18 Oct 2017
Celebs In Suits
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2. CELEBRITY TREND SUITS Cat Deeley
Cat Deeley gave her suit a rock & roll edge by teaming her white blazer with skinny leather trousers, unlaced boots and a studded clutch. The Brit TV presenter was at the Burberry Body perfume launch in LA.
3. Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst broke the mold by hitting the CFDA Awards in a green satin-lapelled tuxedo by Patrik Ervell and a crisp white shirt buttoned all the way up to the collar. Her slicked-back chignon added to the sleek effect.
4. Jessica Biel
Gorgeous actress Jessica Biel turned heads at the launch of Revlon's Hypnoteyzed mascara commercial in New York, in Pre-Fall Gucci Ottanio soft satin stretch velvet rever jacket with matching velvet skinny trews and a silk jacquard shirt - also from the collection. Fashion-forward as ever, Jessica mixed this season's tailoring trend with next season's velvet texture to make a style statement at the beauty event.
5. Eva Herzigova
Wowee, Eva Herzigova showed off her killer bod in a pair of tailored hotpants by Dolce & Gabbana and towering satin sandals at the La Conquete premiere at Cannes. We love the supermodel's approach to the tailoring trend!
Working her cropped red hair to the max, Rihanna tried out the red carpet trend for tailoring in a Max Azria white suit teamed with nude Christian Louboutin courts at the 2011 Billboard Awards.
7. Camilla Belle
Proving her point as winner of the Style Icon award at the Young Hollywood Awards, Camilla Belle worked a wow-worthy white suit by Tom Ford complete with contrast buttons and a black necktie to collect her prize.
8. Vanessa Hudgens
Working the recent suits-on-the-red-carpet celeb trend, Vanessa Hudgens worked a low-effort high-impact look for an awards ceremony in LA. In a shimmering white trouser suit from Mimi Plange teamed with Casadei strappy sparkly heels, Vanessa even matched her tousled waved tresses to the monochrome look. Perfect.
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Showing us all how to work the season's hot suit trend, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen worked some serious sartorial style at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Both wearing gorgeous suit jackets and trews from their own label The Row, Ashley went for a delicate pink pairing, teamed with yellow silk and diamante Manolo Blahniks, while Mary-Kate kept her all-black ensemble edgy with a Balenciaga belt, Louis Vuitton strappy heels and a red snakeskin Prada clutch. We LOVE both looks!
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Now this is a tux! Katie Holmes rewrites the rules of red carpet dressing with her white Stella McCartney blazer worn over cropped black trousers and polka-dot courts.
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Liv Tyler kept it sleek and chic at the Super premiere in LA in a pair of black cigarette trousers, a peak-shoulder blazer and a pair of killer shoe boots.
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Going all grown-up on us, Disney star Selena Gomez worked the tailoring trend in a classic black tux blazer and trouser combo, adding a pop of playful print with a Matthew Williamson top. Giuseppe Zanotti bow heels gave Selena's look a girlie edge.
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Carey Mulligan looked super sharp as she arrived at her best friend's film premiere in NYC. Teaming a navy washed silk blazer over a black top and black trews, Carey's Chanel handbag added a little femme to her otherwise boyish look. We love the pop of pink on her lips.
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Alexa Chung made a mega stylish return to form as she hosted the launch of Carven designer Guillaume Henry's Spring 2011 collection at Barney's in New York. Wowing in tailored monochrome seperates from the collection, she gave a playful twist on the menswear trend. Finishing the look with candy-striped heels, she showed off her sky-high pins to perfection.
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Trust Kate Moss to look super-sexy even in a suit! The supermodel teamed her crips white shirt, skinny tie and long black blazer with leggings, killer booties and a stand-out leather clutch. The dishevelled locks add instant sex appeal.
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Leighton Meester swapped her usually girlie look for a great two-piece suit at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in November.
The perfect mix of boy-meets-girl, Leighton wore a Thom Browne suit with an air of cool that worked brilliantly. She teamed the peg-legged trouser and pulled tie combo with Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and hint of Bulgari jewellery.
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Working the androgynous look to a T, Olivia Wilde stole the show in a Stella McCartney tailored suit at the Tokyo premiere of Tron: Legacy in November. A boxy jacket and tapered trouser combo were perfectly combined with sky-high silver Brian Atwood pumps.
A side swept set-curl swish in her hair added that classic touch of 30s glamour.
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In contrast to the ultra femme look of her fellow actresses, Winona Ryder went for a bold boyish all black suit for the Black Swan premiere in November. She added a touch of sparkle with a crystal pendant necklace and drop earrings, and embraced the Marlene Dietrich look with rouged lips and her hair kept back.
