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Move over, Lady Mary: Downton Abbey's new style stars

Step aside, Lady Mary. There are a few new fashion stars at Downton Abbey this season.

As was customary amongst a certain set in 1922, because Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is in mourning, she’ll be stuck in a lot of dark, somber outfits in season 4, which premieres in the U.S. on Jan. 5.

Luckily, the style torch has been passed to a few other characters, who will lead Downton into the Jazz Age in style.


The cast of 'Downton Abbey' undressed, Adam Levine's superhero style icon, and more

The cast of Downton Abbey undresses for the roaring ’20s, a coffee table-sized computer hits the market, Adam Levine talks Kmart and superheroes, and more.

Read on for all of today’s style and design headlines.  READ FULL STORY

Emmys: Toast the nominees with these TV-inspired cocktails

Nominees like Julie Bowen, Tony Goldwyn, and Anna Chlumsky started warming up for Sunday at Entertainment Weekly‘s pre-Emmy bash in L.A. last night.

“We have a routine,” Gail Simmons told EW of her Emmy night plans with Top Chef co-stars Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colocchio, insisting that the trio will keep their spirits up even if they don’t get the trophy for Best Reality-Competition Program. “We party whether we win or lose!”

Speaking of spirits, we’ve rounded up five cocktails to help you kick off your Emmy celebration.

Click on to learn how to mix up libations inspired by Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Scandal, and Downton Abbey.


The Emmy for best costume design should go to... POLL

From Lady Mary’s embroidered dresses to Jon Snow’s fur-trimmed capes and Snow White’s fairytale gowns, this year’s crop of Emmy-nominated wardrobe designs are a telling example of Emmy history — the Academy loves period and fantasy costumes.

The 2013 Emmy nominees in the category of Outstanding Costumes for a Series are Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones, all shows that are set in the past, or, in the case of Once Upon a Time, in another world. In fact, this year’s nominees is the same group that went head-to-head for the costume Emmy last year. (GoT costume designer Michelle Clapton took home the award in 2012.)

Why are costumes from shows set in modern times often left out of the running?

“[It’s] really hard for people to understand how intricate, precise and detailed [contemporary designs] can be because we wear them every day,” Tom Broecker — the longtime costume designer for Saturday Night Live who also worked wardrobe magic on season one of House of Cards — told EW at the opening of the FIDM Museum & Galleries’ Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit in July. “Contemporary costumes are seen as more mundane because they lack the majesty of period clothes.”

Which costume designer should win the prize for Outstanding Costumes for a Series at the Creative Arts Emmys this Sunday? Cast your vote in the poll below.


Amanda Bynes gets her wig right, the 'Downton Abbey' makeup line, and more

Amanda Bynes finally gets her hair on straight, Downton Abbey and Suits inspire his-and-hers cosmetics collections, and Lady Gaga buys her boyfriend a $55,000 backpack.

Read on for today’s top style and design headlines.  READ FULL STORY

Coming Soon: The 'Downton Abbey' jewelry line -- PHOTO

Prepare to get bejeweled in the spirit of your favorite Downton Abbey character — a line of baubles based on the PBS series will be in stores soon.

Knockout Licensing has struck a deal with 1928 Jewelry Co. for the official Downton Abbey jewelry line, which will include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings, and hair jewelry for women, as well as cufflinks for the Matthew Crawley in your life.

The best part?


The 'Downton Abbey' fashion line, Selena Gomez's recycled dress, and more

Soon you’ll be able to dress like your favorite Downton Abbey character. The licensed merchandise line will also include furniture, wallpaper, and beauty products. [Vanity Fair]

Selena Gomez recycled the red Marco Marco dress she wore to perform at the MTV Movie Awards for her the video “Come and Get It.” [MTV Style]

Rihanna’s hairstylist dishes on creating some of the Barbadian beauty’s most notable hairstyles. [The Cut]

Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn remember their first makeup moments together during a mother-daughter moment on the set of their new Almay commercial. [Huffington Post]

WE TV has ordered a new fashion reality show called House of Curves, starring plus-size fashion designer Kenyatta Jones. [Variety]

The winner of Project Runway season 11 talks about her big win and what she plans to do next. [THR]

Ashton Kutcher-backed start-up Fab.com opens first brick-and-mortar store, launches a design-your-own furniture line. [Mashable]

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'Downton Abbey' fashion face-off: Who was the best dressed bride?

It’s a battle of the Downton brides!

While Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) kicked off the third season of Downton Abbey by getting hitched to Matthew (Dan Stevens) in an elegant, lace dress, which was accented with Swarovski crystals, younger sister Edith capped off last night’s episode by walking down the aisle in a simple, satin gown with an embroidered train. (Her nuptials however didn’t exactly end on a happy note).

But which bride was best dressed? We leave it to you to decide. Take the poll below and head to the comments to tell us if Edith finally trumped her older sister, or if she should prepare for (yet another) heartbreak. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' costumer on Lady Edith's wedding look: 'I wanted you to be devastated as an audience'

Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) just can’t catch a break.

After two seasons of failed relationships, Downton Abbey’s dejected middle sibling finally stepped into the spotlight last night as she walked down the aisle to wed her (much older) suitor, Sir Anthony Strallan (Robert Bathurst). Though the moment was ultimately short-lived (Edith’s fiance left her at the altar), costume designer Caroline McCall says she wanted to make sure it was memorable.

“[Edith has] always been a little bit of an awkward character,” McCall tells EW. “She’s always looking for her place in the world and I wanted her to look absolutely stunning on her wedding day. I wanted [her] to find her place.”

To create Edith’s wedding gown, McCall took cues from designers like Lanvin, but the biggest inspiration turned out to be an original silk train adorned in flowers and crystals that she borrowed from a friend.

“[That] was the starting point really,” says McCall. “We brought through the embroidery from the train and put it on the shoulders and the hips. It was like a draped silk dress. It’s very simple and elegant.”

To top it off, McCall added the pricey “family bridal tiara,” which Mary (Michelle Dockery) wore at her wedding to Matthew (Dan Stevens) in last week’s episode. That, however, was where the similarities between the two brides ended.  READ FULL STORY

Shirley MacLaine on her 'Downton Abbey' look: 'The corsets were really demanding'

Shirley MacLaine says playing Downton Abbey‘s Martha Levinson required a great deal of restraint, a keen eye for detail, and plenty of backup.

And that was just to get dressed.

“Those authentic costumes took some work,” the Oscar winner admits in the new issue of The Saturday Evening Post. “The corsets were really demanding and the buttons on everything were so small.”

While the nouveau-riche Martha’s American-style clothes are less restrictive than those of the Dowager Countess, MacLaine says she still needed help getting into her period costumes.  READ FULL STORY

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