Before Beyonce, there was Lauren Bacall.
The countless odes and elegies to the late actress, who died last week at age 89, have all but confirmed her place as Hollywood Golden Age’s queen of cool.
And now, we hear her impeccable style (which a “To Have or Have Not” obsessed tween may or may not have tried to imitate at one point — unsuccessfully) is getting its own retrospective.
The Cut reports that the museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology will soon unveil an exhibit showcasing Bacall’s (nee Betty Joan Persky, in the Bronx) wardrobe. Preparations for the show were reportedly underway before the announcement of Bacall’s death by the Bogart estate last Tuesday night
According to the Associated Press, the show will focus on her 1950s-60s style, and highlight contributions from the star’s five favorite designers: Norman Norell, Marc Bohan for Dior, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro.
Designer Isaac Mizrahi best summed up her combination of sass, smarts and style in the April 2001 issue of InStyle. Remarking on her 1979 Oscars appearance, he quipped:
“Wearing a 50-year-old Fortuny dress proved how smart Lauren Bacall was,” he said. “A smart Jewish girl from the Bronx who knew Norell as well as Loehmann’s. She’s our reference for what smart looks like. Look up ‘smart’ in the dictionary — you’ll find her picture.”
A nice Jewish girl in haute couture? We’re there!
It’s too bad Hanukkah and Christmas don’t coincide this year, because we’ve found the ultimate gift.
Swiss Stays, a company that makes adjustable collar stays for men — yes, those things that come in the inside of your shirt collars — has teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to launch a special collection — “Think Yiddish, Dress British.”
The concept? Each stay, or tab, is engraved with a word in Yiddish, with the English translation listed under it. Tuck it into your collar, and voila: You’re Jewish from the inside out.
Hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the annual to-do celebrates the most promising new kids on the block while paying tribute to the big names of fashion. And talk about big names: fashion icon Oscar de la Renta received the Founders Award from his muse, Hillary Clinton, while Ralph Lauren awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement to Vera Wang (for a full list of winners, click here).
Other fashionable attendees included Kerry Washington, Jessica Chastain, Hailee Steinfeld, Lindsay Vonn, Dan Stevens (otherwise known as the late Matthew Crawley) and event organizers Steve Kolb and Diane Von Furstenberg.
But as always, Hillary Clinton upstaged everyone with a cleverly placed quip. Presenting the first award of the night — as one must when dashing off to Henry Kissinger’s 90th birthday party — she recalled the first time she met Oscar de la Renta in 1993. “I was then, as I am now, such a fashion icon,” she laughed.
See the beautiful people strut their stuff:
Tavi Gevinson has accomplished more in her 16 years than most people double her age.
The style blogger, writer and darling of the fashion set launched a fashion blog from her suburban Chicago home before she turned 12. Two years later it was getting 50,000 hits a day and she was a fixture in the front row of fashion shows in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
Profiles of the young fashionista followed in the New York Times and the New Yorker, along with stories in French Vogue and in teen magazines.
Gevinson has added editor to her credits with the publication of “Rookie Yearbook One,” a compilation of articles, photographs and drawings from her Rookie website, which she started about 15 months ago.
“I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to do a print component. Each month on the site is a different theme. I eventually realized that to do a yearly book, and call it a yearbook, would be the best format,” she said.
Jonah Hill is Seth Rogen’s awkward sidekick no longer — not since the formerly pudgy comic slimmed down and started taking on more serious roles, like his Golden Globe-nominated part in “Moneyball.”
Word has it that his style matches the shift. Hill’s gone from slumming it in basement blogger duds to a full-on embrace of the skinny tie, according to GQ’s “Celebrity Style Evolution”.
It seems Israelis are reacting in very different ways to the very recent news that charismatic Yair Lapid is leaving journalism to enter politics.
Unfortunately, one Israeli, someone apparently named Itzik Chen, wrote a death threat on Lapid’s Facebook wall. “Believe me, if I see you I’ll want to kill you. You are an anti-Semitic Israel hater…You deserve to die, and he who carries it out will be blessed,” he wrote. “It will be a shame if you (challenge) Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, because then it will be very similar to what happened to [slain prime minister] Yitzhak Rabin,” he went on.
