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The Royal Tour: Kate Wears a Favorite Design by New Zealand-Born Emilia Wickstead, Then Switches Into Jeans

Apr/13/2014 at 11:44 AM ET

Kate Middleton New Zealand postPhil Noble/Getty

Look familiar? During a visit to the city of Dunedin, New Zealand Kate wore an aquamarine coat dress that looked strikingly similar to a pink frock she wore (twice!) last spring.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress — which she paired with a matching hat by milliner Jane Taylor and the fern brooch she wore when she landed in Wellington on the first day of the Royal Tour — was a sartorial tribute to her host country and to one of her favorite designers, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead. (We predicted a rewear of the pink dress, but leave it to Kate to keep us on our toes.)

Kate’s latest look marks the first time she’s worn a dress by designer with a Kiwi connection on the Royal Tour. Wickstead, whose eponymous label is London-based, also created one of Kate’s most memorable maternity dresses.

“She is making everybody want to dress up a little bit more even if you are a young girl,” the designer told PEOPLE after the debut of her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at London Fashion Week last September. “And I think that’s great and really exciting — I’m a true believer in dressing up and making an effort.”

Kate Middleton New Zealand postStephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris; Fiona Goodall/Pool/

Later in the day, Kate changed into skinny jeans and a waffle knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders to attend the Regal Rippa Rugby Day at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium (and to help coach a team of little kids – cue the awws!) And finally, she did a variation on “The Kate” (blue Zara blazer, striped shirt, skinny jeans, wedges) by swapping in a checked shirt to tour a vineyard. And she may have put pregnancy speculation to rest by sampling the vineyard’s wares. Also on the docket? A personally-embroidered life vest for a white-water rafting trip.

Which is your favorite of Kate’s recent outfits? Do you love that she’s getting her favorite dresses in multiple colors?

–Bronwyn Barnes, reporting by Monique Jessen

Miranda Kerr Takes Best Dressed (and Deserves It!) for the Zillionth Week

Apr/12/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

This week, the Most Loved Looks list featured the Great Hemline Debate of 2014: Minis vs. Floor-Length. Half of the ensembles featured gowns that swept the red carpet with flowing fabrics (we’re including Jennifer Garner’s sweeping custom MaxMara jumpsuit), while the others showed off their toned legs in super-short dresses. And after tallying up all the reader votes, it looks like the floor-length hems have it with Miranda Kerr coming out on top!

Miranda Kerr Best DressedJun Sato/WireImage

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Nailed It: Emma Stone Does 'Modern Goddess' Right

Apr/10/2014 at 04:26 PM ET

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Who: Emma Stone

Where: At the London premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

What She’s Wearing: A marigold-yellow Atelier Versace dress with matching Swarovski crystal beading on the shoulders and waist, plus a David Webb necklace featuring two lion heads with emerald eyes

RELATED PHOTOS: Last night’s look: Love it or leave it?

Why She Nailed It: If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then please allow this gif at left to provide 3,000 words for us while we gape at this truly showstopping ensemble. Until now, Stone’s been sticking to menswear-inspired outfits and mod minis on her press tour, so the impact of her hitting the carpet in this incredibly romantic, curve-skimming gown is doubled.

She wisely let the bold color and open back keep the focus, adding only a chic jeweled collar and delicate sandals. And the hair and makeup are on point; the siren waves and just-bright-enough lip give her a glamorous ’40s vibe that really works for her. In fact, if you turned these photos black-and-white, you might mistake her for a real old Hollywood star — but then we’d miss out on the stunning shade of the dress.

Tell us: What do you think of Stone’s outfit? Are you as big a fan as we are?

–Alex Apatoff

Plus-Size Blogger Marie Denee on Trying Spring's Trickiest Trends: 'Don't Knock it Until You Rock it'

Apr/10/2014 at 03:19 PM ET

Spring is officially here, coats are parked in the closet and hemlines are rising. And we’re beyond excited about the spring trends heading our way: brights, florals, prints and so many good shoes. Many of the trends are tricky to try, but just-relaunched plus size line Eloquii teamed up with Curvy Fashionista blogger Marie Denee to show just how wearable — and fun! — these styles can be.

Like our new blogger Allison Teng, Denee’s approach to fashion is fearless. “I stare at it,” Denee tells PEOPLE when asked how she approaches a trend that she finds challenging. “I am no longer afraid and have learned to ‘Don’t Knock It Until You Rock It.’ You will never know how it will really look and feel until you give it a whirl. Then you can say, ‘You know what, it wasn’t for me.’ Until then, give it a shot!”
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The Royal Tour: Kate Wears Go-To Labels Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham

Apr/10/2014 at 09:56 AM ET

Kate Middleton New Zealand tripJames Whatling/Splash News Online; Getty

Kate‘s signature style rule? Find what works and stick with it.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore designs from two of her go-to designers for yesterday’s Royal Tour events — though she did stir up a little bit of chatter on Twitter with her glossy high ponytail (not normally a look she wears) at a daytime event in the town of Blenheim.
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Zooey Deschanel On Her 'Modical' Tommy Hilfiger Collection: We Distilled My Style Down and Mixed It With Tommy's

Apr/10/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Zooey Deschanel for Tommy HilfigerCourtesy Tommy Hilfiger

Zooey Deschanel’s line for Tommy Hilfiger is here, and it’s just what we expected: girlie, classic and totally appropriate for her on-screen alter ego Jess Day. And — no surprise for the stylish New Girl star — adding fashion designer to her résumé has always been a dream.

“When I was in high school I made my own clothes and I grew up creating a lot of my own looks,” Deschanel shares. “I would think up patterns myself. Having the opportunity to work on this collection was incredibly fun.”

The line, aptly named “To Tommy from Zooey,” features 16 dresses (priced between $98 and $199 — get a preview below) as well as accessories. “We looked at all of the designs that I’ve been wearing over the past several years and analyzed them. Then we distilled everything down and mixed it with the Tommy DNA to transform it into our own collection of dresses. It’s a mix of mod and nautical, which I like to call ‘modical,’” she says. “There are a lot of great little hidden details, like pleats with unexpected patterns on the inside. There are structured and short pieces and very clean lines. Each piece is very mod and also very American-inspired.” Read More

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Royal Tour Style Update: Kate's Tory Burch Dress Sells Out Within Hours

Apr/09/2014 at 09:25 AM ET

Kate Middleton Tory Burch DressREX USA

The Kate Effect strikes again! The dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge during her appearance at the first event on the Royal Tour has already sold out.

Kate selected the Tory Burch “Paulina” dress when she, Prince William and Prince George paid a visit to Wellington’s Government House to meet with new mothers and their babies at an event for the Plunket Society. Though many had predicted that Kate — an ambassador for British fashion who often wears clothes made by designers from the country she’s visiting — would wear something from an Antipodean label, the Duchess instead chose a graphic-print, fringed-hem knit dress by American designer Tory Burch.

Even before news agencies began posting photos from the event, royal fashion followers took to Twitter to share retail details on the dress, which is from Burch’s Resort 2014 collection. Within minutes came reports that the dress was selling out fast at luxury shopping site netaporter.com.

RELATED: Kate’s Royal Fashion Tour — 3 Looks We Think She’ll Recycle

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