Venice Film Festival 2018 is almost over (the awards ceremony will be on Saturday, September 8th) and it’s time to recall all the beautiful dresses we saw on the red carpet in these days. Festivals are not only about movies, but spotlights are all for the amazing gowns worn by actresses and top models. Venice red carpet revealed a lot about the trends we’re going to experience next season: here’s The Blonde Salad top 5!
Feathers, feathers, feathers!
On the red carpet, celebrities love to surprise. And when a fashion victim like Lady Gaga is one of the most awaited celebrities at the Lido, we are sure to experience an epic fashion moment. Mission accomplished: she wore the most acclaimed dress of the latest Paris Haute Couture Week, Valentino pink pastel feathered gown. Cate Blanchett, as well, opted for this dramatic detail for her stunning Armani Privé dress.
The “red” carpet
It’s not so easy to wear red on the red carpet. But in Venice, “le rouge” had a leading role on the most daring looks. Bianca Balti stunned wearing a red ruffled skirt matched to an oversized shirt (the whole outfit was designed by Italian fast fashion chain Ovs). Dakota Johnson, in red as well, was amazing in her Dior Haute Couture gown.
The metal trend is going to shine even in the upcoming months, and Venice red carpet is the proof. Photographers’ flashes were captured by Natalie Portman sequined evening dress, designed by Gucci: it was a golden dream! Irina Shayk was a golden goddess in her vintage Versace metal mesh dress.
Venice 75 red carpet was an explosion of bold and audacious colours, and fuchsia was one of the trendiest shade at the event. Naomi Watts surprised everybody with her amazing Armani Privé pink dress, while Lottie Moss opted for the same bubblegum shade on her tulle Ermanno Scervino gown.
Venice wasn’t only about bold shades and daring trends. Celebrities couldn’t resist to the romantic charm of nude tones, like Sara Sampaio, dressed in Armani Privé, and Emma Stone, that balanced the delicate embroideries on her Louis Vuitton gown with an ample neckline.
Venice Film Festival 2018 red carpet shined for many fabulous celebrity outfits. Discover them all in our gallery below!
Most would assume they couldn’t possibly find a well-fitting jean without trying it on. When you don’t know your size in a particular brand, or what style, cut, or silhouette you’re looking for, you can end up waiting in a 30-minute-long changing room line, only to end up sweating just two pairs in.
But what if we told you that you could find the perfect baby blues without even having to try them on? We asked members of Refinery29’s fashion team for the pairs they swear by to save you the stress (consider this our version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). If you’re long overdue for some denim you won’t hate wearing, go ahead: Here you’ll find a pair ahead for every style, budget, and body booty.
“You know the magic that was felt when the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants discovered a perfect pair of jeans which fit everyone like a glove? That same magic is what overcame my body first time I threw these on. While I don’t plan on sharing *my* pair with anyone else, I do recommend everyone go out and buy them. Their wide-leg, sexy button-down sides are full of J.Lo circa “Jenny from the Block,” but there’s still a slouchy, tailored fit that gives them a dressed-up edge. How often do you come across a pair of jeans you can wear on a Friday night out and a Monday in the office? I wear these jeans so much, my coworkers are probably sick of seeing them.”- Ray Lowe, Fashion Market Editor
3×1 Joy Snap Away Jean Riva, $425, available at 3×1
“Let me preface this by saying: I hate wearing pants. I really do. Proportion-wise, nothing is more frustrating than trying to find a pair that doesn’t gape at my waist, but also fits over my thighs and behind, and aren’t too long for my 5’2″ stature, which is why I tend to avoid shopping for jeans altogether. These Good American ones, however, are one of the more recent denim purchases I’ve made. I love the cropped length, the wash, how soft they are (I hate when jeans feel starchy), and the high- (but not too high) rise.”- Erin Cunningham, Fashion News Director
“I swear The Gap has somehow stolen my measurements, because their jeans have always fit me since as long as I remember, no matter what size I’ve been. I’ve got healthy calves, average thighs, and a substantial butt — without much of a waist, and their jeans never make me feel like a sausage but aren’t weirdly roomy in spots that don’t need to be roomy. I like my jeans to have zero stretch, and their originals are made with that really rigid denim, and I’m currently into their wider silhouettes. I own this cropped pair in three styles and washes!” – Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer
