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Getting Ready With Kathryn Newton for the Ralph Lauren Show at NYFW

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“I still feel like I’m floating,” says actress Kathryn Newton minutes after stepping out of Ralph Lauren’s F/W 19 show at New York Fashion Week. “It was just so beautiful. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Over the past two years, Newton, who turns 22 today (happy birthday, girl!) has experienced one of the most impressive career breakouts in young Hollywood, starring in acclaimed films and series like Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Ben Is Back. But Newton’s success hasn’t inspired an iota of jadedness. The night before last, Newton flew to New York to attend the Ralph Lauren show, and she gushes full-heartedly about the glamour of it all—getting to wear one of his designs, sitting alongside the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss. The L.A.-raised performer, who describes herself in her Instagram bio as a “poodle person,” still has zero chill when it comes to getting dressed up and going to fashion-y events, which makes talking to her about style infinitely more enjoyable.

We got to share in Newton’s NYFW experience by photographing her getting-ready process and chatting with her about everything from her “hilarious” first fashion week experience to her “grandma-ish” style icon. Keep scrolling to see it all.

What was your favorite part about the Ralph Lauren show? Well, first, just the setting. We walked into the store, and it was so beautiful. I felt like I was in a Paris café. Everyone was drinking coffee, and I was eating bagels and toast and a yogurt parfait, and then the music started, everybody went silent, and the show began. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Taylor Hill opened the show, and I was smiling so much she started laughing. I was like, oh no, I’m breaking the models’ focus. I was smiling too much. I can’t help it. I can’t be that fierce. But the show was beautiful. All the clothes were sort of effortlessly structured. Everybody looked like a superhero. And my dress was this gold dress. I felt like I had armor on. I felt like Supergirl.
Tell me about how you put the look together. God, I was so lucky. I got to wear a dress from the collection, and I had a fitting last week in New York. But we had to have a last-minute dress change. They called me and were like, “So actually, your dress is in the show. We have to switch it.” So as soon as I landed in New York last night, everyone was in my hotel room at 9:30 p.m. for an emergency fitting. It was really fun for me. I just felt like I was having a party in my room and I got to play dress-up. I was like, can we do this every time I land in New York? I think the second dress turned out even better. It had a corset underneath. It was perfect. They just made me shine. How did you decide on the hair and makeup? I have naturally curly, big hair, so my hairstylist and I had a lot of fun with that. The dress is really structured, so I wanted to contrast that with something young and fresh. So I was just like, let’s curl my hair and make it really big like I was at the beach or something. I didn’t take it too seriously, it was just fun, and I think it came together really well.
How would you describe your style in general? And how did your love of fashion first develop? I strive for like casual elegance. It’s hard to be classic all the time, but I like classic pieces. I go for a lot of vintage. Growing up on set, I work with fashion designers all the time, and when they’re putting together characters, I just ask them, “Where did you get this? Where did you buy this?” And most of the time they’re like, “I pulled this from my closet,” or “This is vintage,” so I learned that’s what I have to do. So now whenever we’re on location, I always find the local vintage store. When we were filming Big Little Lies in Monterey, there were so many good vintage stores, and I got a ton of vintage Chanel pieces. When I was in Asheville shooting Three Billboards, … I walked into a vintage store and found a pair of Chanel earrings from 1995. I got them for so cheap, and they don’t even know! You can get lucky sometimes. You just have to know what you want, know the value of what you find, get it, and keep it forever. So I have kind of a vintage collection now.
Are there any other fashion week events you’re looking forward to? I always love going to Paris, and actually, I’m going to Milan for the first time. Fashion has taken me to so many new places. And I’m always excited any time I get to wear a pretty outfit. Do you have an all-time favorite look you’ve ever worn? One of my favorites was actually pretty recent. It was for the Golden Globes this year at a party for W Magazine at the Chateau [Marmont], and I wore this Valentino pink feather outfit. My inspo was 1960s and ’70s Brigitte Bardot, and I loved it. I looked like a pink feathery poodle. I really like to go for it, you know. I work all the time and wear sweatpants and sneakers every day, so if I have the opportunity to get dressed up, I’m gonna go all the way and have fun and stay true to myself. I mean, my ultimate style icon is Bunny MacDougal [from Sex and the City] because I’m really into grandma sweaters. That’s my go-to vibe. If I’m not dressing up to go out, it’s grandma sweaters all day. But are you into little statues of mallards? Oh, well, mine are poodles. But trust me. I have a lot of them.
Stylist and wardrobe: Ralph Lauren. Next: Don’t miss our exclusive with Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi.



