The road to the Oscars is paved with many star-studded Vanity Fair parties, and while Monday night's event supplied the flirty cocktail dresses, yesterday's "Girl Rising" party delivered a cool contrast in light vs. dark styling. Freida Pinto stepped out in a blue, gray, and cream patchwork-infused, mesh-detailed Antonio Berardi dress from the designer's Spring '13 collection, and finished the look off with pewter Roger Vivier ankle-strap sandals. Meanwhile, Chloë Moretz chose a Christian Dior Pre-Fall '13 black fit-and-flare number that offered up a chic take on ladylike dressing — and played to a much darker kind of nighttime glamour. She kept her hair down, wore a smoky eye, and completed it all with nude pointy-toe pumps. Both ladies did right by their evening fare, so now it comes down to who you think did it best. Weigh in below!
Celebs took to the red carpet last night to celebrate the Writers Guild Awards (which spanned across both coasts), looking nothing short of chic in a range of gorgeous gowns and party-perfect dresses. In celebration of the outstanding achievements of the top movies and series in the past year, Jessica Chastain made her entrance on the West Coast red carpet wearing a blush Dior dress paired with Jimmy Choo heels; Amy Poehler stunned in an Hervé Leroux fitted sheath; while Lena Dunham held down the East Coast festivities in a printed Reed Krakoff creation. See every red carpet turn in the slideshow now.
Looks like hiring Raf Simons was a really, really good business decision. Christian Dior recently announced that sales of its couture collections in 2012 were up some 24 percent over the previous year.
But it's not just the garments from Simons's debut Fall 2012 Couture collection, or Bill Gaytten's Spring 2012 Couture collection — which was well received — that experienced such high sales. Dior's various product ranges saw worldwide sales of €1.24 billion last year, or about $1.59 billion at current exchange. It amounts to a 17 percent growth in sales year over year. (It's worth noting that in 2011, the year John Galliano was dismissed from the brand, Dior's sales broke the $1 billion mark for the first time in its history.)
"These results reaffirm the exceptional quality of Dior's products and the powerful appeal of its stores," the company said in a statement.
That's not all those figures indicate. By and large, they say that the customer base for couture is growing — and that it isn't afraid to spend. Chanel's couturier Karl Lagerfeld told The New York Times recently that clients have sent their private planes to Paris to pick up his couture tailors. And in addition to New York, those planes now also come from nations with rapidly expanding or robust economies like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. In late 2011, Reuters reported that women in the Middle East were the world's biggest consumers of couture.
Then, too, there's Simons's desire to "change the psychology of people who are interested in couture." In an interview about his first couture collection for Dior, Simons said he wanted "to make it more dynamic, appeal to a person who has a different energy. A younger person, in mind, not necessarily in age."
Has he succeeded? His talent for making clothing a variety of women want to wear — and are willing to pay for — is clearly making a big difference at Dior.
Fashion Week — more specifically, Fashion Month — kicks off today in New York. From there, it's on to London, then Milan, and then onto la grand finale in Paris. While we hit up our favorite collections and wait to witness some serious star-studded style, we want you to check out the famous front row (and beyond) of last season's best in show. Herein, find 60 of our favorite (read: most eye-catching) celebrity looks from Spring 2013. To start, Solange Knowles did right by mixing funky prints, Alexa Chung also fused patterns — polka-dots with leopard — for a sweet-cum-sassy pairing, and Kristen Stewart hit Paris in a bold Balenciaga getup, complete with printed pants and a yellow leather jacket. See the rest of our A-list picks right here, right this way.
The award season is a time when the celebrities pull out all of the fashion stops. We're talking about decadent jewels, perfect hair, standout footwear, and, of course, gorgeous gowns. Last night's SAG Awards didn't disappoint in any of the above categories, as we witnessed a bevy of A-list actresses dressed to the nines. With that said, there were a select few that got to wear extraspecial dresses — the kind straight off the runway. With only weeks since the Pre-Fall '13 lineups debuted, and literally just days since the Spring '13 Couture shows, designers were more than eager to offer up their beautiful gowns for celebrities to wear on the red carpet last evening. We're talking about Jennifer Lawrence's stunning navy Christian Dior Haute Couture gown, Anne Hathaway's sheer Giambattista Valli — both gowns made their debut on the runway less than a week ago — and Amanda Seyfried's Pre-Fall Zac Posen mermaid confection. Click on to see more celebrities in their fresh-off-the-runway looks at the SAG Awards now.
Countering all of the bold pink hues we saw on the SAG Awards red carpet was a sea of chic navy-blue gowns. More specifically, the ones worn by A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, and Amanda Seyfried. Looking nothing short of spectacular, Jennifer — who took home the prize for best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook — wore a strapless Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. Meanwhile, Nicole opted for decadent detailing in a sheer beaded Vivienne Westwood creation, and Amanda dazzled us in a formfitting Zac Posen mermaid gown. This trio of stunning looks deserves honorable mention and a little friendly competition, too. Thus, we're putting their gowns to the test: which navy lady reigned supreme?Vote on all of our SAG Awards polls here!
Apparently, Jennifer Lawrence is feeling a little under the weather, but we'd never know it from her stunning arrival in this mermaid-cut Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. It's not the first time the Silver Linings Playbook starlet has dazzled us with Dior this award season, but it's just as striking. The moody navy hue set an elegant tone, while the strapless neckline and curve-conscious cut injected a sexier feel. The all-star actress is just as skilled with her accessories, having added Chopard diamonds and Jimmy Choo heels as her glamorous accompaniments, while sideswept locks and a red lip hint added an Old-Hollywood feel. Is Jennifer's look a red-carpet win?
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There may have been snow on the ground in Paris's Jardin des Tuileries, but inside Dior's nearly invisible mirrored tent, Spring was in full bloom. Hedges designed by landscape artist Martin Wirtz provided the path to a meandering runway, while near-naked branches culled from just-awoken trees offered a romantic, Secret Garden scene.
The first look out was a swirling, strapless confection in icy chiffon accented with a slash of black satin above the bust. The model, with her pixie-cut hair, airy swagger, and glittering red lips, called to mind a flittering wood nymph. Soon more nymphs arrived; most wore sleekly corseted gowns that exploded from the waist in dramatic, full flares or asymmetrically draped folds. In pastel silk, iridescent organza, or whisper-weight chiffon, everything felt softly natural yet utterly restrained — even as more elaborate looks like floral embroidered jackets, voluminous car coats, and bubble-hemmed dresses covered in sparkling petal appliqué began to appear.
"The collection reflects the passing of time of the season, beginning as the signs of early life," the show notes explained. "Silhouettes are in flux, seemingly finding their own forms naturally and yet all expertly tended to and under control." Like a well-manicured garden under the tentative warmth of early Spring — or maybe like Raf Simons's intoxicating updates on classic Dior.
Before Beyoncé sang a single note at today's presidential inauguration, we were already floored by her incredible outfit — the singer arrived on the arm of husband Jay-Z and, in true Beyoncé fashion, left us breathless. Her black embellished Emilio Pucci gown was flawless, truly red-carpet worthy, and perfectly hugged her curves. Beyoncé beat the DC chill with a knee-length black Christian Dior coat (which she took off during her performance, giving us a detailed glimpse of that gorgeous dress), and accessorized the glamorous look with some Lorraine Schwartz emerald baubles — a pair of 80-carat emerald earrings and a 50-carat ring, to be exact. Let us also take a moment to appreciate Beyoncé's bright orange manicure, which not only popped perfectly against those green jewels, but also looked pretty great when holding a microphone. For more pictures of the singer's Inauguration Day look, just click through now.