August 20 2014

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


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

Bosworth, Bruno, and Bilson Toast a Year on the Town


One of the last times she saw Vanessa Bruno, Kate Bosworth was soaring to tree-branch heights in Slovenia while filming Lov, a short film collaboration showcasing the French designer’s Fall ’11 campaign. This time around, they settled on surer footing at Lucques restaurant on Melrose Avenue, where the duo, along with Rachel Bilson, Molly Sims, and Brad Goreski, toasted the Paris-based designer’s one-year anniversary in L.A. last night. As they dined just a few doors down from her first Stateside retail outpost, the designer seemed to relish her now annual trip out West. “Los Angeles wasn’t planned, but when we found this spot on Melrose, it was, how they say in French, l’evidence,” she told “We realized how connected we were with so many people here.”

Bosworth’s Bruno connection was equally a happenstance. The actress, who is set to continue her collaboration with the brand, recalled, “I was walking along the streets of Paris about six years ago, and I happened upon her shop just like anyone else would,” Bosworth said. “And I saw some pieces in the window and thought, ‘Wow, these look like they’re very much my style.’” And the admiration is mutual. “L.A. girls like this kind of very chic, Parisian, laid-back, effortless but still sophisticated vibe,” said Bruno.

Photo: Donato Sardella / WireImage

Bilson, Byrne, And More Hit The Street For Derek Lam’s EBay Block Party


Always the actress, never the bridesmaid? Rose Byrne may play a preternaturally polished bridesmaid in the upcoming comedy Bridesmaids, hitting theaters this Friday, but the Aussie actress has yet to be in a real-life wedding party off the silver screen. “I actually had to ask one of my girlfriends, who coached me on the whole experience,” Byrne admitted last night at the Derek Lam for eBay block party. “I had no idea bridesmaids had to buy their own dresses,” she added. “They can be thousands of dollars!” With early comparisons to The Hangover, Bridesmaids has been drawing early buzz for its humor, something Byrne was apt to discuss. “Obviously you see the movie poster and it has its market,” the Damages actress said. “But it’s not a chick flick: It’s not about nail polish; it’s not about earrings; it’s about friendship and funny is funny. It’s not isolated to women at all.”

Even so, with spring in the air, there was a batch of beach weddings ahead. Because of her work schedule, Byrne was missing out on her friend’s nuptials in Thailand this Saturday, but did note the Derek Lam for eBay boho floral print maxi dress was perfect wedding-guest material. Among the five dresses crowd-sourced by online voters for the collaboration—there was also a sixth dress, a pink or black T-shirt dress, that was available specially for mobile orders—that floor-length number seemed to be the frontrunner. “I’ll fight Rose to the death for it,” Zoë Kravitz, Byrnes’ X-Men: First Class cast mate, joked before heading outside to wander the fête’s other attractions: food trucks offering everything Belgian waffles to dumplings.

Rachel Bilson, however, beat both girls to the punch. Wearing the seventies-inspired style with a classic black blazer, the actress was direct from an eight-hour flight from Nice, France, where the Chanel Resort 2012 show took over the Hotel du Cap. “It was really phenomenal,” Bilson said, wide-eyed, of the runway show, the after-party, and the dinner. “There was this Old Hollywood element to the looks. The colors were so beautiful.” Bilson has been seeing a lot of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld lately; the Kaiser recently directed her in a series of short films for Magnum ice cream. But after a month of traveling, she was looking forward to the comforts of home. “Tomorrow morning, I’m catching a flight to L.A.,” she said. “I’m excited to sleep in my own bed.”

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Karl In Cannes: A Little Ferry, A Little Fairy Tale


The Karl Lagerfeld bandwagon rolled out of Cannes on Tuesday as the film festival rolled in. The legendary Croisette is lined with huge billboards promoting Spielberg’s Tintin and the new Transformers and Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs in 3-D!—spectacles all, but even so, their makers could surely learn something from Chanel’s no-expense-spared launch of its latest Cruise collection. The show itself—staged on Monday night in the gardens of the legendary Hotel du Cap, in Antibes—was simply the jewel in the crown of a 24-hour wingding that extended from an alfresco Italian dinner on Sunday night to post-show dancing under a cherry moon accompanied by vintage club sounds from London’s Horse Meat Disco. (OK, it was actually a half moon, but Prince filmed his movie of that name in this very spot, and that’s what inspired Michel Gaubert to opt for a show soundtrack that was heavy on the Purple One.)

