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Golden Globes Fashion: Who Wore What?

By | Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 9:21pm PST

Monica Corcoran is contributing to Deadline’s Golden Globe coverage.

It wasn’t the best of dresses or the worst of dresses. Rather, this year’s red carpet at the Golden Globes felt more like a Baltimore debutante ball than a ribald Hollywood awards show. Updos didn’t crest like tsunamis, diamonds seemed to be hibernating, and the only cleavage worth ogling came compliments of Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek.

Diane Lane, Golden GlobesIf nothing else, a nude dress contrasts well with the red carpet. But a bevy of blush gowns hardly induces fashion envy. Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Wiig and Kate Beckinsale all chose the tame epidermis hue, though Jolie’s slash of crimson at the neckline of her Atelier Versace gown — like a gash to her clavicle — certainly added Shakespearean drama. Purple, too, made a popular showing among nominees like Octavia Spencer, Shailene Woodley, Julianna Margulies and Emma Stone. (The royal color has been heralded as the “it” shade for spring.) Metallics, an awards-show favorite and a shortcut to glamour, turned up on Diane Lane (pictured right), Madonna, Lea Michele and Nicole Richie. Lane’s gilded Reem Acra aced best dress; Michele’s risque molten silver Marchesa didn’t work because the young actress tried to outshine it. Shades of blue — from navy to cerulean — also proved a popular choice. Jodie Foster, bedecked in a beaded teal Giorgio Armani gown with a strapless corset and a cinched waist, looked feminine and unflappable.

Madonna, Golden GlobesAs for skin, there were few plunging necklines. Sigh. Jolie, Jessica Biel and Viola Davis relied on center or side-slits to bare a bit of gam, and it was much appreciated. Rooney Mara’s tough-girl-next-door black Nina Ricci offered glimpses of her skim milk torso, with its bondage-like chiffon cut outs. Glee’s Dianna Agron and Michele competed for squint-worthy exhibitionism with their laser-cut gowns, but neither quickened my pulse. When it came to jewels, oversized earrings stole the show. FYI: If the unemployment rate hovers at 8.5%, stars tend to wisely eschew the quail egg-sized diamonds and blinding ruby chokers. Then, there’s Madonna. The best original song in a motion picture winner wore $2.5 million worth of Neil Lane gems, including half a dozen diamond and platinum cuff bracelets. Material girl, indeed.

In the end, I say, “all hail Tilda Swinton.” The statuesque fashion-forward icon — with the arm span of a yeti — didn’t disappoint in an ice blue Haider Ackerman skirt suit with strong, sharp shoulders. The red carpet always seems to part for Swinton and she deserves it.

Here’s the list of who wore who: Read More »

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ICM Signs Designer Domenico Vacca

By | Friday July 29, 2011 @ 9:16am PDT

Italian fashion designer Domenico Vacca has signed with ICM for representation in all areas including licensing, television, branding, film and commercials. A favorite among Hollywood actors and costume designers, he has clothed stars in films and TV series including American Gangster, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Son Of No One, The Inside Man, FX’s Damages and HBO’s In Treatment and Entourage. The luxury label has stores worldwide.

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Why Emmys Red Carpet Is “Below B-List”

By | Sunday August 29, 2010 @ 4:43am PDT

Welcome to the behind-the-scenes business of Emmys fashion. And it is definitely a business, a lucrative one, not just fodder for insipid E! hosts and Joan Rivers to praise or pan as TV’s finest parade down the Nokia Red Carpet from 3 PM to 5 PM today. All the fashion designers, stylists, retailers, jewelers, publicists, on-camera talking heads, and bloggers know that these TV awards involve big stakes and big bucks. Style over content? In this venue, style is the content. Unfortunately, the Emmys don’t rate with the major design houses the way that the Globes and Oscars do. Over and over, stylists tell me off the record that the Emmys are “maybe slightly below B-list” in the Red Carpet sweepstakes.

The reasons are myriad. August is a tricky fashion time of year: new Spring dresses haven’t been shown yet, and last season’s Fall dresses are yesterday’s news. Also, celebs going to the Emmys have to streamline to stay cool so they avoid a ton of beads and yards of fabrics. Where’s the show in that?  Especially for a U.S. awards telecast not aired around the globe. The European fashion houses like the rest of the continent refuse to work in August. Plus the most desirable European luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, Versace, and Lanvin wouldn’t know Modern Family from The United States of Tara.

European aesthetes are only interested in TV actresses with overseas style cred, like the fashionista stars of Gossip Girl or Mad Men or Glee, who can create the same excitement as  Sex And The City did when it was a TV series. January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Heidi Klum, Tina Fey, and Jane Lynch, will get star treatment. ”I would love to dress Juliana Margulies, or Toni Collette, or Rose Byrne, or Christina Hendricks. They are all very fashionable,” says Cameron Silver, owner of LA’s Decades vintage which dresses many Oscar, Globe and Emmy winners, plus major stars for after-parties. “But the woman I’d love to dress the most? Jane Lynch! She’s my favorite!”

It doesn’t matter if today’s Emmys don’t have quite the glamour quotient of the Oscars and Globes. Fashion addicts back from vacation are hungry for eye candy, and they’ll take what they can get this awkward time of year. So the media will video and photograph Jennifer Westfeldt, significant other of Mad Men‘s leading man Jon Hamm and who’ll get access to the same prestige labels he will just because of the association. And Olivia Wilde, though just a 5th lead on House, has been a top TV actress to dress from the fashion perspective ever since Sarah Jessica Parker went from small to big screen. Why? Wilde is gorgeous and has style. In other words, she rates pages. She moves merch.

Each awards show has its own fashion niche. Marilyn Heston of MHA Media, a PR/branding firm that helped put Jimmy Choo, Elie Saab, and Reem Acra on the Hollywood radar, says ”the Emmys attract American designers looking for free advertising, and European brands only for maintenance. Read More »

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Odeon: 50% Of Box Office 3D Within 3 Years

By | Monday July 19, 2010 @ 7:44am PDT

uk cinemaSo says Rupert Gavin, CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, speaking on BBC radio. Odeon is spending £70 million ($107 million) converting screens to digital. Odeon expects to have 500 digital projects installed by the end of summer, with Cats & Dogs and Step Up 3 still to come on 3D.

Odeon’s also holding a 3D live fashion show for Ozwald Boeteng at its flagship Leicester Square site in September. Sashaying up and down the catwalk will be beamed live to other cinemas in Paris, Milan and Tokyo. I’ve always felt a bit sceptical when I hear multiplex operators tub-thumping cinemas as conference venues but live 3D does sound innovative. I’m guessing those 3D sunglasses look enough like Wayfarers to satisfy the fashionistas.

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