Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt. PARIS--After an eight year hiatus, Atelier Versace returned to the Paris couture schedule Monday with an intimate presentation in a gallery at the Ecole des Beaux Arts that had been completely covered in gold. Ms. Versace could not have chosen a better moment to show her Atelier line--it's a moment when clients are investing in luxury clothes again across the globe, particularly in Asia and parts of South America (especially Brazil). It's also Versace's moment--this Atelier presentation on the heels of the brand's successful collaboration with H&M for the other end of the market. There were no seating arrangements and the small number of guests mingled with actresses Diane Kruger, Cameron Diaz, and Abbie Cornish. The actresses gathered around the supermodels were different manifestations of the Atelier’s collection--runway and real life.
The first stills from Madonna's directorial debut W.E. are out, courtesy of Grazia, and they are beautiful. W.E. stars Abbie Cornish as a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII (played by James D’Arcy) and his relationship with Wallis Simpson (played by Andrea Riseborough). The film will reportedly switch back and forth from the '30s to present day, highlighting parallels between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson's romance and a modern one.
Last season it was Miu Miu, specifically that one appliqued dress, that kept appearing on cover after cover. This season, Prada's spring 2011 is sweeping the glossy covers (though Dolce & Gabbana's spring collection is making a run for it, too). So far Prada's colorful stripey bananas collection has seen 48 covers 15 covers (that we've counted) and starred in countless editorials. That's over triple the number we initially tallied. Thanks to the good people at Prada for sending us their cover clips (and we didn't include men's or tabloid covers). Amanda Seyfried landed the cover of two major glossies for April--US Elle and Marie Claire UK--and wore Prada on both. Abbie Cornish is wearing the same green striped dress on the cover of Australian Harper's Bazaar that Seyfried is wearing on the cover of Marie Claire UK. If you needed any further convincing that Prada's spring collection is the cover star of the season, Anna Wintour herself is wearing Prada on the cover of WSJ. magazine. Are we leaving any out? And which cover do you like best? I still like Gisele's Vogue China cover--but now I think Avenuel is my fave. Which is yours?