Parkas represent everything antifashion; they're practical, long-lasting, timeless, and perhaps a bit boring by some standards. But stylish women across the globe have claimed the boyish coats as their own and shown us how to style these cold-weather staples to make them look as good as any £2,000 pink Carven cocoon coat. The key is to mix things up, so don't be afraid to wear your parka with heels, or tote a luxury leather bag with your utilitarian coat. As celeb fans Fearne Cotton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Suki Waterhouse show, the joy of the parka is that it can be thrown over any outfit, rain or shine. This Winter, look for prints, unusual colours, leather trims, or contrast sleeves for an extra dose of drama. Shop some of our favourite finds below.
Sarah Jessica Parker premiered her new docu-series, city.ballet., at Tribeca Cinemas in NYC last night. The new series, which airs online at AOL On, doesn't star SJP, but it does feature the dancers in the New York City Ballet and follows them as they put on shows. Sarah Jessica is serving as the executive producer and creator for the web series, and she is also a board member on NYCB, which means that she is sure to get unprecedented access to the company and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage.
Sarah Jessica was joined on the red carpet by Peter Martins, the NYCB master in chief. She also got a chance to interview Peter in a behind-the-scenes look at city.ballet., where he talked about what makes his ballet company so special and why regular folks shouldn't be afraid to go see a ballet. Peter isn't the only NYCB star that SJP got to interview — she also got one-on-one time with Dara, the woman who organizes and manages all of the ballet slippers for the dancers. Being a former dancer herself, Sarah Jessica got understandably excited when looking at all the shoes and even admitted that she would never dare try on one of the head ballerina's shoes.
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, and we're gearing up for the biggest night in TV with a look back at the show's best moments from the past. The Emmys celebrate our small-screen favorites, including hot leading men, funny comedians, and the best dramatic actors — and we can't wait to see who wins big this time around. See a full list of this year's nominees, and click through to see the stars from Emmy's past!
Last night's New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala was an opportunity for some of New York's most famous residents to step out in striking strapless gowns. Natalie Portman was there on the arm of ballet beau Benjamin Millepied, who was premiering his fifth work for the NYCB. She wore head-to-toe Dior, including a textured couture gown with blue and yellow panels. Sarah Jessica Parker, meanwhile, blended ballet and fashion perfectly as she accompanied designers Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens down the red carpet. Both designers have created costumes for the NYCB's Autumn program, and they collaborated on Sarah's gown for the gala (Gurung designed the top, Theyskens the skirt). These were two very different looks with one thing in common — that shoulder-baring silhouette. But which look did you love the most?
Sarah Jessica Parker made a stunning arrival at the New York City Ballet's 2013 Fall Gala in Manhattan on Thursday night. She was joined on the red carpet by Olivier Theyskens and Prabal Gurung, who not only both designed her dress, but also provided custom-made costumes for the evening's dance productions. Also on hand for the black-tie bash was a Christian Dior-clad Natalie Portman, who showed up on the arm of her choreographer husband, Benjamin Millepied. Benjamin, who is the founder of the LA Dance Project and future director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, premiered his latest work for the NYCB during the event.
Another couple who have an affinity towards ballet is Drew Barrymore and husband, Will Kopelman, who have gotten dolled up and attended the soirée together in past years. Drew has been busy mixing fancy events with sweet family time during her time in the Big Apple this month. In addition to exploring the city with Will and their daughter, Olive, this week, she brought her baby girl along to help celebrate close pal Jimmy Fallon's birthday. Drew also stepped out alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for a fragrance launch at the Guggenheim Museum recently, and we chatted with her about the pros and cons of New York Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week has almost come to a close! The festivities started off with a bang at last Wednesday night's Style Awards. The event brought out stars like Kate Upton, Rachel Zoe, and Nicole Richie, and even more fashion-loving celebs have stepped out to take in the shows as the week progessed. A-list designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, and Alexander Wang have all shown their Spring 2014 collections around the city, so we've naturally seen some very star-studded front rows. Celebs like Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, and Kanye West have stepped out to take in the runway shows, as well as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who walked the red carpet together at the Lexus Design Disrupted event. We'll be keeping an eye on all the celebrities to pop up at New York Fashion Week, so check back as we keep updating the fun!
Black was the color of the night on Thursday at the Lexus Design Disrupted during New York Fashion Week. Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend all wore head-to-toe dark ensembles, while Neil Patrick Harris opted to play the fashion rebel and wear a navy blue blazer. The star-studded event was one of the first fetes to kick off Fashion Week, which officially started yesterday. SJP, the Olsen twins, and John weren't the only stars who were taking part in the Big Apple's most stylish bash — be sure to check out all the stars at New York Fashion Week!
For celebrities, sitting front row at Fashion Week is pretty much a given — but what happens when you find out that you're sitting alongside the Anna Wintour? The Vogue editrix is famous for her self-assured, slightly intimidating, poker-faced Fashion Week presence, and earning a seat next to her could easily be a dream come true for most fashion-loving celebs. It also sets in motion a longtime industry superstition: does earning a coveted spot next to Anna also nab you a Vogue cover?
Just in time for the start of Fashion Week, we're taking a look back at some of the stars who have been seated next to Anna during the shows — and taking a tally of whether or not they've graced the glossy cover of Vogue. Click through to start keeping score.
— Additional reporting by Robert Khederian
The Serpentine Summer party in London attracted quite the fashion set, with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell dressed to impress in their own iterations of all black on Wednesday evening. Other stylish attendees included Sarah Jessica Parker, Georgia May Jagger, and the host of the evening, designer L'Wren Scott. It's all in today's Fashion Flash.
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Anyone who's anyone in London, celebrated in Hyde Park last night at the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party. Not quite the Met Gala, the Serpentine soiree does however support the arts and brings out the best dressed of the season. As expected, everyone looked incredible decked out in the host's label, L'Wren Scott and many other British brands. Their beauty looks were equally impressive. Many showed up in nude lipstick, smoky eyes and perfectly coiffed hair and makeup. Scroll through to see more of what I mean up close!