The Cannes Film Festival is easily one of the biggest red carpet fashion spectacles of the year. The latest star to steal the show is Jessica Chastain, who walked the carpet wearing a Bulgari necklace that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. Watch on for the full scoop. On Allison: Rebecca Taylor jacket, Line & Dot top, G Star jeans.
You can't say Donatella Versace doesn't know how to throw a party. Last night, she and designer Jonathan Anderson took over the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City to present the new Versus Versace and JW Anderson's first capsule collection for the brand.
But this wasn't just any product launch. Versace managed to fill the space with everyone from industry insiders like Leigh Lezark, Eniko Mihalik, and Harriet Mays Powell, but she also drew stars like Heidi Klum, Darren Criss, and Taylor Momsen.
All of them assembled around a big black box in the middle of the room. When illuminated, the box was revealed to be a backstage area enclosed by translucent panels of plastic. From there, models walked down runways on either side of the space before performances by musicians Angel Haze, Dead Sara, and Grimes.
And while no one walked away with pieces from the collection, guests did get a special treat at the end of the party: a parcel of differently flavored doughnut holes served as the goody bag.
A look at all the pieces that came down the runway, plus a few snaps from the party, here in the gallery.
Last night marked the launch of Versus Versace, and the event was a star-studded affair. Celebrities like Heidi Klum and Hayden Panettiere stepped out sporting some seriously gorgeous beauty looks that almost distracted us from the beautiful clothing. Want to see more? Just keep clicking.
On Tuesday, virtually everyone with an Internet connection and a Google+ account will be able to hang out with Donatella Versace.
The designer, who will celebrate the launch of her first Versus capsule collection in New York on Wednesday, will give her fans a first look at the clothes during a Google+ Hangout that will start tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT. In a video teasing the virtual event, Versace explained that she chose the occasion for her first Google+ Hangout because she wants "everybody to be a part of the process."
Fashion blogger Jay Strut will play host, and the brand promises that "influential bloggers and models from around the world" will also take to their webcams to participate in the online talk. Versace will unveil the full collection — created with the young British label J.W. Anderson — at a party in New York on Wednesday night.
Selena Gomez and Versace are turning out to be a red-carpet match made in heaven. While the brunette beauty started wearing the label's younger-skewed line Versus for performances several years ago, Gomez has graduated to racier ready-to-wear looks from Versace and jaw-dropping couture from Atelier Versace over the past year. From her Atelier Versace white, neon-accented gown at the 2013 Billboard Awards to the Atelier Versace pinstripe suit with gold detailing that she wore to the Berlin premiere of Spring Breakers (you have to see the open back!) to the nude Atelier Versace number she chose for the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty to that Versace LWD with silver detailing at the Hotel Transylvania premiere, we can't get enough of the pairing. Click through to get a closer look at her love affair with all of Donatella Versace's creations.
If this isn't a nod to '80s-inspired Dynasty styling, we don't know what is. Halle Berry chose a silver-and-black Versace gown that featured both bold stripes and structured shoulder pads. And while this Versace number was long-sleeved, she kept the sex appeal on high alert with its seriously revealing neckline. For the finish, she accented her look with black drop earrings. Are you into it?
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Donatella Versace's punk-rock Fall '13 could safely supply the fashion set with a number of appropriately themed gowns for this year's Met Gala. It could also easily (and further) incite homage to '90s-era grunge from the street-style crowd with its nostalgic references — chains, nails, studs, and spikes as choice accessories for the season. While Donatella never shies away from the subversive or the sexy, this is clearly some tougher stuff. Click through for a look at the full collection now.
Donatella Versace is having fun with portmanteaus. Her Fall 2013 collection is named "VUNK" — a mashup of Versace and punk — because the offering imagines what punk clothes would look like if the cultural movement had only just begun today.
For her Spring 2013 Couture collection, Donatella Versace imposed the high-impact codes of her house — bright colors, intricate appliques, lots of skin — on strong-shouldered suits, slinky gowns, and minidresses whose hems started at mid-thigh but ended up skimming the floor.
But for all the body-conscious and curve-hugging pieces she sent down the runway (staged underneath the glass dome of the old Paris bank Le Centorial), this offering had a surprising amount of geometry in it. Kristen McMenamy opened the show in a black suit with gold pinstripes, and that linear motif was repeated elsewhere in the collection with pleated skirts, the parallel lines of quilting on a few leather motorcycle jackets, and the slim strokes of fur sewn onto a vest and a denim minidress decorated with bits of metal.
Other embellishments here included oversize crystals tucked just inside those many pleats, and neon leather tubing used to give a little structure and a lot of edge to some of the simpler dresses Versace showed. But even those dresses were fitted with pieces of mesh that showed off their wearer's legs and thighs.
Halle Berry wasn't afraid to show a little skin — and show off an amazing set of legs — when she appeared on the red carpet tonight in a nude and pink printed gown by Versace. Its one-shouldered top flowed seamlessly into a structured corset, which transitioned into an ethereal skirt with a slit so high it's giving Angelina Jolie's Oscar look a run for its money. She furthered the mile-long leg effect with a pair of classic nude pumps, while geometric gold earrings and arm candy to match added a midas touch. Are you on board with Halle's leggy look?
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