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Celebs Are All About Little Black Dresses Right Now; 7 Outfits to Prove It

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When it comes to wardrobe staples, the little black dress pretty much ranks number one. In fact, its reign began all the way back in the mid-1920s when it was created by the legendary Coco Chanel for a Vogue feature. Over the decades, the LBD has infiltrated the the closets of just about everyone, celebrities included—and rightfully so, given that it always works and is always in style.

In fact, A-listers have been stepping out in a variety of forward iterations of the timeless dress silhouette. There’s Kendall Jenner, who wore a cool leather LBD during fashion month; Bella Hadid, who stepped out in a simple sleeveless style; and Kate Bosworth, who tested out a longer version in NYC. To highlight further, we’re showcasing how seven fashionable celebrities are wearing their favorite little black dresses now for outfit inspiration.

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Meet Zara's Younger Sister Brand That Everyone Will Shop Today

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Calling all Zara stans, if you shop the retailer just as much as we do (i.e., a lot) then this one’s for you. You may know about Zara’s sister brands like the equally as on-trend and affordable Stradivarius and Bershka since Zara’s parent company, Inditex, owns a handful of cool Spanish brands. However, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of another of its other sister brands, Pull&Bear, since it wasn’t sold in the U.S.—until now, that is.

Pull&Bear just launched its e-commerce in the States, so now we can finally shop the Zara-adjacent brand that our Spanish and European fashion friends already knew about for a while. We’re calling Pull&Bear the little sister to Zara because its offering skews a tad more trendy and youthful than good old Z. Soon you’ll be shopping here for fun-loving pieces like tie-dye tees, bucket hats, and all the chunky-soled shoes your heart could desire. And everything is slightly more affordable than you’d find at Zara, too, so add that to the list of reasons to check out the newest Inditex brand in town.

To get a taste of all the cool things on offer at Pull&Bear, keep reading to shop our edit and then wait patiently because we just know all the fashion girls will be wearing the brand soon enough.

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21 Women Every Minimalist Should Look to for Outfit Inspiration

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If you think defining your own personal style is difficult, imagine what it’s like for a celebrity. Designers quite literally throw themselves (okay, their garments) at the A-list 24/7, and having so many options at their disposal must be overwhelming (to say the least).

I’m not saying this problem equates to that of political strife or gender inequality, but personally speaking, I’d struggle to maintain my outfit identity if suddenly the world’s most sought-after clothes were at my disposal. Which is why I think it’s so easy to sniff out a star who dresses the way they want to dress, as opposed to what stylists would have them wear.

And none are more headstrong than the minimalists. When your career calls for you to wear lavish gowns more frequently than jeans, it’s little wonder the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé utilize every opportunity to make a bold statement. However, with the minimalist movement more prolific than ever before, we thought it was high time we gave minimalist style icons the space they deserve.

Of course, we can appreciate all styles, but we’re particularly inspired by those who choose simplicity over standing out, and whose wardrobes consist of clean lines as opposed to tulle and taffeta. Because style is so much more than wearing the first expensive dress that comes your way.

For this, I delved deep into the fashion archives to bring you the best pared-back dressers from the ’60s right up to 2019. From Françoise Hardy and Audrey Hepburn to ’80s It girls like Winona Ryder and Iman, keep scrolling to see the greatest minimalist style icons of all time.

