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5 posts tagged "Catherine Zeta-Jones"

Cross My Heart

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Versace, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Michael Kors, Bouchra Jarrar

This month at the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a string of designers skipped the strapless cut and instead embraced a crisscross or strip of fabric just above the heart. “The cross-body neckline is a modern look at Couture,” stylist Jessica de Ruiter explains. “It allows for a flash of skin despite the dress being quiet, covered with long sleeves, or classic in its silhouette.”

At Atelier Versace, Donatella deftly proved her hand at Couture (having returned to show again in Paris only a year and a half ago) with a striking body-con number featuring open panels, which, to de Ruiter’s point, revealed nothing and everything all at once. Subtle seduction appeared at Bouchra Jarrar, too, where the designer paired the cross-my-heart neckline with menswear separates, tempering its overt sex appeal with trousers. And Alexandre Vauthier brought a new draped take to the trend, artfully crossing the fabric over the chest while still leaving plenty of skin on display. The design even made its way across the Atlantic, landing on Catherine Zeta-Jones at New York’s Red 2 premiere. She donned a revelatory Michael Kors (from Fall ’13, no less) that kept the trend on track despite New York’s near-triple-digit weather.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Versace);  Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Allesandro Viero/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Bouchra Jarrar)

Before They Were Stars, They Had Pores, Too

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Unretouched celebrity photos have become so rare, they’re marketable (see Marie Claire‘s May Jessica Simpson cover: “The Real Jessica: No makeup, No retouching, No regrets!”). But before PhotoShop helped celebrities look as good as inhumanly possible, a great portrait was the product of lighting, makeup, and a skilled photographer. Johnny Rozsa, who’s been immortalizing household names over the past three decades for publications like Vogue and The Face, collected 115 unfiltered, never-before-seen photos of stars before they hit super-fame—and, not to mention, before many of them went under the knife—into a retrospective coffee-table book, Untouched. There’s Catherine Zeta-Jones—back when she was just a beautiful Welsh girl—posing with her tracheotomy scar prominently displayed. And a younger, curvier Halle Barry in a beret, cheekily mooning the camera. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an appearance, too, pulling a practically adolescent Andrea Dellal into a beefy embrace (pictured). Untouched is on sale at Barneys, and Rosza is celebrating the book’s release with a solo exhibition that opens today at Christopher Henry Gallery in Chinatown.

Untouched runs until November 28, 127 Elizabeth St., NYC, (212) 244-6004.

Photo: Johnny Rozsa / Glitterati Inc.

Yay, Nay, Or Eh? Zeta-Jones, Lady In Red

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Tony nominee Catherine Zeta-Jones hit yesterday’s Robin Hood Foundation gala in Manhattan with husband Michael Douglas. Old Robin was known for green (both wearing the color and redistributing from the rich to the poor), but CZJ went scarlet for the evening, in a draped, one-shoulder dress from Michael Kors. The look is a refreshing alternative to the parade of short-and-tight frocks we’re used to seeing on stars, but some bold accessories and a lighter touch with hair and makeup—similar to how the dress was styled for Kors’ Resort 2010 presentation—would have made a stronger statement. What do you think? Are you a fan, or should Zeta-Jones be put on red alert?

Photo: Bloomberg / Getty Images

Devi Kroell’s Madison Avenue Dream Comes True

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Devi Kroell made her first metallic python hobo bag five years ago. It wound up on the arm of Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and just about every fashion editor in town, and Kroell hasn’t looked back since. The Austrian-born, New York-based designer introduced footwear, including a very early take on the now omnipresent over-the-knee boot, in 2006, and her Swarovski Award for Accessories Design came that same year. A ready-to-wear collection followed in 2008. Today, Kroell is still in her early thirties and opening a 3,000-square-foot, two-floor boutique in a landmark building at 717 Madison Avenue designed by Space 4 Architecture, the same firm that worked on the Jil Sander store on Crosby Street. Jewelry and sunglasses are in the works; beauty and fragrance may not be far behind. We sat down with Kroell in her new boutique to discuss the virtues of Las Vegas, working with men, and the power of python.

How does it feel to be celebrating your fifth year as a brand?
Opening this store is exactly what I wanted; it’s a dream come true. And having made it this far in times like this is a big feat, I think. So I’m very proud of that.

It must be a difficult time to be opening a store. How are you responding to the challenges of the new economy?
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Badgley Mischka Sticks To The Formula

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Let’s say you had to come up with some sort of visual formula for unimpeachable Hollywood glamour. It might look something like this: Annie(L) x A-List (+Huston/Hutton) = HG². Mark Badgley and James Mischka apparently utilized some of that glittery applied math in their new ad campaign commemorating their 20th anniversary. Shot by Annie Leibovitz at Paramount Studios, the ad features the five-decade-spanning generational tableau of Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, and Anjelica Huston, posed with the designers in their snappy uniforms of black blazers and jeans. If the image seems a touch familiar, it’s because Leibovitz seems to have borrowed her icon-making Vanity Fair template for the job. But hey, what says Hollywood glamour more than the glossy that controls the hottest Oscar after-party? At any rate, the gowned-up actresses (and pop star) all look quite lovely—though Huston appears to be holding her breath. That quintet joins Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Badgley Mischka club. And bonus anniversary lightning round: Who was the first actress to wear Badgley to the Oscars? It was Winona Ryder in 1996. Sigh, for so many reasons.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz