FashionFeed: The Best ‘Best-Of’ Lists of 2011

● Fashionista’s roundup of top fashion editorials features that memorable Vogue spread with the ageless Natalia Vodianova cuddling with stylish wunderkinds Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld. [Fashionista]

● Here’s a roundup of the 10 best pop-up stores of the year, which includes Nicola Formichetti’s spectacular concept store. [Racked NY]

● Derek Blasberg’s best-dress of 2011 features a mix of obvious choices (Alexa Chung, Kate Moss), but also includes some surprises, like breakout star Elizabeth Olsen. [Harper’s Bazaar]

● Cathy Horyn’s picks for notable moments in fashion range from the John Galliano debacle to Giovanna Battaglia’s gravity-defying Stephen Sprouse gown at the Cannes Film Festival. [NYT]

● Fashion Gone Rogue’s best beauty editorials include Anais Pouilot‘s striking braid game and Joudan Dunn’s intricate headwear in Vogue Paris.  [FGR]

● Some of this year’s top fashion magazine covers include a crying Hailee Steinfeld for LOVE and a provocatively positioned butterfly for Garage.  [Styleite]

 

FashionFeed: Cats in Lanvin, Stars in Classic Paintings

Hint asked illustrator Larissa Haily Aguado to superimpose cat heads on looks from Lanvin’s FW11 collection, and the results are hilariously purrrfect. [Hint]

● Beyonce as Queen Elizabeth I and Justin Beiber as The Blue Boy? Sure, why not. [MTV Style]

● The apple doesn’t fall too far from the supermodel tree. Check out Kate Moss’ 13-year-old half-sis Lottie looking fierce and not 13 in her first modeling gig. [HuffPo]

● Tween blogger Tavi Gevinson and actress/stylesetter Hailee Steinfeld went to the happiest place on Earth together, and—spoiler alert—they had tons of fun! [Styleite]

● New York’s The Lake & Stars teamed up with Nike to design a sweet Air Force 1 style? Shut the front door. [Highsnobette]

● If you find yourself in LA this weekend, be sure to swing by THREAD at the famed Cooper Design Space in DTLA this Sunday and scoop up some choice threads from some of today’s best indie fashion talents. [Thread]

Do We Ever Need to See ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Again? Apparently Lots of People Think So

Did you know that there’s a new version of Romeo and Juliet set to hit movie theaters this year? It’s got an all-star cast: Hailee Steinfeld (remember when True Grit was a thing?) as Juliet, Damian Lewis as her father, Ed Westwick as her cousin, and Paul Giamatti as that stupid priest who literally screws everything up. Good lord, people, do I hate Romeo and Juliet. I wouldn’t have much of an opinion, probably, if I hadn’t seen about fifteen different versions of it. Of course, Shakespeare’s classic tale of horny teenagers whose parents hate each other is pretty much entry-level Elizabethan drama, which means that everyone loves it. Everyone loves it so much that it’s coming back to Broadway with Orlando Bloom (thank God he’s working again) and Condola Rashad (Phylicia’s daughter). I suppose you can guess what new spin this production will give to this old, tired play. I could go on, but no one needs another lengthy blog post about Romeo and Juliet, either.

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Snaps from the British Fashion Council’s Closing Party in LA

Last night, London’s top talent flocked to Mondrian Hotel’s Skybar to celebrate the culmination of BFC’s LONDON show ROOMS debut in Los Angeles. While participating designers like Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, and Nicholas Kirkwood kicked back some well-deserved boozy beverages, everyone from Hailee Steinfeld (wearing Katrantzou with the designer, above) to Anna Wintour stopped by to show some love. Peep some party snaps after the jump.

image CFDA CEO Steven Kolb with 2011 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Joseph Altuzarra.

image More Vogue Fashion Fund finalists: Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of CUSHNIE et OCHS, and Carlos Campos.

image Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos with Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer.

image SUNO’s Erin Beatty with Erdem.

image Wintour in deep thought with Jonathan Sanders.

Photos: Courtesy of BFC/WireImage

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Chloë Moretz Considers Elle Fanning & Hailee Steinfeld Fashion Icons

Luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter launch an interactive magazine earlier this year, which raised the bar for e-commerce sites and their new focus on editorial integration. Their latest issue features creative collaborations with a slew of top names, including an NYC hotspot roundup with designer Eddie Borgo, and a style chat with 14-year-old starlet Chloë Moretz.

In the 5-question interview with the actress turned fashion phenom, we learn that her style profile is well beyond her years, noting that her wardrobe essentials include tees by Vivienne Westwood, and that meeting Miuccia Prada was one of her top fashion highlights. Regarding who she considers fashion icons in the making, she gives a sweet shout out to her fellow young actresses: “Elle Fanning looks so cool in Rodarte and Hailee Steinfeld wears some great stuff too,” she says. “They both stretch boundaries, showing what teen actors are made of. We’re the next generation so we’ve got to rev it up a little bit.”