On the other hand, the staff over at Xnet (Ynet’s lifestyle section), has been scrambling to assemble a politician’s wardrobe for Lapid. It seems there is not a minute to lose in terms of focusing on the really important things when it comes to running for office.
Fashionistas were out in force last week at the opening of the first Carolina Herrera store in Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports that they drank champagne and ate hors d’oeuvres as they shmoozed and checked out the merchandise in the spacious and tastefully appointed space on the top floor of the Ramat Aviv Mall in the tony suburb just north of Tel Aviv.
It’s not yet clear whether anyone other than the ultra-wealthy women in “The Riches,” Israel’s reality-TV knock-off of “The Real Housewives,” will shop in the flagship store packed with accessories from the CH Carolina Herrera lifestyle line, as well as pieces from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 line.
While Americans were eating turkey and giving thanks last week, local designers in Israel were showing their collections for the for first official Tel Aviv Fashion Week in 30 years. Dressed in his signature suit and sunglasses, designer Roberto Cavalli kicked off the over-the-top festivities with an encore showing of his Milan Spring 2012 collection, which included a heavy dose of bejeweled gowns.
The local obsession with all things fashion remained in overdrive well after his departure. Attendees — from Israeli housewives with the right connections to television celebrities to supermodels like Esti Ginzburg — clapped for their favorite runway looks, as well as associated props including belly dancers, Arab musicians and, in one case, rooster headdresses courtesy of menswear line Maurizio. We don’t think the headdresses will translate to international fashion, but a few notable designers caught our eye:
Have you been on the lookout for an orange neoprene dress to wear to one of those upcoming holiday parties? How about a matching coat to go with it? Look no further! That ensemble, along with many of Joe Fresh’s other “signature pieces in the contemporary, sportswear, intimates and beauty categories,” has arrived in New York from the Great White North.
The brand’s creative director, Joe Mimran, recently entertained members of the press at the new Joe Fresh boutique in the Flatiron District, one of six locations opened or soon to open in Manhattan. (A Fifth Avenue flagship store is scheduled to welcome shoppers the coming spring.)
The Shmooze has some advice for you if you happen to be a fashion editor waiting to get another look at Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer 2012 collection shown at New York’s Fashion Week in September: Don’t hold your breath.
As it turns out, the entire collection — all 46 looks — has gone missing in transit from Paris to London, where it was to have been shown at a press day event in Jacobs’ store there. In fact, it appears to be a case of theft.
It won’t be quite like Fashion Week in New York, Paris or Milan, but it will be Holon’s biggest fashion week ever. This month, the Mediatheque Cultural Center in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv, will host a fashion-focused event October 24-27 that will include film screenings, an international symposium, master classes taught by international fashion personalities and a fashion show.
The Holon municipality and the Design Museum Holon, which opened in 2010, are behind the fashion week. They are aiming to make a name for their museum and to gain recognition for Holon within the international design community. This, the third annual Fashion Week in Holon, is being produced by produced by Benny Moran Productions in collaboration with the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, the lifestyle channels of Ananey Communications, the Israel Textile and Fashion Association and the Foreign Ministry.
Many questioned Hamas’s fashion sense when they saw the civilian outfit that Gilad Shalit was dressed in for his transfer to Israel during last week’s prisoner swap. They thought it was far from flattering to his thin, malnourished frame and gaunt face. It turns out, however, that Gazans actually thought the collared, checkered shirt the Israel soldier was wearing was the height of style. Consequently, it has been dubbed the “Gilad Shirt” and turned into a must-have item.
Large numbers of the exact shirt, as well as some very similar ones, are now on display in Gazan stores and markets for an average price of $16.50. They are being snatched up like hotcakes, and Gazan shoppers have expressed concern that they will run out.
Forget designer showrooms in the Garment District, modish stores on Madison Avenue, and the latest haute couture from Paris. The stylish place to be last night was at the 92nd Street Y to hear Calvin Klein speak.
