We’ve become huge fans of the Hollywood Reporter over the last few months, mostly due to Janice Min’s excellent makeover of the trade publication. Staffer Merle Ginsberg navigates the LA fashion scene with an entertaining mix of gossip, insider news, and general knowledge that is not only rare for the West Coast, but rare for fashion writing in general.
So we were thrilled to see Ginsberg’s list of the 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood covering this week’s issue. Rachel Zoe obviously ranks number one, with names like Nicole Chavez, Annabel Tollman, Brad Goreski, Leslie Fremar, and Kate Young rounding it out. See the full list below, and read the Zoe cover story here.
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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.
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Karl Lagerfeld Gets Sporty:The Kaiser’s second guest collection for Hogan is a sporty and urban line of RTW, shoes, and accessories that will debut during Paris Fashion Week. WWD, subscription required.
Julianne Moore Helps Reinvent Talbots: The actress stars in Talbots’ Spring 2011 ad campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and the clothes actually look kind of cool. People StyleWatch
Bargain vs. Vuitton in Japan: Unlike the generation before them, the country’s younger set is choosing fast fashion over labels. WWD, subscription required.
Kate Spade Goes Viral: The New York based brand commissioned music video director Kinga Burza to create an adorable short film about a girl, a boy, and Spade’s colorful spring collection. Style.com
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As we gear up to awards seasons, with the first major red carpet event, the Golden Globes, coming up this Sunday, W has put out a timely spread they’re calling “Best Performances.” “The most remarkable moments in film this past year weren’t 3-D action sequences but characters so real they hurt. Here, the actors who made us believe,” the subhed reads. True to the title, the spread, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin features all the most buzzed about actors from the past year including: Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis from Black Swan, Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo from The Kids Are All Right, Jonah Hill, the Fanning sisters, Michael Douglas etc.,–it’s an impressive assemblage of major A-listers.
Beyond the impressive celeb line-up, the most striking thing about this spread is the styling by Melanie Ward. What have they done to Mark Ruffalo? I’m a big Mark Ruffalo fan (I mean, You Can Count on Me?) and I would be hard pressed to ever find his appearance laughable but that’s all I can do when I look at his portrait in W. Why the technicolor dreamcoat? Why topless with his hand extended back over his head as if to say, “Ole!” but in an intense seductive kind of way? Why the weird sunset backdrop?
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Dlisted‘s Michael K says it best when he calls this spread “a gallery of glorious WTFness.” After Ruffalo, Jonah Hill’s over-serious portrait, fist on face, deep in thought, wearing a vintage YSL cape elicits some giggles as well. Julianne Moore is screaming in her portrait. And Michael Douglas is eating baby’s breath.
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