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THE VERSACE H&M DEBUT

Posted in Glamour, Style on November 12, 2011 by Miranda Wilding



DONATELLA VERSACE knows how to throw a party.

The designer debuted her much anticipated line for H&M at a star studded event in Manhattan on Tuesday night that included a full length fashion show, a private concert by PRINCE and some serious late night shopping.

“The collection is fun,” DONATELLA told PEOPLE as she headed into the bash.

“It starts with the iconic moment: Gianni’s black leather and gold studs. Then there are the Miami prints that people know the best. I wanted to show them the real thing and then it goes through the evolution of Versace from the prints to my collections up to today.”

“I’m very happy tonight,” she added.

“I didn’t expect such a turnout. I knew it would be exciting, but not like this.”

“I’m very proud of my mother,” ALLEGRA VERSACE, wearing vintage VERSACE, chimed in.

“I’ve been wearing the H&M line. I love the fact that it’s going to make all these clothes accessible to kids my age.”

The celebrities who showed up in great numbers were also enthusiastic. UMA THURMAN recalled a particular VERSACE moment — she wore one of DONATELLA’S gowns to the GOLDEN GLOBES a few years ago — and NICKI MINAJ even paid tribute, too.

“This is what Donatella wanted,” she said, pointing to her wild green wig.

“And what Donatella wants, she gets.”

Following the fashion show, positive reviews were flying.

“I loved it,” EMMA ROBERTS told PEOPLE.

“The clothes, the hair and makeup were amazing. I feel like it was really done right. I’m unsure of a lot of collaborations, but this made so much sense. It was so fun and young and I would wear everything.”

EMMA and the rest of the crowd then moved into another room, decorated to look like a disco, and watched NICKI MINAJ and PRINCE take the stage. The iconic artist even came back for an encore, performing PURPLE RAIN and dedicating the tune to DONATELLA.

When the concert ended after 1 am, a curtain opened, revealing a huge display of the VERSACE H&M line on racks, mannequins and tables, with every outfit and accessory in the show available in great numbers and all sizes. And until the wee hours, fashionistas — with credit cards drawn — went wild.

“I’m a little bit sad that the collaboration is over tonight,” DONATELLA mused.

“I worked with a fantastic team of people. And I learned a lot.”

Most importantly, though, she was happy to share her brother’s legacy with a younger audience.

“I’d never touched the prints since my brother died,” she admitted.

“I took them from the archives and added the fun and excitement and glamour.”

Exactly what VERSACE is all about.

KATE WINSLET’S LATEST ST. JOHN CAMPAIGN

Posted in Glamour, Style on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


She’s kept her day job: KATE WINSLET is continuing as the face of ST. JOHN in the brand’s SPRING 2012 campaign.

“It has been a great experience working with St. John,” the actor said in a release.

“I am very excited for this upcoming season — George [Sharp] and St. John have created wonderfully chic and effortless styles for the modern woman.”

The spring campaign features KATE in ST. JOHN’S classic knits and a fitted dress. The photos were shot this week in a penthouse at New York’s CHELSEA ARTS TOWER, a sharp contrast from the fall campaign, staged at a theatre in New Jersey.

KATE’S latest campaign will appear in magazines beginning in February, and a behind the scenes video will be available at discoverstjohn.com.

DONATELLA VERSACE: HER FAVOURITE VERSACE FOR H&M LOOKS

Posted in Glamour, Style on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


The VERSACE FOR H&M COLLECTION hits stores in just two weeks. With excitement building, designer DONATELLA VERSACE is again speaking out about the line.

In an interview with STYLE.COM/PRINT, the couturier said: “It is amazing how H&M has taken these icons of Versace to make the pieces in this collection.”

One dress that “will always be so special” to DONATELLA is the black leather studded frock (above and below, right).

“It was the dress I wore to take my bow at the Versace menswear show this summer, the day before we announced our collaboration with H&M to the world,” she recalled.

“It was so exciting. Everybody was saying how good I looked and nobody knew it was H&M!”

Another favourite is a printed dress and leggings combo (below, centre) with a Techno Japan print.

“We have used it in different colours and on different designs so that it can be worn in many contrasting ways,” DONATELLA explained.

“We had so much fun designing the print pieces for the collection (below, left), which can be worn individually or mixed and matched as wild as you dare.”

Additional highlights include a metal mesh mini and a darling black dress, but there is one item DONATELLA promises you won’t find in the collection: flat shoes.

“There are only high heels,” she shared.

“I never wear flats. Ever.”

EMMA WATSON: MAKEUP MAKES ME LESS PALE & ENGLISH

Posted in Glamour on October 29, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

After countless premieres and red carpet appearances, EMMA WATSON has finally found the beauty routine that works for her.

Crediting her pixie cut with what she calls a more experimental relationship with makeup, she told STYLELIST: “There’s no way to hide when you have short hair. You really have to go for it.”

The secret to her trademark look, which includes flawless skin, bold brows and a pinch of glamour, is an arsenal of reliable beauty tools.

