25 posts tagged "Alberta Ferretti"
Cate Blanchett is one of the all-time greats when it comes to red-carpet style. She usually nails it (we’ll look past the ill-received gold fringed Balenciaga gown worn at the 2007 Costume Institute Gala), even at events that are not exactly high-profile. For the 30th anniversary of SKII skincare in Tokyo, the actress—who is also a brand ambassador—wore a scarlet Alberta Ferretti shift with beaded shoulders, which she accessorized with a neat teased ‘do. Judging by images of other honorees in similarly hued frocks, the color might have been a requirement. We think the entire look is tough-chic done right. What about you? Is there another red dress you would have picked for her instead?
With the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this morning, awards season has officially begun. And while many are furiously debating who’ll make it up to the Beverly Hilton hotel stage to collect their statuette, we’re more concerned with the action outside—the red carpet. What are this year’s crop of nominees going to wear?
Nine‘s Marion Cotillard is a no-brainer: She’s a Dior girl, fronting the house’s campaign for the Lady Dior bag; here’s hoping Galliano puts together something suitably shocking for her bravura turn as Nine‘s neglected wife. (We’d wish for a half-on, half-off Fall ’09 Couture look—perfectly appropriate for the flick’s many bedroom scenes—but January in L.A. can be chilly.) Her co-star and co-nominee Penélope Cruz tends to favor long, elegant gowns (vintage Balmain to the Oscars in 2009, pictured; Versace a few years before), and there’ll likely be more of the same. Likewise from Meryl (twice nominated for Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated): We can see her in a sensible Alberta Ferretti (again) or maybe Carolina.
Luckily, it’s a great year for young actresses to shake things up. Emily Blunt, nominated for her portrayal of Queen Victoria, would look great in a simple, regal gown—maybe an Alexis Mabille? Carey Mulligan (An Education) has been stepping out in Prada, where she could pick a crystal-studded stunner. (Careful not to outshine Shia.) And Precious‘ Gabourey Sidibe—a first-time nominee—has been opting for jewel tones in her many appearances to promote the movie. She’d look great in a gem-colored Devi Kroell from pre-fall ’09.
On the TV side, there’s bound to be the requisite dose of Mad Men proper. Betty Draper cut loose this season, ditching Don and heading for Reno—any chance nominee January Jones will, too? We’d love to see a little Vegas gold, especially for an actress who’s played the Grace Kelly card so often. (And, while we’re on the subject, no nomination for Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss?)
But there are upstarts here, too. If anyone can pull off evening shorts or a jumpsuit to an awards show, it’s gotta be Big Love nominee Chloë Sevigny. Ditto Drew, who’s making the rounds for Grey Gardens with her co-star and co-nominee Jessica Lange one final time. (The pair was nominated for Emmys, too; Lange won.) Call us literalists, but wouldn’t it be great to see Barrymore and Lange—who played Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, the quintessential cat ladies of the twentieth century—in feline frocks from Miu Miu’s kitty collection?
Gingham check at Christopher Kane. White eyelet, Swiss dot, and jagged swaths of suede at Altuzarra. Crochet at Alberta Ferretti, peasant dresses at YSL, clog heels and hay underfoot at Chanel. After several seasons of urban warrior looks, fashion is teasing out a more bucolic mood for Spring ’10. Add the desert-inspired looks from brands such as Erin Wasson x RVCA and Apiece Apart and the Mad Max vibe at the Rodarte and Balmain shows, and it starts to seem as though we’ve got a full-blown rustic revolution on our hands. Australian label Lover has certainly picked up on the trend: Its new collection “The Harvest” takes its inspiration from Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, conjuring the film’s turn-of-the-century farmstead setting in earth tones, peasant-inspired embroideries, and loose lace dresses. “The last couple seasons have definitely been a bit more ‘hard,’ ” notes Lover co-designer Susien Chong. “This time out, we felt like we could lean on our DNA and go back to a more innocent look.” Or, as Chong’s partner Nic Briand elaborates, a look of innocence lost. As is true of most of the pastoral-themed collections that have hit the runways and showrooms thus far, the Lover Spring ’10 collection picks up on the grit required of a woman who’s working the land. “You look at the woman in Days of Heaven,” Briand says, “she’s not dainty. She’s layering on a jacket to go out in the fields when it’s cold.” Urban warrior vs. country tough: Place your bets—the fashion wrestling match has already begun.
This season’s runway tracks were a schizophrenic medley, veering from hardcore rap and opera to techno and old-school country—occasionally, all in a single show. Here, a selection of Milan’s music to watch clothes by.
Breakout Track: Brenda Lee’s All Alone Am I
The Final Note: Lee’s plaintive and sweet fifties-era croonings were mixed up with rap and classical tunes. Well, you wouldn’t expect a single musical message from Prada, would you?
Breakout Track: Puccini’s Oh Mio Babbino Caro from the 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi
The Final Note:Uplifting and emotional Italian drama that could move you to tears. A moving way to take in the romantic, gauzy parade.
Breakout Track: Jerry Garcia’s Love Scene Improvisations from Zabriskie Point
The Final Note: Garcia’s twangy, free-form guitar came from the NSFW scene from the 1970′s Antonioni film, shown on screens during the runway proceedings. The result? An aptly arty, earthy, and cultish backdrop to Raf Simons’ rough-hewn intellectualism.
Breakout Track: Pianist Maxence Cyrin’s version of Don’t You Want Me?
The Final Note: Eighties pop merged with classical piano. A high-low mix that’s so appropriate for modern wares made with old-school artisanship.
Dolce & Gabbana
Breakout Track: Grace Jones’ remake of Rita Hayworth classic Amado Mio
The Final Note: Neo-Latin romance with an avant-garde edge. Right on point, boys.
Breakout Track:The Gossip’s Heavy Cross
The Final Note: A energetic yet tough pop hit from the band’s latest album. In other words, a soundtrack made for the Gucci girl’s direct, turbo-charged look.
The folks behind the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN sponsorship may well be the world’s best fashion talent-spotters: A few of the designers they’ve plucked out of obscurity and given a platform at London fashion week include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, and Gareth Pugh. This season, there’s a new name to know. Joanna Sykes is the mind behind the brand Sykes, and next month, she’ll be presenting her fourth collection at LFW, thanks to NEWGEN. “A presentation is a better showcase for my line than a catwalk, since my work is really more about detail—fit and finish—than it is about coming up with a new silhouette proposition every season,” explains Sykes, who cut her teeth post-Central Saint Martins working for Alberta Ferretti. “The brand came out of my love for super-refined basics,” she adds. “Iconic pieces you always wear, but want given a twist now and then.” While Sykes is readying her Spring ’10 collection—and rounding up the “character” models she’ll be putting the pieces on at Somerset House—folks in the U.K. can check out her work on the racks at Matches. As well as stocking Sykes’ eponymous line, the U.K. boutique has hired the designer to head up its store label, Freda (that’s a Freda L.B.D. above). Fall ’09, delivering now-ish, marks Sykes’ first season at the Freda helm—and Matches owners Tom and Ruth Chapman are so pleased with the results, they’ve decided that as of next season, they’ll commence selling the line to other stores, too, including those stateside. Start saving your shillings.