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Runway to Red Carpet: Forever Floral


Emmy Rossum , Zhang Ziyi, and Mindy Kaling

This week, celebs hit the red carpet in a veritable bouquet of floral off-the-runway wares. As we were merrymaking Stateside, Zhang Ziyi arrived at Le Grand Bal de la Comédie-Française in Paris on July 4 wearing some brand-new Giambattista Valli Fall ’13 Couture. The gown—mermaid-finned and pontifically white, thanks to the designer’s porcelain-inspired theme—boasted dainty forget-me-nots cascading downward. Also on Independence Day, Mindy Kaling went to Guy Oseary’s Fourth of July party in Los Angeles wearing a floral-blocked take on a Marc Jacobs Resort ’13 dress.

On Tuesday in New York, Blake Lively headed to the premiere of hubby Ryan Reynolds’ new film,Turbo, donning a crystal-covered skirt from Burberry Prorsum Resort ’14. While not technically flora, the embellishments’ effect was one of dense, twinkling petals. The same day in L.A., Diane Kruger arrived at Jimmy Kimmel Live! sporting Emanuel Ungaro Resort ’14. The Fausto Puglisi-designed outfit featured little white daisies on a pastel-banded, black silk skirt.

On Wednesday, Emmy Rossum wore a Carolina Herrera Resort ’14 number with aplomb to Persol’s “Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film” opening in Queens. The skirt’s big cobalt petals were accented by a skinny vermillion-bowed band across the waist, which the Shameless star further highlighted with a scarlet CH Carolina Herrera clutch.

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Rebel Rebel


There were plenty of quasi-rebellious aesthetics at last night’s Met Ball, like bleached, black, and safety-pinned hair (from Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, and Giovanna Battaglia, respectively), torn-fishnet looks (Miley Cyrus and Madonna), and dangerous hardware (Joan Smalls had a razor-blade earring, and ear cuffs and cage rings abounded). But as Anthony Vaccarello put it, “Punk is an attitude,”—that’s to say, starlets can wear all the ripped gowns and goth makeup they’d like, but if they don’t have that hard-edged “who cares” demeanor, they’re just another chick in a punk costume. While on the red carpet, we gave the Met Ball’s sartorial stars a chance to earn some cred and asked them about their most rebellious moments. Here’s what they said:

Greta Gerwig: “Last year at the Met Ball, I fell down an entire flight of stairs. I won’t do it this year. I’m trying to not drink as much. There’s something about well-behaved starlets that makes me just want to burn something.”

Kate Upton: “I don’t really know that I went through a rebellious phase. Maybe it was starting as a swimsuit model and going into high fashion.”

Joseph Altuzarra: “I used to wear one long, dangly earring. It was very ‘gay pirate.’”

Allison Williams: “When glitter was really big, I wasn’t allowed to wear it. But I’d steal it, put it in my backpack, and put it on, on the bus. Once, my mom surprised me at school and found me covered in glitter and was very angry. I also lied that my grandmother was dead once. She wasn’t. That was pretty rebellious.”

Jimmy Fallon: “I taped posters on my ceiling when my parents really didn’t want me to do that.”

Anja Rubik: “The most rebellious thing I’ve ever done is I snuck backstage [at a] Marilyn Manson [concert] many, many years ago. I was a huge fan of his. It was cool.”

Anthony Vaccarello: “The most rebellious thing I’ve ever done? That dress for last year’s Met Ball.”

Tom Ford: “I don’t drink anymore. I can’t tell you.”

Matthew James Thomas: “I did graffiti, lots of graffiti, when I was a kid. I had my own tag word that I used to use. I can’t tell you [what it is]. I’ll have the police knocking on my door.”

Jason Wu: “I dyed my hair every color when I was young.”

Mindy Kaling: “I’m a friendly person. The most punk thing about me is that I’m friendly, so I’m like, Oh, I guess that’s a subversion.”

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Everyone Is Hanging Out With Mindy Kaling


Despite her own published concern—her new essay collection, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is out now—these days, everyone’s dying to hang out with Mindy Kaling. The writer/producer/actress/former shopping blogger has been on a promotion tour of late, first fêting her book with a Tory Burch-hosted party in New York and, last night, one helmed by Glamour‘s Cindi Leive in L.A. “She’s like the super-cool, very funny, still very relatable friend you wish you had,” Leive gushed. (She’d excerpted a chapter on boys and men in her magazine’s November issue.) And judging by last night’s guest list, Kaling isn’t short on friends. At The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, her Office co-stars Ellie Kemper and B.J. Novak came out to support the first-time author, as did Aaron Sorkin, Nicole Richie, and Anna Faris.

“I’m totally insufferable now,” Kaling joked, surveying the Hollywood-heavy crowd, which also included Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, Jimmy Kimmel, and Busy Philipps. “Being an author, that’s the one you can be the most pretentious about—now people actually think I’m a person of consequence.” And the attention wasn’t lost on Aziz Ansari, of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. “I’m huge supporter of Indian actors on NBC sitcoms getting incredibly lucrative book deals,” he said. “So really, any attention brought to Indian actors on NBC sitcoms is well deserved.”

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Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Mindy Kaling?