“I’m a creature of habit,” she told Style.com of $45 GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY LUMINOUS silk powder (bottom right).

“I like to find what works and keep buying it.”

She also brightens up with bronzer or blush, like YVES SAINT LAURENT’S $38 CREME DE BLUSH (top left) because, as EMMA put it, “I am so pale and English.”

But the focal point of EMMA’S look is the eye, which she prefers with a bold brow and major lashes.

“I get my eyebrows threaded,” she confides.

“Blink is really good,” she said of the London based beauty bar’s line of products, which includes defining pencils (top right).

For that kewpie lash effect, the star looks to $25 HYPNOSE DOLL mascara (bottom left) by LANCOME, for which she is an ambassador.

“I’m big into Twiggy so I do bottom lashes and top lashes,” she explained.

“This is really cool because it is specifically designed to get that look.”

WALKING TALL: LEIGHTON MEESTER DIGS HIGH HEELS

Posted in Glamour on October 28, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


LEIGHTON MEESTER’S label happy on screen alter ego BLAIR WALDORF is content to pick up the closest pair of LOUBOUTINS she can find. Off screen, however, the GOSSIP GIRL star said she searches for shoes “that really speak to me,” regardless of designer name.

“If it’s my daily kind of shoe, I usually go for the same type of style. Like a platform with a thick heel,” she explained.

“But I think variety is important.”

Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday night at the ROGER VIVIER FALL/COUTURE SHOWCASE to benefit MUSIC UNITES in New York, LEIGHTON said she actually prefers heels to flats.

And when searching for shoes, her top requirement is “definitely not comfort.”

Wearing a J. MENDEL dress, BULGARI jewels and VIVIER shoes — which she called comfortable — LEIGHTON admitted that there is one time of day when you won’t find her in platform heels.

“When I’m walking the dog, I wear sneakers,” she revealed, “because they look and feel better.”

Though BLAIR WALDORF would never imagine lacing up a pair of sneakers, the character does have a lot of surprises in store for her on new episodes of GOSSIP GIRL.

“It’s just so crazy, I can’t even begin to tell you,” LEIGHTON said of upcoming events that include a wedding, craziness between CHUCK BASS and BLAIR and additional drama with DAN HUMPHREY.

“I get to live vicariously through the good and the bad,” she shared, which is really fun.”

TIFFANY: ADDING SPARKLE TO THE GREAT GATSBY

Posted in Film, Glamour on October 19, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

LEONARDO DICAPRIO and ISLA FISHER will shine even more on the big screen next year thanks to TIFFANY & COMPANY.

The storied jeweller is partnering with WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES and BAZMARK as the exclusive fine jeweller for THE GREAT GATSBY, a new film starring LEONARDO, ISLA, CAREY MULLIGAN and TOBEY MAGUIRE.

The cast will glimmer in period jewels inspired by TIFFANY’S archives, including one of a kind platinum and diamond encrusted bracelets, rings, headpieces and long pearl necklaces created especially for the film.

“The Tiffany & Company archives have proven to be an invaluable resource in looking back at this Golden Era of affluence and fine jewelry,” GATSBY costume designer CATHERINE MARTIN said in a release.

“The continuing tradition of excellence and exquisite craftship has allowed us to both create and recreate pieces that we hope will do justice to this extraordinary novel.”

THE GREAT GATSBY hits theatres on DECEMBER 25, 2012.

DIANE KEATON: THE NEW FACE OF CHICO’S

Posted in Glamour on October 6, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

CHICO’S has just announced that DIANE KEATON is the face of its HOLIDAY 2011 collection and will appear in national print and TV ads throughout the fall.

In the ads, shot by photographer CARTER SMITH, DIANE models some of her favourite pieces from the collection, including leopard gloves and a bright
red coat.

“You know what I like about Chico’s? They are who they are. Individual. (Like me.) And incredibly expressive,” Ms. Keaton said in a statement.

“Plus, they have all these great pieces to make your own.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Diane Keaton,” added CINNY MURRAY, brand president of CHICO’S.

“Her spontaneity, her wonderful wit and her remarkable eye for individual style are the perfect complements to our brand.”

PARIS FASHION WEEK 2011: MARC JACOBS & LOUIS VUITTON

Posted in Glamour, Style on October 6, 2011 by Miranda Wilding










Designer MARC JACOBS’ SPRING/SUMMER 2012 collection for LOUIS VUITTON, presented in the LOUVRE’S COUR CARREE in Paris as a tableaux with 48 models descending on a slow turning white carousel, left his audience largely speechless, continuing to build word that the designer is destined for CHRISTIAN DIOR.

“It was poetic. Amazing and magical,” OLIVIA WILDE told PEOPLE.
“I’ve seen fashion shows before but this was my first Paris show of this size, this beauty. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life before.”

UMA THURMAN was equally enthusiastic, summarizing the eight minute show as: “Magic. Dreamgirls. Serendipity. It was beautiful.”

“It had such a positive message,” model NATALIA VODIANOVA added.
“The clothes were absolutely lovely and the carousel…The music was so much about innocence and childhood. I so much enjoy watching the shows — but this is one that I wished I had walked.”

