At WhoWhatWear.com, we spend countless hours dissecting celebrity outfits, trying to determine why certain looks are so special, interesting, or just cuter than the rest. While we¬'ve yet to hit upon a universal truth thus far, we have realized that sometimes all it takes is the addition of a single unexpected or fashion-forward item. Today¬'s trendsetting muses are great examples of this theory, as they all wonderfully demonstrate of-the-moment looks.
Though leather (or leather-like) leggings are not a new look per se, socialite Byrdie Bell makes them look fresh again. We appreciate the fact that she picked a cropped pair of leather pants; the shorter length lends a little polish to this distinctive piece. But more importantly, we¬'re quite fond of her uber-distressed top, as it adds a modern touch to the rock¬'n¬'roll pants. If you don¬'t already own a similarly skintight pair, we suggest checking out either Blank¬'s Skinny Pleather Pants ($78) or Paige Denim¬'s Rockingham Super Skinny Leather Pants ($595). If you¬'re hankering for an equally distressed top, definitely check out Alexander Wang¬'s spring collection, including his Baggy Sweater ($395) and Baggy Long Sleeve Sweater ($595). We know not everyone wants to spend so much on a single piece, so we found additional options. T-shirt aficionados might like Raquel Allegra¬'s Shredded Tank ($198), while thrifty readers should visit Behind The Seams for DIY instructions on how to create a Wang-inspired thrashed top!
As you¬'ve surely noticed, we have a great love for the classic tux jacket, particularly when it¬'s worn in a current way. Lou Doillon wore this traditional piece¬--mixed with silver and white sequins¬--to an Etam party in Paris and looked exceptionally great. Whether you decide to use a sparkly piece you already own, a vintage piece, or pick up something new (like the drool-inducing Midnight Sequin Dress ($352) by Ksubi or the Bolt Sequin Dress ($93) by WPQ), just balance the glitz with a sober jacket. As far as tuxes go, don¬'t miss Something¬'s Knit Jersey Tux Jacket ($156): it¬'s a killer piece at an excellent price!
Though there are many reasons we like Alexa Chung¬'s style, the tastemaker¬'s eye for detail definitely tops that list. Seen here at the ELLE Style Awards Party in London, Chung selected a simple white Charles Anastase Silk Sundress ($920) and beautifully understated pair of Luella by Georgina Goodman Anne T-Bar Shoes ($1011), both excellent choices. Of course, what really made this outfit is the jewelry, which transforms what would otherwise be a simple look into something interesting and cool. While Chung¬'s jumble of long and short necklaces includes an Augustina Jewellery Race Horse Charm ($220), obviously you can use any necklaces and pendants to get your own version of her style. If you¬'re simply stumped for options, try Arden B.¬'s Long Rope Necklace ($18) layered with Jami Rodriguez¬'s Ahoy Charm Necklace ($147), and perhaps throw in Topshop¬'s Ditzy Teddy Bear Pendant ($40) for a little fun!
One thing we noticed at New York Fashion Week was the preponderance of leather shorts on the runways¬--they were everywhere! Unsurprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow¬'s already ahead of the trend, as she wore a pair by Proenza Schouler to a screening at the Sunshine Cinema. (Curious minds: the rest of her outfit is also Proenza Schouler, save for her bag, which is Tod¬'s Rounded Bracelet Clutch from their Fall 09 collection.) If you¬'re ready to swap out your beloved cutoffs for a more luxe pair of leather shorts, there are already a few products on the market. Try either Cheap Monday¬'s Samantha Leather Short ($90) or Silence & Noise¬'s All Black Short ($55) for a relatively inexpensive version of the look.
We could point out so many amazing things about the ensemble Nicole Richie wore to the Andy Lecompte Salon Party: the amazing custom-made House of Harlow 1960 headpiece, stunning color of her gorgeous Issa Pleat Poncho ($500), or elegant simplicity of her nude Christian Louboutin heels. Though we adore all of these elements, today we must focus on her perfect vintage purse. The neutral snakeskin clutch is exactly what we¬'re craving right now. It¬'s an ideal accessory, as it can go with so many different outfits, not to mention the fact that python-print pieces were all over the spring runways. If you don¬'t have this key item in your wardrobe, you might like Hobo International¬'s Tango Clutch ($142) or Sondra Roberts New York¬'s Python Leather Flap Clutch in Natural ($210). If want a dress reminiscent of Richie¬'s poncho, try the Issa Silk Jersey Print Dress ($410). Finally, if you¬'re jonesing for a similar head adornment, her exact accessory is available as a made-to-order piece at the Andy Lecompte Salon (310.273.4100). If you can¬'t wait for custom, just pick up the very similar House of Harlow 1960 3-Strand Diamond Plate Head Piece ($205), also available at the Andy Lecompte Salon!
Our final styling tip today comes from the fearless Taylor Momsen. The actress continues to play with daring trends¬--which is appropriate, given her age, and fun to watch¬--most recently stepping out in a silky Jen Kao Jumpsuit ($1045, available at Curve NY 212.966.3626). The viscose playsuit has a lovely sheen and we like the way the material drapes too; it¬'s dressy in a completely unexpected way. Most jumpsuits are quite expensive, but Topshop¬'s got a slew of affordable options. We like the Silk All In One Playsuit ($80), which is available in a few colors, as well as the Helena Silk Playsuit ($90). The latter is a short suit, but it¬'s equally cute!