The New Red Carpet Rules

Judging from the recent award shows in Hollywood, red carpet style is finally evolving thanks to risk-takers like Emma Stone. At the SAG awards she wore Dior’s chic take on the tuxedo. A few weeks earlier at the Golden Globes she showed up in a Lanvin jumpsuit complete with a jeweled bustier. So who will really take the plunge at the Oscars and wear Dior’s haute couture catsuit? Call Cher.

The Timeless Slipper

I’m always looking for the perfect summer shoe (even in the depths of winter). It’s hard to find an easy slip on shoe that is also super comfortable. Shoe experts swear by these Repetto ballet flats–they fit like a glove and have a tiny little heel, so the foot is not totally flat. Brigitte Bardot wore them in red. Catherine Deneuve is a fan, too. Can’t get better endorsements than that, n’est-ce pas?

The New Gucci: Androgynous, or just odd?

By Tuesday, January 20, 2015 0 , , , , Permalink 1

Couldn’t help but notice all the press on the latest Gucci menswear show in Milan over the weekend. Apparently creative director Frida Giannini had been abruptly dismissed a week or so ago, and the head of accessory design stepped in with a whole new collection. And a new aesthetic. It’s androgynous–chiffon shirts tied at the neck with romantic bows–and it’s very different from the retro-sleek style Giannini embraced for the decade she designed for Gucci. Some said the white blouse and necktie look and the bleue, blanc, rouge color palette were a tribute to French cultural figures in light of the recent attacks in Paris. Certainly the berets, silk poet’s blouses, and fur-lined capes alluded to a kind of bohemian, Gallic cool. Overall, I like Gucci’s new direction. It’s definitely quirky, but it feels more in tune with what’s happening on other runways and more responsive to larger cultural themes.