Afternoon Delight: Helmut Lang’s perfectly ’90s silk organza slip dress

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Helmut Lang Silk Organza Dress

What says Good Friday like a brand spankin’ new party dress? Actually, I have no idea. I don’t celebrate. If I did though, Good Friday would probably mean something along the lines of a splurge and Helmut Lang‘s fuchsia silk organza slip dress fits that bill to a T. The label takes a page from its own 1990s book with this look, but the updated vibrant hue feels oh so 2014.

Helmut Lang silk organza dress ($581, net-a-porter.com)


Snapped by Tommy Ton: “We’re entering a new era of fashion”

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Kate Davidson Hudson shot by Tommy Ton outside New York Fashion Week

“This was the very first photo I took from the spring season. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to feel like you’re seeing something new that inspires you, but when I saw Kate coming up the steps, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I need to take this picture right away.’ I love how polished and pared-back she looks. The simple crop top, the subtle LV bag, the Céline sandals—they whisper, they don’t shout, which is what most people do at fashion week. The whole fashion logo thing is very dated, I think. It’s just so contrived at this point. With Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton, I think we’ll see a shift in Paris. We’re entering a new era of fashion, moving toward this different way of dressing that goes back to being comfortable and real and at ease. Amanda Brooks, the former fashion director of Barneys, wrote something on her blog recently that I think is very important: ‘Simple clothes don’t cover things up, they reveal who you are. It’s better to be seen than to be noticed.’ It’s all about being who you are, liking simpler things and not being caught up in the whole circus of everything.”


The week in celebrity style: See who made our top 10 best dressed

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See the top red carpet looks from this week »

Fresh from dancing to music in the desert, Coachella regulars (Kate Bosworth, Poppy Delevingne and Emmy Rossum to name a few) switched out of their festival wear and glammed it up in Los Angeles at the launch party for Jimmy Choo’s new CHOO.08 brand. Hosted by the creative director Sandra Choi, the glam event had Solange Knowles working the DJ booth and a very enviable guest list, to boot. Mad Men leading ladies January Jones and Christina Hendricks both made an appearance, but it was young star Kiernan Shipka who led the pack, sartorially speaking, in a pretty spring dress.

Elsewhere in red carpet land, some of our favourite stars have been busy promoting films all over the world. Emma Stone—whose amazing hair we documented earlier this week—is currently wearing glam dress after glam dress in Europe with IRL beau Andrew Garfield to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And down under, the royals aren’t the only ones getting attention: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann are all making waves while promoting The Other Woman in Sydney. Read more »


Cat-eye redux: 3 tips from the Beauty Panel for changing your approach to eyeliner

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A good eyeliner can work beauty magic. It can quickly change a daytime look into one better suited for night, add some oomph when your mascara’s not cutting it or provide a splash of colour in an otherwise neutral look. However, even a product as versatile as eyeliner can become routine, which is why this week’s Beauty Panel is all about changing up the way you do a cat-eye. On the Spring 2014 runways, makeup artists did up graphic eyeliner looks that ranged from geometric masterpieces to larger-than-life swooshes of black. Whether you swap out your usual liner for one in a bright colour or opt to end you cat-eye in a square shape, these looks are sure to inspire.

Challenge 58: How do you make the cat-eye look new this season? See the answers now! »

Have a beauty question you want to see the panel answer? Send it our way at beautypanel@fashionmagazine.com. Read on for the answers to this week’s challenge and for more goodness, get to know all contributors on our Beauty Panel hub page.

Jump to: ELLIE SOMFELEAN | JENNIFER FRANCIS | JOYCE WONG |


How to dress for freelance life: 5 wardrobe tips that take the homebody out of working from home

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How to dress freelance

If you’re one of the almost 20% of Canadians working from home, you’ve likely faced what we like to call the “Outdoor Dilemma:” Part-timing it as an entrepreneur, mommy blogger or cam girl (just kidding) all day long and realizing at some god-forsaken hour that you need to exit the house. You’re out of groceries. The Pringles stash must be replenished. You reach one hand up to your ratty, tangled nest of hair and one hand down to your no-pants and realize this is impossible. Hungry and cold, you settle into bed without dinner, starved by your own lack of world-ready attire.

No more. I’m here to tell you: You can dress like a comfortable human while easily transitioning from “reclined in my office space/Girls viewing theatre” to “elegant coffee shop patron.” Here’s how to dress for a chic freelance life:


Jourdan Dunn is the new global face of Maybelline New York

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JOURDAN DUNN Maybelline

Big model news: Maybelline New York announced today that Jourdan Dunn will be the new global face of the brand. After being discovered by a model scout in the sunglasses section of a British store in 2007 (the dream, right?) Dunn’s impressive career has included walking the runway for top designers like Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, as well as appearing in print campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry and Rag & Bone. The London native (and BFF to Cara Delevingne) will be gracing Maybelline New York’s print and television campaigns beginning this month.
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Afternoon delight: SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF antioxidant gives good skin

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SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

Antioxidants are one of those products that you don’t really know you need to use until an expert lectures-slash-informs you, and then you’ll wonder how your skin’s survived this long without. Think of antioxidants as a super-packed serum: You apply it post-cleanser and pre-moisturizer, so your skin can really absorb all of the vitamins within. For SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, this includes 2% phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid (that’s Vitamin C) and 0.5% ferulic acid, which work to brighten and tighten skin, encourage cell turnover (hello, more collagen!) and, most importantly, protect against damage from UVA and UVB radiation. If you’re just getting on the daily SPF train or are still feeling guilty about sun exposure from your teenage years, this antioxidant is for you: it can actually help repair past sun damage and works best when paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep future damage at bay. Plus, I really just like how it feels when I dab it onto my skin.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF antioxidant ($165, skinceuticals.com/canada)


Kate Middleton puts DVF’s iconic wrap dress to good use in Australia

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Photography by Samir Hussein/WireImage

See this look in our Kate Middleton style gallery »

When Diane Von Furstenberg hit the scene back in the ’70s, her wrap dress was the most significant piece in any working woman’s wardrobe. “Feel like a woman, wear a dress,” she often said. What she really meant was “Feel like a woman, while calling the shots like a man.” How fitting it is to see history’s most “real world” Royal sporting one of those iconic dresses today. And digging earth at that!

Earlier today, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Australia’s Blue Mountains. The rugged natural region is a hotspot for adventure-seekers and brushfires alike, the latter of which damaged over 200 properties in the area last year. Arriving by helicopter (Kate’s hair was in a pony for the ride, just FYI), the ever-dutiful couple met with brushfire victims and first responders as well as some adorable Girl Guides who opted to say “princess” instead of “cheese” for their Kate Middleton photo op. The couple also partook in a tree planting ceremony where Kate put that DVF to good use, as she dug some space for the red eucalyptus planted to commemorate last year’s damage.
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