While much of the Hollywood set tends to enjoy a little break after the awards season finale, the stars of March’s blockbusters have been busy promoting their high-profile flicks. The A-list stars of the biblical epic Noah have been trotting around the world promoting the film, and the picture’s leading ladies have been continually knocking it out of the sartorial ballpark at each premiere. In Madrid, Jennifer Connelly chose a nude Giambattista Valli Spring ’14 Haute Couture frock embroidered with pale leaves and a crystal neckline. Her equally chic costar Emma Watson opted for a black-and-white J. Mendel ensemble, featuring a draped white blouse and tapered black pants fresh off the Fall ’14 runway.
Stateside, the stars of the buzzed-about Divergent have had a busy premiere week of their own. Shailene Woodley, the film’s heroine and a rapidly rising star, stepped out in a black figure-hugging jumpsuit with a sheer detailed bodice from Elie Saab’s Pre-Fall ’13 lineup for a screening in New York on Thursday. In true Hollywood fashion, a bevy of notables turned up for the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, including Kiernan Shipka, Ellie Goulding, and Zoe Kravitz. Shipka attended the L.A. premiere of Divergent in Valentino’s tulle frock covered with armor-like patchwork from the Spring ’14 runway, while Kravitz turned up in a white off-the-shoulder frock from BFF Alexander Wang’s Spring ’14 Balenciaga collection.
For an up-and-coming label like Isa Arfen, dressing the biggest television star of the moment is a game-changer. So when Lena Dunham appeared last week wearing the “eye” shift dress on the red carpet in Hollywood for the Television Academy’s “An Evening With Girls,” designer Serafina Sama said it was her “second dream come true.”
Her first dream? “Working with The Shop at Bluebird.”
Despite being on the scene just shy of two years, Sama (Isa Arfen is an anagram of her full name) has become known for her use of texture, color, and volume. The digitized eye was her first experimentation with print, and she knew from the onset who she wanted to collaborate with: “Marcela Gutiérrez was my fellow classmate at Central Saint Martins, and she had such a talent for print she moved from fashion to illustration. She is really gifted at portraiture, with a focus on the eye, so it was natural for us to work on that and draw it out.”
Sama created two eye pieces—culottes (£420) and a skirt (£635)—exclusive to The Shop at Bluebird, one of London’s most underappreciated retail concept stores (but perhaps not for long, as its online launch begins next week). “I not only love their edit of designers,” said Sama, “but also the way they curate furniture and art. I can easily lose hours in the shop, wandering around.”
Last night at Bluebird, Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin Sewell, and more turned up for a preview of Isa Arfen’s AW 2014 collection. Sama explained how Dunham’s eye dress came to be: “It was originally a little cropped top, but Lena thought it was too short for her, so I basically made it into a dress in two days, sent it out, and crossed my fingers.” Dreams, apparently, come true sometimes. Twice.
Dressing appropriately sometimes means wearing the opposite of what you think you should be wearing, says a recent Harvard study. The Wall Street Journal reports that “standing out in certain circumstances, like wearing sweats in a luxury store, also appears to boost an individual’s standing.”
Which totally makes sense if you think about it. Getting decked out to browse at Bergdorf’s is the fashion equivalent of taking a stretch limo to a movie at your local Cineplex. You’re trying too hard, probably because you’re faking it. Deviating from social norms can lead to a positive uptick in what people think about you, says the study. For instance, wearing sweatpants to work will make people think you’re super-rich because you probably don’t give a shit about getting fired. That’s why people who walk around in gym clothes all the time look like wealth—they don’t need jobs like the rest of us, so they can just do yoga and juice all day. Walk into a Chanel store dressed like that and shop assistants will immediately recognize you as the confident, deliberately offbeat, I-could-care-less type of shopper who might drop a few stacks on a new bag just because it’s Tuesday and you’ve got nothing better to do.
Just respect the boundaries. The key is to look like someone who is intentionally dressing like they don’t know what’s appropriate, not like a crazy person who doesn’t understand how to behave. No one wants to deal with an actual eccentric, just a rich person with the gall to act like one.
While the temperatures dropped in New York this week, pastels and florals on the celeb circuit made us hopeful that spring is just around the corner. On Wednesday, Elle Fanning looked decidedly grown up in a light blue, belly-baring Wes Gordon Fall ’14 sheath at the 25 Most Powerful Stylists luncheon in L.A. Later that evening, Emmy Rossum braved New York’s chilly temps in a strapless Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall ’14 ball gown with a blue floral print for Art Production Fund’s White Glove Gone Wild gala.
On the premiere circuit, blush tones were the color of choice. Style maven Tilda Swinton attended the L.A. screening of her new film, Only Lovers Left Alive, on Monday in a fringed cream jacket and skirt from Valentino’s Spring ’14 Haute Couture runway. The same night, Jennifer Connelly looked statuesque in a pale Givenchy Fall ’09 Haute Couture gown with pink embellishments for the Mexico City premiere of her new film, Noah. Kristen Bell stepped onto the red carpet on Wednesday in a strapless pink silk J. Mendel Pre-Fall ’14 gown with a high slit for the L.A. premiere of Veronica Mars. The fresh colors and skin-baring frocks made a strong argument for us to shed our coats and embrace spring. Now if only the snow would stop falling in New York.
In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why Style.com’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. See below for today’s top shots.
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