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July 11 2014

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Shop the Look: High Tide

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Shop the Look: High Tide

Between Chloé’s surfboard-ankle-strap sandals, M Missoni‘s ode to Venice Beach, and the aquatic-inspired athletic wear at Hervé Léger, surfing was certainly the sport of choice at the recent Resort ’14 presentations. If you’re planning on catching some waves this summer, why not do so in style? Shop our chic yet practical surfing picks from Lisa Marie Fernandez, Chanel, Missoni, and more, below.

1. Missoni towel, $230, available at www.net-a-porter.com

2. Lichtenstein water bottle, $28, available exclusively at www.barneys.com

3. Chanel surfboard, price upon request, available at www.chanel.com

4. Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, $430, available at www.net-a-porter.com

5. Ray-Ban Wayfarer, $155, available at www.ray-ban.com

Runway to Red Carpet: Queens of Contrast

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Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung, Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera,  and Milla Jovovich in Saint Laurent

Over the course of a particularly international week for flashbulb fashion, megawatt personalities turned up the world over in sophisticated, high-contrast (and high-impact) ensembles, each of which stood out against carpets red and step-and-repeats a-branded.

On Sunday, Taylor Swift arrived at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Los Angeles wearing an Hervé Léger by Max Azria Pre-Fall ’13—you guessed it—bandage dress. The peppy songstress accented her cage-like ribbing with a pair of strappy Christian Louboutin sandals.

Things picked up on Tuesday in Paris, where Milla Jovovich sported a Saint Laurent Spring ’13 pewter-sequined column dress and dramatic black chiffon cape (naturally, she looked lovely, but we kind of wish she had topped it all off with the flat-brim Hedi Slimane showed on the catwalk). What occasion could warrant such a theatrical outfit, you might wonder? It was for the Liaisons au Louvre III charity dinner—yes, the same dinner where Diana Ross took the stage. The chanteuse, however, opted for a fittingly fiery red gown. Jetting far east to Beijing, Zhang Ziyi attended the unveiling of Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket” exhibition wearing a simple blouse-and-bloomer combo from the house’s Scottish Pre-Fall ’13 collection. And looping back to the City of Light, funny gal Kristen Wiig attended the opening of her latest flick, Imogene, wrapped in a graphic, artfully draped Prabal Gurung dress—a twist on the techniques used in the designer’s cut-and-curved Fall ’13 military spectacular.

Lastly, Wednesday saw the industry’s highest-profile champion—Michelle Obama—hot-footing in a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall ’13 number at a dinner in Berlin in honor of her husband. Noirish navy and silvery white whorls complemented the dress’ nipped waist, tulip flare, and ladylike shoulder-bows—FLOTUS appeared as turned out as ever.

Photos: Getty Images

Bust Out the Bra

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Bra top Resort looks from Versace, Jason Wu, and Emilio Pucci

Bras outside the boudoir seem like a natural progression for a burgeoning season that oft abides by midriffs and swimwear. At Resort, designers are blurring the line between bedroom and warm-weather wares, giving tiny tops a bustier feel. Take, for instance, Jason Wu‘s balconette-meets-bandage bra (above, center), which he paired with matching botanical-print board shorts. “I’ve always loved these lingerie-esque looks, and I’ve always loved a little swimsuit for Resort,” offered Wu when asked about his belly-baring wares. “The lower-waisted proportion felt right, and there was almost like a surfer-ish attitude about it. And I think it’s a sexy place to bare,” he added. “You work very hard for it. So why not?”

Others, like Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, offered a seemingly more conservative approach to the crème de la crop top. The pair showed a red pencil-skirt-and-elongated-blazer combo which, upon further inspection, reveals an itty-bitty top with an iteration of Cushnie et Ochs’ signature cutouts. At Versace (above, left), Donatella turned out a spearmint gingham top-let coupled with a playfully patterned pant. Meanwhile, Hervé Léger‘s Max Azria and Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa served up a sportier approach to the bra-turned-top by incorporating full-frontal zippers. The same sense of ease was seen at A.L.C. and Emilio Pucci (above, right), where banded bras seemed more staple than statement maker.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Coven Is “Inspired” At Fashion Rio

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Though the debate in the fashion world about the negative impact of copycats continues unabated, taking direct “inspiration” from another creator isn’t necessarily always held against a designer. The latter was the case at Fashion Rio (which is underway this week in Rio de Janeiro) for Coven, a knitwear-heavy label with a fiercely modern but street-friendly aesthetic. The first looks out of the gate—futuristic, body-con separates—owed an obvious debt to Nicolas Ghesquière. A group of Hervé Léger-esque bandage dresses were interspersed with a flurry of fluffy, crystal-encrusted sweaters (like the one pictured here), which seemed to pay homage to Sonia Rykiel. It might sound like an overload of references, but the reality was that Coven designer Liliane Rebehy Queiroz managed to own most of the ideas and inject them into her particular stylistic vocabulary. In emerging fashion markets, a common criticism can sometimes center on a lack of original creativity, but in the case of Coven, it doesn’t apply. Rebehy Queiroz is just finding a way to synthesize the influences that surround her into something unique, which, in my opinion, is a perfectly valid creative approach in contemporary times.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Lily Rabe Doesn’t Want to Know Who’s Coming on Opening Night

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Lily Rabe was born with the pedigree of an actor’s actor. Her father is playwright David Rabe (whose works were the subject of a recent New Yorker retrospective), and her mother is actress Jill Clayburgh. But Rabe, who graduated from Northwestern University in 2004, has been making theatrical inroads of her own. In 2005 she debuted on Broadway in Steel Magnolias and later took on George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, garnering award nominations for both performances. After a few film roles, Rabe returns to Broadway for her latest project: starring opposite Mercedes Ruehl in The American Plan. Style.com caught up with the up-and-comer during a break from rehearsal to talk about first loves, Ryan Gosling, and her Achilles heel: Alexander Wang. The American Plan opens in previews this Friday.

Tell me about your character in The American Plan.

Well, her name is Lili. She’s very challenging, but that’s really what you want, isn’t it? [Playwright] Rich [Greenberg] has this amazing way of getting to the underbelly of human relationships, and I think one of the great things about his writing is that it can really sneak up on you. You think you’re watching one thing, and then you’re slapped in the face with something else. Basically, the play is very much about Lili’s relationship with her mother. Their attachment to one another is very deep, and the stakes are very high. Without giving too much away, everyone in the play is wildly in love with someone else, and very often it’s the wrong person.

It sounds like a lot of universals: the mother-daughter relationship, insiders and outsiders, falling in love, falling in love with the wrong people. Did you draw on life experiences for the role?

No, I always fall in love with the right people. [Laughs] Yes, of course; not that I’ve ever been in a relationship like any of these necessarily. The point is they’re all so human and, like you said, so universal. So, absolutely, there are pieces from my life. Anyone who’s been desperately in love [knows] you act very strangely. Continue Reading “Lily Rabe Doesn’t Want to Know Who’s Coming on Opening Night” »