Gap Cone Denim® High Rise Wide-straight Jeans, $36.99, available at Gap
“I like my jeans super high-waisted, but being just barely over five-feet tall, it’s rare that I don’t have to cut the bottoms of my jeans for them to hit that sweet-spot right above the ankle. These, though, check all the boxes. The straight leg is elongating without being too skinny, and the fit overall is at a flattering middle ground between second-skin and relaxed. They hit right at the waist up top and at the perfect length at the bottom, and you bet the back looks just as good as the front, too.” – Alyssa Coscarelli, Senior Fashion Market Editor
BDG Girlfriend High-rise Longline Jean – Dark Wash, $59, available at Urban Outfitters
“Thankfully for my curves, plus-size denim has vastly improved in the last few years. I have three go-to denim brands, depending on my need/budget. If I have more money to work with and need a classic, wear-with-anything style, I go for NYDJ. They’re super-comfy, and the fit is fantastic. If I want something a bit more fashion-forward with a classic twist, I go for Melissa McCarthy. Their fit is so spot-on for me that I think I must have the same measurements as their fit model. If I’m on a tighter budget and want a well-fitting but still unique and edgy look, I go to Eloquii. They are one of the most trend-focused plus brands out there, and thanks to them I don’t have to wait an entire year to try current trends!” – Liz Black, Plus-Size Contributor
Eloquii Peach Lift Jean, $89.9, available at Eloquii
“To me, killer jeans means being able to wear them every day of the week without anyone noticing. The Liya cut from Citizens of Humanity aren’t too skinny, aren’t too boxy, and have an amazing rise. Read: You can style them a million different ways and your colleagues will be none the wiser. Sure, they’ll loosen a bit if you (like me) wear them Monday through Friday but that just adds to their charm. Plus, they come in several different washes so if you’re opposed to wearing the same pants back-to-back you can swap them out for a lighter or darker pair.” – Annie Georgia Greenberg, Video Producer and Fashion Editor-At-Large
Citizens of Humanity Liya High Rise Classic Fit in Fade Out, $268, available at Citizens of Humanity
“Shopping for vintage jeans that fit just right is far from a timely process. So, when I found these AGOLDE loose-fitting jeans at American Two Shot a few months ago, I couldn’t resist the urge to get jeans that look vintage, without any of the work. I saw them, somehow knew they’d fit like a glove, and was at the register checking out five minutes later. Fate, or just really good jeans? Either way, I’ll probably be back for pair #2 pretty soon.”- Eliza Huber, Fashion Market Writer
AGOLDE ’90s Mid Rise Loose Fit in Reunion, $198, available at Agolde
“It took me a really long time to come around to wearing pants, denim included. I’m short, my hips are non-existent, and my butt is pretty big for my frame, which makes it hard to buy a pair of bottoms right off the rack. However, these cropped Loup jeans offer just the right amount of stretch and the length is perfect. I want them in every wash now!”- Chaning Hargrove, Fashion Writer
Loup Dark Indigo Simone Jeans, $165, available at Loup
“Though I don’t advocate spending too much money on vintage jeans, I can still admit that they’re worth it. They age well, and if you take good care of them (pro tip: never, ever wash them), they’ll last you a lifetime. (And last someone else a lifetime, too.)”- Landon Peoples, Fashion Features Writer
The decision is already made to purchase new shoes or boots. Now the focus is on finding footwear that meets your needs. You can simplify the process by asking yourself four basic questions. The answers will point you in the direction of a reputable brand and be able to find the style and type that you need.
Which Brands Have Features That Help With My Foot Issues?
Not all brands have designs capable of helping with different types of foot issues. Maybe your arches are not that strong, or perhaps you have some other issue that requires excellent cushioning or a little extra room in the toe box. It pays to identify brands that do have the features you need to enjoy the maximum amount of comfort. You’ll find that brands that offer orthotic friendly selections will work well and ensure those new shoes are kind to your feet.
