Hollywood has made its way over to Paris for the Fall 2012 Couture shows. Valentino's runway attracted the likes of Olivia Palermo, Clémence Poésy, Kim Kardashian, and Nicky Hilton, all of whom have shown their love for Valentino on red carpets before. These style-setters really impressed us with their front-row ensembles. Olivia and Clemence went for color, choosing a pretty shade of pink and a punchy red hue, respectively, while Kim and Nicky proved that the key to a great LBD is texture. Check out our other front-row fashion recaps from Chanel and Versace. On Allison McNamara: StyleMint top.
Dark-hued luxury in rich brocade and midnight-navy silks dominated Valentino's Couture collection for Fall 2012. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli revisited the ethereal silhouettes and deep palette present in Fall's ready-to-wear, but explored new shapes in evening wear too, this time topping their gowns with capes and raising the hemlines and necklines of slim-cut brocade sheaths. We get both a sense of the regal — most obviously from the capes sweeping the runway — but also in the intricacy of embellishments and the sheer weight of the brocade fabrics. Necklines cited more sophistication than sensuality, though there's certainly a fair share of skin to be seen in the sheer insets and cutouts of the more fluid gowns. The designers married their influences, French painter Gustave Moreau mixed in with the elegance of a modern woman, calling to mind stylish ladies like front-row attendee Olivia Palermo or Charlize Theron. Like their own appeal, the beauty of this collection was all about nuances that came together to frame a larger, richer, big picture.
- Trends: Brocade, sheer, florals, capes, embellishments
- Colors: Navy, red, black, soft yellow, and pink
- Key piece: The brocade pastel yellow sheath and the sheer and lace-inset navy gown with cape
- Accessories: Lace-up heels, ballet-slipper inspired pumps
- Who would wear it: Red-carpet beauties like Charlize Theron
On their way to Valentino's Couture show, Olivia Palermo and beau Johannes Huebl set off a photo frenzy in their wake — and rightfully so. The fashion darlings proved once again that their couple style is next-level chic. Johannes showed off his own style prowess in a dapper blazer and blue suede loafers alongside a glowing Olivia, who may have stolen the show in a petal pink lace Valentino dress. As always, Olivia furthered interest with her accessory selection, adding a touch of glamour with sparkly ankle-strap Giuseppe Zanotti heels and her cat-eye shades; we are in Paris after all. See Olivia stun in pink when you step inside.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli kept up the dark streak from their Fall ready-to-wear line when they created their evening-focused Fall 2012 Couture collection. The show was partly inspired by the painter Gustave Moreau, who, according to the house, was "a lover of dark colors but never painted with black." The resulting assortment traveled to visual extremes: at times it relied on heavy brocades, painted floral patterns, and intricate beadwork for a sense of richness and luxury, and at others the simplicity of long-sleeved dresses in dark, solid colors made for stark contrast. But even the dresses in basic black carried more than meets the eye — the first dress that came down the runway, a sheer, pleated number in black chiffon and crepe de chine, took 500 hours to create. Offering both forms of high-concept design seems an effective strategy: Valentino CEO Stefano Sassi said couture orders are now back to the volume they enjoyed in 2008, when Valentino Garavani was still designing.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Versace will introduce a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces during its couture show at the Ritz Paris on Sunday. "Each individual ring from the collection is a work of art," said Donatella Versace. [Material World]
- If rumors are to be believed, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker are in secret, preliminary talks about working on a clothing line together. [Grazia]
- Band of Outsiders is currently staging a 60-hour men's fashion show, during which a model will live in a "small compartment built from cardboard boxes and wood planks adjacent to the window of an anonymous gallery in Paris." The model will change his outfit every 90 minutes. [Fashionista]
- In the July/August 2012 issue of WSJ. Magazine, Marion Cotillard explains that "a good model is someone who will create a story with an image." [WSJ. Magazine]
- Carlos Souza spends his days leading the global public relations team at Valentino, but his apartment is more Asian-inspired than Italian chic. "My home aesthetic is quite an eclectic one and is based on my many travels to far-out places on the globe. Oriental and far-East posts are a big source of inspiration." [Refinery29]
- Kate Upton says she loves fashion — even if she's always photographed in bathing suits. "I'm from Florida, where your whole wardrobe is flip-flops, cutoffs, and bikinis. Now I enjoy fashion so much, but I don't think people realize it, because I'm always in a bikini!" [Vogue]
- Karlie Kloss and Aline Weber are the cheeky stars of Free People's latest catalog. [The Cut]
Photo: Kate Upton photographed for Vogue July 2012 by Sebastian Kim.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli looked to the swinging silhouettes of the '60s and Andy Warhol's iconic portrait series for Resort 2013. "We imagined a playful and optimistic collection, using color as a structural, rather than decorative, element," Chiuri explained. To that end, there were tulle gowns in princess silhouettes — high necks, long sleeves, flared skirts, nipped waists — embroidered with cotton-candy-hued florals for night, and for day, lounge-ready pantsuits in vivid lace and hyper-colored leopard prints.
We saw floral appliqué on the Spring and Summer 2012 runways at Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane, and Diane von Furstenberg, and we love how the pretty floral embellishments instantly add a feminine touch to any outfit. Yesterday, we spotted Emma Roberts and Keira Knightley sporting different renditions of this floral trend. Emma styled up her appliqué for daytime, wearing a Jenny Packham top with jeans by Genetic Denim. Keira chose to wear this look for night, choosing a gorgeous Valentino number. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more about this trend. On Allison McNamara: Honey Rose & K earrings, H&M jacket.
Maybe it's because we're used to seeing Keira Knightley in period-piece dramas, but when the actress hit the red carpet for her latest film, we couldn't help but draw a likeness between the beauty in Valentino and a character in an Austen novel. Sure, this project, Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, is far from the world of Jane Austen, but the ladylike elegance and intricacy of her nude-hued, floral-appliquéd gown had all the makings of an amazing costume. The difference was that Keira wore the gown effortlessly — making even her red floral headpiece look easy to pull off. She was also careful not to overdo the accessories, finishing the look with an understated pair of patent, nude pumps and avoiding any other jewels — save for her sparkly engagement ring. This is just the kind of lovely gown we hope Keira wears down the aisle. Click on to see every gorgeous angle.
While the perfect dress is a key formula in a head-turning look, for many celebrities, it's also all about the accessories. Proof is in the stunning jewels, shoes, and bags from this year's CFDA Awards. Another dazzling Hollywood accessory obsession right now are knuckle-box clutches. Check out how Kim Kardashian amped up her deep-v dress with an embellished Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch, how Jennifer Aniston polished off her white Burberry gown with a matching Valentino studded ring clutch, and the way Emma Stone accessorized her mustard Roland Mouret gown with a classic black Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch. To get in on the look, shop our favorite knuckle clutches below. No matter which you choose, it'll inject major edge into your nighttime glam.
First there was the little black dress, then the little white dress, and now celebs are painting the town in red-hot frocks. From Christa B. Allen in a cutout style by Contrarian New York ($380) to Jessica Alba in a form-fitting sheath to Miranda Kerr in a flirty, lacy Lover number ($1,050), trendsetting A-listers have have been working their red-hued numbers around the globe. Check out what other starlets have been rocking the LRD, how they styled them, and where you can buy a similar dress to get in on the Hollywood trend.