Penelope Cruz knows how to make a statement on the red carpet. Usually the actress is all about drama but to attend the 60th San Seabstian Film Festival she was appropriately understated.
The silk red vintage Gianni Versace strapless gown looks chic and classic and not fussy and the pleat details helps add that little bit extra. To finish off the look, Cruz teamed the dress with a pair of red satin Salvatore Ferragamo sandals, which could easily have caused to her to blend into the red carpet, but strangely works.
This year Versace showed their first couture collection after an eight year hiatus and now Dolce & Gabbana have confirmed that they are following suit by showing their first-ever couture show on July 9.
Rather than have the runway show in Paris along with other brands, they've decided to host it in Taormina, Sicily instead. According to the Financial Times' Vanessa Freidman, the decision was a calculated move to help keep the critics away and besides, the guests in attendance are reported to be rich clients rather than journalists anyway.
While the news does come as a surprise, it actually makes sense. Recently Louis Vuitton spoke out about their concern to appeal to the top spenders by creating exclusive collections to tackle the problem of becoming too accessible as they expand. Versace has since followed suit and since Dolce & Gabbana dropped their lower-priced line, D&G, last year, it looks like they're going in the same direction by targeting those high-end customers.
Donatella Versace's menswear collection took us on a trip to Ancient Greece and Rome for S/S13. Models were sent down the runway often wearing nothing more than a tight pair of speedo-style pants, gladiator sandals and their best spray tans teamed with lashes and lashes of gold.
While it wouldn't be too critical to say that the belts the appeared throughout were more wrestler than Greek God, as always Donatella delivered a party something fun that continues to be a refreshing breather from the more considered economy-conscious collections that we continue to see.
Long tops came in sheer white styles, bomber jackets were out-there in metallic gold and suits were unmissable in shiny fabrics while raincoats came in floral prints. For the all the vulgarity, though, there were some strong tailoring especially on the double breasted sleeveless jackets and matching shorts. The only disappointing thing was that these pieces were few and far between and were drowned out by the metallics and prints.
[A]t some event, somewhere…I made a joke and she started to laugh and she said let’s go and get some paninis because we’re starving…and off we went. We just talk, talk, talk. She’s so inspiring. We make fun of each other and teach each other. She says, ‘I could never make sexy clothes, but I love them.’ And I say, ‘Well, I love what you do’.
IPO's have been a major topic of conversation recently. Michael Kors and Prada successfully went public a little while back and of course, the controversy surrounding Facebook's entry onto the stock market has meant that it's a topic that's not going away any time soon. Now it looks like Versace might follow suit.
It's no secret that the family-owned business flirted with the idea of going public back in 1997 but after the death of Gianni Versace and a string of financial problems, any such discussions fell apart. But things are really turning around for the house. This year marked the first time it has been profitable since 2009, which it marked with a return to couture in January after an eight-year hiatus. If there was ever a time to appeal to potential investors, then, it's now.
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.
Yesterday I wasn't completely convinced by Freida Pinto's black Versace outfit but today's dress from the brand is perfection. The actress chose that bright yellow dress with the lace and sculptural hip detail that we all fell in love at the S/S12 Atelier show. She sported the outfit to attend the premiere of the 'De Rouille et D'Os' premiere during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Freida Pinto is a big fan of wearing Chanel on the red carpet but last night she opted for this sheer and sequin Versace gown to attend the opening dinner for the Cannes Film Festival. Pinto definitely pulls the look off but there's something about the look, especially the hair, that spoils it for me.
Anticipation for this year's Met Gala was high and the event definitely didn't disappoint. While it's true, there were several disappointing looks from people like Coco Rocha and Jessica Chastain, the majority of the looks were really strong and it was really good to see people research and commit to this year's Schiaparelli theme.
The above is a round-up of my favourite looks. Regular readers will know that I was on the dubious side about Joseph Altuzarrateaming up with Lana Del Rey but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Her dress, along with her new dark hair, looked beautiful and so did Carey Mulligan in her golden Prada creation. As an Olsen fan, I'm generally impressed by anything either twin turns up in and last night was no different. The black dress from The Row that Mary-Kate Olsen was classically simple but still powerful.