Vanessa Minnillo

It's Kentucky Derby Time! Here's Some Star Hat Inspiration

May/03/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Stars wearing white pumpsSplash News Online; WireImage; AP

Whether you’ll be cheering on the horses from the fanciest box at the races or sipping mint juleps at home, the Kentucky Derby gives you a great excuse to break out your fanciest hat.

Some of us go for the full custom number, while others are looking to get some more use out of their Royal Wedding attire, but regardless of where your topper originated, there’s something about sipping a cocktail in a glamorous number that can’t be beat — as these stars can attest.

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Three of our favorite looks from years past belong to Paula Patton (left), in a head-turning number that she clearly feels great in; Chelsea Clinton, in a My Fair Lady-esque pastel chapeau that matches her dress and shades her from the sun; and Vanessa Lachey, who looks like she may be among those of us looking for another wear from her Princess Kate-inspired fascinator.

One thing to keep in mind when planning to go big, bold or broad-brimmed: a lady never blocks the view of the other spectators, so if you’re planning to cheer on Rosie Napravnik in style, do it from the back row.

Tell us: Which Derby hat would you most like to wear?

–Alex Apatoff

Vanessa Lachey Asks: What Should I Wear to Give Birth?

Aug/16/2012 at 04:00 PM ET

Vanessa LacheyGimini/Abaca; Courtesy Amazon, Courtesy ShoeDazzle

Vanessa Lachey is having a pretty good Thursday.

“I just found out I don’t have to wear a hospital gown during labor & delivery,” she Tweeted earlier today. “I got very excited! Hmm, what to wear. #ItsTheLittleThings”

Well, Vanessa, since you asked … we have some suggestions. With 98 Degrees reuniting Friday on Today, how about a vintage band T-shirt? There’s one left on amazon.com (left), on sale for just $5.39. We think it has your name on it!

Or for something more fashion-forward, how about the military-inspired “Monroe” booties you recently designed for ShoeDazzle (left)? They’re sexy — and 100 percent of proceeds from sales benefit charitable organization Operation Shower, which throws baby showers for military families.

OK, so we kid. But you’ve done a great job of dressing your pregnant body so far, so we know you’ll wear what’s right when your baby does arrive.

One thing the TV personality won’t be wearing on her big day, though? Her wedding ring. “It’s official, my wedding rings don’t fit anymore,” she Tweeted. “I still LOVE you @NickSLachey, but apparently my chunky preggo knuckles don’t.” Tell us: What do you think Lachey should wear during delivery? Moms, did you wear something different than a hospital gown? 

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The Secret Behind Vanessa Minnillo's Thick and Healthy Hair

Dec/13/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

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When Vanessa Minnillo auditioned to be the host of ABC’s Wipeout, she landed the job with ease. But producers did have one concern about the newlywed‘s look.

“They told me, ‘You might need to change your hairstyle,'” she recalls to PEOPLE. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And they showed me my audition tape, and when it got to a certain part of the day, I literally looked like I had a huge bald spot — my hair was thin on the front of my scalp.”

After a minor freak-out — “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh I’m that girl now. I’m 30, I’m losing my hair, getting adult acne, what is happening?'” she recalls — she turned to her hair stylist, Betsy Reyes, who suggested Nioxin‘s new hair-thickening spray, Diamax (available in February). “I’m obsessed with it,” Minnillo says of the product, designed to keep the scalp healthy. “It’s not a gimmick — it’s a treatment that’s topical that works immediately. It’s genius.”

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Style News Now's Hottest Headlines of the Week!

Jul/29/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

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Which of Hollywood’s style stars had readers buzzing this week? Don’t miss our top stories!

