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Inside InStyle's 20th Anniversary Party

InStyle's September issue is cause for celebration in itself, but this year, it also happens to be the biggest issue ever (at a whopping total of 708 pages), feature the always-gorgeous Julia Roberts, and mark our 20th anniversary. Naturally, a fete was in order.

Last night, we headed to the rooftop bar at Citizen M Hotel where EIC Ariel Foxman toasted the staff and clinked with every glass that crossed his way. We sipped on custom “InStyle” signature cocktails and ‘grammed up a storm (hashtagging each with #InStyle20), complete with glittery props to boot.

Cheers!

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

It’s time to get social!
For the 2nd annual InStyle Social Media Awards, our selection committee pinpointed and nominated the savviest social media stars around, grouping them into 12 categories, from “Rookie of the Year" to "Finest Man of Style" to "Trendiest Teen Queen.” Cast your vote now before polls close at 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 15 (and don’t forget to use #InStyleSMA when you share your picks).
Winners will be announced on InStyle.com and in the December issue.

It’s time to get social!

For the 2nd annual InStyle Social Media Awards, our selection committee pinpointed and nominated the savviest social media stars around, grouping them into 12 categories, from “Rookie of the Year" to "Finest Man of Style" to "Trendiest Teen Queen.” Cast your vote now before polls close at 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 15 (and don’t forget to use #InStyleSMA when you share your picks).

Winners will be announced on InStyle.com and in the December issue.

Mirrored sunnies all day, every day! Rainbow-reflective lenses are one of this summer’s hottest accessories, and our on-trend fashion interns at InStyle rocked them like pros.
From left:Chelsea Powell in Ross & Brown (Monaco)Carla Loo in Ross & Brown (Firenze)Jenna Pizzuta in Ross & Brown (Milano)Caroline Vickerson in Ross & Brown (Firenze)Brittni Hicks in Krewe du optic (The Fly OS)
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Mirrored sunnies all day, every day! Rainbow-reflective lenses are one of this summer’s hottest accessories, and our on-trend fashion interns at InStyle rocked them like pros.

From left:
Chelsea Powell in Ross & Brown (Monaco)
Carla Loo in Ross & Brown (Firenze)
Jenna Pizzuta in Ross & Brown (Milano)
Caroline Vickerson in Ross & Brown (Firenze)
Brittni Hicks in Krewe du optic (The Fly OS)

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Where We Went: Charles James Exhibit at The Met
Field trips aren’t just for kids! Last Friday, InStyle staffers migrated uptown to the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to peruse the much-buzzed-about Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit (open until August 10, 2014), which, for those who don’t know, is the inaugural showcase of the newly revamped Costume Institute (and, of course, the thematic tie-in for this year’s Met Gala). 
While making our way through the melange of highly sculptural ball gowns designed by the 20th-century Anglo-American couturier (the exhibit included 65 of his most noteworthy designs), we became fixated on the digitized animations and x-rays that accompanied each piece, explaining the dress construction via virtual demonstration. The perfect fusion of past and present!
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Pictured:Back row, from left: Eric Wilson (Fashion News Director), Erik Jackson (Executive Editor), Donna Bulseco (Assistant Managing Editor), Cindy Weber Cleary (Fashion Director), Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Alyssa Hoersten (Assistant Art Director), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Lavinel Savu (Assistant Managing Editor)
Front row, from left: Natalie McCrea (International Manager), DeLora Jones Blake (Chief of Reporters), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)

Where We Went: Charles James Exhibit at The Met

Field trips aren’t just for kids! Last Friday, InStyle staffers migrated uptown to the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to peruse the much-buzzed-about Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit (open until August 10, 2014), which, for those who don’t know, is the inaugural showcase of the newly revamped Costume Institute (and, of course, the thematic tie-in for this year’s Met Gala). 

While making our way through the melange of highly sculptural ball gowns designed by the 20th-century Anglo-American couturier (the exhibit included 65 of his most noteworthy designs), we became fixated on the digitized animations and x-rays that accompanied each piece, explaining the dress construction via virtual demonstration. The perfect fusion of past and present!

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Pictured:
Back row, from left: Eric Wilson (Fashion News Director), Erik Jackson (Executive Editor), Donna Bulseco (Assistant Managing Editor), Cindy Weber Cleary (Fashion Director), Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Alyssa Hoersten (Assistant Art Director), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Lavinel Savu (Assistant Managing Editor)

Front row, from left: Natalie McCrea (International Manager), DeLora Jones Blake (Chief of Reporters), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)

During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!
— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!

— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Cocktails and Clothes at the home of BCBG’s Max and Lubov Azria

"Welcome to mi casa!" exclaimed Lubov Azria, gesturing around the lush backyard of “Maison Du Soleil," the L.A. home she shares with husband Max Azria. "But please excuse my terrible Spanish," she laughed. 

The occasion, which coincides with the firms 25th birthday, was a cocktail fete and fashion show of the BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger 2015 Resort collections, and to beat the summer heat, attendees were given fans that read: “Be Chic Be Gorgeous.”

While guests (like Keke Palmer, Jamie Chung, and Bellamy Young) sipped signature cocktails and munched on fish tacos, Lubov gave a lively running commentary as models pranced around the pool in Tunisian-inspired caftans, cropped embroidered jackets, floaty handkerchief dresses and harem pants.

"Max has always just wanted to make women feel beautiful," nodded Lubov toward her husband, who watched appreciatively with their daughter Agnes (who later sang two original songs for the crowd).

As guests parted into the sunset, they were fittingly gifted with mirrored aviator shades and hats, as well as pastel shades of Zoya nail polish and an Herve Leger fragrance.  

— Glynis Costin, West Coast Bureau Chief