Ever since Angelina Jolie had that leg moment on the red carpet at the Oscars this year, we haven't been able to have a break from stars sporting thigh high slits on the red carpet. On the whole, it's one trend that I wouldn't mind seeing disappear but Anna Friel was the exception on Monday night.
To attend the London premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man', the actress sported a purple version of the back gown that we saw the S/S12 Temperley London show. The rich tone definitely works a lot better than the black style and Friel really manages to pull it off. The only thing I would change is the heavy cork sandals.
Yesterday at the Carven presentation in Florence at Pitti Uomo, menswear designer Guillaume Henry revealed that the brand are planning to open a stand-alone store in New York soon. When asked about timescale he wouldn't budge but it's definitely happening.
The presence of the brand's menswear collection at Pitti this year is big. Aside from giving the brand exposure generally, it has also pushed the menswear limb of the business to the forefront. At present the brand is only available at Opening Ceremony and Barneys so the news is definitely going to be music to the ears of the fans out there.
As far as designer collaborations with the high street go, Target (along with Macy's) have pretty much dominated that area in the States. Over the years they have partnered with everyone from Missoni to Jason Wu and as previously reported, Kohl's are getting in on the action.
To launch their new designer collaboration initiative, Design Nation, earlier on this week they confirmed that they are working on a line with Narciso Rodriguez and now the first images of the collection have surfaced.
Unlike other initiatives, Design Nation sends designers to a destination of their choosing, which will then serve as the foundation of inspiration for the collection. For Rodriguez, that destination was Istanbul, which he travelled to for four days earlier on this year. 'There is such a great mix of Europe and Asian [in Istanbul], and a really cool new scene, from the arts to the kids, the graffiti, the colors of the streets, the patinas on the walls, the tiles on the floors,' he told WWD.
She's starred in campaigns for Superga, Vero Moda and Pepe Jeans but now Alexa Chung is lending her face to Maje. This week the presenter was unveiled as the brand's latest face at an event held in Paris and now the first images of the Fall 2012 campaign are out.
The Glen Luchford-lensed shots come in black and white and 'were shot in the early morning at the Porte des Lilas subway station in Paris are meant to evoke a Sixties film heroine,' WWD reports. 'Elegant yet eddy, her attitude reflect a personality that is both glamorous and rock 'n' roll,' the brand said in a statement. 'It's really love at first sight,' Maje creative director Judith Milgrom said. 'She's a chameleon. She has a way of wearing designs that is very personal.'
I have a love/hate relationship with Sofia Vegara. Along with Penelope Cruz and Eva Mendes, she's amongst a handful of actresses that actually represent a healthy body image for women and there's no doubting that she always looks incredible in her magazine spreads and red carpet appearances. But while that's true, all of her outfits tend to look the same and her July spread in Vanity Fair Spain is a prime example of that.
True to form, the 39 year-old was styled in pieces that don't stray too far from the figure hugging silhouette that she's become known for. Don't get me wrong, the pieces work for her and it's always a good think to see curvy women in Hollywood embrace their bodies but I really hope to see her shake things up soon.
If you loved Daphne Groeneveld's Dior Addict campaign, you'll be pleased to know that the brand has just released a short video shot by Jonas Ackerlund to promote the fragrance. The short video starts off on the beach while the model dances away to 'I Love You, Ono' before she makes her way into a town and dances on a bar in a cafe.
Video campaigns to support print ads is something that more and more brands are doing. As you'll remember, Yves Saint Laurent released that video featuring Eniko Mihalik a while back to support their pre-season collection and it worked and helped contextualise the collection. In the past few months Elie Saab have followed suit and in February Longchamp booked Coco Rocha to show off her best dance moves in a video to promote their bag collection.
Adidas have been under fire this week after this image of a pair of sneakers with shackles around the ankles designed by Jeremy Scott were unveiled. The style, called the JS Roundhouse Mids, caused an outrage over Facebook for having connotations of slavery and when the image was posted it came with the caption, 'Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles.'
As you would expect, the backlash forced the company to cancel the style completely so it will not drop in August as previously expected and this week they released the following statement:
The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery ... We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.
Anyone familiar with Scott's designs won't be surprised by them but that does that make it right. What do you think?
Anyone that reads the site regularly will know just how fond I am of Emma Stone but it's for good reason. This week she proved why her style credentials are stacking up when she stepped out at the Le Grand Rex in France.
Stone really knows how to shake things up and keep us guessing. At the London premiere of the 'The Amazing Spider-Man' she surprised us all by opting for an Elie Saab jumpsuit rather than a gown and at the Paris premiere she did it again, sporting this dark but romantic dress from the Gucci Fall 2012 collection.
Everything about the look works. The vampy hair and curled bob are different for Stone but works perfectly with the drama of the dress. I've been desperate to see the look on the red carpet after seeing at the brand's show in March and having seen it on the 24 year-old, it was definitely worth the wait.