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A year ago Beyoncé partnered with Salma Hayek and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini to launch Chime for Change, a Gucci global campaign “to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world.”

To celebrate the initiative’s one year anniversary, Beyoncé along with the likes of little sis Solange Knowles and actress Blake Lively, took to Gucci Fifth Avenue in New York for an event hosted by Frida and T Magazine Editor-In-Chief Deborah Needleman.

Of course Bey came correct wearing a white Gucci jumpsuit that featured a very low neckline. If you’ve got it, flaunt it (ask Rihanna), and Beyoncé definitely has it.

She paired the jumpsuit with platform heels creating an ensemble that, while it won’t exactly rank among Beyoncé’s top ten outfits ever, was definitely a good look for her.

If you’d like to recreate Bey’s look for (way) less, try the above pictured ‘Makaila’ wrapover jumpsuit from Missguided for only $27.

[ photos: beyonceonline.org, missguidedus.com ]

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Sigh. First came Blurred Lines with it’s Pharrell Williams written “Good girl wants wild sex, but for whatever reason can’t articulate this for herself, and requires a manly man who can read between the lines (Get it?) and also read her mind to tell her what she’s wanting is okay, I know you want it.” trope-y lyrics.

Pharrell insisted to NPR that the the lyrics of the song are in fact liberating for women. Hmmm…okay.

Then there was that time Pharrell released his solo album GIRL, and when criticism about the skin tones of the women featured on the album cover arose, Pharrell deflected and misdirected (or was genuinely obtuse) and argued that the cover indeed featured a black woman.

Yeah…ummm…Skateboard P? You totally missed the issue.

Whatever. Just as the world moved on from the Blurred Lines controversy, the issues over the GIRL album cover were too passed over, and all (well, most) was forgiven with Pharell until…

He informed Oprah he wasn’t black, he was new black. Yeah, I don’t know what that is either. But Pharrell later explained to Channel 4 News:

You’d think at this point Pharrell would’ve decided he’d courted enough controversy for a long while, but then he went on to tell Channel 4 that it’s not possible for him to be a feminist, because…he’s a man.

I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that…I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.

That obtuse thing reared its head again, because guess what? Men can in fact be feminists. Feminism is simply the belief that men and women are equal. Not the belief that one group better than the other, but simply that equality should exist.

I could go on, but hey, this is a celebrity fashion site. And that’s what you’re here for, right? (At least that’s why I hope you’re here.)

This recap of recent missteps by Pharrell does serve a purpose though. It’s provided to illustrate a backdrop for his latest blunder.

ELLE UK released a special edition cover for its July 2014 issue that features Pharrell Williams wearing a Native American headdress

Here we go again.

Native Americans are not an ancient race of people whose culture and cultural items are up for grabs for use as props in fashion and entertainment.

Every time one of these incidents happens, it’s explained again, and again why the wearing of the war bonnet by non natives (and even some natives) is unacceptable.

When a minority group explains why a given act is offensive, don’t be dismissive of the complaints. Don’t try to find reasons to excuse said offensive behavior. Just accept that it’s not okay, and move on.

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The fashion industry apparently is unwilling to do that.

And that brings us back to Pharrell.

I’m sure it wasn’t his idea to switch out his now signature Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a Native headdress.

In fact, according to ELLE UK themselves, it was all their idea.

Although they’ve since removed that admission from their website.

Sucks for them that nothing is ever truly erased from the internet.

(Thanks, Washington Post for the cached screencap posted at right.)

The issue with Pharrell specifically, is that he’s too established, too successful, too well known, too in charge of his own career, to walk into a photoshoot and accept this.

Pharrell is an artist who’s in the rare position of being able to say ‘No’. He’s at a point in his career where he can make demands, and whether he’s a demanding kind of guy or not, sometimes you have to take a stand and make a choice.

Unlike his previous controversies though, at least Pharrell is willing to accept the error of this one. He released the following statement through his publicist Wednesday morning:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

[ photos: ELLE UK ]

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After a seemingly endless winter, the seasons have changed and summer is finally here. Of course that means the celeb set is taking advantage of the warmer weather, pulling out their best warm weather looks to start the season off fashionably right.

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To kick off the summer season, the seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic took place in Jersey City and a few of Hollywood’s best and brightest were on hand to strut their stylish stuff.

Newly announced Star Wars: Episode VII cast addition Lupita Nyong’o was there, attending the event on the arm of her cutie patootie brother Peter (recall, he nearly stole the show during that epic Academy Awards selfie moment).

She was decked out in a black and white, laser cut, grid patterned cotton dress ($3,224) from the Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

It was the perfect dress for the occasion, and Lupita and her style team upped the fashion factor with a Janessa Leone hat, oversized sunglasses, jewels from Dannijo, and Christian Louboutin ‘Cataclou’ wedge sandals ($695).

