Keller named Givenchy artistic director

Sometimes, departing one job can lead to bigger and better things — even making company history.

That’s exactly the case for Clare Waight Keller, who ELLE reports will assume the position of artistic director for luxury fashion brand Givenchy, making her the first female to take the title.

Announced on March 16 on Instagram, ELLE says the news follows her January departure from Chloé, the French fashion house where she served in the same role for six years. She takes the place of outgoing fashion director Riccardo Tisci.

She Leads, You Follow: Oscars Edition

The film industry’s best and brightest were honored at the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. But while the award shows paid tribute to the performances of Hollywood’s most talented actors and actresses, the red carpet beforehand recognized their impeccable fashion sense. Although the red carpet was filled with designer looks, there were a few that stood out among the rest.

Hollywood’s leading ladies came out to the Dolby Theatre in high style, and Priyanka Chopra was no exception. The “Quantico” actress wore a Zuhair Murad gown, says E!Online, with a semi-sheer skirt and white floral appliqué scattered about the bodice and skirt. Accentuating her waist with a silver belt, Chopra completed her look with a silver frame clutch and diamond jewelry.

Adding a punch of color to the red carpet was Charlize Theron, who presented at the awards in a bright red Dior gown, according to E!Online. Featuring a plunging neckline with split straps, the actress filled in the negative space with a long diamond necklace. The back of Theron’s gown was equally as stunning as the front, cut in a low V that ended near her lower back.

Delivering another all-white ensemble was “Carol” star Rooney Mara, who took her turn on the red carpet in a what E!Online says is Givenchy number. Done in an all-over lace appliqué, Mara’s gown featured a diamond-shaped cutout at the waist and a thigh-high slit. Mara completed her look with a bold lip color and a slick updo.

Saoirse Ronan walked the red carpet in a deep emerald gown with all-over beading, says E!Online. The Brooklyn star’s Calvin Klein Collection number opened up her neckline with its deep V, while it’s rich color made her eyes pop.

Although these ladies are dressed for the film industry’s biggest night, there are certain things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. White out – Chopra and Mara prove that an all-white outfit is not a blank slate, but instead a statement piece in itself. But what makes their gowns masterpieces? The floral appliqué on Chopra’s gown creates visual interest over its nude, semi-sheer underlay, while Mara’s gown features intricate lace that cascades into a soft train. All of these features combine to create intriguing, visually appealing garments. If white leaves you yawning, try pieces with interesting details such as lace, faux leather, beading or even tonal prints (prints that share the same color as the background color of the garment). All of these things will create variations in texture within the garment, which will in turn create a visually appealing look.
  2. Point it out – There are certain things within a garment that can act as a pointing device, and as Theron’s, Mara’s and Ronan’s gowns show, such devices can take the form of a plunging neckline or a cutout. Ronan’s and Theron’s deep V’s open up their necklines, drawing our attention upward toward their faces. Mara’s dress, which features a diamond-shaped cutout in the center of her waist, which serves to not only show a peek of skin, but also to draw out attention to her tiny waist. When shopping, look for pieces that include interesting necklines, cutouts or even seaming that can direct attention to the areas that you wish.

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

August went out with a bang — or should we say a ‘grand slam’ —with the last day of the month playing host to the 15th Annual USTA Foundation Opening Night Gala in New York City. And while the gala was for a good cause with proceeds benefitting the USTA Foundation, which serves to bring “tennis, education, and health curricula” to children and adults, the event was also filled with some great fashion.

Our favorite look came courtesy of Amanda Seyfried, who attended the event in what InStyle reports was a black and white scallop-hem dress by Red Valentino. She completed her gala-ready look with a floral pouch and black pointed-toe heels.

While Seyfried’s look is the object of our envy, it comes at a price that is not-so enviable. Her floral pouch alone, which The Daily Mail reports is by Givenchy, costs a lofty $450. But if you love her entire outfit, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her look for less. Read on for the results!

