Elie Saab –The Couturier of Cannes

28 May

Elie Saab, ‘the red carpet king’, reined supreme at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Several actresses paraded down the red carpet adorned in one of his magnificent gowns.

Actress Aishwarya Rai looked radiant at the opening ceremony in a stone-colored, fully embroidered gown from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker looked like a modern-day Belle de jour. She wore a beautiful floral-print crepe georgette gown to the “Wu Xia” premiere. The gown was from the Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing had an ethereal glow about her in the white, crepe georgette bustier gown she wore with oversized lace sleeves. The gown was from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2009-10 collection.

At “The Tree of Life” premiere, Elsa Zylberstein, Sara Forestier and Li Bing Bing all looked breathtaking as they promenaded down the red carpet in one of Elie Saab’s elegant gowns.

French actress Elsa Zylberstein dazzled in a sparkly stone-white, fully embroidered strapless gown from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

French actress Sara Forestier wore a stunning two-tone, black and stone-white embroidered lace gown, from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

Chinese actress and L’Oréal ambassador Li Bing Bing wore an elegant stone-white, silk chiffon bustier gown from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

Chinese model and L’Oréal ambassador Zhang Zi Lin looked ravishing in a raspberry-pink silk chiffon gown from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

Spanish actress Elena Anaya dazzled like a starry night for the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s film “La Piel Que Habito.” She wore a black embroidered gown from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2011 collection.


The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival (A Walk Along La Croisette)

27 May

Hollywood took over the majestic Côte d’Azur for the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. This year’s film line-up brought a star-studded cast to the red carpet. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson to name a few. The A-listers stepped out in their finest for this prestigious and grandeur event. Oscar-winner Robert De Niro headed up the judging jury that included Uma Thurman and Jude Law. All three graced the Palais de Festival steps on a nightly basis.

Screenings by day at the beach, parties by night inside swanky hotels and yachts—such is life for the actors, directors, models and business moguls attending the festival. The Cannes Film Festival not only showcased incredible talent, it also played host to some of the most fabulous parties and events. AmfAR’s hosted its annual “Cinema Against AIDS” Gala at the stunning Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes while Chopard hosted its elite soiree “Happy Diamonds Are Girls’ Best Friends.” It was a who’s who on the guest list each night as black tie–clad stars arrived at these parties.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the day! A walk down the famous La Croisette during the day and you might catch a glimpse of a star leaving the trendy Hotel Martinez, sip on a glass of champagne at the Moët & Chandon ethereal white beach lounge or mingle with the upper echelon at Le Bâoli’s über chic Beach Club. It was an incredible thrill to be part of all the glitz and glamour.

The jury announced the festival winners at the closing ceremony this past Sunday. “The Tree of Life”, by Terrence Malick, starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, won the coveted Pal d’Or for best picture. The film follows a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. Highlighting eldest son Jack’s journey, the film explores his relationship with his father, his faith and the meaning of life. It opens in limited release in the United States today, Friday, May 27.

The Royal Wedding Fashion: Modernity Meets Tradition

30 Apr

Today, all eyes were on Catherine Middleton — and her royal dress immediately became history in the making. Britain’s Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, designed the gown, a magnificent ivory ensemble with lace floral details, impeccable tailoring and a plunging neckline. Reminiscent of a modern day Grace Kelly, Kate looked absolutely spectacular as she arrived at Westminster Abbey.

As grandeur as the event itself were the hats many of the guests adorned. Hats were the must-have accessories for the royal affair. Philip Treacy’s creative talent was abundant as 36 royal attendees wore his brilliant hats. Sophisticated, colorful, sculptured and outrageous, the hats were as much a conversation piece as anything.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were a dashing duo in their Philip Treacy hats. Beatrice accented her beautiful Valentino coat with a bow-like blush colored hat while Eugenie wore an electrifying blue hat with flowers and feathers to match her Vivienne Westwood suit.

Expectant star Victoria Beckham wore a navy dress from her own collection and paired it with an exquisite Philip Treacy hat. Her handsome husband David looked quite dapper in his Ralph Lauren suit and Philip Treacy traditional top hat.

Elton John wore a purple tie with an ivory waistcoat, while his partner David Furnish wore a light-gray tie and light gray waistcoat.

Choosing that perfect outfit for today’s star-studded event was crucial. Sarah Burton hit a home run with Kate’s ravishing dress. It was a monumental day in many ways, including in the world of fashion.

All photographs courtesy of Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld’s Couture Cola (Coca-Cola Light’s New Bottle)

9 Apr

Karl Lagerfeld stylized Coca Cola Light! On Thursday, April 7, Karl and friends celebrated the launch of the new, limited-edition Coca-Cola Light bottle at Restaurant Le Georges (at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou).

And who better to serve this couture cola than Karl himself? There was a myriad of Karl clones serving the chic new bottle to the partygoers.

Audrey Marnay, Lou Douillon, Beatrice Rosen, Amanda Sthers, Uffie, Lou Lesage, Caroline de Maigret, Nicole Trunfio and Lily Cole all came out for the unveiling of the new bottle adorned in fabulous Karl frocks.

Audrey Marnay

Beatrice Rosen

Lou Doillon

Karl not only designed the bottles, he also shot their ad campaign, using three of his favorite models (Heidi Mount, Jeneil Williams and Coco Rocha).

The glamorous bottles are all part of the ‘Love It Light’ campaign and will be available individually or as a set in an exclusive prism-shaped collector’s box. These fashionable fizzy’s are available beginning in June.

