August 20 2014

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Kate Young Is Right On Target


It’s no secret that stylist Kate Young knows her way around a red carpet. In the past, Young’s vintage-leaning, high-glam moments have typically been reserved for bright-faced ingenues and megawatt stars such as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. But thanks to Target, that’s no longer the case. This Spring, Young debuts her first capsule collection for the retailer, joining the ranks of Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Missoni, each of whom designed hysteria-inducing collections for Target in the past. Young is the first stylist to collaborate with the megashop. “I wanted to bring some of the magic that you see on the red carpet to real women,” Young told at a preview today. “The main focus was to create something affordable and accessible.”

To wit, Young translated her quintessential gamine chic into a streamlined array of thirty after-eight ensembles. Priced between $29.99 and $89.99, the wares ranged from flirty party frocks and sophisticated separates to evening clutches and costume jewelry. “I am always drawn to the drama of Old Hollywood,” Young said, citing a black-and-white floor-grazing gown as a favorite. Contemporary looks included an Alaïa-inspired dress made of tech jersey, a satin peplum cocktail number, and a tuxedo jumpsuit, which paid homage to Valentino and Saint Laurent. (“I can’t wait to wear it for day with a white button-down beneath,” she revealed.) There were also plenty of Young’s hallmarks: sweet shifts with Peter Pan collars, polka-dot bodysuits, and whimsical blossom prints.

With awards season in full swing, we might even see some of the looks sooner than the store drop date on April 14. “Maybe I’ll put my clients in one of the looks,” Young mused. “It’s not about the money. Wearing a designer collaboration for Target is something everybody does. If the design is good, that’s all that matters.”

Photos: Courtesy of Target

Ten x A Détacher x Brigitte Lacombe: Knicker Knack


The Cannes Film Festival is the site of much power-brokering and networking. But for Ten lingerie designer Daphne Javitch, it was the airport afterward where the magic happened. On her way home from attending the festival with her friend Michelle Williams, Javitch spotted a hero of hers in passport control: the French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who over the course of decades has shot celebrities and politicians, and undertaken long-term collaborations with Miuccia Prada, David Mamet, and Martin Scorsese.

Behold the power of the fandom. “She was so striking-looking and so direct and wonderful in her approach to me, I said, ‘Let’s speak when we are both back in New York at some point,’ ” Lacombe recalled by phone from—again—Cannes. The two kept in touch, and while Williams was filming My Week With Marilyn, Javitch suggested that her old friend and her new one get together. “When you do a project with no assignment, something you do on your own for the pleasure of doing it, because you’re taken with the idea or with someone, for the beauty of it, to just do it—every time I did a project like that, something good usually comes of it,” Lacombe said. The results of the Williams-as-Monroe sitting eventually went far and wide: One of Lacombe’s photos became the film’s poster. Another ended up on the cover of German Vogue. Javitch and Lacombe went on to work together on a variety of projects, like the series of covers the latter shot for New York magazine’s Fall Fashion issue in 2011.

So when, between her design consulting and the occasional styling gig, Javitch embarked on Ten’s first-ever collaboration, on two styles of Italian cotton underwear and two bras with Mona Kowalska of the New York label A Détacher, Lacombe was a natural—if not a given—to call on for help. And she obliged, shooting the two women wearing their creations in her studio, another assignment-free project with a happy ending: It debuts here on “I was stunned when you wrote that she was willing to do it,” Kowalska admitted at a preview in her Mott Street shop. “There’s been a lot of hand-shaking,” Javitch confirmed with a smile. Of the trembling, rather than the power-brokering, variety.

The Ten x A Détacher knickers, $45, and bras, $60, are available today at A Détacher, 262 Mott Street, NYC, (212) 625-3380, For more information, visit

Photos: Brigitte Lacombe

The Innerwear Comes Out


For the past few seasons, lingerie designer Araks Yeramyan has brought on the likes of Richard Chai, Gia Coppola, Sally Singer, and Julie Gilhart to help shoot her lookbook. For the third installment, she handed out disposable cameras to yet another group of friends and supporters, including actress Michelle Williams, Alexa Chung, Tenzin Wild, Tracy Feith, and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters.

“I make a wish list every season. I start with friends, or friends of friends, then add people I don’t know, but who I feel are in some way connected with the brand,” the designer explains of the process. “Some people I have no idea how to get to, but we try anyway—it’s fun.” Williams, however, was no shot in the dark. The Oscar-nominated actress has been a longtime Araks customer and, as Yeramyan admits, “She was the first person I placed on the list for this book.”

As fate would have it, Williams photographed her portion of the project at the Park Hyatt Tokyo—the same hotel that Lost in Translation was filmed at, in which star Scarlett Johansson wears Araks underthings. Here, has an exclusive first look at the final shot from Williams before it is officially unveiled along with the rest of the images at a private party in New York Wednesday night.

Photo: Courtesy of Araks

BAFTA Nominees Announced


Hot on the heels of this weekend’s Golden Globes, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ award nominations were announced in London this morning. The Artist, which won Best Picture on Sunday, leads the way with 12 nominations, including votes for Best Picture and Costume Design. Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep, both winners this weekend, received Leading Actress nods along with Bérénice Bejo, Tilda Swinton, and Viola Davis. For the Leading Actor category, the list includes Globe winner George Clooney for his role in The Descendants, as well as Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman (who was on the Prada catwalk instead of the red carpet at the Globes this weekend), Jean Dujardin, and Michael Fassbender. The BAFTAs will take place February 12 at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Let the Oscar race heat up. Click here to see the full list of BAFTA nominees.

Best Film
The Artist, Thomas Langmann
The Descendants, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Drive, Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
The Help, Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

Outstanding British Film
My Week With Marilyn, Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian
Senna, Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
Shame, Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Rory Stewart Kinnear

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn
Hugo, Martin Scorsese
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

Original Screenplay
The Artist, Michael Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
The Guard, John Michael McDonagh
The Iron Lady, Abi Morgan
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Leading Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame

Leading Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis, The Help

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Jim Broadbent, The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Ides of March

Supporting Actress
Carey Mulligan, Drive
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Judi Dench, My Week With Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Are These Pre-Fall Gowns Red-Carpet Material?


Red-carpet season kicks off this weekend with the 69th Annual Golden Globes. Since the nominations were announced before the holidays, we’ve been playing the matching game, pairing up actresses with dresses from the pre-fall collections. Or, in the case of Tilda Swinton, with a tuxedo—we like Stella McCartney‘s brocade two-piece for the We Need to Talk About Kevin star. Come Sunday night, we’ll be paying particularly close attention to Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara. The My Week With Marilyn actress would look smashing in Peter Copping’s plunge-front column for Nina Ricci (Monroe would no doubt approve). And we’re hoping to see the Dragon Tattoo nominee play against type—maybe the coral bow-front gown from Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy? Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, is up for Best Foreign Language Film, and you can bet plenty of designers have been vying to dress her. We think Prabal Gurung‘s long-sleeved emerald green charmeuse gown with the draped back and puddling train has her name all over it.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW, and let us know which pre-fall designs you’d like to see on the red carpet next week.

Photo: Courtesy of Zac Posen