Ashley Olsen Gives Geek-Chic Dressing a Cool Twist

Ashley Olsen has always known the game-changing power of a good pair of shoes, and yesterday in New York, she proved the importance of dressing from the ground up yet again. The designer typically favors a muted palette where the rest of her look is concerned, and her elegant olive coat was just the right way to counterbalance lo-fi sneakers.

To give her optic-white kicks an unexpected geeky twist, Olsen accessorized them with marled pink socks. She also pulled out a more familiar styling trick, namely carrying two bags at once. Retro shades and an oatmeal funnel-neck top were the only other additions she made to her voluminous statement topper.

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Balenciaga, All in Black

With its new out-of-house exhibition “Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” at the Musée Bourdelle, the Palais Galliera pays homage to “the couturier of couturiers.” The first in a trio of Spanish-themed exhibitions in Paris this year, the show offers an advance glimpse of the revered designer’s work, which will also be the subject of the retrospective “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion,” which opens on May 27th at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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The idea of focusing solely on the color black came from a visit to Madrid, explained Véronique Belloir, the director of haute couture collections at the Palais Galliera, during an advance preview. “We realized that we could really spotlight creation, shape, volume, and construction because we weren’t distracted by color,” she said.

In the scenography, the Palais Galliera director Olivier Saillard made the most of the museum’s vertical space, propping dresses up high and arranging them in mirrored stands as a counterpoint to the museum’s sculpture collection. Documents and photos accompany finished pieces from private collections and the archives. There are also toiles, which Cristóbal Balenciaga worked in black, too. “We think that he did this because with black you realize immediately whether the proportions are right,” she said.

Of the 60 or so pieces on show, many still astonish. Among them: an atypical little black dress from 1960 with a wrap-around design and off-center shoulder straps. Another abstract construction from winter 1967 in custom-woven gazar is held up with simple bead straps. It may be 50 years old, but it would not have been out of place on the runway this season. In fact, many of the clothes and jewelry in the show look as covetable today as they must have been then.

Mounting the exhibition also offered up its share of surprises. “One sees the dress from the outside, but once you look at the construction inside you understand that it’s not just an envelope placed on a body,” noted Belloir. Upon examining one dress, a veteran pattern maker for the house offered to come out of retirement in order to retro-engineer a toile just because she’d never seen anything like it. “Balenciaga took liberties that not just anyone can take because he knew the materials by heart,” concluded Belloir. “A dress can look so simple, and yet the sensitivity is remarkable.”

“Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” will run from March 8th to July 16th, 2017, at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris. Open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, France.

Karlie Brushes Off Destiny’s Child Mistake

While many of us have things we’d like to forget from the early Noughties (diamanté boob tubes and velour, hi there), for Karlie Kloss it was something that she did forget that caused her embarrassment this week.

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The model mistook TLC’s Waterfalls for a Destiny’s Child song in a piece for Love Magazine – in which she declared herself a “mega fan” of the band and answered questions about her heroes – but Kloss brushed the error off with signature good humour.

Kloss has had a busy start to 2017, returning to New York in the last few days after spending time in Australia earlier this month. She has also taken on a role as a correspondent on new Netflix factual show Bill Nye Saves The World.

Rosie Confirms Her Pregnancy

Rosie Huntington-whiteley has confirmed her pregnancy with a picture showcasing her growing bump on the beach. The model and entrepreneur – who has been the subject of pregnancy rumours for some months – chose to share the news on her own terms, directly with her almost seven million Instagram followers, via a picture taken by her fiancé, actor Jason Statham.

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The model has spoken before of her desire to be a mother one day, as well as of her own upbringing in the Devon countryside. Two of her model friends – Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo – welcomed babies towards the end of last year and, while it was thought that Huntington-Whiteley’s next focus would be her wedding following her engagement to Statham just over a year ago, it now appears that the event will be delayed a little, at least until her baby has arrived.