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Ain’t No Party Like a Lingerie Party

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Natalia VodianovaEtam may be unfamiliar stateside, but the nearly century-old French lingerie company is a $1.65 billion heavyweight in Europe and Asia—and that’s not counting the sports line, a stocking collection, a range of knicker boxes, and a beauty line winging their way to stores from now through September. Reason enough to strut your stuff, which the brand did last night at the landmark Bourse de Commerce, where it debuted a new collection alongside its collaborative line with supermodel Natalia Vodianova. In addition to a saucy runway show, the extravaganza featured live performances by Eve, Azealia Banks, Cassius, Breakbot, Kavinsky, and 3D from Massive Attack that were enjoyed by guests including Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Seigner, Joséphine de la Baume, Vodianova’s partner Antoine Arnault, and more.

Of her feather-embellished, Peruvian-inspired lineup, Vodianova commented, “I went to see Mario Testino’s exhibition for the opening of the Mate museum. It was a beautiful show of local costumes. The colors, the feathers, the embroidery all became elements of my collection. Etam really let me be involved, which is fun—and I got to choose all the girls.” Vodianova, who is six months pregnant and expecting in May, has several other projects in the works, including the motivational film Never Stop for the upcoming Paralympic Games as well as the tenth anniversary of her foundation, Naked Heart, this spring.

Etam runway show

Many of Vodianova’s girls, along with performers Eve and Azealia Banks, joined a handful of VIPs for a postshow dinner at Brasserie Lipp. “[The show] was nerve-wracking and amazing,” commented Eve. “The girls were beautiful. As an artist I felt very secure—but if I’d had to walk that runway, I’d have put a bag over my head!”

Way past midnight, many drifted from the Lipp to the Montana across the street. But in an uncharacteristic twist, nightlife king André Saraiva called it an early night. “I’m growing up,” he quipped. That, and Paris fashion week has only just begun.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

BCBG Max Azria Celebrates Twenty-Five

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BCBGThere are scores of major fashion anniversaries on the calendar in 2014. Among them are: Lanvin’s 125th year, four decades of Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, and the thirtieth birthday of Donna Karan’s namesake collection. Last but not least is BCBG Max Azria, which will be celebrating twenty-five years in business with its Fall ’14 show tomorrow morning. After Max Azria launched his contemporary label in 1989, BCBG (the acronym stands for “bon chic, bon genre,” a French phrase meaning “good style, good attitude”) quickly became known for its playful, feminine wares with a bohemian edge. Today, the brand boasts more than 570 boutiques worldwide. And in addition to having longtime celebrity fans, including Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, and Melissa George, it’s had a number of top-tier models stalk its runways over the years—Helena Christensen, Natalia Vodianova, Erin Wasson, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Jessica Stam, for starters.

“I can’t believe it’s been twenty-five years,” BCBG’s chief creative officer, Lubov Azria (Max’s wife), told Style.com. “Each morning, I still wake up and ask myself, How do I make it better? We are in the business of inspiring people to do what inspires them,” she added. To commemorate BCBG’s anniversary, Lubov spoke to Style.com about some of the brand’s most memorable moments from the past quarter century. Click for a slideshow of her top picks.

Runway to Red Carpet: Glamorous Gowns and a Double Dose of Denim

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Kate Hudson in BalmainBetween parties, premieres, and Natalia Vodianova’s Love Ball, it was a busy week on the red carpet. On Sunday night, Christina Ricci attended the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in New York wrapped in a green patterned sheath from Thom Browne’s Resort ’14 collection. In Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, Tilda Swinton showed up at the premiere of her film Snowpiercer in an oriental-inspired gown fresh off Valentino’s Fall ’13 Couture runway. That same evening in L.A., Hart of Dixie star Rachel Bilson attended the CW, CBS, and Showtime Summer TCA Party in a shimmering white dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Lovelace made its debut in New York on Tuesday night, and the film’s leading lady, Amanda Seyfried, walked the red carpet in a ruffled denim cocktail frock from Givenchy’s Resort ’14 offering. Kate Hudson (left), too, donned a denim look this week. She turned up to Wednesday’s premiere of Clear History in L. A. wearing an embroidered quilted mini from Balmain’s Resort ’14 lineup. It would seem that denim—with its sophisticated new spin—is well on its way to becoming a new red-carpet favorite.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo:Gregg DeGuire / WireImage

Dior Walks the Red Square

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Yesterday, Dior staged its second show in Moscow—the first having been held in 1959. Russian designer (and street-style maven) Vika Gazinskaya was there to experience the event firsthand. Here, she reports back from the Red Square and gives us the inside scoop on the opulent evening.

Dior in Russia: then and now

When Christian Dior came to Russia in 1959 to show his collection at Moscow’s GUM department store, the reaction was as if space aliens had landed. Russian women were still recovering from the horrors of World War II. Many of them had lost their husbands and sons, so scraping together money to buy high heels wasn’t exactly a priority.

Thankfully, those times are behind us. Moscow is quickly becoming a fashion capital, and yesterday, Dior returned to the city to restage its Fall ’13 show at the city’s most historic landmark, the Red Square. It was a celebration of beauty set inside a mirrored pavilion specially built for the occasion, not to mention the first time the Red Square has ever hosted a défilé.

Dior in Russia in 1959

Dior’s “space aliens” looked really shocking to the Soviet people in 1959. Our nation was still recovering from WWII, and building a “new era of communism,” in which there was no place for heels and beautiful dresses.

Vika inside the pavilion

I was proud when I heard producer Alexandre de Betak say that he was impressed by the show’s set. V-Confession Agency, owned by Ksenia Tarakanova, built the mirrored pavilion in the Red Square. I loved the space, and I think my blouse matches well! Continue Reading “Dior Walks the Red Square” »

Runway to Red Carpet: High-Wattage Gowns and a Racy Duet

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell

Over the past few days, mega-starlets have walked red carpets in a multiplicity of wares from fashion’s heaviest hitters—an A+-list week, if we’ve ever seen one.

Last Thursday evening, Tilda Swinton attended the opening of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition in Shanghai. Draped in an all-white and finitely textured dress from the house’s Resort ’14 lineup, Swinton was spookily ethereal as ever.

On Monday, Sarah Jessica Parker (above, center) headed to the premiere of London’s new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, donning a twinkling Marc Jacobs Resort ’14 dress. Also in the Big Smoke this week: Natalia Vodianova—resplendent in a Stella McCartney lamé, long-sleeve column, with a wooden clutch from the designer’s Fall ’13 collection, at the Saatchi Gallery’s Arts for Life charity auction (which Ms. Vodianova hosted along with Nadja Swarovski and Susan Hayden).

Stateside on Tuesday, Maggie Gyllenhaal (above, left) wore a Christian Dior Fall ’13 number to the premiere of White House Down in New York. The outfit—with its scrunchy peplum waist, scalloped bustier, and interlocking Deco-tinged skirt—balanced Dior’s Old Hollywood glamour with Raf Simons’ architectural flare. Out West in Los Angeles a few hours later, Naomi Watts arrived at the premiere of Ray Donovan in an eyebrow-raising Pre-Fall ’13 Alexander McQueen leather minidress. The bold frock, complete with a teardrop neckline, was definitely racier than the actress’s usual sartorial choices. And finally, back in London Town Wednesday night, another Naomi opted for an edgy option. At the L’Wren Scott-hosted Serpentine Gallery party, Ms. Campbell (above, right) was seen touting a David Koma Fall ’13 mini—complete with sheer shoulders, a banded waist and hem, and athletic sleeves.

Photos:Getty Images