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The champion of effortless style, Kate Hudson looked classy as ever in a light-weight minimalist suit at the Rainforest Fund’s 21st birthday celebrations in May.
We love the nude top tucked into tapered trousers. And what a wedge on those gold pumps - Fabulous!
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Going against the glamorous grain for show-stopping dresses, Alexa Chung chose a dashing Desperado suit for the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at the Met in May.
In head-to-toe 3.1 Phillip Lim she worked the neck-tie and braces to perfection, adding a touch of British eccentricity to the all-American proceedings.
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Julianne Moore stayed true to her glamorous style and the film’s director in a classic Tom Ford suit at the Venice Film Festival photocall for A Single Man in September 2009.
All in black, she strode down the red carpet with a confidence that only a good cut can give.
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Was she on Wall Street, no, but Demi Moore meant business wearing a pinstripe suit at the launch of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s volunteer initiative in September 2009. Teaming tapered trousers with a double-breasted blazer, she mixed masculine macho with a feminine swag perfectly.
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With the death of Yves Saint Laurent in June 2008, a revival of the tux could be seen on catwalks and red carpets alike.
Jennifer Aniston looked fab in a flared Burberry tux for the premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You in early 2009, drenching her décolletage with gold chains and charms.
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Penelope Cruz channelled one of her home country's icons, the torero, to collect the award for Actress of the Year at the 10th Annual Hollywood Awards in October 2006.
With a baggy buttoned-up shirt tucked into a cummerbund and a wide ribbon bow tied at the neck, she added a bit of the Spanish bull-fighter’s spirit to the proceedings. Penelope’s overt femininity shone through nonetheless, with her luscious curls let loose and her smile as seducing as ever.
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Cate Blanchett went for the stylish suit and boyish crop combo for the premiere of Notes on a Scandal in 2006. Already tried and tested by Scarlett Johansson (click on to see), Cate too went without underneath her buttoned-up blazer.
The slinky silver suit was one of the more ladylike examples that we’d seen to date on the red carpet, with peaked shoulders and the two ‘S’ shaped sides meeting gracefully in the middle. And all done up with a crystal embellished broach. Delightful.
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Another year, another white suit.
Like her friend Stella McCartney the year before, Gwyneth Paltrow chose white tailoring for the Kabbalah book launch in 2004. With her hair loose, Gwyneth kept the sharp shoulders and cinched in waist smart casual and chose simple black accessories to finish the look.
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Angelina Jolie was back suited and booted on the red carpet again for the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, but unlike at the 2001 Oscars, she went for an altogether more classic suit style.
Choosing business-man pinstripe with a contrast satin lapel, Angelina let her white shirt collar loose and tucked a kerchief in her top pocket.
Her hair and make up were kept stunningly simple with a teased bun and lovely lashes.
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Tidy tailoring had been a huge hit on her spring/summer catwalk of that year, and Stella McCartney showed just how to do it smart-casual style at Madonna’s book launch in 2003.
Standing confidently with her blazer open, sunglasses hung from Stella’s revealing mock-neck shirt and pointed stilettos peaked out from beneath her flared white trousers. Suited and sassy!
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With the Spice Girls years (temporarily) behind her, Victoria Beckham retained her Posh Spice label by showing her admiration for designer brands and chic tailoring.
Pictured here outside celeb hangout The Ivy with husband David in 2003, she cuts a fine silhouette in a cropped double-breasted blazer and wide-legged creased suit trousers. Taking tips from the Rat Pack, she accessorised with a tilted trilby and matched it with luminescent orange pointed stilettos. Frank Sinatra eat your heart out!
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With her Hollywood Walk of Fame star newly laid and an Oscar under her belt, Nicole Kidman wasn’t putting a foot wrong in 2003, fashion-wise or other.
Shimmering in a metallic suit for the premiere of The Human Stain, she took a Dietrich-style approach to tailoring with a loosely-fitting jacket done up over a shirt and tie, and with her hair pinned back in waves. The Louboutins, however, were oh so modern!
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Following in Angelina’s fashion forward footsteps (click on), Scarlett Johansson opted for the white suit effect for the premiere of Lost In Translation in 2003.
Also choosing a Dolce & Gabbana suit, and to wear nothing beneath it, Scarlett teamed the tantalizing tailoring with cropped hair styled with a Dandyesque wave.
It was a film, and a look, that would catapult her into A-list stardom.
