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Emmys 2011: The men mix it up -- designer-wise

Emmys 2011 Menswear
Although the men hitting the red carpet Sunday seemed to hew a lot closer to the traditional formal wear look than they did at last year's Emmys (save a few holdouts -- most notably Seal who not only showed up without a necktie of any sort, but apparently also left most of his shirt buttons at home), there was an impressive roster of labels represented.

PHOTOS: Emmys 2011 menswear photo gallery

Emmys 2011 Ty BurrellYes, the red-carpet regulars were well represented; among the big names were Tom Ford (Jon Hamm wore a TF double-breasted shawl lapel tuxedo, Rob Lowe turned out in single-breasted peak lapel version), Burberry (Ryan Seacrest, Rainn Wilson) Ermenegildo Zegna (including lead actor in a comedy series winner Jim Parsons, who wore a three-piece, black velvet, one-button peak lapel tuxedo from the Z Zegna label) and Hugo Boss (including one of the night's winners, Kyle Chandler, who wore a Boss Black tuxedo).

But there was something refreshing about seeing "Parks and Recreation" actor Aziz Ansari in a navy blue
weave tuxedo from the Hickey Freeman & Opening Ceremony collaboration, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") sporting a Simon Spurr tuxedo, Jon Cryer standing out ever so subtly from the other two and a half thousand tuxedo-wearing men in the room by opting for a black leather shawl collar on his Anthony Franco tuxedo, and "Fightin' Jimmy" Fallon throwing down against Jimmy Kimmel clad in a Rag & Bone "Razor" tuxedo. 

The democracy of dapperness fit nicely with one of the night's major themes observed by Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore -- that the Emmy Awards afford slightly more opportunity for lesser-known or up-and-coming designers to be showcased -- and noticed.

The bow tie was back in vogue for the majority of the menfolk, and a few of the sharp-dressed men managed to add a rakish sartorial  signature by wearing their ties ever-so-slightly tweaked (on purpose, we'd like to think). None did this with more aplomb than Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") who took home an award for supporting actor in a comedy series, and whose black bow tie tilted nearly imperceptibly to the left -- as perfectly askew as his acceptance speech.

-- Adam Tschorn


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Photos: At top left, Jon Cryer in a black Anthony Franco tuxedo with a black leather shawl collar. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) At top right, Jimmy Kimmel (left) wrestles with a  Rag & Bone- wearing Jimmy Fallon. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times) At bottom, Ty Burrell accepts his Emmy at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday. (Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP photo) 

'Crazy, Stupid, Love': A fresh take on the male movie makeover

Crazy Stupid Love Collage

There are all kinds of reasons to go see "Crazy, Stupid, Love" starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, which hit theaters Friday. While our film critic Betsey Sharkey has laid out most of them in her review (linked at the bottom of this post), I'll add another: the clothes.

From the opening scene -- which starts with a pan across a room full of restaurant patrons' feet that finally comes to rest on a pair of Prada heels toe-to-toe across from a pair of New Balance running shoes -- to the closing one in which the wearing (or not wearing) of a necktie says nearly as much as the dialogue itself, the clothes play a key role in the transformation of Carell's Cal Weaver character.

That's thanks in large measure to the film's costume designer Dayna Pink, whose love of menswear and appreciation of its details is apparent not only in the way she dresses Gosling (in Alexander McQueen, YSL, Simon Spurr and custom Gossuin shirts) and the post-makeover Carell (in labels like Burberry, Zegna, Canali, Prada and Etro), but in the way she reverse engineers Carell's character into a fashion don't for the early parts of the film.

Pink had been enthusiastically telling me about "Crazy, Stupid, Love" since shortly after I interviewed her last year about the hilarious mid-'80s wardrobe she put together for the John Cusack comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine," and after I saw a screening, it was apparent why: Cal Weaver's transformation is a fresh departure from the traditional male makeover we're used to seeing on the silver screen.

That spurred me on to researching how the male movie makeover has been portrayed in the past, and why it might be changing now. The resulting story, which appears in this Sunday's Image section, is probably one of the few style stories that includes "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Avatar" in the same sentence -- not to mention the same genre.

Memorable male makeovers in movies

Makeover tips: Clothes make the man

  -- Adam Tschorn

Photo: At left, pre-makeover Steve Carell with Julianne Moore in "Crazy, Stupid, Love." At right, Ryan Gosling (left) and a post-makeover Steve Carell. Credit: Warner Bros.


Movie review: "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

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Milan Fashion Week: Zegna takes a silky, sunbleached stroll on the sand


Zegna2 For spring and summer 2012, Ermenegildo Zegna was all about silk and sunbleach at the beach, sending a light and airy collection down the runway in a range of washed-out hues -- pale sky blue, seafoam green and shell white.

