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July 22 2014

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15 posts tagged "Ferragamo"

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Should She Switch?

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Jennifer Aniston took to the carpet in L.A. last night for the premiere of her new maternity comedy of errors (a 2010 genre if ever there was one), The Switch. Aniston has a mixed history with red-carpet looks, and if you ask us, she could have dialed up the glamour a bit for her new premiere. Her two-tone Spring ’10 Lanvin dress flatters her ultra-toned figure but doesn’t bring much spark. (Though the contrast-color zip on the side gives a little bit of pop that’s hard to make out in a front view.) With loose hair and strappy, nude sandals, the whole look feels more dinner-and-a-movie than star tour. (Though we love the Ferragamo croc clutch—even if it threatens to upstage its owner.) What do you think? Is less more, or should Jen have done like her on-screen alter ego and switched?

Photo: Steve Granitz / WireImage

Smells Like Dree Spirit, Uniqlo Hits Fifth, And More…

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Was this the face that launched a thousand ships? Ferragamo’s just hoping it’s the face that’ll move a couple thousand bottles. The label has just announced that Dree Hemingway will be the face of its upcoming fragrance, to be shot by Craig McDean. [Modelinia]

Midtown Manhattan just got a little more dangerous—for us, at least: Uniqlo has officially announced what’s been suspected for weeks. It will open a second Manhattan flagship at 666 Fifth Avenue, a stone’s throw from our office. [WWD]

At this week’s Brooklyn Museum High Style gala, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have enlisted six labels—Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrik Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte and Slow and Steady Wins the Race—to create carnival activities or special souvenirs to give to guests, ranging from a ring-toss station to a fortune teller’s booth. Let us guess—our future includes a quick trip to OC? [WWD]

And in unsurprising news: Estrella Archs has left Emanuel Ungaro. The path’s been cleared. Is Giles en route? [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Amanda Schwab / Startraks Photo

In Milan, Celebrating A Thirties Icon With Millennial Appeal

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In a gesture of atypical extravagance, Greta Garbo would order up to a hundred pairs of shoes at a time from Salvatore Ferragamo. At the Saturday opening of a Ferragamo-sponsored exhibition devoted to Garbo’s style, Salvatore’s widow Wanda shared her impressions of the actress. “Her bearing,” she said, hauling herself up ramrod straight in an echo of Garbo’s posture. “And her eyes. They were gray.” Which helps account for Greta’s mesmerizing gaze in the black-and-white movies that sealed her reputation as the most enduringly timeless of stars. The impressively comprehensive show should also help to consolidate her status. Exhibitions of the bits and pieces that belonged to Hollywood legends tend to leave you flummoxed by how minuscule the greats were. (It’s not just exhibitions either. Can that truly be Elizabeth Taylor’s footprint sealed in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese? Is the woman a leprechaun?) Garbo’s Ferragamo footwear, at least, was reassuringly normal in size. And, according to the show at Milan’s Triennale, her outfits maintained the same remarkably consistent real-woman silhouette from the thirties to the sixties. Hence that timelessness. You could imagine almost anything she wore stepping out onto the Milanese catwalk right now. In fact, in a week where Miuccia Prada celebrated womanly shape, there couldn’t have been a more timely museum opening.

Photo: Courtesy of Ferragamo

roisin murphy on gob-dropping clothes

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In the crowd for the Salvatore Ferragamo Evolving Legend 1928-2008 party at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum yesterday, we spotted Róisín Murphy, shimmering in a gold lamé dress by Romanian designer Rozalb de Mura. The singer turned out to be more of a fashionista than we expected. Besides the edgy dress, she had done her very own “whoosh” hairdo and had clear ideas on her fashion likes and dislikes. “I like the big names like Gucci, Versace, Dolce,” Murphy told us. “As they are the most successful brands about, you always know you’re getting the best tailoring and quality around. But honestly, I prefer auteur designers like Martin Margiela. His strong silhouettes make the gobs drop on my fans [ed.'s translation for non-Brits: make fans' jaws drop], and yet they’re loose and easy to wear. Even though I also like Vivienne Westwood, it’s not easy singing in one of her corsets!”

Photo: Jasmine Serrurier

the male perspective

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We were looking for a rare breed of man backstage at Ferragamo: a heterosexual who works in fashion. To make the challenge harder on ourselves—we don’t want to disappoint our readers—he had to also be top-notch in the looks department. James Ferragamo, head of Ferragamo Accessories, fit the bill. Our mission? To find out the tastes of a man who knows and likes both fashion and females. Post-show, with a PR nervously hovering behind us, he rolled out press release-style answers. However, later that night, at the Ferragamo exhibition party, after he’s downed a few glasses of Champagne, we cornered him again and squeezed him for juicer replies. “I like platforms on women. They accentuate the lines of the legs, and I like the fact that the look was once considered fetishist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “I like well-tailored trousers and shirts which open to a point were a cleavage is suggested, and not forced upon its audience.” So there you have it.

Photo: Jasmine Serrurier