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When it comes to fashion, the red carpet can often be filled with the same old, same old. But now and again, some bold celebrities shake things up with experimental, next-level looks. Here’s what’s feeling fresh this week.
We’re halfway through steamy July, and this week, A-listers were looking for ways to stay cool on the red carpet. Luckily, the Resort ’15 collections (which won’t hit stores until November but have been popping up on celebs since their Spring debut) offer some crafty cutouts. We noticed a few stars beating the heat with dresses boasting built-in air-conditioning, if you will. Kate Hudson and Allison Williams tried the trend at a screening of Wish I Was Here on Monday in New York. Hudson was statuesque in a black Michael Kors Resort ’15 column with a sequin bustier, and Williams chose a ladylike Altuzarra Resort ’15 sheath. On Wednesday, Nicola Peltz stepped out in an ebony ensemble with a keyhole cutout from Balmain’s Fall ’14 runway. She paired a gold-embellished crop top with a banded leather skirt for the Rio de Janeiro premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Elsewhere, two of our favorite redheads got on board with one of Spring’s hottest hair trends, turning up on the red carpet with freshly chopped bangs. Jessica Chastain’s fiery fringe perfectly complemented her navy lamé Mary Katrantzou Fall ’14 gown, and Emma Stone sported hers with a flowy purple Dolce & Gabbana Fall ’14 look.
Last, but certainly not least, RiRi, ever the daredevil, surprised fans by turning up in an Alexander Wang LBD and a gold Givenchy-esque septum ring at an event in Rio de Janeiro after Sunday’s final World Cup match. We have to hand it to her, just when we think we’ve (quite literally) seen it all, she manages to surprise once again. Here, a roundup of this week’s red-carpet highlights.
“There’s always a mixed response in emotion,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “A few cried, a few screamed, and one brand was a bit too cool…they admitted that they were just shocked. But they’re so excited tonight.” Kolb was talking about his experience calling the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists to give them the good news yesterday morning, an honor that is reserved for him after he and the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone, Jenna Lyons, and others select the ten finalists for the year’s competition. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and last year’s Public School, who announced the ten new finalists last night at the still-under-construction Westfield World Trade Center (hard hats were given out as parting gifts).
“It’s been a hell of a year for us—we’re still riding it and we’re still excited from winning Vogue Fashion Fund last year,” Public School’s Maxwell Osborne told Style.com. “This is a whole new feeling for us, because we’re just so young and still trying to learn and grow ourselves and already passing off the torch. It feels really good—it means there’s going to be more of a future to come.”
That bright future includes finalists Paul Andrew; milliner Gigi Burris; Simon Miller’s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent; Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman; Eva Fehren’s Eva Zuckerman; Wes Gordon; Tanya Taylor; Ryan Roche; Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki; and Orley‘s Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence. Each brand will design a special runway collection under the advisement of the CFDA committee before the winner is selected on November 3.
The feeling among the group seemed to be one of anxious excitement. “It’s been a really long process, a long process of self-reflection,” said Alex Orley of Orley. “Today, we sort of were waiting with bated breath for a call, and Steven called us, and I think I just went white. I’m very excited—nervous, but just really excited.” Wes Gordon agreed: “So exciting! Steven called today and kind of tricked me a little bit—he said it like he was calling with bad news. It’s just such a thrill. I’m already so stressed and scared! In two weeks we have to do our big meeting with the judges. It’s like, ‘Boom! It’s here!’”
Following its 2014 CFDA victory, it was perhaps no surprise that fledgling brand Public School, helmed by Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, were selected as the regional finalists for the inaugural International Woolmark Prize for menswear. As soon as editors and insiders walked into Milk Studios’ penthouse last night, where the regional womenswear winner, M.Patmos, was also announced, it was easy to see which 100 percent merino wool ensemble the duo had turned out for the competition. Their gray high-necked hoodie and shorts look, crafted from boiled, felted wool and trimmed with bonded rubber, was the epitome of the brand’s street-meets-luxury menswear aesthetic. “We were up to our ears in wool!” laughed Chow when asked about creating the outfit. “We wanted to base it on the idea that wool is really the oldest fiber used by humans. We wanted to make something that was timeless and that could be worn in this lost civilization that was between ancient times and a postapocalyptic world.” Menswear judge Alexander Wang (a “formidable debate partner,” according to fellow judge and presenter David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire) told us that he was looking for someone who had a “unique point of view. [The designers had to] fully understand who [they're] speaking to, what [their] brand is about, and where [they] want to take it.” No doubt, Public School ticked all the boxes. Osborne and Chow will now go on to design a six-piece wool collection, which will be presented when they compete against finalists from Europe, Asia, Australia, and India and the Middle East in London in January of next year. And they feel confident about their chances for taking the $95,000 final prize. “I think we’re cool because we’ve really thought out the six looks,” said Chow. “It’s going to be really sick if we can develop it in the way we conceptualized it.”
