Even great actresses don’t always know the right way to navigate the red carpet at premieres and awards shows. Let stylists tell you how to walk the walk.
People usually remember three things about every Oscar ceremony when it’s over: who won, who was best dressed, and who was worst dressed. But increasingly, choosing a great dress is not enough for those looking to make a splash on the red carpet. They have to choose the right pose, too.
With red carpets more heavily photographed today than ever before, having the right red carpet pose can be the difference between an actress being deemed a fashion winner or a fashion loser. Additionally, the sheer number of red carpet events photographed today, from awards ceremonies, to film screenings, to charity events, means that actresses have to bring their fashion A-game just about every time they step out of the house. That means hiring stylists to help them select the perfect gown for a film premiere, and the perfect pose to go with it.
When Barbara Tfank dressed Uma Thurman in a Prada dress at the 1995 Academy Awards, she changed red carpet dressing forever. But now, despite the procession of dazzling designer dresses, she wonders why "people look so uncomfortable" on Oscars night.
It might seem strange to people watching the red carpet for the procession of famous-name designer gowns on Sunday night that prior to the mid-to-late nineties, actors and actresses attended the Academy Awards in pieces crafted by some of Hollywood’s greatest costume designers. Back then, the red carpet wasn't the province of Prada, Valentino, and Christian Dior. Instead, great movie dress designers including Helen Rose and Edith Head costumed the likes of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn in one-of-a-kind pieces specifically crafted to fit their measurements, personality, and film role.
But Barbara Tfank (her surname pronounced tee-fank) arguably changed all that when she dressed a young Uma Thurman for the 1995 Academy Awards—where she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Pulp Fiction—in a lavender, custom-made Prada gown. The moment was an Oscar’s night game-changer, propelling high-end designers to vie for dressing Hollywood’s biggest stars.
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Michelle Obama’s Brow Got a Makeover: A medical procedure would be too risky for someone as constantly photographed as First Lady Michelle Obama. So, how do you keep the signs aging at bay? It turns out, eyebrows are the key. Over the past four years, FLOTUS has been meticulously grooming and re-shaping her eyebrows, helping to shed, and possibly reverse, any marks of age. “A well groomed brow is like an instant eye lift,” Lisa Potter-Dixon, head make-up and trend artist for Benefit, told the Telegraph. “The First Lady Michelle Obama has been seen with this reinvented, boyish brow and rightly so. Her fuller-looking, groomed brow opens the eyes and makes her look so much younger.” [Telegraph]
Proenza Schouler Takes Over Le Bon Marché: For a new retrospective, design duo Jack Mccollough and Lazaro Hernandez are taking over the ground floor of the French department store's Left Bank outpost in Paris. Pulling from their archive, the Proenza Schouler designers will display looks from the past twelve years of their collections along with video installations. “For us, our collections are so autobiographical,” McCollough told The New York Times. “Every collection represents six months of our life,” Hernandez said. “We could probably look back at every look and tell you what we were doing at that time." The exhibition will be on display through March 22. [The New York Times]
There's one Carrie-trait Sarah Jessica Parker may never be able to shake—a love of shoes. The 'Sex and the City' star dishes on her new shoe line and her love of fashion.
In Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) tells her Vogue editor, “I may not know men, but shoes—shoes I know.”
The quintessential single girl became best known for her outrageous, yet highly-covetable wardrobe—particularly her fascination with exquisite designer shoes by the likes of Christian Louboutin, and, of course, Manolo Blahnik.
Kate may chop her hair in advance of Australia visit next month.
Meanwhile, back to the serious news - and is it really true that Kate Middleton is going to cut her hair?
That certainly is the rumor doing the rounds this week, with speculation that Kate may give her locks a dramatic chops before heading off on tour to Australia next month.
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Versace Sells Minority Stake: Following months of speculation, Italian fashion house Versace has officially sold a 20 percent minority stake to investment fund Blackstone Group. "I am very pleased to work with Blackstone and, in particular, with Stephen Schwarzman [co-founder of Blackstone], whom I admire for his achievements and who shares the family's vision for the development of Versace," Donatella Versace said. Blackstone's investment will allow Versace to grow financially and continue to expand on a global scale into new markets. The fund recently invested $200 million in shoe company Crocs. [The Telegraph]
Jessica Lange Fronts Marc Jacobs Beauty Campaign: Sixty-four-year-old actress Jessica Lange made a splash at Marc Jacobs's Fall/Winter 2014 show, narrating the ominous "Happy Days Are Here Again" poem while models walked the runway. Now, Lange will front the first campaign, shot by David Sims, for Marc Jacobs's newly-launched beauty line. Jacobs leaked a photo to Instagram, which featued a shadowed close-up of Lange's gorgeous face. [Fashionista]
Fashion week is fun and all, but the mad rush can be exhausting. From the perfect massage to the best place to drink, see where model Sigrid Agren hangs out off the runway.
