EMMA WATSON had a princess moment in Miu Miu last night, at the Paris premiere of her new film The Circle.
The actress, who has been building up a refined red-carpet persona with the help of stylist Sarah Slutsky, proved that even she is immune to the allure of Miuccia Prada’s crystal-covered designs. Eschewing her now-signature jumpsuits and block-coloured dresses with interesting neck and slit-hem detail, Watson wore a custom white satin gown covered in a crystal-embellished floral print. It was less formal, and more fantastical than her recent refined wardrobe choices.
Her sweeping Miu Miu evoked the star’s fairytale wardrobe as Belle in the recent Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The cascading hip peplum on last night’s look a nod to the frothy tulle layers on the yellow gown Belle wears in the film’s ballroom finale.
The press tour of Beauty and the Beast saw Watson play up to her Disney character, with a wardrobe of highly embellished Elie Saab Couture and caped Emilia Wickstead dresses. It’s been some three months since her last junket for the film and long enough for her to miss the fairytale wardrobe. Last night’s Miu Miu dress was proof that the actress, who is a trailblazer for eco-conscious red carpet wear and a dedicated United Nations ambassador, is fond of a princess moment now and again, too.
However soon our hopes were crushed as dermatologists warned that they could cause dryness due to the alcohol content, wrinkles due to the scrubbing action many of us employ when using them and breakouts due to impurities either left on the face or simply moved around the face by the wipes.
Truthfully, there’s no real substitute for washing your face. On top of that, modern cleansers are so sophisticated, efficient and tailored to specific needs that wipes feel almost redundant in a savvy skincare kit. But wipes are like many common vices. No, we shouldn’t use them every day and no, they might not remove every last trace of make-up, but there’s a time and a place where nothing else will do. Think festivals, late nights, plane journeys and thrown in with your workout kit for speedy make-up removal pre- and post-gym. Yes they have their flaws, but sometimes a cleansing regime you can perform from the comfort of your bed is the only appealing one.
The golden rules, then, are to use them sparingly – no lazy evenings in or standard weeknights – to choose high-quality wipes with gentler ingredients, and to wash your face afterwards where possible, even if just with water. If you have a thorough and more carefully-curated skincare regime most of the time, the occasional wipe isn’t going to undo all of your good work. Let’s face it, sometimes convenience wins. With that in mind, see Vogue‘s pick of the best here.
THE jewellery Miranda Kerr received from former partner Jho Low was bought with stolen money from a Malaysian development fund, according to reports emerging from the US.
Kerr dated the Malaysian financier after separating from ex-husbandOrlando Bloom in 2013, and prior to meeting her husband, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, in 2016. From Valentine’s Day 2014, Low is said to have started gifting the model jewellery with million-pound price tags.
For his first gift to Kerr, Low looked to Lorraine Schwartz. He told the American jeweller, who supplied Kanye West with the 15 carat engagement ring he gave to Kim Kardashian in 2013, that he had $1 million to $2 million to spend, and that size mattered. Low settled on a $1.29 million, 11.72 carat heart-shaped diamond engraved with Kerr’s initials, Teen Voguereports.
In November 2014, Low spent $3.8 million on an 8.88 carat diamond pendant for his then-girlfriend. A $1.98 million pair of 11 carat diamond earrings with a matching necklace, ring and bracelet quickly followed. All of these gifts are said to have been bought with some of the $4.5 billion Low stole from a Malaysian development fund.
The US Justice Department is attempting to seize back assets, including property, art, a yacht and a jet, that are alleged to have been bought with the money. Kerr is said to currently still be in possession of her gifts, but is cooperating with the investigation.
Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to be embroiled in the incident, and is returning the $13 million art that was given to him by a Hollywood production company, Red Granite, which is connected to Low.
If you are short or of average height, you may sometimes wish to look taller than you are. You can do that by dressing smartly. Even medical experts say being short or of average height has its pros and cons.
According to a study by Indian-origin cardiovascular expert, Nilesh Samani, of the University of Leicester, every 2.5 inches change in your height affects your risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5%. However, there is a positive side to it as well. If you are moderately short or even short, one study suggests that if you are about 5 feet 9 inches and under, you could be enjoying sex better and plenty.
Whatever keeps you happy, here are some styling tricks from experts on how you can dress to look tall:
Well-fitted flared jeans that have a long hemline will instantly make your legs look longer.
Deep and elongated V neck dresses and tops automatically shift the focus to the upper half of your body and will subtly take away the focus from your legs, while adding glamour and style to your outfit.
Maxi dresses look good on all body shapes and heights. Pairing up heels with your maxi dress is a win-win as it enhances your body shape and add a few inches at the same time.