Finding a dress to mimic her Red Valentino number was quite the task, but we thought that the GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress from Macy’s came pretty close. This dress not only invoked the scallop detail at the hemline of her dress, it also features a black and white colorblocking reminiscent of the Red Valentino frock. But this look is sure to cost much less, coming it at $94.40.

The GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress, found on Macys.com.

The GUESS Colorblocked Fringe-Lace Bodycon Dress, found on Macys.com.

Next on our shopping list was a floral clutch to rival Seyfried’s Givenchy style, and we though the Steve Madeen Noelle Floral Clutch from DSW did just that. Done in an equally dainty floral, this clutch is given a bit of an edge with tonal studs embossed into the flap. And for only $34.95, you’ll have a style similar to the Givenchy clutch at a fraction of the cost.

The Steve Madden Noelle Floral Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Steve Madden Noelle Floral Clutch, found on DSW.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a classic pointed-toe pump, and the Nine West Rocha Platform Pump from DSW does the trick. These heels can be paired with outfits far beyond our look-alike ensemble, making their $59.95 price money well spent.

The Nine West Rocha Platform Pump, found on DSW.com.

The Nine West Rocha Platform Pump, found on DSW.com.

Amanda Seyfried’s U.S. Open Gala look cost at least $450, and that was only for her Givenchy floral pouch. But our recreated look will have you gala-ready for only $189.30. Now that you have the perfect outfit, all you need is a gala to wear it to!

Happy Shopping!

Fashion Statement or Lack Thereof?

In my travels around the Internet yesterday, I stumbled upon an interview from The Washington Post featuring world-famous designer Carolina Herrera. Amidst surveying Herrera’s own crisp, classic style and her modern yet timeless designs, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan asked Herrera for her thoughts on the ‘nearly nude’ trend (think Beyoncé’s Met Gala dress) that has been popping up on red carpets this season.

And Herrera certainly made a statement with her response, saying “Some designers think ‘it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No!'” She went on to say that gowns like these are only trying to draw attention to the wearer, but she instead thinks that there should be “‘a little mystery'” in the way stars dress.

Her best point on the nearly-nude trend was yet to come. In speaking on the celebrities that wear these barely-there gowns, Herrera said, “‘They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything.'”

After reading her thoughts on this trend, I knew I was not alone in my distaste for these gowns! Showing a little skin is one thing, but bearing it all with the risk of a wardrobe malfunction at any second is completely different story. In my opinion, it can be just as sexy or appealing to wear something that only shows one of your favorite ‘assets’ and leaves the rest to onlookers’ imaginations, or as Herrera says, leaves “‘a little mystery.'” This was proven this past weekend when Jennifer Lopez, who tends to partake of the ‘barely there’ trend, wore a demure Valentino ballgown to the Tony Awards. She looked just as sexy as she always does, but she also looked sophisticated and elegant, and she managed to do so all while being completely covered!

What is beginning to happen as a result of the nearly-nude trend is that many teens are beginning to copy this trend in their prom gowns, which oftentimes goes against their high schools’ rules. It is really not appropriate for teenage girls to be copying this risqué trend at such a young age; girls should instead pick one element of the nearly-nude dresses that they like and find a way to incorporate that into their gown. For instance, if they like an illusion neckline, find something with an illusion neckline, but keep the rest of the dress free of cutouts, high slits and cleavage.

Although being covered seems to be ‘uncool’ lately in Hollywood, I agree with Carolina Herrera; how can these stars be “‘fashion icons'” when they barely wearing any material? Fashion is all about how material is cut, sewn and worn in a way that new and progressive – if we judge these barely-there gowns by this standard, then it is not fashion at all. It instead has become a competition of who can wear the least possible amount of material without having a wardrobe malfunction.

Giorgio Armani once said, “Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” These barely-there dresses certainly get noticed and have their moment in the spotlight, but not because they are elegant. True fashion icons dress elegantly at all times and are remembered for an eternity.