With NICOLE RICHIE, JOEL MADDEN, ABBIE CORNISH and RACHEL ZOE joining OLIVIA, UMA and NATALIA in the front row — not to mention every LMVH decision maker and DIOR president and CEO SIDNEY TOLDEDANO in attendance — MARC JACOBS presented pieces demonstrating his mastery of technology.

As the carousel turned, models including KATE MOSS stepped one after another from their ponies to show off signature laser cut and embossed leathers, silk chambray in pastels, exotic leather motorcycle jackets worn with maillot de bain as well as beaded dresses with enough understated elements to convince anyone MARC is more than up to the task of DIOR’S couture work.

The designer himself was pleased.

“I wanted something magical, this is what I expected and I loved it,” he affirmed afterwards.

The inspiration, he added, “was a carousel I see every year in the spring here in Paris’ Tuileries Gardens. But the carousel was also a metaphor for fashion. The way it goes round and round…and how there is no end to fashion. How it’s a beautiful ride. And there is no end to its beauty.”

With speculation rampant that MARC will soon be officially announced to head France’s most prestigious couture house, the designer would not dismiss reports.

“I don’t have anything to say about Dior,” he told PEOPLE.

“This is a Louis Vuitton show. I work for Louis Vuitton.”

MARC’S refusal to discuss reports that he is being offered $10 million to move from VUITTON to DIOR did not stop backstage talk, though.

“This,” one fashion insider opined, “was a show which said: ‘The sky’s the limit.’ Draw your own conclusions. This is exactly what Dior needs after Galliano — it was beauty, not chic. It was about beautiful clothing, made with passion. It is what Dior needs now.”

“This was a couture show which demonstrates he can do Dior,” added veteran fashion reporter MADELEINE CZIGLER.

“This was a perfect test drive meant to show, ‘Yes, I can do Dior.’ And after seeing it, there isn’t a question in anyone’s mind that he can do the job.”

PARIS FASHION WEEK 2011: CHANEL

Posted in Glamour, Style on October 6, 2011 by Miranda Wilding













Designer KARL LAGERFELD took everyone down to the dazzling depths of the ocean on Tuesday at CHANEL’S SPRING/SUMMER 2012 show in Paris.

Having transformed the GRAND PALAIS into a giant white seabed with white shells and sea creatures scattered in between ten foot high coral structures, it was quite a sight to behold.

“When I walked in, I just gasped,” French actor CLEMENCE POESY told PEOPLE. “I got really excited, like a 5 year old,” she confessed with a giggle.

The aquatic theme ran through the collection, too: from pearl encrusted tweed dresses and iridescent sequined jackets to transparent seaweed print macs, the models (such as GEORGIA MAY JAGGER and MIRANDA KERR) were even clutching seashell bags and had pearls pinned to their wet look hair as if they had splashed onto the catwalk from some futuristic island.

FLORENCE WELCH of FLORENCE & THE MACHINE provided live background music for the ethereal affair.

UMA THURMAN, dressed head to toe in CHANEL and seated next to photographer MARIO TESTINO, told reporters she also loved the lavish spectacle.

“It was just phenomenal,” she said quickly as she dashed backstage.

“The flamboyance and the scale of it was incredible.”

MELISSA McCARTHY: RENAISSANCE WOMAN

Posted in Glamour, Style on October 3, 2011 by Miranda Wilding



“Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion forward in my size is damn near impossible,” MELISSA McCARTHY jokingly lamented in the new issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

“It’s either for like a 98 year old woman or a 14 year old hooker…and there is nothing in the middle.”

Disgruntled by the lack of choices, the actor has decided to launch her own line for plus size women, which she’ll codesign with couturier DANIELLA PEARL.

Though a familiar tale, this isn’t a case of another celebrity gone fashion crazy: MELISSA actually has a background in design.

“I went to college for clothing and textiles and always thought that I would design women’s clothing,” she told reporters on EMMY night after nabbing her BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) award for MIKE & MOLLY.

“Then [I] ended up in New York doing stand up.”

Fast forward a few years and MELISSA is one of 2011′s breakout stars, with a hit movie and television series under her belt — but nary a chic dress to be found. With the EMMYS looming, she decided to take matters into her own hands, designing a one of a kind gown for the big night.

“I’m a crazy tear sheet person and I really love vintage. So I went through my never ending book of tear sheets and then I kind of drew [a dress] up and I designed it myself,” she told PEOPLE at an EMMY reception days before the show.

“I couldn’t be happier with it.”

Tapping DANIELLA PEARL to sew her deep purple gown, which MELISSA called “wildly comfortable” (it had pockets, too), she felt inspired. She even made a back up gown just in case.

“The other one [was] dove gray and much more flowing,” she told PEOPLE at the AUDI & DAVID YURMAN KICK OFF to EMMY party. And though it didn’t make the cut for her big night out, she kept it in her closet.

As she joked, “I’ll wear it to Trader Joe’s later.”