While the world tries to figure out whether or not Drew Barrymore is pregnant, we're focused on the fabulous white printed coat she wore while running errands in LA over the weekend with fiancé Will Kopelman. She could have worn any jacket — leather, blazer, hoodie, etc. — but instead she opted to take her casual-cool look to sophisticated heights by sporting a fresh long Dries Van Noten coat. Drew, and eight other celebs like Leelee Sobieski and Katie Holmes, prove that coats aren't only for cold weather. In fact, they can instantly transform a Spring ensemble from stylish to fashion forward. Step inside to see a handful of celebs wearing springtime outerwear, to draw inspiration from them, and to shop our favorite outerwear picks.
>> This evening at London's Savoy Theatre, a who's who of British fashion gathered for The British Fashion Council's annual awards. Victoria Beckham, accepting her Designer Brand of the Year award from presenter Marc Jacobs, told the crowd, "I am SO nervous," before shedding a few tears and adding: "This is rubbish." Alexa Chung, who took home the British Style award — which is decided by a public vote — dedicated her award to "girls who dress like awkward boys." Kate Hudson, presenting Red Carpet Award to Stella McCartney, regaled the audience with an anecdote about the dress McCartney designed for her to wear to her first Oscars: "I wore Stella and made every worst-dressed list. The next day, I called Stella, and she said, 'Face it babe, it was the hair.'" And finally, Sarah Burton, who took home Designer of the Year, called the award "the icing on the cake for what has been an amazing year."
The full list of winners, below.
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
Designer Brand of the Year: Victoria Beckham
Model of the Year: Stella Tennant
Emerging Talent, Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Emerging Talent, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury, Gainsbury and Whiting
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award: Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
>> Charlotte Dellal looked to the sunshine-infused glamour of Miami and Beverly Hills for her Spring 2012 Charlotte Olympia collection. Ankle-strap platforms, sculptural heels, and Dellal's signature Pandora clutches get a dose of retro poolside whimsy with the help of suede leaf cutouts, raffia braids, and blush-colored feathers. Click through to preview the entire collection, currently available for preorder on Moda Operandi.
>> Like Christian Louboutin and his red soles, a Charlotte Olympia shoe is instantly recognizable by its two-inch front platform. As such, the label's Resort 2012 collection is rife with platform pumps — updated in colorful satin, leopard, denim, dots . . . and there's even an espadrille style. But for those who like to feel the ground under their feet, there are a couple of options sans platforms — and even one pair of leopard-print flats. The whole collection, in the slideshow, is now available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.
>> "It was truly about things my friends wanted to wear," Peter Som explained of his Fall 2011 collection's starting point. "Everyday but heightened and with a touch of quirk." Translated to the runway, Som's friends wear their hair in mussed poufs and like their suiting in vivid reds and oranges. They don't mind having an odd tuft of fur on their jacket sleeve or over their coat pockets. And their shoes of choice — produced for Som once again by Charlotte Olympia — involve dual tone ladylike low heels in bright colors, instead of the teetering heels Som and Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal usually make together. Another Som collaborator, Tommy Hilfiger (whose signature line Som consults on), and wife Dee Ocleppo made the front row.
Alana Zimmer's long sleeve jersey dress earned many a fan, and Som's closing look — a floor-length blue sequin gown with short sleeves — is sure to find its way onto a red carpet somewhere.
>> Phoebe Philo took this year's top prize — Designer of the Year — tonight at the British Fashion Awards over fellow nominees Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane, while Lara Stone won the battle of the pretty faces, scoring Model of the Year over David Gandy and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Popular vote determined Alexa Chung winner of the British Style Award, recognizing "an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital.” And Sarah Burton — who designed two dresses for Special Recognition awardee Naomi Campbell (for a 25 year-long career) to choose from for the festivities — accepted the posthumously-awarded Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design prize for Lee Alexander McQueen, noting, "We will always miss him."
The full list of 2010 winners (nominees can be seen here):
Designer of the Year: Phoebe Philo for Celine
BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: Lee Alexander McQueen
Designer Brand of the Year: Mulberry
Accessory Designer of the Year: Nicholas Kirkwood
Menswear Designer of the Year: Patrick Grant for E.Tautz
Model of the Year: Lara Stone
Emerging Talent Award — Accessories: Husam El Odeh
Emerging Talent Award — Ready-to-Wear: Meadham Kirchhoff
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator of the Year: Nicola Formichetti
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
Special Recognition Award: Naomi Campbell
Digital Innovation Award: Burberry