Along with the Met Gala, the annual amfAR event during the Cannes Film Festival is one of the biggest events on the calendar. Unlike some of the big award ceremonies that can often be a bit hit and miss, amfAR always attracts a good red carpet and last night, with the exception of Kate Upton, was no exception.
Diane Kruger continued her reign as one of the best dressed women at this year's event, sporting a dress from the Chanel Resort 2013 collection that was unveilved recently. Karolina Kurkova continued her love of all things gold in a beautiful Roberto Cavalli sheer sequin dress with a matching jacket but you'll pleased to know that it came sans gold blingy hat.
This year is a big one for Kenneth Cole. To coincide with the 30th birthday of his eponymous line, the designer has also decided to launch a new higher priced line targeted at a more fashion-conscious collection.
The collection titled Kenneth Cole Collection is currently being shown to editors in New York but will be available in stores come July. In the meantime though the designer has released a behind-the-scenes video where he showcases some of the pieces from the collection like a selection of sunglasses, great outerwear and heels.
Despite the collection being targeted at a more fashion conscience customer, in the video Cole emphasised that the line is all about quality statement pieces that will see you from season to season. 'Nobody empties their closet at the end of every season,' he explains. 'We look for very special pieces to complement that which we already own and that which we hope to own. So the collection is meant to be one of those special pieces — or more.' With that in mind then the prices, which come in at $400 for dresses to $900 for outerwear, are significantly more expensive than his mainline which retails for $150 to $450.
New York Fashion Week started with a bang last night as the annual amfAR New York gala event took place to kick off this season's festivities. The gala, which raises money for HIV/AIDS research, always see the best of fashion and entertainment come under one roof and as you would expect, the red carpet outfits were strong. Models were particularly on form last night. Joan Smalls looking incredible in a black Givenchy gown, Anja Rubik sported that much loved black and gold Gucci flapper dress and Liya Kebede broke the penchant for gowns by opting for this season's two tone trousers teamed with a white blouse.
Kenneth Cole isn't in anyone's good books at the moment, and rightly so. In case you didn't see it, last week in an attempt to plug his new collection, Cole made a joke on his Twitter saying that the launch of his S/S11 collection was the cause of the riots in Cairo.
As expected, the move hasn't served him well, resulting in his releasing an apology late last week. "In hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate," he said. "Important moments like this are a time to reflect. To remind us, sometimes, that it's not only important what you wear, but it's also important to be aware."
It's moments like this that makes us doubt the saying, "All publicity is good publicity."