Posts Tagged ‘Chanel’

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

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

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

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

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

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Momager Kris Jenner was a lady in red by Balmain.

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Solange, Solange, Solange: in Giles Deacon.

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

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

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

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

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How low can you go JLo? in Atelier Versace.

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

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Kate Hudson goes for the gold in Michael Kors.

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

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Keri Russell’s fine feathered friend:

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

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Who do you think was a hit, and who was a miss? Sound off in the comments below:

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Cultural References in Fashion: Reverent or Racist?

May 4, 2015

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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Taylor Swift glowed in her de la Renta dress:

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

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Idina Menzel ruled in a frothy Donna Karen Atelier gown:
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Blake Lively glowed in gold Gucci with the ultimate accessory: husband Ryan Reynolds!
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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:
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Chloe Grace Moretz also missed the mark in Chanel:

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Sarah Paulson was a hot mess in Prada:

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Diana Agron looked matronly in Mui Mui:

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Katie Holmes channeled a Disney princess, and failed:

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

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

Coming Full Circle

March 11, 2013

Femininity abounds next fall, with soft swingy skirts taking center stage. Full, voluminous circle skirts made their appearance from some of the most sophisticated and influential designers. Retro insprired, yet modern, this silhouette is a must for next year.

Rochas showed full cut skirts hitting just below the knee in rich burgundy wool.

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Prada went full circle in red leather.

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Prada

Nina Ricci’s knee skimming skating skirt is paired with a fur trimmed top.

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Nina Ricci

Elie Saab’s fitted bodice and full skirted dress in rich turquoise is tailored, yet feminine.

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Elie Saab

Ports tweed ensemble pairs a circle skirt with a fitted coat.

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Chanel kept it short and flirty for their hot pink suit.

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Chanel

Lanvin’s dress has retro flair. Giant insects optional.

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Lanvin

When Bad Things Happen To Great Designers

May 16, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld is known for his namesake collection, as well as his work for the house of Chanel. A renowned tastemaker, with a love for the theatrical, Lagerfeld has had a profound effect on the world of fashion.
Lagerfeld showed his Fall 2010 collection on an iceberg, recreated in Paris for the show. In an oddly executed collection, featuring lots of fur and folk influences, it veered strongly into ridiculous territory. Really Karl? Who did you design this for? Yetis who lunch? Fur pants? Not exactly flattering, comfortable or practical, let alone the social- political implications of wearing fur.

We all make bad choices, but frankly, this one was a doozy!

photo: style.com

Channeling Chanel

January 8, 2010

Some people will go to any length to be fashionable. This frugal fashionista takes the cake. All we can say is “genius”!!!

Somehow, we think Coco Chanel would be proud.

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