Amy Adams showed just how versatile lace can be over the weekend while promoting American Hustle. Saturday night's afterparty to the New York premiere saw a bodycon black dress by Altuzarra whose scoop neckline was decorated with black lace in a subtle display of sexiness. She then opted for a full-out sheer look on Sunday in a halter gown by Elie Saab constructed out of alternating bands of black fabric and lace. A zigzag black headband and sparkling jewelry completed the look. Which take on lace did you like best?
Feminine beauty was the name of the game at Altuzarra's Spring 2014 show, where models were meant to look very glamorous and very French. "It was a very surprising collection," lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics said. "It's very light, very fresh, very Summery, yet super Joseph [Altuzarra]." Pecheux focused on the lips, opting for a matte hue that was somewhere between orange and red. Instead of the typical black liner, he pressed a matte white shade into the lids and a bit under the eyes. No mascara, no liner — just simple matte hues.
That simplicity carried into the hair, and lead stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase swept models' hair into low ponytails. "We love to have something very simple. And believe me, simple is difficult," she quipped. A mussed-up, natural part gave way to a simple low ponytail, which was secured at the nape of the neck with a white elastic.
With this week's announcement of Kering buying a minority stake in the brand, all eyes were on the Altuzarra Spring 2014 collection. Will Joseph Altuzarra live up to the investment and his place in the conglomerate's hallowed halls? Looks like the answer is a resounding yes. Wearable, luxe, beautifully cut: these are clothes made for strong, young women to wear. No wonder stars ranging from Jessica Paré to Nicole Kidman have worn the young designer's clothes this week alone.
New York Fashion Week officially begins tomorrow, but tonight it's all about the kickoff party: the 10th annual Style Awards. We have to call out four very chic attendees, including Nicole Richie, Kate Upton, Jessica Paré, and Rachel Zoe, who all chose to dress themselves in black for the occasion. Nicole worked the crop-top trend yet again, this time in a black embellished Giorgio Armani jumpsuit featuring a keyhole. Kate and Jessica, on the other hand, took a more feminine approach in a short black Altuzarra dresses. Kate's featured edgy exposed zippers, while Jessica's stood out via a sexy side slit. Rachel opted to cover her baby bump in a fancier number: a strapless sequined gown. Take a good look at these black-clad attendees, and then vote for your best-dressed below!
Designer Joseph Altuzarra has won the 2014 International Woolmark Prize, it was announced Tuesday. The award, which includes a prize of $100,000 toward his next collection, will officially be given to the designer behind Altuzarra during Milan Fashion Week in February. Next, he will also have the opportunity to represent the US during the final event of the international competition.
We wish Altuzarra the best of luck in the final phase of the competition.
Joseph Altuzarra isn't the first designer to draw inspiration from the easygoing spirit and style of the '70s, but his Resort 2014 collection brings all that breezy sensibility to new heights.
There are, for example, no shortage of dresses that would float almost entirely away from the body if they weren't cinched in with broad braided belts — a white strapless version had bishop sleeves so voluminous they looked like they could take flight. And while many of the trousers followed a similarly outward-bound route, there were some spectacular tailored garments, too. The most interesting among them had skillfully crafted lace details. A black suit, for example, had insets that showed off the wearer's upper arm and strategic parts of the torso, and the lace on a pale rose sheath dress mimicked a thigh slit. Those details kept this collection sexy, but not overtly so.
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Thanks to their black, sheer, and lacy gowns, this style set may have just had some of the sultriest looks to hit the Met Gala staircase. Joan Smalls perfected her supermodel smolder in a body-conscious embroidered Tom Ford gown — proof that covered up doesn't have to be conservative. Alexa Chung embraced the Gala's subversive theme and channeled her sexier side with a sheer-inset Erdem look, as did Allison Williams, who delivered a more provocative look than we're used to, wearing a black Altuzarra gown. Adding to the list of attendees who ditched their usual "good girl" persona, Anne Hathaway showed off a dramatic vintage Valentino gown, made all the more striking with see-through fabric and a high-shine finish. Now it's time to weigh in — which of the starlets' sheer gowns gets your vote?
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Olga Kurylenko made a strong case for high slits at her latest red carpet appearance, and needless to say, she has us convinced that we need one, too. The stylish actress attended the Moves Magazine party in NYC decked out in a svelte green dress by Altuzarra paired with matching buckle boots. While the overall length and fit of her dress are pretty modest, the sleek side slit detail adds just the right amount of party appeal. We also love the idea of wearing this look to the office (dress code permitting) styled with a sleek blazer and pumps, and if you're looking for less of a commitment, opt for a side-slit skirt and pair it with a semisheer blouse or silk tank for your next cocktail meetup. Now, ready to show some leg? Shop our editors' picks below.
Congratulations are in order for a group of young designers including Joseph Altuzarra, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Wes Gordon, all of whom are in the American finals for the 2014 International Woolmark Prize.
The group of finalists, which includes seven other design houses, will compete for the opportunity to go up against designers from Australia, China, India, and Europe in Milan next year. One American designer will be selected to represent the United States this July, when the 10 finalists present competition collections made with merino wool.
The prize for breaking through the other finalists and into the last round of competition is $100,000 toward that designer's next collection; the international prize is another $100,000, plus the opportunity to sell the winning collection in stores all over the world.
A look at who else is in the running, here in the gallery.
- Burberry has revealed that Cara Delevingne is the face of its new fragrance, Body Tender. [POPSUGAR Beauty]
- Joe Zee was spotted styling Katie Holmes for a Bobbi Brown ad campaign at Milk Studios in New York City. [Page Six]
- The print Alexander Wang designed using a Samsung Galaxy Note II for a limited-edition bag has been revealed. [Harper's Bazaar]
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