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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.”

STEVEN TYLER & DAUGHTER CHELSEA: ROCKING OUT FOR ANDREW CHARLES

Posted in Style on October 19, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


He’s been known to steal his daughters’ clothes, but STEVEN TYLER will probably back away from their closets now that he’s inspired a line of his own.

The AEROSMITH frontperson and AMERICAN IDOL judge is the face and muse of ANDREW CHARLES, a sportswear line with an edge available now at MACY’S stores.

Announced as the face in August, STEVEN has been busy shooting ads for the campaign, which costar his daughter CHELSEA, who models complementary women’s looks.

“I love working with him,” she told PEOPLE last week during a bash for the brand at MACY’S in New York.

“It’s so relaxed and we have a lot of fun with it…and I really love so much of this line. I’m happy to be supporting it.”

The men’s collection features items like bold patterned cotton shirts and cotton and spandex coated denim jeans, plus a scarf collection aptly named ROCK SCARF. The women’s side offers jeans, embellished tops, skirts and tanks.

“It’s been phenomenal,” STEVEN told PEOPLE of working on the campaign.

“I’ve been wearing this stuff forever. It’s just another side of it to think I’d be able to sell this and pass it on.”

And he’s happy to be sharing the responsibility with his daughter.

“He’s really so supportive in anything that makes us happy,” CHELSEA shared.

“If there’s one thing as a dad that he’s really excelled in it’s really just embracing…not asking so many questions, more just, ‘Do you love this?’ and ‘Do you want to do this?’ And if he sees that passion in us then he’s so for it.”

“We’re joined at the hip,” STEVEN said of his relationship with CHELSEA, as well as daughters LIV and MIA and son TAJ. “I’ve got a great little brood going on.”

CHELSEA agreed, adding, “Our family unit is really something special.”

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.”

LONDON FASHION WEEK…SO FAR

Posted in Glamour, Style on September 22, 2011 by Miranda Wilding




LONDON FASHION WEEK is currently in full swing and so far the shows have impressed – offering star studded front rows, technological advances and even a near royal visit.

BURBERRY PRORSUM

Promising a starry front row, the BURBERRY PRORSUM show on Monday did not disappoint.

SIENNA MILLER and a current face of the brand ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELY sat alongside RACHEL ZOE, GEMMA ARTERTON, tennis star ANDY MURRAY, singer PAUL WELLER and photographer MARIO TESTINO at CHRISTOPHER BAILEY’S SPRING/SUMMER 2012 show in Kensington Gardens.

Tribal inspired print dresses were paired with cropped trenches and raffia caps in a collection that put a handcrafted artisan twist on ladylike chic.

“Oh my God. That was insanity!” gushed RACHEL to PEOPLE as she headed backstage.

“[Christopher Bailey is] amazing. I mean, who else makes a coat like that?” she added, referring to the reinvention of the classic BURBERRY trench.

Greeting his celebrity guests backstage, CHRISTOPHER got a hug from photographer pal MARIO TESTINO who told PEOPLE, “I thought it was a great show — sexy sexy sexy!”

As no doubt did legions of fans who caught the show via Twitter, a first for the digital friendly brand.

“This collection is all about the most detailed handcrafted pieces and fabric innovation, creating a beautiful physical experience that is communicated digitally in dynamic and diverse ways and I love balancing those two worlds,” commented CHRISTOPHER.

TEMPERLEY LONDON

Meanwhile, TEMPERLEY LONDON got the royal seal of approval on Monday night when PIPPA MIDDLETON showed up to support one of her favourite British designers. Wearing the classic fan dress from the label’s current AUTUMN/WINTER collection dressed down with black suede ankle boots, the rising fashion star certainly appeared to enjoy the show as she sat with a friend, pointing out her favourite pieces from the silver screen inspired collection, shown in the British Museum’s dramatic grand atrium.

GRACE KELLY was cited as an inspiration by the designer, as was MICHELLE PFEIFFER’S character in SCARFACE.

As for PIPPA, she seemed to love the silky jumpsuits, kimono capes and floor sweeping dresses adorned in beads and tassels, all of which were accessorized with überglam head wraps.

“It was really special, really amazing,” she said, congratulating designer ALICE TEMPERLEY’S husband and CEO of the label LARS VON BENNINGSEN on her way out.

Since commissioning a bespoke emerald green TEMPERLEY LONDON dress for the royal wedding after party at Buckingham Palace in April, the label has become a go to favourite for both PIPPA and her sister CATHERINE.

In the hot seat next to Ms. Middleton was actor ROSARIO DAWSON, currently enjoying the shows in between filming her new movie in London.

“I thought it was really wonderful that she came here to support Alice and it makes sense that Pippa would be here because it’s such a London staple,” she told PEOPLE post show.

So did they swap fashion tips? “She seemed lovely and I think she enjoyed the clothes as well which is always nice to see.”

Excited about the ultrafeminine oh so graceful show, ROSARIO confessed, “I loved everything. I’m salivating and trying not to drool, honestly!”

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

Sunday night MATTHEW WILLIAMSON presented a kaleidoscope of colour at his SPRING/SUMMER 2012 show. The first runway show to ever be staged in the TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL, it boasted a front row consisting of pal SIENNA MILLER and RACHEL ZOE.

Burnt oranges and vibrant yellow took centre stage, as did the designer’s signature embellishment with semiprecious stones and feather detailing. SIENNA, in a MATTHEW WILLIAMSON jacket, skinny jeans and TABITHA SIMMONS heels, told PEOPLE the finale number, a floor length saffron gown with appliqué detailing and ostrich feathers, was her favourite.

“The orange dress on Anja [Rubik] at the end — I love that,” she shared.

With a cheer and a hug for the designer at the after party, held on the top floor of the museum with a view of ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, it was a fashionable fête all around.

UMA THURMAN: ADORING CALVIN KLEIN’S EFFORTLESS LOOKS

Posted in Glamour, Style on September 19, 2011 by Miranda Wilding



UMA THURMAN may stand above the rest thanks to her distractingly minimalist red carpet looks, but don’t expect her to give advice on how to walk the carpet gracefully in stilettos.

“I was very eager to wear high heels until I got over 5’6″ and then it ended for me,” UMA told PEOPLE backstage at Thursday’s CALVIN KLEIN Spring 2012 show during NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.

“Because I’m a tall girl, I never got particularly skilled at wearing them. I still tend to weave a little on heels. I need the solid ones.”

Though she dislikes the amplified height, the 6 foot tall OSCAR nominated actor said she has early memories of stylish shoes.

“I remember trying high heels on for the first time when I was like 3 years old. I would try to walk in my mother’s heels and loved it.”

Known for her chic and elegant style, UMA said one of her favourite go to designers is CALVIN KLEIN for his simple yet striking looks.

“I love that he’s classic, he’s modern, he always uses wonderful fabrics and the clothes are elegant. Sometimes modern clothes can be weird and contorted but his aren’t. It’s quite effortless and that’s something that I aspire toward.”

As for her style philosophy, UMA has a simple approach: it’s all about comfort.

“I’m all about having fun. Dressing up for a red carpet is always special and it’s a moment of celebration so I like to have fun with what I’m wearing. I tend to go for colour and comfort. I do care about pain a lot so being comfortable is always important.”

And at home, the KILL BILL star follows the same fashion mantra.

“I wear very soft clothing. I walk in the door and immediately put on soft clothing. I’m a mom so it’s all about being relaxed and comfortable and getting down to business.”

EVAN RACHEL WOOD: FINDING YOUR OWN STYLE JUST HAPPENS NATURALLY

Posted in Glamour, Style on September 19, 2011 by Miranda Wilding




EVAN RACHEL WOOD is stunning on the red carpet these days, whether overseas at the VENICE FILM FESTIVAL or in Hollywood for an awards show. And the star, who was nominated for a SUPPORTING ACTRESS EMMY (MINISERIES/MOVIE) for her role as VEDA PIERCE in MILDRED PIERCE, said that she’s felt more comfortable at such events lately thanks to age and experience.

“I think when I started getting older and started feeling like I wanted to express myself as a woman and to do what made me feel beautiful” is when she finally fell in love with fashion, EVAN recently told PEOPLE.

“I was just having fun really. I wasn’t feeling pressured to do certain things. I just felt like I was expressing myself.”

Her style has evolved due to a recent dramatic short haircut and a slew of glamorous looks.

Of finding her fashion sense, she shared, “I think it just happens naturally.”