Despite many a celeb claiming to never read press surrounding them - red carpet choices included - it seems that some are opting to go with the advice given after appearing on the worst dressed lists of publications, and sacking the stylist. Now, this might seem a disastrous move, however when looking to those celebs who do red carpet self styling at its best - Diane Kruger and Marion Cotillard to name a few - it appears that these gorgeous women who are confident in their own taste (and have access to the most exquisite dresses, mind) are the ones constantly on the top of the 'best dressed' lists.
Even stylist to the celebs, Shirley Kurate admits "What's happening now is that studios are cutting budgets for stylists so a lot of girls are dressing themselves. For someone like Diane Kruger or even Tilda Swinton, they're savvy enough to know what works, and they clearly have direct access to the designers so they're probably having fittings before they hit the red carpet as opposed to someone else in Hollywood working with a stylist, like Blake Lively for example." With most stylists costing an astounding £4000 per day, it makes sense that our favourite stars are sacking the stylists - forget having someone to tell you what to wear, that kind of money could buy a beautiful pair of Manolos...
Hey, New Yorkers: Get yourself to Soho, and quick. The long-awaited Jérôme Dreyfuss boutique has come to the city, making the NYC shop Dreyfuss' first stateside. Already, the designer has won over the cool girls in Paris, with well crafted handbags that mark the perfect balance between luxury and it-factor.
What's even better about the new boutique? Dreyfuss designed the space to mimic the weekend retreat he shares with his wife, Isabel Marant. The store is set up as a modernist-rustic cabin, blending a 19th-century interior (from when the space was a men's fur shop) and the ultimate in modern design (Dreyfuss bought two Ron Arad modular couches straight from MOMA).
Inside, the designer will sell a capsule collection of bags exclusive to the New York boutique, including "best hits" from his previous collections, and designs he simply "won't let die." That's enough for us. We're headed to 473 Broome Street now.
I was the biggest Vivienne Westwood fan. So I started working at her store. I used to steal a lot of things there. One day, the manager told me, 'People have been stealing. We now have to check everyone before the leave the store.' That day, I had a bag full of accessories. So I threw it into the bin. My plan was to wait for the cleaning lady to throw the bins outside, and then to retrieve the bag. She came 30 minutes after closing. And just when I was ransacking the bins, I saw my manager watching me. He started yelling, 'You will never work here again.'
When Coco Rocha marries interior designer James Conran on June 9, she'll have her ceremony in a fairly romantic location. Giving the details to ELLE Canada, she said: "He took me to a beautiful castle in France and he proposed there. We’re actually going to be married there as well." Not bad. And with only 60 guests invited, the setting should be especially intimate.
With plans to launch her Rococo fashion line at the year's end, Rocha has plenty on her plate, even without a wedding to consider. Thankfully, Zac Posen has offered his advice on wedding designs - and the Canadian supermodel has confirmed to the magazine that she'll be wearing one of his dresses for her big day. We're sure the bride-to-be will look, well, exactly like a princess in her castle.
Meet Tara Lynn, the plus-size model who snagged French ELLE's cover for the April 2010 issue. She wears Hermes on the cover, but in a roughly 20-page editorial inside the magazine, she strips down to nothing but a sultry stare. This comes about a year after French ELLE featured unretouched images of cover stars wearing no makeup. Maybe the mag really is trying to create change?
This is a big placement for Lynn, but you've seen her before. She's signed with Ford Models and previously starred in the "Curves Ahead" editorial for V magazine's January size issue: once again, wearing nothing. Lynn previously modelled for Nordstrom online, as far back as 2008. Remember this face - and the body - because we're sure you'll see more of her.
Anti-fur crowd, you might want to stop reading now: Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy reportedly are extemely close to signing a deal to design for the French fur label Revillon. Peter Dundas formerly designed for the label but left in October 2008 to take over at Pucci. Without a designer, Revillon opted not to show in Paris last month - but if the Mulleavys sign on, they could start with a Couture Week collection this July. Although reps for Rodarte deny any dealings, a source said to the Daily that "the higher-ups at Revillon started pitching it to retailers during Paris Fashion Week."
Considering that Rodarte makes just 1,000 stores a year for retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Opening Ceremony - and also considering that they market $10,350 dresses in a still-tough economy - it seems that a new source of income could only help the designers. And besides, in a spiderweb dress, sometimes you just need something to warm up. Like maybe a Revillon coat.