It’s refreshing to see Moretz, Fanning, and Steinfeld so supportive of one another at a young age, considering that they’ve all pretty much become sartorial muses at the same time. From features in LOVE magazine and Vogue, they constantly look for new ways to work together, rather than knock each other down.

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FashionFeed: New Phone App from Agency, New No-Phone Rule from Jessica Stam

● Select Model Management has launched a new model discovery app that allows wannabe models to submit their photo and specs to the UK agency direct from their phone. [Fashion Copious] ● On the flip side, model veteran Jessica Stam wants everyone to stop using their phones during dinner so bad that she makes everyone put theirs in a big bowl beforehand. [HuffPost]

● In today’s random collaboration news, Spanish label Desigual is designing a range of clothing and accessories with Cirque du Soleil. [HighSnobette] ● The first image of Hailee Steinfeld’s Miu Miu ad is here, and we’re digging the True Grit vibe. [HuffPost] ● Cathy Horyn thinks that John Galliano deserves a second chance. Do you? [NYT]

FashionFeed: Forever Young in Vogue, Forever Cool in Fendi

● What do Natalia Vodianova, Chloë Moretz, Elle Fanning, and Hailee Steinfeld have in common? They’re all featured in an adorable editorial in the May issue of Vogue. [Fashionista] ● With the debut of a collection for kids, now every generation can rock a little Fendi. [Styleite]

● Is that you, Leeloo? Interview‘s latest editorial takes a cue from the ’90s sci-fi film The Fifth Element. [Interview] ● Check out one of our favorite Aussie models, Bambi Northwood Blyth, looking oh-so-fierce in May’s Harper’s Bazaar Spain. [Design Scene] ● And here’s Lou Doillon modeling bikinis for a French mail-order catalog. [The Cut]

SS11 Gowns We’d Love to See at the Oscars

The Academy Awards are this weekend, and while those in the biz will likely spend the next few days primping for the big event, the rest of us have to worry about what pajamas to wear and what snacks to eat when we watch the show at home. Perhaps the best part of home viewing is the petty-comedic jabber during the red carpet arrivals. From “What the hell is she wearing?” to “I’m literally obsessed with that dress,” the Oscars are like the Olympics of glamour, and we can’t help but make our own calls about who deserves the gold medal. In the spirit of fashion month, we’ve selected a few looks from the 2011 spring collections that we’re hoping to see on some of our favorite top-nominated starlets.

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Although she’s the face of the Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, we can’t help but envision pregnant Black Swan actress Natalie Portman draped in Chanel haute couture for the Oscars. The shimmering crystal bead embroidery and relaxed shape make for a dazzling statement, without sacrificing comfort. image

While not everyone loved Michelle Williams‘ Valentino gown at the Golden Globes, there’s no denying that the Blue Valentine star knows how to have fun with fashion. The whimsical chiffon ruffles, lace embroidery, and cascading hemline of this Marchesa dress are elegant, with just the right amount of edge. image

As a salute to old Hollywood style, we thought this couture number from Elie Saab would be a great way for newcomer Jennifer Lawrence to make her mark without trying to be too avant-garde. The cut is feminine and fresh for the Winter’s Bone actress, and the blush hue is a nice change from the bolder colors she’s been wearing this awards season.

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Stylists for young actresses are always in a tricky situation. They want their girl to look both fashion-forward and age-appropriate. Stars like Kristin Stewart wear Reem Acra for her new youthful approach to eveningwear, like pairing this delicate gold sequined gown with a tough leather belt. We also think this touch is a nice nod to Hailee Steinfeld’s role in True Grit.

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When it comes to style, we all know that Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t give a damn what we think. I mean, at the Golden Globes she wore two different color shoes with her Vivienne Westwood frock, and totally meant it. Besides Westwood, there aren’t many other designers that understand Carter’s brilliant-bizarre vision, which is why we turned to none other than Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture collection for inspiration. It was a toss-up between these two looks, so our hope is that she wears one to the show and one to the after-party, mismatched shoes and all.

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‘True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld on Her Screen Debut & the Coens’ Amazing Synchronicity

Here’s at BlackBook, we’ve been on a little bit of a Hailee Steinfeld kick. We included the 14-year-old actress in our 2011 New Regime, and last week, put her toe-to-toe with Elle Fanning to determine who gave the best tween performance of 2010 (apologies to Chloe Moretz). Steinfeld won, and since that victory, she’s continued to rack up accolades for her screen debut as the plucky Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ square-jawed Western, True Grit. Last week, the Screen Actors guild nominated her for Best Supporting Actress – despite the film centering on her character’s quest for revenge – and she also won the Chicago Film Critics award for Best Supporting Actress. At this point, an Oscar nomination seems more like a probability than a possibility. Here’s Steinfeld speaking about how she beat out 15,000 girls for the role and what it’s like working with the brothers Coen.

