Posts Tagged ‘Anna Wintour’

The Met Gala: What were they thinking?

May 5, 2015

We promised to cover the Met Gala red carpet, to see who slayed it and who missed the mark. Silly us, worried about cultural missteps. We should have been concerned with fashion faux pas. Tassels and headresses and glitz, oh my!
How do you say ” Oy vey” in Mandarin?

Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out in a fringed headress from milliner Phillip Treacy and a custom H&M gown which she collaborated on. Speechless.

They don’t call it the “Vogue Prom” for nothing. Anna Wintour, whose name is now on the door of the Costume Institute, greets her disciples in Chanel. As they remind us often in fitness classes; take your shoulders out of your ears and relax, Anna!



Her daugher, Bee Shaffer, fared much better in a dramatic Alexander McQueen gown:



Tabitha Simmons donned a headress too, by Dolce and Gabbana. The Folies Bergere wants it back in the morning.


Is that JLaw, or JLo? Not flatterning, whoever you are! ( I know others strongly disagree!) in Dior.



What’s with the head coverings? Anne Hathaway lost her way in this number, by the big bad wolf by Ralph Lauren.


Momager Kris Jenner was a lady in red by Balmain.


Solange, Solange, Solange: in Giles Deacon.


What’s on your head Selena Gomez? I know it’s Vera Wang, but was the bridal headpiece really necessary?


Vogue’s Grace Coddington anticipated a late night and showed up in her pajamas.


Riri knows how to make an entrance in Chinese designer Guo Pei.

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Kim Kardashian is nearly naked in her custom Roberto Cavalli gown. Suprise, Surprise!


How low can you go JLo? in Atelier Versace.


The woman that can do no wrong…Amal Clooney in John Galliano.


Kate Hudson goes for the gold in Michael Kors.


Uma looks like a goddess in white. Not exactly on theme, but lovely just the same:


Keri Russell’s fine feathered friend:


Dianna Agron’s Tory Burch dress featured birds of a feather.


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Cultural References in Fashion: Reverent or Racist?

May 4, 2015



Dress by Ralph Lauren photographed by Platon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Different cultures have long provided inspiration to designers. Whether it is jewelry indiginous to an African tribe, patterns influenced by American Indians, or that certain “je ne sais quoi”of French style, designers often borrow ideas from the world at large.
Recently, there seems to be a barrage of scrutiny placed on every sartorial choice and its social acceptability. Where a designer might set out to pay homage to the beauty of a cultural icon, inevitably, it ends in a public apology for offending said culture.
Have we gone too far? Has society become so politically correct, that we can no longer reference elements of traditional dress with out being considered racist? Recent examples of this backlash include Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collection which included Native American headdresses, and Victoria’s Secret’s war bonnet and lingerie runway look, for which both companies issued apologies. Katy Perry’s performance in giesha garb also garned severe criticism.


Ming Dynasty vase photographed by Platon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Tonight, the fashion world will decend on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the annual Met Ball, celebrating the opening of the latest Costume Institute’s exhibition. This year, the exhibition is entitled ” China Through the Looking Glass,” and explores how haute couture and avant garde fashion has been influenced by China. In a collaboration between the Costume Institute and The Department of Asian art, the installation will juxtapose fashion with Chinese costumes, art,porcelains,painting and film.

04 Evening Dress Roberto Cavalli Fall 2005

Dress by Roberto Cavalli photographed by Platon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Typically, the theme for the festivities are reflected in the attire of the attendees, all of whom are personally vetted by Vogue’s editrix, Anna Wintour. It will be interesting to see how the fashion flock interpret the Chinese theme without stepping on anyone’s cultural toes.

Wearing a dress made of traditional Chinese silk jacquard could be percieved as a good choice, while wearing chop sticks in your hair ala Suzy Wong; not so much. It will be interesting to see how celebrities and their stylists interpret the theme. We will be watching closely to see who nails it, and who makes the ultimate faux pas.

Stay tuned tomorrow when we rehash the best, the worst and the most offensive looks on the Met Ball red carpet.

China Through the Looking Glass opens to the public on May 7, 2015.

