Donning shades of yellow and gold, Isabeli Fontana turns up the heat for the March cover story of Vogue Latin America. In front of Koray Birand’s lens, the Brazilian stunner sports the spring collections of Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs amongst others in the lush setting of Mexico’s Riviera Maya Resort. Stylist Sarah Gore Reeves (Bridge Artists) has Isabeli dripping in gold jewelry to complement the wardrobe, while hair and makeup by Ryan Tanaguchi and Moani Lee keep her looking glam. / Art direction by John Paul Tran
The Oscars 2013 were not short of glamour as Hollywood’s finest walked the red carpet in the fashion world’s most beautiful gowns.
Dresses in the palest of hues proved one of the night’s key trends – Jennifer Lawrence arrived in ivory Dior Couture, Amy Adams in lavender Oscar de la Renta, Jessica Chastain in blush Armani, Zoe Saldana in light grey Alexis Mabille Couture and Amanda Seyfried in lilac Alexander McQueen.
This was Jennifer Lawrence’s night. She won the Oscar, and she won the red carpet too, in Christian Dior. The formula for a successful Oscar dress is similar to that for a successful Oscar film: you want plenty of drama but not too many complications. This dress does that perfectly. The silhouette is knockout, and there are no fussy styling details to detracting from that. The swept-back hair, neat silver clutch and delicate jewellery are all in harmony. There will be celebrations at Christian Dior HQ in Paris: the awesome internal structure (note how it looks good from every angle), the perfect skin-flattering pale (moonshine?) and the dappled texture to the fabric (so it never looks shiny or crinkly, even under a million flashbulbs) are a great advertisement for the Dior atelier.
I think we can assume it wasn’t Anne Hathaway’s goal to be upstaged by her own nipples, but that’s what happened in this Prada gown. The dress was a last-minute choice: LA “sources” say she switched from her usual Valentino at the last minute. Those aren’t actually her nipples, by the way, they are darted seams in the fabric. (Look at how the skirt of the gown holds its shape as it falls to the floor, and you can tell that the satin is much too heavy for nipples to bore through like that.) But such dressmaking niceties won’t help save this dress for being remembered for the nipples. I don’t love this look anyway: too angular and sharp. She looks like an enormous, shiny pair of scissors.
Amy Adams wore Oscar de la Renta. I think this dress could have worked in black – picture it, a sort of black-swan red-carpet glide – but it doesn’t work in grey. It doesn’t even make sense in grey. Who wears a grand, beaded-bodice, ruffle-tier skirt ballgown in the colour of dishwater and rainclouds? I guess she was going for sophisticated, but it comes off like fashion self-sabotage, which is insane, because the shape is fabulous. Like I said: shoulda gone for black. Also, there’s too much going on in the bottom half of the dress, to the point where it completely upstages her face.
Girlfriend looks HOT in this dress, right? I so much prefer the later-years Reese Witherspoon – the older-and-wiser, second-husband, curvier and all-round saltier version – to the cookie-cutter American poppet we first met. This Louis Vuitton dress feels like the first confident rendition of that persona on the red carpet. (Reese’s 13-year-old daughter helped her pick it out, apparently, which is cute.) The colour is bold, not standard red-carpet fare, but works brilliantly with her hair, and the trompe l’oeil waist-cinching shape is a fashion detail that will make sure this look gets plenty of fashion-page action.
Jessica Chastain’s Armani Privé dress is elegant and timeless, a bona fide movie-star gown, with bona fide Harry Winston jewels. When I first saw her, I thought I preferred last year’s fabulous Alexander McQueen black-and-gold number – at first glance this looks like it could be the petticoat to that dress. But the subtlety is growing on me: the colour is the perfect compliment for that incredible hair of hers and those awesome red lips, and I love how the swirling seams of beads make this fitted shape look softer than it is.
Eddie Redmayne went traditional for Oscar night. He often rocks a wolfish bit of Burberry velvet on the red carpet, but went for a straight-up tuxedo, by Alexander McQueen, complete with satin lapels, bow tie, and studded shirt buttons. The skinny cut of the suit keeps it modern, but the piece de resistance? Those velvet slippers, which show the Afflecks of this world that having a beard isn’t the only way to tell the world you have a bohemian/subversive side.
