>> Sophia Kokosalaki is adding a few more projects to her ever-expanding roster. The designer — who already helms the reigns at Diesel Black Gold, as well as running her own mainline collection — is set to launch bridal and costume jewelry exclusively on Net-a-Porter.com starting Feb. 15. Inspired by Madame Vionnet and '50s Dior, the 12-piece bridal line will feature Grecian-style wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and cocktail attire, and is priced from $1,245 to $7,065. Made to complement the bridal offering, the full collection of jewelry features Grecian-style gold work and motifs, and is priced from $157 to $942. See a preview of pieces from both collections, here.
>> The night's best looks were glamorous, dramatic — and just a bit risky. Early in the evening, Rose Byrne (left) set the bar high in a sparkling, wrap-front Elie Saab jumpsuit from the designer's Fall 2009 collection. "I was really kind of inspired by a bit of Scarface; a bit of '70s," the actress, who was also sporting a brand-new bobbed haircut, explained. See who else shined — and what they wore — here, in our best-of roundup.
>> This week brought the well-heeled out in full force — and with good reason. There was the Jason Wu For Target event in New York, where Blake Lively shined in two-tone Wu; there was the second premiere of Madonna's film, W.E, for which the megastar donned a gorgeous Marchesa; and there was the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where Kate Bosworth and Emma Roberts stole the red carpet show. However, nowhere offered more head-turning ensembles than the Spring 2012 couture presentations in Paris, where best-dressed veterans Diane Kruger, Daphne Guinness, Jessica Chastain — and more — looked ever so chic sitting front row.
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>> Is Imogen Poots the face of Marni For H&M? This ad — which recently surfaced on The Fashion Spot — features what appears to be the British actress lounging in a leopard print-filled room, wearing a super-shiny paisley ensemble. A QR code in the bottom left corner directs viewers to the campaign video, which — as WWD confirmed last month — was shot by Sofia Coppola. While it is yet to be confirmed that the star of Coppola's video is the star of this ad campaign, we do know one thing: Coppola filmed the video last October in Marrakesh — and judging by the Moroccan-style tile work in the background of this image, it looks like this photo may have been shot there as well.
The H&M For Marni collection hits stores March 8.
"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," Winehouse told The Sun. "We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We're proud of her influence on fashion, but find black veils on models smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family."
Gaultier, who has not yet responded to the family's criticism, said earlier in the week that the collection was meant as tribute. "It is very joyous,” the designer told the New York Times after the show. "To me the scandal is that no fashion magazine did an Amy Winehouse cover. She was so exceptional in her style; how she held her body; the way she dressed, mixing pieces from different decades."
See the entire Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 couture collection here.
>> Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli went soft and lovely for Spring 2012, tapping the romance of the Age of Enlightenment and the innocence of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon for a couture collection rife with delicateness — or as they put it, "deep lightness." For day, there were softly swishing knee-length dresses with ruffled necks and sheer sleeves; for evening, full-length strapless or long-sleeved gowns in heavy silk and taffeta — some embellished with crystals and pearls, and others printed with antique-looking florals and toile.
>> "It's a very sparkly collection, which, in a way, is very couture," Riccardo Tisci said of the 10 dresses he presented for Spring 2012 Givenchy couture. Sparkly, yes, but there was a dark romance at play as well, one that no doubt came from Tisci's main inspirations: the 1927 film Metropolis and the 1924 Russian film Aelita: Queen of Mars. See the entire collection here, which — as is the recent Givenchy tradition — was photographed portrait-style by Willy Vanderperre.
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>> It's all happening. The couture shows are here — and with them comes a fresh batch of street style to admire. Among the super-chic in attendance this season? Elettra Wiedemann, Elizabeth Olsen, and a leather jacket-clad Vanessa Paradis (left) — who turned up to Chanel solo but remained vague about the rumors regarding her split with Johnny Depp. Click through to see the best looks captured in and around the shows, with more to come as the week goes on.
In a recent interview, the star of the upcoming films Red Lights and Liberal Arts opened up about her favorite designers: "Definitely Marni and Céline"; her penchant for Proenza: "I wore an orange floral Proenza Schouler dress that I was, like, obsessed with to the W magazine pre-Golden Globes party"; and her current wardrobe go-tos: "I always wear leather pants — always from The Row."
But does Olsen ever ask her famous sisters for styling advice? "It's funny to be asked that because I don't live with them, and they don't dress me. Like, I'm an adult," she explains.
Elizabeth Olsen in Proenza Schouler. Getty