Designer Peter Copping stuck to what he called a "resolutely graphic palette" for the Nina Ricci Autumn Winter 2013 show, using predominantly black, white, and crimson red for the feminine collection. With nods to 1950s silhouettes in sleek skirtsuits and sporty motifs like fur-trimmed layers, it was a collection made for a modern Grace Kelly. The presentation itself was also fit for a princess, as the sister duo of Katia and Marielle Labèque played at nested Steinway grand pianos placed in the middle of the gleaming red runway. Click through to see the full collection.
The first official photos of Nicole Kidman in character as Princess Grace from the upcoming biopic Grace of Monaco were released overnight. The movie is a dramatisation of a year in Grace Kelly’s life (1962), six years after she married Prince Rainier III, when she has to decide whether she wants to return to movies or accepts she may never act again. And then there was also the dispute between Rainier III and French president Charles de Gaulle.
The script was criticised by Princess Grace’s children as “pointlessly glamorised” and full of “historical inaccuracies” and “scenes of pure fiction,” but the film’s director, Olivier Dahan, who also directed La Vie en Rose, defended his creative decisions when he said earlier this year, “I am an artist . . . I have made a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career, who gives up this career to invent another role.” There is no release date yet but it’s scheduled for a worldwide Christmas 2013 release.
From Grace Kelly to Kim Novak, there's no denying Alfred Hitchcock had a penchant for icy blondes. And while light-haired actresses were often featured in his thrilling, suspenseful films, there were a few brunettes, like Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn, who made for some variety. Hitchcock, the biographical drama that takes a closer look at the life of the oft-controversial director, debuts in Australia on January 10. So in honour of the film's upcoming release, take a glimpse back at some classic hair and makeup looks worn by Hitchcock's leading ladies.
From Grace Kelly to Kim Novak, there's no denying Alfred Hitchcock had a penchant for icy blondes. And while light-haired actresses were often featured in his thrilling, suspenseful films, there were a few brunettes, like Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn, who made for some variety. Hitchcock, the upcoming biographical drama starring Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson, takes a closer look at the life of the oft-controversial director. In honour of the film, which Jess and Scarlett have been doing the press rounds for, we're taking a glimpse back at some classic hair and makeup looks worn by Hitchcock's leading ladies.
Move over Marilyn Monroe, it's Grace Kelly's turn to have a moment. The silver screen star turned real-life Princess has long been a beauty inspiration thanks to her peaches and cream complexion and ice-blonde strands. Her ability to make every look — from set curls paired with a red lip to a pared-back minimal makeup palette — look effortless and elegant is unparalleled but many stars have definitely taken lead from her glamorous style. With news that Nicole Kidman is set to play her in an upcoming movie and Scarlett Johansson's US Vogue cover paying homage to the star, we chart the influence that Grace has had on many red carpets and runways.
Princess Charlene of Monaco slipped in to the country over the weekend to open the Grace Kelly exhibition at Bendigo Museum on Saturday. A red carpet was rolled out for the royal, who was greeted by a huge crowd of locals waving Monégasque and Australian flags, and schoolkids bearing flowers. Princess Charlene, who married Grace’s son Prince Albert last year, showed off a new fringe and wore a pink dress by Aussie designer Johanna Johnson, and during her address she talked about her late mother-in-law’s iconic style, which is celebrated in the exhibition. Charlene said, “Princess Grace’s beautiful style is a reflection of her natural elegance, taste, character, and a rare command of colours and textures. A style so gracefully unique that it remains an inspiration to all across generations and cultures. A style so much part of every facet of her amazing life, including the beloved princess and the devoted mother she was.” She also said she was happy to return to Australia and had fond memories of our country; she travelled here often as an Olympic swimmer representing South Africa “to compete with my Australian mates.”
A classic accessory is a fantastic investment in your wardrobe. Although such big ticket purchases may seem excessive now, if you buy wisely you're guaranteed to get a good return on your fashion dollar for years to come. To prove the power of a fab accessory, we've rounded up the most iconic pieces that have stood the test of time. Our top six include the Hermès bag, the Cartier Tank watch, Chanel's 2.55 handbag, monogrammed luggage from Louis Vuitton, the ballet flat, and the always cool Rayban Wayfarer. Then and now, these are the eternally stylish accessories that every fan of fashion should aspire to (one day!) own. Step inside our accessories Hall of Fame, and see the celebs who agree!
January Jones is on the June cover of Allure, opening up to the beauty bible about her recent split and refusal to diet. Hairstylist Ken O'Rourke gave the pregnant actress a softly curled style, which makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen teamed with a smoky eye that was strong, despite featuring earthy tones of taupe and brown to complement the actress' fair features. And it's due to those features that a similarity to Grace Kelly is often drawn — one that January is quick to laugh off, telling the mag, "I'm not her, unless Grace Kelly drank beer." The 33-year-old is equally frank about her diet, saying: "I have never dieted. I just listen to whatever my body craves. I don't deny myself anything. I don't crave sweets or unhealthy things very often. But when I do, like if I'm in a bad mood and I'm in traffic, I'll stop at McDonald's and get a strawberry shake and fries and not feel guilty at all, because I deserve it." And if we looked half as good as the X-Men: First Class star in a Lanvin bodysuit (below), we'd definitely be saying the same.
Check out the full interview with January in the June issue of Allure, which is out on May 24.
We were amazed when we saw Kate Middleton in her incredibly beautiful Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown and upon taking a closer look, we realised that the princess's dress resembled that of the iconic Grace Kelly. The late Princess of Monaco's dress was designed by Academy Award winning costume designer Helen Rose, using silk taffeta, rose-point lace and pearls. It's easy to see why Kate would be inspired by Grace; her dress was classically gorgeous, sophisticated and ladylike, without being too over the top. From the lace sleeves, to the form-fitting bodice, to the delicate veil, Kate's gown was a contemporary take on the late, great Grace's elegant style.
Recently, we got a peek at Prince William and Kate Middleton's purported wedding fragrances. Wills and Kate aren't the only royal lovebirds to have a scented wedding, though. High-profile princesses and heads of state have been perfuming their nuptials since the Victorian era. From Victoria herself to Princess Diana and even Grace Kelly, here are five wedding fragrances that have left their mark.