The actress stars in the latest Lady Dior campaign, posing on the Pont Alexandre III against a backdrop of swirling electric lights. She sports looks from Raf Simons‘ pre-fall collection for Dior and carries three versions of the Lady Dior bag in printed silk twill and metallic leather. Shot by Craig McDean, the ad will break in Vogue Thailand on Saturday and be featured in Harper’s Bazaar Brazil on October 27 and Vogue Japan on November 28. It will also be unveiled on Diormag.com on Thursday alongside a debut 30-second clip, directed by McDean.
Oscar de la Renta, a true fashion legend and an industry favorite, passed away at the age of 82. He was battling cancer.
Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta began his career in the arts, studying painting before moving on to fashion to apprentice with Cristobal Balenciaga. Following his stint in Spain, de la Renta traveled to Paris and continued his focus in fashion, working with Lanvin and Balmain before launching his own line in New York in 1965. Through the years, he became an icon in the industry, dressing everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker. Most recently, he famously designed Amal Alamuddin‘s gown for her fairy tale wedding to George Clooney.
Just last week, the house announced that Peter Copping would take control of design of the brand, with plans to show his first collection during Fashion Week in February. The Oscar de la Renta brand will continue on in his mission and vision, but the fashion industry has lost a true visionary.
It was the fashion show finale heard ’round the world: Karl Lagerfeld’s feminism protest during Paris Fashion Week. Though the kaiser has since met criticism of “dressing up” the sociopolitical, and economic debate, Gigi Hadid, who walked in the show, fully backs its aim.
“It was right after I had watched Emma Watson’s He for She speech, and I was really inspired by that,” Hadid told Glam at Thursday night’s eighth annual God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Gala. “I thought she did it so beautifully. To be in that show, that’s really what I was channeling… I think for every girl in the show, it meant something different”
If you remember, the Chanel’s Spring 2015 debut ended with Lagerfeld leading the likes of Cara Delevingne, Gisele Bundchen, Kylie Jenner, and Malaika Firth down the catwalk with fervent chants and signs proclaiming “History is Her Story,” with Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” soundtracking the scene. Sure, it was a “fake” protest, but Hadid said its message was far from phony.
“In rehearsal, most of us were pretty shy about yelling and being part of a ‘protest,’ but I think we all got inspired right before they show,” she told us. “They came and said, ‘This is for you to put out on to the world stage whatever this means to you. You have to realize this show is on the world stage. Everyone talks about, watches, hears about the Chanel show, and if you can make that mean something to you, make that come out as your energy for the finale, that’s what you have to do.’”
The scene was in fact on the world stage and critics abounded. Media Research Center fellow Katie Yoder was one. She told Fox, “Using a fashion show purportedly to spread ‘feminism’ should spark disgust among all women. With Karl Lagerfeld’s past criticisms of curvy women, the message he sends appears hypocritical and suggests that white, thin, tall women are the only acceptable champions of the movement.”
Lagerfeld, of course, wasn’t phased.
“I couldn’t care less if people are for or against,” he told Fashionista. “It’s my idea. I like the idea of feminism being something light-hearted, not a truck driver for the feminist movement.”
Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.
Let the Blake Lively pregnancy style stalking commence! All eyes have been on Lively since she made her first public appearance last week as a mommy-to-be. She looked, of course, gorgeous and glowing, as any expectant starlet would be. Unsurprisingly, she hasn’t disappointed since then, and we don’t expect her to anytime soon. As a baby bump continues to be Hollywood’s hottest trend, we’ll monitor Lively’s maternity outfits closely.
I love old-school suspense this time of the year, and nothing seems to satisfy quite like Alfred Hitchcock. Coined the Master of Suspense, the acclaimed director turned Tippi Hedren into a star thanks to her breakout role in The Birds.
From her smart green suit and tiny purse to her tousled blonde locks at the end of the film, Hedren’s look has been replicated in parodies and homages through the decades, including a Hitchcock-inspired collection from The Blonds where the models rocked her signature strands. Throw in a fake crow or two, and you’ve got the recipe for a contest-winning costume and a conversation starter. Here’s how you can snatch the look for yourself.
