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Runway to Red Carpet: Pre-Oscar Fetes and a Well-Heeled Actress-Turned-Entrepreneur


LupitaAs the Oscar countdown draws to a close, the celebrity set kept busy this week with a multitude of parties, premieres, and the final award show leading up to the season’s main event. For Saturday’s NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, Lupita Nyong’o chose a plunging earth-toned Givenchy dress, a red-carpet first for her, from the Pre-Fall ’14 lineup. Nyong’o added another trophy to her growing collection that evening, taking home the statue for Outstanding Supporting Actress. A radiant Kerry Washington accepted several awards, including Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Scandal, in a custom navy and peach silk Thakoon gown.

On Tuesday, Naomi Watts hosted Bulgari’s pre-Oscar fete that brought out stars such as Kate Hudson, Olivia Munn, and Dianna Agron to celebrate “Decades of Glamour” in Hollywood. Watts chose a look fresh off the Fall ’14 runway: Altuzarra’s black column with magenta and orange accents.

The famously well-heeled Sarah Jessica Parker turned her love of footwear into more than a hobby when she launched her namesake SJP Collection this week. On Wednesday, the actress feted the opening of her Nordstrom pop-up shop in New York, stepping out in a pale pink Valentino frock hemmed with black lace, paired with green sandals from her own collection, which launches today.

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

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Michael Kors Fights Hunger


Seriously, is there anything Michael Kors hasn’t done? After building an international fashion mega-brand, winning a slew of design awards, and serving as a wacky but lovable judge on Project Runway, Kors is looking to add “cured hunger” to his résumé. Today, the designer announced that he has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme in an effort to alleviate the international hunger crisis. This is, however, not the first time Kors has dedicated himself to this cause: Last year, he donated $5 million to God’s Love We Deliver, an initiative that brings meals to those living with severe illnesses in New York City, Newark, and the Hudson County.

“I wanted to commit our company to something with global impact, because we’re a global brand,” Kors told “The World Food Programme is working to solve the problem of world hunger, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with them. It’s exciting that we are engaging in an effort with the potential to help so many people.”

Founded fifty years ago, the WFP feeds more than ninety million people in seventy countries each year, and has deemed hunger “the world’s most solvable problem.” For his part, Kors plans to raise millions of dollars over the next few years via a series of campaigns and initiatives. Come March, Kors will release two unisex watch styles for his “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign. The sale of each watch will help feed one hundred children. And today the designer kicks things off with a PSA, which, aiming to promote awareness for the cause, features fashion, music, and film stars like Seth Meyers, Bette Midler, Alexandra Richards, Olivia Munn, Cody Horyn, Karolina Kurkova, and more. For information on how you can help, watch Kors’ film (above) or visit the designer’s Web site.

No Marchesa For The Princess Bride
(Plenty For The Others, Though)


The Apthorp is one of New York’s toniest addresses, so no surprise that the frills-and-all label Marchesa chose the West Seventies apartment complex—really more of a gated community, with enormous iron bars shielding its interior gardens from Broadway—to show both finery and its new flatware: its new bridal collection on one hand, and its second collection of dinner plates, cups, and serving pieces for Lenox on the other. A crowd including Courtney Love (the proverbial bull in the china shop, who arrived a fashionably-late ten minutes before the scheduled end time), Olivia Munn, Sanaa Lathan, and Mary Alice Stephenson all stopped in for a look.

Marchesa is known for weddings—designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig recently custom-designed frocks for brides Nicole Richie and Emily Blunt—but Craig dispelled rumors they’re in the running for this month’s royal affair. “I’m excited to see what she’s going to be wearing,” the English-born Craig said. “I think she’s a very stylish woman, and I think she’ll probably choose something beautiful and classic. I don’t think she’s going to go for anything too trend-based or crazy edgy. She’ll look like a princess!”

For princess brides, of course, there are plenty of frothy options. But there are others, too, for city brides, beach brides, and, really, any kind of bride you could mention (though City Hall bride might find herself a little overdressed). “We really try to think of different types of bride that are out there and try to have a dress for each different kind,” Craig said. She gestured to a favorite from the collection, a wasp-waisted, skintight number. “This one is much more fitted, there’s less corsetry inside,” she explained. “A lot those brides have spent six to eight months working on their body…this is a dress for that woman who really doesn’t need the structure of the corset, she just wants to show off.”

Photo: Patrick McMullan