After all the appliqués and fringe and ribbons and flowers we've seen during Paris Fashion Week, Vionnet's Spring 2014 collection was a bit of palate cleanser. Creative Director Goga Ashkenazi — who bought the brand this year — turned out a collection filled with monochromatic looks, many of them in pastels, that looked easy, fresh, and imminently wearable.
We wouldn't blame Maggie Gyllenhaal for taking it easy this weekend. The actress has turned out a red carpet look for nearly every day of the week while promoting White House Down, and they're not your typical cocktail dresses, either. For every stop on tour, Maggie kept us guessing with a different designer confection.
For the premiere in DC, Maggie stepped out in a sleek Alexander McQueen sheath with a gold-embellished, cutout neckline and classic pumps. For an appearance in NYC, she traded sleek black for a colorful Vionnet sheath, and followed that up with a playful peplum, knit Dior dress at the film's New York premiere. For her latest outing at last night's Gotham-hosted fete, Maggie went back to black in the ultimate party dress, a feather-skirted black Dries Van Noten sheath, and coordinating Casadei black pumps. It's not easy keeping up with Maggie, but now that you've got the rundown on her revolving red carpet wardrobe, it's time to weigh in: which of Maggie's glamorous dresses is your favorite?
With cutouts over the chest and sheer layers galore, the Vionnet Resort 2014 collection makes a strong statement for the storied house. Madame Vionnet's signature draping is always present, but the focus is on deceptively simple shapes with nods to everything from kimonos to late-'70s wide-leg pants to art deco drawings.
The color has a swath of the omnipresent black and white, but bursts of marigold and poppy add vibrancy to the collection. Patterns are graphic and abstract with one jacquard borrowing an original '20s design of seahorses from the house. Evening pieces are as important as separates, with one-shoulder gowns leading the way to the red carpet. Click through to see the full Vionnet Resort 2014 collection.
End of Watch and Magic Mike star Cody Horn hit the red carpet with her dad (how cute was that?), wearing a beautiful draped lilac Vionnet gown featuring a cutout bodice and black silk georgette trim. Leaving the focus on her Grecian-inspired dress, Cody finished with minimal jewels and a soft updo. Does she get your love-it vote?Vote on all of our Golden Globe Awards polls here!
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- Dita Von Teese has some wise words to avoid style ridicule: "You can be a juicy, ripe peach, and there's still going to be someone who doesn't like peaches, so you can either submit to someone's criticism of you, or you can get on with the business of being your own amazing self who attracts other like-minded people that appreciate you." [XOJane]
- Olivier Rousteing's fail-safe hangover remedy begins at McDonald's: "I buy nine nuggets, barbeque sauce, a burger, McFlurry, and potatoes. I swear when you get out of the club at 6 or 7, and you wait a bit till McDonald's opens, that’s the best cure." [Fashionista]
- Approximately €3.5 million worth of jewelry (or $4.6 million at current exchange) was stolen from Vionnet owner Goga Ashkenazi while she was on vacation in Uruguay with her boyfriend, Lapo Elkann. [Vogue UK]
- The year 2013 is already off to a good start for Stella McCartney: she's been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services in fashion. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, Bulgari has been accused of evading approximately €70 million (or $92.74 million at current exchange) in taxes. [Telegraph]
- Cacharel will not show during Paris Fashion Week in February. [Elle UK]
- Speaking of collections, former J.Crew designer Marissa Webb will debut her namesake line this month. [SheFinds]
- A New Year's letter from Hearst Corporation President David Carey revealed that Esquire is poised to announce a "bold new partnership — an initiative that will dramatically expand the Esquire franchise." [Hearst Corporation]
- Israel has passed a new law banning models with a BMI of less than 18.5 from appearing in advertisements. [The Wall Street Journal]
- For all the modern gents: The Mr Porter Paperback — The Manual for a Stylish Life: Volume One answers an essential question — what really is the best way to dance at a wedding? [Fashionologie Inbox]
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With the chill starting to come on, collared dresses and tops are a perfect way to stay simultaneously warm and stylish. But this Fall, don't go for just any old plain collar; choose collars with embellishments just like Natalie Portman's Vionnet look, Kristin Cavallari's sheer black dress with gold-tipped collar, and Miranda Cosgrove's plaid Juicy Couture number with gold studded collar. If it gets extra chilly in your city, wear a cozy sweater over your collared piece, but be sure to show off that embellished collar. Whether you prefer studs, rhinestones, or metal tips, shop our favorite embellished-collar dresses and tops below to get the celebrity-inspired look this season and beyond.
The statement went on to say that work on the label's Spring 2013 collection "is being carried out by the in-house design team and we will be proud to present it on the 28 Sept. in Paris, where we will also be celebrating 100th anniversary of the brand on the 30 of Sept. with a special event and presentation of the Demi Couture collection." Whether the Croce sisters will return is not known.
The statement confirms reports from Monday suggesting the sisters would leave the storied brand after having disagreements with their new boss, Goga Ashkenazi.
Ashkenazi's London-based private equity firm Go To Enterprise bought a controlling stake in the house just three months ago. At the time, the purchase was billed as a move to accelerate "the strategic development of the fashion house," but now it seems to be writing another chapter in Vionnet's beleaguered modern development. Since French businessman Arnaud de Lummen revived it in 2006, the house has seen five creative administrations: Sophia Kokosalaki — who will leave her current post at Diesel Black Gold next month — designed the brand's first collection in 67 years for Spring 2007. She left in 2008 and was replaced by Prada alum Marc Audibet. When he left in February 2008, the house appointed an unnamed team of designers to create the line. (De Lummen told WWD, "Vionnet doesn't need to be associated with a designer's name, it's an institution.")
When former Valentino chairman Matteo Marzotto acquired the brand in February 2009, he appointed designer Rodolfo Paglialunga as creative director. Paglialunga left Vionnet in October 2011 and was replaced by the Croce sisters.
Photo of Barbara and Lucia Croce via Vionnet.
Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart celebrated her birthday over dinner in NYC, and for the special occasion, Jennifer donned a black and white outfit. The singer wore a white long-sleeved Vionnet top and black leather pants. A white studded Valentino bag matched her top half, while these Charlotte Olympia platform pumps ($895) coordinated with her black bottoms. Rhinestone hoop earrings and a bevy of gold rings completed Jennifer's chic ensemble. To get her look for your next dinner out, pair your black leather pants with a white top, a white studded clutch, and sky-high black pumps. Get started by shopping similar pieces, including Jennifer's exact pumps, below.
>> Just a few short days after showing his Spring 2012 collection for Vionnet, Rodolfo Paglialunga has left the brand. “Rudy is a talented designer who has allowed us to restart a sleeping brand,” co-owner Matteo Marzotto said, noting that the decision was consensual. Marzotto added that he has big plans to further grow Vionnet and extend its product offering. Italian twin sisters Barbara and Lucia Croce have been tapped to replace Paglialunga, who joined Vionnet in February 2009. [WWD]
Madonna strode the red carpet in a beautiful dress by Vionnet at the Venice Film Festival, where she is debuting her film W.E. Her dress choice has extra special meaning: costumes for her film were reproduced from the original Madeleine Vionnet archive. Madonna looks ultra elegant, even with the bright red sunglasses. Her blue silk satin dress is beaded with red butterflies, making for a dreamy effect. For all the angles on Madonna's glamorous outing, click the slideshow.