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When it comes to fashion, the red carpet can often be filled with the same old, same old. But now and again, some bold celebrities shake things up with experimental, next-level looks. Here’s what’s feeling fresh this week.
We’re halfway through steamy July, and this week, A-listers were looking for ways to stay cool on the red carpet. Luckily, the Resort ’15 collections (which won’t hit stores until November but have been popping up on celebs since their Spring debut) offer some crafty cutouts. We noticed a few stars beating the heat with dresses boasting built-in air-conditioning, if you will. Kate Hudson and Allison Williams tried the trend at a screening of Wish I Was Here on Monday in New York. Hudson was statuesque in a black Michael Kors Resort ’15 column with a sequin bustier, and Williams chose a ladylike Altuzarra Resort ’15 sheath. On Wednesday, Nicola Peltz stepped out in an ebony ensemble with a keyhole cutout from Balmain’s Fall ’14 runway. She paired a gold-embellished crop top with a banded leather skirt for the Rio de Janeiro premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Elsewhere, two of our favorite redheads got on board with one of Spring’s hottest hair trends, turning up on the red carpet with freshly chopped bangs. Jessica Chastain’s fiery fringe perfectly complemented her navy lamé Mary Katrantzou Fall ’14 gown, and Emma Stone sported hers with a flowy purple Dolce & Gabbana Fall ’14 look.
Last, but certainly not least, RiRi, ever the daredevil, surprised fans by turning up in an Alexander Wang LBD and a gold Givenchy-esque septum ring at an event in Rio de Janeiro after Sunday’s final World Cup match. We have to hand it to her, just when we think we’ve (quite literally) seen it all, she manages to surprise once again. Here, a roundup of this week’s red-carpet highlights.
The lines between swim and ready-to-wear are blurrier than ever these days. This season, we’ve witnessed tastemakers replacing still-happening crop tops with functional yet stylish suits meant to be worn at the beach and off of it. Swapping out your underwear for your bikini isn’t necessarily new—particularly if you’ve ever been a few days behind on laundry—but designers are now emphasizing underpinnings as a key part of the total look. Resort found the likes of Rosetta Getty and Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld layering triangle tops under silk shirtdresses and mesh vests, while high-waisted briefs turned up at Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Agnona. Sporty bandeaus, meanwhile, proved to be popular among the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Preen.
The “future of fashion” was the topic last night at the 92Y, where our editor in chief Dirk Standen hosted a panel discussion with Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller fame, and Lizzie Tisch and Kim Kassel, cofounders of Suite 1521, a luxury shopping destination that allows its members to meet up-and-coming designers like Mary Katrantzou, Rodarte, and Creatures of the Wind and shop their collections in an intimate setting. The evening’s wide-ranging discussion took in the pros and cons of fast fashion, the feasibility of wearable technology, and the ever-expanding influence of platforms like Instagram. “If the metric of success was once measured in dollars, in 2014 it’s measured in social following,” noted Medine, who was, it turned out, quoting her dad.
Perhaps the liveliest part of the conversation came after Standen suggested that women were still underrepresented in the ranks of designers and wondered when that would change. “I don’t feel like we have more men than women [designers]. I think we’re divided. But I do find that with men, the skirts are up to here, the pants are a little too long,” said Tisch. “And, well, what about if fabric is itchy? I don’t think [a male designer] cares, but if a woman puts it on, she could be like, ‘Oh, get this off me immediately.’”
The evening concluded with a question from the audience about a more immediate future concern: What one item did the panelists want for fall? Kassel said she was in the market for a cape, while Tisch was on the lookout for a great pair of boots. Medine, meanwhile, had something even more essential on her wish list: “A Vitamix.”
It’s been a busy season for Mary Katrantzou.
In addition to celebrating the fifth anniversary of her label; creating a capsule collection for Adidas Original (set to hit stores this November); launching her e-commerce site in the U.S.; and, of course, showcasing her Fall collection, the London-based designer has just made her first foray into bridalwear, designing her debut bespoke wedding gown for Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, former financial analyst and cofounder of the Walkabout Foundation.
In lieu of kaleidoscopic prints and geometric patterns (she is, after all, known as the “queen of digital prints,” though she took a break from them in her most recent collection), Katrantzou decided to focus on movement, creating a modern yet timeless gown using 120 meters of chiffon muslin—each layer hemmed with bridal horsehair—a full crinoline underskirt, and a racerback bodice.
“When we designed Carolina’s dress, we started sketching options and then incorporating elements of designs she was interested in, but the dress constantly evolved in every fitting,” Katrantzou said.
As for designing her own wedding dress, Katrantzou said she’d consider it. “I would be open to something classic and timeless, but speaking from experience, I think it’s difficult to say what the final result would look like.”
The final fitting—and shots of Gonzalez-Bunster twirling about in the frothy, ruffled gown—can be seen in an exclusive video, directed by Alex Bramall, which debuts here on Style.com.