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Bouwer, of course, is no stranger to glam moments, having essentially ushered in the modern era of dressing celebs for awards shows via his dedicated celebrity following. Innovative and with an unerring instinct for what women want, his designs have graced countless A-listers, including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, and Oprah Winfrey. We recently chatted with the iconic designer to get the ideeli scoop on topics ranging from his love of leading ladies to which celebs he enjoys outfitting. Read on for the 411! Growing up, you were fascinated by the movies and, in particular, the beautiful women who graced the big screen. How did you make the leap from admiring stars to wanting to dress and design for them?
As a child, I loved the woman I saw in the movies. After I won the South African Vogue Young Designers Award, I left South Africa and moved to New York, where I knew I had a chance to dress these women I saw in the movies.
You've dressed countless celebrities—everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Halle Berry to Heidi Klum—and really ushered in the modern era of red carpet dressing. Who have been some of your favorite celebrities to dress and why?
Angelina Jolie—she's an icon, a beauty, a movie star and she looks great in designer clothing. I'll never forget the time I spent with her in LA, getting her ready for the Oscars. Heidi Klum—I love, I've known her since before she was famous. I love her fearless fashion style. Beyoncé—because she's curvy, sexy, always looks like a goddess and pushes the fashion envelope.
One of the techniques you're most known for is your draping. Why does it speak to you as a designer?
I love malleable fabrics, the fluidness of draping on a woman's body. Draping on a woman's body—the possibilities for me are endless.
How do you stay inspired? Can you share some of your design inspirations?
By looking to the future, to new technology, and to what's going on in the world and embracing it.
What's are some facts about Marc Bouwer that your fans may not know?
I'm an open book...That's a hard question, maybe I'll write a book.
At Tadashi Shoji (also on sale today), celebs like Dania Ramirez (above) and Aisha Tyler were as transfixed as the rest of us with the designer's red carpet-ready cocktail and evening gowns. Unabashedly feminine, the collection didn't want for ruffles, sashes, soft hues. There was a desert-like feel to the color palette, which was mostly sand-toned with pops of lavender, periwinkle, and rose here and there. If one of these frocks doesn't pop up as someone's Hollywood awards ceremony ensemble of choice, we'll be incredibly surprised.
In the afternoon, we strolled from the office over to the Nicole Miller show in Soho, where we were lucky enough to hang with Noel Duan, our busy My First Fashion Week correspondent. Between catching up with Noel, we spied Perrey Reeves (so good on Entourage) and Cassie, both pictured above, as well as hotelier Andre Balazs. Miller’s collection had a menswear vibe we were digging, along with more soft, fluttery layers, which is looking like a major trend for next season.
And last but certainly not least, Fashion’s Night Out! We had to split up to cover all the celebratory happenings, one team downtown, and one up. Downtown, we strolled the madness of the Mercer Street block party, stopping in at Vivienne Tam, Paige Premium Denim, and witnessing the circus of Halle Berry leaving the Rag & Bone event. Total mob scene throughout Soho in the best sense of the word, with someone jokingly yelling “Free iPhones” outside the Apple store on Prince Street almost causing a stampede.
Uptown, we caught the glorious windows at Bergdorf Goodman, which were alive with what can only be described as fashion and art installations: a cabaret performer belting out Emo lounge tunes; Ed Tricomi of the famous Warren-Tricomi salon styling a model's hair in what can only be described as half haircut, half performance; and two designers deftly creating a ball gown of melted candle wax right before your eyes. Inside, the scene was just as surreal, as everyone from Victoria Beckham to Mary J. Blige to Heidi Klum flitted about.
After that, it was on to Henri Bendel, where we tried on gorgeous Tre rings, and tested nail colors with Liz Pickett, one half of one of our favorite nail polish lines, Ginger and Liz. Pooped as we were by the end of it all, we went home wishing Fashion's Night Out could happen every day.
Stay with us as we bring you the best of Day 3 tomorrow!
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