Jessica Alba, Liv Tyler, and model Anouck Lepere are all feeling florals. While running errands in LA, Jessica ditched her colored jeans and instead sported a flirty floral frock by Heartloom. On a jaunt in Paris, Liv dressed up her floral Givenchy top with sharp accessories. And at a Karen Walker Spring preview in LA, Anouck took her florals in a more relaxed direction. Step inside to get a closer look at these floral-loving ladies and to shop their Spring-ready looks.
>> Anouck Lepere and Jefferson Hack, who began dating in 2005 and became engaged over chocolate pudding in Paris a year later, are no longer a couple. The pair has not appeared publicly together in quite some time — they were last photographed in December of last year. Hack, 40, confirms that he is single to ES magazine, and was reportedly spotted leaving an after-party at London's W Hotel earlier this month with Scarlett Johansson. Lepere, 32, was meanwhile spotted hanging out with Jim Carrey earlier this year. We take a look back at the couple that was.
>> Gareth Pugh has come a long way from living in a squat house in 2005. The road hasn't been an easy one, however, he tells Vice in its new Style Issue: "We didn’t sell anything from the poodle or gimp shows — nothing until the fourth or fifth show. My first show was such a last-minute thing. I was only really thinking about the show and not selling stuff afterward. But once you start showing, you’re on the treadmill and have to carry on." Even a couple of years ago, he says, "There was a point, right before a show, when I barely had enough money to get my team over to Paris."
But now, Pugh is definitely starting to consider the financial aspect of his brand (and perhaps explains why he leans toward short films in place of runway shows): "At the moment I feel very much between a rock and a hard place. People expect an amazing show, but in order to do that in Paris you have to sell a lot of clothes, which maybe means people have to be able to imagine the clothes on hangers."
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On why he opened his first store in Hong Kong: "Rick Owens’s wife, Michelle Lamy [Pugh's backer], thinks moneyed Chinese women like to look very chic, like avant-garde punks. I just make more sense over there. In America I’m seen as a little bit niche and weird."
On his relationship with Rick Owens: "I’m closer to his wife, Michelle. He always describes himself as the distant, stern father figure and she is like the overgenerous mother. She’s very critical about what I do, which I like. It’s good to have someone who doesn’t always give you unadulterated praise."
On his strangest fashion industry experiences: "Driving to the Palace of Versailles with Jeremy Scott, Suzy Menkes, Jefferson Hack, and Anouck Lepere was pretty funny. Everyone wanted to see this Jeff Koons exhibition — Anouck tried to climb the fence, Jefferson got into a fight with a security guard, and Suzy Menkes was taking pictures. That was weird. Oh, and the time I’d booked my housemates a holiday in Gran Canaria but got flown to New York to shoot with Mario Testino. I ended up at the Met Ball afterward and found myself having a fag with Christian Slater in the toilets while David Beckham took a piss at the urinal. The toilets there are a real superstar clusterf*ck. I just couldn’t work out why I was there."
On the clothes he wears: "I never buy clothes, so I don’t really have a choice when it comes to what I wear. I am very lucky to be able to pull a lot of Rick Owens and steal some of my stuff from the factory. (I have to steal my own samples [because] I don’t get a personal order quota. It’s a license.) But other than that I buy H&M hoodies and Topshop jeans."
On why he doesn't use much color: "The designs are more about the whole thing rather than the details, and if I were to do the big shapes I do, color would maybe be too much. Pink or red would push it all over the edge."
At last night's Fendi party in Paris, there was enough fashion to create a runway show just from the clothes off people's backs. We took our top four looks — model Anouck Lepere in all white, Alexa Chung in a safety-pin mini, model Isabeli Fontana in red, and Jessica Stam in nude — and ask you, which gal is most fab?
Javier Bardem was a special guest last night at a Cinema Society screening of Biutiful in NYC. His pregnant wife, Penelope Cruz, was elsewhere in the city lighting up the Empire State Building red for World AIDS Day, but Javier had the company of hot mom Alicia Keys, who showed off her postbaby body in a little black dress. She and husband Swizz Beatz welcomed their son Egypt just over six weeks ago, and since then they have been seen out with their little one and enjoying a PDA-filled adults-only evening out. Alicia may have some new parents' tips for Javier, who's been busy lately focusing on his upcoming drama with an event in Madrid and a premiere during the London Film Festival.