Are you getting used to all this new attention? I don’t know if I’m getting used to it. It’s still a first for me. I guess it’s something I have to get used to, but it’s definitely something I enjoy. This is such a huge journey for me, and it’s such an amazing time in my life, and every day is a new day and I have something to look forward to.

How has your life changed on a day-to-day basis? I’m much busier, but my life at home with my family, that hasn’t changed, and I don’t think it’s going to change. I think everything is practically perfect in every way, and I just want to keep it that way.

Why did you choose to be homeschooled instead of attending a typical school? It was actually half and half. Some of it had to do with the acting— the school was really not supportive of me leaving to shoot–and the other half was social issues. Now that I’m homeschooled, it’s been a lot easier, a lot more flexible.

What was the path like that led you to True Grit? Were you trying to land a part like this? Honestly, when it came along, it was just kind of that idea that whoever gets this, it’s like winning the lottery. It felt like that one-in-a million opportunity. I don’t think I really thought it through. You would think that from me doing a couple shorts and a couple of guest stars, I would work my way up to doing a movie like True Grit, but it really felt that I went from A to Z with this one.

What made you want to be an actress? Up until I was 8 years old, I had tried every type of dance and every kind of sport, but I didn’t stick with anything, I just kind of jumped from one thing to the next, and it was hard for my parents because they invested a lot of time and money. But I had an older cousin who at the time did some Barbie doll commercials, and that was absolutely all I was into. It was a huge inspiration for me.

Did you leave your final True Grit audition feeling confident? You know, I went in that room feeling like what I thought was Mattie Ross. I was dressed in character, I was prepared, and I think that was the first time that I didn’t doubt myself in the 5 or 6 years that I’ve been doing this. There was something about this project, something about having the connection right there with the guys, that didn’t make me doubt myself. I was really confident walking out, and I had that idea in the back of my mind that if it wasn’t this, I’d be seeing them soon anyway.

How familiar were you with the Coen brothers’ work before this? Of course I knew who the Coens were, but I hadn’t seen too many of their movies. Most of them are really bizarre. But the ones that I have seen are really incredible. And now after working with them for as long as I did, and seeing really what it’s like behind the camera and how things really go down, it’s more fun for me to watch Coen brothers films now. I know what to look for.

Has making a film like this changed the way you watch them? Yes, it’s hard. I’ll go to the movies with my friends and they’ll literally tell me, Hailee, don’t say anything, just let us watch the movie. I’ll be pointing out everything there is to know about everything. But I try my hardest not to pay attention to the little things. image

People still consider you a child actress, but you’re already a teenager, so you won’t be playing children for much longer. Are you prepared for that? Yeah, I am, actually. It’s not exactly a problem, but I have this thing where I’m very tall for my age, so I’ve kind of been pushed to go for the older roles. When I was 12, I did a pilot where I played a 15 year old. I have an older brother—this has nothing to do with it—but my brother used to play football, and I would cheer for his team, but he’s 3 years older than me, so I would always be with older girls. I think I’m a little bit more mature, well, so I’ve been told.

How did the Coens treat you compared to the other actors on set? They were very patient with me, and they were very open to working with any idea that I had, which was amazing. They never made me feel intimated, and always made me feel like I was part of the team. Honestly, I feel like they treated me exactly like they treated the other actors. Maybe they would give me a bit more… what’s the word?

Pointers. Exactly. But other than that, they were just—god, the way they work is so amazing/ The way they work together as brothers, and their connection as brothers is incredible.

Can you describe how they work together, and how it related to you? Joel did most of the directing, at least with me. I would go one-on-one with Joel if I ever needed help with anything. I love my brother to death, but I don’t think I could ever direct a film with him. Nothing would ever get done. They’re always on the same page, they always agree with each other. If one of them has an idea, the other one encourages it. You’ll ask a question and they’ll both answer the same exact thing.

What was the biggest learning curve for you on set? The entire thing. I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, but I see where exactly where I want to be. I have a vision now for my career, to have one like all of my costars have had.

What is it like working with those three guys? Those are three of the best actors working today and you got to work with all of them. From day one, they really made me feel like I was one of them. I feel like I learned more from their actions than I did from any of their words. And I feel like what I’ve learned will come out in my next performance. It’s hard when I get that question–what have you learned –because you just take it all in. If you were to spend 10 minutes with one of the guys, you would get it. They just leave such an impact on you. All of them have such an incredible presence.

I would imagine you’re getting a lot of scripts sent to you by people who haven’t even seen the film. Yeah, it’s crazy because I’ll go to these events and I’ll go to some general meetings, and these people are like, We heard you’re amazing. And it’s like, oh my god, you haven’t seen anything, I don’t want you to be disappointed or anything.

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Photography by Santiago Sierra.