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3 posts tagged "Isabel Lucas"

Who’s That Girl?

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The Costume Institute’s Prada/Schiaparelli exhibition is well on the way, which means only one thing: The annual Costume Institute Gala is coming soon, too. Designers scramble to snap up celebrity dates for one of fashion’s biggest nights, and competition is fierce. So far, only two pairings have been revealed. Joseph Altuzarra will be taking love-her-or-hate-her chanteuse Lana Del Rey, who has been an all but inescapable presence in the cultural conversation for months. (Is she authentic? Inauthentic? Can she sing? Does it matter?) This afternoon, it was revealed that Proenza Schouler will be taking Australian actress Isabel Lucas, to which the resounding response is…who?

If you haven’t heard much about Lucas yet, it’s likely that soon you will. The young actress is well-known in her native Australia, where she rose to fame on the soap Home and Away, but much farther under the radar in the U.S., despite roles in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Daybreakers, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe’s grisly vampire flick. But Lucas has caught the eye of some of Hollywood’s most powerful and respected. Steven Spielberg cast her in his miniseries The Pacific in 2010, and she nabbed a key role in The Tree of Life director Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, alongside Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. And though she may look new, Lucas is no stranger to the fashion scene—this isn’t even her first Met gala. She attended last year, finding her way onto several best-dressed lists, as a guest of Louis Vuitton.

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Blasblog From Paris: Backstage Bubbles

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I know a few women who say they prefer couture to ready-to-wear because of the lack of frenzy and excitement. But really, it’s all about the alcohol and free food. Back on Monday, Dior invited guests downstairs into John Galliano’s mirrored studio under the salon where he had just debuted his collection. Marion Cotillard hovered by the food and wondered if it was too early in the day to hit the bubbly. Of course it wasn’t. Yesterday, Riccardo Tisci welcomed a whole slew of well-wishers and Champagne sippers to a little tent backstage after Givenchy. His muse, Mariacarla Boscono, held court with Luigi Murenu, while Natasha Poly and Lara Stone asked for creams and bleach to get the black out of their hair. But the most decadent post-show affair was provided by Karl Lagerfeld. There’s always a major crush to see the designer, and the pushy guards have a lot of crowd control on their hands. This time he served drinks and food so that patient types like Fabiola Beracasa and Tallulah Harlech were able to watch the post-show mania with a cocktail while Isabel Lucas, Mario Testino, and Élodie Bouchez made their way through the crush to congratulate the Kaiser. “I think all the designers should do this after every show,” Poppy Delevingne declared. I don’t think she’d find many who would argue with her.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Vive Le Couture?

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The haute couture shows kick off two Mondays from now in Paris, and with them will come the inevitable “Is couture dead?” headlines. But you won’t hear us sounding its death knell, not with a knockout like Australian newcomer Isabel Lucas rocking this vintage Chanel Haute Couture chiffon embroidered dress (paired with Dior Fine Jewelry, no less) at the premiere of The Transformers in L.A. last night. What do you think of Lucas’ look?

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