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6 posts tagged "Keira Knightley"

Runway to Red Carpet: Art Basel’s Fashionable Fetes and a Few High-Low Mash-ups

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Kate MiddletonWhile Art Basel Miami Beach is technically an art show, it’s best known for being a place where the fashion, art, and celebrity sets collide to rage all week long. The party circuit kicked into full gear on Wednesday night with a host of soirees, including dinners hosted by Louis Vuitton and Swarovski that brought out notables such as supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Cindy Crawford. The latter chose a Roberto Cavalli body-con dress patterned with baroque swirls and a tweed print for the Vuitton fete, while Kurkova opted for a red long-sleeve David Koma Fall ’13 dress with nude mesh detailing on the neckline and sleeves at the Swarovski dinner. The following day, Louis Vuitton’s Fall campaign face, Michelle Williams, donned a full Vuitton look for the brand’s beach barbecue, layering a navy sweater over a red-and-white striped dress.

Across the pond, Kate Middleton mixed highs and lows on the red carpet, pairing a sparkling Zara necklace with a cream long-sleeve Roland Mouret gown at Thursday’s royal premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London. As the credits rolled, the Duchess of Cambridge joined Nelson Mandela’s daughters and the film’s cast and crew in paying tribute to the revolutionary leader, who passed as the film was being screened.

On Tuesday, Keira Knightley made a return to the red carpet for London’s Serious Fun gala, stepping out in a dress we’ve seen her in several times before—including at her wedding this past spring. For this outing, she added sheer sleeves with embroidery at the wrists and neckline to make it more appropriate for the city’s chilly weather.

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

Photo: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Before Chanel Cruise, A Catch-Up With Coco

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The Karl caravan has arrived in Singapore. Lagerfeld and forty-seven models are set up at the city’s famous Raffles Hotel, the gorgeous nineteenth-century English-colonial hotel, with enough hardworking dressers, stylists, and global PR reps attending them to put you in mind of a postcolonial Downton Abbey. Today, they’ll put on Chanel’s Cruise show. But last night, it was a party for a prelude: a pair of short films, screened alfresco in the hotel courtyard, beside which Maugham and Hemingway sat in the Long Bar, sipping Singapore Slings.

Leave it to Lagerfeld to make not one, but two films. The preview and the movie: They just go together, he explained. So Women Only featured a raft of his favorite girls—Kati, Cara, Lindsey, Lina, Xiao Wen, Soo Joo, et al., all clad in Chanel Pre-Fall—piling into a movie theater for the debut of a new film. Then the film within the film: Naturally, it’s a little number by Lagerfeld. Once Upon a Time… takes us back a century, to the opening of Gabrielle Chanel’s shop in the French resort town of Deauville. It opens with a scene of two servant girls impugning the name of Chanel. “Who is Gabrielle Chanel?” they wonder as they wander past her shop. “I don’t know, but she has no taste.”

But he who laughs last laughs best. Business starts out slow for Coco Chanel (Keira Knightley, absent from this Singaporean affair, on her honeymoon) and her partner/confidante Aunt Adrienne (Clotilde Hesme), but the crème de la crème of Riviera society eventually come swishing through her door. That Chanel girl, the consensus eventually runs, she’s really got something.

So does her latter-day inheritor, Karl Lagerfeld. “I did everything,” Lagerfeld said after the applause had died down. “I designed the set, I made the costumes, I made the characters, I made the dialogue. I make everything—otherwise, I’m not interested. I could never work with somebody who makes the dialogue, because I want them to talk the way I’m thinking.” He built a town from scratch—the whole thing was shot at a Paris film studio—and assembled a cast of thousands. (Well, 160 extras, at least; but as Hesme laughed, “I think the budget is much larger than the film I did before.”) And he bravely tossed the book out and shot without a script, calling out lines just before takes and encouraging his actresses to improvise. A task like that separates the wheat from the chaff. And who knows, some stars may have been born. Lagerfeld saved special mention for Ashleigh Good, who played the Swedish actress Jacqueline Forzane, and he wasn’t the only one. “Keira was impressed by Ashleigh,” he said gravely. As for others—well, the catwalk is a fine consolation.

Lagerfeld is as new to filmmaking as many of his actresses, but Karl’s gals—out in force tonight to celebrate—were full of praise for their fledgling director. “It was great fun—it was a giant playground,” said Stella Tennant, fresh into town from the Met Gala, who played Lady de Grey, Oscar Wilde’s patroness. “He’s very fresh,” added Caroline de Maigret, who played the towering Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein. (Lagerfeld made her even more towering by dismissing all but the shortest extras for her scene.) “He’s very enthusiastic, excited. He’s laughing, ‘Ah, brilliant, brilliant!’

“He gets excited by everything he doesn’t know,” she declared, stubbing out her cigarette—usually a hot-button issue in law-abiding Singapore, but Karl’s night, Karl’s rules. “That’s his power. That’s what drives him, the unknown.”

Unleashing Keira Knightley’s Inner Pixie

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It was clear and 85 degrees in London last night, not a typical kind of evening to talk about, and celebrate, suicide. But that’s exactly what Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend, and a gathering of their pals did at an intimate screening of The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers at the Soho Hotel. Decked out in a flowy Erdem maxi dress (chosen by her friend, the stylist and Lula magazine editor Leith Clark), Knightley said she was happy to star in the film her long-term boyfriend, Friend, co-wrote: “He cast me because he was trying to get me into bed,” she joked. Friend himself was in an equally playful mood: “I actually felt quite comfortable in lederhosen and a unibrow; I felt it quite suited me.” Academy Award-winning costume designer Michael O’Connor dreamt up the movie’s fantastical looks, including the tattered dress, wings, and powdered wig worn by Knightley’s decidedly spooky Fairy. “I was hand-sewing Swarovski crystals into the outfit at the last minute,” said O’Connor, who nabbed his Oscar for Knightley’s The Duchess earlier this year. “I would do anything with her in it.” As for Friend’s lederhosen, he said, “they’re actually more difficult to wear than you would think. Good thing he has the figure for it.”

Photo: Richard Young

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Alexis Mabille’s Double Vision

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We cheered for up-and-coming Parisian designer Alexis Mabille when Keira Knightley selected his strapless dress with tulle trim for the London premiere of her film The Duchess. Now the frock has made a second high-profile appearance, on Dita Von Teese at the Dsquared² party in Cannes. An interesting coincidence, considering the stars don’t exactly share a personal style (or figure). Who wore it best? We have to go with the pin-up girl on this one—Von Teese’s hourglass shape and delicate heels make the dress look enchanting, while the more willowy Knightley comes across as a prom look gone wrong.

Keira Photo: Dave Hogan / Getty Images
Dita; Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Luella And Lula‘s Post-Show Dinner

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Luella Bartley’s intimate dinner Monday night at Soho landmark Kettner’s wasn’t just a post-show celebration. Also on the “to-fête” list was the launch of Bartley’s new bag and the just-published eighth edition of Lula magazine, British Vogue alum Leith Clark’s biannual fashion rag. Bartley collaborated on the latest edition (issue five’s guest editor was Kirsten Dunst) and current cover model Chanel Iman joined Keira Knightley—in straight-
from-the-catwalk Luella—Rupert Friend, and Erin Wasson for the sit-down dinner. Music video director Kinga Burza and boyfriend James Righton (of the Klaxons), Daisy de Villeneuve, and photographer David Sims (among other London scenesters) rounded out the group at the restaurant that was a one-time haunt of Oscar Wilde. We’re sure Wilde—clotheshorse and wordsmith that he was—would have approved.

Photo: Retts Wood