It’s a big week for French-Swedish model Sigrid Agren, who is walking several runways during Paris Fashion Week ranked as the tenth best model in the world. Agren entered the fashion industry at the ripe age of 13, when she competed in the Elite Model Look contest in France. Although Agren lost, she was still offered a contract with Elite Model Management, beginning her nearly ten-year career in the industry. After taking a brief hiatus to complete her studies, Agren took the fashion world by storm in 2008, making her runway debut on the Prada catwalk. Since then, she’s walked for Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Versace, among countless others. She has appeared in editorials for Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar, served as the face of Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera, and Celine, and has become one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite models (she’s currently a campaign star for Chanel Cosmetics). As Paris Fashion Week heats up, the now 21-year-old seasoned vet shares her favorite spots to eat, drink, and relax in the city she calls home. Bienvenue à Paris, supermodel style.
Three major celebrity stylists share what happens when zippers bust and colors change on Hollywood’s biggest night.
In many ways, the red carpet has surpassed the awards themselves as the most important—and stress-inducing—aspect of Oscar Sunday. The simplicity of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s yesteryear—think Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly—have been replaced by a spectacle where it’s all about what you wear, not who you are, or what film you were in. Between liaising with PR and design houses, samples, and ensuring both your client—and the millions of viewers watching and critiquing at home—are satisfied, a stylist’s job consists of a whole lot of nerves, and not a whole lot of sleep.
“There’s so much pressure now, especially with the internet,” stylist Anita Patrickson, whose clients include Julianne Hough, Julie Delpy, Emma Watson, and Chanel Iman, told The Daily Beast. “Everybody thinks they’re a stylist, so everybody’s got an opinion. There are hundreds of people who are critiquing your work who think they know how [styling] works, or thinking how easy it must be to just choose a dress and put it on somebody. But it definitely doesn’t work that way—some designers only work with certain people; body shapes and sizes aren’t probably as they look on the carpet; and everybody’s got their different insecurities, especially for the Oscar’s. This is the big momma of award shows.”
It’s easy for most of us to shake our heads at the antics of the paparazzi. But looking over decades of celebrity shots provokes a startling revelation: we're culpable too.
From furtive nude photos of Jackie Kennedy Onassis to the latest shot of Paris Hilton falling out of her dress, photographers have been chasing down stars at inopportune moments for over half a century. And our collective obsession with celebrity only feeds this madness. A compelling new exhibition in Metz scrutinizes, visually and conceptually, the ways in which Western society manufactures and devours paparazzi-produced pop culture. Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists opened Thursday at the Centre Pompidou-Metz contemporary art museum, and will remain on display through June 9. (The venue alone is worth seeing, with its astonishing undulating roof designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.)
For the show, curator Clément Chéroux, head of the photography department at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (and who is also responsible for the current Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective), examined not only the ties between the photographer and the photographed over the past half-century, but also framed that relationship in relation to the art world. The work was gathered over three years, and Chéroux, who partnered with Quentin Bajac, chief curator of photography at the MoMA, clarifies that it’s an impartial exhibition—there are no “sides.” Divided into three parts—photographers, stars, and artists—the show provides a dense but clear-eyed look at this inexorable, seething facet of pop culture.
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Kanye West Is a Modern Michelangelo: In a not-so-surprising turn of events, Kanye West once again compared himself to someone of great historical importance. During his appearance on Tuesday night’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, West paralleled his "repressed" artistic expressions to those of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. “I give you paintings, sonic paintings,” the always opinionated rapper told Meyers. “I have synesthesia, I can see sound. So when I do fashion, I want to give you sculptures—it’s like Michelangelo, the church wanted him to paint and he wanted to do sculptures.” While there are rumors that West is re-joining the fashion world, his dedication to a single project has been noted as a bit spotty and unreliable. [Fashionista]
Pippa Jokes About Her Bridesmaid Dress: Speaking at a dinner in London for Women in Advertising and Communications, Pippa Middleton finally addressed the royal wedding day photos that brought her so much attention. She joked that while she was glad that the custom Alexander McQueen dress fit, “in retrospect it fitted a little too well.” The photos, featuring Pippa’s backside, gained her to equal recognition as her royal sister, Kate. “As I have found out, recognition has its upside, its downside and—you may say—its backside.” [LDN Fashion]
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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Take on The Oscars: Access Hollywood has answered our prayers, giving us one more night with our favorite former Olympic figure skaters-turned-Sochi commentators. On March 2, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will kick off the channel's Academy Awards coverage with an “Oscars-outfit shopping excursion” before critiquing outfits from above the red carpet, while Billy Bush interviews award show attendees. “It’s not two clowns up there,” the show's executive producer Rob Silverstein said. “They actually know their stuff. Yes, they don’t work for InStyle or Vogue, but they don’t need to. Fashion—and our show—is about fun, and they’re fun.” [The Cut]
Giorgio Armani is Unhappy with Anna Wintour: Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani faced quite a few drawbacks when he showcased his Fall/Winter 2014 collection on the last day of Milan Fashion Week—including the absence of Anna Wintour. “There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris,” the designer said in a post-show press conference. “She took an airplane, dumped Mr. Armani and went to Paris.” Considering it was an almost empty day of shows in Milan, many of the industry's leaders had already left the city for Paris Fashion Week—an issue the designer blamed on Milan Fashion Week’s organizers. [The Telegraph]
A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?
The latest video in its recurring series, luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi talks design process and inspirations with up-and-coming British designer Emilia Wickstead.