Archive for September, 2010

On the AROP(Association pour le rayonnement de l’Opera national de Paris) 30th Anniversary Gala, Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the Opera National de Paris with a Metiers d’Art limited edition to be unveiled on November 20, 2010.

Vacheron Constantin has become an official sponsor of the Opera National de Paris since 2007,firm commitment to the cultural field and its wish to become a full-fledged sponsor.Vacheron Constantin donated a genuine work of art installed in the atrium of the Opera Bastille-The monumental clock christened “Laudator Temporis”

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Alessandra Ambrosio may model the girliest lingerie on the runway, but this model’s street style is actually rather edgy. She tends to opt for laid back, darker looks which is why it was such a pleasure to see her at the amfAR benefit in this decidedly feminine Dolce & Gabbana frock.

The black lace strapless dress featured a full skirt and nipped waist with a petticoat for added volume. Paired with satin pumps and a loose updo, Alessandra’s frock ensured she was the belle of the ball-slash-charity event.

Dear Alessandra, keep up the girly frocks, you look fab!

In June, Amber Lancaster hit the MTV Movie Awards in a flattering asymmetrical dress by designer Elaine Kim. The model and actress looked radiant—and rather tan—in bronze strappy sandals, with her long light brown hair styled in a on-trend center part.

In August, The Hills‘ Lauren Bosworth chose the same “Camellia” dress to attend Virgin America’s Official Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) After Party in West Hollywood. She opted to show off the mink-hued dress’ unique neckline by styling her hair in a breezy-looking updo. She paired the look with a beige clutch and glittering strappy sandals.

MIUCCIA PRADA is introducing new “country of origin” labels to her designs – taking into account where exactly the garment has been manufactured and from where it has been inspired.

“It’s taking away the hypocrisy,” explains Prada of the idea which will work to recognise that although 85 per cent of the brand’s goods are made in Italian factories, tapping into international artisans is not something to be ashamed of. So, a dress featuring Chikan embroidery, specific to Muslim India, will be labelled “Prada Milano, Made in India”.

“It’s something I have been thinking about for a long time and there are many different aspects. ‘Made in Italy’ – who cares? It’s not a brand strength if you have to defend your work. Mine is a political statement and it comes from a personal appreciation of originality. You have to embrace the world if you want to live in it now,” she tells the International Herald Tribune.

The first results can be seen in the following projects: “PRADA Made in Scotland”, a collection of tartan wool kilts from the original workshops that specialise in centuries-old manufacturing and weave techniques; “PRADA Made in India”, a collection of entirely handmade garments from the workshops that specialise in the aforementioned Chikan; “PRADA Made in Japan”, a collection of jeans produced by Dova denim manufacturer; and “PRADA Made in Peru”, a collection of alpaca wool knitwear using artisanal techniques.  

Prada’s new move takes the opposite approach to a new law designed to set exact guidelines as to what “Made in Italy” constitutes – currently the entire garment or just part of it.

Carven designer Guillaume Henry has a lot on his plate, what with making the house of Carven relevant for the twenty-first century with a streamlined, sleek aesthetic and scouting for a boutique to reflect his vision (he’s not talking, but expect a new shopping address by next season). Soon, Henry will also add a beefed-up beauty presence to his jam-packed schedule. Despite a natural and unfussy preference when it comes to makeup, as evidenced by the pared-down, glowing skin and neutral lids and lips at his Spring presentation this morning, Henry’s eyes light up when it comes to talking fragrance, which might explain this next piece of news: Carven will release a signature scent next year under Henry’s art direction. While there is a scarcity of actual samples to speak of, the house does own viable fragrance archives, so it seems Henry is leaning toward a modernized revival rather than a brand-new juice. Let the guessing games begin.

When Roberto Cavalli opened the doors of his first store in Saint-Tropez four decades ago, as Tim Blanks writes, “it wasn’t much more than a fishing village.” Times have changed—to say the least—but Cavalli has kept on, outfitting generations of jet-set socials in all the feathers, ruffles, python, leather, and leopard print they could handle. (And as it turns out, they could handle a lot.) To celebrate his 40 years in the business, the designer is putting out Roberto Cavalli, a collection of images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, of some of the world’s most beautiful women in his clothes. (Lara Stone, left, Carolyn Murphy, Sasha Pivovarova, and Sigrid Agren are just a few of the ladies represented.) On the eve of the book’s publication and his 40th anniversary bash in Paris, Cavalli checked in with to talk stars and style. And keep reading below for our exclusive slideshow of images from the book.

