July 30 2014

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21 posts tagged "Marilyn Monroe"

Some Like It Haute


The icon that is Marilyn Monroe is having (yet another) fashion moment. Last week, Chopard exhibited never-before-seen prints of the late actress during its holiday party, and now, she’s re-emerged as the inspiration behind Bruno Frisoni’s Limited-Edition Rendez-Vous collection for Roger Vivier. “Marilyn is the essence of femininity whilst embodying sexuality,” said Frisoni of his muse. “It is my hope that I have created a collection that can express the innocent yet sensual nature that Marilyn does so well.”

The designer’s limited edition accessories, like sequin and lace heels and an exploding poppy clutch, have a certain delicate-meets-saucy allure. But it’s the rosebud handbag, garnished with a bright pink smooch, that feels the most “Marilyn.”

Frisoni notes that the house’s history also provided a few notes of inspiration, particularly the prism shape, which he describes as a key emblem of Roger Vivier. “I wanted to give a fairy-tale accent and a little extreme luxury to our most iconic pieces,” said Frisoni. It’s hard to get more luxe than the designer’s crystal-covered prism clutch, which, along with the rest of the range, will make its international debut in Roger Vivier’s Miami boutique on December 15. The traveling collection will land in New York on January 8.

Photo: Courtesy of Roger Vivier

Marilyn And Uma Forever


With diamonds, caviar, and a live lounge singer accompanied by a three-man band, last night’s dinner at the Chopard boutique was an event Marilyn Monroe might have enjoyed. Which was fitting, as the evening was dedicated to the late actress and recurrent style icon. Chopard invited a small group of private clients to preview its collection of Haute Joaillerie, as well as an in-store exhibition titled Marilyn Forever, a show of unpublished photographs of the actress from iconic Monroe photographer Milton Greene’s archive. Along with a clutch of Chopard gems, the most striking snap, which pictured Monroe kneeling in a black robe, greeted guests at the door. Fun fact: Apparently the pose was chosen because Ms. Monroe had broken her ankle before the shoot.

The guest of honor was Uma Thurman, who actually played Ms. Monroe on five episodes of NBC’s Smash (well, actually, she played an actress who was playing Marilyn, if you want to get precise). “I loved her in The Misfits,” Thurman said, noting that the scene in which Monroe plays with a paddleball is easily her favorite Marilyn moment.

After admiring the photos, which were on display for one night only before being flown to Art Basel for Chopard’s joint party with W magazine, Thurman flipped through her own iPhone pics of her two-and-a-half-month-old baby, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson—or Luna for short. Draped in a black Maria Cornejo gown (and Chopard jewels, of course), Thurman had a motherly glow about her. When asked what was on her holiday wish list, Thurman replied, “Peace.” But, she admitted, she wouldn’t mind a few of those Marilyn prints, either.

Photo: Will Ragozzino /

In Florence, The Stars Align


The Italians are noted for their national pride, but the opening night of Florence’s Pitti Immagine fairs this week—the menswear spectacle that is Pitti Uomo; the women’s complement, Pitti W; and the childrenswear fest, Pitti Bimbi—found Ferragamo celebrating an American: Marilyn Monroe. In fairness, Salvatore Ferragamo himself did pitch his tent in Hollywood, where he made shoes for the stars (including Marilyn, a size 6), and Monroe is an enduring icon. Why? “Marilyn is a quintessential actress,” opined Rose Byrne (above), who turned up to bring some celeb wattage (circa 2012) to the event. “Mystery, beauty, and tragedy—that will forever intrigue people.” So, it goes without saying, will clothes. A staggering variety of Marilyn’s were on display, including notable on-screen outfits, like the beaded black dress she wore as Sugar Kane in the immortal Some Like It Hot. Curator Stefania Ricci was at pains to pick just one favorite. Pressed to choose, she went for “photos of Marilyn when she was very young, blonde, with no makeup—photos that are [almost] an interpretation of death.” A more literal interpretation of Monroe’s death closed the exhibit: a tableau of a body in bed, as Marilyn was found. Spooky.