LOW CONTRASTING FOOTWEAR
Shoes for short men are critical as they can have a lengthening effect. But ensure that the shoes don’t contrast too much with the trousers. The low contrast will visually elongate legs.
Topcoats that fall to the mid-thigh area helps to lengthen the torso and create the illusion of height. Just make sure that it doesn’t contrast heavily with the rest of the outfit.
Keep them slim. It’s best if they are no thicker than 1.5 inches and shouldn’t contrast too heavily with your outfit. Thin belts or no belts make you look tall. Also, suspenders are a refreshing way to add to the vertical visual effect. Plus they look classy.
– Inputs from Salesh Grover, business head, OSL Luxury Collections and Vandana Anurag, founder The Parisian Boudoir (an online multi-brand boutique).
Our senses usually get a pretty good workout living in London. We’re never short of stuff to fill our eyes, ears and mouths and get our mitts on. But our noses often get the bum deal, sometimes quite literally. The scents of this city can be pretty gross – armpits on the tube, warm bins, urine-soaked alleyways and so on. Thank heavens, then, for perfume, blessed nose nectar, making stinky Londoners fragrant. Now, there’s a new exhibition at Somerset House devoted to the sweet-scented stuff. ‘Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent’ looks at the importance of perfumery in the twentieth century and focuses on ten perfume pioneers from the past two decades. And it’s not just a treat for your nose – your other senses will also be well looked after.
There will of course be plenty going on in the olfactory department: from the introductory room where you can smell a recreation of an extinct vintage perfume by François Coty, the big dog of modern perfumery, to ten whiffy interactive installations based on key contemporary perfumes. These include the smell of a water theme park, a fragrance inspired by the Sahara Desert and the scent of sexual secretions (yes, that does mean spunk). There’s also a fully functioning laboratory where you can inhale the individual ingredients that make up perfumes. Your nostrils won’t know what’s hit them. Visitors will be given a ‘notes-book’ to record their impression of each perfume before finding out what it is.
Your hands won’t be left out either as there’s plenty to play with. Have a rummage in a bed whose sheets have been doused in Antoine Lie’s ‘Sécretions Magnifiques’ (that’s the sexy stench of sweat, milk and, ahem, semen); get up close with real shrubs and found objects from the Texan desert for David Seth Moltz’s ‘El Cosmico’; and queue for a stuffed toy containing the ‘Dark Ride’ smell of theme parks. Throughout the show, visitors are encouraged to pick up the items that have scent embedded in them, so don’t be shy.
To give your ears (and mind) a treat, book a spot on one of the many smelly events happening alongside the exhibition. There are two panel discussions with some of the biggest and hottest noses in the business, offering a rare insight into the practicalities of perfumery, demos with the perfumers-in-residence in the laboratory and free family fun with fragrances. Plus there’s a chance to learn how to make your own signature scent in a hands-on workshop with the Experimental Perfume Club.
The show will also be easy on the eye. Each of the installations will be a physical representation of the scent, and have the pong hidden within them. Check out Daniela Andrier’s pungent irisscented ‘Purple Rain’ room with chaises longues covered in vibrant violet and green Prada fabric, Mark Buxton’s inky-black sandpit for ‘Comme des Garçons 2’ and Bertrand Duchaufour’s ‘Avignon’ room, where you’ll get the evocative whiff of French Catholic Mass in a confessional.
Sadly, there’s nothing edible in the show (we’d advise against tasting the perfumes, especially that one), but there are plenty of places to eat nearby, so your tastebuds won’t feel left out. Head to the riverside terrace bar which has been turned into a fragrant chinotto grove to try food and drinks inspired by the north Italian citrus fruit.
CRISTINA Tridente is unveiling a sneak peek of her new couture+love+madness collection in a Parisienne setting.
The Adelaide designer will officially launch the 12-piece collection at this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival, which runs October 11 to 15.
In the lead up, Ms Tridente is giving The Advertiser an exclusive first look at one of her campaign images.
As the first South Australian to be accepted into London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins, Ms Tridente will complete an intensive course there next month.
In the lead-up she is exploring Europe and, earlier this month, met fashion photographer Weronika Mamot in Paris.
Polish-born Ms Mamot, who lives in Adelaide and travelled to France especially for the couture+love+madness project, took a series of photographs to showcase the collection.
They include a stunning image of model Romaine Aiassa, from Paris agency Jana Hernette.
Wearing a couture+love+madness brocade jumpsuit with a detachable skirt, she is holding a golden flower handcrafted from aluminium by Ms Tridente.
