“Heart Plucker” ring, $15,500. Solange Azagury-Partridge, 809 Madison Avenue, 212.879.9100
“It was amazing to create a ring with a specific purpose, with an implicit undercurrent of violence. To make it look like a part of Ravenna’s armor and also beautiful at the same time,” says Azagury-Partridge.
Real life ladies looking to mimic the tough queen look can place a special order for the ring at the designer’s Madison Avenue boutique (it can also be custom made with precious stones). Young maiden’s heart not included.
Theron: © 2012 Universal Studios
Living room with USM Modular Furniture Installation designed by Ghiora Design Studio
Play room with Tom Fruin MAXIKIOSCO house
Dining room with Ovando: Floral Design and Event Production Hanging Trees, Alex Gil (Spacecutter) 'Monolith' dining table, Pablo Piatti 'Tropical Birds' wallpaper mural (Tres Tintas Barcelona)
Photograph by Nick Ferrari; Photography Assistant: Kristina Williams
Left to right: Rubik at the 2012 Met Gala and at the Closing Ceremony for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
From Angelina Jolie’s now infamous right leg-baring Oscar gown to more modest versions worn by Kate Middleton and Kristen Stewart, the high slit dress has been making the red carpet rounds. But Anja Rubik is perhaps the first to display true dedication to the look. Mere weeks after showing off her right pubic bone—and waxing aesthetician’s skills—in a white Anthony Vaccarello design, whose exuberant slashings left nothing to the imagination, Rubik was at it again at the Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony this weekend in a sheer, black cheongsam-style Roberto Cavalli number that showed the full length of her left leg. We’re so glad to see her giving both legs their due attention.
Read our tips on how to get equally enviable gams.
Photos: Sherly Rabbani & Josephine Solimene and Getty Images
A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando, 1951
American Gigolo, Richard Gere, 1980
Cruising, Al Pacino, 1980
Our June It Girl dissected a long laundry list of wardrobe favorites, a newfound penchant for hot sauce and her love of denim (yes, she’ll even rock a Canadian Tuxedo). Read on for more.
Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor
Define your style in three words: Boyishly girlie, casual, chic.
Daily uniform: Black jeans, vintage tee, ankle boots.
Greatest hits: I was recently given a dress by this clothing line called Wren, it’s a long dress with space printed on it, with cut outs near the waist. I’ve been living in it. I also got one of the Christopher Kane rainbow dresses for my birthday, I was so obsessed with that entire collection so that’s gotta be up there in terms of favorite pieces. When I was in NYC recently, I got a dress from a store called American Two Shot, it’s a jean tank top dress [by Dusen Dusen] with some white paisley prints on it. I just got it but it shot to the top of my list of favorites. There’s also my vintage Corvette t-shirt that I stole from one of my best friends a few years back. My cashmere mulberry sweater with the printed pear on it is one of my ultimate favorite sweaters ever—I get so many compliments on that thing! My friend recently gave me a vintage Bijan men’s denim shirt, it’s super comfortable and easy. And of course my vintage floral dresses…
A Wren dress, Celine bag, Christopher Kane dress and Bijou shirt
Preferred footwear: Isabel Marant Dicker boots—since I got those I stopped wearing every other pair of shoes in my closet. I have a few pair of vintage Harley Davidson boots I also wear all the time and I recently splurged on some red Chloe studded ankle boots, but damn they were worth it!
Finishing touches: My black Celine box bag, Acne leather jacket, Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted moisturizer, Benefit Benetint, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara.
Nighttime look: I really don’t change that much in between what I wear during the day and what I wear at night. If I’m going to some sort of event, I might throw some heels on, or switch up my big purse for a clutch, or put on one of my nicer dresses.
Best recent discovery: Sriracha hot sauce!! I can’t believe I had never tried it until about two months ago, and now I’m totally hooked.
Favorite stores: Necromance in Los Angeles. Topshop (I can’t help it). Net-a-porter—I really love that website. And although I know they aren’t technically stores, I find most of my good stuff at all the flea markets around LA.
Style pet peeve: Boys in flip flops. This is NEVER OKAY!! Also, I can’t stand fedoras.
Style icons: To be totally honest, I really have never known what to say when I get asked this question. I guess I’d have to say my mom—I really developed my style around hers. I also always had a girl crush on Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth. I love the way those girls pull their looks together and how they mix all sorts of clothes together (old and new).
de Cadenet Taylor’s collection of sunglasses
Last purchase: Well, my last purchase was what I was lusting after— those red Chloe boots! Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!
