Kate Moss for Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2014
Fashion in Film: Clueless (1995)
You don’t understand, this is an Alaïa! It’s like, a totally important designer!
When Clueless hit theaters in July 1995, costume designer Mona May had no idea the impact the film would have on the fashion world. Girls everywhere adopted the closet staples of Beverly Hills teen, Cher Horowitz, including her signature plaid, mini skirts and knee socks; Karl Lagerfeld sent models down the runway clutching the same portable phones that were specially designed for the movie; and publications like Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily lauded Clueless as the fashion movie of the year.
May looked to European designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa to draw inspiration for the costumes, choosing to stray as far from the then-popular grunge phase by incorporating girly silhouettes and bold colors.
"I took from the trends, picking and choosing from that moment in fashion," May said. "But I didn’t want to date the movie with certain trends, which was easy to do in the ’80s and ’90s. We wanted to make it timeless, and it really stood the test of time. I can watch Clueless now and there’s still stuff we can wear.”
Chrome eyeliner by Peter Philips at Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014
"Peter Philips spent his whole weekend single-handedly cutting seventy pairs of silver adhesive eyeliner that he used on the Dior Couture runway. And just hours before the show began, he received word that the house had worked out a way to produce them (look for them on-counter around the holidays).
‘The collection explored contradictions, so we wanted to keep it pretty and pure. I just wanted to add one element that was highly contrasting and artificial,’ he explained.
"Metallic liner emerged as the ideal counterpoint to the mirror-and-orchid set. Philips calls it the ‘empty eye’—meaning no mascara—bolstered by a little white kohl to fade out the lower lashes and a sweep of yellow and white shadows from the forthcoming Candy Choc palette under well-groomed brows.
‘She looks like a fragile flower but with historical and futuristic crosscurrents,’ he said. ‘When she moves, she catches the light.’”
Finale wedding gown at Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall 2014
Devon Aoki as Suki in 2Fast 2 Furious (2003)
"[Making 2Fast 2Furious] was so much fun. It was almost like being in an arcade and being able to do anything you wanted to do with the car.”
Blake Lively (wearing Burberry Prorsum) by Mario Testino for Vogue August 2014
“I find [my way of thinking changing] all the time with Ryan. I get really frustrated when something goes wrong. For example, my wedding dress. Florence Welch was singing at the reception, and they brought out these sparklers, and I’m watching her sing. I look down and my wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers. Right on the front! And it was just so heartbreaking to me. And later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, ‘Isn’t that beautiful?’ I said, ‘What?’ And he pointed to the burn. My heart just stopped, because it was such a sensitive little subject. And he said, ‘You’ll always remember that moment with Florence singing and the sparklers. You have that forever, right there, preserved.’ Now that’s my favorite part of the dress.”
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen venture into the bridal market
When stylist Molly Fishkin got engaged, she knew exactly who to call to design her wedding dress: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
“They are very close friends of mine and have been for the last 15 years,” Fishkin told Vogue. “The minute I got engaged, they said they would love to design my wedding dress. I was thrilled—their taste is impeccable, and I really trust them. Their team was so incredible and patient with me. They were always so calming and made the process incredibly enjoyable. I will never forget what they did for me.”
The result was a dress fashioned out of ivory chantilly lace with long bell sleeves and a scalloped neckline. The bride also wore a floor-length lace veil (also by The Row) and nude Manolo Blahnik crocodile slides.
Could this be a new market for the designing duo? Mary-Kate is engaged to Olivier Sarkozy, but apparently an idea for her own wedding dress hasn’t come so easily.
“I’m, like, not even there yet,” Mary-Kate said about her bridal gown. “I think it may be a matter of getting five or six or making two or three and being stressed out. That seems kind of far away. We’ll take one step at a time.”
Here’s hoping she found some inspiration for the future.
Makeup by Tom Pecheux at Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2014
Elie Saab’s latest couture collection—called “Palais de Lumieres”—was inspired by the lights of Paris and the iridescence of pearls (seen heavily throughout the collection). With this idea in mind, makeup artist Tom Pecheux sought to create a similar look in the makeup.
“Mr. Saab wanted a powerful eye, very feminine, very sophisticated, but very soft at the same time,” Pecheux said before the show. “So we decided to play with light.”
The look was “watery,” according to Pecheux, and using a mixture of bronze, green and brown, he created a shimmery mermaid green color for the eyes. To counterbalance the strong eyeshadow and keep the look as soft as possible, brown mascara and brown fake lashes were used, and lips were coated with a matte peach lipstick to finish.
Malaika Firth at Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2014
The modeling world loves unusual beauty, so it’s no wonder that Issa Lish has taken it by storm.
The 18-year-old half-Mexican, half-Japanese model was discovered while working in her father’s sushi restaurant in Mexico City. Lish’s mother had grounded her for slacking off in school, and working in the restaurant for the whole summer was her punishment. Then—as these stories always go—a model scout noticed the alienesque teen and asked if she had considered modeling.
"I was just like, ‘No, not really,’ Lish told WWD. “You hear so many stories about [sex trafficking] and slavery and people buying girls, especially in Mexico City, and I was just like, ‘No, I’m not interested; I don’t know anything about fashion.’”
But the scout was persistent, visiting the restaurant for several weeks before Liss eventually caved and signed with her mother agency, Wanted Model Management. Since then, success has come unusually fast for Lish, who opened Anna Sui’s fall show, covered the April issue of Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel, and now the newbie can be seen starring in the fall Balmain campaign alongside the likes of Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn.
"I know I’m not the typical beauty model … In school, I wasn’t the popular, pretty girl. I never said I wanted to be a model. My goal in life was never to be a model."
So it goes.
Gisele Bündchen in Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 at the World Cup final in Brazil
Finale at Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2014
Couture cat-eye makeup at Georges Hobeika Haute Couture Fall 2014