Freida Pinto gets lots of points for not playing it safe at the Met Gala. Her ivory silk Chanel gown is all kinds of Old Hollywood glam, complete with Dana Davis Primrose heels in black satin, Veronica Lake hair, and red lips, but then there's the quirky black tie and diamond-encrusted collar stays. She's even wearing a watch. It's amazing that Freida's got the fashion chops to wear this gown in the first place, but do you think it actually works as a look?Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!
Blake Lively looks reminiscent of Botticelli's Primavera in a silver and buff Chanel gown with strategically placed appliques and a sweeping drape. Unlike her dress's homage to classical and renaissance style, though, Blake's newly red curls and bubblegum pink lipstick are both thoroughly modern. Do you think it's a good mix, or should she have tried something a little different? Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!
Who better to kick off our Met Gala extravaganza than Anna Wintour? The editrix just arrived on the red carpet with daughter Bee Shaffer, wearing a multicolored, sequin Chanel gown. The diagonal stripes elongate Anna's slim frame, making her look six feet tall! Her hair is done in its infamous bob, and her makeup is kept pretty minimal, save for a bit of rosy pink gloss. What do you think of Anna's look?Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!
>> Blake Lively had the train torn off of her gown a couple of nights ago at the Time 100 Gala (which she safety pinned back on) — but hopefully she'll have better luck at Monday's Costume Institute Gala. Lively, who just debuted a head of red hair, will be dressed by Chanel for the occasion — not a huge surprise given that she's a current face of the brand. As for her date? “Karl Lagerfeld, of course!” she said. [WWD]
Chanel hosted a dinner party that drew an eclectic crowd last night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Chloe Sevigny, Rose Byrne, and Naomi Watts were among the big-screen stars who attended the event at the Odeon restaurant in NYC, while Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Zoe Kravitz, and Lauren Hutton were among the models. From the art world, both Jeff Koons and Julian Schnabel were on hand. The French fashion house dressed several of its guests, including Naomi, who brought her mother as her date for the evening out. Chanel has had a major presence at this year's festival, with Karl Lagerfeld premiering a series of Magnum ice cream ads starring one of his many muses, Rachel Bilson, last week. We spoke with the actress on the red carpet at the big debut. The trendsetter chatted with us about her upcoming TV series, Hart of Dixie, and also admitted to "geeking out" after Karl gifted her with one of his Chanel notepads during their short-film shoot.
>> Karl Lagerfeld has never been one to hold verbal punches, and his recent conversation with W — in which he tells us how he really feels about Christophe Decarnin, explains why he doesn't use computers, and vouches for which designers he would like to see at Dior — is no exception.
A few highlights, below.
On whether he'll ever cut his hair: "No, because I’m afraid it won’t grow again. And I’m not very gifted for hairdos. This is the quickest thing in the world. It takes less than five seconds. I have someone who comes to the house and washes it, puts in the dry shampoo, and takes care of it because I have no time. I don’t even have time to go to the dentist. I’m busy but in a pleasant way. I’m the one who wanted to do all of it, so I can’t complain."
On who he wants to see take over at Givenchy: "Well I’m not a consultant there, but I think Riccardo Tisci would be good, and then Haider Ackermann at Givenchy — not because they are friends of mine, but because they are good."
And if he still wants Haider Ackermann to take over at Chanel: "Not especially. It’s not his world I don’t think."
His thoughts on Christophe Decarnin leaving Balmain: "Forget about it! This was a job done by a fashion editor. I don’t even know the name of the man who did it, so don’t ask me about that."
On why he doesn't use a computer and instead communicates by fax: "It’s very easy to explain: For me, sketching and writing are the same thing. I like to write. It’s a physical thing — I hate to be without paper and pencil in hand. And I write like a talk. I can put my way of talking on the paper exactly the same way. The machines they tried to make where you write directly on computers are not perfect. The minute they’re perfect, I will use them."
The one thing he doesn't like women to wear: "I’m not mad for thongs."
Last night, we caught up with Rachel Bilson at the premiere of her short film Photo Mood, directed by Karl Lagerfeld, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The Chanel couture-clad Bilson told us all about what it was like working with Karl and even gave us the inside scoop on her upcoming TV pilot, Hart of Dixie. To see the short film, click here. And watch our video now to see Rachel looking as lovely as ever on the red carpet!
Karl Lagerfeld Premieres Series of Magnum Ice Cream Commercials Starring Rachel Bilson and Baptiste Giabiconi
>> Last night, Karl Lagerfeld hit New York to debut a series of commercials he directed to promote the European ice cream brand Magnum in the United States. The three minute-long spots feature Rachel Bilson — portraying a fashion model, an art student, and a ballet dancer — as well as Baptiste Giabiconi, but Lagerfeld himself makes no appearances.
A waiter carrying a Diet Coke-filled stemmed glass on a tray followed Lagerfeld around the premiere party last night, as did his bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau. So why did Lagerfeld team up with Magnum, even though he admits he doesn't eat sugar? “I like advertising. I love my job in fashion. I love my job as a photographer, but making films was something I hadn’t done. If I was isolated in one job, I would get bored." Besides, he adds: “I would eat ice cream if I could. I made advertisements for Dom Perignon Champagne, and I don’t drink alcohol. After all, I’m a dress designer and I don’t wear dresses."
Bilson, meanwhile, estimated that probably had around 25 Magnum bars during the course of filming, which was done over three days in Paris on a soundstage and at the Folies Bergere. Lagerfeld said that he was given creative freedom, with the advice that the films' content should be “nothing very sexual,” and the budget for a crew of at least 80 people.
When asked whether there was anything he would not lend his name to, Lagerfeld replied: “I hate the idea of the politically correct, because it is very demode, but I would not make advertisements for something related to meat. Meat, no; fur, yes. I don’t think I would do advertising for condoms, even if it has the same name here [Magnum].”
As for the rumor circulating that he is working on a fragrance called "Paper Passion," intending it to smell like books, Lagerfeld said it's not happening. And his next film to debut is a 30-minute movie, "The Tale of a Fairy," starring Freja Beha Erichsen, Anna Mouglalis, Amanda Harlech, and Kristen McMenamy, and to be shown during the Chanel Cruise 2012 presentation in Cap d'Antibes.
The Piece: Chanel Vintage Cell Phone Purse
The Investment: $1,000
Why We Covet: OK, it's a little insane. A vintage Chanel cell phone purse? The thing is it was made for an older phone, which means it's a bit bigger than necessary to hold a modern phone. This means there's room to hold your house key and credit cards, and in the back there's a slit for love letters. It's quirky and unique. We love the rectangular shape, and the long chain makes it a mini crossbody bag. Have you ever known anyone with a Chanel cell phone purse? And really, if you have a Chanel cell phone purse, what more do you need? You're the coolest person in the world.
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Alexa Chung mixed textures like a pro at a preview party for Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY at the Mondrian Soho in NYC. She wore a bevy of black — velvet Lover dress, opaque tights, patent leather booties, and a ladybird Chanel bag — that was anything but boring. Alexa added a Pamela Love pendant and bubble-gum pink nail polish for a pop of color. Shop now to re-create Ms. Chung's party style.