September 2 2014

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22 posts tagged "Marilyn Monroe"

The Man Behind Marilyn’s Subway Grate Dress, Giorgio Armani Presents The Paris Photo Festival, Hermès Makes Saris, And More…


William Travilla is not a designer most people are familiar with, despite having designed many of Marilyn Monroe’s most memorable dresses, including her white halter-neck dress for The Seven Year Itch. In a new book, Dressing Marilyn, the public gets a rare glimpse into Monroe’s costumes and Travilla’s process of creating them. [Vogue U.K.]

Giorgio Armani is known for doing water-inspired collections, so naturally, he will show an exhibition at the Paris Photo Festival called Acqua, showcasing water-themed artwork. Armani is also the official sponsor the for the 15th annual affair taking place in November. [WWD]

Hermès has created a line of silk saris with its trademark prints for the standalone stores they are launching in India. “It is symbolic of the relationship of the brand to India, to be Indian in India and to share some activities with our customers,” says Hermès chief executive officer Patrick Thomas. [Grazia Daily]

American designer Norman Norell was “something of a quiet genius,” consistently doing avante-garde looks and anticipating trends long before they happened. It’s rare to find a large collection of his pieces, and 1st Dibs has acquired over 100 of them that belonged to Beverly Dowis Blettner. They go up for sale later this month on the site. [T]

Mugler Menswear Goes NSFW, Debbie Harry On The Good Old Days (And The Good Old Clothes), Marilyn Monroe Breaks Her Own Record, And More…


Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti is kicking things in a kinky direction for his men’s show on Wednesday. The “uncensored” versions of his new video series, with a guest appearance by the band Jessica 6′s Nomi Ruiz, will air on Xtube, a user-generated porn site, the day after the show. [WWD]

Debbie Harry helped make punk style cool when she and Blondie hit the scene in the seventies, but as the rock ‘n’ roll queen explains, ripped and shredded was about all she could afford. Harry talks about her early onstage style and the long love affair between music and fashion in the new W. [W]

Marilyn Monroe beat her own record when her white halter-neck dress sold for $4.6 million, topping her dress that went for $1.4 million in 1999 as the most expensive dress ever. The infamous subway grate dress from Debbie Reynolds’ collection was auctioned off along with other legendary Hollywood costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn. [Vogue U.K.]

And for your unsubstantiated rumor of the day: Is Carine Roitfeld launching her own fashion magazine? [Hint]

Photo: Richard Upper/Redferns / Getty Images

A Peek At Carine’s Chanel Campaign, Travel Tips From World Wide Waris, The Sartorial Stars Of The Silver Screen Hit The Block, And More…


You never know what you’re going to get when you step inside a photo booth—but if you’re decked out in Chanel, and styled by Carine Roitfeld, as Freja is in the new Chanel campaign, odds are, the results will be pretty good. [Fashionologie]

House of Waris designer Waris Ahluwalia—”not a lady who lunches,” he says, “but very very comfortable with ladies who do”—picks out his favorite lunch spots across the globe, for his fellow world-travelers. (Also: New York’s most historic toothpaste shop?) [Telegraph]

Marilyn Monroe’s infamous white “subway grate” dress will get one final act on June 18. The dress, along with thousands of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes owned by Debbie Reynolds, is set to hit the auction block this June. The Marilyn dress is expected to blow away the rest of the items, at an estimated $1 to $2 million; challenging it for the top spot are Judy Garland’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Audrey Hepburn’s ascot gown from My Fair Lady, and Charlie Chaplin’s signature bowler hat. [WSJ.]

A rare treat for packrats: A giant new exhibition of Louis Vuitton trunks (including some dating all the way back to 1854) will open at China’s National Museum, now the world’s largest, on Monday. [WWD]


RIP, Tony Curtis


A fond farewell to Tony Curtis, Bronx boy made good, consummate swordsman (and not just in The Vikings), nobody’s slave (not even Laurence Olivier’s), cookie full of arsenic, and—lest we forget—a man who looked better in a dress than any starlet (with the possible exception of his Some Like It Hot co-star Marilyn Monroe). The world is a duller place this morning.

Photo: United Artists / The Kobal Collection

Posen To Paris (Peut-Être), Models On Wall Street, And More…


Next season, Zac Posen is showing in Paris, where “they understand” his clothes. Or, well, he may be showing in Paris, since showing in New York in “today’s climate” is “difficult.” Confused? Guess the designer is, too. Nothing’s been decided, but it sounds like Posen has set his sights on the City of Light. [WWD]

Naomi Watts has been tapped to play Marilyn Monroe in the screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized memoir Blonde. Ms. Watts, you’ve got some curvin’ up to do. [Page Six]

Bankers’ lunch breaks today will come with eye candy. Express celebrates its 30th anniversary this afternoon with a Wall Street fashion show, featuring Alek Wek, Izabel Goulart, and Flavia de Oliveira. The bonuses, it seems, keep coming. [Modelinia]

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene