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Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman Up the Glamour Game at Cannes



If there’s one film festival that guarantees you gowns so ornate you probably have to squint when you look at them in real life, it’s Cannes.

Perhaps it’s partly due to the fact that Hollywood’s elite are ramping up their style game to detract from film controversy – both Grace of Monaco and the Nina Simone biopic have attracted awkward levels of scorn from critics and the families of their real life titular characters — but this year’s fashion is particularly on form. And Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are far ahead of the pack.

Firstly, the Armani Privé Kidman wore to Grace of Monaco’s premiere last week, which also served as the festival’s opening ceremony. We had a feeling she’d be making a confident choice in light of the film’s chilly reception, and this heavily embellished creation is a distraction of the best sorts. Props for also adding very expensive amounts of Harry Winston bling (a diamond bracelet and diamond cluster earrings) despite the fact the dress is glittery (and probably heavy) enough.

Cate Blanchett first showed up at the Chopard Trophy, where she wore a silvery, sheer Valentino with metallic floral lace embroidery to present awards to Adèle Exarchopoulos and Logan Lerman. That would have served as perfectly satisfying red carpet wear for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the animation for which she lent her voice, but if it’s possible, we love the bejeweled Givenchy column she showed up in. In a land of ball gowns, the pleated chiffon skirt is even more unexpected than Kidman’s Armani, and the scaly bodice is probably the best example of dressing thematically you’ll see all premiere season.  

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Central Saint Martins Course Director Louise Wilson Dies

Wilson with Jonathan Saunders. Image: Lia Toby/

Wilson with Jonathan Saunders. Image: Lia Toby/

Sad news in the fashion industry this weekend, as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design course director Louise Wilson passed away at the age of 52 early Saturday morning. Wilson served in the position for over 20 years, working to nurture the success of some of the industry's greatest talents like Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan SaundersChristopher Kane and more. She also served as the creative director for Donna Karan from 1997-2002.

Wilson was known for her sharp tongue and realness, as well as her eye for spotting talent. “She has taught a huge proportion of the world’s leading fashion designers and her course continues to produce talented, ground-breaking graduates,” Central Saint Martins said in a statement. “Her commitment to her students and passion for creative excellence are legendary. Her deep understanding of fashion and her drive for funding for bursaries, facilities and opportunities are part of what made her such an extraordinary educator.”

Her cause of death has yet to be revealed, but reports say that she died in her sleep at her sister's home in Scotland.

[Via WWD]

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Just In: Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk Are Vogue Spain’s June Cover Stars (Forum Buzz)

A surprise on the forums today, even after the whole team behind the shoot tweeted about the upcoming appearance a while back: Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk are on the cover of Vogue Spain's June 2014 issue. Giving Kimye's recent American Vogue cover a run for its money, the couple are photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele for the exclusive shoot. Ronaldo is seen posing nude with his girlfriend strategically placed in front of him, her arm reaching behind his head.

Vogue Spain June 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo & Irina Shayk


Bertrando3 made his point very clear from the start: "It looks ridiculous! OMG! And YES it does remind me of that US Vogue cover with Kim and Kanye, I meannnnnnnn… It's like Spanish Vogue is trying to copy US Vogue but as always they copy what's not supposed to be copied. And again Testino … I really don't like his photos nowadays: way too much retouching," he commented.

"Well, if the objective is to appear in the all word tabloids, it's a good option. It's like the Kim Kardashian cover in Vogue US. But I love this couple," wrote dina19.

Darling Myy simply didn't understand the whole couple-cover thing: "It kind of looks like Cristiano is just photoshopped there. I will never understand why couple covers never manage to convey any feeling of attraction / coupleness. Couples end up looking like two people who have never met each other before are told to look like they're in love. Or at least somewhat attracted to each other."

Although, as usual, not every forum member was in the same frame of mind. Miss Dalloway actually liked the cover and posted, "This is the best I've ever seen him look, usually I find him terribly unattractive. Testino did a good job."

"This looks like a real life painting! Mario did a great job! Can't wait to see the full ed and see what Carlyne did with them!" enthused miguelalmeida, who was also optimistic.

