For Bottega Veneta's Spring 2014 show, beauty was more about subtlety than over-the-top looks. Makeup was kept surprisingly minimal, focusing on soft pinks on both the cheeks and lips. Eyes had a glossy finish to them and were framed by bold brows. As for the hair, the focus was more on what wasn't happening. Simple, straight hair with a slight bend gave off a just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe. The overall look, including the clothing collection, was super sexy, yet attainable, for Spring.
If the concrete-colored runway didn't tell you that Bottega Veneta's Spring 2014 show was all about construction, the clothing certainly did. The pleated, sculpted, and draped fabrics in Tomas Maier's "modern exploration of material and volume" could stand among Milan's finest architecture!
Salma Hayek totally fit the part of fine-art patron, wearing a chic Bottega Veneta peplum dress to an event at Christie's in NYC. Her dress caught our eye first, but the power of great accessories really helped bring Salma's look to life. How did she do it? The actress jazzed up her neckline with a jeweled bib necklace, then added a metallic-purple woven Bottega Veneta clutch and metallic-gray peep-toe pumps for further shine. With Spring weather allowing for more skin-revealing styles come evening, we think this is the perfect example of night-out polish without too much effort. Start with an equally sleek peplum dress — here's one we love by Winter Kate ($155) — and just pile on the right accessories. Easy enough, right? Shop our editors' picks below.
- Bottega Veneta has commissioned artist Nancy Lorenz to create a series of decorative boxes, which will go on display at Milan's Salone del Mobile. The boxes cost €5,000, or $6,429 at current exchange. [Style.com]
- Want a piece from Dolce & Gabbana's couture collection? Break out the stationery — all communication for Alta Moda is done with handwritten notes. [Telegraph]
- JCPenney has tapped jewelry designers Lana Bramlette, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Kara Ross, among others, to participate in its new jewelry counter called Bijoux Bar. [Racked]
- Marie Claire Mexico editor in chief Adriadne Grant has a transparent tip to success: "If you want the job, you have to be really clear of what you want," she said. "A lot of people come to me and say they really want to work at Marie Claire. OK, why?" [Daily Front Row]
The Croods cast just kicked off their promotional tour, and so far, it's looking like a stylish one thanks to Emma Stone and an appearance from Blake Lively. Emma hit the red carpet in NYC wearing a strapless black dress from Lanvin's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. We love how the oversize bow detail adds a whimsical touch to her look — she earned extra points for styling her dress with a chic white tee and floral statement necklace. Meanwhile, Blake showed support for Ryan Reynolds in a futuristic, formfitting burgundy dress — fresh off Marios Schwab’s Fall 2013 runway — featuring a structured plastic bodice. For her finishing touch, Lively accessorized with a pair of bright white Bottega Veneta pumps and a loose ponytail. Now, it's your turn to weigh in: out of the two stunning, leg-baring looks, which blond beauty gets your best-dressed vote?
Thomas Maier is running a business. His Fall 2013 show for Bottega, a refined collection of wearable, salable, but undeniably interesting clothing, took its cues from '40s style and architectural construction. His penchant for artistic gestures was apparent from the word go, when Raquel Zimmerman opened the show in a black crepe coat festooned with ruffles along the shoulder, but he dialed those impulses back for most of the pieces. Most of them were pure elegance: a strong-shouldered dress in ochre fell into pleats that created a drop-waist effect, while a white shift dripping in blue beading (worn by Joan Smalls) looked as confident as it was sparkly. It's garments like these, that so seamlessly blend art and commerce, that have turned Bottega Veneta into a billion-dollar business. Who can resist them?
Maybe it was the waves, or the bold brows and strong lips, but in every look coming down the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall 2013, you could see a little Katharine Hepburn — that brand of elegance and confidence. It also had something to do with the dresses and coats — a lineup that bore a little resemblance to '40s femininity with bold shoulders on modest dresses cut to the knee; a rich red, brown, black, and golden-yellow palette; and lace-up oxford-style heels to complete the looks. Otherwise, there are probably not too many other similarities to be made in the collection; there's more attention to structure — more modern proportional play in cocoon coats or dresses with architectural ruffles sculpted from the waist down. Working primarily in satin and silk, with only touches of leather, Tomas Maier puts the focus on movement — the artistry is in the construction, the fold of fabric, the way the garment moves. Only sometimes is the art something more obvious, like the abstract patterns and embellishment applied to the line's cream-colored sheaths.
From sweet shorts suits to funky mixed-print pairings, Solange Knowles is known for her colorful, envelope-pushing style. At the season two premiere of Girls, the trendsetter turned heads in a geometric-print Just Cavalli suit, black-and-white Bottega Veneta sandals ($525), and a coordinating colorful clutch. As if her print-on-print ensemble wasn't killer enough, she upped the glam factor with a berry lip and her signature luscious locks. If you love Solange's latest statement-making style as much as we do, shop our printed picks, including her exact sandals, below.
Those stories and more — here, in our daily news roundup.
- Amanda Brooks, we missed you. The former Barneys fashion director has resurfaced, sort of. She appears as one of the models in Bottega Veneta's new jewelry catalog, shot by Patrick Demarchelier. [The Cut]
- Waris Ahluwalia's entertaining "Love and Waris" column has also resurfaced. This edition's topics: the secret to spiritual happiness, improving one's memory, and disappointing birthday presents. [Style.com]
- Chris Brown may soon be the next It model. The singer has signed a contract with Wilhelmina International. [Fashionista]
- Karlie Kloss isn't the only one who has decided to change her hair. Lana Del Rey has debuted a banging new 'do. [Elle UK]
- Carmen Borgonovo, senior fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, is the most recent editor to make the move to retail; Borgonovo has been named fashion director at My-Wardrobe.com. [Vogue UK]
- Speaking of editor moves, Kate Lanphear might be leaving Elle. [Fashionista]
- Moda Operandi will soon offer in-season pieces in addition to its popular trunk shows. [Fashionista]
- Louis Vuitton now does stationery. [WWD]
- Elie Tahari, who spent his childhood in orphanages, was honored by the Worldwide Orphan's Foundation. [Vogue UK]
Last night was the famous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and while the runway festivities looked super fun, we're more interested in what the models wore post catwalk. In particular, we love the way Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr, and Lily Donaldson rocked unique little black dresses. Cara exuded edgy glam, Miranda was nothing but sexy, and Lily mixed rough with soft. If you need some inspiration on how to breathe life into your black dresses, get a closer look at these VS beauties, then shop their looks — including Lily's exact dress! — for yourself.