Monthly Archives: February 2014

Picture Perfect

Despite a heavy downpour, the stars aligned last night as Roberta Armani toasted Italy’s cinematic achievements and the Academy Award nominations of two heavyweights. The cocktail party stood out on the weekend’s social calendar, honoring Martin Scorsese’s best director nod for The Wolf of Wall Street and Italy’s own Paolo Sorrentino, whose film The Great Beauty is up for best foreign language film on Sunday. Attention turned to Scorsese as he entered the Rodeo Drive flagship, greeting well-wishers including New York transplants Fran Lebowitz and Graydon Carter. Cate Blanchett elicited quite the stir as she made her way inside, radiant in an Armani Privé jumpsuit. “I’ve been doing primarily theater for the last six years, so I’ve had a hiatus from film,” Blanchett, the face of Armani’s Sì campaign, said. “So it’s an extraordinary and once again unexpected way to come back into the arena—I’m shocked and surprised and delighted.” She’s up for best actress for her buzzed-about role in Blue Jasmine.

Among a crowd that included Robert De Niro, Patricia Clarkson, Emmy Rossum, and Mamie Gummer, Samuel L. Jackson discussed his imminent trip to London to begin filming Avengers: Age of Ultron. As Glenn Close made her way to greet Scorsese, Jamie Foxx had him doubled over in laughter before his daughter asked the director to pose for a selfie. But it being Oscars weekend, talk casually veered from film to fashion. Olivia Munn remained coy about her pick for the Vanity Fair party: “It’s the first dress I tried on, and it’s a special dress because of the history and the story that goes with it,” she said of her decision. “If everyone around me that knows fashion is happy, then I’m happy.”

—Alexis Brunswick

Matchmaker, Matchmaker…

Talk about meet cute. It just so happens that two icons—one by way of Tokyo, the other L.A.—are celebrating big birthdays this year: Hello Kitty is 40; Playboy is 60. An unconventional pairing, to be sure, but with a little of Colette’s magic in the mix, the couple has become an instant hit. Last night, matchmaker Sarah Andelman welcomed Yuko Yamaguchi (one of the cartoon’s original designers, accompanied by Miss Kitty in person), Playboy brass, and a host of fashion folks to the Crazy Horse to fete the new couple with a dual birthday bash, complete with PG-rated dance numbers. “People thought I was crazy,” said Andelman, “but now everyone agrees they look amazing together.” The fused logos—Hello Kitty with bunny ears, and the famous rabbit sporting Hello Kitty’s hair ribbon—are now appearing on more than a dozen or so limited-edition products, available only at Colette. Among them are a Charvet bow tie, boxers, and a Leica camera, as well as a Caron powder puff and lollipops; there will even be a cameo in the pages of Hef’s famed title.

Through her translator, Yamaguchi said she found the show and bash “exciting and lively” and dubbed Hello Kitty’s new iteration “really sexy cool.” Designer Julien David, who splits his time between Paris and Tokyo, said, “Hello Kitty is a
mega-star in Tokyo; she’s everywhere—I think they make a good match because they’re ageless.” Carven designer Guillaume Henry had a slightly different take: “I believe that opposites attract. They’re both icons, but they have nothing in common. I’m always more intrigued by a couple’s differences than similarities, so I love the whole idea of sexy kawaii.”

—Tina Isaac-Goizé

T Magazine: The Daily Shoe | Julien David’s Wild, Woolly Platforms

T plucks the best shoes right off the runway. Today’s pick: Sensible sandals with thick, fuzzy soles.

    



Male Gaze: Lo Fang, Electric Violinist


February’s been a big month for Matthew Hemerlein, the 30-year-old electronic pop musician who records under the name Lo-Fang — and not just because next month he’ll be opening for Lorde on her U.S. tour, which kicks off March 3. In addition to being on a first-name basis with the teen … More »

    



Editor’s Picks: The 5 Best Looks From Paris Today


The third day of Paris fashion week brought on a huge dose of color and cool.  From Dior, to Lanvin, to Yohji Yamamoto, we saw brighter hues and new silhouettes, both feminine and strong.  Below, our favorite looks from today.1. At last night’s Lanvin show, Alber Elbaz presented a dramatic … More »

    



T Magazine: The Scene | Paris Fashion Week: Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2014

Scenes from the Paris Fashion Week photo diary of Sarah Aubel.

    



Must See: The New Margiela Fall 2014 Runway Show


Maison Martin Margiela toned it down this season with strong but subtle details: Delicate lace came layered over striped pajama silks, and tops were cinched with classic leather belts. Nods to menswear were sprinkled throughout — evident, for example, in the point of a wing-tip shoe or wide plaid trousers. Each … More »

    



At Paris Fashion Week, Jun Takahashi’s Inventive Undercover Show

In his inventive show for Undercover, Jun Takahashi played loose with notions of monarchy.

    



15 90s Oscar Dresses That Would Look Totally Normal This Year


When it comes to picking our favorite looks from awards shows, we immediately  think of the basics: Lupita Nyong’o’s red Ralph Lauren cape from the Golden Globes, Gwyneth Paltrow’s (admittedly similar) white Tom Ford column dress at the Oscars a few years back, and, really, a whole lot of dresses … More »

    



T Magazine: The Scene | Paris Fashion Week: Maison Martin Margiela Fall/Winter 2014

Scenes from the Paris Fashion Week photo diary of Alfredo Piola.