If anyone understands how fashion works, it's Miuccia Prada — and in a new interview, the iconic designer said clothing that's made with the best interests of garment workers at heart is always going to cost a little extra.
Prada has been releasing the Roman Coppola- and Wes Anderson-directed short film for its new fragrance Candy in installments throughout the week, but you can watch them all — and go behind the scenes — right here.
In the film, model Léa Seydoux plays Candy, the human embodiment of the fragrance's modern, feminine feeling. Seydoux compares Candy's story to Francois Truffaut's 1952 film Jules et Jim, which tells the story of a love triangle. In the Prada film, Candy is torn between the affections of two best friends, Julius and Gene. Will either of the men win her affection? Find out here in the gallery.
Eva Mendes has jumped right into promoting her film The Place Beyond the Pines, and with it has come a trifecta of sexy-turned-sophisticated looks — all worn within the span of one day. From point A (stopping by The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) to point C (attending a private screening at MoMA), Mendes supplied us with the kind of Spring outfit fodder that's simple in execution, but altogether cool in effect. While her penchant for retro bombshell glamour was evident in both dresses (they're vintage!) and her go-to Thierry Lasry sunglasses, she never lets one aesthetic get in the way of easy styling and a classic finish. Plus, we love that Mendes can be counted on to repeat outfit pieces in a way that feels refreshed (and reworked). We're taking a closer look at all three ensembles, and breaking down the basics below.
Low-Key and Ladylike: With Spring here, it's perfectly OK to start the process of wearing your white-dress best. We love that she opted for a longer iteration, with feminine ruffles acting as the more lighthearted daytime accent. If you're looking to cultivate a similar look, pair your own long white maxi dress (Victorian-inspired or otherwise) with ankle boots and your favorite pair of sunglasses. Her soft-pink coat is a sleek top layer, but we know not everyone is into the girlier pastel hues. Thus, try a neutral-toned iteration instead — this textured jacket by Topshop Unique ($390) will do the trick.
Formfitting but Polished: For a totally chic take on figure-enhancing workwear, pair a peach-colored cap-sleeved shift dress, similar to Mendes's, and style it with a coordinating blazer and nude pumps. Yes, it's really that simple.
Animal-Print Appeal: The worry (sometimes) with jumpsuits and all-over prints is that it can be a little overwhelming. But Mendes's take on both trends offers ample breathing room for both styles to coexist peacefully and stylishly. By adding a wide Soledad Twombly belt at the waist, she broke up the exotic head-to-toe Chloé leopard print with something classic. Not to mention, the belt added more curve to her shape instantly. To finish, her brown Prada boots (repeat alert!) and quilted black clutch provided the more subdued "layer" to her evening-geared look.
When a sparkling gourmand fragrance is set to be launched, as is the case with Prada's new Candy L'Eau, it makes sense that director Wes Anderson, known for his quirky-cool aesthetic, would be involved. This week, the Internet has been abuzz with delight thanks to the premieres of three Anderson-directed shorts dubbed Prada Candy L'Eau. Codirected by Roman Coppola, the films star French actress Léa Seydoux of Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol fame. We're promised "a real tale in three episodes that encompasses Candy as the most sparkling and unexpected character," and that's just what we get.
As you would expect, the series has the perfect amount of eccentricity woven throughout, with a hint of sweet and sassy thrown in for good measure. And as with any Wes Anderson film, no detail goes unnoticed, from Seydoux's nail polish choices — Essie's Flawless is featured prominently in episode one — down to her unabashed taste for sweets. Prada Candy L'Eau, a playful, seductive scent, includes notes of Italian citruses, sweet pea, benzoin, white musk, and caramel. Look for it out next month in stores, and now, take a look at Anderson's charming foray into beauty.
Oz the Great and Powerful is out today in theaters, but the red-carpet (or should we say, yellow brick road) glamour leading up to the film's premiere actually started weeks ago. To promote the film, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz traveled around the world — Moscow, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles, to be exact — bringing their individual brand of glamour to each city for the movie's debut. From understated Michael Kors and statement-making Lanvin to peacock-feathered Burberry and one sexy formfitting Atelier Versace number, these starlets certainly turned up the evening elegance tenfold for Oz. See every moment from the promo tour right here.
We were treated to not just one, but three gorgeous looks from Anne Hathaway on Oscars night. Not only did Hathaway take home the win for best supporting actress, she also performed on stage and managed to hit up an afterparty, giving us three different takes on award-night dressing. For her first look, Hathaway hit the prestigious red carpet wearing a pale pink Prada gown — complete with a bow-detailed cutout back — paired with a radiant Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace. For her Les Misérables performance, Hathaway changed into a nude-hued embellished custom Giorgio Armani gown, and later into the night, she donned a custom light-blue silk Saint Laurent column gown for the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty. Now it's time to pick favorites — which gown gets your vote?
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Best supporting actress nominee Anne Hathaway chose a pale pink Prada number — complete with a bow-detailed cutout back and Tiffany & Co. necklace — giving way to a sexier kind of princess moment. Or as Hathaway described it, "It's business in the front, party in the back." The somewhat revealing pick rounds out an award season's worth of memorable numbers, including gowns from Chanel Couture, Burberry, and Oscar de la Renta. To finish, she paired her dress with silver strappy sandals. As for her Les Misérables pixie cut? She went with a simple, albeit chic, sideswept style. How did she do?
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For tonight's festivities, Kerry Washington went with a Miu Miu strapless coral gown that proved playful and elegant. But it wasn't just a bold color that made her stand out; her dress was covered with paillettes and Swarovski crystals, then finished with a sweet bow belt. The Django Unchained actress completed her colorful red-carpet ensemble with a red satin Prada clutch and Chopard yellow diamond earrings. Thoughts?
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After seasons of bringing her customers conceptual, highly themed collections, Miuccia Prada's Fall 2013 show took a sharp turn to focus on things she simply likes. Prada likes fur, and so there was fur. Prada likes a cinched-in and belted waist, and so there were cinched-in and belted waists. And Prada loves an interesting skirt (she said as much in the Met's Impossible Conversations exhibit), so of course the skirts were decorated with sparkly flowers or finished with asymmetrical hems — or both.
If those hemlines felt a little undone, so did the models' hair: Prada tasked her stylists with making her girls look like their hair was wet, and some of them wore their dresses, whether cut from wool or brightly colored Vichy checks, off the shoulder. Letting go, ever so slightly, of the laser-focused precision of the past few seasons is just one of the things that makes this collection approachable, wearable, and elegant.
Miuccia Prada went down a darker avenue for Prada's Fall 2013 collection, showcasing asymmetrical skirts, off-the-shoulder dresses layered with haphazard knit tops, and structured coats displaying luxurious fur details. The mood was ladylike (and much more wearable compared to her Spring '13 collection), with an undone twist as models walked down the runway with wet, slicked hair, donning leather skirts with slouchy sweaters and gorgeous fur coats, some of which were paired with thick-soled loafers or metallic ankle strap platform sandals. Checkered coats were casually worn off the shoulders, and the same styling effect was used with most of Prada's stunning striped tweed dresses and easy knit tops. But it wasn't all about this careless attitude; the designer also offered up a range of perfectly tailored skirtsuits made out of jewel-toned tweeds and featuring nipped-in waistlines with bold leather belts to temper her effortlessly chic vibe.