>> The shiny warrior princesses Max Azria offered up for Spring have found a slightly softer side in Pre-Fall 2012. Sure, they're still marching about in gladiator shoes, leather harnesses, and bandage dresses, but this time around the shoes are high-heeled, the harnesses are whip-thin, and the dresses are vivid in jewel tones, stripes, and sunset ombres. Though silhouettes remain just as body-con as ever, there are also a few surprises to be had: flippy skirts that flare at the hip, smooth-shouldered jackets, and a skintight dress with an airy, drapey train.
>> The 2011 results are in: Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, and Jennifer Aniston regularly and reliably pulled in the top sales at the newsstand, and Mila Kunis was the year's breakout cover star with some of the best-selling issues across titles. While the biggest-drawing names may not come as a surprise, here's what does: the inconsistent ability of some stars to bring in sales — Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Emma Stone all had some of the best and worst performing covers of the year. Click through to see who else had cover hits and misses in 2011, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations and Rapid Report.
>> Shine on. Cleverly composed with eye-catching colors and high-impact jewels, these glimmering rings — like little works of art — make a statement all their own.
>> The high-necked baby doll dresses Opening Ceremony offered up for Spring 2012 aren't going anywhere for Pre-Fall; this time around they come in a transition-worthy selection of stripes, sheers, high shine, and zigzag. Separates — in the form of figure-skater skirts, flared trousers, ponchos, and moto jackets — looked especially pared-down and easy-wearing this season, with just a hint of the brand's signature retro-quirk thrown in for good measure.
>>'Tis the season for cocktail parties, cozy dinners, and lots of holiday cheer. Get in the spirit — and bypass the traditional — with these gorgeous home entertaining essentials. No matter your style, we've gathered over 30 holiday-perfect goodies guaranteed to get your home looking chic — from now through the New Year. Click through for five inspiring looks.
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>> Six months from now when the next transitional items start rolling into stores, there'll be plenty of super-cozy looks on offer from Missoni. Cold-weather layering — in the form of oversized outerwear, body-con dresses, and belted waistlines — was the message, and it came in the form of jumbo coats, boxy fur-trimmed vests, and maxi-length jackets, with plenty of space-dyed turtlenecks and graphic-knit minidresses to wear under them.
On the past year: "This could have been a terrible year for me. It could have been very sad for me. I could have gone off to hide at a spa, or to Riyadh, but instead I changed my personality, and it has been a very successful year.”
On the Roitfeld brand: "Funnily, it is true that my name has become almost a brand. Maybe I will follow Tom Ford. I will not be as successful as him, but I want to have as much fun.”
On returning to her roots as a natural brunette, after five years of being blond: "I think I will be more me."
On losing her 10-year friendship with Emanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship. If I look at the balance, maybe I lost some people I thought were my friends, but I made so many new friends. I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner . . . at the end of the day."
>> Escape the gift-buying bustle and cold-city hustle — the season's sunnier side is all about jet-setting in style. In bold primary hues, graphic prints, and easy shapes, these pack-now essentials will have you in a cruise state of mind in no time. See them all now.
Photo: Stella McCartney Resort 2012, courtesy of Getty
>> Giorgio Armani revisited one of his favorite references for Pre-Fall 2012: androgyny. This time around, his signature suits came double-breasted, slim, and cut in rich charcoal and deep onyx. Trousers — another Armani mainstay — were pleated low on the hip for just a hint of '80s jaunt. Also recalling that era was an appealing selection of wear-now party dresses — some drop-waisted with bubble poufs, some body-con with cutouts, and all accented with high-impact neon.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Erdem Moralioglu infused his signature prim-and-proper silhouettes with an eye-popping mix of tangerine, citron, deep blue, and blood orange — just the thing for the girl who likes her sweater sets with a side of boldness. Prints and lace — two more Erdem classics — were used strategically and to great effect: fiery florals sprinkled the hem of a full-pleated skirt or the bodice of a slim-lined shift, and dainty lace added graphic intrigue in the form of applique on trenches and sweaters.