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White Tie: A Very Serious Matter



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Marlene Dietrich Remember last year’s Met ball, when guests took some fairly questionable liberties with their punk ensembles? A few, like Kate Upton, just ignored the subject altogether. (“I don’t think I fully understood the theme,” she told us while standing on the red carpet in an emerald DVF column gown.) Well, there will be no sartorial messing around during Monday’s Charles James: Beyond Fashion gala—at least not where the men are concerned—because the Anna Wintour-imposed “white tie and decorations” dress code is a deeply serious one. “There is no leeway,” men’s fashion expert G. Bruce Boyer told WWD when asked about white tie. “If you say full evening dress, there isn’t any interpretation.” Apparently, this all-important outfit is causing quite a stir among the male guests.

The look, reserved for only the most formal of occasions, comprises a black or midnight blue tailcoat; matching trousers with a strip of satin or a braid down the side seams; a stiff, white pique wing collared shirt; a white vest; white cuff links and studs; white or gray gloves; black stockings; and black patent shoes. A top hat is technically optional (but let’s be serious, it’s not really). Unsurprisingly, these duds don’t come cheap, and will run Gala-goers up to $10,000 for a custom Savile Row iteration.

While some feel the style is overly elaborate and dated, it actually seems pretty straightforward to me. And personally, I’m more concerned with what the women will be wearing. I sincerely hope we won’t see too many starlets in ill-conceived plays on James’ masterful ball gowns. My secret dream, though, is that some brave femme will upstage the gents in her own white-tie suit—à la Marlene Dietrich. Does anyone know if Madonna’s coming this year?

Photo: Getty Images 

Runway to Red Carpet: Summer-Ready Stars and an Impeccable Royal Tour

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Emma StoneFrom blockbuster premieres to opening-night fetes, the red carpet saw plenty of A-list action this week. The Other Woman‘s trio of leading ladies stepped it up for the L.A. premiere, opting for summer-ready dresses. Cameron Diaz smoldered in a Stella McCartney LBD, while Kate Upton donned a silver Dolce & Gabbana mini smattered with white floral appliqués. Leslie Mann went for a bright and breezy Spring ’14 Monique Lhuillier floor-length number with a pink bodice and fiery skirt.

Kate Middleton continued her Royal Australian tour, and, per usual, she’s been impeccably dressed for every outing. We’ve noticed that the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing a slew of American designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Lela Rose, and Jenny Packham, to name a few. Paired with a navy hat and a red poppy pin, the blue and white Michael Kors Spring ’14 coatdress she stepped out in for the ANZAC Day march and commemorative service on Friday morning was a highlight.

Topping this week’s best-dressed list was Emma Stone, who chose a sophisticated Prada number for the premiere of her new film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The nude georgette slipdress was suspended by a sleek metal harness and boasted plunging sides. Finished off with strappy silver sandals from the Italian powerhouse, the look was one of Stone’s best yet.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Theo Wargo / WireImage / Courtesy of Prada

Exclusive: Keeping Up With CR

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CR Fashion Book

Fun fact: Carine Roitfeld’s favorite fairy tale is E.T. “It’s not a traditional fairy tale, but I love E.T. because it combines science fiction and fantasy with a touch of sadness. All of the best fairy tales have that—something dark with something light,” the editor told Style.com. Why on earth would we be speaking with Mlle. Roitfeld about extraterrestrial eighties flicks, you ask? Because “fairy tales” happens to be the concept behind the latest edition of CR Fashion Book, which hits newsstands on February 25.

