioned off two private performances that raised nearly $400,000 Euros for AIDS research. Heidi also took the stage to present Kenneth Cole with an award and later dined with friends and her Project Runway costar Nina Garcia. Lindsay Lohan made an appearance and posed for photos with Margherita Missoni and brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared. The fashion world turns its attention to Italy in the upcoming days with Spring 2012 presentations coming down the runway from designers like Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana — stay up to date on all the latest trends with our Fashion Week coverage!
Fashion's Night Out's Fashion Show Featured a Dancing Gisele, a Rapping Pharrell, and a Whole Lot of Designer Duds
>> The audience at tonight's Fashion's Night Out fashion show wasn't limited to the 1,500 ticket-holders — crowds gathered behind police barricades across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza for a glimpse of New York City's largest fashion show. Those who were lucky enough to nab tickets to the show were treated to a concentric-circled runway setup, with rows no more than two deep. Not only that, but among the audience was a large smattering of designers — Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, and Donna Karan among them; models — Lauren Hutton, Bar Rafaeli, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann; and other industry figures, including Anna Wintour, with favorites Blake Lively and Roger Federer next to her, and Si Newhouse himself. Bee Shaffer arrived 45 minutes early to the event, holding hands with boyfriend Jake Hurwitz.
Anna Wintour's fears that the show, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, would begin late were unmerited — it started on the dot with Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" playing on the loudspeaker as spotlights searched the audience and the fountain in the center of the setup rose and then fell.
As the audience looked for Gisele Bundchen, set to open the show's 171 looks, a Fashion's Night Out doubledecker bus pulled up next to the Plaza, carrying Bundchen, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Trentini, Sasha Pivovarova, Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, and Karlie Kloss, each dressed in a Fashion's Night Out tee paired with a long ballgown skirt and heels. The twelve models dismounted the bus one by one, forming a line in front of the Plaza steps as the rest of the 150 model cast filled in behind them.
Gisele leading the way, the twelve openers made their way around the fountain, soon followed by groups of models clipping by showcasing "Fifties Flair," "Tartan Twist," "Rock Chic," "Go Global," and "Jazz-Age Cool." Each group wormed their way around the circular runway, the models coming in quick succession, highly choreographed and sometimes stopping and turning. A few were suffering from their heels by the end — Rose Cordero and Heidi Mount among them — and those in the "Weekend Wrap-Up" group, all swathed in capes and jackets, had sweat rolling from their temples after all the parading, thanks to the humid Indian Summer air.
Pharrell Williams popped up on the center fountain to close the extravaganza in a surprise performance, and Gisele and the rest of the openers paraded and danced back to the bus, this time in full-on designer gowns, with Naomi Campbell in the finale spot. As Pharrell joined them, he encouraged the audience — ticketed and not — to shop New York, because after all, that was the whole point of this 15-minute shindig. So will it work?
Where Will Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, and More Be For Fashion's Night Out 2010?
>> Fashion's Night Out is back with even more bang in its second year: in addition to a CBS special documenting the occasion, the official directory for the event — scheduled Sept. 10, from 6-11 pm —boasts almost 1,000 events, including a public fashion show for the first time ever. Check out some of the highlights, below.
1. Karl Lagerfeld Will Be In Town
He's hosting a Chanel dinner the night before Fashion's Night Out, and accepting a Fashion Visionary Award (from the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology) at a luncheon the day of, so he's definitely in New York for the occasion. Word is he'll be at Chanel's Soho store — where they're also offering complimentary manicures and selling the forthcoming Les Khakis de Chanel nail polish collection for one night. Alternatively, the 57th Street Chanel boutique is offering visitors the option to color-customize their very own pair of iconic Chanel ballet flats.
We already looked at tons of photos from all over and some great video of Fashion's Night Out fun that happened yesterday evening, but so much went down we wanted to make sure you saw all the action! From Justin Timberlake and the Olsen twins to Josh Hartnett and Taylor Momsen — look through at the moments you may have missed!
It's Summer and apparently celebrities, like the rest of us, want to take it easy — even at a big red carpet event. In the past few days alone, Molly Sims, Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski, model Bar Rafaeli, and actress Charlyne Yi have all gone with unstyled hair and barely-there makeup that looks a lot more normal-girl than Hollywood starlet. They're totally gorgeous, of course, but they're so low on drama that some of you think it's inappropriate for a premiere. I'd say this is smart thinking on the part of women who know there's nothing cool about melting into a puddle of lipstick and foundation, but would you like to see more natural-looking stars all year 'round? And do you think we'll see even more lovely ladies try this look, or is it for the young, beautiful, and perfectly complected only?
>> INSIDER WIRE —Television's fascination with all things fashion continues — MTV is said to be reviving House of Style, the '90s show that focused on all things fashion and was hosted by Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, and Shalom Harlow throughout its 11-year run. Contracts have gone out to Bar Rafaeli and Chanel Iman — maybe her ChanelImanTV channel was a tryout? — but neither has officially signed on yet. If one falls through, Coco Rocha would be an entertaining option, as her Style.com videos prove. [Page Six]
I know it's hard, but try to pry your eyes away from Bar's piercing blue eyes and focus on her ivory camisole. This romantic cut combined with an ivory hue is soft, sexy, and makes for a great evening look. Take inspiration from the Hurley spokesmodel and pair this delicate top with an edgy bottom. I like how Bar contrasted her ivory silk charmeuse tank with a black high-waisted leather skirt. Both by Hurley, both hot.