Anthony Vaccarello

Dinner at the
Chateau Marmont

Photo by Michael Marson

October 22nd 2014

Anthony Vaccarello has been on my radar since his debut collection in 2010. I really fell for his Spring 2012 collection which featured Anja Rubik. The collection had the right mix of fashion and sex appeal whilst at the same time remaining effortless. There was an amazing drama to this collection that was perfect for the red carpet.

The below look was look number 28 worn by Anja. It’s perfect example of what I love about Vacarello’s work; his use of print combined with his daring approach to tailoring is boldly sexy and daring.

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My first red carpet moment with Vaccarello was on Nicole Richie for the 2012, 9th Annual Style Awards and she wore a black cut away dress that I found at one of my favourite stores in LA called  Just One Eye.

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Since Nicole has the perfect frame for Vaccarello’s collection, we’ve experimented with a few looks since. My second Vaccarello / Richie moment was the below metal studded suede dress in May 2014 for the ‘AOL upfront’s’. This dress was perfect for this event because it was cool sexy and effortless for a red carpet, but not too serious.

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When I heard about the VERSUS ‘design take over,’ I was over the moon. Vaccarello is the perfect modern designer for the secondary Versace line and understands a modern idea of sexy whilst remaining  classy and cool.

The two looks below are a couple my favorites.

The first is the ideal two piece red carpet outfit and looks young, modern and fresh. A gust of wind helps create drama so this might be good for an amazing video too…)

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Rosie was lucky enough to wear this second look straight off the runway, we literally had our hands on it two days after it showed in NY. I love when Vaccarello does pants because they are the epitome of french chic.

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My favourite Versace details were these amazing gold metal lion heads that were on belts and straps on tops and dresses. The prints were used in a very chic monochromatic way also. The collection wasn’t so retro that you desired the original version, it was just enough chemistry of the two worlds to make it totally brilliant. To see the whole collection here is a link; style.com

Whilst in Paris for fashion week in October Rosie and I were lucky enough to go by Anthony’s showroom and view his spring 2015 collection up close and personal with the man himself.

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I spotted in Paris ‘ guerilla advertising’ posters for Anthony’s fall campaign shot by the brilliant Inez and Vinoodh. This approach towards advertising compliments his choice of show venue for spring 15. Immaculate models strutted around a back drop of graffiti in grittier Paris rather than a super sleek runway.  This juxtaposition helps you really understand how ‘now’ Anthony is.

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When I received the invitation for the Elyse Walker dinner in honor of Anthony at the Chateau Marmont I was there in a heart beat. The night really celebrated his work and highlighted how much I – and the rest of LA – love him.

– Cher Coulter