Style Scoop: Wildfox Couture Opens in Hollywood, Candy Crush Clothes Will Fuel Your Addiction, LVMH Talks Smartwatch Competition
Wildfox Couture has opened its first flagship in the heart of Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood. The “very girlie” boutique, according to the brand’s chief executive officer Jimmy Sommers, boasts a peach-colored exterior with a feminine interior, complete with filigree mirrors, glass chandeliers and antique brass tables. The store hosted a festive party on October 16 to celebrate the opening. [Women’s Wear Daily]
If you love Candy Crush enough to wear them on your person, you’re in luck, because now you can. Performance wear designer Zara Terez teamed up with King to make leggings adorned with the addicting game’s sweet subjects. Satisfy your fashion sweet tooth as well as your gaming addiction with these colorful duds. [Women’ Wear Daily]
Could a smartwatch be in the works for LVMH? A month after the Apple Watch made its debut, president of LVMH’s watch division and chairman of Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver, is talking competition. Biver denied rumors of a smartwatch for Hublot, but didn’t do the same for other LVMH brands TAG Heuer and Zenith. [Style.com]
Starting today, Apple Pay is making our shopping lives easier than they’ve ever been. Retailers including Walgreens, Whole Foods and Subway are already on board, in addition to Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters and Bloomingdales. Later this year, Sephora, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People will join the techy party. Apple insists this easy-pay system is safe—but, unfortunately, you need an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (or an Apple Watch, once it hits the scene) to use it. [Fashionista]
Frank Gehry’s seven-year project, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, is just about open and ready for business. With 11 gallery spaces, a 350-seat auditorium, a bookstore and a restaurant, the foundation is a true spectacle. Even if you’re not planning a casual trip to Paris anytime soon, you must take a peek at these photos. [Glam Chic]
Jeremy Scott lends a playful, hip-hop inspired touch to Adidas Originals for his second collection with the brand. The designer incorporated sequins, leather and netting into the collection, resulting in a rather sexy take on sportswear. From heeled sneakers to gold jerseys to cropped bombers, Scott didn’t shy away from his over-the-top aesthetic in the name of functionality—so, um, we don’t suggest testing these pieces out at the gym. The collection hits stores and online on October 31.
After seven years since its conception, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is open for business—of the art variety, that is. For architect Frank Gehry, though, the project seems far from complete: “I’m looking at it, and I see everything that I would like to change,” he said. “We designed it seven years ago, so now I have other ideas.” Spoken like a true artist—though from the outside looking in, the new foundation is quite the spectacle.
Inspired by the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 154-year-old garden and amusement park where the building is located, the building is divided into 11 galleries, a 350-seat auditorium, a bookstore and Le Frank, a restaurant. That might sound like a lot of space, but don’t expect it to be “static,” as Suzanne Pagé (artistic director of the Louis Vuitton Foundation) puts it. “It’s going to be changing, and that’s kind of nice, and artists can take it over. We have a proposal from Daniel Buren that completely takes the building over and makes it a Daniel Buren. That’s great for me, I love that, and I think they’ll do it.”
The building cost $128 million to build and required two years of research and over 100 top-level engineers to complete. Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and French President François Hollande attended the inauguration on Monday. The foundation officially opens on October 27.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute‘s first fall exhibition in seven years focuses on, of all things, death—but it’s far less morbid than one might think. The show, “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915 with about 30 looks (two of which are men’s-specific and one is for a little girl) that demonstrate how the mourner’s wardrobe evolved. The ritual of mourner’s dress was expressed via fabrics: “Very shiny fabrics were not considered appropriate for mourning in the early stages,” said assistant curator Jessica Regan. “In later stages of mourning, one could reintroduce more lustrous textiles like taffetas and moiré.”
Indeed, the exhibition breaks down the ritual and social convention by showing how clothes were designed specifically for mourners. The “mourning industry” developed in the 1840s as stores opened solely for the purpose of selling mourning textiles and accessories (bonnets, shawls, veils, gloves, etc.). The exhibition also showcases more “high-fashion” dresses from the 1870s as well as jewelry like lockets featuring images of the deceased and even some of their hair. For curator-in-charge Harold Koda, the purpose of the exhibition is “an opportunity to show how 19th-century high-fashion evolution overlaid with an important social condition, a protocol for ritualizing social interactions. It’s both a cultural phenomenon as well as purely a fashion phenomenon.” To see the phenomenon for yourself, head to the Costume Institute at the Met starting tomorrow, through February 1 or click through our slideshow above.
DknyPRGirl, aka Donna Karan International senior vice president of global communications Aliza Licht, is making her latest mark offline.
The publicist, perhaps best known for her social media prowess, is taking what she’s learned over the course of her career to write a book. Leave Your Mark is a 288-page “mentorship” that is divided into four sections: “Land Your Dream Job,” “Kill It in Your Career,” “Rock Social Media,” and “Creating the Brand of You,” plus a foreword by boss lady Donna Karan.
The book doesn’t come out until May (it’s available for preorder now on barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.co.uk) but Licht revealed the cover to WWD. It features a coffee cup adorned with her signature red lipstick. “The coffee cup exemplifies work—the working person,” she says. “Every day of my life, I look down at my cup and there [are] red lips on it. If there is an icon that represents me, that would be it.”