LA Confidential: Inspiration from Your Favorite Celebrity Style Icons
By Erin Donnelly
Janet Silk Charmeuse Racer Back Cami Dress: This silky top’s cutouts are signature Cate. Pair the top with skinny jeans and heels for a sexy going-out outfit.
Semantiks Graphic Print Silk Blouse: This boatneck top’s bold print is destined to steal the spotlight.
Tara Subkoff for Bebe Ruffle Blouse: This sheer top is edgy yet romantic.
Calvin Klein Two-Button Pant Suit: Command respect with this powerful pant suit-no blouse required.
Chetta B by Sherrie Bloom and Peter Noviello Floral Brocade Dress: Boring just won’t do for a big night out. This metallic print cocktail dress is dramatic, just like Cate.
Club Monaco Audrey Dress: The draping on this classic black number gives it a unique edge. Pair it with spring’s sexy black gladiator-style platforms for a look that says Balenciaga, but costs much less.
The queen of talk shows (and book clubs, and charities, and Broadway…) always wows everyone with her impeccable taste in fashion. Oprah is one of those celebrities who sticks to what she knows looks good on her, eschewing disposable trends in favor of classic, tasteful pieces that highlight her best features. Often steering clear of funky prints and anything that reveals too much leg, Oprah tends to favor shiny fabrics, deep-V necklines, turtlenecks, beautifully tailored suits, and garments with a belted waistline. It’s a look that is always sophisticated, always polished, and figure-flattering. The best part is, you don’t need to be an entertainment mogul to copy the look. Any woman can blend these Oprah-inspired pieces into her wardrobe.
Tahari by ASL Three-Button Skirt Suit: Show them you mean business in this glamorous suit.
Ann Taylor Loft Tie Front Shirtdress: Oprah would love this red-hot dress’s V-neckline and tie-cinched waist. This is one of those rare dresses that can work for both the office and that big date.
Craig Taylor Jet Set Wrap Blouse: This flattering top can go casual with jeans, or dressy with a black pencil skirt or trousers.
Tory Burch Rochelle Top: Oprah put Tory Burch on the map, so you know she’s a fan. This appliquéd tunic suits her elegant style.
Kay Unger New York Silk Dupioni Suit: Have you seen a more gorgeous suit? This coral beauty personifies “dressed to impress.”
Newport News Textured Peplum Jacket: Wear this cropped jacket over a semi-low-cut top and trousers for a city-chic look.
Spiegel Belted Mockneck Dress: Turtleneck? Check. Belted waist? Check. Totally sophisticated and Oprah-worthy? Check, check!
AG Club Tourmaline Jeans: Even mega-gazillionaires need their casual days. Oprah’s reported to be a fan of these slightly high-rise jeans.
Baby bump or no, Nicole Richie’s downtown hip fashion sense is always intact. It’s also surprisingly simple, considering how chic Richie always looks. The rock heiress may dabble in a splashy print once in a while, but for the most part she stays true to a streamlined color palette of black, gray, white, and red. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Additional Richie staples are a scarf, worn either loosely around the neck or as a hairband; large, vintage-style sunglasses; and her trusty Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag-she has one in pretty much every color. Richie is also a big fan of skinny jeans (and yes, it helps to have the figure of a 12-year-old ballerina), flats, and Chanel’s red quilted handbag. And when it’s time to party, she’s usually seen in a sexy little black dress-especially if it has a plunging neckline that offers a close-up of her newly enlarged chest (ah, the wonders of breast-feeding!).
These pieces will help you score Richie’s edgy style-even if you aren’t Richie Rich.
Twelfth Street Shirred Silk Slip Dress: This fiery dress is the stuff Chris DeBurgh songs are made of. Nicole would surely approve of the bold red hue, low neckline, and figure-flattering cut.
Susana Monaco Urban Halter Dress: Maxi dresses are one spring and summer fashion trend you won’t want to pass up, and they’re comfortable too. The down-to-there V-neckline and black hue are signature Richie.
Tolani Animal Print Scarves: Jazz up a basic white or black top by layering a wild animal print over it.
American Apparel Baby Rib ½ Sleeve U-Neck T: Stock up on versatile low-necked tees in black, which can be worn with skinny jeans and flats.
Jessica Simpson Delfina Hobo Bag: If Balenciaga is out of your budget, swap it for a Simpson. The edgy angled pockets with hanging zipper pulls are reminiscent of Nicole’s beloved Motorcycle Bag.
Ksubi Super Skinny Black Zip Jeans: Ksubi-also known as Tsubi-is Nicole’s denim brand of choice. Style-wise, it’s the skinnier, the better.
Forever 21 Stripe Vest Tank: Nicole loves her black and white stripes. Wear this top with the black skinny jeans and red flats.
Nicole Vintage Oversized Sunglasses: Large sunglasses are a must for deflecting the paparazzi’s camera flashes. This pair from OC Shades is a bargain at $16.95.
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