[tiImage width=”300″ height=”450″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/012011-obama-400.jpg” credit=”AP photo (2)” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=”Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen and Roksanda Ilincic”]First Lady Michelle Obama attended two events at the White House yesterday honoring the Republic of China and the country’s president Hu Jintao. In the morning, she wore a Roksanda Ilincic dress and matching coat, which she accented with a pair of patent leather red gloves. For the evening’s state dinner, she opted for an Alexander McQueen red gown with black brushstrokes from the 2011 resort collection. Her choice of red wasn’t an accident—red is the traditional color of good luck and happiness in China. Also at the dinner was Vera Wang, Michelle Kwan and Barbra Streisand.
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The red carpet fashion at the 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards on Friday night featured a pop of winter whites. Best Actress winner Natalie Portman wore a single-strap white Gianfranco Ferré gown with a black band at the top, and paired it with Fred Leighton jewelry, Stella McCartney shoes and a Christian Dior clutch. Michelle Williams also chose white, her variation being a Balenciaga dress with embroidered floral details. She finished the look with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and Neil Lane jewelry. Click through the gallery to see all the looks from the 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/011211-ltl-300.jpg” credit=”Getty Images (2); Startracks; Courtesy Photo (3)” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=””]1. Fresh starts at Alexander McQueen: The label chose fresh face Lindsey Wixson for its spring campaign. [The Cut]
2. Remember Madonna’s cone bra? Check out Jean Paul Gaultier’s new collection for La Perla for an updated version. [Telegraph UK]
3. Bibhu Mohapatra, who has dressed Hilary Swank, was one of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winners, nabbing $25,000 for his label. [WWD]
4. Rachel Roy used dancers to debut her spring lookbook. How Black Swan of her! [Fashionista]
5. Model Erin Wasson is the new face of Zadig & Voltaire and will launch a capsule collection for the brand. [Elle UK]
6: Could Wet Seal become more like American Eagle Outfitters? Perhaps! Wet Seal just hired the former president of AE. [Reuters]
[tiImage width=”320″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/010311-temperley-320.jpg” credit=”AbacaUSA; Courtesy Photo” align=”left” border=”0″ alt=”Kate Middleton in Alice Temperley dress”]Just weeks after Kate Middleton wore a Temperley London dress out with Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II announced that Alice Temperley (the British designer behind the dress) made the annual Her Majesty’s 2010 New Year Honors List. We can’t help but wonder if one has to do with the other, but in any case, it’s great news for Temperley, who will receive the honor at a ceremony later this year. Other fashion industry recipients of the Queen’s honors this year include Tanya Sarne, founder of Ghost, and Mark and Mo Constantine, founders of Lush Cosmetics. These honorees join an established group: Past recipients of British Empire honors include handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, photographer Nick Knight, Vivienne Westwood and late designer Alexander McQueen.
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Britain’s top designers were honored yesterday in London for the annual British Fashion Awards, including footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood (center) who was named Accessory Designer of the Year. The designer, who is known for his architecturally-inspired shoes, got his start working with Kate Middleton’s favorite hat maker Philip Treacy. Kirkwood’s eponymous line garnered attention last spring when shoe-fanatic Sarah Jessica Parker wore his suede platform shoes (shown far left) three times in one week! His other celebrity fans include Claudia Schiffer (center, right) and Jessica Alba, shown above in a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood sandals. Other BFA winners include Phoebe Philo of Celine for Designer of the Year, Mulberry for Designer Brand, Burberry for Digital Innovation Award, Naomi Campbell for the Special Recognition Award and resounding new it-girl Alexa Chung for British Style. The late designer Alexander McQueen was also honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design—watch the moving tribute video directed by photographer Nick Knight after the jump.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/wrn/120310-ltl-300.jpg” credit=”Courtesy Photo (3); Getty Images (3)” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=””]1. Blake Lively opened up her home to Angie Dudley a.k.a. Bakerella, for a party full of sweets. [Bakerella.com]
2. Liv Tyler continues to be the face of Givenchy fragrances, but this time she’s not afraid to show off her real self. [WWD.com]
3. Alexander McQueen debuted their revamped and more affordable McQ collection today. [NYMag.com]
4. Gucci’s ‘1973 Bag’ is the new ‘it’ bag and has been spotted on the arms of celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Madonna. [FashionRules.com]
5. Happy Acapell-akah from the Maccabeats! [HuffingtonPost.com]
6. Chanel brings a little touch of St. Tropez to Jeffrey New York. [BlackBookMag.com]