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9 posts tagged "Givenchy Haute Couture"

A Leg Up


Where Angelina goes, the red carpet follows. It’s been scant months since Jolie bared her now-famous leg in Atelier Versace at the Academy Awards—the leg that launched a thousand tweets and at least one Twitter account—but hipbones and acres of thigh made bold appearances last night at the “East Coast Oscars,” the Met gala. Gisele Bündchen made the leg-jut her own in Givenchy Haute Couture, as did Anja Rubik in impossibly slit Anthony Vaccarello. The lesson: Make a statement if you can pull it off, but this is not a look for mere mortals. (There’s a reason “super” is typically appended to “model” in their titles.) Do not try this at home—you could pull something.

Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images; Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Madonna’s Hail Mary


New York is triumphant, Gisele disappointed: The Giants walked away with a new Super Bowl ring last night. But for the legions of fashion fans tuning in last night, it was the halftime show that was the main event. Madonna delivered a rousing (if potentially lip-synched) performance that incorporated plenty of old hits, including “Vogue,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Like a Prayer,” along with her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” for a ten-minute-plus medley that ended with a full-on gospel choir. Along the way, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee-Lo Green all made appearances. (M.I.A. even managed to elude censors to give the finger to the live television audience.)

And the wardrobe? Courtesy of stylist and costume designer B. Akerlund, who worked with Madonna on videos including “Celebration,” “Jump,” and “4 Minutes,” they incorporated an Egyptian goddess’ store of gold headdresses and jewels and a dash of Versace-inspired Greece. Her three looks all came courtesy of Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Haute Couture: to begin, a gold cape hand-embroidered with gold metal, studs, crystals, and lined in leopard-print chiffon; in the middle sections, a black minidress in silk cady with leopard-print cape in silk charmeuse (also hand-embroidered) and hand-studded python belt with removable flaps (above); and to close, the long black coat in silk cady with hand-embroidered sequins and micro pearls. (Sketches of all three looks are below.) Philip Treacy created her gold metal hat for Givenchy, and the label also created her nappa leather gloves. In a statement, the designer said, “People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna.” (Twitter seems to concur: The site reports that her performance garnered an average 8,000 tweets per second for five straight minutes.) Madonna accessorized with 19.6 carats of white gold and diamond earrings by Bulgari and over-the-knee boots by Miu Miu. Her hair was styled by Andy Lecompte and makeup by Gina Brooke.

The rest of the evening’s fashion credits continue to roll in. Madonna’s “Music” backup dancers wore Jeremy Scott for Adidas; Nicki Minaj wore a headdress by Erickson Beamon.

Photo and Illustrations: Courtesy of Givenchy

The Diva Wore Givenchy


The eagle-eyed Catherine Kallon at Red Carpet Fashion Awards performed one of her usual acts of fashion divination today: From a blurry, cell phone pic of Beyoncé shooting a new music video in the Mojave Desert, she’s managed to identify a Spring ’11 Givenchy Couture gown. (Time will tell if she’s right, but looks likely to us.)

But Queen B is only the latest diva to strap on one of the house’s showstopping couture creations. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite high-drama ladies in Riccardo Tisci’s couture. Continue Reading “The Diva Wore Givenchy” »

Anne Hathaway: Hostess With The Mostest?


It wasn’t just Anne Hathaway’s caffeinated performance as this year’s Oscars co-host—a peppy, giggly turn that smirking pundits are already suggesting was amped up to balance James Franco’s lethargic cool-guy bit, borrowed, it seemed, from Pineapple Express—that caught viewers’ attention last night. It was also her ricocheting costume changes: seven in all during the course of the show.

Anne began the night in a crystal-embellished white gown from Givenchy Haute Couture (left). From there, she went for a one-button Lanvin tuxedo, with Swarovski-embellished Brian Atwood pumps (below left). Vivienne Westwood Couture is responsible for the greenish-gray strapless number—overtones of Black Swan, we thought—that came up next (below right).

From there, it was a hop and a jump—make that a shake, which she demonstrated onstage—to a beaded, fringed one-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown (below left). Then on to a winey Atelier Versace gown with embroidered bodice that she later wore to Vanity Fair‘s epic after-party (below right).

The longtime Armani girl wore a shimmering, off-the-shoulder Armani Privé in deep blue next (below left), and ended the night (or the telecast, at least), in a smoky, crystal-studded Tom Ford, with high neck and long sleeves (below right).

Which of Hathaway’s looks—including the red, asymmetrical Valentino Haute Couture that she selected for the red carpet—did you like best?

Photos: Michael Caulfield / Wireimage; Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images

Shu, In


Forget London—these days, it’s China that’s calling. The rest of the Far East, too. Designers and fashion labels have been courting the region for years, but in the last season, we’ve seen them really up the ante. There was Marc Jacobs’ Asian-inspired Spring show for Louis Vuitton, to begin with. Then Miuccia Prada staged a version of her own Spring presentation in Beijing last week. But it’s not just those two. Our senior market editor, Marina Larroude, clocked an Asian influence in Spring shoes, bags, and jewels, which she’s rounded up for the latest In the Mood For: Asia Major.

The Asian inspiration has translated into a boom season for Asian models, too. This week, Riccardo Tisci went with an all-Asian casting for his Givenchy Haute Couture presentation. And Vera Wang chose a Chinese face for her latest campaign shots, debuting exclusively here: Next’s Shu Pei Qin, styled by Lori Goldstein and lensed by Carter Smith at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York.

Photo: Carter Smith / Courtesy of Vera Wang.