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Sonia Rykiel: The Queen of Knitwear Dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel’s influence in the world of fashion was seen and often compared to Coco Chanel’s. Both advocated in favor of liberating the woman’s body from sombre tones and skirts. She was seen as a symbol of eccentricity with her designs and it fitted her well since she wanted to make clothes to stand out from the crowd.

Known as the “queen of knitwear”, Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique in Paris in the 60s. She dressed major figures like Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan and Audrey Hepburn. She will be remembered through her stripes, her flame hair and her perseverance despite her illness.

Cannes 2016: The Fairytale Kicks Off Tonight!

It is finally THE time of the year! The Cannes Film Festival’s official opening is scheduled for tonight, May 11th 2016. As we are waiting for the stars defilé on the red carpet, we recall the magical moments of Cannes 2015. Last year, Naomi Watts dazzled in her Elie Saab gown and Fan Bin Bing amazed us in her Ralph & Russo dress. To check the list of our best and unforgettable fashion moments, check our gallery!

We will update you with the best looks of this year’s festival! So stay tuned!

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When Technology Met Fashion at the 2016 Met Gala, Claire Danes in Zac Posen Made History!

The 2016 Met Gala was a rendezvous for Fashion in an age of Technology in an attempt to challenge the creativity of designers and the daring potentials of the stars. A lot of them failed the test, seduced by too much bling-bling. The Balmain dresses which invaded the red carpet were just too much for the eye: Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosia …

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Sarah Jessica Parker looked like she made it out of a Shakespearian play! Nicole Kidman could pass as a galaxy with her stars, moons and meteor showers. Rita Ora was too feathery in her Vera Wang. Lady Gaga was back to her old tricks. Nicki Minaj was chained in her Moschino custom made outfit. Not to mention some extravagant hairstyles: Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Von Furstenberg’s. Or the odd popping red flowers on Elizabeth Cordry’s Gucci dress or even Ellie Bamber’s bed sheet look alike Giles Deacon outfit, topped with Grimes odd frock! Taylor Swift, Alicia Vikander and Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton were a huge disappointment. Demi Lovato was a failure in her Moschino. The Lemonade lady Beyoncé, despite the adequacy of the peachy color with her complexion, failed to choose well her dress, falling for a latex outfit by Givenchy. As for Saoirse Ronan’s dress, it looked very crowded with the unexplainable feathers. On top of it all, Katy Perry, Madonna and Kris Jenner could officially pass as the evil witches of the evening!

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Despite the faux-pas of so many stars, some others made daring fashion statements. Claire Danes in Zac Posen is one of the most extraordinary moments of fashion industry. The magical fairytale dress will never cease to amaze generations! If this is fashion at the age of technology, well count me in!

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As for the other best looks of the evening:

Nina Dobrev in Marchesa

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

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Zoe Saldana in D&G’s peacock train

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Kate Bosworth in D&G

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Bee Schaffer in McQueen (though she played it safe)

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Jessica Chastain in Prada (though I prefer less black lace on the bottom to highlight the precious satin fabric which matches her hair color and complexion)

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Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell

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Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler

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The Most and Least Fashionable Moments of the 2016 Oscars!

I’ve been waiting impatiently to see some unforgettable fashion moments at the 88th Academy Awards. Let’s say that there were no wow moments. Some did a good job by avoiding many fashion mistakes others, unfortunately, couldn’t help but commit. I’ve been waiting impatiently to see some unforgettable fashion moments at the 88th Academy Awards. Let’s say that there were no wow moments. Some did a good job by avoiding many fashion mistakes others, unfortunately, couldn’t help but commit.

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  • I’m not a fan of sequined dresses. But Naomi Watts in her navy Armani Privé looks like pure enchantment!

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  • Once is accidental, twice is coincidence, three times: it is definitely a fashion transformation! Oh yeah, Lady Gaga stuns in her custom made jumpsuit by Brandon Maxwell

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  • Although it may look crowded, Amy Poelher’s gown by Andrew GN couldn’t pass unnoticed! I love the wide sleeves and the embroideries, a perfect combination for a Japanese themed dress!

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  • I would have loved Daisy Ridley’s look by Chanel if her skirt was shorter

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  • I’ve been waiting for a dazzling look for Alicia Vikander whom surprised me until I saw the bottom of her dress which reminded me of bed sheets!

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  • She might have wowed you with the sexiness of her dress, but Rachel McAdams didn’t nail the perfect look. Her look is simple and… I thought we’ve had enough of Angelina Jolie’s look-alike prostatic legs!

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  • Saoirse Ronan could use a piece of advice so she could dress her age

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  • Heidi Klum is more like a “poupée de chiffons” than a princess in her Marchesa dress

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  • I’ve always liked how Kate Winslet celebrated her body and opted for simple yet elegant looks. But her choice yesterday was a huge catastrophe. The Ralph Lauren dress she chose reminded me of garbage bags! Sorry Kate, it was definitely not your night…

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  • Ladies, ladies, the plunging neck is sexy but just don’t overdo it! And by that I mean Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Charlize Theron who could have bedazzled us in Dior if it wasn’t so simple (the color suits her perfectly but the look lacks some Oscar deserving glow)

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The BAFTA Fashion Moments Roundup

 

As our impatient wait for the Oscars is reaching its end, we are still searching for some magnificent fashion moments on the red carpet. The BAFTA was not one of them… Nonetheless, we still got to pick (very) few best dressed ladies.

One of the best looks of the evening was Bond girl Olga Kurylenko’s who shined in a beautiful white lace gown by Ralph & Russo.