  Fabric-wise, the emphasis was on texture, tweaking the smoothness of silk by resin-treating, creasing and crinkling it and using it in suits, safari jackets and trench coats, or blending it with cotton and waxing it for jackets and raincoats.

The crinkle-fest continued in the trouser department, with linen trousers and suede jogging pants that looked like they'd spent a summer  balled up in the hamper of a Hampton's beach house, and chenille polos that looked like rain-dappled silk.

Zegna even managed to make the traditionally bulky looking double-breasted blazer seem light as air with a new, unlined version of the classic silhouette looking beach comfortable right off the runway.


While spring and summer collections inevitably veer toward the beachy keen, Zegna's minimalist approach to the marine motif was as light and breezy as the clothes that came down the catwalk.

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan


Zegna hosts centennial birthday party in support of Oceana

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Photos: Looks from the Ermenegildo Zegna spring / summer 2012 runway in Milan. Credit: Ermenegildo Zegna.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Iman debuts new fashion show on Bravo. Rachel Pally debuts new dress for Target.

Forget your upset over "Project Runway's" controversial season finale. Another fashion-related show debuts on Bravo on Tuesday. This one, "The Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection," stars supermodel Iman as host, aided by designer Isaac Mizrahi and Harper's Bazaar features director Laura Brown. The concept has 12 designers competing by staging live fashion shows each week. Could be fun. [People]  

It's been 10 years since Marc by Marc Jacobs launched and to celebrate, the designer is reissuing a capsule collection of  "greatest hits" next spring. [WWD] (Suscription required.)

Ermenegildo Zegna, the maker of fine menswear that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is steeped in tradition, but will be up-to-the-minute when it launches an e-commerce site, scheduled to be up and running Dec. 9. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

And the anniversary celebrations just keep on coming: to mark the 150th birthday of Italy's flag, 24 Italian fashion houses have designed reinterpretations of the tri-color. Their works are on display as part of a bigger exhibit, "Ommagio al Tricolore" at the Vittoriano museum in Rome until Jan. 6. [WWD] 

Not sure how we missed this, but Eva Longoria Parker, hosting MTV's EMAs in Madrid on Sunday, went through numerous costume changes....including a hilarious riff on Lady Gaga's attention-grabbing meat dress. The laughing Parker dressed as a ham. The kind on your dining table, not the kind seeking attention onstage. [PeopleEnEspanol]

Designer Rachel Pally has done a wear-anywhere dress for Target, which sells for $80 at the retailer's Red Hot Shop. The full-skirted plum frock has a tie neck that can be worn five different ways. [FabSugar] and [All The Rage]

If there is a wedding in your future, you might want to check out Vera Wang's fall trunk show this week in Los Angeles. It's scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, by appointment only. Call (323) 602-0174. [StyleSectionLA]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Iman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in 2009. Credit: Peter Kramer/Associated Press.

Zegna hosts centennial birthday party in support of Oceana

103883905MU003_Ermenegildo_ Venerated Italian brand Ermenegildo Zegna celebrated its centennial birthday with actors and environmentalists Ted Danson and Ed Begley Jr. at its Rodeo Drive store Tuesday night.

The evening benefited the oceans advocacy organization Oceana, with 10% of sales from the Beverly Hills store during Sept. 12-18 donated to the nonprofit.

"Zegna has always had an eye for sustainability," said Begley, who jokingly referred to himself as "the poor man's Ted Danson" in an impromptu speech. "They have been good stewards of the land and also never wanted to poison the Earth with harmful dyes."

In fact, Ermenegildo Zegna planted 500,000 trees in his day, near Trivero, Italy, where the brand was founded.

Though long gone, the founder's visage was omnipresent at the event through historical photographs mounted throughout the boutique. The images were a part of the brand's formal centennial celebration, which took place in June in Milan (read about all things Zegna in Adam Tschorn's recent article on the brand).

The sepia-hued photos — along with some amazingly chic mid-century ads for the brand — also appear in a new coffee table book,"Ermenegildo Zegna: An Enduring Passion for Fabrics, Innovation, Quality and Style," chronicling the history of the man and the brand.

103883905MU002_Ermenegildo_ Ermenegildo's granddaughter, brand image director Anna Zegna, summed up the company's credo: "Quality, for us, is not only the product but the relationship with our customers and our environment."

Danson, who looked elegant in a black Zegna suit and heavy-framed glasses, noted that events matching  charities with brands are often "far-fetched," adding, "but Zegna has supported ... cleaning up the ocean for over 15 years."

During a speech, the actor encouraged guests to support Zegna, remarking with a glint in his eye, "It's very important to be well-dressed — we don't want to look like shabby environmentalists."

--Emili Vesilind

Photos, from top: Anna Zegna and Ted Danson; Ed Begley Jr. Credit: Lester Cohen / Getty Images.


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