July 13 2014

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4 posts tagged "Valentino Couture"

“Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video


Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Lady Gaga’s paint-smeared face, it’s back in the video for “Applause,” the first single to (officially) drop from the singer’s forthcoming album, Artpop. Fittingly, for the woman devoted to living her life as a live-action editorial shoot, the video was directed by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot Artpop‘s cover and Gaga’s four September V covers. “For me, it was one of the most memorable experiences that we’ve ever had,” Gaga’s stylist, Brandon Maxwell, told when asked about working with the photographers. Of course, the clothes—like an archival John Galliano gown accessorized with duct tape and safety-pin baubles by Mathieu Mirano, and Valentino Couture lingerie paired with Alaïa boots—added to the excitement.

“The concept was really, What would you do for the applause?” explained Maxwell. Donning a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown (which explodes around a black catsuit by Mila Schön) and a Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket (Gaga wears it atop a mirror-and-pin costume conceived by her sister, Natali Germanotta) seems a good place to start. However, Maxwell stressed that some of Gaga’s most memorable looks boast a DIY touch. “Nobody loves clothes and couture more than Gaga, but I think some of her most famous costumes are things that she made with her own two hands,” asserted the stylist. “So there are parts of the video that are incredible for fashion people—like, I was basically crying during that whole Galliano scene. But she has a huge fan base, and I like to choose pieces—whether they’re off the runway or made by us—that some of these kids can make at home.” This time around, those items included seashell pasties; a floating bikini bottom that Gaga’s in-house Renaissance man, Perry Meek, assembled from fresh flowers, glue, and string; and a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shaped to look as though two gloved hands are grasping Gaga’s breasts. The pop star also wears assemblage-style wings—fashioned from broken umbrella spokes—by L.A.-based Junker Designs. Continue Reading ““Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video” »

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Claire Danes, In The Pink?


Claire Danes hit Rome this week for the Roma Fiction Film Festival, where she picked up an award for her new film Temple Grandin. We’re not sure she’d win the same award for her Valentino Couture dress. The contrast pink and lavender paneling, especially with the bold shot of green, picks up on the color-block trend we’re seeing, and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s Couture collections for the house have been red-carpet staples, but Danes looks a little lost in her outfit. Or do you like her venture into edgier territory? What do you think—yea, nay, or eh?

Photo: Foto Jacopo / Splash News

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? SJP’S Spin Control


Yes, last night was the Sex and the City 2 premiere. (Read all about it here.) We’ll get to the movie, the madness, all the rest of it in due course. But first and foremost: What about Sarah Jessica Parker’s premiere gown, arguably the most eagerly anticipated dress of the year? We figured she’d go for Halston Heritage (not that she doesn’t wear enough of it in the film), but Parker opted instead for butter-yellow Valentino Couture, with enough volume and flounce (see her twirl, left; one’s got to admit it’s better than Liza’s) to keep even her alter ego Carrie happy. It’s a bold choice, but we think the Day-Glo stunner suits Sarah, especially paired with her loose, Veronica Lake chignon and armful of Leighton jewels. What do you think? Is this Sex done right?

Photo: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? When “Beige” Is A Compliment


OK, so this isn’t the most groundbreaking look from Jennifer Aniston, an actress not noted for groundbreaking looks. But we’re ready to salute her Fall ’09 Valentino couture frock at the premiere of The Bounty Hunter in Germany, just because it’s light-years ahead of the bright red Lacroix gown she opted for yesterday. Risks reward some actresses, but Aniston—hardly spotted in anything but black—looked lost in the strapless, billowing gown. We much prefer her in Valentino’s gathered, one-shoulder dress, a simple, elegant option for the latest stop in her worldwide publicity tour. What do you think? We’d say she’s wisely saying less rather than more, a strategy that should let the movie speak for itself. Whether that’s a good thing, of course, is also debatable.

Photo: Toni Passig / WireImage / Getty Images