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Runway to Red Carpet: Summer-Ready Stars and an Impeccable Royal Tour

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Emma StoneFrom blockbuster premieres to opening-night fetes, the red carpet saw plenty of A-list action this week. The Other Woman‘s trio of leading ladies stepped it up for the L.A. premiere, opting for summer-ready dresses. Cameron Diaz smoldered in a Stella McCartney LBD, while Kate Upton donned a silver Dolce & Gabbana mini smattered with white floral appliqués. Leslie Mann went for a bright and breezy Spring ’14 Monique Lhuillier floor-length number with a pink bodice and fiery skirt.

Kate Middleton continued her Royal Australian tour, and, per usual, she’s been impeccably dressed for every outing. We’ve noticed that the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing a slew of American designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Lela Rose, and Jenny Packham, to name a few. Paired with a navy hat and a red poppy pin, the blue and white Michael Kors Spring ’14 coatdress she stepped out in for the ANZAC Day march and commemorative service on Friday morning was a highlight.

Topping this week’s best-dressed list was Emma Stone, who chose a sophisticated Prada number for the premiere of her new film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The nude georgette slipdress was suspended by a sleek metal harness and boasted plunging sides. Finished off with strappy silver sandals from the Italian powerhouse, the look was one of Stone’s best yet.

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

Photo: Theo Wargo / WireImage / Courtesy of Prada

Runway to Red Carpet: Holiday Cheer and an Unstoppable Queen

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Kate Middleton, Beyonce, and Ziyi Zhang

While most of the celebrity set took a break from the red carpet to celebrate the holidays, a few A-listers stepped out in their sartorial best for both intimate seasonal fetes and special happenings this week. On the holiday-party front, Jessica Chastain attended the Audi Celebrates the Holidays and Snow Polo event in Aspen last Saturday in a long-sleeve black Emilio Pucci frock with lace detailing on the bodice. On Christmas Day, the Duchess of Cambridge paired a small green Gina Foster hat with a blue-and-green tartan coat by her favorite designer, Alexander McQueen, for mass with the royal family in Sandringham, England. The following day, Rose Byrne made a splash in a water-printed Dion Lee Resort ’14 dress at a Boxing Day shopping event in Sydney.

With the American awards season nearly here, China hosted its biennial Huabiao Film Awards on Thursday in Beijing, where Ziyi Zhang accepted the best actress trophy in a long black lace gown embellished with brightly colored details from Valentino’s Spring ’14 runway. On Saturday evening, Beyoncé rocked Tom Ford at the release party and screening for her new self-titled album in New York. Her Spring ’14 minidress was covered with fractured black mirrors. Naturally, she paired it with matching thigh-high boots. While the album was quietly released without warning, it bowed as Billboard’s No. 1 a few days after its debut, proving that anything Queen Bey touches turns to gold—or, in her record’s case, platinum.

Photos: Geoffrey Robinson / Rex / REX USA; Kevin Mazur / WireImage; ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images

In Paris, Cartier Shows Off Its Dazzling History

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Tiara

The exhibition Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire opens tomorrow in the freshly restored Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais in Paris, and to say it’s dazzling would be a gross understatement. Overwhelming is the only fit description for the show’s richness and scope.

Upon entering this low-lit exhibit, the diamonds on which the jeweler built its reputation hit you between the eyes. Slowly spinning on a column is a remarkable display of tiaras worn by such royalty as Princess Marie Bonaparte and American high-society figures including Mary Scott Townsend, whose headpiece prompted one onlooker to comment, “But she wasn’t even royalty!”

Yet however regal Cartier’s origins, the purpose of this 600-piece exhibition is to show its evolution from “jeweler to the kings” to inventor of modern, radical style. Two early twentieth-century examples: the bold graphics of diamonds paired with onyx, and daring to show color combinations that were previously considered in poor taste (think sapphires and emeralds). The idea of shaking up the fine jewelry palette started when Cartier developed close ties with fashion, notably with the original haute couturier, Charles Frederick Worth. It further gathered momentum many years later, when Coco Chanel began mixing Cartier’s wares with semiprecious stones. A Deco evening dress by Jérôme, on loan from the Palais Galliera, adds further texture to an impressive array of everyday objects small and large, from cigarette cases and lighters to opera glasses, handbags, and clocks.

Crocodile

Two cornerstone gems are the 478-carat Sri Lankan sapphire, one of the largest in the world, which once belonged to Queen Marie of Romania, and the Berenice, a carved emerald of Mongol origin, which was mounted into a necklace for the International Exhibition of 1925.

And then there were Cartier’s clients, A-listers all. A rogues’ gallery of Café Society figures, loyal customers, and style-makers begins with major collector Daisy Fellowes, whose favorite tutti-frutti Hindu necklace was renegade in its day, and includes Marjorie Merriweather Post, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, and the original panther client, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, as well as Barbara Hutton (who preferred tigers). Special displays pay tribute to Maria Félix, who is said to have brought live baby crocodiles into the Cartier shop to illustrate her commission. The jeweled result is on display.

Also shown are more familiar pieces, such as the Halo tiara, which the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day in 2011. The crown was originally commissioned in 1936 by the Duke of York, the future King George IV of England. So opulent is Cartier’s display that, by the time you catch Grace Kelly’s practically perfect 10.47-carat diamond engagement ring, it seems like the most demure piece in the world.

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier

From Ulyana Sergeenko To Bill Cunngingham—The Fair With The Most Flair

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Each year Vanity Fair sorts through the world’s most fashionable people, from princesses to photographers, to sort out the top style stars for its annual best-dressed list. It was newcomers to the list like the Courtin-Clarins girls who caught our attention in 2011, but they’ve been trumped by a new set of contenders on this year’s list, just released today. Who made the cut? Of course, there are several royals like the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as big names like Diane Kruger and Alicia Keys. But fashion insiders like designer and street-style star Ulyana Sergeenko, Erika Bearman a.k.a. @OscarPRGirl, Tommy Ton favorite Robert Rabensteiner, Schiaparelli ambassador Farida Khelfa, more-is-more Jean Pigozzi of LimoLand, and photographer Bill Cunningham (pictured) also landed on the list. Click here to see all the names.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Louis Vuitton’s New Spots, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Louis Vuitton is seeing spots. The French brand has collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama on seven pop-up shops (covered in the artist’s signature dots) slated to open this summer. New York’s Soho store will see the first opening on July 10 (in sync with the Kusama retrospective opening at the Whitney), where products ranging from trenchcoats to silk pajamas will be up for grabs. [WWD]

Everyone was talking about the cream gown with the daring front slit that the Duchess of Cambridge wore to a Claridge’s dinner last month. And now, Roland Mouret, the designer behind the dress, is speaking out about it. “I think it was quite fantastic that there was a split up the front,” he said. “That picture of a woman when you catch a little of the leg, that’s what you want to see.” [Vogue U.K.]

Margherita Missoni tied the knot this weekend with longtime boyfriend Eugenio Amos, in Brunello, a half-hour drive outside Milan. The bride wore a custom Giambattista Valli design, made with Missoni silk, organza, and flower embroidery. Despite the menswear shows in full swing, Franca Sozzani, Suzy Menkes, and Stefano Tonchi made the trip to see Missoni walk down the aisle. [Telegraph]

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton