The Art of Elysium Gala always serves us with great red carpet moments and this year was no different. Amber Heard made a real statement in a gold gown by Donna Karan and Kirsten Dunst in Valentino, Rachel Bilson in Chanel and Michelle Trachtenberg in Marchesa were also among the best dressed at the night.
Awards season is officially in full swing and last night Beverley Hills played host the 12th Annual AFI Awards. Compared to what we've seen so far this week, red carpet looks at the event was disappointing but naturally, Rooney Mara was produced the best outfit of the night in pre-fall Lanvin.
Find what everyone wore by going through our gallery.
From Esteban Cortazar's dramatic depature from the brand, Lindsay Lohan's infmaously terrible collection to Giles Deacon's swift exit after only a year, Emanuel Ungaro hasn't had the best last few years. Unfortunately things are only getting worse as WWD have confirmed that thir new CEO, Jeffrey Aronsson, has left along with the majority of their advisory committee.
Arronsson, who has had successful stints at Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, was brought on board to turn the company around but has reportedly left the company to focus on his investment and consulting firm after working at the brand for only 6 months. And his departure couldn't come at a worse time. Ungaro continues to experience considerable losses each year and with the constant in and out of employees, that fate doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon.
The big winner on the night was editor's favourite, Joseph Altuzarra, who took home $300,000 to go towards his business as well the mentoring that comes along with the prize money. Pamela Love and Chicago, Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind were the runners up and will walk away with $100,000 and of course, the mentorship from the CFDA's Business Advisory Committee.
Every model from Liya Kebede to Joan Smalls attended as well as designers like Donna Karan, keynote speaker Calvin Klein and past winner Alexander Wang.
We've been talking about it for the past month and yesterday finally saw Victoria's Secret host their annual catwalk show. Kanye West and Jay-Z were the suprise performers of the night in addition to Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj who had both already been confirmed.
Guests at the after party ranged from Donna Karan and Carine Roitfeld to Nicky Hilton and Lala Vazquez and Joan Smalls gets my vote for the best dressed Angel on the night.
Anyone that follows DKNY PR girl on Twitter will know that Donna Karan is currently in Haiti. The designer has chosen the country as the backdrop for the S/S12 Donna Karan campaign, which makes sense considering that it was the main source of inspiration for the collection.
Just to get you excited about the big reveal, enjoy these behind-the-scenes images from the campaign shoot starring Adriana Lima.
Aside from being a great actress, Ashley Greene never disappoints in the sartorial stakes and brands are paying attention. After securing her first big cosmetics contract for Mark, the actress is now branching out into fashion as she has been confirmed as the face of the DKNY and DKNY jeans S/S12 campaign.
"I've always loved Donna Karan's creations," Greene said in a release. "To be part of the brand's message is incredibly exciting because it feels like such an organic fit. It's easy to talk about how these clothes work fr my lifestyle, whether I'm in New York, L.A. or travelling for work." And bosses at the brand could be happier with the partnership with the 'Twilight' star. "Ashley embodies everything DKNY - her energy, her spirit, her eclectic personal style," Patti Cohen, vice president at Donna Karan, said. "She is at the forefront of what it means to connect with a global fan base through social media, a focus that is aligned with our digital and new media initiatives."
As a South African myself, I take to offence when designers send some khaki down the runway and say that it's 'tribal' or African-inspired but Donna Karan really impressed me with her collection yesterday. Yes, the African inspiration was clear on the graphic prints in earthy tones like brown and tan teamed with black and the odd hint of white but it was done so well and was different from anything we've seen for S/S12.
The brushstroke prints inspired by the work of Haitian artist, Phillip Dodar, appeared on everything from knee length full skirts to figure hugging one shouldered dresses and everything in between. All of the pieces came with statement necklaces and wooden bangles that felt traditional yet modern at the same time. And as you would expect from Karan, the evening wear was on point and includes pieces like a mustard and brown halter neck gown and a sexy black deep plunge necked floor length dress with a sexy high slit.
After seeing the gold collection that she did for fall, I was afraid that her latest offeings wouldn't quite match up but Karan definitely delivered.