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April 18 2014

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6 posts tagged "Elizabeth Banks"

Runway to Red Carpet: Elegant Award Shows and a Dressed-Down Film Fest

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Brit MarlingBetween the continued Awards Season craze and the laid-back glam of the Sundance Film Festival, the celebrity set had plenty of red-carpet moments this week. America’s new darling (fashion and otherwise) Lupita Nyong’o and Helen Mirren, who both picked up trophies at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, strutted their stuff at the Producers Guild Awards the following evening. Nyong’o chose a figure-hugging Stella McCartney dress with an asymmetrical shoulder, while Mirren opted for a long-sleeved silver Fall ’13 Elie Saab gown embroidered with crystals. The ladies were joined on Sunday’s red carpet by Nyong’o's 12 Years a Slave castmate Sarah Paulson, who donned a sequined Marc Jacobs frock with floral embellishments from the designer’s memorable Spring ’14 runway.

While many celebrities opt for the casual sweater-and-jeans look during the chilly Sundance Film Festival, actresses Elizabeth Banks and Brit Marling’s red-carpet appearances struck the perfect balance between comfort and glamour. Banks paired a black-and-white grid-patterned Spring ’14 Ralph Lauren dress with black knee-high boots for an event on Tuesday, and Marling chose a black Proenza Schouler pantsuit with chalk-white details from the brand’s Spring ’14 lineup at the premiere of I Origins on Saturday. Marling continued to be a red-carpet highlight throughout the week, stepping out in Christopher Kane and Mulberry at another pair of events. No doubt, this duo is upping the festival’s sartorial game.

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

Photo: George Pimentel / Getty Images 

Runway to Red Carpet: Sparkles Galore and a Courageous Katniss

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Jennifer LawrenceWhile the subtle sparkle of diamonds is often the finishing touch on a red-carpet look, a few of the best ensembles of the week were doused with glittering crystals. Elizabeth Banks continued to hit the sartorial nail on the head as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tour came to a close in New York on Wednesday. She shimmered in a bedazzled black ensemble from Jenny Packham’s Fall ’13 runway. The same evening in Las Vegas, Kate Bosworth chose a scintillating Spring ’14 Fendi frock completely covered in geometric Swarovski crystals for the premiere of her new film, Homefront.

Before finishing its whirlwind press tour in New York, Catching Fire held a star-studded premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, which brought out notables including Kiernan Shipka, Zoë Kravitz, and Sarah Hyland. Shipka charmed in a black silk sleeveless blouse and skirt embroidered with green and blue floral beading from Miu Miu’s Spring ’14 collection, and Kravitz opted for a Balenciaga Spring ’14 LBD with a wide neckline and buttons up the side. The nod for best dressed of the evening goes to the film’s leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, in a daring sheer Dior Fall ’13 Couture gown with a full skirt over a strapless black bodysuit. We appreciate that Katniss is as fearless on the red carpet as she is in the arena.

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

Runway to Red Carpet: Fashion’s Award Shows and a Dressed-Up European Tour

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Jennifer LawrenceThis week was highlighted by a whirlwind European press tour for the cast of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with photo calls and premieres in London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, and Oslo. Leading lady Jennifer Lawrence donned a bevy of gorgeous gowns to promote the second film of the trilogy. And while she mostly stuck to her red-carpet favorite, Dior (she is the face of the brand, after all), the actress did throw in a sprinkling of Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, and Proenza Schouler. At Tuesday’s Berlin premiere, Lawrence wore a pale blue double-breasted coat-dress with printed guipure panels from Dior’s Resort ’14 range, which was a perfectly chic way to battle dropping temperatures (remember Leelee Sobieski’s black version last week? We sense a trend coming on). Elizabeth Banks also shined on the red carpet, choosing two shimmering Elie Saab Fall ’13 Couture dresses for the Berlin and Oslo premieres.

On Monday, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards and Glamour‘s Women of the Year Awards brought out a stylish crowd. Lily Collins walked the red carpet at the WOTY Awards in a silk flesh-toned gown with a plunging neckline from the Julien Macdonald Spring ’14 runway, while Lady Gaga paired a pearl-adorned jacket with a cargo-pocketed pencil skirt and tall, pearl-encrusted platform shoes from Thom Browne’s asylum-themed Spring ’14 lineup. At the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Ciara wore her first Calvin Klein Collection ensemble, stepping out in a tweed wrap vest and cotton twill painter’s pants, with a jacket draped around her shoulders from the Spring ’14 runway. Considering the result, we have a feeling there’s more Calvin in the singer’s future.

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

Photo: Luca Teuchmann / WireImage

Rauwolf Of The Future, Right Now

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Carry a clutch by New York-based designer Kristine Johannes and people are sure to ask you about it (and, most likely, they will attempt to use it as a mirror to check their lipstick, too). Since she unveiled her line of Plexiglas and mirrored bags (called Rauwolf) for Spring ’12, Johannes’ designs have landed in the hands of starlets like Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks and on the pages of Vogue Japan and Vogue Latino America, among others. For Spring ’13, she’s lightened things up a bit, offering some of her now signature styles in saturated colors and more muted metallics. She’s also added smaller styles for more petite women. “The aesthetics were inspired by part doyenne of high society mixed with a touch of alien and a dash of Ziggy Stardust—always with an eye to the future,” she tells Style.com. “For shape inspiration, I really focused on gemstones and outer space.” Here, a look at one of our favorite pieces from her latest collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Rauwolf

Lucky In L.A.

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“Bloggers have changed the fashion industry.” So opined Lucky editor in chief Brandon Holley, and that’s the guiding wisdom behind her magazine’s FABB Fashion and Beauty Blogger conference. The third annual conference took place yesterday, but for the first time, Holley chose L.A. as its home. “There’s a really neat intersection between fashion, bloggers, and celebrity; L.A. is kind of the center,” she explained. Proving her point were the the panelists set to speak: L.A.-based bloggers including WhoWhatWear’s Katherine Power and HelloGiggles’ Sophia Rossi; online-savvy celebrities like Jessica Alba (pictured), Cat Deeley, and Elizabeth Banks; fashion businesspeople like J Brand’s Jeff Rudes; and Hollywood insiders such as Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and Easy A screenwriter Will Gluck.

How did the day’s speakers see the change that blogs have wrought? Celebrity stylist-turned-A.L.C. designer Andrea Lieberman suggested that they’ve brought the stars down-to-earth—and in so doing, made them relatable to millions. Casual shots of celebrities on their off-hours, tirelessly chronicled by celeb-focused blogs, have “as much of an impact on fashion and style and image as the red carpet does.”
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