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Whilst Bjork was parading down the red carpet dressed in a swan, Angelina Jolie cut an altogether slicker style in a Dolce & Gabbana suit with scraped back hair for the 2001 Oscars.
Head to toe in white, Angelina’s look was a heady mix of masculine tailoring and extreme femininity, with a fitted waist and deep V-neck blazer showing off her glorious curves.
This occasion marked the return of the white suit, Bianca Jagger’s favourite, for the noughties.
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In the year of her very first cover shoot for British magazine The Face and that Calvin Klein campaign, Kate Moss showed that she meant business at the 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards in a tomboy tailored suit.
Teaming her straight-leg trousers and square-cut jacket with pointed stilettos, Kate retained an undone look with fuss-free hair and simple make-up.
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As renowned for her style as she was her charity work, Princess Diana was a big fan of the tailored suit. Teaming double-breasted blazers with padded shoulders and creased trousers, she commanded the attention and adoration of men and women alike.
Pictured here at Heathrow airport in 1996, Princess Diana showed just how to do elegantly effortless travel style. With a pristine white t-shirt underneath a buttoned-up charcoal jacket, she softens the masculine suit with simple black accessories and pearl earrings.
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Diane Keaton in a film still from Annie Hall, 1977
Boyfriend-chic is permanently on our fashion radar these days but when Diane Keaton styled herself to play the part of Annie Hall in Woody Allen’s film of the same name, it wasn’t on any radar at all.
Wearing a wardrobe of wide-legged trousers, waistcoats, tailored shirts and oversize blazers, Diane coined a look that was half way between English gent and West Village bohemian.
Working closely with Ralph Lauren, they created a style that was as worthy of an Oscar as the film itself.
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YSL design from 1976
In his autumn/winter collection of 1966, Yves Saint Laurent introduced the tuxedo suit Le Smoking, a re-imagined version of which would feature in every collection from then on.
Although it would be wrong to suggest YSL invented the trouser suit for women, as you'll see both Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn were fans before his lifetime, it is as a result of Le Smoking that the formalities of female dress were rethought and fashion boundaries broken.
Le Smoking was followed by the trouser suit in the spring/summer collection of 1967 which Women’s Wear Daily proclaimed as: ‘the sensation of the Paris season.’
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Yves Saint Laurent sent trousers down the catwalk for the very first time in 1962, after which they became a staple part of every RTW collection and were spotted on celebrities and fashion icons alike.
Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan beauty and wife of Mick Jagger, championed YSL’s white tuxedo suit throughout the 60s and 70s. Seen here arriving at Heathrow airport, she teamed wide-legged trousers and a double-breasted jacket with a sharp black shirt and Bowler hat, and finished the look off with a black cane.
On other occasions Aviator sunglasses and draped ribbon neckties were Bianca’s favoured accessories. And most importantly, she always wore it with an air of nonchalance.
Such a fan of YSL’s white tux jackets was Bianca Jagger that she wore one for her wedding, teamed with a long white skirt and nothing underneath!
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Katharine Hepburn in a film still from Holiday, 1938
It is said that Katharine Hepburn, winner of four Oscars and ranked the greatest female star in the history of America by the American Film Institute, never owned her own skirt or dress.
Taking Marlene Dietrich’s lead, Katherine Hepburn too chose suits and shirts over figure-hugging dresses. When asked in an interview why she wore trousers, she simply replied that they were ‘comfortable’.
In the Hollywood era of the Blonde Bombshell, Hepburn stood quite apart in tomboy tailoring and favouring to wear no make-up whatsoever. With a long, lean figure, she retained a defiant femininity in loose fitting suits teamed with classic blouses and loafers.
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Marlene Dietrich in 1931
At the peak of her career, Marlene Dietrich was the highest paid actress in Hollywood and a silver screen icon. As much as she was a screen icon, she was a style icon too, pioneering an androgyny that has been replicated and reinvented ever since.
Both on and off set, Dietrich opted for a masculine style, wearing tailored suits that paired broad-shouldered blazers with wide-legged trousers. And Bowler hats, bow ties, top hats and cravats were her accessory of choice.
Although Dietrich opted for all-man attire, she kept her hair and make-up glamorous and feminine with set blonde curls, arched eyebrows and red bowed lips.
In 1935, Vogue said of Dietrich’s trend for masculine tailoring: ‘Nothing in fashion is newer’. It was a newness that the more conservative found hard to swallow, not used to seeing women wearing trousers. However, copies of Dietrich’s suited style hit the mass market and the look was cemented in fashion history.