32 posts tagged "Diane Kruger"
As 80th birthday parties go, few we’ve heard of were better attended than the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso’s. Clever staging, involving displays of 50 movements used for the watch, a gallery of exceptional timepieces, and artisans demonstrating their craft, were all on view for guests, but they were slightly overshadowed however by the arrival of megawatt fans like Clive Owen, Adrien Brody, Catherine Deneuve, and brand ambassadress Diane Kruger.
For the fashion crowd, the evening offered a break from Couture preparations. What to expect from the haute week? The hints they provided point to a sassy revision of the classics. Maxime Simoens, for one, is tackling vampires—Nosferatu, to be precise. Alexis Mabille said he was polishing a sartorial take on beloved French verses and compiling a collection of ten L.B.D.s’ for Guerlain’s rollout of La Petite Robe Noire fragrance this fall.
Speaking of which, vintage guru Didier Ludot, the owner of a boutique specializing in the L.B.D., is putting the final touches on his traditional windows, which are unveiled at an event at the Palais Royal on Sunday. But this time it’s not exactly about a couturier; it’s about the first of the truly great French chefs, François Vatel, who served Louis XIV. Still, the Couture connection is there: For one thing, Christian Dior once penned a book called La Cuisine Cousu-Main (“Handsewn Cuisine”), inspired by his fascination with eighteenth-century gastronomy. “The gestures are the same, and the desire to astonish is the same,” explained Ludot. “Louis XIV consumed 8,000 calories a day, so there was a real mise-en-scène, with fireworks and sprays of water.” The display features five exceptional Dior dresses from Ludot’s collection alongside Ladurée pastries created especially in the spirit of each one—interestingly, not a single macaron among them.
Between the Fall runway shows and Monday night’s Costume Institute Ball—think Ashley Olsen in vintage Dior or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry—the upper-leg area hasn’t gotten so much attention since Suzanne Somers’ ThighMaster heyday. “We wanted to do something fun,” said Jason Wu of the hip-high slit on the skirt he made for Diane Kruger’s march up the Met’s steps. While most designers go straight for red-carpet appeal with sky-high slashes, Joseph Altuzarra and Jonathan Saunders whipped up slightly more casual takes on the look at their February shows. Trust us, though, they’re still guaranteed to keep the flashbulbs popping.
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Wherever Karl Lagerfeld is, as often as not, Diane Kruger is nearby. She’s one of the many celebrities who turned up at Chanel’s famous Rue Cambon salon to see Lagerfeld’s latest pre-fall offering, variations on the theme of “Paris/Byzance.” But her own frock wasn’t one of the plush, near-eastern-inspired dresses from the runway; she opted instead for a piece from the house archives instead. Her metallic, halter-detailed L.B.D. is from Chanel’s pre-fall 2007 “Paris/Monte Carlo” collection, shown in Monaco in 2006. She finished off the look with high black boots, a loose, casual braid, minimal makeup and jewelry, and her most constant accessory: boyfriend Joshua Jackson. What do you think about her Paris look: yea, nay, or eh?
Plus, to see the complete Chanel pre-fall 2011 collection, click here.
The issue itself—the much-blogged, Lady Gaga-covered September Vanity Fair—doesn’t hit stands until Thursday, but royal watchers, social chroniclers, and the legions of Little Monsters can get the answers they’ve waited for today: VF‘s International Best-Dressed List is now online.
Conclusions? It’s a good time to be in politics. Michelle Obama made the women’s list, as did SamCam (a.k.a. Samantha Cameron, wife of Britain’s new prime minister, David Cameron), and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Carey Mulligan and Diane Kruger made their first appearances on the women’s list as well. On the Originals list, Lady Gaga makes her debut, joining Helena Bonham Carter, John Galliano, and the Duchess of Alba, among others. On the men’s side, Waris Ahluwahlia shares space with Javier Bardem, Alec Baldwin (on the list after a 21-year hiatus), and André Balazs, to name a few. And the fashion industry is repped by Tory Burch, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, Alice + Oliva’s Stacey Bendet, Alber Elbaz, and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive.
The complete list—including couples, sibling pairs, and the hall of fame—is now up at www.vanityfair.com.
Berlin fashion week is now in full swing, and Calvin Klein threw a fashion show and epic party to celebrate the occasion. (A few Teutons can be forgiven for being distracted by the Germany/Spain World Cup game, which the brand screened at the fête.) As you’d expect, plenty of house favorites, like newly signed face of Calvin Klein Underwear, Zoe Saldana, and Diane Kruger, who wore Calvin Klein Collection to the Met ball this year, were on hand. The dress code? All Calvin, of course. Saldana wore a pale green cutout CKC dress with the platform, contrast-heel pumps Francisco Costa showed for Resort. Kruger, on the other hand, went even more classic-Calvin minimal in a sleeveless white mini-shift and towering, lug-soled platform sandals. So who wore it best? Do you like Zoe’s edgier, of-the-moment look, or do you prefer Diane’s pared-down, old-school chic?