“It’s a modern take on bridal,” Ms Tridente said, adding the Eiffel Tower in the distance provided the perfect backdrop.
“The collection has a Parisienne feel.’’
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Anxiety, melancholy, unrequited love: not phrases last seen in the sacred space of our teenage diaries, but a handful of the pensive slogans embroidered in cursive onto the latest block colour knits from ‘it’ label HADES.
Titled ‘Inner Privacy,’ the inspirations behind self-taught designer Cassie Holland’s sophomore collection are certainly esoteric. After celebrating her favourite bands with her debut (sell-out) knitwear drop, named ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ in homage to The Smiths, this season’s starting point came courtesy of Virginia Woolf: specifically, her musings on selfhood in the landmark novel Mrs Dalloway. From a millenial pink knit emblazoned with ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ to a ‘Melancholy’ crew-neck in moody duck-egg blue, the results are what your wardrobe (and Instagram feed) have been crying out for…
Hi Cassie! What’s the story behind HADES?
HADES was established in 2015 and was the outcome of a creative project that I undertook. I actually just began making jumpers for myself and friends; I shared these online and the reaction was positive which encouraged me to keep designing. I’m not a classically trained designer. Around that time I was reading a lot about punk and the DIY ethos – the idea that even if you’re not classically trained you can still have something to offer. It encouraged me to not be deterred and gave me a licence to do it myself.
How did you decide upon your brand name?
I’m interested in Greek history and imagery. Somehow I thought the Greek god of the underworld was a cool name for a knitwear brand. People were scared to say the word ‘Hades’ as it represented the end, so they employed emphemisms. I also like the story of ‘Hades, Persephone and the Pomegranate,’ which is a myth used to explain the origin of the seasons.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the latest collection, Inner Privacy?
This collection explores the theme of the inner self. I was interested in the idea that we all live as much in our heads as we do in the world, and was influenced by writers who had explored solitude and the inner life. Each of the jumpers is adorned with a phrase influenced by self-reflection: ‘Melancholy,’ ‘La Douleur Exquise’ and ‘Bonjour Tristesse.’
What does inner privacy mean to you?
It’s about the kernel of selfhood that can’t be shared with others. Each of us has an inner life filled with anxieties, joys, melancholy – sometimes these private thoughts are concealed imperceptibly, they are unknowable to anyone else, even those closest to us and sometimes even from ourselves.
How do you narrow down and decide upon the slogans for each collection?
I really struggled this season and ended up with a bigger collection than I perhaps needed because I’d formed a connection with the phrases. We launched with 15 styles, which in retrospect was difficult to manage as you’re dealing with so many styles across all the sizes. When we restocked I edited this down to 8 jumpers. For future seasons I’m planning to be stricter with myself when editing a collection!
Why do you think slogan T-shirts and jumpers have such enduring appeal?
It’s an opportunity to communicate who you are, what you think, feel and believe with the world. It’s an outer visualisation of your inner self. The concept of HADES is classic knitwear that you can keep and wear for many years, I love the idea of buying a jumper emblazoned with ‘Unrequited Love’ in your thirties to tokenise a moment in time and then wearing it when you reach your sixties – it’s a connection with a period of time, a different self.
You commissioned a book of writing to go with the new collection. How did you choose and then reach out to the writers?
Both Kaylyssa and Stevie used to write online diaries which I read when I was younger. There are three newly commissioned pieces (“Five Theories of Solitude” by Kaylyssa Hughes, “I want to know you’re there but I want to be alone” by Stevie-Mackenzie Smith and “Wow, you too?” by Joe Dennett) and finally I included the Woolf extract from Mrs Dalloway since she was the radix of the collection.
What importance has Instagram played in building the brand? Is the importance of being ‘Instagram friendly’ something you bear in mind when designing, or is that something that arises organically?
I don’t think about it. I think about the concept, what I like and would wear. Obviously I want it to be beautiful and appealing, but for the sake of wearing it rather than Instagram.
Is there anyone you’d love to see wearing your designs?
I struggle to answer this. The people I get most enjoyment from wearing it are writers, musicians, comedians who I like and admire – who aren’t necessarily known for their style, but it brings me enjoyment to see them wearing it. There are some obvious fashion icons like Chloe Sevigny though! And I love it when my friends wear them.
Books and reading have clearly played an important part in your latest collection. What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs and biographies recently. Right now I’m reading The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy’s memoir and I’ve just bought Citizen Clem: A Biography [of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee].
Are there any other brands or designers you would love to collaborate with?
Yes I’d definitely like to collaborate, I’d be really interested in working with an artist or illustrator. If there are any artists reading this who like HADES please get in touch!