Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss turned up the drama in a floral-print Dolce & Gabbana strapless on tonight's red carpet. But it wasn't just the dramatic print that caught our attention; the look took a sexier turn, thanks to the gown's attention-getting sculptural neckline and asymmetrical hemline that revealed a look at the actress's stems. Add to that the ruched waistline and vampy pointed-toe pumps, and it was an all-around sultry appearance from Elisabeth, who finished the look with a few sparkling add-ons, like an armful of diamond bracelets and a pearl-embellished clutch in hand. Thoughts?Vote on all of our Emmys polls here!
If the scarf prints and bold umbrella stripes weren't enough to tip you off, surely the burlap sacks made into t-shirt dresses and printed with "Sicilia" across the chest were obvious indication that Dolce & Gabbana looked to Sicily to inspire their Spring '13 vision. In a collection that sought to capture Sicilian culture in its every piece, the inspiration that delivered the most literal results were the scarf prints, headscarves, tasseled earrings, and stripes that conjured images of the Mediterranean beaches and the striped umbrellas lining the sand (if you're plotting a getaway to the area, you now have the dresses to match your beach accessories). Of course, in large part, it's the styling here — the multicolored handbags and platforms, the scarves, and the oversize earrings — that turn the collection into more of a caricature. We suspect that if you stripped the stripes of their add-ons, you'd strip them of any over-the-top references, too. As for the scarf prints, silky peasant dresses, and high-impact minis, there's not much that can be done to temper the stuff — they call for an equally bold personality to pull them off; we suggest Anna Dello Russo.
- Trends: Stripes, scarf prints, floral appliqués, crochet, brocade, and lace.
- Colors: Black, white, yellow, red, khaki, blue, and green.
- Key Piece: The striped dresses and separates are certainly the most wearable of the bunch.
- Accessories: Headscarves, oversize beaded earrings, and multicolored platforms, flats, T-strap heels, and embellished bags.
- Who Should Wear It: We could see Diane Kruger in the stripes and Anna Dello Russo in the tasseled embellished minidresses.
Spring 2013 had Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce looking once again to their homeland of Sicily. But whereas last season was all romance and religion in the form of gilded embroidery and black lace, this time around the duo went cheery and bright with an ode to the island's vibrant street markets, puppet theaters, and beachy holidays in the sun. And just like any good vacation abroad, there was plenty here for the eye to take in: street-scene prints in saturated primary hues, beaded embroidery, raffia basket weave, still-life florals, tassels, and folksy appliqué. The adornments came affixed to nearly everything, from easy-wearing shifts, shorts, and t-shirt tops to more elaborate pieces like frothy dresses, basket skirts, and corsets. But the collection's real standouts were the multitude of boldly striped dresses, '50s-style shorts sets, and tunics in graphic lines of black, orange, green, or blue against crisp white. They served as a nice anchor to all the chaotic charm.
Kirsten Dunst promoted her new flick Bachelorette in NYC in a retro black-and-white-striped knee-length Dolce & Gabbana dress and black satin pumps. But what really took her outfit to sassy heights were dramatic Tom Ford black cat-eye sunglasses ($360) and her bright-yellow belt. Kirsten's look is totally appropriate for the office as well as a luncheon, so take your striped dress to spunky territories by cinching it with a bold belt. Get Kirsten's exact look by shopping similar pieces below. For a striped dress that won't break your bank, look no further than this Old Navy striped dress ($25).
Jessica Alba has a brand-new Summer bag and the lucky winner is Dolce & Gabbana's coral crossbody bag from its Miss Sicily collection. She was first spotted wearing it over a plaid dress and gray sunglasses, then she carried it with a printed Zadig & Voltaire tank and jeans while spending time with her family in LA. If you've been looking for a colorful bag to brighten up your Summer wear, consider Jessica's Dolce & Gabbana purse, retailing for $1,675 in stores. Check the site's store locator to inquire about its availability or get this similar but less-expensive Marc by Marc Jacobs coral crossbody bag ($428).