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Belles of the Ball

May 7, 2014

The annual Met Ball, feting the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is the fashion equivalent of the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards all rolled into one. This year was no exception, as the rich, famous and simply fabulous walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening of the exhibition entitled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in the newly christened Anna Wintour Costume Center. The dress code included white tie and tails for the gentlemen, and grand gowns for the ladies.
While the new designers generally set the tone for the future of fashion, tonight it was the old guard that ruled the red carpet.

Oscar de la Renta dressed some of the evening’s standouts, including this spectacular look on Sarah Jessica Parker:


Allison Williams was also elegant in a red Oscar de la Renta gown:


Taylor Swift glowed in her de la Renta dress:



Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer wore a stunning baby blue Alexander McQueen gown:


Idina Menzel ruled in a frothy Donna Karen Atelier gown:
Blake Lively glowed in gold Gucci with the ultimate accessory: husband Ryan Reynolds!


Others didn’t fare as well, as many of the younger stars took fashion risks and failed.

The very sexy Kate Upton donned something from a bad western movie. Just…no:
kate upton dolce

Chloe Grace Moretz also missed the mark in Chanel:

chloe grace moretz in chancel


Sarah Paulson was a hot mess in Prada:

sarah paulson prada

Diana Agron looked matronly in Mui Mui:

agron mui mui

Katie Holmes channeled a Disney princess, and failed:

holmes marchesa


Speaking of Disney, it appears that Sandra Lee’s gown was semi-homemade and came off as more wicked step mother than princess:

sandra lee dara lamb


Check back later this week to see the starlets that took risks and ruled!


March 31, 2014

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This week, outraged magazine readers fought back and opted to unsubscribe from their favorite monthlies over a disagreement with the editor in chief’s choices.

First it was Vogue. People love to hate Kim Kardashian, and when Anna Wintour put her and fiancé Kanye West on the cover of this month’s issue, the backlash was strong and swift. Many readers began campaigns to cancel their subscriptions, citing that Ms. Kardashian had no right to earn the highly coveted spot. She is not a model, reached fame through a homemade porn video,and has displayed questionable fashion sense in the past. She is not only one of the most “disliked” people in the business, she is also one of the most talked about.
It is always mind boggling to me, that every time a website posts a story about Kim Kardashian, a plethora of people take the time to log in, and post a derogatory comment. First of all, websites measure click throughs and comments to gauge the popularity of a post. Each of those people clicked through, presumably read the article, and then logged in, often to tell the site that they don’t care about her and that they should stop featuring her. Those click throughs and comments all add up, and send the editor and cyber bean counters a very different message.

While we are here, let me ask you another question? When was the last time a model graced the cover of your favorite fashion bible?
Uh-huh. Not recently. Celebrities, i.e. actresses and musicians sell more magazines at the newsstand than models. Models all want to be actresses anyways (and then they get their cover stories!) actresses all want to be fashion designers, and who knows what designers want to be anymore. Kim Kardashian and Vogue just experienced a huge PR boon, thanks to all the articles, interviews and Facebook posts that came about from people expressing dismay over her cover story.

A few days later, Self magazine came under fire. They featured a photo of 2 women running a marathon in tutus, and ridiculed the look. When readers discovered that one of those women was a cancer victim and made the tutus to raise money to fight the disease, they were outraged. Self’s editor in chief, Lucy Danziger issued a quick apology, which riled up her readership even more. She subsequently spoke to the women personally, and wrote a very positive article about her. Tutu sales jumped to the point that they cannot accept anymore orders. Readers responded with threats to cancel their subscriptions.

Had this women not been a cancer patient, and her choice of running attire not been philanthropic, would the outcry have been so strong? This is a magazine about women embracing their bodies and pursuing good health through diet and fitness. Is making fun of women running in tutus keeping true to the message the magazine hopes to convey? Anyone who trains for and completes a marathon is a role model. If doing so in a tutu provides motivation, we say “go for it!” Ms. Danziger not only apologized for the faux pas, but offered to work closely with the women to support her cause. She also brought great awareness to tutu project, which in turn brought them more orders. We all make mistakes, and this was a big one. It was also resolved to the best of the magazine’s ability. Isn’t that enough?

We are living in a world where we are so spoiled, that if a magazine features something that doesn’t suit us, we retaliate. How different is this to packing up our dolls and dishes and going home when we were 5 years old and our friend didn’t want to play the way we did?

We have a right to our opinions and a thanks to the internet, a forum to express them whether anyone wants to hear them or not.

