23 posts tagged "Cate Blanchett"
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?
Nine years after shuttering his eponymous label, Josephus Thimister is returning as the founder, owner, and art director of his house. His much anticipated comeback—featuring couture and luxury ready-to-wear pieces for both women and men (a first)—is slated to take place during the Couture shows in January, when he will also be presenting a line of “young” furs for T.Paris.
The 47-year-old Dutch designer spoke with Style.com about the benefits of experience and why now, of all times, is the moment to “grow into a comeback.”
Where have you been all this time?
Well, I never wanted to come back because when you are your own backer, it’s a nightmare! In a way, I had to stop because my collection was produced by Genny and they wanted me to work just for them. It was a time when I had just lost my mother and my best friend. My label had enjoyed great press, but inside the structure it was a mess. So I took a sabbatical year and traveled to Brazil and Argentina, then suddenly three years had gone by. Then I started working for commercial brands, starting with Genny, and I found I loved it because I could make them better than they were. I designed the Andy Warhol collection (for markets outside the U.S.; it never hit the stores). Then I went to Charles Jourdan—the quality and craftsmanship were there, it could have worked so well had it not been for mismanagement—and I also consulted for Swarovski.
Last Thursday night, Angelenos gathered in Venice for a pre-opening party to celebrate the U.S. debut of the avant-garde footwear salon Mona Moore. Known in Montreal and online (Cate Blanchett is a fan) as the place to score shoes right off the runway, the well-edited boutique features labels such as Ann Demeulemeester, Pierre Hardy, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, and Marni. “It’s been a long time coming,” said co-owner Lisa Dashiell Bush, who hosted the party with her partner Anna Maria Varriano and Rose Apodaca, whose A+R shop sits across the street on Abbot Kinney. “We’re excited to see who our clients are when we open tomorrow.” As for hot sellers, from the reactions of partygoers like Tracee Ellis Ross and designer Raven Kaufmann, we’re betting on Phi’s $1,095 black leather booties.
Mona Moore, 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, Calif., (310) 452-4070; monamoore.com