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April 19 2014

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11 posts tagged "Salma Hayek"

Runway to Red Carpet: Arty Parties and High-Glamour Mesh

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tilda SwintonWhile fashion and art have always gone hand in hand, the Spring ’14 runways were influenced by art more than ever. The creative cross-pollination continued this week with several designer-sponsored museum galas, which brought a bevy of well-dressed power players to the red carpet. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s tribute to Tilda Swinton, co-chaired by Karl Lagerfeld, had many stars donning Chanel’s recent runway wares on Tuesday evening. Jessica Biel, Lupita Nyong’o, and, of course, the lady of honor, Swinton, all turned up in Karl’s latest looks to celebrate. Later in the week, the Dior-sponsored Guggenheim International gala and pre-party in New York saw screen sirens like Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman, Leelee Sobieski, and Cobie Smulders posing on the red carpet in a host of Raf Simons’ takes on the LBD. On Saturday, Gucci presented the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2013 Art + Film gala, which was studded with A-listers in showstopping Gucci gowns. Salma Hayek in particular stood out in an embellished beige Gucci Première halter dress with a sparkling belted waist.

While mesh is not the first thing that comes to mind for black-tie affairs, strategically placed mesh has been making its way onto the red carpet, thanks to its starring role on many Spring ’14 runways. Zoe Saldana attended the LACMA 2013 Art + Film gala in a figure-hugging black Gucci gown with strips of mesh panels down the sides, which subtly made the otherwise conservative dress sexy. The following evening, Jaimie Alexander took the trend up several notches at the Thor: The Dark World premiere in L.A. The actress chose a floor-length, long-sleeve, high-neck Azzaro Spring ’14 dress that showed about as much skin as it covered.

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

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

When Saving The Earth, Every Last Dollar Counts

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“I have never bought anything at an auction before,” Glenn Close admitted to Style.com last night at Christie’s third annual Green Auction: BID to Save the Earth. She had, however, been auctioned off. “I was a part of one once. I’m supposed to go with Bobby Kennedy and a bunch of people to Mongolia and hunt with eagles, on horseback, but we haven’t done it yet. Hunting with eagles, on horseback, in Mongolia. I would say that’s pretty exotic.”

Though the actress was not on offer as part of last night’s auction (co-hosted by Susan and David Rockefeller, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Anna and Graydon Carter, and James R. Hedges IV), there were several exotic experiences and celebrity names on the bill. “All of the trips are amazing, but I’m honestly a scuba diver, so that trip sounds the coolest to me,” said Christie’s master auctioneer Lydia Fenet (pictured, right). “Although, I don’t think I’m nearly as adventurous as the ladies leading the trip who dive with kidney warmers.” When Fenet finally took her place at the podium, she was quick to announce to the crowd, “Last year, I was standing up here with Seth Meyers from SNL, who made all these promises to save the world, and he didn’t, so we didn’t invite him back. Tonight, I’m going to take every last dollar you have.”

And she did a pretty good job at that—during the live auction of a seven-day chartered voyage on the largest catamaran in the world (which went for $150,000) and various other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, she helped rake in $600,000 for various charities, including Oceana, Conservation International, the National Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy. After that, Grace Potter (pictured, left) of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals closed out the night with a very different performance from last year’s surprise guest, Nicki Minaj. “Creatively, I think the difference in performers shows the diversity of what this auction is all about,” Potter said before the show. “But no, I’m not going to be rapping tonight.” On that note, she stayed true to her word.

Photo: Jonathon Ziegler / PatrickMcMullan.com

The French Put Their Foot Down On Hayek’s “Chevalier” Honor

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While her father-in-law, François Pinault, was awarded France’s highest civilian decoration on New Year’s Day, Mexican actress Salma Hayek was also recognized for her services to the French Republic, receiving the Legion of Honour Chevalier. While the Telegraph reports that “according to the government’s official journal, Hayek was chosen for her work as ‘director and producer (and) active member of charitable foundations for 23 years,’ ” top news commentators and former minister Henri Torre (who turned down a Legion of Honour) are not pleased with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pick of Hayek, who has been busy promoting her latest film, Puss in Boots. Many are speculating that Hayek’s husband François-Henri Pinault’s close friendship with Sarkozy might have something to do with it, although criticism over the award’s highly political selection process is not new (there was controversy over Sarkozy’s pick of the “magistrate who pronounced his divorce from his second wife,” and when Sarkozy’s former labor minister awarded the Legion of Honour “to a wealth manager who had hired his wife” just a few months earlier).

Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg /WireImage

Hermès Fêtes Its Huge New Paris Store—With A Surprising Guest

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The Rue de Sèvres space that houses Hermès’ new store—its 134th and second largest to date—used to be home to the Lutetia hotel’s indoor swimming pool. So in tribute to aquaculture past, the label trucked in a band of kids in matching swimsuits to salute arriving guests, while on a balcony, great moments in swimming-pool cinema screened on a loop.

As impressive as all that was—as is the former pool space itself, which now holds three giant, nearly 30-foot-tall “huts” in latticed ashwood, designed by architect Denis Montel of RDAI (below)—the guests were gasping loudest at one partygoer in particular. Salma Hayek Pinault, in red, strapless Gucci, was making the congratulatory rounds, reportedly on behalf of her husband, François-Henri Pinault of PPR. It was a dramatic entrance, given Hermès’ recent conflict with Pinault’s no. 1 rival, Bernard Arnault of LVMH, who’s lately been angling to buy a share of the company. Hayek gamely posed with Hermès chairman Patrick Thomas, but both downplayed the significance of her visit. Artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas (above, with Hayek and Thomas) was more eager to discuss the store, the label’s first on the Left Bank of Paris in all of its 173 years in business. “I had a moment of vertigo when I first visited,” Dumas said, “but it was stimulating. I asked myself, how can we turn this into a warm and protective space?”

Speaking of spaces, the opening coincides with Hermès’ move into interiors. The store showcases the recent addition of furnishings fabrics, wallpaper, carpets, and the new Jean-Michel Frank par Hermès numbered furniture re-editions. (Hermès did the original leatherwork for Frank’s Comfortable series of Art Deco sofas and chairs from the 1920′s.) Nearly half of the three-level, 15,800-square-foot space is devoted to home, including a florist’s shop stocked with exotica like New Zealand coral peonies and lichen branches. There’s a bookstore, too, the Chaîne d’Encre, and a tea bar on the balcony, the aptly named Le Plongeoir—the Diving Board.

Photo: Stephane Feugere; Courtesy of Hermès

The Queen of Gucci Group Greets Her Subjects

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It was a fairytale romance—love, marriage, baby, if not necessarily in that order—for Salma Hayek and PPR chairman François-Henri Pinault, who controls the Gucci Group portfolio of labels. And like any faithful spouse (and fashion lover), Mrs. P supports her husband and his business. Hayek arrived on the arm of the Chairman to four of Gucci Group’s shows in Paris this season, often in the designer’s own looks. Left to right, here she is in YSL at Yves Saint Laurent, at Stella McCartney, in Alexander McQueen at Alexander McQueen, and with Orlando Bloom at Balenciaga. We’d say she cut a striking figure throughout the entire week. (Props for the daring turban, too; bet we won’t see one of those on the Hollywood red carpet any time soon.) Which do you like best?

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images (Stella McCartney); Boisiere / SIPA Press (Alexander McQueen); ANG / Fame Pictures (Balenciaga); Boisiere / SIPA Press (Yves Saint Laurent)