>> This week brought the well-heeled out in full force — and with good reason. There was the Jason Wu For Target event in New York, where Blake Lively shined in two-tone Wu; there was the second premiere of Madonna's film, W.E, for which the megastar donned a gorgeous Marchesa; and there was the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where Kate Bosworth and Emma Roberts stole the red carpet show. However, nowhere offered more head-turning ensembles than the Spring 2012 couture presentations in Paris, where best-dressed veterans Diane Kruger, Daphne Guinness, Jessica Chastain — and more — looked ever so chic sitting front row.
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Abbey Lee Kershaw Fronts the New Gucci, Jerry Hall Returns to the Catwalk, and Kate Moss Is Not Into Twitter
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>> Is Imogen Poots the face of Marni For H&M? This ad — which recently surfaced on The Fashion Spot — features what appears to be the British actress lounging in a leopard print-filled room, wearing a super-shiny paisley ensemble. A QR code in the bottom left corner directs viewers to the campaign video, which — as WWD confirmed last month — was shot by Sofia Coppola. While it is yet to be confirmed that the star of Coppola's video is the star of this ad campaign, we do know one thing: Coppola filmed the video last October in Marrakesh — and judging by the Moroccan-style tile work in the background of this image, it looks like this photo may have been shot there as well.
The H&M For Marni collection hits stores March 8.
>> Amy Winehouse's father seems to think so. Mitch Winehouse has spoken out against Jean Paul Gaultier, saying the designer's recent couture collection — which featured models styled in the late singer's trademark beehives and eyeliner — was "an insult" and in very poor taste.
"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," Winehouse told The Sun. "We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We're proud of her influence on fashion, but find black veils on models smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family."
Gaultier, who has not yet responded to the family's criticism, said earlier in the week that the collection was meant as tribute. "It is very joyous,” the designer told the New York Times after the show. "To me the scandal is that no fashion magazine did an Amy Winehouse cover. She was so exceptional in her style; how she held her body; the way she dressed, mixing pieces from different decades."
See the entire Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 couture collection here.
>> Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli went soft and lovely for Spring 2012, tapping the romance of the Age of Enlightenment and the innocence of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon for a couture collection rife with delicateness — or as they put it, "deep lightness." For day, there were softly swishing knee-length dresses with ruffled necks and sheer sleeves; for evening, full-length strapless or long-sleeved gowns in heavy silk and taffeta — some embellished with crystals and pearls, and others printed with antique-looking florals and toile.