To accompany the cover's release, there is also a behind-the-scenes video which can be viewed within the thread here.

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Charlize Theron Can Photograph ‘So Much Better’ for Vogue’s June Cover (Forum Buzz)

Summer is just around the corner (or already here for most of you), and Vogue's showing us how to spend our summery days with its June cover. Charlize Theron is photographed by Mario Testino on location in Islamorada, Florida for a range of photos to ensure readers dream of their summer vacation. For the cover shot, the actress is seen posing under the shade of a tree wearing a navy blue Christian Dior dress. 

US Vogue June 2014 Charlize Theron Mario Testino


Although as satisfied as I am to see Theron score another cover of Vogue, members of theFashionSpot are disappointed with Miss Dalloway writing, "LOVE her, but this is such a snooze fest, my god! She can photograph so much better! At least the text layout is well placed & 'minimal.'"

"Charlize is so amazingly beautiful and this does not show it …how is that possible though?" asked visualoptimism.

[Piece Of Me] shared the same sentiments: "Very boring indeed. Frustrating because Charlize can photograph so much better."

Cosmic Voices questioned the choice of dress and wrote, "The dress just doesn't correlate with the location. I love Charlize but she has had MUCH better Vogue covers imo."

One positive outcome of the issue seems to be a picture by Steven Meisel featuring Raquel Zimmermann, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Isabeli Fontana for a story entitled 'Team Brazil.' You check out the image and the rest of the contents within the thread here.

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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


  1. Your Definitive Guide to Shopping This Season’s Top Shoe Trends (At Every Budget) — 15 kinds of shoes we're craving this season.
  2. These 7 Top Models Keep It Fierce On and Off the Runway — Sure, they often have access to highly desirable designer fare, but the magic is all in how the models style these fashion-forward looks.
  3. Break the Fashion Rules: 10 Unusual Pairings That Shouldn’t Work — But Do — These unlikely combinations set a new standard for taking fashion risks and creating your own style guidelines.
  4. A Sultry Jessica Hart is Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s June/July Cover Girl (Forum Buzz) — The shot looks like one of those Vanity Fair covers from the 50s.
  5. You Will Be Layering Like Crazy Come Resort Season if Chanel Cruise 2015 Has Anything to Say About It — The French fashion house chose a man-made island off the coast of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Road as the location for its Cruise 2015 runway show.
  6. Hedi Slimane Taps Abbey Lee Kershaw for ‘Le Smoking’ Saint Laurent Campaign — The new Yves Saint Laurent. 
  7. Culturally Questionable Accessories Chanel Should Avoid in the Future — Uncle Karl is back at it on the problematic cultural icon tip.
  8. New Beauty Launches to Get Excited About — We sort through hundreds of new beauty launches to find the best products to hit counters this spring and summer.
  9. How to Wear Summer’s Top Beauty Trends to Work — Break out the summer makeup shades and beachy waves, an easy way to transition your look into the next season is via your hair and makeup. 
  10. Miranda Kerr’s Alleged Affair is Far More Interesting Than Her Yoga Routine — Is it wrong to want more of this? It definitely makes me more interested in reading subsequent Miranda headlines. 

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Grace Coddington’s First Instagram is a Topless Self Portrait

Grace Coddington is on Instagram, ya'll! The Vogue creative director quietly set up an account yesterday, @therealgracecoddington, and so far has about 2,222 followers. We're guessing those numbers are about to go up significantly, now that she's got industry buds like Edward Enninful shouting her out on the social media outlet.

Her first 'gram could have been a selfie–apropos since everyone at Vogue seems so obsessed with selfie culture–but it's not. Coddington instead posted a self-portrait of her doing a little topless sunbathing, wearing nary but a pair of sunglasses and high heels. The image is part of an auction for Paddle 8 called "No Clothes," a collection of nudes curated by Coddington. Bidding for the pieces, which includes works by Mario Testino, Steven Meisel and Peter Lindbergh, is currently closed, but they're still pretty to look at.

At any rate, we're geeked to know that Coddington's snaps will be popping up in our Insta-timelines from now on.

[h/t @edward_enninful]

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