Do I Need Shoes For a Special Occasion?
Perhaps you need another pair of shoes because some special event or occasion is coming up soon. What is that occasion? If it calls for certain types of dress, you can bet that the shoes need to match.
The occasion may be an important job interview. Perhaps it’s a first date. You may be preparing to participate in your first run to raise money for a charity. Whatever the nature of the event, it pays to choose a brand that has designs for all types of occasions. Brands like Clarks shoes are perfect for these and quite a few other events.
Which Brands are Made to Last?
You already know that many of the brands found in discount stores will only last for so long. That may be fine if you don’t mind spending money on something that will need replacing in a matter of months. When you prefer to invest in footwear that holds up well for a long time, Clarks is an obvious choice. The combination of quality, style, and comfort will ensure you get plenty of use in exchange for making the purchase.
Which Brands are in My Price Range?
Not everyone can purchase footwear without checking the price first. While you may need to keep the cost within a certain amount, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lower quality shoes or boots. Choosing the proper brand means you have access to affordable prices and quality.
Now is the time to check out the different styles and colours. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the range of options and how easy it is to find exactly what you want. Once you try a pair of a quality brand, you will never wonder where to go for quality footwear again.
Like an M.C. Escher illustration of the apparel world, these jeans will confuse and dumbfound you to the point of extreme mental exhaustion. You’ll ask yourself questions, like: Where do they begin? Where do they end? Where is the nearest dumpster for me to jump into?
What’s wrong with a simple boot cut?
Image: Cie denim
And if the design of these denim products alone don’t bewilder you, please consider their outrageous cost. The shorts and pants made by Cie Denim are being sold for $385 and $495, respectively. Read more…
Meghan Markle’s beauty evolution, from her Deal or No Deal days to becoming a British royal
Meghan Markle has recently undergone a major beauty and fashion transformation. From Hollywood actress to British royalty. It’s been a real treat to see how Meghan‘s new role has inspired her beauty and fashion looks.
The former Suits actress has always had a timeless style, but there’s definitely been a shift in the last few years. Lately, it’s been rare to see Meghan wear bold makeup, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t played around with her looks before becoming a royal. While she’s embraced a more natural look more recently, it’s fun to see her past beauty choices.
Let’s take a look at Meghan Markle’s beauty evolution, shall we?
1. 2006 Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Meghan Markle hit the scene as a briefcase model on the game show Deal or No Deal. Her makeup was more on the heavy side. It was matte, with a bit of contouring. Her eyes were also heavily defined, though not overlined, with big, fluttery lashes. It was super glam.
2. 2006 Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group/Getty Image
At an event for The National Kidney Foundation, we saw the very beginning of Meghan’s legendary messy bun. She paired it with smoky blue eyeliner and a pink lip. She looked super youthful and sweet.
3. 2007 Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action/Getty Images
Meghan attended the Golden Globes gifting suite with long, wavy hair. Those parted long bangs were so 2007, too. She was also rocking a similar eyeliner and pink cheek look as the year before.
4. 2009 Amanda Edwards / Stringer/Getty Images
At the DPA pre-Emmy Lounge, she opted for a more natural look, one that we’re used to seeing today. Her makeup was a lot more subtle with a hint of blush and minimal eye makeup.
5. 2010 Charley Gallay / Stringer/Getty Images
Meghan visited the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont. She looked like a total L.A. cool-girl. Her look was casual and sleek. Meghan kept her hair straight and paired it with soft, pastel makeup. The pale pink blush, icy eyeshadow, and lip gloss were very on-trend for the time.
6. 2011 Michael Kovac /Getty Images
Looking like the duchess we know today, Meghan arrived at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner with fresh-looking makeup. She kept her lips nude and her blush subtle. Her hair was also longer than we had seen it, and she added layers and caramel highlights, too.
7. 2011 Charley Gallay / Stringer/Getty Images
At the launch of Alexa Chung’s Madewell Collection, Meghan went for her signature natural look, but she spiced it up with a frosty pink lip. It gave her a fun, summery vibe.
