Guests streamed onto the lawn of the 23,000 sq ft estate in the rugged mountains overlooking Palm Springs - a modernist vision in steel, concrete and glass swept into one structure with a giant curving arch.
These were not your usual Palm Springs residents. The fashion set, dressed to the nines and sipping champagne, had flown in from all corners of the world for one show, Louis Vuitton's second destination cruise catwalk. And for the second time this year - the first being Coachella - fashion eyes were on this quiet pocket of California's Sonoran Desert.
The front row was star studded: actresses Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Williams and Catherine Deneuve, rapper Kanye West and model Miranda Kerr were there, as well as Bernard Arnault, LVMH's chairman and CEO. Being only the second proper cruise show for the French powerhouse brand (a tradition started under its director of women's collections Nicolas Ghesquiere), expectations were high.
Under the grand copper arch of the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, designed by John Lautner, the models started walking out as the sun began to sink on the horizon. The romantic futurism of the setting was not lost on the guests.
Silhouettes were much looser than Ghesquiere has done before at Louis Vuitton, with flowing dresses tinged with bohemian attitude, loose long skirts, free yet feminine shapes cinched at the waist with wide belts crossed over at the front - some leather and with metal rivets. If most of the outfits were quite covered up, waist and hips were revealed seductively on each side. And long dresses were modernised, with zippers down the front and curious, square-cut fabric collars and sleeves.
It was a look that had some familiar elements but, Ghesquiere's alchemy rendered it bold, fresh and, dare I say it (since it can be a rarity on high-fashion runways), also rather comfortable. As eyes scanned down, we're pleased to report the trend for flats is going nowhere soon, with chunky lace-up boots and even flip-flops.
"The collection was pure and futuristic, just like the location," says Hong Kong-based celebrity stylist Sean Kunjambu who attended the show. "The desert, the cactus and the '70s vibe of the location went well with the collection."
Ghesquiere mastered many textures - romantic prairie dresses revamped with crocheted leathers (now a signature favourite at LV) or studs. Other dresses were in intricate stained glass or chain patterns. Bold, vinyl prints made it onto high-waisted shorts and tribal geometric versions, while shimmering coloured sequins lent a magical sheen.
Toughening up the look were textured bombers that were young, commercial and jaunty. A red, soft-leather dress, frilled at the collar and laser cut with LV's famous four-petal motif was one of those hero pieces that caught the eye of many stylists.
"I loved how [Ghesquiere] put a futuristic element into a boho way of dressing. Those bags are to die for," says Kunjambu.
Later in the evening, a cocktail after-party kicked off in the gardens of the Parker hotel. A surprise awaited guests in a clearing through a maze of hedges: a mini fairground and disco had been set up. Awash in neon lights and loud music, the scene was like a celebration of vintage Americana. Guests let loose, crashing into each other on bumper cars and enjoyingDance Dance Revolution machines at the arcade centre. Others formed a line to play the claw machine, which offered LV pouches and purses as prizes.
This kind of destination gala is becoming popular among the biggest luxury fashion brands. Chanel led the way years ago; Dior did something similar in Cannes, and Gucci will soon follow suit.
Away from fast and furious fashion weeks, where the democratisation of fashion makes it seem a lot less exclusive than before, the expensive endeavours of destination pre-collection shows have become a key spot on the calendar for monopolising the attention of VIPs and press.Read more here:yellow formal dresses
Of course wallet is a must-carry in your handbag, but apart from the regular stuff, one must have a mini summer kit in their handbag this summer. Check if you have these following things in your handbag before you step out in this scorching heat.
Try to carry a mini-umbrella in your kit. This will help you to protect your skin from sun tan and dehydration.
One cannot maintain the freshness of the face all day this summer. But, a compact will help to an extent. Compact powder not only removes excess oil on your face, but also hydrates the skin and makes you look clean and fresh.
If you feel tired or look a bit dull, just wipe your face with wet wipes and refresh yourself.
Hairpins and hair bands
In this hot sun, leaving the hair loose is not a comfortable option. Even if you do so, you may need a hairpin or a hair band to tie it up some time during your travel. So, always put a few hair pins and hair bands in your bags for an instant hair-do. Also, hair tends to be frizzy this season, so hairstyles do not hold for long and hence you will definitely need these.
It is better to be safe and avoid picking up infections.So, pin up a small sanitizer in your handbag and clean your hands as often as you need to.
Always carry a small water bottle in your bag. You will not know when you may need one during the day .Since parched throat might cause dehydration, this is a must-carry .
Summer means frequent sweating and deos are a must-carry to keep you fresh. Sweat also can make you stink and staying odourfree is important. Always carry a fragrant deo to smell good this summer.
Keep a small towel in your handbag. You may wash your face and hands quite often at your work place this season, and having a small towel could come in handy in drying yourself.
Don't forget to take your sunglasses. They might be worn as a style statement during other seasons, but during summer, they help you escape the heat. Also choose glasses, preferably wraparound ones, that offer complete UV protection.
Just keep a stole, preferably made of cotton, in your handbag as this might help you cover your head when you have to walk in the sun. It also helps to protect your hair.Read more here:vintage formal dresses
Puberty Blues and Offspring producer Imogen Banks and Hollywood actor Naomi Watts split the entertainment category while indigenous filmmaker and actor Leah Purcell took home the arts and culture award at the annual InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards.
“The really lovely thing about these awards is that, yes, we have categories like entertainment where of course the names are more instantly recognisable but we also have the opportunity to recognise women in other fields that aren’t celebrated as much such as science, community and business,” InStyle editor Emily Taylor said.
Shark Tank judge and Boost Juice founder Janine Allis won the business gong while Lorraine Foster, owner of The Vintage Clothing Shop, secured the fashion award. Taylor said women across the 10 categories were aged between 24 and 70.
“That speaks to the fact style is ageless and that women are inspiration whether they are very young or more senior in their careers,” she said.
“There are women of so many different generations making an impact in this country.”
Mecca Cosmetica’s Jo Horgan won the beauty category, Sibella Court took out the lifestyle award and Yassmin Abdel-Magied was recognised for her charity work.
For the science and environment category, the nod went to Melanoma Institute Australia’s Dr Georgina Long with Marita Cheng securing the style scholarship and plus-size model Robyn Lawley named the readers’ choice.
A Place To Call Home’s Marta Dusseldorp hosted the night with those presenting awards including Asher Keddie, Jessica Mauboy, Collette Dinnigan, Gillian Armstrong and Claudia Karvan.
Meanwhile, organisers upped the ante with this year’s goodie bag. Arguably the best haul of the party circuit each year, the contents were worth more than $1500 and included a carry-on suitcase, beauty products, perfume, an umbrella and candle.
Hot couples Lindy and Michael Klim and Anthony Minichiello and Terry Biviano, actress Asher Keddie, model Jesinta Campbell, singer Jessica Mauboy and Kyly Clarke were among the A-listers who were front row and centre at the glitzy sit-down dinner.
Also among the 300 guests who stormed the red carpet were Seven personalities Tom Williams and Kylie Gillies, model Samantha Harris, singer Megan Washington and designers Alexandra and Genevieve Smart.
There were 10 gongs up for grabs on the night in categories including entertainment, arts and culture, fashion and business.Read more here:bridesmaid dresses australia