One star gave way to many as guests moved from the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo to Fiesole, in the hills outside Florence, for a dinner in plein air. Brunello Cucinelli threw his biannual Pitti opening celebration for a party of a hundred-plus, in a medieval castle dating back to somewhere between the tenth and thirteenth centuries (above). That’s the kind of history even Hollywood can’t cop to, though the site turned out to have had a few modern roles, too. During the second World War, it had been occupied by the Nazis, then was the site of a skirmish between them and combined U.S./Scottish forces. A bullet hole near the entrance hall serves as a permanent reminder. At his expansive booth at the Pitti Uomo fair today, Cucinelli glowed as he spoke of the beauty of the building and the beauty of Italy—one he aims to uphold in his collections. Seen his way, his trademark one-and-a-half breast jackets, down-filled gilets (with hand-picked down to avoid any sharp or rough segments), and ultra-light knits are practically a civic duty. “We believe in the state very much, so I have recalled all the great masters,” he said, via a translator, of his designs. “Italians need to raise our heads again. Our state is an incredible state, and I want to work for it.”

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli

More Marilyn


Let the Marilyn Monroe tributes continue. Just last month at the Cannes Film Festival, Chopard hosted an exhibition of rarely seen images of the icon and unveiled its Monroe collection of diamond necklaces and earrings. Today she’s being toasted in Milan by artist Alessandro Gedda and Italian footwear label Fratelli Rossetti. Gedda’s 50-painting exhibition, commemorating the 50 years since her death, opened at Società Umanitaria (the first stop of A Tribute to Marilyn‘s multi-city tour that will end in New York next month). Also in the mix are five sculptures inspired by Fratelli Rossetti’s Lady Brera pump. For its part, the shoe label has created a limited-edition version of that style in Marilyn red croc skin, available at its stores around the world. Here, has an exclusive first look at the shoe.

Photo: Courtesy of Fratelli Rossetti

Balmain Gets Social; Ryan McGinley On His Exhibitions, Opening Tonight; Outtakes From Marilyn Monroe’s Last On-Set Photo Shoot, And More…


Balmain wants to be your friend. The French brand launched Facebook and Twitter accounts today in an effort to be less “closed to the consumer,” according to Balmain CEO Emmanuel Diemoz. The brand’s 25-year-old creative director, Olivier Rousteing, tells WWD, “It’s an experience. I will reply, and be the first to check it and see if there are a lot of ‘likes.’ ” [WWD]

What films top Emmanuelle Alt’s favorites list? The Paris Vogue‘ editor in chief recently revealed the 15 French films that made the cut exclusively on—and if you hadn’t already guessed, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist made the list. []

CNNCTD+, the creative agency run by DJ Roman Grandinetti and Bibi Cornejo Borthwick (the daughter of designer Maria Cornejo), has commissioned 100 of its favorite people to record bits and pieces of their daily lives for a special NYC audio diary. Participants include the likes of Cindy Sherman, Santigold, and André Saraiva, who chose to recite French poetry on girlfriend Annabelle Dexter-Jones’ voicemail. Awwww. [Nowness]

Artist Ryan McGinley is set to open dual exhibitions, Animals and Grids, tonight at the two NYC Team Gallery locations. If it’s anything like his last opening (“3,000 people showed and the police shut it down,” he says), then it’s sure to be a rock star affair. During an interview with the team at Opening Ceremony, he admitted, “I don’t consider myself a rock star but I take advice from them. Mick Jagger once told me, ‘Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.’ ” Wise words. [OC Blog]

Vanity Fair‘s June issue will certainly not go unnoticed. The magazine features outtakes of Marilyn Monroe’s last on-set photo shoot with photographer Lawrence Schiller, who photographed the bombshell in the nude, and also reveals a strong rivalry between Monroe and the late Elizabeth Taylor. [The Hollywood Reporter]




Photo: Lawrence Schiller