The womenswear winner, who along with the menswear champions took home $47,000, was less of a sure thing—and the competition, which included Rosie Assoulin, Jonathan Simkhai, Nonoo, and Whit, was stiff. But given M.Patmos designer Marcia Patmos’ experience with knits (she used to design them for Lutz & Patmos), firm understanding of her customer, and standout wool getup, this award was, in retrospect, hers to lose. “I was thinking about a woman who was traveling, and she’s possibly going to lose her luggage,” Patmos told us. “She’s going to many countries in different climates, and what she’s wearing has to get her through all situations,” she added of her look, which featured seamless knitting, double-faced tailoring, a vegetable dye painting technique, and hand-knitting. The end result comprised a crisp cream-and-tan overcoat, ribbed stirrup leggings, cropped gray trousers, and a simple sweater dress. Indeed, Patmos’ model looked as though she was ready for anything.
Patmos is more excited than nervous about the 2015 finals in Beijing. And the designer revealed that she’ll be collaborating with artist Ryan McGinness on her upcoming Spring ’15 collection. “We’re doing something really good!” she beamed. We’re looking forward to it.
“The name comes from the idea that we all have a sexual résumé,” explained Christina Viviani, the designer behind Curriculum Vitae, a new lingerie line launching this Thursday at Barneys, with arrivals at Colette, 10 Corso Como, Moda Operandi, and more to follow. The Detroit-raised designer spent ten years polishing her skills at Donna Karan and Adrienne Vittadini before moving into the realm of intimates last year. “No one was really doing a cooler, younger version of Kiki,” she explained. “I’m dressing for myself and designing for myself—for the downtown girl.”
The line is made up of New York-manufactured below-14th basics: street-influenced racer tanks in black silk with matching silk boxers; simple mesh bikini bottoms; and sheer, white-lace onesies with materials sourced from Italy and Japan. An exclusive first look at the collection, which is priced between $30 and $400 debuts here. “We use a lot of rose-gold hardware, bodysuits with a snap, sleep sets with cutouts on the back…They’re kind of luxury-quality essentials,” noted Viviani of the clean, Bowery-with-a-hint-of-vamp wares. They’re for a girl “with more of an edge—she’s wearing [the line] with her Alexander Wang, with Proenza,” said the designer.
That’s not to say the pieces don’t hold classic appeal. “I’m really inspired by a lot of vintage references and the way construction was made back then. I want to take that and make it modern,” said Viviani, who grew up watching black-and-white favorites (“The movie Pillow Talk with Doris Day was a really big thing”) with her grandparents before moving to New York to study at FIT at 17.
CV also has a lifestyle component: Viviani traveled the world meeting with high-end sex toy artisans before curating a collection of globally sourced and personally designed sex accessories. “That was really fun—and a big learning curve,” said Viviani, who touched down in Berlin, L.A., Las Vegas, and San Francisco on the way. “Meeting different people and learning the art behind sensuality—you go into these conventions at 9 a.m. and it’s like, be awake!” CV will sell toys on its site, as well as discreet (you could hardly tell what they were if you didn’t look twice) pleasure kits in the rooms of the Chateau Marmont, Standard Hotels, and the Mercer, among others. “Three condoms, lube, and a vibrator…that’s all you really need in a hotel room. Let’s be honest,” she joked.
“I think I’m just excited for it to launch and kind of understand the customer more and see the reaction,” mused Viviani. “It’s kind of like being an artist and showing your work in a gallery for the first time.”
The lines between swim and ready-to-wear are blurrier than ever these days. This season, we’ve witnessed tastemakers replacing still-happening crop tops with functional yet stylish suits meant to be worn at the beach and off of it. Swapping out your underwear for your bikini isn’t necessarily new—particularly if you’ve ever been a few days behind on laundry—but designers are now emphasizing underpinnings as a key part of the total look. Resort found the likes of Rosetta Getty and Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld layering triangle tops under silk shirtdresses and mesh vests, while high-waisted briefs turned up at Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Agnona. Sporty bandeaus, meanwhile, proved to be popular among the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Preen.