Earlier on Monday, there was a picnic in the flower fields of Grasse, where workers were harvesting the rose petals whose distilled essence will eventually make its way into Chanel No. 5, Coco, Mademoiselle, et al. Paraphrasing Diana Vreeland’s legendary observation that pink is the navy blue of India, I’d like to propose that rosé is the tap water of the Riviera. And that was just lunch! The evening’s festivities began on a catwalk that stretched from the hotel down to the sea, with a couple of hundred guests lolling under umbrellas lined along its length. Among them, Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson, whose seemingly random inclusion under the Chanel umbrella actually speaks volumes about Lagerfeld’s own engagement in every eddy of pop culture. The indolence of the event felt truly in tune with his own sense of this part of the world as an enduring playground for the super-rich. It was a mood he captured brilliantly in The Tale of a Fairy, the film that screened as night fell. (Those are stills from the 30-minute flick, above.)

A few decades ago, Lagerfeld featured in L’Amour, one of the last Warhol movies, and there were echoes of Andy in the film Karl showed last night: the anomic glamour, the decadent polymorphousness, the barbed ad-libs (kudos to Amanda Harlech), but most of all the spectacular performance by Kristen McMenamy. The 46-year-old model effortlessly evoked memories of the banked fury of the legendary Holly Woodlawn (whose performance in Trash was so mesmerizing that no less an industry totem than Paul Newman went to bat for her when Oscar nomination time came around). Every great Tennessee Williams role awaits McMenamy, and it’s typical of Lagerfeld that he had the vision to resuscitate that facet of her personality years after she’d faded from fashion’s consciousness. Is Karl the new Andy? He considered the notion for a millisecond, then snorted, “I’ve got better production values.”

After the fairy came the Ferry: the legendary Bryan himself, cleverly reminding his devotees that he adds oomph to Bob Dylan and Sam and Dave just as artfully as he sings his own songs. His performance put the seal on a spectrum of cultural endeavors—from food to fragrance to fashion to funk—that would surely have gladdened Coco’s own legendarily dark heart. Now, how many times did I use the word “legendary” in this account? Times ten and we’re closing in on the sensibility of an event that, at some point in the distant, post-apocalyptic future, will seem like the apogee of a moment when there were people who could make their own dreams come true. How appropriate that it was all about one night in Cannes.

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

Tory Mulls Menswear, Karl’s Ice Kream To Come Here, Carine’s On The Bestseller List (Already), And More…


Tory Burch—whose business, we thought, couldn’t get much bigger—is mulling a new venture: menswear. Burch mentioned the possibility at a recent talk at New York’s French Institute, where she also revealed a menswear line would be modeled on the wardrobe of her father. [WWD]

U.S., get ready for Magnum Ice Cream, the European treat that recently made waves when it hired Karl Lagerfeld and Rachel Bilson (left) to create ads and short films for it. The Wall Street Journal reports that the stuff’s coming to the U.S. market—as are the Lagerfeld-directed films, which will debut during the Tribeca Film Festival. (Turns out the Kaiser can elevate even ice cream ads to the level of cinema.) [WSJ]

Carine Roitfeld’s Olivier Zahm-edited autobiography, Irreverent, isn’t even out until October, but it’s already up for preorder on—and holding the no. 2 spot among their fashion titles, no less. It’s yours for $67. [Racked]

And if you, like us, don’t read Portuguese, you might’ve missed this—but our eagle-eyed, São Paulo-born market editor didn’t. Apparently Stella McCartney is doing another collaboration, with Brazilian retailer C&A. Just another reason to hit the next Carnival. [RG]

Photo: Courtesy of Magnum