29 posts tagged "Scarlett Johansson"
One of the few who has dressed both Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, never mind a passel of stars including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Welch, and more, Brit designer Amanda Wakeley is a twenty-four-year veteran in the business. At her celeb-dense shop opening last night on London’s Albemarle Street, she described how she’s seen the fashion landscape in The Smoke change over the years.
“It is very competitive now, and there is a much greater choice of outstanding products at all levels of the market—plus the customer is far more discerning.” Wakeley also believes designers have stepped up their marketing game. “There is much more awareness of brand DNA—an integral part of building a successful business.”
Despite having a career and longevity most designers could only dream of, Wakeley insists that now is the most exciting time for her, especially with achieving a lifelong ambition of opening a Mayfair shop. This one is even Grade 2 listed, which means, in Brit speak, that it has historical significance. “It is such a privilege to be in a building with such heritage and structure…the staircase was put in by a couturier in the twenties, and I just knew this was the space for us.”
Tracey Emin, Liz Hurley, Elizabeth Saltzman, the BFC’s Caroline Rush, and more crushed into the shop that Wakeley says is representative of the “beginning of a new era for us.” Next on the docket is a return to the London fashion week schedule after a few seasons’ hiatus.
So after dressing the crème de la crème, who is left on her wish list? “Well, I do think Jennifer Lawrence has a wonderful look.” We have a sneaking suspicion the star will be wearing Dior to the Oscars, but who knows what the red carpet may bring.
Denmark-born, East London-based jewelry designer Maria Black is a self-proclaimed minimalist. “It’s very hard to grow up in Scandinavia and not be a minimalist,” said the 36-year-old talent, laughing. Indeed, Black, who opened her first boutique in Copenhagen this year, is drawn to clean, geometric shapes and crisp lines. But don’t mistake minimal for simple. Having served as the apprentice to master jewelers for four years before winning a prestigious design grant (which came with a personal congratulations from the Queen of Denmark) and launching her line in 2010, Black’s precision borders on obsessive. She crafts the prototypes for each of her gold or gunmetal pieces—like tribal-inspired full-fingered rings, textural ear cuffs, and, her favorite, the delicate Monocle necklace (above)—herself before sending them off to be handmade in Thailand. “Every piece has to be touched by a human hand,” she offered.
Having garnered a following that includes Rihanna, Helena Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Coco Sumner, Black has steadily grown her label over the past three years. The designer launched with her unfussy Roll On range and has since expanded to offer three additional divisions—Cascade, Electric Avenue, and her latest, Diamond Cut, which, as its name would suggest, is sprinkled with lots of the sparkly stuff. Each collection offers its own unique aesthetic, but maintains the sharp geometry and versatility that Black has made her own. With her designs available on Net-a-Porter as of this month (Black says the site has already had a significant impact on her sales), the jeweler is poised to become a cult favorite. Keep an eye out for a men’s line and a selection of elaborate runway pieces, which will hit the catwalk during a yet-to-be-revealed Scandinavian label’s Spring ’14 show.
Maria Black’s jewelry is available on Net-a-Porter.com, on the designer’s Web site, and at other select retailers. Prices range from $100 to about $1,566.
WikiLeaks: the new fashion journalism? Among the revelations included in the thousands of pages of classified U.S. foreign policy documents—all full of less-than-favorable judgments on foreign leaders and attachés—recently released by the upstart organization, Vogue Italia plucked out a bit of sartorial snark: “Lady Mehriban Aliyeva”—the wife of Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan—”appears to have had substantial cosmetic surgery, presumably overseas, and wears dresses that would be considered provocative even in the Western world. On television, in photos, and in person, she appears unable to show a full range of facial expression.” [Vogue Italia]
Speaking of biting criticisms, UBS bankers were subjected to a few, too. The Wall Street Journal reports on a 43-page memo being sent to staff at five Swiss offices, which includes guidelines for appropriate dressing and general comportment (no eating onions or garlic!) for staffers. Among them? Be sure to match your tie knot to your face and/or body shape, please. [WSJ via Racked]
From the celebrity front: After less than two years, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are calling it quits and divorcing. At least they’ve put out one of the more truthful and witty statements about it we’ve seen in a while: “While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.” Realists to the end, those two. [Vogue U.K.]
And Women checks in with model Bruna Tenorio, who shares her favorite photo of herself (an early black-and-white shot by Mario Sorrenti), favorite cities (Rio, Paris, and New York), and her favorite drink (“the full cream milk at Starbucks”—we’re not sure what that means, but we like the sound of it). [Women via Modelinia]