We're two weeks into the New Year and couldn't be more thrilled about all of the exciting fashion reporting that is to come! And on that note, we've made it our number one resolution to provide you, dear readers, with loads of exemplary fashion facts and outfit inspiration to keep you on trend and stylish for all 365 days of 2011. So without further ado, we bring to you the year's first edition of What Was She Wearing: Answers!, complete with five stellar ensembles you've been dying to know more about. From Emmy Rossum's cozy airport style to Lauren Conrad's perfect neutral picks, read on for all the information you need to create similar flashbulb-worthy ensembles.
Refined and polished red carpet looks are clearly Lauren Conrad's forte. The TV star/designer/author once again dressed to impress when she arrived at CoverGirl's 50th Anniversary celebration in West Hollywood last week, wearing Quail's Rapp Dress ($139). While you adored her neutral frock, it was her amazing snakeskin Jimmy Choo Ember Sandals ($1595, available here in Petrol Iradescent Elaphe) that gave this understated dress an intriguing and edgy finish. Fortunately, Conrad's clever mix of high and low fashion is easy to recreate. We suggest picking up her exact dress, which also comes in a delightful array of colors and prints, and pairing it with either the High Rise Sandals ($99) or the Strap Dance Sandals ($195), both by Kenneth Cole. Whichever style you choose, the result will be a sweet combo perfect for date night!
Though there are many reasons to adore Kristen Bell--her flawless comedic timing, spot-on voiceover work on Gossip Girl, and perfectly blonde tresses--her divine off-duty outfits pretty much take the cake for you, dear readers! So of course we weren't surprised so many of you inquired about the delightful mix of neutrals she was spotted wearing late last year. You came across the witty actress leaving the Claridge's in London wearing Topshop's Shawl Collared Tux Jacket ($110, 212.966.9555) over a Reiss Liv Twist Sleeve Top ($103) and Ezra Trousers ($233). She completed her on-the-go ensemble with a pair of Kurt Geiger Victor Boots ($233) and a gray Love Quotes scarf, but her wonderful red Longchamp Gatsby Bag ($598) is what really made this look worth noting. To find yourself in an equally memorable outfit, you'll want to start by pairing Forever 21's Abstract Leopard Print Top ($18) with Topshop's Brushed Twill Tapered Trousers ($70), and then add Urban Renewal's Cropped Menswear Blazer ($30) and Deena & Ozzy's Heeled Lace-Up Boots ($30). Once you've picked up each of those stellar pieces, grab Tyler Rodan's Clinton Crossbody Bag ($69) to give your ensemble a spot-on splash of color!
Emmy Rossum has once again earned a spot on your one-to-watch list, thanks to her must-watch new television series--Shameless, which premiered on Showtime this past Sunday--and slew of enviable outfits, especially her recent incredibly cozy travel attire. Rossum was definitely cold-weather ready when she arrived at JFK airport last week clad in Ann Taylor's Cable Open Cardigan ($168) over LOFT's Button Down Blouse ($35) and Fifteen-Twenty leggings. Eugenia Kim's Jill Beanie ($195), Vkoo's Cashmere Fingerless Gloves ($122), and Stuart Weitzman's Elf Boots ($595) provide additional layers of warmth, while her CC Skye Motorcycle Onie Leather Crossbody Bag ($595) gives her easygoing look a chic finish. For your next jet-setting adventure, or any casual, chilly day for that matter, channel Rossum by picking up some key knit pieces. Rag & Bone's Chunky Knit Beanie ($80), Ella Moss' Highland Cardigan ($198), and 1717 Olive's Cashmere Fingerless Gloves ($88) are a few of our top picks. Just be sure to snag Pour la Victoire's Malorie Boots ($225) and Fossil's Vintage Re-Issue Flap Crossbody Bag ($148) to finalize your look with a Rossum-like panache.
When it comes to noteworthy dressing, statement-making pieces and vibrant colors aren't always necessary. The most minimal of outfits can be equally stunning and memorable, as Clemence Poesy demonstrated late last year. The French actress/model selected an all-noir ensemble for the reopening of The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel in New York, wearing a Chanel F/W 10 dress and peep-toe heels from the French fashion house's S/S 10 collection. Understated, yet elegant, we adore the subtlety of the frock's ruffle and pleat details and the simplicity of her footwear. For your own take on Poesy's modest picks, try Zara's Knitted Dress with Fantasy Front ($80) or Marc by Marc Jacobs' Oxford Dress ($388) with Badgley Mischka's Fuller Platform Pumps ($150).
Monochromatic layers and laidback accents make for a wonderful winter outfit, as Nicole Richie showed us last month. The 2010 Best Dressed MVP winner and current Lucky cover girl was spotted leaving a salon in West Hollywood wearing a Kimberly Ovitz sweater from the F/W 09 collection under a truly lust-worthy Rick Owens coat. The simplicity of Richie's black-on-black combo dresses up her otherwise more casual pieces--a Marc Jacobs beanie, Jet by Jon Eshaya jeans, plus House of Harlow 1960's Millie Loafers ($188) and Chelsea Sunglasses ($138)--resulting in a chic daytime ensemble. For a similarly savvy mix, try Topshop's Premium Drape Tux Jacket ($170) over Sparkle & Fade's Asymmetrical Shaker Boatneck Sweater ($59), and if needed, accessorize with Gap's Textured Beanie ($20) for an extra layer of warmth.--Jessica Baker
Photo of Kristen Bell, courtesy of INF; Photo of Nicole Richie and Emmy Rossum, courtesy of Splash; Photo of Clemence Poesy, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency