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31/05/2017

Cannes Film Festival wardrobe

 

The story behind Jessica Chastain's exquisite Cannes Film Festival wardrobe

Cannes Film Festival came to an end on Sunday evening, and with it ten days of dazzling glamour. While a plethora of actresses and supermodels, from Bella Hadid to Diane Kruger and Nicole Kidman, took their turns on La Croisette's famous red carpet throughout the festival, there was one consistently best-dressed star who, by virtue of her place on the jury, was a constant elegant presence at the premieres, photo calls and parties which punctuate the event.

It may come as something of a surprise then to learn that for Jessica Chastain and her stylist Elizabeth Stewart, the fashion element of jury duty was first and foremost a pragmatic exercise in putting together a wardrobe which would make getting dressed the one effortless element amongst her tightly-packed juror's schedule.

After all, as Chastain said in her powerful closing remarks on Sunday (in which she spoke out about the 'disturbing' representation of women in the festival's entries), she had to watch 20 films in 10 days besides attending all those engagements.

"She was very concerned with her jury duties so our thoughts were mostly practical," Stewart, who has worked with Chastain for the past six years, explains. "Mostly it was about making getting dressed as easy as possible so as not to distract from the jury responsibilities."

Of course, an A-list actress's version of 'easy' is somewhat exceptional. Stewart began to commission custom gowns around a month before proceedings kicked off, turning in large part to designers with whom Chastain already had a long-running and close relationship. "It makes fittings go more smoothly," says Stewart.

Her first red carpet look of the festival, a delicately floral and bird embroidered black column dress by Alexander McQueenn, was the result of one such collaboration. "We have a very long history with Sarah," says Stewart of the label's creative director, Sarah Burton. "She made Jessica’s first Oscar dress. She just understands Jessica’s vibe completely." In fact, there were parallels between that first McQueen dress in 2012 and the Cannes creation- the embroidery against an elegantly simple black dress which looked immaculate with Chastain's red hair and porcelain complexion.

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26/05/2017

When Melania Trump met Brigitte Macron

 

If there was ever going to be another First Lady to out-glam Melania Trump, then Brigitte Macron was the woman for the mission.

Recently installed in the Elysee Palace, Macron has fast gained a reputation for her Louis Vuitton wardrobe, glossy Lob (that's long bob, by the way) and nonchalantly modern yet elegant way of putting a look together. Indeed, she has been hailed as having the credentials to reinvent notions of Parisian chic.

Mrs Trump's glamazon polish by now needs little introduction, but has been confirmed over the past week via a series of cinched-waist suits, ultra-feminine Dolce and Gabbana lace dresses and an unerring dedication to immaculate grooming as she has accompanied her husband on his first foreign tour.

So if the diplomatic stakes were high for the meetings of the Presidents of France and America this afternoon, then just imagine the meticulous planning which will have gone into prepping Macron and Trump for their wives summit.

In pure first impression terms, Melania Trump reigned supreme. She had chosen a custom-made beige leather suit by Belgian design house Maison Ullens for the Brussels meeting. Yes, 'leather' and 'beige', in front of all the world's cameras. Quite a feat. Paired with her carefully touselled, honey-hued locks and dazzling smile, the chances of anyone else getting a look in were about as tiny as the prospect of President Trump being able to hold his wife's hand for even one walk down a set of aeroplane steps.

There was hope yet though for Brigitte Macron who had once again been outfitted by Louis Vuitton, the French label with which she has become closely linked since she began frequently borrowing their pieces after meeting Delphine Arnault- Executive Vice President of the house- in 2014.

Opting for a chic LBD with a low slung, Vuitton-branded belt, Macron's tactic seemed to be that it was pointless trying to compete with Trump, instead taking the 'effortless' route, a word not in Melania's vocabulary. In many ways, it worked. She looked cool (especially with a monogrammed Vuitton 'Twist' bag slung over her shoulder) and not too-try-hard, qualities one could never pin against La Trump. Some observed that there was grumpy look about Macron's wife, perhaps not surprising given her own political differences with the American contingent.

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24/05/2017

Louis Vuitton x Supreme

 

New York City Rejects Louis Vuitton x Supreme Pop-Up Store

When Supreme drops hit the streets, expect lines that reach the next block. If it’s the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collab, expect that line to double. Residents of 25 Bond Street did and gave the collab pop-up store a big, fat “No.”

The Manhattan Community Board No. 2 decision read that it “strongly recommends denial” of the pop-up. Apparently, the board already received a storm of emails, expressing outrage against the store.

Furthermore, the community board said that the neither Louis Vuitton nor Supreme provided a sufficient plan to control the 1,000 expected customers nor properly inform surrounding business establishments of the desire to close off the street for the crowd. The board even stressed that the involved parties who failed to “articulate how this product launch will benefit the community in any way.” I guess, something like “Taking your #OOTD game to the next level” doesn’t count as a benefit to the community at large.

Lastly, the board also felt that before anyone tries to set up shop they must be able to prove that they can stop the “unnecessary disturbances that have been plaguing our community for years.”

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