The Great Gatsby world premiere took place in New York City last evening, and Baz Luhrmann's cast came out to celebrate. Carey Mulligan stood out in a bold red Lanvin look that's in-line with her minimalist approach to red carpet dressing. In the movie, Carey wore a bevy of decadent '20s-inspired Prada gowns along with loads of diamonds and pearls, and she told us that she was nervous wearing it all — she even broke her pearls a few times! For all the style scoop from the Gatsby premiere, watch today's Fashion Flash. On Allison: Rebecca Taylor jacket, Zara top.
Before Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz had even toyed with the idea of collaborating with a cosmetics brand, his fate was sealed. "I knew that eventually Alber would work with a cosmetics company, and so I told him, 'If you do something with someone else, I will kill you,'" Lancome president Youcef S. Nabi, who is a close friend of Elbaz, told W magazine with a laugh. "I really wasn't kidding."
And because of Nabi's persistence, the beauty world will welcome Elbaz's ultra-luxe quad of mascaras on June 15. "Eyes are so important to me," Elbaz said. "When I think of cosmetics, I think of eyes. For Lancome, I wanted to do something funny and a little handmade." Building from these ideas, Elbaz created whimsical cartoon packaging for four of Lancome's mascaras: hearts for Hypnose Doll Lashes, blue stars for Hypnose Star, pink polka dots for Hypnose Drama, and big doe eyes for the classic Définicils. "I'm hoping women will collect all four," Nabi said.
Beyond the line of mascaras, Elbaz is slated to conjure up a set of eye shadow boxes but has no far-reaching plans with Lancome. "We'll do this project and see how it works," Elbaz said. The designer is hesitant about expanding and diluting his brand, which explains why he has never designed a secondary, less expensive line. Partnerships are also a rare affair; he never collaborates unless it makes creative sense.
His collaboration with Lancome, however, will no doubt further prove his love affair with women. "I adore women," said Elbaz, who also appreciates that being a woman today isn't always easy. "Women try to be the best everywhere, and it's impossible. I want my clothes to give women the freedom to just be — I want them to put on my dresses and shine." C'est parfait, non?
We're suckers for ultrafeminine takes on menswear, and these latest tuxedo looks couldn't have come at a better time than wedding season. Here's why. For those who prefer not to wear a dress — and the dress code calls for something formal — actresses Rebecca Hall's and Carey Mulligan's borrowed-from-the-boys ensembles have got you covered. If you're into Rebecca's plunging Lanvin jumpsuit, which she wore for the Iron Man 3 London premiere, you can take the romper route — here's an affordable option from the Kate Young for Target collection ($80) — then jazz it up a with box clutch and ankle-strap sandals. Or you can follow suit on Carey's Victoria Beckham tuxedo cape look by sporting a tuxedo vest or blazer (with nothing underneath!), then matching it up with cropped tuxedo pants and T-strap pumps. Of course, don't forget to add sparkly baubles and a red lip to give your menswear-inspired ensemble a sexy, albeit polished, finish. Now all you have to do to get started is shop our chicest tuxedo pieces below.
When faced with a sea of save-the-dates, don't panic. Take a deep breath and repeat after us: this is the perfect wear-to-any-wedding dress. Thanks to a slightly skin-baring cut, breezy silhouette, and floor-length hemline, you might as well consider the silk maxi dress your solution to any wedding guest dress code. The right jewels, evening sandals, and minaudière give it a back-tie twist; with a pair of metallic sandals and beachy waves, you're dressed for a best friend's casual seaside nuptials. We've handpicked 16 of the best dresses on the market — all you have to do is click through to shop and start envisioning how you'll style them for any number of your wedding season obligations.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on April 4, and we couldn't think of a better way to honor the power couple than to spotlight their most stylish moments together. Whether they're sitting courtside at a basketball game, strolling the streets of Paris, vacationing on a yacht off the Mediterranean coast, or taking the stage together, we can count on both to always deliver fresh ensembles that stay true to their personal style. Beyoncé never strays too far from the glamour, even off-duty, and Jay can pull off a tux with as much ease (and charisma) as he can a pair of jeans and sneakers. Without further ado, head inside to witness Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 28 most stylish moments (yet), all in honor of their fifth wedding anniversary.
- Italy's Tax Commission has ordered Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to pay a €343.4 million fine (about $440 million at current exchange) for allegedly evading corporate taxes. [The Cut]
- Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès's artistic director, will receive France's Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. [WWD]
- Michelle Obama wore a dress from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2010 line to attend Easter Sunday mass. [Fashionista]
The Host's leading ladies, Diane Kruger and Saoirse Ronan, stepped out for the film's LA premiere in equally sleek cocktail dresses, supplying us with our latest red carpet faceoff. Kruger wore a sheer, embellished LBD, fresh from the Thakoon Fall '13 runway, and punched it up with metallic two-toned Jimmy Choo booties, diamond earrings, and a wristful of edgier crystal-encrusted bracelets. While Kruger's darker take on dandelion prints and floral appliqué certainly channeled a sexier kind of sci-fi style, Ronan's maroon-hued Lanvin shift and black ankle-strap pumps, also by Lanvin, proved just as chic, albeit in a much more subtle vein. The costars didn't go the all-out glamorous route for last night's premiere, but they definitely did right by two leggier evening ensembles. Which one is best?
- The CFDA and Ebay have tapped over 90 designers, including J. Mendel (left) and Prabal Gurung, to design tote bags for its third "You Can't Fake Fashion" initiative. Look for the totes exclusively online on March 18. [Harper's Bazaar]
- Diane von Furstenberg and Andrew Rosen are teaming up to host Open Market, an evening of food, cocktails, and fashion to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association. [Style.com]
- The Great Gatsby is set to open the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. [The New York Times]
- Simon Doonan attributes his signature sense of humor to his upbringing: "It's a big part of being English — not taking things too seriously, debunking things." [The Business of Fashion]
- Elle Macpherson has gotten engaged to longtime boyfriend Jeffrey Soffer. [Page Six]
- GQ Deputy Editor Michael Hainey has an affinity for artful prose: "I've always wanted to be a poet. That's how I started writing," he said. "Poetry teaches you to sort of crystallize your thinking." [MR PORTER]
- Jenna Lyons has 289 pairs of shoes — or as she refers to them: shiny ponies. [POPSUGAR Style & Trends]
- Disneyland Paris will hold a fashion show to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month, featuring designs from the likes of Alber Elbaz and Philip Treacy. [Vogue UK]
- Will we see another Tom Ford movie hit theaters soon? [Telegraph]
We always look forward to a red carpet appearance from Emma Stone. She continues to push the envelope with her style, and this time she offered inspiration on how to make our cocktail dresses more casual — by layering a simple tee underneath! Emma stepped out in Lanvin for the NY premiere of The Croods, where she was joined by her costars and Blake Lively, who was in attendance to support her husband, Ryan Reynolds. Watch on for the scoop! On Allison McNamara: Club Monaco blazer and top.
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?