>> The rain man doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, so instead of getting drenched in your Summer's best, be prepared for the next shower with one of our light toppers. Our top picks includes a bright orange oversized jacket from Jil Sander, a classic J.Crew field jacket in a new shrunken shape, and even a fresh Moncler batwing anorak dipped in a tempting army green hue. That, plus five more rainy day options in our slideshow!
Posts for May 2011
>> The year of the wedding isn't winding down after Kate Moss and Anja Rubik's nuptials in July — Sofia Coppola, 40, is set to marry her longtime boyfriend, Phoenix's Thomas Mars, 34, in August, her rep confirms. "Yes, they are getting married and having an intimate family wedding." The wedding, Coppola's second, will take place at the Palazzo Margherita, a 19th-century southern Italian villa her father Francis Ford Coppola has rebuilt and is renovating. It is located in Bernalda, the region her family is originally from. Mars and Coppola have two children, 4-year-old Romy and 1-year-old Cosima. [People]
>> A video of Gemma Ward's scene as Tamara, queen of the mermaids, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has popped up, showing Ward singing "My Jolly Sailor Bold." Ward describes her role as a “siren mermaid who uses song and her sensuousness to lure the sailors and ultimately bring them to her death. She’s kind of evil but alluring.”
>> Carla Bruni has not personally confirmed that she is pregnant — although her father-in-law says she is, and a bump appeared visible when she stepped out last week. Now, Jacques Seguela, the advertising tycoon who brought Bruni and her husband Nicolas Sarkozy together at a dinner party in 2007, has told Belgian newspaper Le Soir: "I have it on good authority that the baby will a boy." Seguela has in the past spoken in public about the couple's private lives, giving a blow-by-blow account of how they met — he described the scene as "unexpected game of seduction between two wild beasts." [Telegraph UK]
>> Last month, Christian Louboutin hit Yves Saint Laurent with a $1 million-plus trademark-infringement lawsuit for the use of red soled shoes in the Spring 2011 YSL collection. Now, Saint Laurent has filed court papers, alleging that Louboutin fraudently claimed "exclusive" use of red soles in his trademark application and is illegally trying to monopolize a style that he didn't invent.
"Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz," YSL says in court papers. "As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women's footwear, Mr. Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false."
The French fashion house also notes that it has been producing shoes with red soles since the 1970s, "long before" Louboutin began doing so, and alleges that Louboutin's suit is part of an "anti-competitive campaign" that included pressuring retailers like Saks, Barneys,and
>> This Summer's gorgeous bevy of rope necklaces and bracelets combine organic elements like shells, stones and beads with futuristic pops of neon, shiny hardware and innovative textures. Layer them on friendship-bracelet style for a bit of surfer-bohemian chic or wear them on their own with sleek basics for a more polished, artsy vibe.
>> Summer is a time to escape the hot and sticky city for cool breezes and sunshine — Turks and Caicos, anyone? But there's something to be said about packing the right elements to have you looking effortlessly polished. After all, Summertime is all about easy, non-fussy style.
To start you off, a chic titanium Rimowa suitcase to hold all of your necessities . . . the rest of our essentials in the shoppable slideshow.
>> This year's Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday; French though it may be, aside from Chanel, it was the Italian brands who reigned supreme amongst this red carpet bunch: Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, and Roberto Cavalli, in particular. But that's not to say there weren't one-off sightings of Alaia, Louis Vuitton, and Chloe — and even Melanie Laurent in her second Dior couture gown, providing another preview of what's to come from the house's design studio in July. Giovanna Battaglia's vintage Versace get-up, Kirsten Dunst's Rodarte look, and more in the slideshow.
>> This season, the quintessential "girl" color gets a much-needed update. Spotted on the Spring 2011 runways of everyone from Costume National to Valentino — and in every shade from barely-there pastels to super-bright magenta — pink is definitely the hue of the season. But don't expect to find the bubble gum pop and saccharine sweetness of Summers past — this season's take is unexpectedly edgy and all grown up. Look for pieces with modern, pared-down silhouettes and surprising details: accessories in unpredictable materials; dresses in clean, breezy shapes; and jewelry that walks the line between delicate and tough. Click through to shop our top picks from Cacharel, Prada, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Matthew Williamson and more in the slideshow.