Ever since Lady Gaga arrived on the scene, it seems our favourite divas are going out of their way to get noticed. Singing sensation Rihanna wore this spotted D&G jumpsuit to Drai's Hollywood nightclub last week, however we're not sure whether the red hair combo is more clown chic, or circus faux pas. What do you think?
Taking inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood - golden being the operative word, here - Giorgio Armani's latest designs for his Armani Privé collection revolved around the theme "A Play On Amber", with demure skirt suits, fluid straight legged trousers and exquisitely draped evening dresses in honey hues, soft greys and a range of neutrals.
The classic Armani combination of jacket and skirt featured brooch detailing, overcoats and gathers of smooth fabric for day, whilst evening gowns draped elegantly to the floor, sometimes from around the neck but predominantly strapless - although it was Karlie Kloss' shimmering sequinned finale dress that had our attention, that, and the newly-golden locks she and the rest of the blonde army of models had been sporting.
Imagine inheriting over 3000 (mostly designer) vintage dresses from your extremely well dressed god-mother, and you'd be right in thinking you were one of the luckiest women alive. That was the position that Charlotte Smith, curator of the Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney found herself in, and so using the notes that accompanied each dress telling its individual tale and revealing the original woman to wear it, Smith decided to create a book entitled 'Dreaming of Dior'.
Bringing one rail's worth of the collection to the book launch on Friday, Smith pulled out a few of her favourites - including a black raw silk Dior gown from the Sixties and a pink knitted minidress - whilst reflecting on the change in style from the classic style to the new modern belle. "The women at the Met Ball looked like complete tarts!" she proclaimed, although she did have an exception. "The one that Sarah Jessica Parker wore, that gold one, that was quite beautiful", she said, referring to a pleated Halston dress, a brand famous through the Seventies - one of Smith's favourite eras.
You have to give Lindsay Lohan some credit. After facing harsh - and some would say deserved - criticism following her stint at high fashion label Emanuel Ungaro, the Hollywood actress has defied the haters and continued to press through with her own line, 6126. The collection, which originally started off as a leggings only range has now expanded into a full line of clothing, to include leather jackets, bombers, mini dresses and of course leggings ("Lindsay really started the legging trend," her sales rep boasts).
The latest additions to the collection may not be able to take you from day to night, as they claim, but the mini dresses, leggings and glam rock jackets fit in perfectly for partying the night away in Hollywood. According to another rep for Lohan at her showroom, the collection has gone down well, with Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Ron Herman all buying into the collection. Let's hope this crack at the fashion industry goes far better than her last attempt.
With the ever-glamorous Oscars approaching quick and fast for the 7th of March, it's easy for us to overlook the preparation that goes into an award-winning look. So what does actually go into looking Oscar-worthy on the night? Stylist to the stars Phillip Bloch speaks to The Thread about transforming the actresses into Hollywood goddesses, and how much money gets piped into these kind of events.
Charging roughly $1000 to $1,500 per day, Bloch tends to spend at least a couple of days with the stars, bringing between 50 and 100 dresses to fittings, from all different designers to be "efficient". For the dress, expect to spend anything from $5,000 to $20,000, add $700-plus for shoes, $2,500 to $5,000 for a makeup artist and between $500 and $1,500 for a tailor to take in said dress. That's not even including the jewellery - the diamonds that you'll see sparkle on the red carpet range from $100,000 to a few million dollars - and underwear... and a bag. It's not all glitz and glam, however. Bloch is keen to point out that most actresses borrow their ensembles, which takes the overall costing down to roughly $10,000. A cheap night, then.
So you'd think that after an eventful year - particularly surrounding the Ungaro saga - Lindsay Lohan would be wanting to redeem herself in the fashion industry, no? It seems that the actress is set on ruining a part of her fashion career that has been successful to date, her 6126 line of leggings, by expanding it into a full collection and unabashedly copying the work of others.
The Hollywood starlet has been accused of copying a Jen Kao design for a new dress to feature in her 6126 expansion, with her drawing of the design looking uncannily like a Kao dress that she not only owns, but has been papped in, too. According to WWD, Lohan is actively involved in the design process “She’s intimately involved from day one. She picks fabrics. She looks at trims. She picks buttons. She doesn’t let anything go into production without trying it on,” explains principal at 6126, Kristi Kaylor, so we can only ask ourselves - what on earth is she thinking?
It seems there is no stopping Lindsay Lohan on her quest for respect on the fashion scene. Even after humiliating criticism following the SS10 Ungaro collection this September, the Hollywood starlet keeps fighting back - this time by expanding her 6126 range of leggings into a full collection. "I need MORE followers i am so sad about this, how can i tell everyone about my 6126 full collection COMING OUT! all clothing", Lindsay posted on Twitter on Sunday, though it is not known which stores will carry the collection yet.
The existing range has been doing surprisingly well considering its rather steep price tag, with the padded knee 'Mr President' style - retailing at $132 - proving most popular. Let's hope that the full collection steers clear of any resemblance to Lohan's attempt at designing for Ungaro, which featured some rather promiscuous nipple pasties.