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Natalie Portman’s vintage Oscars gown sells for $50,000!

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The star’s vintage Christian Dior dress, which divided fashion critics at the Oscars, was sold for a phenomenal sum to a couture collector.
Mar 08, 2012 08:30:00 AM by Rebecca Cope

Natalie Portman’s star status proved valuable to couture dress dealers Rare Vintage yesterday, as the vintage Christian Dior gown she wore to the Oscars last month sold for $50,000 at auction.

The company, who Natalie borrowed the dress from, put it up for auction on their site 1stdibs.com once it had been returned, and must have been pleased with the result, with a London-based couture enthusiast getting their hands on the exquisite piece.

The strapless red gown with black polka dots and a full skirt was designed by the legendary couturier Christian Dior back in his hey-day in 1954, just three years before his untimely death. Natalie’s stylist Kate Young thought the dress suited the Oscar-winning actress’ petite frame and chic style, and it was an obvious choice for the Dior Cherie model and Dior ambassador.

While the dress provoked a marmite reaction at the Oscars, it definitely didn’t divide opinion at auction.

Disappointing Vintage at the Oscars

Every year I look forward to the Oscars, not for the awards but for the red carpet.  The elegant gowns, or wild fashion statements, both are equally as exciting to me.  The oohs, and aahs, or huh? as the celebrities try to make the “Best Dressed List”, or one up each other in their uniqueness, originality, exclusivity, and appeal.

You’d think this would make a vintage dress high demand on the Red Carpet, since it tends to exhibit all of these qualities.  Vintage dresses are one of a kind, hard to find, different from what fashion designers are making now, wearable, and well made to flatter the female figure.  You would think this is exactly what every celebrity walking down the red carpet would want.  But apparently not.

Natalie Portman in Vintage 1954 DiorThis years display of vintage at the 2012 Academy Awards was not only disappointly low in number, and equally as disappointing in allure.  Yes, Nathalie Portman wore what by description should have been a stunning vintage dress,  a 1954 Christian Dior red strapless chiffon gown with black polka dots.  Sounds fabulous doesn’t it?  It wasn’t.  It was disappointing.  It wasn’t elegant, it wasn’t classic, it wasn’t sentimental, it wasn’t flattering, it wasn’t special, it wasn’t anything.  Just plain blah, like something a high school girl would have worn to the prom.  I guess vintage hasn’t come as far as we’d like.  That just means us vintage fashionistas have to work harder, showing the world how wearable and how fabulous vintage can be.

Nathalie Portman looksed classicly elegant in a 1954 Christian Dior Haute Couture vintage gown.  The strapless red dress with black polka dots

Off the Movie Screen and Onto The Runway

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No, you’re not seeing double. This season, looks from the most stylish Academy Awards hopefuls leap off the screen and into your wardrobe.
By RACHEL DODES

The Film: ‘My Week With Marilyn’; The Look: Jil Sander | The Film: ‘The Artist’; The Look: Etro

While reading Stieg Larsson’s best seller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” fashion designer Nicola Formichetti fantasized about the book’s badass computer-hacker protagonist, Lisbeth Salander, wearing looks from his spring 2012 collection for the house of Mugler.
 

The Film: ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’, The Look: Mugler

“I love the way she’s shy and awkward but beats up evil men, dyes her hair black, rides a motorcycle,” said the designer, whose collection featured modern, body-conscious looks with sharp shoulders and asymmetrical hems.

Lisbeth, portrayed in David Fincher’s cinematic adaptation by the actress Rooney Mara, is “a modern-day digital superhero—totally what the Mugler woman is about,” said Mr. Formichetti.
As it turns out, “Dragon Tattoo” isn’t the only Academy Awards contender that’s mirrored in the spring collections hitting retailers right around Feb. 26, the date of the Oscars broadcast. The coming season is a veritable fashion cornucopia for cinephiles.

Michelle Williams, who was nominated for her star turn as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn,” could have channeled the bombshell actress’s look in designer Raf Simon’s springtime celebration of midcentury “subtle sexuality” for Jil Sander.

  

The Film: ‘The Help’, The Look: Erdem

The southern belles of “The Help” wouldn’t have looked a bit out of place sipping iced tea and plotting evil schemes in the early-1960s-inspired frocks presented by London designers Erdem and Jonathan Saunders.

And the models on Gucci’s runway, who had all the glamour of the silent-film era, could have seamlessly tap-danced their way onto the set of the best-picture-nominated film “The Artist.”

The house’s designer, Frida Giannini, said she drew inspiration from two icons of the 1920s: silent-film star Louise Brooks and writer/activist Nancy Cunard. The film’s Oscar-nominated actress, Bérénice Bejo, however, was clearly inspired by Ms. Giannini when she decided to wear a beaded Deco number from the collection to the Directors Guild of America Awards on Jan. 28.

“The Artist” costume designer Mark Bridges, who was also nominated for an Oscar, admits that he was surprised by the film’s contemporary appeal among fashion lovers. Because the movie was shot in black and white, Mr. Bridges said he wanted to make sure that the outfits worn by Ms. Bejo had high-contrast designs and light-catching sparkle.

He also shortened the hems on some gowns to make them easier for Ms. Bejo to dance in. Such flourishes made the looks—some of which were actual vintage pieces from the ’20s—feel more current.

