According to Anthony Vaccarello, who showed his Spring 2014 collection the first day of Paris Fashion Week, skin is definitely in. Aside from the omnipresent crop top and several mesh tanks, the most innovative provocation was on a series of dresses and skirts that featured a triangle-shaped hemline — it covered just what it needed to and nothing more. Other dresses with waist-high slits were held in place by leather bands and giant metal studs, which were repeated in larger quantity on loose-knit metallic sweaters. Making up for the square-inches of clothes was a deep palette rich in texture. Even the ankle-strap heels had a velvety look that you don't often find in the less-is-more months of Spring and Summer.
It wasn't a far leap to make when it was announced today that Anthony Vaccarello may be the next designer to helm Versace's Versus label. After all, the Belgian's sexy-meets-edgy aesthetic is so inline with the Italian label that his mesh collection (as seen on Anja Rubik at this year's Met Gala) could be easily inserted into a Versus runway.
Following in the footsteps of London's Jonathan William Anderson, there's no question Vaccarello would make a fitting guest designer for the secondary line. So, the only remaining question is: how much longer will we need to wait for his collection?
If anyone could be called the epitome of "punk-rock sexy" at the Met Gala, Gisele Bündchen would certainly be the frontrunner for the title. Her leggy, skin-baring look — courtesy of a chainmail-infused Anthony Vaccarello LBD — was only enhanced by a serious pair of black spike sandals. Her crystal-encrusted chain bracelets, rings, and side-swept hair finished off the whole look. All things considered, how did Gisele do?
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The little black dress may be a closet staple, but at the 2013 Grammys, stars like Kelly Rowland, Carrie Underwood, and Chrissy Teigen took their LBDs to sexy new heights. Seductive cutouts, beautiful embellishments, and ladylike lace turned classic confections into envelope-pushing ensembles, and we can't get enough. Kelly flaunted her fit frame in a mesh-paneled Georges Chakra Couture gown, Carrie went for high-fashion glamour in a beaded Roberto Cavalli number, while Chrissy opted for a lace-trim two-piece ensemble, complete with a peekaboo midriff and thigh-high slit. Step inside to see which other A-listers amped up their classic black dresses with a provocative twist.
What Grammys dress code? Jennifer Lopez's sexy black Anthony Vaccarello red-carpet gown begs the question, thanks to its one-shoulder cut and serious thigh-high slit. Sure, it may not be as revealing as her now-iconic Versace green-floral dress from the 2000 Grammys, but the singer has definitely solidified her status as a daring dresser. To finish, she added a gold-plated clutch, gold-and-black ankle-strap heels, and a wrist full of jewels. Are you a fan?Vote on all of our Grammy Awards polls here!
It was cold, gray, and windy, and we were sitting in a concrete underpass that sat along an industrial stretch of the Seine — not the coziest setting for Anthony Vaccarello's Spring 2013 show. But we needn't have worried — the designer responsible for sky-high thigh slits brought the heat with his sexy collection. Anja Rubik, who made headlines in Vaccarello's white slit gown at the Met Gala, opened and closed the show, and Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss all walked. The collection was almost entirely black and white, shot through with doses of metallic sheen, and some pieces were in blue and copper metallic leopard. There was a loose utilitarian feel, thanks to zippers, grommets, and banding, but it was done on soft silk so it felt fluid and sexy, not tough. I mean, if you're going to do sexy, you should really just go for it, and Vaccarello did exactly that. The short hemlines and barely there tops are ideal for party girls with big budgets.
Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Constance Jablonski were all easy smiles and casual merriment as they prepared for the Anthony Vaccarello show. In fact, the vibe backstage was so relaxed, despite the mob of photographers and the swarm of stylists surrounding each girl, the scene felt more like a group of friends getting ready for a night out than the moments before Paris Fashion Week's first major show. Perhaps the location — a cavernous space under the Cité de la Mode et du Design next to the Seine — had something to do with it. More likely, though, it was Vaccarello's sexy take on citified sportswear for Spring 2013 that had the models feeling so good.
