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April 20 2014

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Are You A Lolita?

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Thirteen-year-old blogging sensations are just the beginning. For Spring, designers kicked their youth obsession up a notch by indulging in some Lolita fantasies. Christopher Kane drew inspiration directly from the Kubrick movie for his sweet gingham baby-doll dresses, and Stella McCartney‘s off-the-shoulder ruffled blouse and Moschino Cheap & Chic‘s retro two-piece and floppy sun hat might also have been plucked directly from the film’s costume department. At Prada, meanwhile, itty-bitty pinafores were paired with pigtails, red lips, and plastic shades—the only thing missing was a cherry lollipop.

Click here to see a slideshow, and tell us whether or not you’ll be flaunting the nymphet look.

 

 

 

Photo: Marcio Madeira

 

On Our Radar: Church’s Shanghai Collection

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For male readers of this blog, or for girls whose boyfriends have been very, very good this year, here’s cause for holiday cheer. Church’s, the historic British footwear brand that is now owned by the very Italian Prada Group, has been digging through its extensive archives and has decided to resurface its Shanghai collection. Originally from 1929—exactly eight decades before Karl celebrated the Chinese city’s allure—these sturdy beauties were created for Englishmen in what were then far-flung colonial outposts: Hong Kong, India, Kenya (though not, despite the branding, Shanghai). The sun does set on the British empire these days, but the style feels fresh again: The weather-beaten charm of these two-tone lace-ups livens up what could be a stuffy number. Of course, Church’s being Church’s, they cost about as much as a ticket to Shanghai.

$1,135, arriving late December at Church’s, 689 Madison Ave., NYC, (800) 221-4540, www.church-footwear.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Church’s

A New Crop of Nominees Prepares To Dress The Part

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With the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this morning, awards season has officially begun. And while many are furiously debating who’ll make it up to the Beverly Hilton hotel stage to collect their statuette, we’re more concerned with the action outside—the red carpet. What are this year’s crop of nominees going to wear?


Nine‘s Marion Cotillard is a no-brainer: She’s a Dior girl, fronting the house’s campaign for the Lady Dior bag; here’s hoping Galliano puts together something suitably shocking for her bravura turn as Nine‘s neglected wife. (We’d wish for a half-on, half-off Fall ’09 Couture look—perfectly appropriate for the flick’s many bedroom scenes—but January in L.A. can be chilly.) Her co-star and co-nominee Penélope Cruz tends to favor long, elegant gowns (vintage Balmain to the Oscars in 2009, pictured; Versace a few years before), and there’ll likely be more of the same. Likewise from Meryl (twice nominated for Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated): We can see her in a sensible Alberta Ferretti (again) or maybe Carolina.


Luckily, it’s a great year for young actresses to shake things up. Emily Blunt, nominated for her portrayal of Queen Victoria, would look great in a simple, regal gown—maybe an Alexis Mabille? Carey Mulligan (An Education) has been stepping out in Prada, where she could pick a crystal-studded stunner. (Careful not to outshine Shia.) And Precious‘ Gabourey Sidibe—a first-time nominee—has been opting for jewel tones in her many appearances to promote the movie. She’d look great in a gem-colored Devi Kroell from pre-fall ’09.


On the TV side, there’s bound to be the requisite dose of Mad Men proper. Betty Draper cut loose this season, ditching Don and heading for Reno—any chance nominee January Jones will, too? We’d love to see a little Vegas gold, especially for an actress who’s played the Grace Kelly card so often. (And, while we’re on the subject, no nomination for Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss?)


But there are upstarts here, too. If anyone can pull off evening shorts or a jumpsuit to an awards show, it’s gotta be Big Love nominee Chloë Sevigny. Ditto Drew, who’s making the rounds for Grey Gardens with her co-star and co-nominee Jessica Lange one final time. (The pair was nominated for Emmys, too; Lange won.) Call us literalists, but wouldn’t it be great to see Barrymore and Lange—who played Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, the quintessential cat ladies of the twentieth century—in feline frocks from Miu Miu’s kitty collection?

Photo: Steve Granitz / WireImage

The Prada Book Tour, London Edition

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Swedish fragrance kingpin Ben Gorham, in town for 24 hours, looked around him at the Prada book launch last night and wondered, “Is everyone always this happy at parties in London? It’s like they’ve just been let out of a cage.” It wasn’t quite that wild, but the crowd of attractive young creatures was doing its best to make up for Miuccia’s no-show (she headed straight back to Milan after the MOCA gala in L.A. on Saturday night). Inevitably, she was on partygoers’ minds. Marc Quinn was remembering her extraordinary generosity when he showed at the Fondazione Prada. “Antagonism…and her childlike quality” were two qualities Russell Marsh said he loved most about the designer. “I couldn’t pinpoint one thing,” added Christopher Kane. “She’s everything.” Her guest list had a bit of everything, too: artist Barry Kamen, Judy Blame channeling Crocodile Dundee, a fresh-from-the-pampas Astrid Muñoz (in Pucci, not Prada), a rare sighting of Suede’s Brett Anderson (aging well), an Erdem Moralioglu/Trish Goff date, a couple of Kennedys (OK, it was Jan and Lulu, not The Other Kind), plus Assisi Jackson with her grandmother Bianca Jagger. And yes, Ben, everyone is always this happy at parties in London…as long as the Billecart-Salmon is flowing.

Photo: Nick Harvey / WireImage

The Mother Of All Rummage Sales

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Want to know what it’s like to walk a mile in Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoes? Head to Selfridges on Sunday, where London trio Yasmin LeBon, Lisa B., and Trinny Woodall will host the “Really, Really Great Garage Sale” (or car boot sale, as they’re lovingly known in the U.K.).

The ladies have taken over the first-floor parking lot of the department store and called upon their A-list friends in support of Mothers4Children, which benefits children’s charities worldwide. So don’t go expecting your usual moth-bitten flea market stuff. Instead, there will be goodies such as Paltrow’s Balenciaga boots, Lily Allen’s signed Reeboks, Liz Hurley’s Helmut Lang suit, Jemima Khan’s Prada dress, and LeBon’s own Tod’s sandals. We caught up with Simon’s better half and the mother of their three teenage girls earlier this week, and she told us that no one in the LeBon household is off-duty on Sunday: “I’ve made sure all my family and friends are involved in some way—it’s really exciting because the sale will offer some incredible pieces with a story to tell.” And no doubt, a bargain to be had.

Photo: Courtesy of Selfridges