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  • #16
    Nina Dobrev's stylist explains how they customized her Met Gala outfit:
    It includes a pic of the original design they worked from.
    Inspired by the Costume Institute’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, this year’s Met Gala was something like a celebrity Project Runway challenge, leaving more than a few stars scrambling — and failing — to dress the part.
    Amid the sea of spikes, heavy eye makeup, and black nail polish, Nina Dobrev stood out in a look that was sexy, chic, and just the right amount of punk. How did she do it? Stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who has worked with the Vampire Diaries star since the 2011 Emmys, gave EW all the details.
    Although Urbinati says she “grew up listening to punk,” the initial inspiration for Dobrev’s ensemble came from a designer who’s best known for creating ultra-feminine wedding dresses.

    “You go to the Met Gala if you’re invited by a designer, so when Nina got the invitation from Monique Lhuillier, we knew [she would wear] Monique,” the stylist explains. “We started off by looking at the fall runway, and there was a look that I really loved. It had the pants, the lace leggings with a skirt over it and long, lace sleeves. It was pretty punk — we were lucky because the collection had a lot of goth lace and leather — but very covered up to the neck. We wanted to do a little more skin on the top.”

    Urbinati asked Lhuillier to customize the look using details from a gown she’s seen in one of the designer’s previous collections. “It had the bustier with the leather harness, so we asked Monique to [use] the top from that gown,” says Urbinati. “That’s how it works with custom gowns, you Frankenstein the looks together and try to make them look cohesive.”

    Dobrev herself came up with the idea to add a little extra volume to the skirt to keep it from tripping her up as she navigated the Met’s grand staircase. (Lhuillier used horsehair to help keep the hem in place.) “Nina always has a lot of input,” says Urbinati. “She knows her body and what works.”

    Once star, designer, and stylist were all happy with the design, Urbinati and Dobrev selected rock-chic jewelry from Kimberly McDonald and collaborated with the hair and makeup team to pull the together. “For every event I always put together a photo book of inspirations for hair and makeup. The wrong hair or makeup can ruin the look,” the stylist explains of Dobrev’s 80′s shaved-effect hairstyle and smokey eye. The finished result: A head-to-toe look that wasn’t over-the-top. “It fit the scene but didn’t look completely out of character [for Nina].”

    Urbinati’s thought’s on the many Met Gala fashion misses?
    “There’s such a fine line with the theme in that you wanted it to be an inspiration and not a literal interpretation. I actually grew up listening to punk and I grew up on Vivenne Westwood and Comme des GarÁons — really rebellious designers — so I definitely have an understanding of the concept, but at the same time, you have to keep in mind the person you’re dressing and the designer you’re working with,” the stylist says. “When you watch it and you’re seeing people not adhere to the theme at all, it’s so disappointing. But you also watch people do way too much and that’s sort of scary.”

    The stylist’s picks — besides her own client, of course — for best dressed: “I loved Rooney Mara in Givenchy. I know there was a little bit of weirdness because people were saying the dress had been worn before by Penelope Cruz, but whatever, it’s punk! Who cares? I thought she was beautiful and I thought it was a beautiful interpretation,” Urbinati says. “I thought Kerry Washington looked awesome [in Vera Wang]. She always looks amazing to me. I think she’s one of the best styled girls. I loved, obviously, Sarah Jessica Parker, her [Giles Deacon] outfit was just so cool. She can really pull that kind of stuff off and I love that she always goes for it. I feel like you’re just never disappointed [by her].”

    Urbinati, who will style Doberv for the CW network’s upfronts presentation next week, says we can look forward to seeing the actress take more risks on the red carpet. “We’re trying to evolve a little bit. [Nina] just wore Thakoon for the first time. That was really different for her. We did the Versace dress at the Great Gatsby premiere and that was her first time wearing Versace. I don’t ever want to have her stuck in a rut,” the stylist explains. “The thing is, Nina’s [tastes are] very classic, but we’re trying to go a little bit edgier, to start wearing cool, new young designers. Between the two of us, we kind of dream things up.”
    I really didn't like either the Thakoon *or* the Versace Nina wore last week, but I do appreciate the willingness to try new things.

    Here is the Thakoon:

    The Versace:


    • #17
      I didn't like the Thakoon (and OMG the hair) but I loved the Versace.

      I think they improved the original! So.much.lace.


      • #18
        Do you think this is legit? Crazy...

        'She loves fashion... this means her drawings will become a reality': Suri Cruise, 7, to 'launch her own fashion range'
        Last edited by Laura; 05-11-2013, 03:56 AM.


        • #19
          That sounds totally like something Toledo would think was a GENIUS idea.


          • #20
            Hasn't this been reported once or twice before?
            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


            • #21
              This was MY idea of designing fashions at age 7:


              • #22

                I loved those so hard.

                I was also a determined collector of those really thick bridal fashion magazines in the 80s. I used to cut pieces of dresses out and collage them together to make Frankenbridal designs. SO CREATIVE.


                • #23
                  Fashion plates were the best! They allowed you to draw clothes without having to actually have any drawing talent.


                  • #24
                    I LOVED Fashion Plates SO MUCH.

                    And I loved 80s bridal magazines as well. When I was getting married I kept this cray binder of my stuff (pre-Pinterest!) and I happened to find my "dream dress" from the 1980s (that I had apparently pasted onto a piece of black construction paper--no clue why) in a drawer at my mom's house. It was a stiff lace bunch of insanity. It was this super stiff lace strapless dress that had a HUGE train (Princess Di-inspired, I'm sure) AND a stiff lace jacket that went over the whole thing with this huge collar. It was a HOT MESS. And it had a fancy matching headpiece. I thought it was incredibly glamorous!
                    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


                    • #25
                      My daughter likes the online dress up games, but it's not the same somehow.

                      Anyway, seems the Suri story was another made-up press story, though maybe Holmes & Yang might be planning a kids line - who knows?


                      • #26
                        JLaw in Cannes:

                        What is that even I don't know what.

                        Apron. Flowers. Woman's face? Weird.

                        I like her hair, though.


                        • #27
                          It looks like a child painted with water colors on that dress.


                          • #28
                            The shape is weird.


                            • #29
                              Her hair looks fabulous, but the looks comfortable! It reminds me of Emma Stone's outer pockets peplum.

                              I'm digging up my Fashion Plates this weekend. Is, you gotta scan this dream dress.


                              • #30
                                I have not been a fan of Raf's takeover of Dior. I think he's been received well by the fashion power players, but I just don't like his collections so far and feel like he's done a disservice to both Marion and JLaw. They're great spokeswomen and are both really loyal about wearing the brand, but they look so meh so much of the time when it should be easy to make them look amazing. I know Galliano is crazy and he basically left Dior with no choice but to give him the boot, but that dude could make some dresses.