Ben Affleck trades in his signature scruffy locks for a brand new, younger-looking hairstyle. READ IT

Kim Kardashian‘s friends share the scoop on what will be her “beyond gorgeous” wedding look. READ IT

Vanessa Minnillo says choosing a wedding dress for her recent nuptials to new hubby Nick Lachey was a “very emotional” decision. READ IT

Ashley Greene says her ever-changing Twilight wig is finally the perfect fit. READ IT

LeAnn Rimes‘s new man, actor Eddie Cibrian, strips down in sexy Charisma ads. READ IT

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Vanessa Minnillo's 'Very Emotional' Wedding Dress Decision

Jul/26/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Vanessa Minnillo Wedding Dress
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When Vanessa Minnillo ventured out for that wedding dress shopping trip every girl dreams of, it didn’t go as expected. Minnillo, whose birth mother hasn’t been in her life for more than 20 years, struggled with not having her mom there with her on that special day. “Normally this is something you do with your mother, and my birth mother hasn’t been in my life since I was 9,” she explains emotionally to PEOPLE. “I have been okay with that up until now but for some unexplained reason, it really overtook me. I felt lost, confused and sad. It was very emotional.” With her matron of honor, friend Jennifer Birmingham-Lee, by her side, Minnillo worked with Monique Lhuillier to try and find the perfect dress. “This was the hardest decision in the whole wedding planning … probably because I didn’t have the support of Nick [Lachey],” Minnillo says. “We decided everything together, even his [Dolce & Gabbana] tux. For the first time, I felt a little bit alone.” To gain some clarity, the bride-to-be decided to ask for her groom’s opinion. “I said, ‘What do you want to see me in when you marry me and I become Mrs. Lachey?'” she recalls. And much to Minnillo’s surprise, Lachey didn’t give a generic male response and instead, was eager to say, “Something traditional with a little modern flair.” So following their chat, Minnillo headed back to Lhuillier’s Los Angeles boutique … and the rest is history. “Literally the next day I went to Monique and tried on my three dresses for the zillionth time. As soon as I put it on, I knew this was it.” –Jennifer Garcia

Vanessa Minnillo Wedding Dress
Courtesy Monique Lhuillier

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Style News Now's Hottest Headlines of the Week!

Jul/22/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Hottest Headlines of the Week
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Which of Hollywood’s style stars had readers buzzing this week? Don’t miss our top stories!

–Newlyweds Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo show off their custom wedding bands. READ IT

–Want more? Get all the gorgeous details of Minnillo’s wedding look, from the dress to the hair. READ IT

Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal prove they look just as good sans locks by showing off their bald heads. READ IT

Robert Pattinson creates a worldwide frenzy with his new half-cropped, half-wild hairstyle. READ IT

–Meanwhile, Katy Perry causes an equally big stir with her new blonde hue. READ IT

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Vanessa Minnillo's Wedding Look: All the Details!

Jul/21/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Vanessa Minnillo Wedding Dress
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Vanessa Minnillo tied the knot with Nick Lachey Friday on Necker Island in the Caribbean, but the island atmosphere didn’t change the bride’s vision of that traditional wedding look — with a twist, of course. Minnillo, the new host of Wipeout, donned a two-piece Monique Lhuillier ensemble featuring an intricately embellished lace corset with rose and crystal detail, paired with a signature hand tufted skirt made of silk faille. The look was completed with a tailored bow belt at her waist and chapel length tulle veil. “I probably had half a dozen fittings and I was just so lost,” she tells PEOPLE of searching for the perfect gown. “I finally decided to ask Nick and said, ‘What do you want to see me in when you marry me and I become Mrs. Lachey?‘” she recounts. “I thought I would get some generic guys’ answer but he sat up in bed and told me he loved me with my hair down … and wanted me in something traditional but with a modern flair.” And so on Minnillo’s next trip to Lhuillier’s Los Angeles boutique, she knew the ‘one’ when she saw it. “I knew it [was the dress] because of the conversation I had with Nick. It just felt so right and I felt so beautiful in it.” The bride accessorized with a pair of diamond stud earrings Lachey gave her during their first year as a couple, plus Swarovski-encrusted Christian Louboutin slingbacks (she had a jeweled pair of white Havaianas flip-flops for late-night!) and a Judith Leiber clutch. For her makeup the bride went au naturel. “Two dear friends of mine that I met [while working at] MTV did my hair and makeup,” Minnillo says. “We went very natural because I wanted Nick to see me, not a bunch of makeup and big hair. It was such a tropical location but we wanted our wedding to have a timeless feel.” –Jennifer Garcia

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