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Also taking in the sights at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event, also wearing a black and white fit-and-flare outfit, and also rocking a hat, was Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

Dakota wore an ‘Avalon’ diamond print corset top ($159) and matching ‘Amelia’ diamond print flared skirt ($238), both from the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

As for her accessories, Dakota added a straw hat and completed her look with a pair of Tabitha Simmons ‘Heart’ bi-color flats ($945).

Where Lupita’s look was chic and polished, Dakota’s had a hint of fun and playfulness.

Two extremely similar looks, but styling choices and the attitude each woman brings to her outfit are subtle changes that lead to different fashion outcomes.

But the question remains, who wore their black and white look best? Are you a fan of Lupita’s timeless style, or Dakota’s quirky flair?

Who wears their black and white Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic look best?

  • Dakota Johnson in Diane von Furstenberg (62%, 8 Votes)
  • Lupita Nyong'o in Alexander McQueen (38%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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[ photos: lupita-nyongo.net, zimbio, style.com, alexandermcqueen.com ]

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Sure Jourdan Dunn is a model, and yes it’s kind of her job to look great. But the newest face of Maybelline New York outdid herself at amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala, completely owning the ‘red’ carpet in Balmain Fall 2014 ready-to-wear.

Jourdan chose a mustard colored dress from the Balmain collection, a midi-length number that featured ropes of a braid-like material that was intricately woven throughout.

The direction of the weaving combined with the obvious heft of the fabric create quite the hourglass silhouette for Jourdan.

Side-swept loose curls, and a deep matte red lip serve to further strengthen the ‘Contemporary meets Old Hollywood’ image Jourdan is serving.

[ photos: bellazon, style.com ]

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Love them or hate them, but the Kardashian/Jenner clan is here to stay. And they’re multiplying.

No longer are sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian the only headline makers in the family; younger siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been steadily establishing themselves in the industry, too.

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Kendall’s on track to becoming quite the runway model having walked some major shows last season including Givenchy and Chanel.

With such high profile gigs comes a high profile, jet-setting lifestyle that Kendall’s taking to like a fish to water.

After attending the opening ceremony of the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Kendall took in the city wearing a chic summer ensemble.

Kendall wore a linen playsuit from the Longchamp Spring 2014 collection paired with Chanel lace-up espadrilles, a bright red lip, and oversized sunglasses.

It’s a perfect summer look that’s both casual and stylish, and there are several wallet friendly alternatives to Kendall’s pieces that make her outfit accessible to almost anyone.

The ‘Dishita’ sleeveless playsuit ($45) from Missguided is one such option, and when paired with the above pictured VS Collection black lace tie-front espadrilles ($50) from Victoria’s Secret, you’ve got a warm weather ensemble that’s just as chic as Kendall’s.

[ photos: kendall-jenner.net, missguidedus.com ]

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Fan Bingbing premieres "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in Beijing and New York

Whether X-Men: Days of Future Past proves to be a creative hit (because we know it will be a financial one) or not, we can be grateful to the cinematic franchise for giving us an excuse to obsess over actress Fan Bingbing and her impeccable sense of style.

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For the world premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing pulled out all the stops, choosing a dramatic creation from the Georges Chakra Fall 2012 Couture collection befitting a true superhero.

Featuring a classic column silhouette, Fan’s Georges Chakra gown earns its couture credentials in its sleeves.

Gracefully falling the length of the dress to pool at the floor, the sleeves are detailed at the shoulders in layers upon layers of delicately placed feathers, the kind of attention seen only in couture garments.

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Premiering Days of Future Past on her home turf of Beijing, China, Fan opted for a Zac Posen gown that was as different in style from her Georges Chakra number as possible, although no less stunning.

From the Zac Posen Fall 2014 Collection, Fan’s strapless dress was another decisive choice for the actress, with its winged neckline reminiscent of many a super heroine costume.

That’s where the comic book comparisons end though, as the remainder of Fan’s dress was classic ballgown featuring a full skirt with a high-low hemline.

[ photos: justjared.com, vogue.fr, zimbio ]

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, Jennifer Lopez is still just Jenny from the block, and to prove it she took to the American Idol stage wearing a budget friendly frock from everyone’s favorite e-tailer ASOS.

Jennifer Lopez has made the most of her spot on the American Idol judges panel.

Not only has La Lopez parlayed the gig into a career rebounding move, but she’s also managed to use the Idol platform to introduce a new generation to her signature flashy style.

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Jennifer can werq the diva moments with the best of them, like the time she wore Giambattista Valli couture to perform at the 2011 AMAs.