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>> Yesterday, after a whirlwind romance and engagement, 26-year-old Lara Stone and 38-year-old British comedian David Walliams were married in a traditional, '40s-themed ceremony at Claridge's Hotel in London. The bride wore a $44,000 custom long corseted dress in ivory silk satin designed by Riccardo Tisci, with lace incrustations, gold chain-trimmed straps, and a matching silk crepeline cape.
Afterwards, the newlyweds and their 200 guests, including Tom Ford, Mario Testino, Anouck Lepere, Lily Donaldson, and Jefferson Hack enjoyed lobster, sea bass, and Primrose Bakery cupcakes in the hotel's ballroom, surrounded by $15,000 worth of white roses. Following the meal, the crowd decamped for the evening reception at Shoreditch House, for which Stone changed into a custom Givenchy gold minidress. The wedding was reportedly largely dry at the request of Stone, a recovering alcoholic — and the toasts were performed with popcorn in place of champagne.
Stone and Walliams are said to be honeymooning in Paris.
Vanessa Paradis played host at last night's special dinner celebrating Chanel's new Rouge Coco de Chanel lipsticks. Kate Bosworth also put on one of Karl Lagerfeld's designs for the event, which brought out a crowd including Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia, and more. The attendees are gearing up for Fashion Week, which starts tomorrow, but Vanessa and Kate had love on the mind before Valentine's Day. Vanessa made a rare comment on her longtime love, Johnny Depp, saying, "I like him very much in all terms and every sense of the way . . . He makes me happy. We are many things — we are together and, in a way, one person."
Kate, meanwhile, was all about her own guy, Alexander Skarsgard, despite arriving at the bash with socialite and Born Rich director Jamie Johnson. "We are very good friends," she said of Alex. "He's a wonderful, wonderful man. I adore him." The stylish crowd moved on after their meal to the club Good Units for Interview magazine's 40th anniversary party, where Kate was spotted letting loose with Vogue writer Derek Blasberg as Chloe Sevigny, Mary-Kate Olsen, and her boyfriend Nate Lowman danced nearby.
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>> For the second season in a row, Balenciaga showed at the Hotel Crillon — word is residents forced them to move from their previous location — and Nicolas Ghesquiere took his eye "back to the start again," as the show's soundtrack went, returning to his sporty, skinny pants roots. The leggings, vests, and dresses were collages of contrasting materials — "like toys," the designer noted — and his goal was to create an entirely modern collection, sans references to the past.
In his effort to think differently, Ghesquiere told the Wall Street Journal, he mused: “There are cocktail dresses everywhere. I am asking, who are these women who go to cocktails all the time?’’ He also had his runway shoe samples made it a number of different sizes (39-41) rather than the standard 39, to help prevent runway stumbles.
Anouck Lepere and Lily Cole were both front row this morning, but the big model surprise was Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr, who some see as Balenciaga's answer to Givenchy casting Adriana Lima last season.
The fashion fun has moved from New York onto London, where Kate Moss led the pack of stars in the front row. She joined Philip Green and his daughter Chloe yesterday afternoon for the Topshop Unique show, which sent a colorful grunge-inspired collection down the runway. The Greens and Kate went on to host a private dinner last night at the Ivy, bringing out fashionable folks from England and beyond — Naomi Campbell mingled with Anna Wintour, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, Jamie Hince, and Kate's soon-to-be business partner Simon Cowell. FabSugar UK is reporting live, with all the latest news from across the pond.
>> For Fall 2009, Maison Michel, whose art director Laetitia Crahay doubles as Chanel's accessories designer, asked her other boss Karl Lagerfeld to photograph the milliner's lookbook. The result is a veritable list of Chanel favorites — Karl's muse Lady Amanda Harlech, Chanel face Heidi Mount, Karl's male model favorite of the moment Baptiste Giabiconi — and plenty of other models including Lara Stone, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Pivovarova, Erin Wasson, plus surprise appearances by Olivier Theyskens and Crahay herself, all donning the latest in Maison Michel's headgear.