In her new book of musings, memories, advice, and gently inflected agita, Mindy Kaling (above) ponders a time-honored question: Is everybody hanging out without me? (It’s not just a concern—it’s also the title.) But as worries go, it’s not well-founded. These days, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t want to get close to the writer and producer, who divides her days between The Office, screenwriting, and a new comedy pilot she’s developing for NBC, about a young OB-GYN. Among her many fans: Tory Burch, who hosts a party for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? at her Madison Avenue boutique tonight. “I have been a fan of Mindy’s for years from The Office (‘Fashion show, fashion show, fashion show at lunch!’), but I actually first met her on Twitter a few months ago,” Burch explains. “Out of the blue she wrote, ‘I love you Tory Burch, you closeted bling-loving Indian woman, you.’ She is hysterical.” (Kaling confirms: “[Tory] loves tunics and bling, like a good Indian woman should.”) Here, checks in with new author to talk L.A. style, writerly idols, and her new definition of luxury.

I imagine you sitting in a writers’ room 12 to 18 hours a day. When did you find time to write a book?
It’s pretty challenging. I did a lot of writing on the plane. I’d fly from L.A. to Boston to visit my parents, and I did a lot of writing on the plane. But I love my job; you could only loosely describe it as work anyway. Working on Saturday for my book doesn’t seem like work to me. I loved it.

How do you describe the finished product?
It’s comedy essays. A little bit of memoir. Short pieces. I would say that the longer pieces tend to be about my life. How I got my job on The Office, [for example]. But it’s a mixed bag.

Who are some other writers you admire?
Because I do so much comedy, I admire people with a completely different skill set. Vince Gilligan is the showrunner on Breaking Bad, which I think is an incredible show. Aaron Sorkin is an incredible writer, he’s one of the living legends right now. Quentin Tarantino.

And you’re working on your own pilot now. Anything you can share about that?
I don’t know all that much about it because I’m still working on it. It’s about a girl who’s an OB-GYN. My mom is an OB-GYN, so she’s always telling us funny stories about work. It seemed like a really juicy job for writing comedy. My job on the way back on the flight is to figure out all the characters and idea for the pilot.

I’m sensing a writing-on-planes theme here.
The new planes are fantastic. I love when I fly on a plane and they have an outlet. That’s my new luxury.

Do you have a go-to inflight outfit?
You know, Tory Burch once talked about plane essentials in a magazine. She recommended bringing a cashmere scarf that could also be a blanket if you’re cold. I have a kit I bring with me. J Brand zippered leggings, Converse or some kind of flat, tank top, an oversized cardigan. No makeup, or anything like that. Little earrings, in case I run into someone. You can do makeup or earrings—you can’t do neither. I once got on a plane with the Kardashians, and I thought I could not take a transcontinental flight wearing that much makeup and be comfortable. But I respect that. That’s their job.

How about in the writers’ room? Is there such a thing as L.A. comedy-writer style?
Comfort is key. I don’t think I’ve ever seen women on our staff wear high heels. It’s all ballet flats. [With the] men, I’m excited if see one of the guys not wearing New Balance sneakers. If they’re wearing loafers, you know they’re going to celebrate their anniversary or something. [But] living in L.A., there’s whole lines that are devoted to looking stylish in comfort at work. The average L.A. girl wears leggings and striped T-shirts and ballet flats. That’s acceptable in L.A. It’s very different from New York.

Halloween is upon us. Do you have a costume?
I’m going on The Daily Show, and I was thinking, I should go as Jon Stewart, but I don’t have enough time. Then I was going to go as the T-Mobile girl [from the ads], but I didn’t get a chance to get a pink dress. I haven’t mastered the sexy Halloween costume, but I really respect the girls who do.

Photos: Autumn de Wilde / Courtesy of Crown

Mindy Tweets, Karlie Strips, And
Naomi Tells Us What She Really Thinks…


The Office actress and writer Mindy Kaling is one of our favorite writers—and Twitterers. The fashion-world tweets she cooked up for Harper’s Bazaar are fictional, the mag cautions—but we’re willing to believe there’s a grain of truth buried in there somewhere. If not truth, at least wisdom. To wit: “At Betsey Johnson, in a tutu and fauxhawk. Have decided Helena Bonham Carter should play Betsey in The Betsey Johnson Story. #NYFW 4 hours ago.” Why didn’t we think of that? [Bazaar]

Cathy Horyn takes to the Times to discuss Mugler and the cult of Nicola Formichetti—and comes out with a fairly spirited defense of the collaboration. It’s worth a read this afternoon. [NYT]

Models—they grow up so fast! Just a minute ago, it feels like, Karlie Kloss was a 16-year-old newbie. She’s still all of about 18 years old, but she’s looking rather adult posing in the buff with pal Jourdan Dunn for i-D‘s Exhibitionist Issue. [Fashionologie]

And speaking of top models, they (and the rest of the rich and famous) have got a powerful new ally in British businessman and magnate Sir David Tang. He’s created a new Web site, ICorrect that allows high-profile members to publicly refute anything written about them (or purportedly written by them) in the press. Kate Moss paid the thousand-pound fee to clarify that she has no Twitter account, despite many claiming to be her; and Naomi Campbell wants you to know that she is not glad that Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England. (For what it’s worth: “”I have never ever expressed any opinion either way about whether FIFA made the right choice for where the 2018 World Cup should be held—I wouldn’t do that, not least because I don’t know enough about the technicalities or process.”) [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Andreas Branch / Patrick McMullan