Designer: Dolce & Gabbana
What was it like: Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana spun an enchanting story of make-believe, with models (under the guise of fairy tale characters) soaring down the runway to classical Tchaikovsky.
Why we love this collection: Call them wizards, because the Dolce & Gabbana duo cast an enchanting spell over their fall/winter 2014 collection, taking inspiration from fairy tales, from royal subjects to woodland creatures, and expertly sprinkling their charming characteristics throughout. While storybook motifs were less discernible for some, like floral Secret Garden-like gowns and key-printed pieces, others were glaringly obvious, like a reimagined Little Red Riding Hood. And in typical Dolce & Gabbana fashion, models stormed the runway for the finale, draped and hooded in crystals that spoke of regal grandeur.
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Before we get too deep into Fashion Week to pay attention to the Olympics, let’s check in on a different sort of runway show getting underway in Sochi. No, not the opening ceremony, but what Maria Sharapova is wearing. As a Games ambassador and special correspondent for NBC, and having grown up in Sochi, Sharapova is helping to put a positive light on an event that has been plagued by security concerns and protests over the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals. And as a fashion lover and part-time designer, not to mention former Olympian, she wants to make Russia look good.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the country, and people aren’t always aware of how unique and culturally important this place is,” she tells me by e-mail.
Why It’s a Wow: Let’s just say the packing for her trip to the Games involved a steamer trunk. Already this week, Sharapova has made appearances wearing a skimmy top with crystal embellishments from Roksanda Ilincic, Holmes & Yang pants and a Reed Krakoff gray coat; another prim suit from Krakoff worn over a white button-up MaxMara shirt; and a red Nike puffer jacket over a thin hoodie and athletic pants (pictured, right). In her suitcase are more items from J Brand, Dolce & Gabbana, Yigal Azrouel, Michael Kors, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Akris, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. There are also more shoes from Tod’s, Brian Atwood Aperlai, and Louboutin.
“It took quite a while because I’ve been traveling since just after the holidays,” she says. “I’m fortunate because I know what to pack for Sochi, having grown up here. It’s more temperate than most people think, and it’s all about layering.”
Still, since her training in California and Florida and her red carpet appearances do not give her many opportunities to dress warmly, Sharapova said she was most excited to wear some coats, like the MaxMara topper she wore over an Alexander McQueen dress (pictured above left), and the Bottega Veneta she wore over a Michael Kors dress (pictured, middle). Coming up, look for “a really feminine and sleek ivory wool coat from Bottega Veneta, a coral colored MaxMara menswear-inspired coat and a few other sportswear options,” she says.
What didn’t make the cut?
“Definitely the super-high, pointed-toe heels!” she says. “I’m not one to sacrifice style for comfort, but comfortable and maneuverable heels and boots are a must.”
Learn More: Don’t be a bad sport. Some designers take the Olympics almost as seriously as they do the Oscars (you’ll typically see contributions from Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Prada). And certainly keep an eye out for Ralph Lauren’s new uniforms, now made in the U.S.A., for the American athletes at the opening ceremony. Based on previews, they may be hard to miss.
Does it pay to take chances?
That question comes to mind in the hazy morning-after replay of Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, one of the most gratifyingly daring in recent memory when it came to the gowns on display. We’ve all been starved for signs of fashion independence among Hollywood stars, but who can blame them for conforming when the critics’ knives are so sharp?
So those who broke the rules this year deserve extra applause for doing so, especially for choices that would inevitably lead to a few slings and arrows, and here I’m talking about the Dolce & Gabbana shirt/gown hybrid worn by Julia Roberts or Jennifer Lawrence’s white Dior gown with black bands. Both were dresses I happened to like a lot — Julia’s because she looked comfortable and classy; Jennifer’s because her relationship with Dior is creating one of the most fascinating collaborations between a designer and actor in red carpet history. Yet the banded gown was so unconventional it inspired parodies overnight, with people dressing their cats and dogs in white bed sheets.
Raf Simons, the Dior designer, does not design with the red carpet foremost in mind, but he recognizes the need for women to feel beautiful and comfortable in their clothes, and that the actors he dresses represent a new sensibility of dressing for the world to see. Lawrence was that. And surely, with her sense of humor, she appreciates a good dress joke.
