If there's a time for a star to shine, it's on an award show red carpet — and Emma Roberts did just that at the American Music Awards Sunday night. The actress chose a sparkly silver Lanvin dress with elegant draping and accessorized it with a pink Rodoclutch and shoes from Casadei. We like that she didn't put on any big jewels for this event — this gown gives her all the glitter she needs to make a statement.
The fashion historian Valerie Steele once told us that she wears "a kind of uniform, like many people in fashion." But in particular, designers' daily outfits tend to go beyond simple guidelines for dressing and become artistic statements that are almost as important as the clothes they send down the runway.
Case in point: most photos of Prabal Gurung feature him wearing a t-shirt and slim-fitting jeans that make him look like nothing so much as a certain rebel without a cause. Carolina Herrera has done more for the crisp white shirt than any woman of our time, and Karl Lagerfeld almost single-handedly preserves the relevance of a six-inch collar.
A look at some of our favorite designers sporting some of their favorite pieces of clothing, here in the gallery.
Alber Elbaz has never had a problem with glamour, and for Lanvin Resort 2014, he supplied it with an opulent flourish, with subtlety, and, most importantly, with a wink. Lamé brocades came dotted with gold and copper sequins, colorful snakeskin covered sleek trench coats and boxy tops, and paisley-print shifts were accented with chunky scarab-shaped necklaces and brooches. In effect, Elbaz invoked the flair of a modern-day Cleopatra, only to fuse and build upon it further with the bold palette and regality of an Indian maharajah.
His quintessential black and white pieces were also there — some in sportier perforated leather finishes, some simple and straightforward — all topped with oversize, numbered gold pendants that even hip-hop artist Flavor Flav would approve of. And at the middle of his Resort spectrum came a bold red strapless dress: a number that proved structural, clean, and perfect for the woman who doesn't need more than a sultry hue to be glamorous.
After being tantalized by the animated teaser back in January, we finally have the full Lancome by Alber Elbaz collection for you to feast your eyes on. And that's just the feature Elbaz wanted to focus on, by dressing up four of the bestselling eye shadow palettes and mascaras from the luxury beauty brand. "The real theme running through the collection is the eyes and roundness forms," Elbaz explains. "The bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humor." The collection hits Lancome counters next month, but you can see everything up close, when you keep clicking!
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?
When you've been highly influential for as long as Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has, your opinion tends to carry some weight. But Elbaz, who spent Monday afternoon on a stage doing a Q&A with Harper's Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey, was as charming and humble as he's been for all of his 20-plus years in the business.
In a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career, Elbaz told Bailey and the assembled audience about his work for Geoffrey Beene — who taught him never to use the word "commercial" — to the fall of John Galliano, and what he thinks is the most dangerous thing facing the fashion industry today. A look at some of his thoughts, here.
Minnie Mouse debuted a gown Alber Elbaz designed for her during a runway show at Disneyland Paris this weekend. [Telegraph]
Shoppers at Vera Wang's Shanghai boutique should be prepared to spend money even if they don't purchase a dress. Customers at the store will be charged a ¥3,000 fee (approximately $482) to try the designer's work on. [Vogue UK]
Kering, the company formerly known as PPR, has acquired France Croco, a luxury tannery which specializes in crocodile skins. [WWD]
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]
For Lanvin's Fall 2013 collection, designer Alber Elbaz turned out ladylike silhouettes in dark, romantic shades, along with surprising accents like insects and flowers. Highlights included chain-link necklaces that read "HAPPY" and "HELP," gorgeous floral prints, and a few ruffles we can't live without. To see every look right off the runway, watch our video now!
Alber Elbaz staged his Fall 2013 collection at his usual venue — the École des Beaux-Arts — on Thursday in Paris. Filled with frocks printed with jumbo florals, slouchy suits, and party dresses so ruffled with organza tiers they resembled mille-feuille, this was a collection that walked the delicate line between masculine and feminine with perfect ease. Belted utility jackets in leather and wool looked superchic when paired with flirty A-line skirts, while jewel-tone shift dresses embellished with jumbo dragonfly gems added plenty of Elbaz's signature playful cool.