—Matthew Schneier


You’re celebrating your 40th anniversary in fashion. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in fashion over that time?
With the invention of technology and the Internet, everything has become much more instantaneous now, which is exciting. I love that no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to a computer, you have access to fashion, an area that was previously very closed off. Now, we have a rapidly growing Facebook page and a new e-commerce site, which is doing extremely well.

The book is full of fabulous women who’ve worn your creations. Do you have one who is a particular favorite, whom you love to dress?
I have so many friends, clients, and fans that I love to see in my clothing, but just this week I have had the pleasure of dressing Heidi Klum, Leona Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Rachel Bilson while they are in Milan and Paris. They all looked stunning.

Are there any women you haven’t yet dressed that you’d like to?
I don’t think the world will ever run out of beautiful women that I want to dress!

The entire book was shot by Mert & Marcus. What do you like best about collaborating with them in particular?

Mert & Marcus do incredible work and I’m always impressed by how they can capture beauty, energy, and passion. What I liked most about working with them was the confidence in knowing that the final product would turn out fantastic, which it has.

Forty years in business—no mean feat. What do you hope to do in your next 40 years in fashion?
I hope to have another 40 just as wild and exciting as the past. I want the Roberto Cavalli name to live on and continue to ride the wave of success.


Sad news from the world of cinema: Director Arthur Penn has died at the age of 88. Penn made a number of intriguing, always smart movies, but none more sensational—or with more lasting impact—than 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. The flick’s unstinting violence (the final scene is still a stomach-turner even in the era of Saw VI) is jarringly and deliberately juxtaposed with its beauty and style—personified, of course, by its young star, Faye Dunaway (as Bonnie Parker, left). Penn and Dunaway—along with director of photography Burnett Guffey and costume designer Theadora Van Runkle—not only changed the course of movies but had a lasting influence on fashion (one that continues right through to our current obsession with camel). Penn didn’t necessarily talk a lot about that aspect of his legacy, but style ran in his family. His older brother, who died last year, was the photographer Irving Penn. Clearly they both had an irreplaceable knack for creating iconic images.

Future Stella

Fashion is having a love affair with the nineties, and the tryst isn’t only in design. Everywhere you look—in editorials, luxury campaigns, and on the runways—familiar faces abound: There’s Kristen McMenamy, Naomi Campbell, and, taking hosting duties last night at Saks, Stella Tennant. “I’m definitely busier now than I was,” Tennant admitted at the celebratory cocktail fête to launch Krakoff’s collection at the store. “It’s worked out better, actually. My kids are that much older and I feel like I can be away from them a bit more,” the mother of four said.

Admittedly, the 39-year-old has had a steady career of campaign hits, even posing for Burberry while seven months pregnant. But she’s been on a hot streak as of late, and Krakoff in particular has been a big supporter: He tapped Tennant to open his Spring ‘11 show. “It’s nice that we’re representing people hitting their forties,” Tennant went on. “I like that fashion would be eclectic with age, or with ethnicity, style, and shape.” (Though, for the record, she’s still whippet-thin.) The balanced viewpoint wasn’t lost on Krakoff, who chose the Scottish stunner for his Fall 2010 lookbook shoot, too. “I like the idea of a woman who has a family, traveled, had a real life,” the designer explained. “I really identify with that.”

Origami Fashion

ISSEY MIYAKE has come up with a new fashion line called 132 5, based on the idea of origami and sustainability.

The number 1 of the collection’s name refers to the single piece of cloth used to make each piece, 3 for its three-dimensional shape, 2 to the fact it can be folded into 2D and 5 to the idea that each garment can be worn in multiple ways.

“I realised I wanted to make clothing which was as universal as jeans and T-shirts,” Miyake tells the Financial Times.

The line is, as Miyake says, created for “practical, active women who don’t take two hours to do their make-up”.

Each garment, developed by computer scientist Jun Mitani, is created from intricately folded cloth in sustainable recycled polyester fabrics. The pieces come in 2D form, that when lifted, take a 3D shape in origami-style skirts, dresses and trousers.

The new film The Town was premiered at Boston’s storied Fenway Park by Ben Affleck.He was wearing a Calibre de Cartier in stainless steel with white dial.Affleck’s crime thriller is set in Boston,and Fenway is his favorite ball park,so the non-traditional premier location makes sense.

In the film The Town Affleck leads a gang of bank robbers.They haven’t been caught yet, but Affleck knows their luck will eventually run out.He’s looking for one last big score so he can find a new future.His romantic interest in a bank manager he took hostage adds another complication.

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