“We tried to be as ’20s as possible, but pretty is pretty and we’re always working with a modern eye,” said Mr. Bridges. “It had to feel romantic, so I think that’s appealing to modern sensibilities.”

The big-budget silver-screen adaptation of “Dragon Tattoo” depicts best-actress nominee Ms. Mara zooming around Sweden in tough leather ensembles, flirting with both women and men and talking down to anybody who gets in her way.

If Lisbeth were a real person, she might also be partial to the spring looks of Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens or the American designer Alexander Wang, who showed fitted bustiers and tight pants befitting a Scandinavian superhero; his models walked the runway carrying motorcycle helmets.
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Bérénice Bejo wore a beaded Art Deco dress to the Directors Guild of America Awards on Jan. 28.

“Dragon Tattoo” costume designer Trish Summerville said that she considers Lisbeth’s style to be “nocturnal and subterranean.” For the looks in Mr. Fincher’s version of the story, Ms. Mara wore a mix of custom-designed pieces and store-bought items that were “altered, aged and overdyed,” she said.

Lisbeth “has limited funds to spend on clothing,” said Ms. Summerville, adding that her character would probably buy her clothes at inexpensive Swedish retailers like Cheap Monday and H&M.

Indeed, an interpretation of Salander’s edgy on-screen look, designed by Ms. Summerville herself, was unveiled at H&M in December. Many of the items, such as a leather biker jacket, sold out within days.

Celebrity Style: Vintage at Golden Globes

IT’S A FRIENDLY FASH-OFF!

The fashion press may still be swooning over last night’s Golden Globes but it wasn’t the only red carpet welcoming stylish celebs over the weekend.

Rachel Bilson and Estelle also caught our attention after stepping out in vintage-inspired looks at the 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in LA.

We rarely see Rachel looking everything less than perfect but she really stepped up her game in this ladylike dress. Textured with feathers, chiffon and sparkles, this pretty frock incorporated spring’s hottest trends.

The OC star kept her colours muted with a white clutch and silver heels.

Both ladies completed their look with a retro updo. LOVE!

Estelle looked glam in a long strapless lace dress, accessorised with emerald green heels, statement jewellery and a printed purse. She also added bright red lippy for the finishing touch.

We’re loving Rachel’s look a little more on this one. We like Estelle’s lace but the length of the dress with the tiered hemline reminds us too much of a sweet wrapper.

But what do you guys think? Do you like Rachel and Estelle’s red carpet dresses? And whose do you like more?

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Celebrity Style: Estelle in Vintage Chanel

Estelle In Vintage Chanel – 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala

Yesterday evening I attended the 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in LA, so I was able to meet to all the celebs who hit the red carpet.

British singer Estelle, who performed at the event, was first to arrive.

She looked beautiful wearing a vintage Chanel dress from Decades, who hosted the grand soiree.

Green satin Christian Louboutin peep-toes and a bejeweled Judith Leiber clutch accessorized her navy lace dress with a ruffled hemline.

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Celebrity Style: Emmy Rossum in Vintage Look

Emmy Rossum Wow’s in Vintage Inspired Look

Emmy Rossum looked classically chic as she hit the red carpet for the Shameless season two premiere in NYC last night.

The actress wore an ivory beaded dress from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 collection and paired it with jeweled accessories.

STORY: Is Emmy Rossum Shameless?

A Ralph Lauren clutch covered in Swarovski crystals and blush metallic suede Jesilla sandals created the classic 1920s flapper look.

The 25-year-old ingenue also wore Ralph Lauren vintage jewelry that included a diamond bracelet, earrings and moonstone ring. Her hair and makeup helped pull together the perfect red carpet look.

The second season of Shameless, which profiles an alcoholic man who lives with his six children, is set to premiere on Showtime Sunday, January 8th at 9pm.

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Kirsten Dunst on Vintage Shopping

Kirsten Dunst on VintageIn a recent interview for Lucky Magazine, Kirsten Dunst said “If I am going to invest in a piece, I want it to last.  My motto is shop $10 vintage and save for that special piece you’ll have forever”.  Now isn’t that refreshing; a girl who can afford to buy anything she wants, and who is known for her great sense of style, still prefers to shop affordable vintage.  Now if we could just get her to shop at Back In Style…

Gillian Anderson in vintage Christian Dior

Gillian Anderson In Vintage Christian Dior Couture – InStyle Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Party

November 24th, 2011
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Gillian Anderson isn’t usually one to catch my eye, but she did at InStyle Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Party in London on Tuesday night.

The actress looked ethereally beautiful wearing a Christian Dior 1970s Couture dress.

Her simple cap sleeve belted dress had a wrap skirt that split to reveal her silver pumps.

What blows my mind are her emerald Adler earrings and her flawless makeup.

Gillian wore her hair straight, pulled back and side parted, which allowed her earrings to sparkle to their fullest.

I think this is the best she’s ever looked, even though I would’ve preferred silver sandals.

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Celebrity Style: Giovanna Battalia in Vintage YSL

Giovanna Battaglia ❘ Vintage YSL

I remember seeing Giovanna after she nabbed this iconic vintage YSL tunic. She was so happy that she had found it. Me too, she looks stunning in it. Love how she styles it over a pencil skirt and pairs it with gorgeous black and white strappy pumps. Très Chic!It’s always amazing when you find gems like Giovanna’s. Let me know if you find something special today at the markets or in the shops. Have fun!

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