Over the past few weeks Hollywood's older women haven't been on their best form. All I need to say is Nicole Kidman and V magazine and you should know where I'm going with that one, but Sharon Stone brought it all back on a good footing yesterday.
The actress chose this black Roberto Cavalli gown to attend the amfAR gala in Milan, a style that the designer reportedly designed especially for her.The cleavage bearing cut out on the front could easily have made this look steer down the mutton dressed as lamb route but Stone pulls it off.
Natalie Portman is the latest in a long string of stars - including Sharon Stone, Jude Law and of course Charlize Theron - to lend their face to a Christian Dior fragrance. As Fashionista point out, as Stone is the face for Poison and Theron for J'adore, does this mean that the actress will front the Miss Dior Cherie campaign? At present the question remains unanswered because the brand is yet to comment. Model Maryna Linchuck was the last to front the campaign for the fragrance when the scent was re-launched in 2008 with a summery commerical by Sophia Coppola.
Gone are the days when men had no option but to wear those horrible jumpers to work and around the dinner table for Christmas. Unfortunately, this is something we've all become accustomed to whether it's on partners or the commuter on the train. But we come with good news and are prepared to let you in on a little secret. British heritage brand John Smedley is continuing to produce fine knit jumpers and accessories from the finest merino wool which are most notably, completely milled and produced in Britain.
We call the brand our little secret but the statistics speak otherwise. Since the company was founded in 1784 at the height of the Industrial Revolution - making it the oldest running factory in the world - the brand has grown a legion of loyal fans, which clearly explains their £15million turnover. The classic Smedley knits have been the first port of call for stars like Brad Pitt and Sharon Stone as well as Sean Connery, Mickey Rourke and most recently, the wardrobe stylist for the 'Coco Before Chanel' movie. The quirky traditionalism of the brand continues to appeal to all generations and designers. Margaret Howell, Comme des Garcons and Paul Smith have all featured the brand's fine gauge knitwear in their collections.
New York Fashion Week is just more than a month away, and Lady Gaga knows that as well as anyone. The extremist singer, who last season performed a set at the Marc Jacobs/Visionaire party, is set to spread her bad romance to the annual amfAR gala fundraiser on 10 February. The Cipriani 42nd Street event already has a guest list including Carine Roitfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep and Sharon Stone.
The fete will honour Sir Elton John and David Furnish, along with Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Yves Carcelle. Rufus Wainwright will also take to the stage, performing songs from his take on Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert. What are the odds we'll see a duet that night?
Last night, New Yorkmagazine caught up with Courtney Love at the Eighth Annual Benefit for the Elton John Foundation - which offered the perfect opportunity for Love to gossip about a former run-in with Anna Wintour. We're all ears, missy.
When asked if she had hung out with Sharon Stone at the benefit, the singer said: "I have a really good story about her. So we were outside the Ritz, years ago, and she sees Anna Wintour standing with me — she's been on the cover lots more than me. So I said, 'Anna, would you like a card?' She ignored me, turned away." [Love mimics Wintour turning her head away.] "So Sharon says. 'Anna, would you like a CARD?'" [Love, again, mimics the snub turn.]
Love continued: "So [Sharon Stone] blows up and says: 'I DO MORE IN A YEAR THAN YOU DO IN TEN! I'M MORE INVOLVED IN FASHION THAN YOU EVER F*CKING WILL BE IN YOUR LIFE!'"
Yikes. But don't worry, Courtney. If Alexander Wang had you play at his fashion-week party recently, then you can't be that snub-worthy.
The amfAR Cinema Againsts AIDS benefit makes prime people-watching. You have Paris and Peaches mingling, Sharon Stone hosting, Bill Clinton as the guest of honour and 50 Cent stepping out of the club and into the paparazzi pit. Our favourite picks of the night are Marion Cotillard, Zhang Ziyi, and (of course) Carine Roitfeld.
The paparazzi frenzy that is Brangie stepped out for the 'Inglourious Basterds' premiere at the Cannes Film Festival today, with Angelina Jolie sporting the everpresent nude trend. Dita von Teese and Zhang Ziyi went a bit darker, let's just say Robert Pattinson looked very, very, very nice.