But for every high fashion moment, there’s always a “Jenny from the block” counter-moment to remind us that it’s the attitude that makes J.Lo, J.Lo. Even when she’s wearing Topshop or the like, Jennifer serves like no other.

Who else but Jennifer Lopez could take the above pictured ASOS scallop lace skater dress ($86) and elevate it to such levels of high fashion?

Jennifer wore the neon hued ASOS dress ($86) to a recent Idol taping, and between her styling choices and the batch!tastic attitude she’s serving, one would be hard pressed to believe there was any part of the diva’s ‘fit that cost less than $100.

But yes, it’s true, dolls. Jennifer Lopez has dipped her toe into the fast fashion waters, emerging in a lace topped fit-and-flare skater dress ($86) any fashionista would be happy to own.

Don’t let La Lopez’s goodwill toward high street fashion fool you, though. Check her footwork instead.

Jennifer completed her wallet friendly look with a pair of gorgeous, though probably budget busting in price, Sophia Webster ‘Phoebe’ multi-colored neon heels ($441).

[ pics: FOX, FORWARD by Elyse Walker ]

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Call them the ladies in red. Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries and fellow actress/celebrity offspring Zoe Kravitz both recently stepped out wearing the same T by Alexander Wang ensemble. But who wore it best?

Kat, who’s known for her bold and out there ensembles, kept things relatively tame on this occasion as she made her arrival at the Sprint Sound Sessions in NYC.

Leaving the extensions at home, Kat styled her chin length hair into a sleek style that showcased a flawless face done in a neutral palette.

The fresh faced look was a sign of things to come, as Kat decided to go the minimal route when it came to accessorizing the zipped crop tank top ($245) and matching zipped split skirt ($325) outfit.

A statement necklace, single handcuff bracelet, and Oscar Tiye heels completed Kat’s T by Alexander look.

Before Kat switched up her normally over-the-top style by wearing the pared down A. Wang outfit though, Zoe Kravitz wore it first to the Jimmy Choo Beverly Hills launch of Choo.08°.

Zoe did her fashionista thing, and used the blank canvas of the all red crop top and midi skirt duo to paint a high fashion picture with the addition of select standout accessories.

She was attending a Jimmy Choo event so she wore Jimmy Choo pieces (natch), including an oversized ‘Charlize’ clutch bag ($1,450) and ‘Valdez’ strappy heels ($750).

Topping off Zoe’s look was a white cropped tuxedo jacket from the Barbara Bui Fall 2014 collection that the Divergent star draped casually across her shoulders.

Now that we’ve broken down each starlet’s respective look, and discussed the distinct ways in which they approached styling…

Who wears their metallic Gucci suit best?

  • Zendaya (87%, 20 Votes)
  • Beyoncé (13%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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[ photos: katerinagraham.org, zoekravitz.net, style.com ]

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I still haven’t gotten around to viewing MTV’s Teen Wolf, but I’m steadily becoming a fan of series star Holland Roden and her red-carpet style.

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Like her fellow Hollywood starlets Zendaya Coleman and Ashley Madekwe, Holland has proven she knows how to make the fashionable most of her red-carpet opportunities.

At ELLE Magazine’s 5th Annual Women In Music Concert Celebration, Holland again showed off her great sense of style wearing a floral print frock from the Erin Fetherston Fall 20114 Collection.

Her dress featured the always on trend fit and flare silhouette, long sleeves, and a classic pointed collar.

With her hair upswept into a loose bun, Holland creates a decidedly timeless look that she accessorized with a Kate Spade New York ‘Carroll Park Mini Penelope’ bag (It’s on sale!) and ASOS black and gold heels.

If this ‘fit looks familiar, that’s because Holland wore a very similar floral print against black background look to the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards.

The girl clearly loves her florals, and why shouldn’t she when she wears the motif to such great effect?

[ photos: zimbio, style.com ]

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It has to be difficult living the celebrity life sometimes. With paparazzi shots a Hollywood reality of life, if you’re a celeb that cares anything about your image you have to always be dressed for a photo op, even if you’re running errands.

It’s these candid moments that separate the celebs who have great stylists from the ones who have great style.

Actress Emmy Rossum, who recently completed a standout season of her hit Showtime series Shameless, is a celeb who stays ready for a candid closeup.

On this occasion Emmy was spotted leaving the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood wearing a Spring appropriate ensemble focused around a pastel blue Rebecca Taylor patch lace top ($350).

Pairing her lace top with with a matching crossbody bag and matching robin’s egg blue ballerina flats, Emmy proved that you can keep it extremely casual and be stylish, too.

[ photos: zimbio, shopbop.com ]

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