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April 16 2014

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3 posts tagged "Zhang Ziyi"

Runway to Red Carpet: Forever Floral

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Emmy Rossum , Zhang Ziyi, and Mindy Kaling

This week, celebs hit the red carpet in a veritable bouquet of floral off-the-runway wares. As we were merrymaking Stateside, Zhang Ziyi arrived at Le Grand Bal de la Comédie-Française in Paris on July 4 wearing some brand-new Giambattista Valli Fall ’13 Couture. The gown—mermaid-finned and pontifically white, thanks to the designer’s porcelain-inspired theme—boasted dainty forget-me-nots cascading downward. Also on Independence Day, Mindy Kaling went to Guy Oseary’s Fourth of July party in Los Angeles wearing a floral-blocked take on a Marc Jacobs Resort ’13 dress.

On Tuesday in New York, Blake Lively headed to the premiere of hubby Ryan Reynolds’ new film,Turbo, donning a crystal-covered skirt from Burberry Prorsum Resort ’14. While not technically flora, the embellishments’ effect was one of dense, twinkling petals. The same day in L.A., Diane Kruger arrived at Jimmy Kimmel Live! sporting Emanuel Ungaro Resort ’14. The Fausto Puglisi-designed outfit featured little white daisies on a pastel-banded, black silk skirt.

On Wednesday, Emmy Rossum wore a Carolina Herrera Resort ’14 number with aplomb to Persol’s “Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film” opening in Queens. The skirt’s big cobalt petals were accented by a skinny vermillion-bowed band across the waist, which the Shameless star further highlighted with a scarlet CH Carolina Herrera clutch.

Photos: Getty Images

Runway to Red Carpet: Queens of Contrast

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Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung, Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera,  and Milla Jovovich in Saint Laurent

Over the course of a particularly international week for flashbulb fashion, megawatt personalities turned up the world over in sophisticated, high-contrast (and high-impact) ensembles, each of which stood out against carpets red and step-and-repeats a-branded.

On Sunday, Taylor Swift arrived at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Los Angeles wearing an Hervé Léger by Max Azria Pre-Fall ’13—you guessed it—bandage dress. The peppy songstress accented her cage-like ribbing with a pair of strappy Christian Louboutin sandals.

Things picked up on Tuesday in Paris, where Milla Jovovich sported a Saint Laurent Spring ’13 pewter-sequined column dress and dramatic black chiffon cape (naturally, she looked lovely, but we kind of wish she had topped it all off with the flat-brim Hedi Slimane showed on the catwalk). What occasion could warrant such a theatrical outfit, you might wonder? It was for the Liaisons au Louvre III charity dinner—yes, the same dinner where Diana Ross took the stage. The chanteuse, however, opted for a fittingly fiery red gown. Jetting far east to Beijing, Zhang Ziyi attended the unveiling of Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket” exhibition wearing a simple blouse-and-bloomer combo from the house’s Scottish Pre-Fall ’13 collection. And looping back to the City of Light, funny gal Kristen Wiig attended the opening of her latest flick, Imogene, wrapped in a graphic, artfully draped Prabal Gurung dress—a twist on the techniques used in the designer’s cut-and-curved Fall ’13 military spectacular.

Lastly, Wednesday saw the industry’s highest-profile champion—Michelle Obama—hot-footing in a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall ’13 number at a dinner in Berlin in honor of her husband. Noirish navy and silvery white whorls complemented the dress’ nipped waist, tulip flare, and ladylike shoulder-bows—FLOTUS appeared as turned out as ever.

Photos: Getty Images

Moschino Courts Shanghai

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Du Juan in Moschino's opening Resort '14 look; Massimo Ferretti, Zhang Ziyi, and designer Rossella Jardini

It was Moschino’s first attempt at wooing the Shanghai fashion set down at South Bund’s artificial beach last night. A huge black tent was the backdrop for an evening of classic Moschino looks, including the brand’s Resort ’14 show, the men’s Spring ’14 collection, and a trip down memory lane to revisit the Moschino archives.

The show opened with Chinese supermodel Du Juan sporting a white coatdress with a front vertical flounce from the neck to the hem. Her ensemble was topped with a Chinese hat from Northern Song Dynasty, reserved for the traditional judges (above, left). Moschino was saying it loud and clear, “China, here I come.”

Actress Zhang Ziyi (above, center) sat front row as the show opened with some graphic, ladylike looks that had a trompe l’oeil effect. The color red was omnipresent throughout the collection, as were bouquets of vivid floral-print dresses coupled with gold platform sandals and heavy bangles. The men’s range was equally upbeat, boasting preppy wares, again with lots of red. An electrifying lightning-bolt print gave the tailoring a punch. The finale was packed with some of Moschino’s most memorable runway moments, like beaded matadors, sensual gypsies, heavy embellished eighties party dresses, gold metallic fringed coats, and chained bolero jackets. It was great to see all the pieces again, and to remember the legacy left behind by the late founder, Franco Moschino.

Models Emma Pei and Wang Zhu Xiao Yin; and Du Juan & Zhao Lei at the Moschino party in Shanghai

After the show, guests poured out on to the beach. Pink and red hearts filled the pool, and partygoers relaxed on the Balinese-style daybeds, which were swathed in long white curtains. The DJ pumped dance music while the champagne flowed and the fashion pack welcomed yet another house to their beloved city of the Orient, Shanghai.

Photos: Courtesy of Moschino