The 2014 Golden Globe nominees were announced today, and it looks like 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle—two movies that deftly capture two very different moments in American history—are the top contenders. With seven nominations each, the dramatic films are neck-and-neck competitors for Golden Globe (and, most likely, Oscar) glory.
Other notable nods in the Best Motion Picture lineup include blockbuster hits Gravity and Captain Phillips, as well as the Venice Film Festival winner for Best Screenplay, Philomena. Upcoming films Her and The Wolf of Wall Street also made the cut, rounding out a list of dramas and tearjerkers.
And let’s not forget our favorite (and most stylish) leading men and ladies. Cate Blanchett received a Best Actress nod for her role in Woody Allen’s acclaimed Blue Jasmine. (Her character’s collection of Chanel jackets may or may not deserve its own award.) Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street, and rising red-carpet star Lupita Nyong’o is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Jennifer Lawrence’s turn as a sexy housewife in American Hustle also earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Lawrence will likely step out in Dior for the awards show, but we’re really feeling the messy updos and plunging halter dresses she wears in the film.
See the full list of nominees below, and tune into NBC on Sunday, January 12, to see our favorite funny girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the show live.
What’s the biggest difference between designing stage costumes and runway looks? Functionality, according to Thom Browne, who’s made more than eighty outfits for the forthcoming interactive theatrical experience, Queen of the Night. The endeavor marks Browne’s first foray into stage garb—a somewhat surprising fact, considering his proclivity for dramatic fashion week displays (cue models tied down to beds, white-powdered catwalkers teetering about a padded room in sculptural frocks, and gentlemen in exaggerated military garb marching through Paris’ École Militaire). “In regards to creating a fantasy, this was very similar to what I do in my runway collections,” explained Browne. “But I don’t always think about functional clothing, so that was the greatest challenge. These are circus performers, so you have to make sure that they can move in the garments.”
Created by Sleep No More‘s Randy Weiner and his Variety Worldwide co-partners Simon Hammerstein and Murtaza Akbar, Queen of the Night will open on New Year’s Eve at the Diamond Horseshoe—a famed thirties vaudeville theater which, set at the bottom of a deadly spiral staircase, has been restored to its Art Deco glory under the watchful eye of the play’s creative director, Giovanna Battaglia. The show promises to be as grand as its venue, and features acrobats that hang from the ceiling; a bubbling, smoking cocktail “distillery” that looks more like a laboratory than a bar; a food performance by artist Jennifer Rubell (whole pigs will be presented to guests on spits, roasted chickens will be served in cages); and a labyrinth of secret back rooms where theatergoers can have one-on-one adventures with the Browne-clad actors.
Loosely based on The Magic Flute, the surreal tale of love, turmoil, and lessons learned stars Martha Graham principal dancer Katherine Crockett. Her regal character was inspired by such bon-vivant society women as Peggy Guggenheim and Marchesa Luisa Casati, an Italian heiress and muse who supposedly once proclaimed, “I want to be a living work of art.”
As you can see from Browne’s sketch (left), which debuts exclusively here, the designer will transform Crockett into just that. “The costume itself is overwhelming in size and scale. It has an ecclesiastic, otherworldly sensibility,” said Browne of the leading lady’s ensemble, which comprises a massive embellished cape, a “very sexy” frock, and an astounding amount of beading and embroidery. “There are also some fantastic anatomical references,” Browne noted, pointing to pairs of hands that seem to grasp at the hips, ankles, and shoulders of Crockett’s look.
A troop of twenty butler characters will wear Browne’s signature cropped suits (with a twist, he assures us), and every element of his designs—no mater how fantastical—will play a role in the story. “You know, I based the costumes on the Marchesa, and wanted to create a whole world for somebody that just lives the most unbelievable, spectacular life,” offered Browne. “I want it to be a real fantasy experience for everyone.”
For tickets and further information on Queen of the Night visit queenofthenightnyc.com.
When Tamara Mellon decided to get back into the fashion action after leaving Jimmy Choo, it wasn’t going to be business as usual. In hopes of bringing the thrill back to shopping (she blames fashion fatigue on universal access to runway photographs as well as the months between the shows and the arrival of clothes in stores), Mellon has opted out of the catwalk. More importantly, she’s opted out of the idea of selling winter coats in July and bikinis in January. The plan is to make bimonthly shipments of buy-now, wear-now clothes to department stores (we have it on good authority that her first delivery to Bergdorf Goodman is selling at a brisk clip), and to very quickly ramp up her own boutiques and e-commerce platform. By way of introduction, she’s just produced a short movie, enlisting model-turned-filmmaker Rie Rasmussen to direct Karlie Kloss. “We had so much fun shooting High Heels & Sharp Knives with Rie and Karlie,” Mellon told Style.com. “Both are incredibly talented and completely capture the spirit of my woman. I cannot wait to see the reaction from the twist at the end.” No spoilers here. Visit Mellon’s Web site tomorrow to discover the twist for yourself, and watch an exclusive teaser only on Style.com.
It might be freezing here in New York (actually, it’s 9 degrees below freezing, to be exact), but Resort’s wares are already trickling into stores. And to celebrate the season, Net-a-porter.com is launching a special capsule that will appeal to beachgoers and chilly city dwellers alike. The e-tailer has tapped Scottish wunderkind Christopher Kane to create a primary-colored capsule, which will hit the Web Friday, December 13. Priced between $420 and $1,435, the collection boasts a palette of marigold, cerulean, cherry, and white, and comprises frocks with lace cutouts, easy embellished sweaters, an intricate lace-covered bomber, and an appliquéd blouse and T-shirt. Also in the mix is a pair of tapered-ankle sweatpants. However, seeing as this is Christopher Kane—the king of luxe London quirk—the latter aren’t just any old joggers. Their calves are wrapped in black floral filigree, making them a covetable wardrobe staple, whatever the weather. Take a first look at the lineup here, exclusively on Style.com.
This morning, NEWGEN, the British Fashion Council’s Topshop-sponsored emerging talent scheme, announced the seven new talents who will receive sponsorship to present their Fall ’14 collections during London fashion week in February. Fledgling designers and brands including 1205, Marques’Almeida, Lucas Nascimento and Simone Rocha (left) will receive support for their runway shows while designer Ryan Lo, a Fashion East alum, will receive funding for a presentation. Meanwhile, Claire Barrow (another Fashion East grad) and Danielle Romeril will house their new collections in an exhibition space. The NEWGEN committee, chaired by journalist Sarah Mower, MBE, selects designers based on their creative strengths and distinct points of view. Past awardees have included Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jonathan Saunders, and J.W. Anderson.