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Hannah Bagshawe, Eddie Redmayne’s wife, carries her pregnancy with such classiness which was accentuated with her scarlet gown : simple, yet elegant, shaping her figure perfectly!

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We couldn’t but notice the extreme fondness of some stars for simple elegance like Kate Winslet in her Antonio Berardi black gown which celebrates her sexy curves and a touch of red with her Jimmy Choo clutch.

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Heida Reed defied all the weather conditions and donned a perfect black gown with a sexy plunging neckline and a flowing chiffon skirt. Her waist is highlighted thanks to a think leather band.

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We loved the upper part of Cate Blanchett’s gown featuring magnificent floral embroideries by Alexander McQueen. As for the skirt, well …. Can we skip to something else?

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As for Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, let’s say the BAFTA look was her best so far among so many Louis Vuitton red carpet looks. We’re still waiting for a WOW moment… Maybe at the Oscars? (please, please)

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Hass Idriss Reveals his Tarot Dresses in Paris!

The 2016 Paris Fashion Week ended more than a week ago, but we didn’t want to end our coverage without talking about a young talented guy who joined other Lebanese designers at this year’s PFW. We’re talking about Hassan Idriss, known by the name of Hass Idriss, who launched his Spring/Summer 2016 Couture collection in Paris.

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This collection of twenty-two items, influenced by the tarot cards, was exhibited for the first time in Paris.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins and shadowing the greatest from David LaChapelle to Alexander McQueen, Hass decided to devote himself entirely to Fashion. His first show took place in London as part of the London Fashion Week.

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Leading a creative army and surrounded by a string of women, Hass prefers tailoring garments that put the latter forward rather than the garment itself by committing to working only with the finest quality of material. Combining pieces from vintage old school techniques all the way to state of the art technology in the couturier’s creations, his clients, “cosmopolitan powerful women of different walks of life and silhouettes” can attest his prodigy.

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SAG 2016: Few Hot… and so Many Others Not!

I wonder what is happening to the award season! We are witnessing more bad taste, more bad looks and more people who wanted to make a fashion statement that turned out to be a complete failure. Thank God we still have Sofia Vergara to wow us in her hot pink Vera Wang custom made gown and Helen Mirren to dazzle us with her Jenny Packham silver gown!

From the 2016 SAG awards red carpet, see who’s hot and who is definitely not!

The HOT looks of the evening

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

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Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

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Emilia Clarke in Dior

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Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

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Queen Latifah in Michael Costello

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Saoirse Ronan in Michael Kors

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Anna Faris in Naeem Khan

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Maisie Williams in a tea-length Ermanno Scervino

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Laura Prepon in Carmen Marc Valvo

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Some of the countless worst looks of the evening

Gwendoline Christie in Lanvin

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 Christina Hendricks in her there-is-too-much-going-on-on-this-dress-Christian Siriano

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Julianne Moore in (what looks like a bad lettuce color) Givenchy

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Viola Davis in (what could need some extra ironing) Zac Posen

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Sarah Paulson in feathery Valentino

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Nicole Kidman in Gucci

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Sola Bamis with her huge unexplainable bow by Lola Wusu. Big disappointment!

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Brie Larson in Atelier Versace

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Also Read: Complete Winners List of the 2016 SAG Awards!

Priyanka Chopra in her too poofy too prom-dress look by Monique Lhuillier

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January Jones in Schiaparelli

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The WTH looks

Carol Burnett wants comfort over fashion. You could get it dear without your huge ugly slippers (not to mention the ugh outfit)

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Lori Petty … No comment!

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Gaby Hoffmann… the look… the pin… the shoes…

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Diane Madison and Kylie Hart in what my grandma won’t even choose to wear looks

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Melora Hardin in her horrific printed dress

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Ralph & Russo’s Ultimate Delicateness!

With a palette of pastels, designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo drew a beautiful collection whose highlight is undoubtedly the wedding gown with its kimono sleeves, multi-layered tulle skirt, duchess satin bustier, three-meter train that called for help when the model turned around, and the 3D silk organza petals, pearls and crystals, a masterpiece that suits royalty.

The collection included ball gowns and bold lingerie. Some gowns were literally painted; others featured embroideries, flower appliqués, features and ruffles.

The collection blossomed on stage like a Japanese cherry tree, delicate, ethereal and very feminine.

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Guo Pei’s First Couture Show in Paris

 The designer behind Rihanna’s controversial look at the 2015 Met Gala made her first appearance in the city of Haute Couture in 2016. Held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the show featured a blend of Eastern and Western inspiration.

It is true that Guo Pei is fiercely attached to her heritage which she highlights through mandarin collars, embroideries, the choice of the royal gold, the dragon figure, the imperial cape, the long and wide sleeves, the cross-collars, and the cheongsam-esque dresses, but she also manages to bridge the gap between West and East through youthful pieces that reminds us of a classy, “à la Audrey Hepburn” ambiance: aqua and pink, delicate whites, peach and a drizzle of feathers, crystal beads and florals.

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Giambattista Valli’s Fluffy Dream

Vast skirts, layers and layers of tulle and organza, and sometimes just a bit over a silky dress, a burst of flowers, that’s how Giambattista Valli wanted to honor the city of gardens, Paris. Taking his inspiration from the flowers of famous Parisian gardens – Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, Parc de Bagatelle, Palais Royal, the collection features two trends : short dresses and fluffy (very fluffy) gowns. Valli loves flowers, princesses’ skirts and colors. His collection is like a fluffy dream.

It may be way far from meeting “practical” expectations, but who said everything has to be practical? Sometimes, a fluffy dream is all what we need….

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