Fall 2013 Couture Fashion Week is wrapping up in Paris, and we’ve been glued to checking out the custom-made, hand-stitched collections the past few days. Zuhair Murad, Valentino, and Vionnet helped close out the runway schedule with designs fit for the red carpet, as seen above, adding to our list of overall favorites. Click to see the 36 looks we loved most.
Venerable French fashion house Vionnet celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and in honor of the milestone, the label presented a 20-piece demi-couture collection—high-end ready-to-wear items that require hours of hand workmanship—during Paris Fashion Week. The collection is filled with pieces inspired by the architectural elements that made founder Madeleine Vionnet famous a century ago, such as the bias-cut, the handkerchief dress, the cowl neck, and the halter top. Current designer Rodolfo Paglialunga reinterpreted the silhouettes for modern day, as seen in our favorite looks above. Each outfit is custom made and takes eight weeks to produce (visit vionnet.com for where to buy). It’s quite an accomplishment for the label, which returned six years ago after having closed in 1939. Expect fans including Diane Kruger, Natalie Portman, and Gwyneth Paltrow to raise a glass in Madame’s honor!
Plus, see more stars who love to wear Vionnet!
Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan and more headed to Palm Springs, California on Saturday for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala. Portman, who showed off her stunning round engagement ring (inset), accepted the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the event. “It’s been really wonderful,” said Portman (dressed in a Vionnet dress, Cartier earrings and a Christian Dior bag and shoes) of all of her recent success, from Black Swan to her award to her engagement and pregnancy. “I feel really lucky. I think I’m just trying to take it all in because it’s a lot.” See all the stars on the Palm Springs red carpet in the gallery.
BAFTA Best Actress winner Carey Mulligan is donating the Vionnet gown she wore to accept the British acting honor to Oxfam in an effort to raise money for impoverished women. Mulligan’s floral print silk dress with black leather sash joins other fashionable donations from Elle Macpherson and Alexa Chung in the week-long auction, which begins this Thursday on Oxfam.org.uk. In conjunction with the auction, the pieces will be on display at Oxfam’s Curiosity Shop pop-up at Selfridges in London where British stars such as Annie Lennox will lend their support. Funds raised will go towards the organization’s campaigns to empower women around the world to fight violence, HIV and AIDS.