Variety and WWD’s Inaugural StyleMakers

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Leave it to Marc Jacobs, one of fashion’s consummate showmen, to prove that the division between the runway and the red carpet has all but disappeared. On Sept. 17, the designer showed his striking spring/summer collection at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre in New York; just three nights later, at the Emmy Awards in L.A., “Scandal” star Kerry Washington dazzled in look No. 49, a dramatic silver frock with a plunging neckline, applique-encrusted shoulders and a sequined, scalloped hemline.

This first edition of StyleMakers, the latest collaboration between sister publications Variety and WWD, celebrates the fusion of entertainment and fashion as personified by some of today’s most influential talents as they hopscotch their way from runway to red carpet, backstage to backlot. This year’s triumphs in costume design and surge in fashion documentaries further support the notion that fashion is entertainment and entertainment is fashion. One informs and influences the other. And like any fruitful relationship, one partner – literally – makes the other look good.

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See all the stories from the first StyleMakers issue (and event!) below:

Variety, WWD Celebrate Fashion in Entertainment at StyleMakers Gala
Sister publications Variety and WWD joined forces Thursday afternoon at a luncheon to fete its inaugural joint media venture, StyleMakers, a glossy print publication celebrating the fusion of fashion and entertainment, or, as New York-bred clothing designer Zac Posen dubbed the phenomenon, “fashion-tainment.”

David O. Russell, Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson Dish on Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Joy’
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson and director David O. Russell revived ‘70s style with “American Hustle,” scoring respective Oscar noms in the process. For their next collaboration, they ambitiously chart a woman’s evolution from college student to matriarch over 30 years — and by way of 45 costume changes — in “Joy,” out Dec. 25.

Kristen Stewart, Anna Kendrick, Zosia Mamet Star in Fashion Brand Holiday Shorts
Following previous success with the short film genre, three fashion brands are kicking off the holidays by debuting even more extensive cinematic campaigns — featuring intricate storylines and serious talent.

Rachel Zoe, ‘Project Runway Junior’ Lead the Fashion TV Charge
“America’s Next Top Model” is soon going off the air after 22 cycles, but the fashion television genre will be in style for seasons to come.

‘American Horror Story’ to ‘Star Wars’: Items for Fashion-Friendly Fans
Screen-printed T-shirts? Please. As today’s social media age has elevated exposure of costume designers, makeup artists and other below-the-liners, so too have studios and networks found ways to use these connections for sartorial and beauty-themed marketing opportunities for films and TV shows.

From ‘Dior and I’ to ‘Jeremy Scott,’ Fashion Docs Filled the Big Screen in 2015
While moviegoers have always paid attention to the sartorial choices on screen, it’s taken a little longer for the lens to turn on the tastemakers themselves, rather than their creations.

Fashion For a Cause: Robin Wright, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Helm Charitable Labels
For some stars, fashion is all about philanthropy, going the extra mile to help those in need.

Celebrity Fashion Brand Founders From Nicole Richie to Drew Barrymore Talk Strategy
Hollywood is a town filled with labels, some more literal than others. With so much attention placed on street style, thanks to paparazzi photos and social media, the inevitable “who are you wearing?” is no longer limited to the red carpet. So it should come as little surprise that many stars have taken matters into their own hands by creating their own, often eponymous, clothing lines.

Hollywood Fashion Exhibits Feature Lady Gaga’s Shoes, Scorsese Costumes
To celebrate its 100 years in Hollywood, Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo recently unveiled its newly redesigned Beverly Hills flagship boutique on Rodeo Drive — reviving both the 1930s art deco motif and the classic designs that the “shoemaker to the stars” once created for his celebrity clients.

Lupita Nyong’o, Robin Wright’s Stylists Predict Awards Season Fashion Trends
Celebrity stylists weigh in on which formalwear fashions will rule this year’s biggest red carpets.

Adam Levine, Jessica Simpson Reveal How They Made it in Retail
Some of today’s popular music personalities also found success in the fashion biz, but it’s not easy — some of the biggest stars share how they did it.

‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Carol’ Costume Designer and Director Teams Discuss Collaborations
These heavy-hitting costume designer-director duos consistently work together to bring television and film’s most stylish characters to life.

Mad About Style: ‘Mad Men’s’ Janie Bryant Reflects on Fashion and Costume Design
In her original essay, the “Mad Men'” costume designer discusses how she found a place where fashion and film meet.

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