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Stylist: Mimi Cuttrell
assisted by Maddy Calvo, Sophie and Yvonne
Outfit: custom design by Zac Posen
Tailor: Lindsay Jones and Joel Jolibe
Makeup Artist: Patrick Ta assisted by Akina Shimizu
Hairstylist: Laura Polko
Manicurist: Sachie Pond
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Clutch: Tyler Ellis
Breast Lift Tape: Booby Tape
Jewelry: Niwaka

For today’s article I wanted to focus on craftsmanship and there is a specific designer who comes to mind whenever I think about it.

During my adult formative years I did a great deal of research about him, because I consider him one of the pillars of fashion, so I am truly delighted to share one of his masterpieces with you on this fine Wednesday.

Here is one of my favorite looks from last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Afterparty, courtesy of model Gigi Hadid.

1st and 2nd photo are courtesy of Zac Posen

Gigi‘s gown was personally designed by Zac Posen, a custom “red” couture gown featuring vector pleats, paired with matching Jimmy ChooAnouk‘ satin pumps and a Tyler EllisVeronica‘ Clutch in cherry red satin (same model as pictured above, not the same color).

To safely secure her breasts and avoid wardrobe malfunctions, she used the Booby Tape Breast Lift Tape in the color ‘Nude‘ underneath her dress.

Her jewelry brand of choice was Niwaka–she adorned her ears with a pair of Nayuta earrings, a Hakusui necklace and two Kano rings in 18k white gold and diamonds on both her index fingers.

Hadid‘s makeup was toned down and focused on the use of peachy and earthy tones. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta accentuated the color of her eyes with a thick trait of his signature precise eyeliner and then went on to define her lips with a pencil slightly darker than her actual lip color. Her blush matched her lipstick perfectly.

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The model’s hair was styled by Laura Polko in voluminous, side parted waves, very reminiscent of Veronica Lake.

Nail artist Sachie Pond instead created an XL white, simple French manicure for the blonde beauty, and from what we can gather, they look like press-on nails.

There is so much to say about this dress, about its construction and the way it looks like an armor on Gigi‘s body. The seams are masterfully hidden and its silhouette is so harmonious that you can get lost tracing back where every piece of it starts and ends.

One of the most important things about this gown is also that the designer clearly specified that it was one of his personal designs and not from his eponymous label (a problem many creatives encounter if they are ever in the position of selling their brand and their own name in case of financial difficulties).

Posen doesn’t need to prove his skills, because he is undoubtedly one of the best couturiers of our time, but what I cannot stand about this situation is that there is so much potential and genius being overlooked here, while talentless creative directors are appointed all the time for the sake of engagement and hype.

I think people should care a bit more about technique and fashion history, because without our predecessors, we wouldn’t be where we are today, for better or worse. And I command stylist Mimi Cuttrell for always being a step ahead and doing the work in silence, but with such a delicious and humble taste.

How I’d love to be a fly on the wall to see the kind of conversation she had with Zac Posen before this event. Such a regal ensemble.

@patrickta TONIGHTS VANITY FAIR @gigihadid ❤️ @laurapolko
@zacposen Red hot @gigihadid for @vanityfair. She is a beautiful woman – both inside and out. Gigi’s gown was personally designed by me, Zac Posen (not the brand).  Her custom “red” couture gown features vector pleats. Styled by @mimicuttrell #VanityFairOscars #oneofakind #gigihadid #couture #zacposen ♬ Sky Aesthetic – Tollan Kim
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