British designers continue to go from strength to strength on the other side of the pond. Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto are increasingly popping up on the red carpet in Hollywood but Antonio Berardi is definitely leading the pack when it comes to dressing celebrities. Nicole Richie wears his designs and so does Elizabeth Banks but over the weekend it was Ashley Greene's turn.
The actress sported one of the fitted white bandage style dresses from Berardi's resort 2013 collection to attend the third annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event and the outfit suits her and works for the occasion. To finish the look off, she teamed the dress with a pair of nude Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, which don't work particularly well but aren't too bad considering the off-white panels on the dress.
The Tony Awards are a big deal in the world of theatre but style wise, there's never really much to get excited about but that was until Jessica Chastian hit the red carpet last night.
Granted Chastain does go down the safe route sometimes but she equally isn't afraid of taking a risk and last night it really paid off. Everything about the Mario Schwab dress is beautiful and works brilliantly on her womanly physique and against her porcelain skin. It's sheer in all the right places and the Swarovski Elements preserving her modesty works beautifully too.
Antonio Berardi's S/S12 collection has dominated the red carpet over the past few months so with that in mind, it was business as usual over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. Erin Wasson chose the light blue and red dress to attend the premiere of 'Amour' and teamed it with soft waves and a nude lip and jewelry from Chopard.
I always like what Nicole Richie wears on the red carpet and this outfit that she wore last week was no different. The Antonio Berardi sequined trousers are not easy to pull off but Richie makes it work with this oversized blazer.
Around the end of 2011 there was a real buzz around Lana Del Rey. The 'Video Games' singer has quickly gained a fashion following having been dressed by everyone from Antonio Berardi to Prabal Gurung and back in September, she performed at the Mulberry S/S12 presentation in New York.
If recent reports are anything to go by, indie singer will be working with fashion a lot more in the coming year. Next Model Management has reportedly signed the singer under the talent branch of the agency joining a rooster that already includes Alice Dellal and Alexa Chung. So if you're still not convinced that 2012 is her year, just watch this space.
Antonio Berardi was the designer of choice for both Nicole Richie and Freida Pinto yesterday. While Richie opted for this plunge-neck black dress with padded shoulders teamed with a House of Harlow clutch to attend the ACE Awards, Pinto opted for a more elaborate style with this champagne-toned embroidered gown to attend the premiere of her new movie, 'Immortals'.
Antonio Beradi's past collection have all been about power with his signature bod-con dresses serving as his secret weapon, but this season was different. Although his signature pieces did pop up and the Berardi woman is still strong, this sentiment was a lot more subdued and relaxed this season from what we've seen from him in the past.
Silhouettes were a lot more fluid and relaxed. He found a middle ground between structure and fluidity by creating dressed with structure on the sleeves and along the chest but with floaty chiffon from the waist down covered in feminine embroidery. Long gowns came with ruffled hemlines while shorter styles came with volumous chiffon sleeves. Cocoon shapes also popped up on cropped jackets and tops in a similar vein to what we saw at Stella McCartney last season.
The tailoring had the same feeling. Like Rachel Zoe and Rachel Roy did in New York the collection featured an easy loose fit white trouser suit teamed with a nude clutch bag and minimalist top and trousers generally came in a subtle wide length style teamed with deconstructed blazers.
To begin with, the colour palette was clean featuring crisp whites along with nude and light pinks. Colour was gradually introduced with an orange print, that wasn't my favourite, appearing on maxi dresses and short sleeve tops. Red dominated the latter part of the show and worked well on the outline and top rim of white wide leg trousers and on the accompanying blazer jacket.