I know my Cannes coverage is a little late, but after the God awful fashion at the Met this year, I’m especially relieved to see so many gorgeous confections at the french film festival. As usual, I’m salivating over the fashions of one Ms. Diane Kruger, but she’s not the only attendant that stunned on the red carpet. Isabelle Huppert was resplendent in Armani Privé, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Asia Argento was heralded as the "Queen of Couture" in Armani Privé, And Rachel Weisz did her very best to erase her Met Gala debacle with gorgeous green Valentino and Dior. Some of my favorites (since I'm on the road I'm just posting these all at once, so prepare for the longest post ever):
Diane Kruger in Chanel
Diane Kruger in Jason Wu
Diane Kruger in Marchesa
Diane Kruger in vintage Chanel and cute little fishtail braid
Rinko Kikuchi in Chanel
Zhang Ziyi in asymmetrical earrings
Zhang Ziyi in....I'm not sure
Carine Roitfeld in Balmain with Patrick Demarchelier
Kerry Washington in Louis Vuitton
Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana
Jurors Isabelle Huppert and Asia Argento in Armani Privé, Robin Wright Penn in Elie Saab
Isabelle Huppert in Louis Vuitton (center) and Shu Qi in Bottega Veneta (far right) with fellow jurors
It's been an especially bad couple of weeks in fashion news. i-D went down to six issues a year. Emma Cook and Veronique Branquinho folded. And now Christian Lacroix has officially declared bankruptcy, and who knows what will happen with the upcoming couture shows? It's not couture without Lacroix, and right now, it's not looking good for the master coutourier. I am so very very sad, yet still kind of want to justify buying a pair of black caged liquid leggings. Are my priorities a little out of order? Yes. Yes, they are. But look at them.
Tomorrow, manfriend and I are heading out on the road trip to end all road trips. Destination: Dollywood. With a few stops to visit friends and family in Chicago, St. Louis, and (sigh) South Bend, while hoofing it between Minneapolis and Pigeon Forge, TN, there might not be too much time for blogging.
In the meantime, I leave you with Sasha Pivovarova's awesome wedding pictures from the June issue of American Vogue.
I cannot believe that Gwyneth forgot to consult with my friends and me when compiling her summer Party Jams list. Shame on you Gwynnie. For those of you not following her weekly newsletters, Ms. Paltrow has been sharing her valuable insights to, um, "nourish the inner aspect" on her blog GOOP. The Fug Girls describe its addictive nature best. I'm so in love with it that I've been considering starting another blog called BOOP, within which I will share helpful tips like, "Don't feel like cooking? Try eating out!" But I digress. Since GP failed to contact any Minneapolis notables for their summer playlists, I thought I'd share a few here. Take that, William Orbit and the DJ from Charlie's Angels.
Kate’s Picks (Kate Iverson is the editor-in-chief of l’étoile magazine and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Secrets of the City. She is a photographer, writer, curator, and general Renaissance woman. And yes, that is a Dead Kennedys tattoo on her forearm. Bad ass.) "Pay to Cum" - Bad Brains "Ex Lion Tamer" - Wire "Fuk Shit Up" - Blatz "Teenage Kicks" - The Undertones "I'm a Cliche" - X-Ray Spex "Fuck Authority" - Whorehouse of Representatives "I Don't Care About You" - Fear "Laugh My Head Off" - Babes in Toyland "Love Comes in Spurts" - Richard Hell & The Voidoids "Safety Pins" - Quincy Punx "Fast & Frightening" - L7 "Six Pack" - Black Flag "Another Girl, Another Planet" - The Only Ones
Emma’s Picks (Emma Berg is the proprietor of Mplsart.com and the curator of "More Is a Four Letter Word," currently at Fox Tax Gallery through June 12. She's a total party girl and knows everyone who's anyone.) "Kick Out the Jams' - MC5 "Faster and Louder" - The Dictators "Bump and Grind" - Wendy O. Williams "She’s the Girl" - The Screamers "Carnival" - Bikini Kill "Funland At the Beach" - Dead Kennedys "Friends of Mine" - Buzzcocks "I Wanna Be Your Dog" - The Stooges "Cherry Bomb" - The Runaways "Looking for a Kiss" - New York Dolls "I Can Only Give You Everything" - Richard Hell & The Voidoids "The Star Spangled Banner" - Jimi Hendrix
