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Red Carpet Heroines: Alba Rohrwacher at the 71st Venice Film Festival

Today a friend of mine asked me if I was covering the 71st Venice Film Festival; I replied I wasn’t because I’m going through a hectic pre-school phase and I haven’t much interest in what is going on on the red carpet. I changed my mind after a couple of hours, when I realized Alba Rohrwacher, one of my favourite Italian actresses, was attending the festival as the protagonist of Hungry Hearts, the latest film by Saverio Costanzo (who happens to be one of my favourite Italian directors). I haven’t got any intention to cover the whole festival yet, but I couldn’t miss the chance to write about the outfits she wore at the film premiere and photocall which took place on August 31st, 2014.

Update: I’m writing on September 6th, just after learning Alba won the Best Actress award!

Alba+Rohrwacher+Closing+Ceremony+Inside+71st+2vpcEtfyRP4lI’m so glad for her and I’m so proud she’s reached such an important achievement. Let’s see what she wore for the occasion.

venicefilmfestival2014_albarohrwacher_valentinohcShe walked the closing ceremony red carpet wearing a lovely Valentino white dress from the Haute Couture spring 2012 collection. A classic evening dress would have been out-of-place, so I’m happy she opted for something elegant but not that formal. The short silk dress had a frilled collar and cuffs; the waistline, cuffs and bodice were embellished by smocked stitches. She completed the outfit with a pair of dove grey suede ankle-strap pumps.

albarohrwacher_delfinadelettrez_pearlringShe also wore two rings by Delfina Delettrez, which beautifully complemented her look. The first was a triple pearl ring.

albarohrwacher_delfinadelettrez_triangleringThe second was the Orange Triangle Piercing ring, made of 18k gold, one orange topaz, three diamonds and one pearl.

3553faff3bbd61225e0f6a706700bbc5On August 31st, Adam Driver, Rohrwacher and the director attended the film premiere and walked the red carpet. I love her minimal style and I’m always in awe of her style choices.

albarohrwacher_hungryheartspremiere_valentinocoutureShe wore a Valentino Haute Couture outfit from the fall 2014 collection, combining a white silk collarless blouse and a high-waisted long pleated skirt with black leather criss-crossed belt. She wore it with a pair of black sandals. She kept her make-up simple and styled her short hair in a messy updo. Monastic chic.


66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have never been my favourite ceremony: my favourite tv shows rarely get a nomination or an award, so the whole event simply has no interest for me. I started covering it last year because I was surprised by the red carpet fashion; thank God, the same happened this year, even if  – I must admit – I was not as impressed as I had been in 2013. Here is my list of best-dressed celebrities.

Ladies in Red/Pink

clairedanes_emmy2014This year scarlet dresses were definitely a trend. My favourite red-clad actress was Claire Danes, who got a nomination as outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in Homeland.

Anatomy of an Outfit: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the CFDA Awards 2014

A week has passed since the last CFDA Awards (which took place at the Lincoln Center in New York), yet I’m still thinking about two outfits, those sported by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Move over, Crystallized Rihanna: the two former teen stars caught my attention and made it to the top of my best-dressed list of the event.

olsens_cfda2014The designers, who won the Accessories Designer of the Year award, brought their trademark minimalism to a sublime level, sporting two similar outfits by The Row, pairing it to elegant jewellery and awesome shoes. Ashley wore a black silk dress with long, wide sleeves, crew neckline and belt at the waist. Mary-Kate opted for a more original dress,cut like an overcoat, made of black silk shantung, featuring kimono sleeves and belt at the waist.

Red Carpet Heroines: Sofia Coppola At the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Remember what Sofia Coppola looked like in the 90s? The hip thick-eyebrow cinema royalty embodied the spirit and the style of that decade. I really miss that phase of hers, but I guess time changes everything. The multi-award winning director is currently on the French Riviera, in Cannes, where she’s attending the 67th Film Festival as a juror. I don’t know if she’s experienced enough for such an important role, but her presence there gives me the chance to focus on her outfits. I’ve never been a fan of her plain style, but believe me when they say we are attracted to those who are totally different from us. I’d never dress like her, but I admire her consistency. Moreover, I’ve got a thing for uniforms and she seems to wear two – black in the evening, basic colours during the day, another reason to admire her.

