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July 22 2014

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Punctuation Meets Punk At Roger Vivier

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Tartan Virgule shoe

Long before there was the red sole, there was the “comma” shoe—also known as Roger Vivier’s Virgule. Launched in 1963, the shoe, famous for its curved heel, is the stuff of fashion lore. Last week, a major Vivier retrospective opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Virgule etc.…In the footsteps of Roger Vivier, and yup, the shoe earned top billing out of the immense body of work from the man who considered himself an architect and an inventor first, and a shoemaker by happenstance. Vivier and his Virgule’s world tour stops in London tomorrow at Selfridges Shoe Galleries—the largest shoe department in the world and an undisputed mecca for shoe lovers. It is here where the house will open its first shop in an event hosted by Inès de la Fressange, current creative consultant for Vivier, and designer Bruno Frisoni. It is all part of an international expansion of the brand, which has already seen shops opened this year in Japan and China.

The Vivier house has deep roots in Britain. In 1953, its namesake designer created the royal shoes for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. After that, he shoed the Duchess of Windsor—not to mention his laundry list of iconic non-British patrons, like Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Jeanne Moreau, and Brigitte Bardot. Today, the house’s fan base is made up of the “elegant” types—Cate Blanchett, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman—but that doesn’t mean the label can’t have a rebellious edge. For tomorrow’s Selfridges launch, the Virgule will be reissued in a punk-tinged tartan; the updated classic debuts exclusively above. Later that night at Le Baron, a party hosted by pop progeny Atlanta Cadenet-Taylor will introduce a new generation of fans to Vivier’s work, though one wonders if his shoes have ever danced to strains of EDM. In any event, it shows that the house isn’t just living on past glory—it’s looking ahead.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Olivier Rizzo Takes on AnOther

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AnOther; Alasdair McLellan

For AnOther Magazine‘s twenty-fifth issue, Jefferson Hack, the founder of Dazed Publishing Group, has tapped renowned Belgian stylist Olivier Rizzo as the guest editor of the British culture and fashion biannual. Centering on the ideas of travel and transformation, Rizzo brought a rich texture, wit, and sense of performance to his three shoots with photographers Willy Vanderperre (whose images are pictured here) and Alasdair McLellan. “Guest-editing the well of AnOther Magazine was fantastic,” Rizzo told Style.com. “Jefferson, [creative director] David James, and I have a long-standing, close relationship in the magazine, where the mutual respect and support leads to total creative freedom.” For the cover, he styled actress Cate Blanchett in the midst of a decadent night garden, channeling the theatricality of new-wave Berlin. Hailing from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Rizzo has some pretty serious styling cred: He’s done Prada’s shows since 2006, as well as the runways of Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton, and the campaigns for Raf Simons and Dior. Furthermore, he’s known for working with photographers such as Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Craig McDean, and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for publications such as Vogue Italia, W, i-D, Fantastic Man, Love, and Vogue Hommes International. Take a sneak peek at Rizzo’s AnOther spreads, which debut exclusively on Style.com, and check out the full issue when it hits newsstands on September 12.

AnOther; Willy Vanderperre

Photos: Willy Vanderperre

Runway to Red Carpet: MTV Glamour and a Sultry Spiderweb

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Cate Blanchett in Christopher KaneWith Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards making the move to Brooklyn this year, we saw an interesting mix of Hollywood glamour and Brooklyn’s signature pared-down look on the red carpet. For instance, Ciara shone brightly in a heavily embellished Givenchy Fall ’10 Couture stunner, and Lady Gaga arrived in a newsworthy custom Prabal Gurung gown; however, a few of our favorite looks flew under the radar. Joan Smalls opted for a simple long-sleeve white leather dress from the Viktor & Rolf Fall ’13 runway, paired with strappy black leather Casadei boots, and singer Grimes donned a Versace necklace and patterned pants with a simple black top.

Following her sexed-up VMAs dress, Selena Gomez opted for a sweet Vera Wang Fall ’13 frock with a floral-jacquard print and butterfly peplum skirt for the L.A. premiere of her new film, Getaway, on Monday night.

The following evening, Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the Paris premiere of her film Blue Jasmine in a Christopher Kane dress made of delicate cobweb-like lace from his Resort ’14 collection. Paired with a simple low ponytail, barely there makeup, and nude pumps, the heady look was a clear standout on this week’s celebrity circuit.

We should also note that Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and all eyes were on Washington, D.C., on this day. While it wasn’t a red-carpet event, the ever-stylish First Lady looked smart and sophisticated when she accompanied her husband to the Let Freedom Ring ceremony in a black fit-and-flare Tracy Reese Fall ’13 frock with a red floral print.

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

Runway to Red Carpet: White Hot

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Cate Blanchette, Aubry Plaza, and Rose Byrne

It was a busy week on the movie-premiere circuit, and many stars stepped out in lily-white looks, sometimes offset by a touch of black. Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga collections have proved a celebrity favorite, and this week they continued their strong showing. Ruth Wilson donned a sleeveless pantsuit from Wang’s debut Fall ’13 collection at the Berlin premiere of The Lone Ranger, and Elizabeth Olsen opted for a summery look from Resort ’14 for the Godzilla preview at Comic-Con.

Blue Jasmine leading lady Cate Blanchett, too, donned Balenciaga—a headline-making archival look, to be exact—to the New York premiere of the Woody Allen film; however, when she stepped out for the L.A. debut, she wore a minimal black-and-white Alexander McQueen Resort ’14 gown. Rose Byrne joined Blanchett at the L.A. event, turning up in a white cotton Christopher Kane sheath with a laser-cutout print from his Resort ’14 lineup. On Tuesday, at another L.A. premiere, The To Do List star Aubrey Plaza chose a white bustier-top cocktail dress from the Calvin Klein Collection Spring ’13 runway. She looked the picture of a Calvin girl—sleek, sophisticated, and subtly sexy.

Photos: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images (Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne); Jon Kopaloff/ FilmMagic (Aubrey Plaza)

To Chanel With Love

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Cate Blanchett wearing Chanel in Blue Jasmine

On Monday night, Cate Blanchett showed off her fashion chops while wearing a high-volume Balenciaga look to the New York premiere of Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine. But it would seem the actress’s designer sensibility extended to her on-screen look, too. The film’s costume designer, Suzy Benzinger, told Lucky magazine that she enlisted Karl Lagerfeld to create some custom bouclé Chanel jackets for Blanchett’s character, Jasmine—a Park Avenue princess who loses it all. Blanchett also wears Ralph Lauren—seemingly a Woody favorite, considering the label outfitted the cast of Annie Hall—in her starring role. Allen’s always been a trendsetter, but his embrace of Kaiser Karl brings him to a whole new level on the style front—and we’d have to believe that Chanel is a club of which he wouldn’t mind being a member.

Photo: © 2013 – Sony Pictures Classics