Jahna’s Picks (Jahna Peloquin is a fashion writer for l'étoile magazine and vita.mn, as well as a stylist for Eclecticoiffeur. Her interests include fabulous clothes, fabulous parties, and layering dance tights over ankle boots. Check out her blog for more fabulousness.) "Bonnie & Clyde" - Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot "Playground Love" - Air "Coffee & TV" - Blur "Summertime Clothes" - Animal Collective "Black Eyes" - Snowden "True to Form" - Lookbook "Hangin' Tough" - New Kids on the Block "Poison" - Bel Biv Devoe "Paranoid" - Kanye West "Bootythumper" (remix) - Solid Gold vs. Nyteowl
Brian’s Picks (Brian Gioielli is the Marketing Director of the Riverview Economic Development Association. He’s one of those do-gooder types that’s always volunteering for the YMCA, fundraising for the MDA, and reading to blind orphans. And he’s totally my boyfriend.) “Jane” - Jefferson Starship “Beth” - KISS “If You Got The Money” – Jamie T “Same Jeans” - The View “Weapon of Choice” - Fatboy Slim “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” - Geto Boys “Juicy” - Notorious B.I.G. “Outdoor Type” - The Lemonheads “I Wanna Be a Girl” - King Kahn and the Shrines “Danger! High Voltage” - The Electric Six “Summertime” - NKOTB “Les Champs-Elysees” - Joe Dassin
Kate’s Picks (Kate Duffy is a contributor to a tiny machine and has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in being judgmental of other people’s taste in music. Originally from Northampton MA, she has lots of stories about Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. She also invented the infamous pickle martini, which she should really include on her resume.) "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - The Slits "Me Plus One" - Annie "Summertime" - The Sundays "Carey" - Joni Mitchell "Ocean of Lust" - Devotchka "Maggie May" - Rod Stewart "The Secret of Life" - The Dead Milkmen "Haiti" - Arcade Fire "Rosalita" - Bruce Springsteen "Stutter" - Elastica "Two More Bottles of Wine" - Emmylou Harris "LDN" - Lily Allen "Cherry, Cherry" - Neil Diamond "Girlfriend" - Matthew Sweet "Spectacular Views" - Rilo Kiley "Africa" - Toto "Love at First Sight" (US 7" mix) - Kylie Minogue
Beth’s Picks (Beth Hammarlund is a tiny machine and publisher of l’étoile magazine. She got to make her playlist super long because she’s terrible at editing and this is her blog anyway. She’s totally stuck in the 80s and loves Don Henley. Please don’t judge her.) “Ditty” – Paperboy “Can’t Handle Me” – Robyn “The Promise” – When In Rome “Waterfalls” – TLC “Cruel Summer” – Bananarama “November Rain” – Guns N' Roses “All The Young Dudes” – Mott the Hoople “Live Forever” – Oasis “Boys of Summer” – Don Henley “Forever Young” - Alphaville “Vacation” – The Go-Gos “Steal My Sunshine” - Len “Bad Babysitter” – Princess Superstar “Regulate” – Warren G “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” – Lady Gaga ("like to p-p-party, yeah") “Scenario” – A Tribe Called Quest “Just A Friend” – Biz Markie
I always dig the covers of British Elle, and the July 2009 subscriber cover is no exception. Winona Ryder looks gorgeous and pixie-like as ever. Her recent comeback seems to have lost some of its steam over the past few years (Sex and Death 101, the follow up from Heathers writer Daniel Waters that no one saw, same with The Darwin Awards—though she did have some hits with A Scanner Darkly and The Ten), but after her turn in Star Trek and her upcoming supporting role in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, I’m hoping we’ll be seeing more of her. I’m sure she’s relieved to play different characters and no longer be the Reality Bites Gen X icon, but I’ll always be nostalgic for her Lydia Deetz and Veronica Sawyer.
A few of my favorite Elle UK covers:
The make-up touch-up free cover shots from French Elle:
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