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Penélope Cruz Turns Up the Heat for L’Agent, Discusses Smooching ScarJo

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“Hopefully, this time my film won’t be banned for being too sexy,” actress and director Penélope Cruz tells Style.com of her latest short for her lingerie line, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. “But I doubt it, because this one is even sexier.”

Her last directorial outing for the range, which she designs with her sister, Mónica, proved too racy for the Web, and YouTube ended up taking it down. That didn’t stop Cruz from laying on the sex appeal in the newest Fall 2014 film—she turned the heat up to full blast.

“I am a perfectionist, and I obsess about it in the months while I’m working,” she says of the filmmaking process (which included a collaboration with her brother on the music). “I’m involved in every single step. I do the casting myself for every single character, I spend a few months in preproduction and a long time in the editing process.” Cruz not only directed it, she even appears in the film wearing a red leopard-print bra, along with a host of ladies in their underthings dancing across the desert.

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That was nothing for this seasoned vet, who once told press that the most interesting love scene she has ever done was with Meryl Streep for an AIDS campaign shoot. She counts her scenes with Scarlett Johansson in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona as a close second. “Kissing Scarlett in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona…it was funny for us to see the faces of all the men on set,” she says. “They were all acting very weird.”

Here, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film before it’s unveiled in its entirety August 1 on lagentbyap.com. Plus, a first glimpse at the lookbook images of the new collection.

Photo: Courtesy Photos

Twenty-Four Years Later, Amanda Wakeley Gets Her Mayfair Dream Store

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Elizabeth Hurley and Amanda WakeleyOne 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.

Maria Black Masters Minimal

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Maria Black 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.

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Photos: Courtesy of Maria Black; Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Runway to Red Carpet

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Scarlett Johansson, January Jones, Diane Kruger

This week saw plenty of A-list step-and-repeat action—from Tuesday’s The Bling Ring premiere in New York to Wednesday’s MaxMara-underwritten Women in Film Awards in Los Angeles. January Jones (above, center) attended the latter event in a stunning dress boasting one of Mary Katrantzou’s prismatic Fall ’13 prints. Inspired by early-twentieth-century photogravures, Katrantzou screened dreamy noir landscapes across the collection’s frocks, which were then splashed with rainbow-bright accents. Jones likened the motif to something she’d colored with glitter pens as a child.

The West Coast also hosted Monday night’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards. There, Diane Kruger (above, right) hot-stepped in a vampish Nina Ricci dress—in fact, it was the same look that closed designer Peter Copping’s Fall ’13 show for the house. She amplified her pinup aesthetic with a red lip and scarlet Manolos.

Jetting east, the Big Apple boasted its fair share of paparazzi-frenzying soirées, not least of which was Sunday’s Tony Awards. Scarlett Johansson (above, left) arrived in an angular, cropped blazer from Hedi Slimane’s Fall ’13 Saint Laurent runway. Also at the Tonys, Sienna Miller glowed in a rose-petal pink strapless Burberry Prorsum Resort ’14 dress. And finally, there’s Sofia Coppola, who can seemingly do no wrong in her label of choice—Louis Vuitton. Embodying all the breathy girlishness exuded in her films, Coppola donned a flirty sequined take on a T-shirt dress to Gotham’s The Bling Ring premiere on Tuesday evening. Part sheer, part sequined, part frilled, the choice was effortless and warmly radiant.

Photos: Getty Images

A Night With The Psychopaths

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The film Seven Psychopaths is certainly a unique one—a neo-western, achingly funny comedy with about as much gore as the entire Hostel franchise. Director Martin McDonagh told Style.com at the film’s Cinema Society and Hugo Boss-hosted screening in New York last night, “I wanted to explore my love of American cinema and to question our fondness for violence and to question cinematic violence.” And how did he get such a strong ensemble cast? “I knew Colin Farrell from In Bruges. Sam Rockwell and Chris Walken and I did a play a few years ago, and Woody Harrelson I knew from ten years back from the bars of Dublin,” he said at the Chelsea Cinema as cast members including Rockwell, Walken, Michael Pitt, and Abbie Cornish (pictured) made their way down the red carpet. Castmate Amanda Warren revealed of the on-set experience, “They were all so funny, you knew when you were together on set you were going to get a real ab workout.”

Although knee-slapping gore fest Seven Psychopaths is certainly a conversation piece, with the general election just a few weeks away, politics were the topic of the evening at the No.8 after-party a few blocks away, where the cast members were joined by the likes of Gerard Butler, Mariska Hargitay, and Julian Schnabel. Scarlett Johansson, arm in arm with artist Domingo Zapata, received praise for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Thank you so much. I was scared,” she admitted. Blythe Danner, taking a break from canvassing in Pennsylvania to support her longtime friend Christopher Walken, sported a Vote for Obama pin. “I almost like politics better than acting,” said Danner.

Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com