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Tom Ford, designer-turned-director-turned-designer once more, has channeled the Golden Age of Hollywood in his new Fall ad campaign. Model Kati Nescher stars, wearing a scarlet version of the white gown and cape that shot Gwyneth Paltrow to the top of this year’s Oscars best-dressed lists. Style.com has an exclusive first look at the campaign, which, like last season’s, was lensed by Ford himself.
We’ve already noted the influence Angelina Jolie had on this year’s Met ball red carpet. No less influential: Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow’s cape-and-gown Tom Ford look was Oscar night’s best, and it’s proven to have legs at the Met, too. Gwyneth’s stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, told me at an event in Paris that she was inspired by Jackie Kennedy’s timeless chic when working on Gwyneth’s Academy Awards look. Last night, some of those donning capes, like Maria Grazia Chiuri, in Valentino, went for classic, too. But there were just as many others who chased glitz and glam. Lana Del Rey sparkled in custom Altuzarra, and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, in Dolce & Gabbana, reminded me of an Italian movie star from the sixties. Sally Singer was lacy in Nina Ricci, but the cherry on the surrealist cake goes to Linda Fargo in custom Naeem Khan. Shocking, Schiaparelli-style.
Hollywood stylists are forever clambering to keep their celeb clientele in the latest looks fresh off the runways, so there’s little doubt that on Sunday night, we’ll be seeing a few Fall numbers at the Oscars. Compared to many of the ostentatious front-row fixtures at fashion week, most starlets play it safe. (Sorry, Marc, the only actress out there gonzo enough to take your newest lineup for a spin is Helena Bonham Carter). A-listers often opt for classic gowns, like the teal, tie-shouldered number from Oscar de la Renta (the color would be gorgeous with Jessica Chastain’s fiery tresses) or Michael Kors‘ long-sleeved dazzler (pictured), which has Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close’s name written all over it. And with all the attention Rooney Mara attracted at the Calvin Klein show a few weeks back, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her turn up in one of Francisco Costa’s minimal black finale frocks. Many of the heavy hitters won’t be presenting until Paris next week, but it seems some designers have wised up to awards season and are strategically debuting their unseen collections on the red carpet instead of the runway. Case in point: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emmys, wearing a sheer Emilio Pucci two-piece look that appeared again on the Spring catwalk a few days later. We’re hoping to see a few more of those fashion-forward surprises this weekend.
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Some people choose jeans based on what they do for their backside. Others select denim based on its backstory. If you belong to the latter camp, you may have already heard about Carrie and Matt Eddmenson’s Nashville-based brand Imogene + Willie. Born in 2009, after Carrie’s family shuttered a decades-old company that developed washes and finishes for some of the biggest names in the business—Levi’s, Double RL—I+W specializes in hand-sewn selvedge jeans and a semi-custom fit policy at its 12th Avenue South store courtesy of an in-house “denim whisperer” named Rhett.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who discovered the shop while filming Country Strong, put Imogene + Willie on the global map when she mentioned the label on Goop. But the Eddmensons weren’t in a rush to capitalize on the good press. “We strategically didn’t wholesale until now because we wanted to have physical contact with every person, and therefore every jean, that was purchased during our first two years,” Carrie told Style.com. “Those first 10,000 people were super-special because they helped us develop our fits.”
Some of those 10,000 folks can be seen in Love Fades, a new limited-edition book by the photographer Joshua Black Wilkins. The portraits, which were taken over the course of four sessions outside the 12 Avenue South store, feature fans of the brand wearing their I+W denim. As you can tell by the pics, these jeans are definitely good for your backside, too.
Imogene + Willie denim is now available at Steven Alan in New York and on www.imogeneandwillie.com. Signed and numbered copies of Love Fades can be preordered for $150. See Lovefadesiw.tumblr.com for more information.