At this point, it’s common knowledge for those who have been following Rooney Mara’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo transformation that the film role as left a bit of a permanent mark on her personal style. In addition to holding onto to the short bangs and nipple ring, she recently told Allure that she “used to wear a lot of girly, frilly things” and now “buys things that are more comfortable, and more utilitarian, and sort of boyish.”
While not exactly boyish, her red carpet and promotional appearance looks have all been thoughtful, with a gothic vibe and a little severe. The Prabal Gurung, Givenchy couture, Roksanda Illincic, YSL and Rodarte pieces we’ve seen her in have felt Lisbeth-appropriate, in a more formal, fashion-y way. For some reason, she also seems very committed to revealing the sides of her torso in every dress. The result has been stunning and captivating every time and keeps us wanting more.
Fellow citizens of the United States: it’s finally happened. The royal couple is here! Kate and William left Canada yesterday afternoon after a quick stop at the ENMAX Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park. She wore a scarlet Catherine Walker “Marianne” coat dress, made of lightweight wool with a full skirt. Kate accessorized with the Queen’s diamond maple leaf brooch (also seen on her now infamous “Canada Day” outfit.) And the shoes? You guessed it! Nude LK Bennett platform pumps–the style is called the Sledge2 in case you’re interested in tracking some down.
Predicting what the nominees will wear to the Oscars is trickier than picking the winners.
There are probably over 100 amazing Oscar-worthy dresses that walk the runway each season, but the reality is that most celebs would rather stick with a safe choice than a fashion forward one. This year, however, the nominees have a better fashion history than most. Nicole Kidman has turned heads in Galliano and Balenciaga, Michelle Williams favors the up-and-coming crowd, and Hailee Steinfeld is not afraid to take a daring risk, be it in Prada or Prabal.
Click through to see what I hope the nominees are wearing this Sunday.
LONDON–Roksanda Ilincic‘s Fall 2011 collection was interesting. Part of it–the dark lips, the silver satin–reminded me of Gwyneth Paltrow circa 1996. Another part–the loose waves, the column dresses in odd colors like tangerine and royal blue–reminded me of 1940s Hollywood. Despite its glossy facade, I was a bit befuddled by it all. And not necessarily in a bad way. Ilincic is quite obviously designing for herself, not around what people expect from her. Is that the makings of a great designer? I think…maybe.
LONDON–Fashion East, the London launchpad for raw young talent, celebrated its 10th year with the launch of a 10-piece range under new label Lulu & Co. Each look, some of which were only seen on the runway–never in stores–were handpicked by Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy from the archives of alum like Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders and Henry Holland.
To mark the occasion, the East End fashion pack brought the party West to Harvey Nichols in London’s posh Knightsbridge neighborhood for a Mexican-themed disco replete with fish tacos, hibiscus margaritas, and wonderfully kitsch gold palm trees. Everyone from Roisin Murphy and Pixie Geldof to supermodel/presenter Jade Parfitt spun around in their favorite pieces from the range, while a tagteam set was DJ’d by Princess Julia, House of Holland and Hazel. We nabbed the ageless fairy godmother of London fashion, Lulu Kennedy, dressed in a fiery organza gown by Jonathan Saunders, to talk disco and a decade of designers.
Lulu Kennedy might not be a fashion household name here in the States, but if you’re part of the industry in London, she’s somewhat of a demigoddess. The founder of Fashion East launched the careers of some of the UK’s most beloved designers, from Richard Nicoll to Jonathan Saunders.
Now Kennedy has teamed up with several of those clothiers to create Lulu & Co, a caspule collection that hits stores on Thursday. (Specifically Matchesfashion.com, Harvey Nichols, Colette and Restir Tokyo.)
The launch includes dresses from 10 designers, and we want them all. Click through to pick your favorite.