A new episode of The Good Wife premiered last night, in which Julianna Margulies’s character Alicia Florrick had an internal battle about right and wrong, in and out of the courtroom. There was no wavering on her wardrobe however, with costume designer Daniel Lawson dressing the principal star in another series of enviable work suits. “This year has been a really good time for clothing on Alicia,” Lawson told InStyle.com, a repoirtoire that includes Escada and Akris, as shown here. “We’ve been able to find some magnificent pieces. And it’s not finding a magnificent piece, it’s about finding a magnificent piece that works with the story. We’ve been lucky that we’ve had a wonderful marriage with those two elements this season.” Click through the gallery to learn more details about the fashion last night!
On tonight’s all-new episode of Scandal Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) relationship with President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) reaches its boiling point as a massive government conspiracy begins to unfold. To reflect the intensity of the storyline, costume designer Liz Paolo selected a more somber color for Washington’s character. “I wanted Olivia to be in something darker than usual, although still feminine,” Paolo told InStyle.com. “We chose this Akris Punto jacket which is a bloucle wool that has elements of black, cream, and gray woven into the fabric.” The versatile, fitted jacket is a staple for fall, and we love how Paolo paired it with simple gold jewelry for a sophisticated look. Watch the new episode of Scandal tonight at 10/9c on ABC.
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Oxblood red was one of the hottest colors on fall runways, and now it’s showing up everywhere—including on our favorite princesses. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chose a burgundy Paule Ka suit to meet scholarship recipients in London today, while Princess Charlene of Monaco wore an Akris sheath to the label’s fashion show in Paris last week. What’s the appeal? This rich, intense color is as sexy as red yet as versatile and chic as basic black. “This sumptuous shade is flirtatious and even slightly provocative,” color expert Kate Smith of sensationalcolor.com said. “The woman who wears it has an allure that is hard to ignore.” Looking at these royals, we’re inclined to agree!
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Couturier to the likes of Angelina Jolie and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Akris, based in Switzerland’s fabled “Embroidery City,” is celebrating its 90th year in business with a new commemorative book, curated by FIT’s museum director, Valerie Steele, with an assist from the brand’s designer, Albert Kriemler. “For us, this book is extremely special. If you think of the last 90 years, it’s much more an expression in five chapters of what Akris is today,” Kriemler told us at the Bergdorf Goodman launch of Akris, the book. “The final editing was the most exciting thing. It was like a recipe—doing a meal where you prepare everything for it, but then, when the mise en place is done, it’s really the most exciting moment.” And the finished product is beautiful! Complete with pictures of celebrity fans and decades-old pieces from the brand’s inception, Steele’s book truly gives a well-rounded history of the honored brand. Click through to preview the book, available to pre-order now ($125, assouline.com).
Princess Charlene of Monaco loves Akris! The royal has turned to the 90-year-old family-owned Swiss label for some of her most memorable fashion moments, from her 2012 Oscars gown to her race car-print Grand Prix shift. “When I design a collection I always think of her,” Akris designer Albert Kriemler told InStyle.com at the New York City launch of Akris, a book celebrating the brand’s heritage (Assouline, August 2012), held at Bergdorf Goodman. “It’s wonderful. When I design clothes I truly develop something that is appropriate for her and appropriate for the occasion she needs something for.” And he loves the relationship the pair have cultivated. “It’s the first time that I have so precisely worked for a woman I got to know over the last year, and that makes it very special.” We think so, too! Click through the gallery for Kriemler’s thoughts on more of the royal’s most memorable Akris moments.
Call this dressing for the occasion! Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix car race in Monaco wearing a dress covered in little race cars. The design is a piece from the Akris spring collection, one of her favorite labels, and is currently available for $1,470 at saksfifthavenue.com (down from $2,450). So, what do you think about her themed look—too kitschy or too fun? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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The Oscars isn’t just for Hollywood royalty—Charlene Wittstock, Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco, also took a turn on the Academy Awards red carpet! The princess wore a white lace, striped, mock turtleneck sleeveless gown by Akris, which she accessorized with a Mini Allegra bag, also by the label. Her appearance at the 2012 ceremony marks the first time a member of Monaco’s royal family has attended since Grace Kelly won the Best Actress Oscar in 1955. See more of Princess Charlene’s looks in the gallery!
Charlene Wittstock, Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, chose a palette of chic neutrals to attend several events honoring Monaco’s annual National Day, a celebration of the feast day of St. Rainier of Arezzo. Swiss label Akris, headed by designer Albert Kriemler, created the two looks shown here. See more of her latest looks in the gallery!