August 22 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: MTV Glamour and a Sultry Spiderweb


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.

Ciara’s Givenchy Tearjerker


Ciara in Givenchy“Lots of jewels and lots of skin!” Ciara said of the Fall 2010 Givenchy Couture gown she was gearing up to don for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The flesh-toned frock was entirely sheer, save for a skeletal crystal and Chantilly lace overlay and a cascade of ostrich feathers from the knee down. It seemed apropos somehow, given that the singer had been nominated for a sixth VMA for the video for her track “Body Party.”

“I picked this dress out years ago when it was first made. It’s my favorite dress of all time,” said the singer—and longtime Givenchy fan—while getting ready in suite at Manhattan’s Lowell Hotel. “I was very fortunate that my good friend Riccardo Tisci was able to let me wear it. He’s just such a genius.”

Marni Senofonte, Ciara’s stylist who was on hand to help with the prep, shared the star’s sentiments. “We all cried the first time she tried it on. She started tearing up, I started tearing up. I’ve never gotten emotional about a dress before, not even my sister’s wedding dress,” she recalled.

Ciara getting ready for the VMAs

As for Ciara’s pre-red-carpet practices, she told us they include hearty helpings of protein (shrimp cocktail and scallops, mainly), and current events. “I’ve been listening to CNN lately when I’m getting ready—I don’t know what that’s about,” she laughed while wrapped in her bathrobe.

Makeup artist Yolonda Frederick kept things to a muted shade of sex kitten, opting for a satin complexion, neutral eyes, and a peachy-nude pout (courtesy of MAC Honeylove lipstick). As far as hair was concerned, “[the dress] speaks for itself,” said stylist Cesar Ramirez (above). “This is the world that we live in now, really simple, not overdone cool. It’s textured, but almost ‘undone-done hair.’”

The only other thing that remained “undone”? A car ride to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, though the artist seemed to have that covered, too. “I’m going to be bumping some hip-hop!”

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The Diva Wore Givenchy


The eagle-eyed Catherine Kallon at Red Carpet Fashion Awards performed one of her usual acts of fashion divination today: From a blurry, cell phone pic of Beyoncé shooting a new music video in the Mojave Desert, she’s managed to identify a Spring ’11 Givenchy Couture gown. (Time will tell if she’s right, but looks likely to us.)

But Queen B is only the latest diva to strap on one of the house’s showstopping couture creations. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite high-drama ladies in Riccardo Tisci’s couture. Continue Reading “The Diva Wore Givenchy” »

A “1, 2 Step” Makeover


Most like to keep a facelift a secret. Not Lord & Taylor. The oldest department store in New York City celebrated its $25 million makeover last night, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who declared it Lord & Taylor Day), Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr, and Denise Richards all in attendance. “It was 35 years in the making, so we are thrilled to have been able to renovate the store in such a current format and yet be respectful of our great tradition,” said CEO Brendan Hoffman of the yearlong remodel that updated the first level and the men’s floor, and a new home section.

Designers like Anna Sui and Elie Tahari roamed the party—spanning ten floors—to check out aerial dancers, sounds from a 20-piece Latin jazz band, a beer garden, and Swarovski crystal tattoos. The entire evening benefited VH1′s Save the Music Foundation, which promotes musical education in schools. It’s a cause close to the heart of the evening’s entertainment, Ciara (left). “Without music, we have nothing,” she said. “It means a lot to be able to help young kids from all over the world express themselves through music.” Having done her part, the singer was ready to head home, kick off her Alaia leopard-print platforms, and watch basketball. “I am missing the Miami Heat game tonight—that’s the team for me,” she said. Careful what you say in New York, Ciara.

Photo: Chance Yeh/

Couture For The Cable Set?


The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the kickiest and most slaphappy shows of the red-carpet calendar. This is the event, after all, where Kanye famously stormed the stage, where Eminem got a faceful (a scripted faceful, but a faceful all the same) of Brüno’s behind. The dress code, accordingly, tends to be on the slightly less sophisticated end.

Not last night. Maybe it was the presence of Lady Gaga—who, by the way, took home multiple awards, accepted in multiple over-the-top outfits—but starlets stepped up their game. Before the night was through, Gaga had tried a cascading Alexander McQueen gown (complete with Spring 2010 armadillo-esque heels) and a custom, lavishly tiered Giorgio Armani collaboration. But she was matched by a few strong, stylish types who raised the VMA stakes. There were not one but two Fall ’10 Givenchy Haute Couture gowns to grace the carpet last night: British singer Florence Welch (lately a fan of Willow for such events) wore Riccardo Tisci’s gorgeous, golden lace-encrusted gown to great effect. And Tisci’s pal Ciara chose the ombré feathered stunner worn by house favorite Malgosia Bela at the couture presentation. The two are all we want to talk about from the show—and since the ceremony was one that featured a comedy sketch starring LiLo and a détente (of sorts) between Kanye and Taylor Swift, that’s saying something.

What do you think? Who was the evening’s best-dressed star?

Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks Photo