Lusting after: A new boy to crush on! But no really…probably the Anita Ko cat mask diamond necklace… A girl can dream.
Favorite haunts: The Darkroom.
Warm-weather must haves: Jean shorts, a good pair of sandals, a jean jacket (sometimes I even rock the Canadian Tuxedo), a good pair of sunglasses (mine are currently the Celine “Paris” glasses) and obviously a good bathing suit! (My favorites are by Missoni and Topshop.)
Next vacation: I’m going with my dad to the South of France and Italy in July, which I’m really looking forward to. He’s touring around, so it should be a lot of fun!
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Photo by Alexis Dahan
This is your first lead role.
Yes, I was really excited for it. It was also the first time I read a script where the main character comes from the more underprivileged suburbs of Paris and the character is portrayed in a positive way.
It’s a script loosely based off a real story: a hard-won connection between a handicap millionaire and his ex-con caretaker. How much of your character is creative interpretation?
The two filmmakers who wrote the script had me in mind for the role of the caretaker, Driss—it was supposed to be a gift to me—so they integrated a lot of my own personality traits. Also, I went back to my old neighborhood in the suburbs of Paris, where I grew up, and spoke to my friends. I needed to soak in the atmosphere of what it’s like to be there.
Congratulations on winning the César Award for Best Actor. Is it presumptuous to assume you had some idea you might win?
I really had no idea, I didn’t expect it at all! Even just to be nominated alongside all of those big names was a victory in itself to me. I would’ve been happy for many years with just that. I was shocked.
How did you celebrate?
Well, that night I went straight to bed. I was dead, done for. Then, right after that I went on vacation.
Where do you keep the statue?
It’s on a shelf right across from my main entrance door, so the first thing you see when you come see me is that.
The Weinstein Company is in talks with Colin Firth and Paul Feig for the American remake. Who should play your character?
Actually, one that I just thought of would be Meryl Streep. She can pull off anything.
The Intouchables opens in theatres May 25.
Photo: courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Hardy's Untitled Runway Show
Tropes of the fashion industry have long underwritten Hardy’s art. Since arriving in New York eleven years ago from Ft. Worth, Texas, she’s worked as a stylist and published FashionFashion, a Xeroxed zine in which she models satirically provocative, auto-fetishized looks. Her photographs of shoe concepts, included in the biennial, riff on merchandizing and other languages of editorials and advertisements. These divergent projects have made her into a cult figure, and this weekend’s show was a high-production culmination of some of her most fun, repellant and tragic visions.
Untitled Runway Show at the Whitney Museum
Once guests were corralled into their places, the house lights flared and the spectacle began. The indispensable DJ Venus X mixed archival gay pride parade broadcasts and YouTube-sourced beauty tutorials with slowed down reggaeton, techno and southern rap beats. As the first girl came out, art world front-rowers played their parts and scribbled in their notepads. The choreography called for odd walks: backwards, leaden, or otherwise marked by cadences of discontent. At the end of the runway each model turned to ascend its elevated extension: a menacing sculpture made by Oscar Tuazon, for which he cannibalized segments of his wood and iron maze installed in the lobby gallery, and reconstituted them here as a bridge flanked by two flights of stairs.
The lifeless glaze of the make-up—orange, red and blue on the face, lips and eyes—seemed lifted from cheap mannequins, but the hair by Duffy may have stolen the show: huge stork’s nests coated in paint and chemical detritus, recalling Amy Winehouse and hyperbolic online memes like “Helicopter Hair.” The outfits had a thrift store sensibility in keeping with Hardy’s aesthetic. Some were crude juxtapositions of culturally antithetical apparels sutured together, like a matronly slip with a thuggish shirt. “There’s also kind of a paint story happening here,” Hardy mentioned before the show. Indeed, inky, dripped stains foreshadowed a great, big, phallic paintbrush cartoonishly affixed to the final look (a canvas sack). One of the most memorable ensembles was a spliced together pile of bras. “I burned all those bras, or tried to. We were torching some that were flame retardant and they just gassed.”
Asked whether this was the birth of the house of Hardy or its fall, she conceded, “I'm going to re-stage this show at the Dallas Contemporary in October, but I have no desire to create another one. Maybe in ten years. Not because I didn't totally enjoy making this show, it's just not my primary form of working.” After the last model left the stage, the designer came out in a disheveled, red-tie, red-blooded man look. “The inspiration was Wall Street banker. I didn’t want to compete with the show or be incorporated.”
Photos: © Paula Court. K8 Hardy, May 20th, 2012 at 2012 Whitney Biennial.
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Photo by Alexis Dahan.