Jessica Chastain wore Elizabeth Taylor's old Bulgari necklace on the Cannes red carpet because she thinks the world would be a better place if more people would just recycle. [FabSugar]
Are beauty apps "the next big thing" or just a thing? File under "mysteries." [BellaSugar]
This morning The Today Show invited Jes Baker from The Militant Baker on to talk about a photoshoot she did in response to the recent Abercrombie & Fitch controversy. [Jezebel]
Ah, Zooey Deschanel directed a video for She & Him. It's precious. [StyleBakeryTeen]
Model Daphne Groeneveld looks like she is made of Dior in a beauty spread for the label's glossy magazine. [DesignScene]
24K nail jewelry. The answer is: no, don't. [SheFinds]
- A graphic novel about the history of Ferragamo — looks beautiful, fascinating. [Fashionologie]
Nicole Kidman is no stranger to brand association. The Aussie actress and emitter of ice queen vibes has played ambassador for Chanel and Omega, and more recently, got thawed out for a Swisse Vitamins commercial. Now Nicole is switching it up again for Jimmy Choo, having recently been named the face of the brand’s fall ad campaign.
As a 45-year-old mother of two, it’s no surprise Nicole usually opts for blue jeans and cardigans instead of towering stiletto heels and masses of racy animal print. But as a judge at Cannes Film Festival she’s really falling into her role as ambassador of the brash UK brand. So far the actress has teamed her Choos with Alexander McQueen and a black leather Calvin Klein, with a decent amount of PDA thrown on for good measure.
Vogue Thailand's June 2013 cover features Carolyn Murphy sunning herself in a summery white garment, her hair wrapped in a matching turban and a stripped down makeup look. The minimalism telegraphs confidence from the new publication, which is just releasing its fifth issue. The glossy's (few) previous covers have tended towards more elaborate styling; for the debut issue, Thai model Si Tanwiboon was photographed in an opulent gold headpiece custom-made by Philip Treacy.
Murphy has been all over the place, being stunning, for the past few months. The 37-year-old supermodel was featured in two lengthy Vogue US editorials, one photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for May 2013 and another by Mario Testino in March; there was a cover of Madame Figaro in March; a campaign for Paul & Joe Spring 2013; another for Estee Lauder; she closed Calvin Klein's Fall 2013 runway show. And she's looked ridiculous (in the good way) throughout.
Vogue Thailand's June 2013 issue hits newsstands on Monday, May 27.
[Update: Photographed by Lincoln Pilcher. Murphy is wearing Sanshai, a Thai designer.]
The item copy describes it as an "open jacket in grain de poudre wool," but wool makes up only 10% of the fabric composition (satin makes up the leftover 10%).
The design is based on Yves Saint Laurent's iconic smoking jacket, which was made of wool with a "grain de poudre" texture. (Saint Laurent Paris currently sells "Le Smoking" tuxedo trousers composed entirely from the iconic fabric; they cost $1,150.)
The sequin embroidery, done in the label's signature babycat print, appears elaborate; the construction process was presumably time-consuming and skill-intensive. But given the garment's cost, it's surprising that YSL used only a drop of the luxe wool listed in the product description, choosing to rely mostly on a synthetic fiber which has the reputation for being cheap and kind of tacky (not that trendy animal print blazers worth two years' tuition at a private college are a paragon of taste).
As fashionista-ta said in the Forum thread, "I can understand needing to cut costs on this piece, but what about non-virgin wool instead of polyester?? Even (perhaps especially) filthy rich people sweat."
The item is no longer available for sale on the website, and when I called YSL's personal shopper service, they said it wasn't in stock anywhere in Europe (I was not able to find a record of the garment ever having been sold in the US).
I reached out to the Saint Laurent press office asking for additional production details and some information about how the brand determined the price for this item, but have not heard back.
What follows is really gossipy but I'm on 24/7 Cara Delevingne watch mostly because I'm proud of myself for having learned how to spell her name ("ngn" —I say it under my breath every time I type it out, and it's such a satisfying, gutteral sound).
Despite earlier rumors that Leonardo DiCaprio had invited the 20-year-old British model to Cannes as his date, the latest reports rolling out of the South of France have Cara resisting the 38-year-old actor's advances, due to what sounds like a major case of having self-esteem.
From a Perez Hilton source:
A month ahead of the Sofia Coppola film, The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World, a nonfiction book about the celebrity-obsessed teenagers who made headlines when they were arrested for their habitual raids on Hollywood celebrities' homes, is out today (available in paperback, ebook, audio versions).
Nancy Jo Sales, the writer behind the Vanity Fair piece you might have read, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins", expanded on her original reporting in just six months, after being approached by HarperCollins.
With actors like Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and Gavin Rossdale, The Bling Ring is sure to have well-photographed red carpets and a well-attended premiere — meaning lots and lots of publicity. If you have any intention of eventually watching the film (and from what we've seen of the trailer, you should have lots of intention) you probably will see it. And so maybe you'll also want to read the book.