Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied got married this weekend! They did it under a chuppah in Big Sur, California. But on to the important details: Grazia, which claims to have seen "sneaky snaps" of the dress, reports:
Picture this, if you will: a classic white frock in a '50s stylee, full-skirted with a nipped in waist and a midi hemline. Yep, no floor-sweepers for our Nat. The sleeves are long and sheer and the design is fuss-free. As for the veil, a waft of chiffon cascaded to her lower back from a floral headband worn over loose brunette waves. The look was topped off with a classic pair of nude heels.
There is speculation that Portman may have worn Dior couture. She is a face of the house and several gowns from Raf Simons' recent collection seem to fit the above description — or could have been made to with the addition of sheer sleeves. UPDATE: In Touch is reporting that the dress was Rodarte. Portman is friends with the designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy and wore Rodarte to the Academy Awards in 2011. You can see some rude (but now no doubt amply compensated) guest's bad cell-phone picture of the dress here. [Grazia]
- London businesses — especially retailers and restaurants located in the central city — have seen a steep drop in foot traffic and sales since the start of the Olympics. Malls located near the Olympic Village have seen an increase. The managing director of Liberty London says, "The regular local London customer has clearly fled the city, and the tourist traffic has been sporadic. We are trading just slightly up to last year, and luckily we benefit from our location between Regent and Carnaby streets. But from what I see and hear, it's a bloodbath around town." [WWD]
- Hedi Slimane thinks it's "interesting" that some people were surprised by his plans to change the Yves Saint Laurent brand name to Saint Laurent Paris. (But not for cosmetics, perfumes, or anything else that moves because it has a YSL stamped on it. Just for the high-end collection Slimane will design.) "It is interesting to see how much reaction this retro branding has created," says the designer. (The "Saint Laurent Paris" logo is based on one used by the house in the 1960s.) "Clearly, this period of the history of the house was not well-known, which I trust was a surprise for Pierre Bergé. I went back to 1966 — just before the events of 1968, but the awakening of youth was in the air, and Yves Saint Laurent wanted to dissociate himself from the clientele of haute couture and embrace this new generation." Remember that scene in Lagerfeld Confidential when Karl is talking with a show producer and a PR about where the photographers are going to be stationed before a Chanel show, and he gets flustered by the thought that Nicole Kidman might get chased by some wire-service ogre? And he says something like, "Mais ça serait un bordel! On peut pas avoir '68 ici!" And in that moment you realize that Karl Lagerfeld, this dude who spends his days powdering his hair and saying shit like, "I'm the most superficial man on earth" and "I have no human feelings" might actually, deep down, be a scary octogenarian arch-conservative, like insofar as that dude has a political outlook it is that of an unreconstructed droitiste, and the sudden change of tone is actually a little jarring? Someone with more time than we have to write this post could probably do something about the meaning of the '68 protests in French fashion. Slimane, unlike Lagerfeld, of course didn't live through them. But then Lagerfeld lost all that weight just so he could fit into Slimane's suits, so there's that. [Vogue UK]
- Bill Blass has fired its entire women's wear design team — including creative director Jeffrey Monteiro — and canceled the show that was scheduled to walk at New York fashion week in September. The decision is a costly one, reports Women's Wear Daily:
With 90 percent of the spring 2013 collection completed and about $250,000 worth of Italian fabrics in the company's Fifth Avenue offices, staffers were surprised by the decision to cancel the show. Stylist George Cortina, whose day job is fashion director for Japanese Vogue, had already been paid in full, one source said. The venue, the Union League Club, had also been secured, as had the production company and a public relations firm.
- Oh hey. Sebastian Simon — one of the striking "real people" who was cast in Lanvin's fall ads — signed with a German agency and made Models.com's Model of the Week. [Models.com]
- Revenues at Prada rose year-on-year by 36.5% during the first six months of this year, to $1.9 billion. [WWD]
- A minority share in Anya Hindmarch's business changed hands for $108.5 million. An outfit called Kelso Place Asset Management sold its long-held stake to a private Qatari investment group. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Jamie Hince. Jamie, what did the sight of Kate Moss frying bacon in her underwear do for you?
‘I was vegan for about 20 years,' says Jamie slowly. ‘But then… the thing that really tipped me over the edge was when I first met Kate, had just started seeing her, and I walked into the kitchen and she was in her underwear making me a bacon sandwich. She didn't know I was vegan, and I was like… all my principles went out of the window.' He smiles sheepishly. ‘Or my priorities went right.'