My feeling about Kerry Washington is that she loves her fashion probably a little bit too much to really nail it on the red carpet. She’s being held back by choosing the gorgeous party dress over the grandstanding Oscar Dress. This is by Miu Miu, and if she hit up the dancefloors I bet she was the belle of the ball, but the two-tone effect doesn’t quite work on the red carpet: she looks as if she’s wearing separates, and the impact is muted.
Sally Field in Valentino is one of my favourite looks of the night. The colour – bold Valentino red – never fails to deliver. The sheer long sleeves are a graceful way to draw a veil over arms – no point competing with Jennifer Aniston on this, you gotta pick your battles – without looking prematurely grandmotherly. I love the classic pear-drop earrings, and the simplicity of no baubles cluttering up that clean neckline.
Jennifer Aniston knows her brand. She has never gone in all-guns-blazing on the red-carpet wars, preferring to opt for the dress that is straightforwardly pretty and the safe, familiar choice over the straight-off-the-catwalk attention-grabbing numbers. That’s who we we want Aniston to be – the unthreatening, smiley girl-next-door. She’s made a fine career out of this, and she’s not about to jeopardise anything by going off-brand in some crazy dress. So, she wears strapless Valentino satin, has a great blow-dry, and smiles a lot. Job done.
There is something weird going on with Ben Affleck’s bow-tie, which needs straightening. But that aside, he scrubbed up well. The three-piece tuxedo and polished shoes say to the academy: now that you’re taking me seriously, I don’t have to play the maverick/rebel any more. His wife Jennifer Garner wore Gucci, and $2.5m worth of diamonds, so perhaps he was blinded by looking at her and forgot to straighten the tie.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are unusually understated here. Clooney has taken on Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln beard, which is a little out of his silver-fox comfort zone. Keibler, meanwhile, is doing her own version of the silver fox look, in a retro-style beaded Naeem Khan dress. It’s classy, rather than sexy.
Helena Bonham Carter is singlehandedly keeping this neckline alive. It’s the neckline posh girls wore to balls in the 1980s and 1990s. A sort of low-scoop with plenty of cleavage but everything squished down safely, all the better for pogo-ing in when a bit squiffy. Literally nobody wears this neckline any more, ever, even posh girls at dreadful parties, except for Bonham Carter. But does she care? Look at that face. She couldn’t care less. She’s off to get squiffy and pogo. She’s awesome.
Amanda Seyfried is in Alexander McQueen. I don’t know who wrote the memo to the red-haired women telling them grey was a flattering colour (see also: Amy Adams) but I don’t think she’ll be super-popular right now. The dress is exquisite and the neckline is delicate and beautiful but the shade is oddly underpowered. You can tell she’s trying to vamp it up with the pose, but it’s not quite working.
Hey, Catherine! Beyoncé called, and she wants her gold dress back. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones took a break from playing golf to hit up the red carpet. I love how the dynamic never changes with these two: he is still the slightly rogueish elder statesman, and she is the showgirl in swooshy metallics.
Nicole Kidman is good value on a red carpet as her dress choices tend to be either brilliant or brilliantly awful. This is one of the good years. She gets props for wearing a gown straight off the catwalk – this is look number 27 from the London fashion week show by L’Wren Scott, the designer girlfriend of Mick Jagger, which took place just seven days ago. Obscure red-carpet fact of the day: this dress is inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt.
The question raised by this photograph of Christoph Waltz and Bradley Cooper is, what does the waistcoat mean? Personally I think it’s a symptom of the Downton Abbey effect, because we all know how the Americans love that show. Apparently Bradley’s tuxedo was made by his cousin, designer Giambattista Cooper. All together now: aaaw.
There isn’t a dress in the world that could make Kristen Stewart look like anything other than Kristen Stewart. She’s in Reem Acra, and it’s feminine and refined, but she’s on crutches, and her hair looks insane, and you get the feeling there was either a tantrum earlier or there will be one soon. She’s K-Stew, that’s how she rolls.
Salma Hayek’s husband owns Gucci, McQueen, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent, which must come in super-handy on nights like this. She basically married the world’s best wardrobe, although obviously I’m sure she totes loves him for his personality. This dress is by McQueen, and she looks incredible, like an Ancient Egyptian goddess.
Helen Hunt’s dress is this Oscar’s big ethical-fashion moment: it is by the Conscious collection for H&M. Which is fantastic. However, just because you’re saving the world, doesn’t mean you should skip ironing your clothes.