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Stella McCartney will introduce a collection of lingerie next month made of organic cotton and recycled metal (for the rings on the bra straps). "Feeling constricted by one's underwear just isn't my thing; you need to rely on the quality," she said. Bras will cost $55, and panties will go for $26. [T Magazine]
- Dolce & Gabbana's debut showing of couture — or, more appropriately, Alta Moda — was so intense that several people actually fainted during the festivities surrounding it. [The Cut]
- Now that couture week is over, Karlie Kloss is looking forward to a family trip to Denmark. "That's where my grandparents are originally from, and I just booked for the entire family. We're meeting relatives we never met," she said. [Page Six]
- Jason Wu dispensed a piece of advice to aspiring young designers during a breakfast talk this week that everyone should follow. "Sometimes you just need a good night of sleep," he said. [WWD]
- Chloe Sevigny says she has trouble getting designers to lend her dresses. "Aren't I one of the top searches on Style.com, for crying out loud?" she said jokingly in a recent interview. "How hard is it to get a f*cking dress from Valentino?" [Out]
- APC partnered with Nike to refresh its classic Dunk and Air Max sneakers. The reissued shoes will be available in APC stores and online at the end of August. [Refinery29]
- Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender are on the cover of the August issue of W magazine. [Design Scene]
- Banana Republic partnered with Virgin America to outfit the airline's 1,200 flight attendants with new uniforms in a palette of gray, black, and orange. The uniforms will debut on Aug. 8, and travelers will be able to purchase pieces inspired by the uniforms during their flights. [Fashionologie Inbox]
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will dip their toes into couture when they present a small, custom collection in Taormina, Sicily on July 9. Most of the show's attendees will be clients, and reportedly only three unspecified media outlets — none of them American — are on the invitation list.
If rumors are to be believed, this presentation is a test that will allow Dolce & Gabbana to determine whether adding a Couture collection to its repertoire is a good business decision. A source inside the house said the designers had been interested in the "artistic challenge" of couture for some time.
Photo: The finale of Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2012 show.
After a whirlwind circuit promoting her new movie Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart is now at the Cannes Film Festival, and made a very stylish first appearance in the South of France. Kristen tried out Spring's printed pants trend, choosing a pair of primary colored, statement pants by Balenciaga. She kept the rest of her outfit simple with a tailored blazer, white tank top, and classic black heels, while alongside Kirsten Dunst, who looked lovely in white. Watch today's Fab Flash for all the details. On Allison McNamara: Topshop blazer, H&M top, Lia Sophia necklace.
- Heidi Klum has been spotted in public with Thomas Hayo, an advertising executive who's also a judge on Germany's Next Top Model, which Klum hosts. Their public displays of affection have led some to believe Hayo is Klum's first romantic entanglement since splitting up with Seal. Klum and Seal had been married for almost seven years when they separated in January. Klum filed for divorce earlier this month. [The Fashion Spot]
- Speaking of Top Model, Tyra Banks let three of ANTM's long-running cast members go this week. Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and Miss J. Alexander will not return to the show's 19th season. They've been replaced by Kelly Cutrone, Georgina Chapman, and Cat Deeley. Rumor has it that Bryanboy might make appearances on the next season, too. [Modelinia]
- Friday was day one of Vogue UK's inaugural Vogue Festival. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana led one of today's sessions, but tomorrow will include talks with Diane von Furstenberg and Tom Ford, among others. Alexandra Shulman said she created the festival because she wanted to "analyze where fashion intersects with the world we live in." [The Chicago Tribune]
- Costello Tagliapietra debuted its new lower-priced line of clothing, called C&T, at Barneys earlier this week. The dresses are all priced around $300, a mere fraction of what the main collection costs. [Racked]
- Miranda Kerr turned 29 years old today. Celebrate by taking a look back at her laid-back, ultracool street style. [CelebStyle]
Photo: Heidi Klum with Thomas Hayo during the finale of Germany's Next Top Model in 2011.
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- Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have filed suit against the South African boutique Dolce & Banana, saying that the store's name "makes a mockery of the well-known trademark, Dolce & Gabbana." The store's owner has since changed her shop's name to " . . . & Banana," but the Italian fashion house is still trying to get her to pay its legal fees. [The Cut]
- Instagram has a new rival in Trendabl, a new photo-sharing app for the iPhone that's focused specifically on the fashion set. Trendabl allows users to take pictures and put interesting filters over them, but users can also tag brands and specific products in the photo, which makes the experience shoppable. Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, and Brad Goreski have already set up accounts. Will you? [The Fashion Spot]
- Remember this day — the choker has officially made its return as a statement accessory. Look no further than the necks of women like Rihanna and Olivia Wilde (and the product assortments of Ralph Lauren, Dannijo, and Lanvin) for proof. [Stylelist]