After several weeks of ongoing award shows, the Hollywood set conceded the spotlight to the music biz at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The evening prior to the big event, several stars partied in style at pre-Grammy soirees. Rihanna paired a striped Spring ’14 Altuzarra blouse with a thigh-high-slit skirt at the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch. Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, topped a white satin slipdress with Calvin Klein Collection’s cozy pink Pre-Fall ’14 shearling coat at a pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills.
Christopher Kane’s banded Resort ’14 frock has proven to be a very popular red-carpet choice, with Jennifer Hudson and Lara Stone joining the list of notables (including Chloë Grace Moretz and Lupita Nyong’o) who have donned versions of the look. Hudson wore the off-the-shoulder dress for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, and Stone paired the crewneck iteration with a blazer for the Radio Times party in London on Tuesday.
Then, of course, there’s Cate Blanchett, who’s been pulling out all the sartorial stops of late. Last night at the AACTA Awards ceremony in Sydney, the actress radiated glamour in a plunging chocolate sequined Spring ’14 gown by her tried-and-true favorite, Givenchy.
With New York fashion week less than a week away, there’s a lot to look forward to. The glitz! The glamour! The street styles! But we can’t help but feel a slight panic attack coming on as well. The mammoth show schedule ensures that the fashion set will be uptown at Lincoln Center one minute, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the next (ahem, Alexander Wang), and over in West Chelsea just moments later. We’re not even sure that Uber will be able to manage the hordes of requests. Of course, despite the crosstown commutes and subzero temps, you’re expected to be at the top of your game—and look it, too. i-D magazine compiled fifty pieces of useful advice for surviving, nay, thriving during the freezing, sleep-deprived, party-packed week ahead. More important, though, it reminds us to embrace it all with a wink and a smile. We’ve called out our five favorite tips below, and will be putting the entire list to use come Wednesday.
1. Being clean is unfailingly chic.
2. Boys who dress like girls are a grand tradition that must be preserved at all costs. Ditto, girls who dress like boys.
3. Words like “edgy” and “directional” should be used sparingly, otherwise you sound like the tacky fashion “expert” off breakfast telly.
4. If you are going to blog about fashion, make sure you can string a sentence together.
5. All the best avant-garde looks will get you arrested—for example, women wearing trousers in Paris, back in 1800.
“Think of me as sort of a gay male version of Maggie Smith’s character on Downton Abbey,” said Simon Doonan while smiling onstage at Cipriani’s yesterday afternoon. “I’m going to give you some life tips. Rising stars, are you listening?” And so began the 17th Annual Rising Star Awards, an industry event that drew the likes of Anndra Neen’s Annette and Phoebe Stephens, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and NARS’ Sara Zucker to celebrate emerging talent in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories, business, and design.
“Thank God for menswear, otherwise I would be freezing my ass off on days like today!” exclaimed Hal Rubenstein before presenting the menswear award to Pyer Moss’ tear-stricken Kerby Jean-Raymond and a very surprised Ian Velardi. “I really didn’t expect to be up here, so I have nothing to say,” offered the former. “But I do want to thank my girlfriend for allowing me to max out all of our credit cards. I promise you that I’m gonna buy you a ring after we pay off Chase, American Express, Capital One, and every other credit union who ever lent us money.”
Honor’s Giovanna Randall later received the womenswear award from a fanny-pack-totting Stephen Burrows, who wore his sunglasses onstage. The accessories prize, meanwhile, was handed to Edmundo Castillo. “Of course you want it, but you never know…” he whispered after leaving the podium.
We have to imagine that, as they left the luncheon, all the event’s guests felt like winners—after all, they had been privy to Doonan’s sacred life tips. His best advice? “Always make sure that you have at least one drag queen in your orbit. They’re very inspiring.”
Despite Michelle Obama’s fondness for American designers, she went with something decidedly more far-flung for last night’s State of the Union Address: a striking forest green ensemble by the Tunisian-born, Paris-based icon Azzedine Alaïa. The A-line frock and cropped jacket combo was a departure from the spangled Barbara Tfank sheath she wore last year, but this isn’t the first time the FLOTUS has opted for Alaïa’s work. A baby blue gown (which she donned to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize banquet in Oslo), a flippy black dress (which she sported during both her 2009 European tour and a 2013 LGBT fundraising event), and a mid-length white number (worn for the 2010 G20 summit) are just some of the wares in her Alaïa arsenal. While this latest look has generated a certain amount of criticism, deemed less than patriotic by some, we’re inclined to call it a chic step in international relations.
Even those without a penchant (or, in my case, patience) for games could appreciate the Internet-sensationalized cult favorite Cards Against Humanity, “a party game for horrible people.” Other than exclusively being available online, the deck’s claim to fame is the awkward hilarity that ensues when dealing with inappropriate, offensive, politically incorrect, and downright dirty subjects.
If you’ve ever wondered what the game would look like if it was strictly industry-centric, Who What Wear created a parodied version dubbed Cards Against Fashion. See above for a few of our favorites.
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