The Day-Lewises were this year’s Oscar couple. He won his third Oscar. She is probably the most beautiful woman at this ceremony. He wore navy Domenico Vacca, which totally works, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief he didn’t show up with a stupid beard. And she showed why black lace Dolce will never, ever let you down.
As children little boys sleep in race car shaped beds, drive there mini Maserati’s across living room floors and dream of the day they will own and drive an actual Maserati. It is every little boy’s dream to be a racecar driver; to experience the kind of thrill only speed can give you. The Master Maserati driving courses now allow men to actualize those childish dreams. The courses for the year 2013 will take place at the customized Circuit Varano de’ Melegari in Parma, Italy. Each course has a limited number of seats so that each student gets specialized attention. Of the courses on offer, these two are the most exclusive driving and luxury experiences that feature the thrill of the racetrack, a shopping spree, and a tour of Italy’s most beautiful cities of art.
The Maserati Master High Performance
This program is limited to participants who have previously participated in GT programs. This is an additional course that would be like getting you masters after having already received a bachelor degree. The course is mainly oriented towards drivers interested in competitive circuit driving. The duration of the course is 2 days at the Autodrome, with participants limited to 24 per course. The participants will then be further subdivided into 3 or 4 groups of 6 to 8 participants each. For the driver the program includes 2 days on the track, insurance, 2 lunches at the circuit, an open bar and Maserati gifts for $5,643. For a companion the cost is $470 and includes insurance, access to the circuit, participation in dynamic activities, lunches at the circuit, an open bar and a Maserati Gift.
The same program is available with accommodation in the superior room at the Hotel Parma & Congressi and includes transportation to and from the circuit. Including accommodation the package costs $6,100 for the driver and $925 for the companion.
Maserati Master Italian Lifestyle Experience
This program is dedicated to couples that share a love for the spellbinding beauty of Italy and the thrill of the racetrack. Included in this package along with a racing experience is a shopping spree and a tour of Italy’s most beautiful cities. The course has been specifically designed to please both the driver and his or her companion. Taking place in two cities, Florence and Parma, this trip will be filled with the best of Italy, fine dining, fast cars, fashion and art. On the second day, the participants will enjoy a tour of the Chianti region of Tuscany and a tour of Florence’s old town and museums.
The duration of the course is two days and is limited to 18 – 24 participants. The cost for this program is $6,555 for the driver and $1,730 for the companion. It includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, museum entry charges and guided tour charges.
Registration for the programs must be completed by March 1st and can be done either online or by fax.
Last year Ferrari had rolled out “Pilota on Ice” driving program for its US customer base to experience a two-day driving course in Aspen, Colorado on a specially crafted Ferrari FF.
Jaeger- LeCoultre celebrates Valentine’s Day with a personalized Grand Reverso Lady Ultra Thin watch
Jaeger- LeCoultre is making Valentine’s Day easier for confused men all over the world by offering an online personalization service where you can personalize a GrandReverso Lady Ultra Thin timepiece with unique engravings as well as selecting from an array of vibrant colored Valextra leather straps. The iconic Reverso is the perfect medium by which to immortalize your love, with it’s unique reversible case, the opportunities for personalization are endless. The watchstrap is a playful double tour strap created by bespoke Italian leather goods producer Valextra. Three limited edition Valentine’s Day straps will be available from 14th February onward; they are ‘ribes’ cherry red, ‘muschio’ moss green and ‘cannete’ straw beige.
The vivid hues add playfulness to the elegance of the iconic Grand Reverso Lady Ultra Thin dial and will be available exclusively at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques. This watch strikes the perfect balance between a gift that is both fun and meaningful.
To celebrate the upcoming Crossroads Festival, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has joined forces with Fender, Gibson and C.F. Martin & Company to unveil his latest limited edition collaboration. The Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar collection, which will be exclusively available at Guitar Center, recreates two of the most famous guitars of all times and includes three all-new 000-sized signature instruments. Here is a look at each of them:
Famously known as “Layla Stratocaster”, Brownie was the first Strat ever owned by Eric Clapton. This recreation, priced at $15,000 can be reserved here. It comes with a DVD featuring an interview with Eric Clapton, a ‘Layla Box Set’ and a reproduction hardshell case with “DEREK AND THE DOMINOS” stenciled, as per the original guitar.