Style Notes: Serving as a PR for Calvin Klein during its ’90s reign, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was the epitome of pared-back chic. Sleek tailoring, midi skirts, and accessories The Row would design today were her go-to—even for the lavish state dinners she’d attend with her husband, John F. Kennedy Jr.
Style Notes: Cate Blanchett is elegance personified. Equally confident in a couture gown as she is suiting, her eye for simple silhouettes is unrivaled. 
Style Notes: While much of young Hollywood default to body-cons and short hemlines, Elizabeth Olsen stands out from the crowd. Sure, Mary-Kate and Ashley may be her (ridiculously stylish) older siblings, but Elizabeth’s love of oversized cuts and androgynous separates is all her own.
Style Notes: In the ’60s, Françoise dominated the French music scene for the best part of the decade and became one of the most influential women in the industry. However, her influence also spread to fashion—androgynous to the bone, her uniform consisted of shirting, tailored trousers, and low-heel boots.
Style Notes: A modern-day French fashion darling, Clémence Poésy has starred in countless Chloé campaigns and is a regular at Paris Fashion Week. However, we think she looks her best in off-duty jeans, a button-down, and sandals.
Style Notes: From Annie Hall to her own choice of wares, Diane Keaton never fails to inspire us. While she’s undoubtedly a fan of off-beat accessories, her clothes are always simple and effortless. 
Style Notes: The cream roll-neck, the high-waisted skirt in contrasting black, the chunky gold hoops, the earthy-hued pout… There’s nothing about this look that we don’t love. Correction: There’s not a super-minimalistic Sade look we don’t love.
Style Notes: Gwyneth consistently proves that minimalists can wear color too. This navy-and-purple clash works perfectly with her alabaster skin tone, while the uncomplicated cut of her coat and trousers give an air of sophistication. 
Style Notes: Since starring in The Crown, Claire Foy swiftly became one of our favorite dressers, and it doesn’t get better than this understated Calvin Klein ensemble.
Style Notes: Little black dresses, trench coats, high-waisted trousers, and chic white blouses… Audrey Hepburn’s capsule wardrobe is a minimalist’s dream.
Style Notes: Don’t be fooled by her penchant for beachy hair and flip-flops; Jen is as minimalist as they come. No-fuss dresses are her forte, with pared-back accessories serving as her only add-ons.
Style Notes: Having redefined women’s fashion during her sovereignty at Céline, Phoebe Philo is singlehandedly responsible for making minimalism more interesting and what it is today. And for that, we’ll be forever grateful.
Style Notes: A Vuitton muse and Bond girl, Carole Bouquet reached icon status in the late ’70s and early ’80s. However, fame didn’t change her personal style—she always chose turtlenecks and cords over fancy dresses.
Style Notes: Somewhat enigmatic off-camera, we only really see Charlize Theron when she’s on red carpet duty, where she’s guaranteed to be sporting a minimalistic gown.
Style Notes: Being a minimalist in the ’80s wasn’t easy, but Iman’s fondness of monochrome made her a beacon of classiness in a sea of brash looks.
Style Notes: If you thought minimal fashion had to be all about oversized suits and coats, think again. Angelina Jolie makes minimalism work with her love of elegant pieces thanks to the muted color palette and interesting shapes created by her cardigan and the folds on her dress.
Style Notes: You may have seen her wearing sequins on Strictly, but Stacey Dooley’s personal wardrobe couldn’t be more different. Made up of camel coats, chunky knits gold hoops, and relaxed trousers, her red carpet style is pared-back, too. Case in point? This Mother of Pearl dress.
Style Notes: Her hair may have been frantic, but Italian actress Monica Vitti’s style was anything but. Think blazers, turtlenecks, and minimal jewelry. 
Style Notes: Having undergone a style transformation on a scale previously unseen, Victoria Beckham cast aside her collection of Roberto Cavalli dresses a while back and is now a minimal style convert, celebrating the concept of a capsule wardrobe via her own designs.
Style Notes: While Winona still sets our fashion pulses racing today, her ’80s ensembles will always have a place in our hearts. No one could pull off a brown suit quite like she could.
Style Notes: Lately, Zoe Saldana has been forgoing OTT gowns for understated dresses, cementing her status as a minimalist style icon.

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