>> The red carpet is only half the style story on Oscar night; from the Vanity Fair party to the Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party, the evening is so jam-packed with events that the potential for chicness is nearly endless. This year, the parties saw everyone from models (Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio) to designers (Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera) to muses (Sofia Coppola, Claire Danes, Dita Von Teese) — and the ensembles on display were just as gorgeous as those of the main event. Click through to see some of the best looks from the evening — with more added as they come in — right here.
Posts for February 26th 2012
>>The biggest red carpet moment of the season has finally arrived — and with it comes some of the most memorable looks of the year. Among the evening's greatest hits? Jessica Chastain's gilt-embroidered Alexander McQueen, Gwyneth Paltrow's cape-endowed white Tom Ford, and Rooney Mara's ivory Givenchy Couture — which she said she picked out the morning before. See those — plus more of the chicest looks of the night — right here, in our 2012 Oscars best dressed slideshow.
>> Czarist Russia and Eastern Europe were the touch points for Massimiliano Giornetti's Fall 2012 Salvatore Ferragamo collection. The result? A romantic mix of elevated peasant silhouettes and precise military shapes. There were off-the-shoulder tops and gypsy skirts came in brocade or frothy sheers, with elaborate lace or gilded embroidery providing an element of luxe exoticism. Double-breasted coats and suits were sharply cut in greige astrakhan or rich navy wool and decorated with piping, epaulets, and rows of shiny gold buttons.
>> Angela Missoni mixed '70s-era earthiness with sleek urbanity for Fall 2012. Missoni's textural knits came in a palette of burnt orange, rusty red, and harvest yellow for a bit of autumnal rusticity, while slim silhouettes — pencil skirts, body-con dresses — and leather and fur accessories kept everything looking evaluated and superchic. "Like a heroine in a concrete jungle," the show notes explained.
>> Going for Baroque. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's ode to Sicily for Fall 2012 was elaborate, romantic — and simply lovely to behold. On a runway dressed with giant chandeliers and an ornate gold frame, the designers sent out capes, dresses, and nipped-in coats — all in a palette of black, white, and gold — and each more decadently adorned than the last. There were black velvet capes decorated with gold filigree-style embroidery, frothy blouses trimmed with ruffles of sheer chiffon, and bell-shaped dresses printed with lush floral and cherub motifs.
>> Consuelo Castiglioni's vision for Fall 2012 looks something like this: polished, bright, and just a tad '60s — with a dash of Orientalism thrown in for good measure. Solid hues — tomato red, camel, grey, and baby blue — provide a high-contrast colorblock palette, while python, plaid, gold jacquard, and patent leather offer texture. Silhouettes are boxy, layered, and slightly round-shouldered on top, with knee-length skirts and creased ankle trousers lending a sense of straight-cut stability on bottom. "I was interested in architecture and controlled lines," Castiglioni explained.
Clean lines aside, this wouldn't be Marni without a fair amount of quirk. This season, it came in the form of oversize utility pockets, fold-over fur collars, opaque white tights, and gold-tipped platform Mary Janes.