Thursday February 21, 2013
Designers in demand
By WILLIAM K.C. KEE
For awards season, who are the celebrities’ go-to couturiers?
OVER the past couple of months, Tinseltown stars have been hitting the awards circuit dressed in their evening best.
But which of the designer brands are their favourite? Major names that continue to crop up are Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford and Givenchy.
Starting with the Golden Globes Awards on Jan 13, much attention has been paid to what the celebrities wore. Even the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards – which is on a smaller scale and hence less “glamorous” than the Oscars – saw the stars in sync with recent haute couture shows.
Most of the focus will inevitably shift to the high-profile, telegenic (and award-nominated) actresses.
Oft-nominated Anne Hathaway (of Les Miserables) looked far from miserable in Chanel haute couture at the Globes. For her appearance at the SAG, she wore a black tulle gown with black beaded underpinnings from Giambattista Valli’s spring couture runway.
Hathaway – together with Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for her role in Silver Linings Playbook) – are easily the top red carpet favourites for the awards season.
Lawrence’s go-to designer for SAG was Dior Couture; she wore a navy silk taffeta dress just shown the week before at the French brand’s spring couture runway.
When she ascended the stairs to accept her SAG award, a bit of skin showed through the skirt of her gown, leading to some speculation that it had ripped.
But Dior said it wasn’t so; the design house explained that Lawrence’s gown was designed by Raf Simons “with different levels of tulle and satin.” That was what viewers saw on TV when she lifted her gown to walk upstairs.
Another renowned fashion house, Giorgio Armani made a strong showing at the Globes. The Italian designer dressed Jodie Foster in a navy blue beaded halter gown with tile-like paillettes on the straps, and Olivia Munn in a strapless column with turquoise herringbone beading on the bodice.
Meanwhile, Naomi Watts (The Impossible) was simple yet stunning in a backless cranberry-coloured Zac Posen gown.
At SAG, Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy) was glamorous in in wispy black Vivienne Westwood, while Claire Danes (Homeland) had on a custom-made Givenchy one-shoulder gown.
Julianne Moore (Game Change) stuck with a flower-embellished dress from Chanel’s 2011 couture range.
The brand’s designer Karl Lagerfeld – always a fave with Hollywood leading ladies – offers some sleek shapes from his latest couture collection inspired by midnight gardens.
Even the men have been dressing up.
Tom Ford is the must-have couturier for Hollywood studs. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and presenter Justin Timberlake looked dapper in Ford’s designs at SAG; the former’s blue eyes were a striking contrast to his black and navy suit.
At the recent Grammy Awards, the most in-demand designer was Roberto Cavalli, who dolled up Miranda Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen and Carrie Underwood.
Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez – despite TV station CBS’ warning to celebrities not to show too much skin – stole the thunder. She pushed the dress code to the edge with a daring black gown by Anthony Vaccarello that covered most – but not all – of her. Katy Perry also didn’t get the memo as she strutted her stuff in a skin-tight cleavage-baring mint green Gucci dress.
However, both were listed by The Huffington Post as the worst-dressed at the Grammys.
So which designers will the stars turn to for the Academy Awards on Feb 24, touted as the biggest night in showbiz?
We don’t blame couturiers for keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that Hathaway or Lawrence will ultimately deem their creation worthy to wear.