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July 29 2014

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Dior Double, Toil, and Trouble

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Marion CotillardOscar winner—and the face of Lady Dior—Marion Cotillard has been tapped to play Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s upcoming silver-screen interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy. She’s reportedly replacing Natalie Portman—the face of Miss Dior Chérie—who was originally slotted to play the role. Coincidence or foul play? Either way, we think Raf Simons should take a stab at some tartan couture for the murderous Lady M.

Photo: Danny Martindale/ Getty Images

Follow In Fashion’s Footsteps

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Ever wonder where Sofia Coppola goes to relax, who cuts Natalie Portman’s hair, or where Lady Gaga gets her vintage treasures? How about Isabel Marant’s favorite spot for scrambled eggs? French Vogue contributor Carole Sabas divulges all this and more in two new books: Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris and Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York, both of which hit stores on May 7. A Parisian living in New York, Sabas has previously published tomes detailing hotspots in Miami, Paris, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but the 2013 editions offer updated, personal picks from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Gaia Repossi, Alexander Wang, and Yaz Bukey. Needless to say, fashion’s best-kept secrets—like under-the-radar eateries, flea markets, and late-night spots—are no more. Sabas’ useful, privileged info is accompanied by the illustrations of Caroline Andrieu (above, left) and Bernadette Pascua (above, right). However, in her Paris intro, the author warns that the books are not meant to be authoritative. “Sometimes the crowd in a restaurant will look more appealing than your food. And you may wonder why the tastemakers still come here season after season. Ask them and they’ll shrug: ‘The owner is crazy.’” But, she adds, when you follow the fashion set, “expect to be surprised, bewitched, puzzled, maybe disappointed at times, but always dazzled.”

Carole Sabas’ Fashion Insiders guides are available for pre-order now at Abramsbooks.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Abrams Books

Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists Revealed

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The results are in. Today, The Hollywood Reporter released its third annual list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists. The winners include big names we’ve been hearing a lot about of late—Kate Young, who’s been whipping up a buzz with her new Target collection (and who styles Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Natalie Portman), came in at number four. Elizabeth Stewart, who chronicled her experience styling Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, and Cody Horn for the Golden Globes for Style.com, came in at number five. And Rachel Zoe, who styled Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence in their much-talked-about Oscar gowns, slid in at number three. Petra Flannery, who styles Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Megan Fox, was this year’s runner-up. And the big winner is (drumroll, please) Leslie Fremar, who styles discerning stars like Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Connelly. A surprise on the list was designer (and Mick Jagger’s girlfriend) L’Wren Scott, who came in at number sixteen for dressing Nicole Kidman.

Photo: Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Kate Young Is Right On Target

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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 Style.com 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

L.A. Gets A New Dance Company Of Its Own—And A Supportive A-List Fan Base To Match

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One-company-town reputation aside, Los Angeles is the epicenter of a wide variety of artistic disciplines beyond film. Choreographer Benjamin Millepied (left)—at least as well known, if not better, in Hollywood-loving L.A. as the husband of Natalie Portman—aims to make one more at home with the launch of the L.A. Dance Project, a curatorial collective conceived by Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, video producer Dimitri Chamblas, and producer Charles Fabius.

Following the sold-out premiere performance at Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Millepied emphasized the influence of the city on his new venture. “The identity of Los Angeles is going to be very important to me,” he said. “It’s a city so rich in artists and culture that I would really like the dance company to embrace that and carry it throughout.” The debut program included Millepied’s own Moving Parts, a performance of William Forsythe’s Quintett, and the first showing of Merce Cunningham’s Winterbranch in 50 years. In the audience: locals like Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who designed the costumes for the performance, as well as fans Robert Pattinson, Rashida Jones, and Dita Von Teese.

Portman, for her part, wearing a gown from Raf Simons’ first collection for Dior Haute Couture and jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels, was just as enthusiastic as her husband about the future of dance in Los Angeles. “It is always amazing to have things expressed that can’t be expressed in other mediums, and it makes you feel things that words or sound can’t make you feel,” she said. “We didn’t have a dance company and now we do. It’s amazing that Ben is bringing it here.”

Photo: Alex Berlinger/ABPhoto.com