April 18 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: Rihanna (Also Other Stars) Steal the Front-Row Spotlight


Miu Miu

When it came to star sightings, the front rows at the Fall ’14 shows gave the Oscars a run for its money. The celebrity set came out strong this fashion season, supporting the designers who dress them for so many of their red-carpet moments. Lupita Nyong’o, who brought home an Academy Award this past weekend, was spotted in the front rows of Miu Miu and Calvin Klein Collection, both of which helped her top best-dressed lists during her promo tour for 12 Years a Slave, as well as the awards season. At Miu Miu, she turned up in a burgundy jacket with an embellished collar by the label and a light pink miniskirt, while for Calvin Klein Collection, she donned a pale knit dress from Pre-Fall ’14. Jason Wu’s debut at Hugo Boss in New York also brought out a bevy of stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Diane Kruger, who led the standing ovation at the show’s close.

Notables were also spotted in the front row of Burberry Prorsum‘s London show, a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. Naomie Harris looked on in a long, navy velvet devoré and a green gown. In Milan, Jeremy Scott’s first runway show for Moschino brought out celebs known for their playful fashion choices. Rita Ora and Katy Perry were among the front-row dwellers in looks from the Pre-Fall ’14 lineup.

Despite all of the big names who attended the Paris shows (including Jared Leto, Keira Knightley, and Kanye West), all eyes were on Rihanna. RiRi stole the spotlight, turning up at all of the biggest shows like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Lanvin, and Stella McCartney, just to name a few. While it’s difficult to choose a highlight from her flawless arsenal of looks, we were particularly taken by the Melitta Baumeister, Hyein Seo, and Adam Selman mash-up she wore to Comme des Garçons; her gray peplum jacket and fur shrug at Lanvin; and the sexy LBD she paired with stockings and a cherry Pre-Fall ’14 mink coat at Dior. She was a street-style photographer’s dream from start to finish.

Here, more front-row highlights from the Fall ’14 shows.

Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu

Insta-Gratification: #PFW Edition


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’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. For this very special edition of Insta-Gratification, she’ll be calling out the best shots from #PFW. See below for today’s picks.

Wednesday, March 6

Model massage train.

Front row selfie realness with Lupita and RiRi.

A note from Nicolas.

What I love most about this picture is that Jared Leto took it.

Peace out, Paris. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification: #PFW Edition” »

Max Raabe’s Carnegie Cabaret


Alan Cumming, Max Raabe, Julianna Margulies

“We must seem very exotic,” said retro pop singer Max Raabe of his and Palast Orchester’s performance at Carnegie Hall last night. “The audiences in America have discovered that we have humor, despite being German.” He delivered the line with the same dry, dry, dry—did we mention dry?—wit as the one-liners he offered between songs. Last night he sang a selection of classic German 1920s pop songs—”It’s…in German,” he wryly warned the audience—in addition to stateside favorites from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Despite the deadpan—or perhaps because of it—Raabe has a knack for filling concert halls. Only visiting New York every couple of years, there was something refreshing about his soigné performance, which recalled a Weimar-era German cabaret. He doesn’t move excessively around the stage, he doesn’t have backup dancers, and he certainly doesn’t use auto-tune. Even his coattails are made in the 1920s style by a custom tailor in Berlin. Keeping the production streamlined helps the music shine through. “For two hours, we take the audience away from reality, which is what this music was made for,” Raabe told “It is unpolitical music, written to entertain an audience.”

When Julianna Margulies heard Raabe was coming to Carnegie Hall, she insisted on throwing an after-party at the Viceroy’s newly opened Kingside restaurant just a few doors down. “I can’t believe it, but I’m officially a groupie! I never thought I would be one, but when I heard Max’s voice…” Margulies isn’t the only fan: Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, and Joshua Bell all turned out to toast Raabe. As Amy Fine Collins put it, “Max’s perfectionism and discipline is just everything.”

Photo: Mina Magda/BFAnyc.comĀ 

Runway to Red Carpet: Pre-Oscar Fetes and a Well-Heeled Actress-Turned-Entrepreneur


LupitaAs the Oscar countdown draws to a close, the celebrity set kept busy this week with a multitude of parties, premieres, and the final award show leading up to the season’s main event. For Saturday’s NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, Lupita Nyong’o chose a plunging earth-toned Givenchy dress, a red-carpet first for her, from the Pre-Fall ’14 lineup. Nyong’o added another trophy to her growing collection that evening, taking home the statue for Outstanding Supporting Actress. A radiant Kerry Washington accepted several awards, including Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Scandal, in a custom navy and peach silk Thakoon gown.

On Tuesday, Naomi Watts hosted Bulgari’s pre-Oscar fete that brought out stars such as Kate Hudson, Olivia Munn, and Dianna Agron to celebrate “Decades of Glamour” in Hollywood. Watts chose a look fresh off the Fall ’14 runway: Altuzarra’s black column with magenta and orange accents.

The famously well-heeled Sarah Jessica Parker turned her love of footwear into more than a hobby when she launched her namesake SJP Collection this week. On Wednesday, the actress feted the opening of her Nordstrom pop-up shop in New York, stepping out in a pale pink Valentino frock hemmed with black lace, paired with green sandals from her own collection, which launches today.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele: Super Stylist, Freak of Leopard


Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele is the genuine article. The stylist—famed for her aesthetic embrace of excess—lives, breathes, and embodies all that is chic. De Dudzeele, who worked on Jeremy Scott’s Fall ’14 Moschino debut, recently took to YouTube to tell the world about her lifelong love affair with leopard. Put on your spots, find your inner “freak of leopard,” and have a look at the video, above. You might just learn something—or at the very least, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.