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Charles James Then and Now: An Artistic Interpretation

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Modern Day Charles James
Eight models wearing Charles James gowns, in French & Company's eighteenth century French paneled room

Not everyone at last night’s Met Gala knew the story of Charles James—not by a long shot. “He’s a new person for me,” admitted Hailee Steinfeld, who was utterly adorable in Prabal Gurung. “He’s someone I don’t know. I’m 25!” laughed a Michael Kors-clad Ming Xi when quizzed on the couturier. The evening’s DJ, Diplo, referred to Charles James: Beyond Fashion as “Fashion and the Thingamajig.” And when we asked Katie Couric about James, she jokingly replied, “I think he’s from the forties, isn’t he? Don’t ask me any more hard questions!” However, while not everyone was familiar with the details of James’ career, most everyone had seen the iconic 1948 Cecil Beaton photo, which features eight women in pastel James gowns. Or, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s Lena Hall called it, “that Cecile photograph.” She made up for the slip with her charm, and by looking divine in a Jamesian Zac Posen number. “I’ve seen that photograph a lot. In fact, I think my mother has it on her wall. So when I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I know more about him than I thought.’”

Gala chair Aerin Lauder had an even more personal story about the famed snap. “I own the Cecil Beaton photograph, but I didn’t know much about [James] before working on the event for a year.” It would seem many a starlet and socialite looked to said image for sartorial inspiration—so much so that we were able to re-create the photograph with some of the ladies from yesterday evening’s red carpet. Here, for your viewing pleasure, we give you a modern-day mockup of Beaton’s photo, starring TV chef and girlfriend to Governor Andrew Cuomo Sandra Lee’s gargantuan dress (a questionable blend of a James ball gown and his Butterfly design), Hall, Amy Adams, Katie Holmes, Liu Wen, Sarah Silverman, and more. You’re welcome.

Photos: Getty Images; Cecil Beaton, courtesy of the Met

Exclusive: A$AP Rocky And Friends For Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang’s world domination tour kicked off in Beijing, where the designer opened his first international flagship in May. Naturally, he’s not one to do such a thing quietly. To toast the occasion, he brought in A$AP Rocky, Diplo, and, for good measure, Penn Badgley to rock the underground parking lot beneath the store. Their outfits: Alexander Wang. Kitted out in the designer’s Fall ’12 collection—the same one now hitting stores—the trio also took part in the designer’s first menswear video, shot in Beijing during the store opening bash. It debuts exclusively here on Style.com. (For an accompanying video on the Beijing store, check out Wang’s own Web site.) As for Wang himself, Beijing is just the beginning. The designer has just opened a Shanghai store in the Shanghai Reel shopping center; another will follow in the spring of 2013.

Exclusive:
Alexander Wang On The New Faces Of T

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Alexander Wang may’ve been fresh out of school five years ago, as he explains in this video exclusive, but he’s developed a habit of attracting top talent that rivals his older and more experienced peers. Last September, he opened his show with the then-unknown Britt Maren, and now she’s a runaway runway phenomenon. His about-to-be-released Spring ad campaign for T, photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Alastair McKimm, stars her fellow model up-and-comer Ashley Smith. As for the guy? It’s Diplo, the producer and DJ who shot to fame with M.I.A.’s Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1 album and is now working with no less a superstar than Beyoncé. “We chose Ashley and Diplo because of their charisma; we were dying to witness their chemistry together,” Wang told Style.com. “I’ve been a huge fan of Diplo’s forever and it’s been a dream to work with him. They gave us so much of their personality that day, and that’s what we’re always trying to capture and portray for T.” Barring another NYC snowpocalypse, wild postings will go up just in time for New York fashion week on February 7, but the Spring T line is available online at www.alexanderwang.com today. Click here to see the collection.