Jennifer Hudson on Her Favorite Red Carpet Moment (& Getting Style Inspiration From Prince)

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Jennifer Hudson has an Oscar, a Grammy, a memoir, a five-year old, millions of followers… so it’s almost impossible to imagine what more her next chapter may entail. Fans will get their answer when JHUD, her latest studio album, officially drops tomorrow. Score the early digital download now in a Gilt City exclusive–along with a curated collection of her favorite experiences–then get the dish on the brand new look she’s debuting along with it.

StyleFile: How would you define your personal style?  How has it evolved from American Idol days, to early motherhood, to where you are now in your life?  
Jennifer Hudson: I’ve always looked at style as a way to express myself. It’s a lot like my music in that it’s an outlet to show people what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling without screaming it from the rooftops. I’m so fascinated by the concept of dramatic subtlety. The idea that I can make a statement without being obvious is really moving and it’s something I aim for in many of my stylistic choices. In that sense, my personal style has been a steady representation of myself but the fact is that I’m constantly evolving as an artist so my fashion choices have definitely changed throughout the years. Much like the way I feel about music, if I’m not evolving, I’m standing still. And I like to keep moving.

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Marina B’s A-List Fan Club

Getting your start in the family business isn’t exactly the road less traveled — unless that family is the legendary jewelry dynasty known as Bulgari. Marina Bulgari, granddaughter of founder Sottiro Bulgari, designed under the Italian brand for years after graduating college, but launched her own namesake line in the late ’70s, leaving her heritage mark to just a single initial. The Roman-born designer’s strikingly colorful gems — available for the first time today on Gilt — soon caught the eye of the international jet set, and were a favorite of Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Princess Grace. Today’s A-listers are equally charmed by the bold, sculptural designs: See how celeb devotees like Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, and Amy Adams wear Marina B, and get the look for yourself with a stunning, heirloom-worthy piece from our sale, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

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Jennifer Lopez on American Idol

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Taylor Swift at the Academy of Country Music Awards

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Amy Adams at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala

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The StyleFile Q+A: Lady Gaga’s Stylist, Brandon Maxwell

lady gaga tony bennett_final Practically any celebrity stylist can put a girl in a gown and tell her she looks fierce, but it takes a true mastermind to dress the perpetually boundary-pushing icon—not a word we use lightly around here— known as Lady Gaga. That job falls to stylist Brandon Maxwell, who works with the pop queen to create the most memorable, expressive looks in the game. They teamed up for her flashback style on the new album she recorded with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, and the results are unsurprisingly on-point. Download the album now on Gilt, then catch up with Brandon to learn about the method behind their collective (brilliant) madness.

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Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2015 SHOW

| Mrs. Herrera with model Ysaunny Brito |

The flashbulb-flooded scene at New York Fashion Week is de rigueur for Carolina Herrera, who showed her Spring 2015 collection last week at Lincoln Center. She debuted her namesake line more than three decades ago and was recently honored with the Museum at FIT’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, but the veteran designer still jumps head first into each season, starting with a focused inspiration: “When I began designing this collection, I decided that I was was going to literally take the color code of a tulip and it would determine the colors. I took a simple bloom digitized into a spectral palette of color from vibrant pinks, iris blues, majestic purples to gray tones, and soft yellows.”

This season, Mrs. Herrera’s signature sophistication — back on Gilt today with stunning gowns, cashmere knits, and more — gets a high-tech twist. Traditional floral motifs are “pixelated in graphic prints with chiffon overlays and appliques on techno crepe and techno pique fabrics,” Mrs. Herrera explains. “I wanted a collection full of drama and the large over-scale flowers and graphic prints created just that.” The beauty look delivers an equally modern punch: The team worked with master stylist Orlando Pita to “create a futuristic take on a bow, similar to the way that I tie my belts,” Mrs. Herrera shares. M.A.C.’s Diane Kendal created a “Classic Carolina” face — defined cheekbones, a light blush on the cheeks, and a bold pop of color on the lip.

Check out more backstage snaps from the show, then shop our latest edit from Carolina Herrera now on Gilt.

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| The design team collaborated with Manolo Blahnik for the collection’s shoes |

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