Since we are nearing the end of September, I have decided that a recap of the Vogue covers from both the American version and the international versions was in order and completely necessary. The faces gracing these magazines are picked because they will both set the tone for the Fall season and because they will entice people to want to buy the magazine. Remember, it is the face on the cover that usually sells the magazine.
Personally, I am loving all of the models on the covers. Only two of them featured actresses, Halle Berry on American Vogue and Marion Cotillard on French Vogue. All of the other international covers had models front and center, from Karlie Kloss to Coco Rocha, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kate Moss, and Miranda Kerr (twice!).
If you don’t already know, Marion Cottilard is one of my favorite people on the planet. And while I do not (regretfully) know her personally, she exudes a likability that is hard to ignore.
I first saw her in Big Fish, one of my favorite movies, and then later in A Good Year, but it wasn’t until I saw her tour de force and Oscar winning performance in La Vie en Rose did myself, and the world really take notice of her. That year she became the third person in history to win an Oscar for a foreign film, let alone the Best Actress award. She was also dressed, quite beautifully, by John Galliano, in a stunning white dress which resembled fish scales. The head designer of Dior loved her so much that she became the face of the Lady Dior campaign.
And for the July Issue of Vogue she is on the cover. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see her beautiful face on the cover and and not another celebrity. In my mind Marion Cottilard is an actress, a singer, a humanitarian, but not, as of yet, a celebrity. While I like Blake Lively, I really do not think that she should be on the cover of Vogue but there she was on the June issue.
It was risky putting Cottilard on the cover, she is not really a household name in America nor is she doing drastic publicity stunts to get her there. Instead she is charming, French, quirky, and of course an amazing actress.
The pictures from the cover shoot are incredible, the best I have seen in a very long time. To me, this is what they should look like. This is what a magazine is meant to do, transport you to a different country or time and make the clothing come alive.
The July Cover.
Its been a few days since my last Cannes Film Festival post and since then there have been many new beautiful dresses and ensembles.
Most actresses chose Armani, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Dior and Chanel, but there were (thankfully) a few surprises.
Heloise Godet in Paco Rabanne
Heloise Godet in Paco Rabanne
Diana Rudychenko in Paco Rabanne
I have never, ever, seen Paco Rabanne on the red carpet. And these two actresses wore his designs, couture from the 1960’s twice! He was known as a Space Age designer, using metal and plastic in his super short mini dresses. I actually didn’t even know that he was still alive and that there was still the Paco Rabanne design house, though I did know that his many fragrances are still popular.
It is really nice to see some vintage on the red carpet, especially from a designer who was so influential and really helped shape fashion of the 1960’s.
Below are some other beautiful red carpet ensembles:
Italian model, Eva Roccobbono in Christian Dior
Lea Seydoux in Gucci with the creative director of Gucci, Frida Giannini (and Martin Scorsese in the middle)
Marion Cotillard in Lefranc Ferrant, and Jimmy Choo accessories.
Michelle WIlliams in Chanel
Austrian actress, Nora Von Waldstatten in Chanel
I really love the picture above. I think the actress looks stunning, from her pale make up with a pop of red lip and the jeweled headband in her hair. And the Chanel gown looks incredible on her.
I have been waiting quite a while to write this post, though I do wish I was covering the event from inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yes, last night was the MET Costume Institute Gala and I cannot even express how much I wish I was there. It’s not even the vastness of celebrities that make me yearn to go, it is the clothes. The custom designed gowns, the unique pieces that will only be seen once, the extravagance of the couture. That is why I want to go, but Joshua Jackson doesn’t hurt either.
Let’s start with the color trends:
From left to right; Claire Danes in Burberry, Anne Hathaway in Valentino, Brooke Shields in Michael Kors. I like Danes and Hathaway’s the best, I think it fits them beautifully and they are both interesting, elegant pieces.
From left to right; Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace in her own design, Anna Wintour in couture Chanel. While I am not a huge Richie fan, I love the Marc Jacobs dress on her and the Chanel is perfect for Wintour and her slim frame.
Erin Featherston in her own design.
Marion Cotillard in Dior couture.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston.
Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott
Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney
Rachel Zoe in Marc Jacobs.
Rachel Weisz in Oscar de la Renta.
I will have more pictures up later in the day. Including the worst of the evening.