8. 2012 Alexandra Wyman / Getty Images
In 2012, Meghan started upping the glam factor. Her dress was more sophisticated, and it perfectly matched her long, wavy hair. We also love her flirty, sultry eye makeup and bold brows.
9. 2012 D Dipasupil/FilmMagic/Getty Images
The pop of purple on Meghan’s eyelid was a fun twist to her usual style. She definitely brought some glitz to her look without really straying from her aesthetic. We love the combination of her simple, slicked-back ponytail with her makeup.
10. 2012 Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
Meghan gave us a ’70s vibe with her retro-inspired outfit, sultry makeup, and big curls.
11. 2013 Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Meghan showed up at a Golden Globes After-Party with elegant and timeless makeup. She wore her hair in what has now become her signature loose chignon, minus the middle hair part. Her skin looked radiant and glowy.
12. 2014 Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for CIROC Vodka
The actress was an absolute vision at the 2013 Elton John AIDS Foundation Enduring Vision Benefit. She looked positively regal. Her hair was in its trademark chignon. Her makeup was even more subtle than ever before.
13. 2014 Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images
We love how sweet and subtle Meghan’s cat-eye was at the NBC Upfronts. She kept her eye makeup glam with false lashes and black eyeliner. Her hair was also simple, but not boring.
14. 2015 Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Meghan brought the glamour to the CFDA Awards in 2015. She went a bit heavier on the foundation and added a dramatic smoky eye, but she perfectly paired it with a nude lip. Her makeup didn’t look caked on or overdone; it was perfect for the occasion. And by flipping her hair to the side, she gave it a touch of sultriness.
15. 2015 J. Countess/WireImage/Getty Images
Meghan briefly brought back her baby pink lip and rosy blush. It complemented her wispy false lashes beautifully. Since her hair was pulled back, it really let her features shine.
16. 2016 Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images
In one of her most dramatic makeup looks yet, Meghan wore a berry red lip with a bold smoky eye and loose waves.
17. 2016 Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
Meghan clearly loved wearing long, full lashes in 2015 and 2016. It gave her a lot of room to go more natural with the rest of her makeup. The soft pink lip, her rose-colored cheeks, and full brows gave her an Audrey Hepburn-esque look. She is still rocking this style today.
18. 2017 Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
During this time, Meghan was dating Prince Harry. She went as his date to the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games. She had her classic middle hair part and fresh-faced makeup. Her eye makeup was a bit heavier than usual, but she looked smoldering. She was starting to skew more conservative in her outfits but still stayed true to her own aesthetic.
19. 2017 Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Who can forget how gorgeous Meghan looked when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement? Her hair was voluminous and perfectly wavy. She even had subtle caramel highlights. Her makeup was natural, and very much styled the way we’re used to seeing her now.
20. 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Christmas 2017 was the first time we saw Meghan in a very British look. She, of course, knocked it out of the park. She also kept her hair simple with loose waves. Her beige coat and fascinator are what really stole the show.
21. 2018 Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Meghan spent the winter before her wedding going to royal events. While these would’ve intimidated most of us, she stayed true to herself the entire time. She refused to let go of her beloved messy bun. Fly-aways be damned!
22. 2018 Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images
We can’t forget Meghan’s royal wedding beauty look. She started a new trend of fresh-faced bridal beauty. She had the most natural makeup in the history of royal weddings and she even had her go-to chignon. It was flawless and unforgettable.
Timeless and elegant,we love a navy dress! And we often see them pop up in real weddings, particularly come autumn/winter as brides look to create a sophisticated palette often with a hint of sparkle. Navy is a gorgeous choice for your bridesmaids and if you’re a fan of the mix and match look, it’s an easy colour to work with. Dresses with embellishments are big news at the mo and that’s not going to change come over the next few months with lots of pretty pieces with a hint of sparkle making an appearance in both bridal boutiques and on the high street, and there are plenty fab navy finds around at the mo. If you’re in shopping mode for your own autumn or winter bash, we’ve rounded up some beauts for you below…