Considering Roitfeld has facilitated a few fashion Cinderella stories since launching her zine in 2012, “fairy tales” seems a fitting theme for issue four. The editor’s choice to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of issue three helped convince the industry’s elite to (kind of) embrace the reality-TV star. And Kate Upton’s issue one cover made readers recognize that she could be an all-American bombshell and a high-fashion model, too. (For the record, a Brigitte Niedermair pointe shoe and Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin covered issue two, but that’s not terribly pertinent here.) Roitfeld’s latest princess-in-the-making? Nineteen-year-old Gigi Hadid, whose Bruce Weber-lensed cover (right) debut exclusively here, alongside a second E.T. themed cover featuring Lindsey Wixson, shot by Sebastian Faena (left). “Gigi is next in the line of athletic, voluptuous babes who transition to high-fashion success,” said CR Fashion Book design director Stephen Gan. Not unlike Kim K., Hadid also happens to be on reality TV—she’s best known for her role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (as a daughter, not a housewife). “It may be a cliché, but this is a girl who lights up a room. When I met her, I immediately sensed her star quality—it was only days later that I found out she was already a reality-TV star,” Gan continued. Did we ever in a million years think Roitfeld would fall for not one, but two reality darlings in the span of six months? No. But we’re inclined to trust her judgment. After all, she did introduce the world to Lara Stone.

Photos: Sebastian Faena, Bruce Weber

A Downtown Party With an Upton Girl

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Kate UptonLittle-known fact: David Yurman’s headquarters boasts one of the swankiest rooftops in downtown New York. And last night, an intimate group of friends and industry insiders ascended to the designer’s top-floor terrace for his annual summer soiree. The occasion was the launch of the David Yurman Fall ’13 campaign, which, lensed in Malibu by Peter Lindbergh, stars Dree Hemingway, Anais Mali, Catrinel Marlon, and, perhaps you’ve heard of her, Kate Upton. “These four women are beautiful, but with different looks and different personalities, which reflect the diversity of the collection,” Yurman told Style.com. When pressed as to what that meant, he offered, “We do light, tender, and sweet, and then we do big, bold, and fashion.”

As the sun sunk into the Hudson, Yurman admitted that he’s looking forward to heading out East, to Amagansett, for some R&R. But first, a bit more glitz and glamour. Miss Upton’s fashionably late arrival set off a flashbulb frenzy. She wore a stark, jet-black dress that popped against her tan complexion. “Beauty in Contrast,” said Yurman. “That’s the name of the campaign.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Rebel Rebel

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There were plenty of quasi-rebellious aesthetics at last night’s Met Ball, like bleached, black, and safety-pinned hair (from Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, and Giovanna Battaglia, respectively), torn-fishnet looks (Miley Cyrus and Madonna), and dangerous hardware (Joan Smalls had a razor-blade earring, and ear cuffs and cage rings abounded). But as Anthony Vaccarello put it, “Punk is an attitude,”—that’s to say, starlets can wear all the ripped gowns and goth makeup they’d like, but if they don’t have that hard-edged “who cares” demeanor, they’re just another chick in a punk costume. While on the red carpet, we gave the Met Ball’s sartorial stars a chance to earn some cred and asked them about their most rebellious moments. Here’s what they said:

Greta Gerwig: “Last year at the Met Ball, I fell down an entire flight of stairs. I won’t do it this year. I’m trying to not drink as much. There’s something about well-behaved starlets that makes me just want to burn something.”

Kate Upton: “I don’t really know that I went through a rebellious phase. Maybe it was starting as a swimsuit model and going into high fashion.”

Joseph Altuzarra: “I used to wear one long, dangly earring. It was very ‘gay pirate.’”

Allison Williams: “When glitter was really big, I wasn’t allowed to wear it. But I’d steal it, put it in my backpack, and put it on, on the bus. Once, my mom surprised me at school and found me covered in glitter and was very angry. I also lied that my grandmother was dead once. She wasn’t. That was pretty rebellious.”

Jimmy Fallon: “I taped posters on my ceiling when my parents really didn’t want me to do that.”

Anja Rubik: “The most rebellious thing I’ve ever done is I snuck backstage [at a] Marilyn Manson [concert] many, many years ago. I was a huge fan of his. It was cool.”

Anthony Vaccarello: “The most rebellious thing I’ve ever done? That dress for last year’s Met Ball.”

Tom Ford: “I don’t drink anymore. I can’t tell you.”

Matthew James Thomas: “I did graffiti, lots of graffiti, when I was a kid. I had my own tag word that I used to use. I can’t tell you [what it is]. I’ll have the police knocking on my door.”

Jason Wu: “I dyed my hair every color when I was young.”

Mindy Kaling: “I’m a friendly person. The most punk thing about me is that I’m friendly, so I’m like, Oh, I guess that’s a subversion.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com