Priced at $15,000, the Lucy is one of the world’s most significant electric guitars. This cherry red 1957 Les Paul Goldtop was owned by Eric Clapton and then passed on to his friend George Harrison. Also receive a DVD with an interview, a hardshell case and an audiophile remastered, 180gm vinyl edition of The Beatles’ “White Album”. Reserve it here.
Eric Clapton enjoyed a great run as an acoustic guitarist and to honor that, C.F. Martin & Company has introduced three brand new 000-sized signature acoustic guitars. Priced at $ 6,000, it can be reserved here and comes with a lot of added frills: an Eric Clapton signature fingerboard inlay between 19th and 20th frets, crossroad symbol inlaid in mother of pearl into bridge (000-28EC headstock) and signature case, shroud and leather strap.
EC Series Amps
These signature amplifiers are a first for Clapton and Fender celebrates his involvement with these very special, handmade in the U.S. models which are available for $1000, $2,000 and $3,000.
Leading watchmaker Omega has always prided itself on its policy of constant innovation and unique launches. Their limited edition Constellation Sedna timepiece, which is a pre-Baselworld 2013 launch, takes this tradition forward. It is the first watch to be crafted in 18K Sedna gold which is a combination of rose gold, copper and palladium with a minimum gold content of 75%, which gives it its distinct allure. Other striking features of the watch include a luxurious silvery ‘pie-pan’ dial inspired by that of the first Constellation launched in 1952, polished case body, brushed bezel , brown leather strap, Co-Axial calibre 8501, visible through a sapphire crystal case back and the Si14 silicon balance spring.
This unique timepiece will be available in a limited edition of 1,952 pieces to signify the year Omega launched its renowned Constellation watch family. Adding the final frills to the watch is the special wooden presentation box with a rose-colored lining which it is presented in.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start buying your loved one gifts. Gifting her Versace will definitely gain you some points and eventually work in your favor. Versace is one of the most well established names in the fashion world today, and it will make her feel empowered as a woman. These are some great gifting ideas from the brand for your special Valentine.
Versace Studded Boot
This deep purple boot has a gorgeous gold stud design on it along the front and the toecap. The metallic trim on the boot adds a contrast to the rich purple color. A 4.7-inch stiletto heel adds to the femininity of this empowering boot. Made entirely out of leather in Italy this slip on boot will cost $1,970.
This Versace pointed toe shoe has a deep brown color that is accentuated by the metallic trim lining the shoe. A tongue at the vamp along with a chunky wide belt ankle strap makes this shoe the perfect Valentine’s gift for a power woman. The strap features signature Versace Hardware and the fully covered stiletto heel measuring 4.7 inches. Made in Italy this shoe made entirely of leather retails for $1,300.
This Versace Doctor bag features a single flat top handle and a detachable belt style shoulder strap that make the bag versatile and good for multiple occasions. The bag features a functional exposed zip pocket compartment and a decorative gold chain at the front. A metallic studded trim adds a level of edginess to this otherwise practical bag. Four metallic feet protect the bag from dirt and grime. The leather bad made in Italy features an interior zip pocket, a device pocket and a squeeze top closure. Measuring 12.25” x 4 x 10 inches the bag retails for around $4,000.
This Versace Doctor bag is a great gift for a workingwoman as it has a single top handle as well as a detachable shoulder strap making it quite practical. Military inspired embroidery on the front along with the exposed gold zips give this fashionable bag an almost rugged feel. Created in leather and suede in Italy, the bag features a squeeze clasp top closure. The item measures 12.25” x 4” x 10” and costs about $3,500.
For those who love the bling but wish to not flash it, here is the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 with Swarovski Crystal Interior. The perfect example of modesty it steals the cake from other gilded and flashy cars by doing up the interiors instead of the exteriors. Once inside the car, you will be greeted with over 15000 Swarovski crystals that are encasing the car’s massive gauge cluster and air vents. With so much bling, we wonder how the driver does not get distracted. Well, if you have the money, you can buy the beauty yourself and let us know if the interiors are a distraction or not. For a sum of £109,995 ($172,190), this Lambo is yours. Listed on piston heads, this Lambo is the cheapest LP640 in Britain by far, despite the Swarovski interiors.
Other features of the car include painted Ferrari red brake calipers, upgraded rear spoiler, roof airscoop, and upgraded sound system with custom made subwoofer space saving install. Maybe it is a good thing then that the crystals are inside; we can imagine the chaos the car would cause on the streets if the crystals were on the exterior. For more info and to buy this beauty click here.