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A Rare Glimpse Inside the Inner Workings of Prada

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prada-1Miuccia Prada has long been a member of fashion’s ruling class, and not just because of her brilliant eye. The Prada company brings in a jaw-dropping 3.6 billion euros annually. Her husband and joint CEO, Patrizio Bertelli, has been a driving force in the brand’s success since the late ’70s and is responsible for adding women’s ready-to-wear, maintaining a sense of “utopian” calm, and knowing what’s going to sell. Bertelli took New York magazine inside Prada’s fabled Bergamo 21 factory in Milan, where he explained everything from their intricate shoemaking process to why Italians are “avant-garde” about their food. Take a look at a few of our favorite shots, below. To read the full story, click here.

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Photo: Andrea Frazzetta / New York Magazine

Runway to Red Carpet: Celebs Embrace “Summer Blacks,” and Three New Trendsetters

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080914_Runway_To_Red_Carpet-blogIf you haven’t heard yet, “summer blacks” (©Style.com) are in. Not only has the tried-and-true trend cropped up in the streets, the recent Resort collections, and the Style.com office, but it’s also been making frequent appearances on the red carpet. A glowing Rosamund Pike, who’s pregnant with her second child, chose a black, one-shouldered pleated Prada baby-doll dress for the Berlin premiere of Hector and the Search for Happiness on Tuesday. Heidi Klum rocked a shimmering, form-fitting Roberto Cavalli LBD for Wednesday’s America’s Got Talent postshow event in New York. And the next day, Marion Cotillard took to the red carpet in a black wool Dior dress from the Fall ’14 runway at the London premiere of Two Days, One Night.

While a lot of celebs played it safe this week and stuck to trusty styles that couldn’t fail, a trio of relatively unknown ladies caught our eye. They might not be household names just yet, but these fresh faces piqued our interest with standout styles. On Monday, What If actress Mackenzie Davis stepped out in a look from Nicolas Ghesquiè
re’s Fall ’14 Louis Vuitton collection for the film’s New York premiere. Elsewhere in the city, Charlotte Le Bon posed on the red carpet in a sheer, lace-paneled white frock from red-carpet favorite Elie Saab’s Pre-Fall ’14 lineup at Monday night’s premiere of her new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The following evening, Hannah Tointon turned heads in a pale pink satin Spring ’14 Prabal Gurung sheath at the world premiere of The Inbetweeners 2 in London. Needless to say, these Hollywood freshmen are off to a promising start. We’ll be watching, ladies.

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

Runway to Red Carpet: Energetic Hues and Wes’ Week on Top

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When it comes to fashion, the red carpet can often be filled with the same old, same old. But now and again, some bold celebrities shake things up with experimental, next-level looks. Here’s what’s feeling fresh this week.

Nicola Peltz in PradaThis week, stars brought a much-needed jolt of energy to the red carpet with bright, electric hues. Elle Fanning kicked things off on Saturday in a vivid neon lace Christopher Kane Resort ’15 minidress at a panel for The Boxtrolls during Comic-Con in San Diego. Nicola Peltz, who can seemingly do no sartorial wrong, amped things up in a bright tangerine Prada Fall ’14 halter gown with plunging neckline at Monday night’s premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Tokyo. Later in the week, everyone’s favorite TV bad girl, Taylor Schilling, stepped out in a bold, color-blocked Roland Mouret Pre-Fall ’14 look for a visit to the SiriusXM studios on Thursday in New York.

Wes Gordon, who was recently named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, has been steadily making a name for himself on the celebrity circuit. This week he got a nod of approval from a handful of A-listers who opted for designs from his Resort ’15 collection. On Monday, Gwyneth Paltrow chose a mid-length patterned sheath for a screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness in the Hamptons, and Maggie Gyllenhaal donned a sophisticated white number with metallic embroidery down the front for a taping of Good Morning America on Thursday morning. This could be the start of a very successful red-carpet career.

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

UPDATED: Nadège Vanhee Rumored to Be Hermès’ Top Pick

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UPDATE: Multiple industry sources have now confirmed to Style.com that Nadège Vanhee will succeed Christophe Lemaire as the creative director of womenswear at Hermès. The house is believed to be sending out an official announcement tomorrow morning.

hermesLet the rumors begin! According to WWD, word on the street is that behind-the-scenes star Nadège Vanhee, who cut her teeth at Delvaux and Maison Martin Margiela, worked under Phoebe Philo as the design director at Céline, and is now the design director at The Row, is Hermès’ top pick to succeed Christophe Lemaire as the head of womenswear. It would be nice to see someone like Vanhee, who has a wealth of experience and an eye for clean, sophisticated luxury, get a mega-gig like the one at Hermès—goodness knows she’s paid her dues. An announcement may be made as early as this week.

When I first heard this rumor, it reminded me of Jil Sander’s choice to hire Rodolfo Paglialunga—a designer who, save a stint as the creative director at Vionnet, earned his stripes working behind the scenes at Prada for 10 years. And then there’s the case of Julie de Libran’s appointment at Sonia Rykiel. Another under-the-radar gem, de Libran designed the pre-collections for Louis Vuitton, but was, of course, not as well known as the brand’s creative director and face, Marc Jacobs. Sometimes it makes sense to have a big name head up a big house. But it’s nice to see that the work of talented, though less famous, industry vets does not go unnoticed.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

At Cannes, More Feathers Than Fuss

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Feathers at Cannes

Cannes’ red carpet has yet to disappoint. From Lea Seydoux’s jeweled Prada gown to Riley Keough’s refreshing Valentino ensemble, this year’s sartorial oeuvre has been equal parts timeless French glamour and 21st-century chic. One trend that’s caught our eye is feathers. It may not even be fair to refer to it as a “trend,” seeing as feathers are among the most traditional of embellishments (see 18th-century feather boas and twenties-era flapper dresses), but today’s iterations have a thoroughly modern spin. Laetitia Casta’s feminine number stood out at the opening ceremony. In a sea of silk and satin, the fluffy white plumes felt classic yet a bit unexpected, given fashion’s love affair with minimalism. Carole Bouquet donned a slinky feathered Chanel dress, and later in the week, Freida Pinto, Heike Makatsch, and Julianne Moore joined in on the fun.

Perhaps we have Chanel’s Spring ’14 Couture show to thank for the recent feather revival—after all, Bouquet and Moore’s gowns were both plucked from the collection (although the stars nixed the spiky hairdos). Pinto’s full-skirted Michael Kors creation had a slightly beachy vibe, and Makatsch’s off-the-shoulder frock looked especially of-the-moment. With a whole five days of Cannes’ red carpets left, we’re interested to see who else joins the flock.