Scallops were a big trend this Spring 2009 and no designer did it better than Christopher Kane. Now available at Topshop are two dress that take inspiration from Kane's collection, each retailing for $135. Although the high street versions don't make as strong a visual statement, they still convey a sense of weightlessness and modern femininity that we find irresistible.
Posts for May 2009
>> Lily Cole's first film on the major stage, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which also happens to have been Heath Ledger's last film due to his untimely death, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival. So far, the critical reaction has been less than flattering — the Guardian called the film "an awful mess," and Entertainmently Weekly agreed: "The plot's a mess of disconnected episodes, and the circus-y visual style adds to a feeling of . . . quiet desperation."
Some were more hopeful — Variety wrote that Gilliam "made a pretty good thing out of a very bad situation" and the Hollywood Reporter pointed out that "the combined star power involved [Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell] will generate a plentiful box office return but the film is not intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite."
As for Cole's performance as 16-year-old love interest Valentina, Variety was positive — "Cole nicely hold necessarily caricatured work in check" and the Times UK effulgent: "The revelation is Lily Cole, who is mesmerising as the teenage siren, Valentina. It's her tangos with the various [men] that keep us focused on the romance."
At a press conference this morning, Lily described working with Depp, Law, and Farrell as replacement actors for Ledger as "weird and difficult. You're mourning somebody but at the same time you're immediately going back to work. It's such an unusual environment where you're presented with actors who are playing reminders of that character and that person."
Natasha Poly and Noemie Lenoir joined Lily at the premiere; The film does not yet have a US release date, but is scheduled to open in European theaters this Fall.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Marc Jacobs took a break from designing collections and remodeling his new townhouse with Lorenzo Martone to take his red plaid kilt to Hong Kong yesterday, where he welcomed 700 guests for the “Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation” contemporary exhibit launch at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. He posed for countless photos with fans, and then declared: “I’m trying to escape. I don’t deal well with jet lag.” [WWD]
With a three day weekend ahead, we can't help but look forward to wearing our most summery pieces. Whether you plan to go away this weekend or stay at home, here are our picks for what key pieces might come into play. Everything pictured retails for fifty dollars or less. Enjoy!
>> Marios Schwab's appointment to head up Halston just came two days ago, and already he's feeling the gravity that comes with a major fashion post: "Of course I feel the pressure. It's a huge challenge but fashion at the moment needs innovation. . . I'm just trying to be humble and see a nice challenge. It's going to take time."
But at the same time, he's excited: "It's a dream - to bring your creative force to a different brand. I love Halston. We share a very similar frame of simplicity and elegance as well as the technical approach. I've been an admirer for a long time."
While Halston will definitely be a priority for Schwab, it sounds like he values the ability to have his hands in two different pots. "I would be hesitant to do just one thing — it's important to be able to create and be open-minded." And despite moving to New York for Halston, he "hope[s]" to continue showing Marios Schwab in London. "I wish for London to support me. I love the thought of having two fashion metropolises. London is amazing inspiration and New York is an interesting place to be — it's important what comes out of them."
>> INSIDER WIRE —Peter Dundas has only done one collection, for Fall 2009, in his new post at Emilio Pucci, but so far, so good — his work is already being embraced for the red carpet by fashion insiders. Lily Cole and Carine Roitfeld both wore Pucci at yesterday's amfAR gala — Lily's dress from the Fall 2009 collection, Carine's custom-made — which Dundas also attended, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has heels from the Fall 2009 collection already on display in her apartment. [Grazia]