sofiacoppola_marcjacobs_cannes2014The outfit which sealed the end of the 67th Cannes Film Festival is probably the best, a beautiful dress with an elegant leaf print. This Breadfruit gown is from Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection: made of silk jersey gown, bordered by contrast sleeves and a gathered detail on the back, it has an Empire waist and beautifully works the contrast of dark red, white and black. It looked lovely on her.

sofiacoppola_valentino_cannes2014_closingceremonyOn May 24th Sofia attended the closing ceremony and the screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars wearing a romantic blue silk dress, a custom-made piece by Valentino. She balanced the simplicity of the dress (short-sleeved, with a long skirt gathered at the waist) with a stunning necklace by Chopard, made of white gold, pear-shaped diamonds and rubies. She wore flat sandals and styled her hair in a soft half-updo. Such a perfect way to say goodbye to the Croisette and to her experience as a juror.


Gone are the days in which the Costume Institute gala was the IT fashion event of the year. Believe it or not, there was a time when the grand opening of a fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was really exclusive. Now everybody can see what it’s been turned into: most of the outfits seen on the red carpet yesterday speak louder than a million words. Celebrities can wear skimpy/artsy outfits whenever they like, but Costume Institute galas have a memo, which is usually connected to the subject of that year’s exhibition. If attendees were clueless about punk in 2013, imagine what they did in 2014 with Charles James. The Anglo-American couturier, famous for his ballgowns, should have been paid homage to with a proper ballgown, not with crop tops and skinny trousers! I think I’ll need some time to forget some horrors (sorry, Lena), but my best-dressed list will help me.

The Winners!

img-stellatennatmetgala_215617482725.jpg_gallery_maxStella Tennant was simply stunning in a feathered powder blue ballgown by Burberry, which she accessorizes with pearl grey satin pumps and gold jewellery (a cuff bracelet and a necklace) and diamond earrings. She’s pure class, and clearly showed how it’s done, leaving embarassing antics to celebs.


86th Academy Awards

Do you remember last year, when I complained about the lack of dream-like outfits at the Academy Awards? Well, brace yourself because this year things went even worse. I don’t know what’s happening in Hollywood right now, but a very few attendees dared to wear something which – far from being groundbreaking or memorable (yes, Bjork, I’m talking to you) – made me dream of wearing the same. The 86th Academy Awards red carpet was all about conformism: personality was erased by current trends, the wow factor was nowhere to be found and we were left with very little to speak about. Too bad the most important cinema event in the world, strong with a glorious past, has been reduced to this.

This time I’ve picked my top 3 best-dressed celebrities, followed by others I’ve appreciated but not really *loved*.

The Winner

lupita_nyongo_oscars2014She won a golden statuette for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, but Lupita Nyong’o won something more important: the admiration of the public, an it-girl status and a role model status for younger generations (her emotional acceptance speech was heartfelt and inspiring). She may be a freshman in Hollywood but she showed everybody how to work the red carpet with elegance and grace. She was definitely the best-dressed of the evening, wearing a Prada custom-made baby blue georgette pleated dress, with plunging neckline and tiny crystals embellishing the long skirt. The Cinderella-like quality of the dress was emphasized by her accessories – Fred Leighton diamond jewels and headband, Prada satin platform sandals and matching clutch.


71st Golden Globe Awards

A new award season has just begun and I couldn’t be more excited! As usual, the first important event is the ceremony of the Golden Globe Awards, whose 71st edition took place yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. I didn’t have high expectations for the red carpet, but I was quite surprised to find lots of interesting looks. I can tell you my favourite outfit right away – Zoe Saldana’s – but let’s go through the post to see my best-dressed picks.

Ladies in Black

zoesaldana_goldenglobes2014Zoe Saldana, one of the presenters of the event, looked flawless in a gorgeous bustier dress by Prabal Gurung (from the spring/summer 2014 collection). It’s a quirky outfit because the dress is intricately decorated – beaded appliqués on the satin bodice, beaded and lace inserts on the skirt – but the actress totally pulled it off. I love the “peaked” upper part of the bustier, very elegant.