more Starlets were colorful on the red carpet this past week and we liked it. Freida Pinto looked radiant in a rainbow print Michael Angel, while Emma
The black lace gown Gwen Stefani wore to the Cannes amfAR gala sparked quite a controversy earlier this week, when a "rep" for designer Michael Angel started a rumor that he, rather than the L.A.M.B. designer, deserved credit. A statement given to The Cut by Angel's alleged rep said that Stefani was discrediting Angel, who both helped her with the design and worked as a stylist. The information turned out misconstrued. Angel told FashionEtc. that the now-former employee spoke "without having full knowledge of the collaboration" and that Stefani designed the dress herself for the gala's auction. (The dress sold for $125,000.) He was fairly upset about the rumor, saying, "I'm disappointed that the focus has shifted away from what Gwen and I originally intended, which was to create a custom outfit for a great cause. We both were thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed the process."
In a city known for tourism, chic boutique hotels are a dime a dozen. Still, how many of them boast their very own Global Fashion Director? Last night, we hit the W Hotel in Times Square to toast the company’s new crop of Fashion Next designers. And for a hotel so well known for their contemporary aesthetic, the program seems to be a total no-brainer. “W’s passion is design,” explained Eva Ziegler, the hotel’s Global Brand Leader. “And this is just an extension of our point of view. We want to give these emerging designers a global platform.” This year’s crop of honorees—Mara Hoffman, Frank Tell, Mandy Coon, Tess Giberson, and Michael Angel—were in full celebration mode.
I spent Wednesday morning in a loft on Greene Street with the Bismarck Phillips girls, who were showing off resort collections for a few clients. They just happened to be three of the most impressive brands out there: Preen, SUNO, and Michael Angel. The cool thing about the visit was that the trio of collections really fit well together. I could see the same woman wearing each. Maybe not on the same day, but definitely throughout the same week.