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Runway to Red Carpet: ‘Tis the Season for Parties, Premieres, and a Christmas Spectacular


Julia Roberts and Meryl StreepWith Christmas less than a week away, the celebrity set’s calendars are brimming with holiday parties that call for lots of glitz and glamour. On Sunday Anna Kendrick hosted TNT’s annual Christmas in Washington spectacular, which brought out notables including Sheryl Crow and even the First Family. Kendrick chose an ivory velvet J. Mendel gown with a strapless V-cut bodice for the event, while FLOTUS opted for a tailored white Resort ’13 J. Mendel jacket embroidered with silver and a white pleated skirt.

On the party circuit, Florence Welch attended Love magazine’s Christmas party on Tuesday in London in sheer black lace pants and a capelike top from Marios Schwab’s Spring ’14 runway. Miley Cyrus took to the red carpet on Friday evening for New York’s Jingle Ball concert, pairing a Spring ’14 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela sleeveless tuxedo blouse with Maison Martin Margiela Fall ’13 black high-waisted pants with yellow stripes painted down the sides.

While most businesses are closed on Christmas Day, it has become tradition for a handful of blockbusters to hit theaters. (What better way to entertain yourself after opening that sweater from Grandma?) Among this year’s buzzed-about December 25 releases is August: Osage County, starring A-listers Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. The duo posed on the red carpet together during Monday’s L.A. premiere, with Roberts in a tuxedo-inspired Givenchy ensemble and Streep sporting a white knee-length Gucci wool frock.

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

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Olivia Wilde Serves One Up


Joe Swanberg and Olivia WildeSometimes you just need to skip the big Manhattan red-carpet to-do and premiere your movie on your own terms. For director Joe Swanberg, that meant debuting his new flick, Drinking Buddies, at the Nitehawk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—which is, fittingly, a cinema-cum-bar. The movie explores the romantic blunders of the employees of a Chicago craft brewery, who are played by Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston.

“This film is a love letter to beer, the same way I think Sideways is a love letter to wine,” said Wilde, even though her own relationship with beer hasn’t always been so smooth. During a three-day beer boot camp orchestrated by Swanberg, pre-production, she was splashed in the eye by some boiling hops. Wanting to play it cool, however, Wilde went about three weeks without telling anyone how badly she was hurt: “I was in horrible, horrible pain!”

Beer under the bridge at this point, because working on this film has turned Wilde into a Grade-A craft-beer aficionada. She currently swears by Zombie Dust ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. And that was all part of the plan, explained Swanberg, who answered questions with a can of Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest lager in hand (from the actual brewery used in the film). Between sips, the director offered, “If this movie encourages anyone to drink better beer, it will be a massive success.”

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Rauwolf Of The Future, Right Now


Carry a clutch by New York-based designer Kristine Johannes and people are sure to ask you about it (and, most likely, they will attempt to use it as a mirror to check their lipstick, too). Since she unveiled her line of Plexiglas and mirrored bags (called Rauwolf) for Spring ’12, Johannes’ designs have landed in the hands of starlets like Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks and on the pages of Vogue Japan and Vogue Latino America, among others. For Spring ’13, she’s lightened things up a bit, offering some of her now signature styles in saturated colors and more muted metallics. She’s also added smaller styles for more petite women. “The aesthetics were inspired by part doyenne of high society mixed with a touch of alien and a dash of Ziggy Stardust—always with an eye to the future,” she tells “For shape inspiration, I really focused on gemstones and outer space.” Here, a look at one of our favorite pieces from her latest collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Rauwolf

Coping With Comedy


Walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy is a tricky component of the art of filmmaking. Early reviews of 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young cancer patient, Anna Kendrick, and Seth Rogen, suggest the film has pulled off this balancing act as well as any other release this year.

“It’s a realistic story, and if you’re going to be realistic, sometimes you’ve got to laugh,” Gordon-Levitt said at last night’s New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Hence the abundant sex jokes and robust appreciation of medicinal marijuana, and the non-simulated scene in which the star rather gleefully shaves his head—in other words, 50/50 is not a Lifetime movie. (In one of those coincidences that may or may not mean anything, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore were simultaneously walking the carpet downtown last night for Five, Lifetime’s short-film anthology about women struggling with breast cancer.)

For his role as Gordon-Levitt’s character’s best buddy, Rogen drew on his firsthand experience with cancer survivor Will Reiser, the film’s writer. “I was [Will's] friend before he had cancer, so it would have been a real dick move not to do it,” Rogen joked. “Some people, when bad things happen, they eat or buy something,” he added. “When you’re a comedian, you joke about it. It’s a way of coping.” Usually, a red carpet is the last place in the world you’ll hear a spoiler. But Rogen, turning to Reiser, seemed thrilled to offer one: “He lived!”

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Jon Hamm’s Not Keith Richards, And He’s OK With That


The horologists at Omega recently redesigned the brand’s iconic Constellation Collection, and this weekend, it fêted the new line in L.A. Who better to celebrate the Constellations? Why, the stars, of course. Brand ambassador Ziyi Zhang held court at the Ritz-Carlton for cocktails and dinner, and a crowd that included Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Anna Kendrick, and Adrien Brody.

Kendrick—who had only somewhat recovered from the premiere of her latest film, Twilight: Eclipse, which took place two nights prior in Los Angeles (“my eardrums are still bleeding”)—was the night’s first celebrity to arrive. Punctuality, it turns out, is the actress’ forte. “I pride myself on being punctual, actually,” Kendrick revealed, sounding every bit her type-A character in Up in the Air. “When I’m late, I might as well break into hives.” Fitting for a watch event, we conjectured. “I don’t always wear a watch, but I guess that’s cell phones for you,” she admitted. “I have a couple that I love. When I’m feeling casual I wear a little calculator watch, but, obviously, I try to class it up a bit, too.”

Hamm, it turns out, falls on the other end of the punctuality spectrum. “I try to be punctual. But like most things that we try to do, sometimes we fail at them. I do understand the value of being punctual, but I wish I practiced what I preached a little more.” While a fan of a classic timepiece, don’t expect Hamm to take his love of accessories any further. “I’m not a big jewelry guy. The only thing I’ve ever really worn is a watch. I’m not that guy. I can’t pull it off.” But, that’s not to say Hamm is opposed to other men engaging with a whole range of accoutrements. “If you can pull it off, more power to you. Keith Richards looks good with tons of necklaces, a skull ring, and earrings. But I’m not Keith Richards.”

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