August 21 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: Black and White, but Not a Bit of Boring


Lara Stone in Christopher KaneIt seems the stars picked up on Resort ’14′s black-and-white cues on the red carpet this week. Wednesday afternoon, Taylor Swift mixed and matched Elie Saab separates at a press event in L.A. She paired a white blouse with a sheer lace panel on the front from Fall ’13 with black pleated shorts from the Resort ’13 collection. On the opposite coast, funny girl Tina Fey exited Late Show With David Letterman wearing a black-and-white body-con Reed Krakoff dress with a printed bodice that was perforated at the shoulders.

Tuesday night featured an appearance from model and new mom Lara Stone, who helped hubby David Walliams celebrate his birthday in London while wearing a gray camo minidress from Christopher Kane’s Fall ’13 runway. While she’s technically wearing it on the sidewalk (left), we figure that, when you’re a supermodel, the world’s your red carpet.

That same night, Lily Collins continued to shine on the red carpet at the Berlin premiere of her film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in a black Paper London crop top and floor-length Halston Heritage skirt, accented with a chunky gold-chain necklace and gold cuff. Lady Gaga had a very busy Monday, stepping out in four different outfits while traveling to and from several TV and radio appearances throughout the day to promote her new single, “Applause.” To start the day, Mother Monster arrived at ABC’s studio in New York for Good Morning America looking decidedly smart in a conservative (for Gaga, at least) black Balenciaga Resort ’14 frock. Her newly sophisticated style is a welcome change from the queen of sartorial shock. But fans of her more eccentric looks need not fret—she later changed into a white sculpted paper Mathieu Mirano ensemble for her on-screen appearance.

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

Fashion’s Curvy One To Get Curvier


The news of the day: model Lara Stone, she of the incessant “curves” references, is expecting. She and her husband, English comedian David Walliams, will have their first child next year.

Time to update the Stone files. Below, by way of catch-up, the highlights of a still-developing career in catwalking and child-bearing. Continue Reading “Fashion’s Curvy One To Get Curvier” »

Will The Real James Bond Please Stand Up?


Last night, the Barbican in London opened its Designing 007 exhibition, which coincides with 50 years of the James Bond franchise and celebrates what co-curator Bronwyn Cosgrave noted is “the cutting-edge style of Bond, as the look has always one step ahead.” From Sean Connery’s Aston Martin, which greets visitors as they walk in, to sketches and props like snake candlestick holders from Live and Let Die as well as David Morris jewels, this is a very comprehensive retrospective.

Partygoers at last night’s opening party, like Little Britain‘s David Walliams and Richard Buckley, were shaken and stirred in their finery, and all received a James Bond “passport” in lieu of a ticket. Fashion lovers will recognize sexy jersey dresses worn by the characters of Plenty O’Toole and Domino Derval mixed with Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace Bond girl ensembles. Speaking of which, legendary Golden Girl Shirley Eaton joked that her doppelgänger “had a cheekier bottom” than her famous derriere. As for the boys, I would take home any of the brocade Brioni dinner jackets in the Casino Royale room for my closet. Being a Bond show, après-ski and plage looks were aplenty, including the bikinis of Halle Barry and Ursula Andress. When I asked Oscar-winning costume designer and co-curator Lindy Hemming which was her most difficult fitting, she teased, “Daniel Craig’s Grigio Perla trunks,” with a sparkle in her eye. Those are on display along with the rest of the lot through September 5.

Best-Dressed Blokes Of 2010?


The U.K. edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly—a magazine that ought to know about such things—published its list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain online today. (The print edition, which will also include the ten worst-dressed men, not only in Britain but worldwide, arrives on Thursday.) The inclusion of young Romeo Beckham (#26, ten spots behind his father) has caused the most commotion. But there are plenty of other reasons to check it out.

For one, the Beckhams aren’t the only family pair included. Princes William (#27) and Harry (#5) both made the list, with a 22-place differential that ought to make for a bit of sibling rivalry. A few gentlemen included (Alasdhair Willis, #42; David Walliams, #11) may have had a little help from their fashionable wives (that’d be Stella McCartney and Lara Stone, respectively). One married pair even had both partners on the list: Sir Elton John (#21) and husband David Furnish (#6). (We personally look forward to the day when all three members of the family show up: the Rocket Man, his mate, and their new baby son, Zachary Furnish-John.)

Several unimpeachable icons of Brit style (David Hockney, #47; Bryan Ferry, #36) as well as a few designers (Christopher Bailey, left, #33; and the not-quite-British Tom Ford, #7) made the cut. Ford’s protégé of sorts, Nicholas Hoult, star of A Single Man and of Ford’s recent campaigns, clocks in at #3. And at #1? Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, more familiar to American tabloid audiences than movie audiences: The 20-year-old proposed to director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, shortly after wrapping the Lennon biopic.

Click here to read the complete list.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Fantastic News: Little Britain Duo As Lagerfeld/YSL?


Fantastic Man, the charming if occasionally mannered menswear publication, always manages to surprise. Its autumn/winter edition, on discerning newsstands now, is no exception. Trust its sharp-eyed editors, Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers, to spot that David Walliams, the British comedian, is a Tom Ford fanatic. Walliams, perhaps best known here for his cross-dressing “I’m a lady” character on HBO’s Little Britain USA and for his marriage to the model Lara Stone, looks nothing short of dapper, wearing his own Ford clothes in Alasdair McLellan’s black-and-white photo shoot. The accompanying interview also contains this gem: Walliams would like to star with his equally brilliant comedy partner Matt Lucas in a film adaptation of The Beautiful Fall, Alicia Drake’s book about the rivalry between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. It may be only a dream at this point, but that would be fantastic.

Photos: Alicia Drake’s The Beautiful Fall (left); Danny Feld / HBO / Everett Collection (right)