With Christmas less than a week away, the celebrity set’s calendars are brimming with holiday parties that call for lots of glitz and glamour. On Sunday Anna Kendrick hosted TNT’s annual Christmas in Washington spectacular, which brought out notables including Sheryl Crow and even the First Family. Kendrick chose an ivory velvet J. Mendel gown with a strapless V-cut bodice for the event, while FLOTUS opted for a tailored white Resort ’13 J. Mendel jacket embroidered with silver and a white pleated skirt.
On the party circuit, Florence Welch attended Love magazine’s Christmas party on Tuesday in London in sheer black lace pants and a capelike top from Marios Schwab’s Spring ’14 runway. Miley Cyrus took to the red carpet on Friday evening for New York’s Jingle Ball concert, pairing a Spring ’14 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela sleeveless tuxedo blouse with Maison Martin Margiela Fall ’13 black high-waisted pants with yellow stripes painted down the sides.
While most businesses are closed on Christmas Day, it has become tradition for a handful of blockbusters to hit theaters. (What better way to entertain yourself after opening that sweater from Grandma?) Among this year’s buzzed-about December 25 releases is August: Osage County, starring A-listers Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. The duo posed on the red carpet together during Monday’s L.A. premiere, with Roberts in a tuxedo-inspired Givenchy ensemble and Streep sporting a white knee-length Gucci wool frock.
Donkeys, magicians, and rabbits. Did the circus come to London? Nope, just the Love magazine Christmas party, held last night at Camden’s Lady Ottoline, and hosted by editor in chief Katie Grand and Neil Barrett. Donkeys greeted partygoers upon arrival, and somehow, we were not surprised. This is LOVE after all, and it has its own quirky way of celebrating not just a great year, but also, its advent calendar, which is now at day 18. Thus far, it’s featured the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia May Jagger, and Lindsey Wixson prancing around in their Calvin Klein smalls. Even Clara, Katie Grand’s pet rabbit, was a calendar girl.
Edie Campbell, Florence Welch, Arizona Muse, Paul Simonon, Rankin, Tim Walker, and many more attended last night’s fete. And given that it’s almost year’s end, guests shared their highlights from 2013. “Standing in the hurricane on the beach at Dungeness with Sølve Sundsbø getting soaked whilst shooting a ‘summer’ story was kind of funny,” said Grand of her most memorable moment this year. Lulu Kennedy, LOVE‘s editor at large, also weighed in. “An editorial meeting presided over by Clara. She sat on a cushion in the middle of the table looking very regal, chewing our notes and printouts.”
Memo to fashion-show organizers: Is it time to add Amber Heard to your front-row invite lists? The young actress is enjoying a new boost in popularity, thanks to her relationship with Johnny Depp, but the surprise is not the May-December romance (he’s 50, she’s 27), but how well she’s been holding her own against Mr. Depp’s famous stylishness. That redoubtable organ The Daily Mail dedicated a page today to her dog-walking style, and we’re inclined to agree that she looks great in an oversize coat (expressively tied à la Celine Fall ’13), skinny jeans, and booties. The last two may be young-actress standard-issue, but Heard manages to elevate them to a gamine place that Lou Doillon or Charlotte Gainsbourg would recognize. See you in February, then?
Queen Bey isn’t the only pop star making headlines. Rihanna is in the news today for her plans to transform three of the four bedrooms in her new $39,000-a-month Soho duplex into walk in wardrobes. Excessive? Perhaps. But where else would she keep the hordes of designer gifts she’s been Instagramming all month?
With the SAG Award and Golden Globe nominations announced this week, award season is nigh. Between galas, film festivals, and worldwide promo tours for their nominated films, this year’s well-dressed contenders have been pulling out all the sartorial stops. SAG Award and Golden Globe nominee (and this week’s Beauty Essentials spotlight) Cate Blanchett stepped out in a strapless black Spring ’14 Givenchy jumpsuit with a loose, draped bodice at the For the Love of Cinema – IWC Gulf Filmmaker Award ceremony during the Dubai International Film Festival on Saturday. Amy Adams, who is also up for a Best Actress Golden Globe, chose a black Elie Saab Spring ’14 shift with sheer lace panels for the New York premiere of her film American Hustle, which received a Globe nomination of its own.
Rooney Mara, whose film Her is up for a Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe, attended the Oxfam Charity gala during the Dubai Film Festival in a custom white one-shouldered Lanvin gown with a sculptured peplum-like detail on the bodice from the Resort ’14 collection. The same day, SAG Award nominee Claire Danes hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, in an embroidered white linen Valentino Resort ’14 gown.
Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nom for her very first role in a full-length film, 12 Years a Slave, and has been topping best-dressed lists nearly every week of the press tour. On Wednesday, she took to the red carpet at the film’s Paris premiere in a sleeveless red sequined cocktail dress with sheer cutouts from Elie Saab’s Resort ’14 collection. With the bar set high early in her career, we’re excited to see what the future holds for this rising star.
No doubt, it’s a tight race for the title of most glamorous award hopeful. Who do you think deserves the honor? Click through all of this week’s red-carpet highlights, here.
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