Elizabeth Hurley’s famous safety pin dress was yesterday hailed as the greatest red carpet gown of all time, according to research by leading UK department store Debenhams. The black Versace frock was worn by Liz, then 29, as she accompanied ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the 1994 premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. A spokeswomen for Debenhams, which carried out the poll, said: ”Liz Hurley’s daring safety pin dress is one of the most famous black dresses worn on the red carpet, which made her a household name overnight. Our research shows how iconic the dresses worn on the red carpet have become with many of the stars making headlines from their outfits.” Audrey Hepburn’s white flower patterned Givenchy dress, which she wore to the 1954 Oscars, was in second place, while third in the poll of 3,000 women was Julia Roberts‘ black and white vintage Valentino dress, which she donned to collect her Best Actress award at the 2001 Oscars. Catherine Zeta-Jones is at number four with the red Versace gown she wore to the 1999 Oscars, while Jennifer Lopez’s daring dress for the 2000 Grammys, by the same designer, was at five. Click here to see the full list. Tell us: What do you think is the greatest red carpet dress of all time?
While designers have long used Fashion Week to launch any number of licensed products, off brand projects or charity projects, Karl Lagerfeld took time out to draw attention this week to fashion’s current bear necessity. On Friday afternoon, the designer took time to premiere his latest pet project and this season’s most unlikely must-have: the Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear. Manufactured by legendary German toymaker Steiff, the Lagerfeld Bear held its own cocktail party at fashion haven Colette. The white plush furred bear is an effigy which bears a more than coincidental resemblance to the Kaiser himself: signature sunglasses, black suit, biker keychain and a studded “KL” belt. No wonder though — the bear was custom styled by Lagerfeld in Chanel’s workshops. Available online or through Neiman-Marcus as a limited 2500 numbered run edition, each bear wears a $1500 pricetag. Cuddly does not come cheap!