12 posts tagged "Elie Saab"
The Tony Awards are presented annually for the best of Broadway, but you’d be forgiven if you mistook last night’s ceremony for a Hollywood affair—the attendees, and even many of the winners, were faces better recognized from the silver screen. Scarlett Johansson (above, left), Denzel Washington, and Catherine Zeta-Jones all nabbed their first Tonys, and no offense to Broadway’s own divas, but we think two of Tinseltown’s finest were also two of the evening’s best dressed. ScarJo opted for a glamorous, emerald green Elie Saab number, worn with a smoky eye and a slight bouffant, to claim her Best Featured Actress statuette for A View From the Bridge. We’ll call that the evening’s classic-done-right contender. And on the other hand, there’s presenter Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé (above, right). In her silver embossed suit and Van Cleef jewels and sporting a cropped new ‘do, she was the ceremony’s resident futurist—one of the few, we think, who can work a look we can only describe as space-robot-in-the-boardroom. So whose look do you prefer? Scarlett’s old-school elegance or Cate’s forward-leaning chic? Have a look above, and sound off below.
In the fishbowl that is Cannes, watching the same starlets hit the carpet over and over can get a little dull. Can and could—but doesn’t, this year, thanks largely to the Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, who consistently looks great in everything from dragon-emblazoned Chinese gowns to Parisian couture. Fan is at the festival promoting her film Chongqing Blues, which is in competition for the Palme d’Or. (Depending on whom you ask, the film—a family saga about a ship’s captain coming to terms with the death of his son—is either poignant or plodding. Some reviewers said both.) The 28-year-old actress is an enormous star in her native China, where she routinely appears on magazine covers—in the last year, she’s been on L’Officiel China, InStyle China, Cosmopolitan China, and Esquire China, only the second woman to cover the Chinese men’s mag—in films, and on TV. Her style ranges from hippie chic to full-on glamour. (At Cannes, she’s worn Elie Saab Couture, Valentino, and Laurence Hsu.) Will she follow the path of Chinese actresses like Ziyi Zhang and head west? She may already have started. Front-row watchers may remember her from Paris fashion week earlier this year, where she snagged seats of honor at Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Louis Vuitton. Her seatmate at that last one, by the way? LV CEO Yves Carcelle. We’d say she’s going places.
If you get married while employed by a maison couture, they’ll make your dress for free. That’s a fun fact I learned when new designer Caroline Seikaly brought her dresses to our offices last week. Seikaly should know. The RISD grad tied the knot near the end of a six-year stint working for Karl Lagerfeld, though she (not Karl) actually designed her dress, a lovely ballerinalike puff of tulle. The petite blonde designer, who launched last year with a small collection of gowns, is based between Beirut and Paris. But she’ll be doing a presentation here in New York this September. As for why not Paris, Seikaly explained, “I do pretty dresses. [In Paris] you have to be edgy. I feel people are more open to it here.” (Well, actually we do like a little edge stateside, but we see your point.) At any rate, Seikaly’s dresses should be lovely to take in. She has a penchant for expensive French laces and silks and is employing seamstresses from Lagerfeld—working on their lunch hours—to make her samples. Though Lebanon has quite a few designers—names you’ll recognize from the red carpet like Elie Saab and Georges Chakra—Seikaly sets herself apart. “They’re all very bling-y,” she says. “I’m different. I’m light.”
While Karl Lagerfeld was literally having his work cut out for him at Chanel Haute Couture (by Kamo, a Japanese hairdresser who created the show’s elaborate paper headdresses), his fellow designers had a slightly different form of scissorwork in mind. The sharp, soot-colored suits at Anne Valérie Hash and Armani Privé recalled the fitted tailoring and moody elegance of the Edwardian era. That age also resurfaced in the exaggerated shoulders inching up toward the models’ chins on a number of runways. Riccardo Tisci, fashion’s dark knight, kept things light at Givenchy by swapping sheer puffs of organza for shoulder pads. Click for a slideshow, then let us know whether Couture’s Edwardiana trend strikes you as fresh or stuck in the past.