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April 18 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: Keeping it Cool

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Maria Sharapova, Beyonce, and Hailee Steinfeld

As the temperatures continue to climb, celebrities are combating the sweltering weather with shorter looks on the red carpet. At Monday night’s premiere of Girl Most Likely, Kristen Wiig’s fresh frock from Viktor & Rolf’s Resort ’14 collection was perfect for battling New York’s ongoing heat wave. Down in Houston, Queen Bey’s postshow pick was a cool crop top and skirt custom designed for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour by Emilio Pucci‘s Peter Dundas.

In Hollywood, athletes and silver-screen stars rubbed shoulders at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards. Selena Gomez stood out in a spicy rouge lace number from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 runway, and tennis star Maria Sharapova looked sweet and (perhaps more important) comfortable in an iridescent organza dress from J. Mendel’s Resort ’14 range. Farther down the coast, in San Diego, Hailee Steinfeld also opted for a scarlet mini at a special screening of her film Ender’s Game. The actress donned an eye-catching (literally) frock from Kenzo’s Fall ’13 lineup, which was covered with the house’s allover optical print.

Photos: Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Maria Sharapova); Courtesy of Slim Thug via Instagram @kingsizeslimthugga (Beyonce); Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Hailee Steinfeld)

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

Girls Allowed: The 2012 Emmy Nominations

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It’s hard not to wonder about the overlap between Emmy voters and Twitter obsessives this year. The nominations for the annual primetime TV awards skews to the young, the cool, and the zeitgeist-y. Proof? Look no further than the presence of just about every show that’s been a hipster (and, to large part, critics) favorite: Girls (overcoming some bad press to get a Best Comedy Series nod), New Girl, Louie, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey—all got their due. So did Kristen Wiig (Best Actress in a Comedy series, for her tearful final season of SNL), the cult-worshipped English actor Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock, and pop culture’s favorite curmudgeons, Louis C.K. and Larry David. (This year also marks what must be the historic first time that a nominee for Best Actress—Lena Dunham (pictured), Girls—dressed up as a nominee for Best Actor—Louis C.K., Louie—for Halloween. It’s also likely the first time that an actress has been nominated, as Margaret Cho was, for playing Kim Jong-il—in a comedy.) Leading the pack are Mad Men (with 17 nominations) and Homeland (with nine nominations). The awards will be broadcast on September 23.

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields and McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashey Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Beneditch Cumberbach, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields and McCoys

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Photo: Courtesy of HBO

The Next U.S. Style Capital: Portlandia?

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Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s Pacific Northwest-spoofing sketch show Portlandia took off last year, with a skit parodying the city’s hipster contingent and their Etsy-fied predilection for (in their words) putting birds on things. “Put a bird on it!” the newly formed credo went. Coincidentally or not, out came Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu collection, the one Michelle Williams wore to the Met ball. Lo and behold: She had put a bird on it.

Could it be that Portland style is reaching the rest of the globe? If it is, you can thank Portlandia costume designer Amanda Needham. (Don’t laugh—she won an Emmy last year for her work on the show.) And according to Needham, it may not be high fashion, but you’ll find plenty to love in the Rose City. “In Portland, you could find any kind of style you want to,” she says. “There is such a huge mix, from indie rocker to geek-chic cute babe to punk, there are old hippies and new hippies, and everything in between. I wouldn’t say the characters’ costumes on the show are much of an exaggeration—these people exist in Portland, for sure.” (Brownstein recently told The New Yorker that she feels like she’s “borrowing clothes from someone’s closet” when she’s in costume.)

This month, the series and its artsy, eco-conscious, feminist bookstore-owning residents returned to IFC for a second season. “The characters are getting stronger voices through their wardrobe this season. We are reiterating some of the pieces—lots of layering, down vests, fleece, and khaki.” To get the look, she frequents local Portland thrift shops, REI (it’s a one-stop shop for creating Kath and Dave’s wardrobes), and hand-makes the rest. As for this season’s new characters (one played by Kristen Wiig), she says, “Carrie and Fred play these gutter punks, and their outfits and hair—it’s so gross. I felt so bad putting them in them,” she says. “They actually asked if I really got them from the dumpster.”

It leads you to wonder—is Portlandian style destined for a catwalk near you? “I would love to see ‘feminist bookstore’ on the runway—I am totally open to that idea,” Needham muses, citing one of Portlandia‘s sketches. “Although I am not so sure batik will make a comeback. If it does, I certainly don’t want my name attached to it.”

Photos: Danielle Mathias / IFC