From this spring’s ubiquitous colored denim to celeb-fave printed pants, a girl could get sick of her old blue jeans. Luckily Madewell is bringing brand-new pairs to you, on a 14-city roadtrip in an Airstream van that kicked off in N.Y.C. Thursday with Elizabeth Olsen.
When Elizabeth Olsen first came on the scene, she wasn’t quite ready for everything that came with red carpet appearances. “I had no clue [what to wear], and I didn’t even like to wear dresses to begin with,” she tells FASHtrack. But now, “it’s fun, like playing dress-up.”
That “fun” with fashion comes courtesy of “so-cool” celebrity stylist Cher Coulter, who also dresses stars like Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller. “You literally have to use a stylist,” she says of life in the spotlight. “There’s no way you can figure it all out … Whatever you wear is like a huge statement out to the world.”
Describing her style as “schoolboy meets Faye Dunaway in Network,” she lists Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler among her favorite designers. But she also wears pieces from her sisters’ line, The Row, too. “I love all their jackets and their spring 2012 collection,” she reveals.
And while she may be relying on others for a bit of style help, she’s obviously doing something right; Olsen was one of just a few actresses at Chanel’s recent on-an-airplane runway show, receiving the invitation from Karl Lagerfeld himself. “It was my first big show and it was so cool,” she shares. “I’m a big fashion fan, so I really enjoyed it.” Tell us: What do you think of Olsen’s style so far?
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While those of us in our east coast office are still recovering from New York Fashion Week, our British counterparts are busy stylespotting all over London for — you guessed it — London Fashion Week. Here, read up on the latest from the chic shows and star-packed front rows:
Mulberry celebrated another “monster” hit when its latest collection showed at London’s Claridges on Sunday morning. Greeting front row attendees such as Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Olivia Palermo were two giant yeti creatures standing guard over the catwalk — and guests’ seats were covered in shaggy goat hide, too.
Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book Where The Wild Things Are (with English boarding school references tossed in), the collection was a mix of delicate lace and printed dresses teamed with chunky Mongolian fur jackets and shaggy gilets. Models were sporting the latest Mulberry bag, the Del Rey, named after singer Lana Del Rey, who sat front row with her white ostrich leather bespoke edition (and performed at a private dinner later that evening). The show closed playfully with The Muppet Show theme song.
Though stars like Palermo are fashion week veterans, actress Olsen confessed to being a newbie. “This is my first Mulberry show and my second fashion show ever,” she told PEOPLE beforehand. “I have no real reason to go to them. But I’ve heard Mulberry is quirky and fun so this is really exciting!”
New York Fashion Week is just a memory, but London Fashion Week is in full swing, and a slew of celebrities recently hopped the pond to see the latest in British style.
Over the weekend, Mulberry showed its fall 2012 collection at Claridge’s Hotel, with stars like Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks sitting front row (Vogue editrix Anna Wintour was there, too). The brand’s collection, inspired in part by Where the Wild Things Are, was an instant hit.
“It means everything’s game,” Olsen said of the show’s imaginative theme. “I really loved playing with the furs and the patterns and the lace and the beading.”
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Best known for micro floral prints and unabashedly feminine silhouettes, Erdem has become an offbeat industry darling. After Claudia Schiffer wore a runway look from his debut ready-to-wear collection in 2006, the designer went on to gain critical and capital success when Barneys New York became the brand’s primary stockist. (The Duchess of Cambridge helped put him on the map, as well.)
“We wanted it to be based on a relationship between a young girl and a boy and tell the story through clothing,” Mary-Kate told WWD when they launched the contemporary collection in 2007. “It’s a clash between masculinity and femininity,” added Ashley.
Brand reps also confirm to PEOPLE that the line is not named after anyone in specific.
But try telling that to little sister Elizabeth. “In my mind, that was, ‘Oh cool, that means I get free clothes,’” she tells ASOS magazine of her presumed influence on the line’s moniker. “For two years, I didn’t [have to] buy anything.” The Martha Marcy May Marlene star also wears her sister’s collection throughout a spread in the mag and was recently spotted sporting the line’s $155 sunnies.
All is fair in love and fashion?