Stars were in a sunny state of mind this week, with highlights consisting of summery motifs and fresh hues. Kiernan Shipka set the tone in a pale pink peplum Marni dress with jeweled embellishments at the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday.
Gowns on Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards red carpet were literal interpretations of the summertime theme. Lizzy Caplan stepped out in Valentino’s Pre-Fall ’14 gown decked with colorful butterflies, while Diane Kruger chose a floral Elie Saab Spring ’14 Haute Couture number. Chloë Grace Moretz went for a less obvious form of florals, donning a black-and-white frock printed with a wire-frame digital 3-D image of a flower from Christopher Kane’s Resort ’14 science-inspired lineup at Coach’s summer party on Tuesday in New York.
Fresh summer white also seemed to be a theme this week, with several notables choosing the color for a variety of events. Michelle Dockery selected a plunging Antonio Berardi sheath for the Cartier Queen’s Cup polo final in Windsor, U.K., while recent French Open champ Maria Sharapova opted for a croc-stamped, double-breasted sheath from Antonio Berardi’s Spring ’14 runway for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party in London. Natalie Portman also went for the trend, choosing a silk number with a cotton basque from Dior’s latest Resort ’15 runway for the Miss Dior exhibition opening in Shanghai.
Everyone has something good to say about Bruce Weber. Look at the long list of Condé Nast editors and publishers, creative luminaries, and style stalwarts who decamped to Detroit yesterday in his name. The occasion was the opening of a new Condé-sponsored exhibition of the lensman’s images of the Motor City at the Detroit Institute of Arts. “I just kept hearing music in my head for a long time,” said Weber of why he first turned up in town back in 2006. “I’m a big Marvin Gaye fan, and I thought, Well, I have a musical going on! That’s what brought me here.” The resulting images are a long way off from the ruin porn that has come to make up much of the city’s photographic legacy. Instead of decaying buildings, Weber gravitated toward locals.
Many of those he shot were on hand last night, including Jeremy Marek, a young man whose arresting scowl from under a fedora has become one of the show’s most iconic shots. “He’s very gentle, and easy to work with,” said Marek of why Weber has become so beloved of the city’s population. Also singing Weber’s praises (and later simply singing) was former Detroit resident and Weber compatriot Patti Smith. Scarcely an iPhone camera went unraised during her performance, for which her children Jesse and Jackson joined her on piano and guitar, respectively. It all made for a heady sight against the backdrop of the Institute’s titanic Diego Rivera mural depicting the Ford factory. After the cocktails, guests took their finery to a downtown diner, where the main attraction was “Coney Islands,” a Detroit take on the chili dog. An after-after-bash headed to The Raven Lounge, Michigan’s oldest blues bar, for live music and carousing into the night. It’s good to go local.
Patti Smith, Musician and Writer, New York City, 1996
The Jackson Five and a Cousin, New York City, 1975
American Apparel founder Dov Charney, who is under investigation for alleged misconduct, has been terminated from his role as president and CEO of the company. WWD reports that the company’s board voted on the decision to suspend Charney from his executive roles, and after a thirty-day “cure” period he will officially be out. Executive vice president and CFO John Luttrell, formerly of Old Navy and Wet Seal, has been appointed interim CEO.
Luttrell confirmed that American Apparel will still maintain its promise of “sweatshop-free, Made in the USA” clothing. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company’s racy ads are dropped. Conceived by Charney, the ads, which feature female employees in provocative poses, have always incited controversy. Charney’s very public harassment lawsuits only made matters worse over the years. Perhaps without its founder at the helm, American Apparel will turn over a new, less sexually charged leaf.
For French director Jalil Lespert’s new biopic on the legendary Yves Saint Laurent, the designer’s longtime partner, Pierre Bergé, granted unparalleled access to the icon’s original creations, including more than 5,000 dresses, 15,000 accessories, and 35,000 sketches. But working with the archival pieces had its limitations. “No one could sweat in the dresses, and it basically meant no moving,” said Marie de Villepin, who plays the designer’s muse Betty Catroux, at last night’s Cinema Society screening of Yves Saint Laurent, hosted by The Weinstein Company and Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette. “I’m complaining now, but how amazing is it to get to wear those museum pieces that got pulled out for the first time ever just to be in this movie?”
While the film showcases YSL’s designs—from the famous Mondrian dresses to his signature Le Smokings, it also sheds light on the man behind them. His battle with severe depression, as well as drug and sex addictions, made his relationship with Bergé a volatile one. (This film, however, has Bergé’s stamp of approval, unlike the other movie about the designer that recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.) “It was the price of being a genius,” Lespert said. “I didn’t want to make a movie about his dark side, but it was important to show that he had these struggles.”
After the screening at MoMA, the movie’s star Pierre Niney, Harvey Weinstein, and Martha Stewart, among others, regrouped at Beautique on West 58th Street. Though 83-year-old Bergé wasn’t in attendance, Niney reported, “The first time Pierre saw it, he was in tears. If the guy who shared a life with him believes in the Yves I did, that’s enough for me.”
Spring ’15 marks the 60th anniversary of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, and thus, a very special edition of Pitti Immagine. In addition to guest brand Z Zegna’s forthcoming show, presentations from up-and-comers like Au Jour Le Jour, and a three-museum installation by Francesco Vezzoli, houses with Florentine roots such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Pucci, and Ermanno Scervino are hosting bashes and celebratory exhibitions. Needless to say, this installment of the Italian fashion fair needed to kick off with gusto, and it did just that last night at the Opera di Firenze.
The evening began with I Costumi Della Sartoria Tirelli—a show comprising of costumes from the storied Roman atelier created between the 1950s through the present. I was particularly taken by the lavish scarlet gown and gilded, pearl-embellished crown worn by Monica Bellucci in Terry Gilliam’s 2005 flick, The Brothers Grimm, as well as the ruffled rose suit donned by Donald Sutherland in Federico Fellini’s 1976 film, Casanova. The latter earned its designer Danilo Donati an Oscar in 1977.
Following a stroll through Tirelli’s sartorial fantasyland, guests including Pitti CEO Raffaello Napoleone and Suzy Menkes were ushered into the theater, where we were treated to a concert from Andrea Bocelli and Patrizia Orciani. You didn’t need to speak Italian to be stirred by the pair’s performance—in fact, Bocelli’s “Ave Maria” encore moved more than a few attendees to tears.
Walking out of the theater, Menkes commented that, while packing at 2 a.m. for fashion events like Pitti, it’s easy to forget how remarkable they can be. If this opener is any indication, we’re in for quite a week.
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