Most know the Jewish fashion designer as a name on a fragrance bottle or a logo emblazoned on a pair of jeans. But yesterday, an audience got to hear from the designer himself, as Klein sat down with New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis for a discussion about his life and career.
We’ve noted the recent trend of non-Jewish celebrities and public figures wearing Jewish jewelry. Remember Sarah Palin’s big Magen David pendant and Elijah Wood’s ring inscribed with a quote from Pirkei Avot? Now the Shmooze wonders why Jewish actress Rachel Weisz has started the reverse trend by wearing a cross — and one that costs $6,400.
Weisz, whose full name is Rachel Hannah Weisz and who refused to change her identifiably Jewish name for the sake of her career, can be seen in the Wall Street Journal’s latest glossy fashion supplement modeling menswear-inspired ensembles. The attractive actress looks great in all those tailored pants and jackets, including one outfit comprised of a jacket by Michael Kors, a The Row t-shirt from Barneys and trousers by Pringle of Scotland. The text with that photo also mentions that her bra (noticeable through the sheer t-shirt) is by Dolce & Gabbana and her pendant (that would be the aforementioned cross) is by De Beers.
It was the alcohol and drugs talking, not John Galliano.
That’s the defense being used, predictably, by the English fashion designer, who went on trial in Paris today for anti-Semitic rants made at a restaurant in the French capital in October and February. The comments qualify as criminal hate speech in France, where Galliano faces up to six months in prison and a fine of roughly $32,400.
Galliano, who was fired as the creative director at Christian Dior in March, has repeatedly apologized for the comments, and reportedly entered rehab after being caught on camera declaring, “I love Hitler.” He described himself in court as “a recovering alcoholic, a recovering addict,” and hopes, in his lawyer’s words, to “rebuild himself professionally and personally.” The designer, who is gay, denied being a bigot, telling the court, “I do not have these [anti-Semitic] views, and I have never held them.”
Tel Aviv’s efforts to establish itself as a global fashion center are getting support from one of the industry’s biggest names.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has accepted an invitation to attend Israel’s resurrected Fashion Week, set to run between November 21 and 24 in Tel Aviv. The hope is that the couture tycoon will help to draw top fashion writers and industry insiders from around the world. “Tel Aviv Fashion Week will give an international stage to the city’s designers,” said Moti Reif, a publicist for the event.
The four-day showcase marks the first Tel Aviv Fashion Week since the ’80s, and is viewed as an opportunity to add some additional glamor to Tel Aviv’s international reputation. Organizers will invest $7 million in the event, Israeli news site NRG reports, presumably in the hope that more major names will join Cavalli near the catwalk.
The Shmooze is shocked — shocked! — to report that an anti-Semite and his Jewish lawyer have parted ways.
Depending on your source, Jewish attorney Stephane Zerbib has either quit working for British fashion designer John Galliano — or Galliano fired him. An unnamed source claims Zerbib “had enough” from Galliano, who was fired by the Christian Dior fashion label in March for an anti-Semitic outburst that went viral on YouTube.
But a Galliano spokeswoman claims the opposite is true, and that Galliano dismissed Zerbib weeks ago due to “apparent irregularities in respect to … financial affairs.” (Side note: even if this is true, and we’re interested to see the evidence, accusing a Jewish employee of financial misconduct may not help Galliano rehabilitate his image.
When Hasidim and hipsters have shared headlines in recent years, it’s most often been because of tensions dividing the two communities. So it’s nice, for a change, to see a story about something the two groups have in common — specifically, their love of a distinctive type of headwear.
The New York Times reports that Williamsburg’s hipster population is now embracing the Borsalino, the brand of black fedora long worn by Hasidic men as a way to identify themselves and each other.
John Galliano could be headed from the fashion house to the big house.
French prosecutors have confirmed they’ll press charges against the disgraced designer, who was fired from Christian Dior this week after the release of a video that showed him launching an anti-Semitic tirade at a Paris cafe last fall. Galliano told shocked onlookers, “I love Hitler,” and that their relatives would have been “f—ing gassed” by the Nazis.”