Check out all the pictures from the party below…

Karl Lagerfeld 2011 Eyewear Campaign

29 Mar

Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 eyewear collection captures a sophisticated modernity and urban chicness. Karl brilliantly photographs his two muses Freja Beha and Baptiste Giabiconi creating a provocative and intense mood in each image. The seductive dark images are brought to life with electrifying blue dripping from the pages.

The sun and optical collection illustrates the extraordinary craftsmanship of each piece with its incredible Karl Lagerfeld design aesthetic. Turning his attention to metal frames this season; Lagerfeld offers variations of the classic aviator, bold masculine styles, amplified mixtures and dramatic oversized frames for women. Each sunglass frame features Karl’s personal signature on the lens.

Look a little closer and you can catch a haunting glimpse of Karl in the reflection of the mirror while he is working his magic. The subtle juxtaposition creates a unique, sultry and ominous photograph.

The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) April 1, 2 and 3 in Paris

28 Mar

“We enable storytellers to tell their stories, said Scott Hilier founder and president of The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU). He goes on to say it takes courage, hard work, passion and a dream to make a film and then project your soul on screen. The essence of our festival is the raw emotion we evoke and the reactions and discussions that ensue afterwards.”

What began as a “light-bulb” moment in the middle of the night 6 years ago, Scott Hilier and his team have since developed into an incredible platform that is committed to being at the center of discovery, promotion and projection of the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world. On April 1, 2 and 3 ÉCU will showcase 77 films from 26 countries in Paris that demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content.

The transcontinental festival has twelve categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive event. While ÉCU’s goal is to bring worldwide attention to European independent filmmakers, there are also four foreign categories open to independent filmmakers from the Americas, Africa and Asia. Joel Mandina, public relations manager of the festival, says, “The European Independent Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the premiere entertainment and cultural events in Europe.” Click here to purchase tickets and view screening locations or you can purchase tickets at www.digitick.com.

ÉCU’s films encapsulate creativity, diversity, beauty, insight, imagery, passion, heart and soul. There is something for everyone. Below are some highlights from this year’s compelling films. Click here to browse through all of the films and trailers.

April Chill, student film directed by Tornike Bziava

At 4 o’clock in the morning, on April 9th 1989, the Soviet troops violently quelled a peaceful demonstration in Tblisi (Georgia). 22 innocent lives fell victim to this atrocious act. APRIL CHILL tells the story of the awakening of human instinct in a Soviet military service man, thanks to a young Georgian dancer.

Cairo Exit, feature film directed by Hesham Issawi

This slice-of-life tale takes place in the life of an 18 years-old Amal Iskander, an Egyptian Coptic girl. During one of her delivery jobs on a battered scooter between homes and businesses the scooter is stolen. Her boss fires her. She wonders of her future after revealing to her sullen, unemployed boyfriend, Tarek, that she’s two months pregnant. Tarek is disturbed by the news and informs her that he’s leaving the country by way of boat for Greece. He gives her the choice; either leaves the country with him or have an abortion.

Salam Rugby, documentary directed by Faramarz Beheshti

In 2004, the first women rugby class was organized in Tehran. A Few months later, Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran. Over a 7000 Km journey, we meet some of the women who are trying to learn this new game, despite the Talibanization programs, introduced by the new president.

Jesus comes to Town, dramatic short directed by Kamal John Iskander

A group of underworld gamblers hang out at King Henry’s Social Club, on the wrong side of the tracks. Eyeball O’ Reilly, Darlin’ Lil, and The Man – the best card shark in town – are in the middle of a cash game when a local street hustler, BedHead Ned, arrives with some smokes, whiskey, and the word on the street. He alerts them that the Messiah’s in town and he’s one hell of a card shark.

Beatles Stories, documentary directed by Seth Swirsky

A huge fan of The Beatles growing up in the 60s, Seth Swirsky filmed people, famous and not, who had a personal story about themselves and the “Fab Four”. The project resulted in some never-before-heard, “Beatles Stories.”

The festival is an incredible platform for these dedicated filmmakers and storytellers. Join them this weekend and view the incredible heart and soul of these filmmakers while being moved and inspired by their riveting stories.

Louis Vuitton A/W 2011: Take Your Front Row Seat

24 Mar

Take your front row seat at the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2011 show. Louis Vuitton offers you a VIP seat and insider access to all the glitz and glamour with their new digital experience. This immersive, interactive and entertaining experience offers you an exclusive backstage pass. Watch the show as if you were actually sitting front row, listen to Artistic Director Marc Jacobs and Stylist / Love Magazine Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand comment on the show.

Click here to watch the show

Provocative French maids dusting the steps at the Cour du Louvre, ominous black balloons hovering overhead and a black lacquer catwalk set the stage for the show. It was a star-studded event at Hotel Vuitton as uniformed porters unveiled each look from beautiful vintage elevators.

Marc Jacobs blurred the boundaries between fashion and fetish revealing buttoned-up jackets in patent leather, corset-like waist-cinching belts, sheer skirts and gowns, leather bondage style shorts, cashmere onesies and handcuffs.

The model line-up was amazing as the industry’s best returned to the runway to strut their stuff. Naomi, Campbell, Amber Valetta, Carolyn Murphy and Maria Carla handcuffed to their handbags. Kate Moss closed the show igniting the runway while smoking a cigarette in a leather bodysuit with fur sleeves.

Check out the alluring collection below…