In a crisp palette of black and white cotton and silk — and later, liquid-like lamé and metallic animal prints — the collection was filled with pieces that exude a certain youthful confidence. Miniskirts and one-shoulder dresses were draped and gathered in body-hugging layers around the hips and thighs, while asymmetrical cropped tops showed off the mid-drift. And though there were plenty more of Vaccarello's signature skin-revealing elements on display — thigh-high slits, cutouts, whisper-thin straps — the designer tempered them with crisp tailoring, cargo pockets, zips, epaulets, oversize grommets on boxy blouses, slouchy trousers, and double-breasted blazers.
Anja Rubik definitely made a hot impression at the Met Gala tonight — the model stunned in a supersexy white Anthony Vaccarello gown, and got a proverbial "leg up" on Angelina Jolie's Oscars look with her sultry red carpet poses while walking with the designer. Anja didn't wear much jewelry, save for chandelier earrings and a slinky pair of black chain-strap pumps. Though the look is definitely heavy on sex appeal, Anja isn't the first star to gravitate toward Vaccarello's cutout designs — Karlie Kloss and Gwyneth Paltrow are also fans of his. So, what do you think of Anja's look; was it too much, or just enough?
Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing told Style.com that he'll be taking model Joan Smalls as his date. Anthony Vaccarello has confirmed he'll be accompanied by Anja Rubik. Jason Wu will attend with Karlie Kloss, and Haider Ackermann will walk the red carpet with Constance Jablonski.
The site has also confirmed another spate of pairings: Roland Mouret is taking Doutzen Kroes; Rachel Zoe and her husband, Rodger Berman, will attend with Karolina Kurkova; Erdem Moralioglu will dress Arizona Muse; and Thakoon Panichgul is taking actress Christina Ricci.
It has also recently been revealed that Heidi Klum will wear a "very very lacy and very very see-through" one-of-a-kind dress by Escada. Chanel's official attendee will be French actor Gaspard Ulliel, face of the brand's Bleu de Chanel fragrance.
Previously confirmed pairings include Alexander Wang and rapper Azealia Banks, who tweeted that she would perform at the Met Gala last week; Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez with Australian actress Isabel Lucas; and Joseph Altuzarra with Lana Del Rey. Coco Rocha will attend with her husband, James Conran, wearing a vintage dress by Givenchy.
The Met Gala will be live streamed for the first time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT on May 7.
Update: Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Giovanna Battaglia has decided what they're wearing tonight. Below, a list of everything we know so far:
- Kristen Stewart will wear Balenciaga and attend the Gala with Nicola Ghesquiere.
- Gwyneth Paltrow will wear Prada. Linda Evangelista will also wear Prada, and will attend as Miuccia Prada's date.
- Renee Zellweger will wear Emilio Pucci.
- Jessica Stam will wear Dior.
- Cameron Diaz will attend with Stella McCartney.
- Lauren Santo Domingo will wear Oscar de la Renta.
- Kate Upton will attend the gala with Michael Kors, who is also dressing Jessica Alba and Liu Wen.
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Lily Cole wil both wear Valentino.
- Amy Adams will wear Giambattista Valli Couture.
- Scarlett Johansson is wearing custom Dolce & Gabbana, but the house will also dress Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, Andrea Dellal, Giovanna Battaglia, and Marpessa Hennink.
- Brooklyn Decker, Liya Kebede, Rashida Jones, and Tory Burch will all wear gowns of Burch's design.
- Kristen Bell and Dee Hilfiger will both wear Tommy Hilfiger.
- Dree Hemingway will wear Topshop.
- Farida Khelfa will wear vintage Schiaparelli.
- Emma Stone will wear Lanvin.
- Stella Tennant, Poppy Delvigne, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Sigrid Agren will wear Chanel.
- Claire Danes will attend the gala with her husband Hugh Dancy and Gilles Mendel. She'll wear J. Mendel, and so will Aerin Lauder and actress Christine Taylor. Taylor will attend with her husband Ben Stiller.
- Burberry will be dressing Cara Delvigne, Jourdan Dunn, Gabriella Wilde, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, Mario Testino, Casey Affleck, and Roo Panes.
- Prabal Gurung is dressing Greta Gerwig.
Photo: Doutzen Kroes wearing Giambattista Valli to the 2011 Met Gala.