Only time will tell if the magazines in question had any significant decline to subscriptions, or if the additional press served to sell more ad pages.

Now that that is cleared up, feel free to go back to postulateing  about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” until someone else does something you can complian about.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Pretty in Punk

May 9, 2013

Monday night marked the annual “Met Ball,” honoring the opening of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition entitled Punk: From Chaos to Couture.

Much speculation lead up to the event, as to how the theme would be handled by the revelers, hand selected by Vogue’s high priestess herself, Anna Wintour.

Well, today we have the answer, and in most cases, it was handled poorly.

While a few went all out, (Madonna you go girl!) many opted for odd choices that left them looking awkward and uncomfortable. Below are some of our favorites, who embraced the movement and looked pretty in punk:

Madonna at the Met

Madonna at the Met

Miley just being Miley

Miley just being Miley

Sarah Jessica Parker channeling  Carrie Bradshaw in Giles

Sarah Jessica Parker channeling Carrie Bradshaw in Giles

Kim Kardashian in a custom slipcover by Ricardo Tischi

Kim Kardashian in a custom slipcover by Riccardo Tischi

Beyonce in Givenchy

Beyonce in Givenchy

And after couture came utter chaos. What made these attractive young women embrace old age, instead of punk?

Nicole Richie goes grey

Nicole Richie goes grey

Kate Upton goes matronly

Kate Upton goes matronly

Nicki Minaj left us speechless

Nicki Minaj left us speechless

Anna Wintour in Chanel

Anna Wintour in Chanel

The grande dame of the evening may have inadvertently been the most punk of all. While others tried to conform to societal expectations, Ms.Wintour bucked the norm, and showed up in a demure floral Chanel gown. What looked the least in keeping with the theme,may just have out- punked everyone.

Met Ball Hall of Shame

May 10, 2012

Monday evening was the Met Ball, the fashionista’s equivalent of the Superbowl. Models, designers and celebs of all sorts came together to fete the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s most recent fashion exhibition, wearing their most spectacular attire. The A-list guest list was personally approved by Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue Magazine, and tickets cost $25,000 each!

What was most amazing to me, were the serious fashion faux pas, committed by some of the most admired people in the business. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Marc Jacobs, designer extraordinaire of  multiple eponymous labels, and Louis Vuitton, is possibly the greatest fashion influencer of our time.

His black lace shirt dress, with white cotton boxer briefs, is not likely to inspire others to follow in his Pilgrim shoe clad footsteps.

Beyonce, hailed by People Magazine as the most beautiful woman in the world, also donned see through lace in this Givenchy Couture Gown. Hey Bey, at least Marc wore underwear!  One day a peacock, another day a feather duster.

Coco Rocha, super model, wore a vintage Givenchy Couture “pant-set “in bright yellow and fucshia. It used to belong to Elizabeth Taylor, Um, Coco, didn’t anyone ever tell you that 2 wrongs don’t make a right? Pass it on to the Golden Girls, and don’t look back!

Diane von Furstenberg, in her own design. Puzzled by her choice? So are we!

Taylor Tomassi Hill, former Marie Claire fashion director, and artistic director at Moda Operandi, said it best today, when she took to her Twitter to offer her opinion on the evening. She suggested that people who dressed badly should be banned from the event for a year, and all ensembles would be subject to approval prior to being allowed to return.

Judging from this year’s selections, if Ms. Tomasi Hill’s idea took effect, it would be a very small, intimate event next year!

Fashion’s Night Out

September 9, 2009


Join the global celebration of fashion by participating in the first ever “Fashion’s Night Out” event, being held September 10th, in New York City, and major fashion capitals worldwide.
The event is co-sponsored by Vogue, the CFDA and The City of New York, and features over 700 participating retailers. From 6pm to 11pm on Thursday, stores will feature music, hors d’ oeuvres, and special appearances capped off by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Michael Kors appearing with the cast of “Hair” at the Macy’s in Queens!!

Masterminded by Ms. Wintour and spearheaded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the evening is intended to enliven the consumer spirit that churns our economy.

As fashion week approaches and the weather begins to cool, we are all itching for something new. Fashion’s Night Out is the perfect excuse to get out and shop while enjoying all of the great activities taking place around town.

To find out up to date information on special events and appearances, log onto and shop til you drop!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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