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Resort season is under way here at Style.com. While June is jam-packed with New York appointments, some of the industry’s main players have already taken us around the world for ultra-luxe destination presentations (Chanel’s Dubai show was just a few days ago). On Saturday, Nicolas Ghesquière will decamp to Monaco for his first Louis Vuitton Resort show. Based on the success of his Fall ’14 collection (his first for Vuitton), this one promises to be a season highlight. Fall ’14 was so appealing, in fact, that many of Hollywood’s leading ladies have already worn looks straight off the runway to buzzy parties and premieres. To get hyped for this weekend’s Monaco event, we rounded up our favorite Louis Vuitton Fall ’14 red-carpet moments for your viewing pleasure. See our full edit here, and be sure to check back on Saturday night to see the Resort collection.
Editors, starlets, models, and the rest of the fashion set are currently en route to Monaco, where, at 7 p.m. CEST tomorrow evening (1 p.m. EST), Nicolas Ghesquière will present his first Cruise collection for Louis Vuitton. Naturally, we’re waiting with bated breath to see the lineup, but in the meantime, Vuitton has sent over an exclusive Juergen Teller-lensed teaser image to tide us over. Have a gander at model Alexandra donning one of the house’s Resort 15 looks, above. And be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the livestream, pictures of the full collection, and to read Nicole Phelps’ review.
There’s no red carpet quite like the grand staircase at the Cannes Film Festival. With the blink of an eye, international press set off a firestorm of camera flashes that captures looks, turns, and glances from every angle imaginable. And a memorable appearance by an actress at Cannes can help land leading roles and cast her into a different style stratosphere—no pressure, of course. Just hours before Leslie Fremar’s client Julianne Moore made her first appearance at the festival for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars yesterday (wearing custom Louis Vuitton, no less), we sat down with the stylist to talk why Cannes is different than any other red-carpet, and what we can expect to see at the grandest festival of them all.
When Cannes approaches, what are your first thoughts? What is the prep?
It’s exciting because it’s probably the only festival, or the only time, where people can go all out and wear whatever they want. It’s kind of like that fantasy moment where anything goes and you can be more elaborate and it’s so much grander. At the Oscars and Golden Globes, people are a little more concerned about the critics, and here I feel like it’s a lot freer…it’s fun. There’s a lot of prep. It depends which approach you take, whether you’re having things custom-made or if you’re just trying on couture. You decide with your client where you want to go, and then you kind of push it from there. Julianne actually has three red carpets, so she’s wearing one vintage dress that we’ve been working on for a while, and then she has one custom dress, and then she has another that’s couture.
How is Cannes different from other red carpets in terms of styling?
I think that for stylists, it’s more fun because you can choose things that are a little bit more avant-garde and that have a more European sensibility. I like to push it a little bit and not pick just a safe bias-cut dress.
Are there any challenges unique to Cannes? If so, how do you handle them?
With the Oscars or something like that, you’re with your client getting them ready. It’s unusual to travel to Cannes to help them, so you’re sending them off with these major looks and you’re just hoping that everything goes smoothly. Usually the fashion houses will step up and help. So if she’s wearing a European brand, someone will usually come meet her and help her get dressed, which is different from the Oscars, where it’s all about the stylist being there and making sure everything goes smoothly.
How do you go about picking looks for Cannes?
I did some research and saw what was out there and went through pictures of Julianne and did multiple fittings, and we just narrowed it down to the looks that we loved. So it’s kind of a trial-and-error process. You’re looking at sketches, you’re looking at actual pieces, and it’s about making decisions together based on what the event is. She has so many things, from day press to the steps to the red carpet to parties, so she went there with lots of clothes. I did her whole wardrobe for her while she’s there, and I think she went with twelve or thirteen looks.
Is there any particular inspiration you have for Cannes dressing? French Riviera or old Hollywood?
No, I think it’s more that I like to support French design houses when my clients are there. It’s kind of fun to be in France wearing a French designer. And it doesn’t have to be that way and it doesn’t always work out that way, but it is nice to celebrate French design while you’re there.
Does you client’s film ever play a role in the styling decisions?
Yeah, I think Julianne’s role in Maps to the Stars is dark and risqué, and I think her outfit will be the same.
Was there any inspiration in particular for Julianne’s looks?
Honestly, I try to stay away from that. When you’re doing someone’s personal wardrobe and all those types of looks, it’s all about keeping it modern and moving forward instead of inspirational and playing on something that already existed. So our momentum is always moving forward, being current, being fashion-forward, and picking something great that she probably couldn’t get away with wearing in America.
Unexpected news comes from the house of Sonia Rykiel today. The brand announced that Julie de Libran has been appointed as artistic director, replacing Geraldo da Conceicao, who spent only five seasons at the helm of the label. Like Da Conceicao, De Libran comes from Louis Vuitton, where she essentially served as Marc Jacobs’ right-hand woman during her five years as the house’s studio director of women’s ready-to-wear. She also headed up Vuitton’s Resort and Pre-Fall collections. De Libran, who did stints at Prada, Versace, Gianfranco Ferré, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac before her Vuitton tenure, departed LV after Nicolas Ghesquière took the reins. Her first collection for Sonia Rykiel—a house best known for its Parisian irreverence and gorgeous but wearable knits—will debut in Paris during the Spring ’15 shows.
So why the sudden switch? For starters, De Libran has more experience—and industry clout—than Da Conceicao. She was more or less the face of Vuitton’s pre-collections and is familiar with speaking to the press, and designing in line with a particular style or vision. It’s worth noting that the house and First Heritage Brands, which acquired an 80 percent stake in Sonia Rykiel in February 2012, have expressed via a release that De Libran’s hire is part of a “relaunch strategy and accelerated international development.” One might argue that given her name recognition and design track record, De Libran is more qualified than her predecessor to “develop” the label. Furthermore, as Sonia Rykiel’s daughter Nathalie states, De Libran is “a woman, a Frenchwoman. An international woman and a talented one. A woman who enjoys dressing herself and designing for other women.” While one could, I suppose, make a case for reverse sexism here, the fact that De Libran is a femme française who adores fashion (just take a look at the street-style blogs or her Instagram account for proof) and manages to juggle a career and a family allows her to understand the Sonia Rykiel ethos better than a male designer might. Whatever the reason for her appointment, I look forward to seeing what the designer brings to Rykiel in September.
Nicolas Ghesquière continues to mold his vision for Vuitton today. WWD reports that the designer has tapped not one, but three leading photographers—Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Juergen Teller—to lens his first campaign for the house. Marc Jacobs often worked with Steven Meisel during his reign at Vuitton, so it will be interesting to see how Ghesquière’s creative relationship with the above bold-faced names develops—if you’ll remember, he tapped Teller to shoot the conceptual Fall ’14 lookbook images (left), which debuted exclusively on Style.com the day of the runway show. Ghesquière’s Fall campaign will feature Liya Kebede (left) and Freja Beha Erichsen (both of whom walked in his Fall show), as well as actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. This move further proves that Ghesquière at Vuitton is a defining force to be reckoned with—as if there was ever any doubt.