In most cases, the answer to the night’s question about taking chances was a resounding yes, which is promising news for what we might expect to see at the Oscars as well. There were interesting shapes and trends, notably the covered shoulders on many dresses (Bérénice Béjo in Giambattista Valli, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé) and the undisputed color choice of the night, a brilliant red that reminded us of the importance of the carpet underneath everyone’s feet (soiled though it might have been this year by that unfortunate sewage break).
The Golden Globes are becoming ever more important for designers, so there was a sense of their staking territory among the newly minted style stars. I’m thinking of Emma Watson in a backless red dress with smart black pants underneath (also Dior), and Emilia Clarke, in her silvery textural strapless gown from Proenza Schouler, one of the highlights of the night.
Lupita Nyong’o, who has quickly become a fashion favorite during the smaller lead-up events, took her place on the world stage in a red silk cady Ralph Lauren gown that, with its floor-sweeping cape, was anything but a safe choice. And that moment will be remembered as one of the greatest Globes debuts of all time.
Check out InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson’s top 10 best-dressed ladies at the 2014 Golden Globes.
The two best dressed couples of the night had a trick up their sleeves: they coordinated their looks by wearing the same designer. These pairs certainly know a thing or two about fashion, and we couldn’t take our eyes off of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber or Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves at the 2014 Golden Globes.
Naomi and Liev both donned looks by Tom Ford—she looked statuesque in a shimmery gold cut-out column dress by the designer, amping up the metallic effect with a Bulgari serpent bracelet and carrying a gold clutch, while he wore a tailored black suit. “Tom Ford had made this gown a while ago but I felt it was too racy for the last event, and this night is the right night,” Watts told InStyle. However coordinated, the couple prepped for the awards show separately. “We didn’t get ready together… we have two closets!” the actress joked.
Matthew and Camila stunned in Dolce & Gabbana ensembles—he rocked a modern suit complete with an emerald green jacket by the label to accept his Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, while she sparkled in a black, long-sleeved sequin gown. “Tonight is all about Matthew. I am very proud of him. Wearing Dolce so I could match him!” Camila said to InStyle.
Reporting by Brianna Deutsch
We were having serious sequin déjà vu on the Golden Globes red carpet—Olivia Wilde and Camila Alves donned similar looks, and both looked stunning. Olivia had a serious moment in green, as the pregnant star dressed her new curves beautifully in a long-sleeved, shimmering Gucci Première gown. Camila Alves showed up with her Golden Globe-nominated husband Matthew McConaughey in a black, long-sleeved stunner by Dolce & Gabbana, covered completely in sequins. Both stars left their ombré hair down in beachy waves, completing the twin-sy looks. These bold and sexy gowns have us wanting to rock a similar body-hugging look.
They may have a troubling on-screen mother-daughter relationship in Carrie, the film based on Stephen King’s horror tale, but off-screen, Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz have shared some adorable red carpet moments! From celebrating Moore’s star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they both wore Dolce & Gabbana dresses, to the red carpet for the world premiere of Carrie where they matched in long gowns (Moore chose a white draped Givenchy dress and Moretz went for a sheer forest-green Valentino dress) these two make a great pair. Click through our gallery to see more of Moore’s and Moretz’s cutest moments from the Carrie premieres, and be sure to catch the film in theaters nationwide right now!
The Best Celebrity Duo Ad Campaigns, Including the Latest: Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey for Dolce & GabbanaOct 10, 2013 @ 10:30 am
It is a rare occasion that two major celebrities star in an ad campaign together, so we were surprised (in a really good way) when we saw this — the latest from Dolce & Gabbana. Just in case you needed confirmation: Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey make quite a beautiful couple. The two faces of the brand appear alongside one another for the newly released campaign for The One his-and-hers fragrances. Shot by Peter Lindbergh, the campaign depicts the actors in timeless locations from New York to Hollywood to Rome. If the fragrance smells half as good as they look, we’re sold!
Who else gets our vote for campaign power couple? Real-life loves Sienna Miller and musician fiance Tom Sturridge worked it for Burberry’s fall 2013 campaign (loving this video of the two), while Chris Pine and Evan Rachel Wood’s close-up was so steamy it almost had us convinced they were a pair in Gucci’s Guilty fragrance ad campaign in 2012. But let’s not forget the couple that started it all: the Beckhams took Armani’s underwear to new heights by fronting the brand’s 2009 campaign (fast-forward to 0:58 to see the duo in action).
Plus, click through to see Scarlett Johansson’s best looks ever!