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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.
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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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Red Carpet Color Watch

January 13, 2014

Awards season is in full swing, and the ladies of the Golden Globes had their share of red carpet hits and misses.Among the standouts were the beautiful  shades of red and coral that turned up in some the the most stunning looks of the evening.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a dramatic Ralph Lauren gown with cape-like sleeves.

Julia Louis -Dreyfus

Julia Louis -Dreyfus

Julia Louis- Dreyfus channeled old Hollywood in her simple, yet sexy scarlet gown by Narciso Rodriguez.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

A very pregnant Drew Barrymore wore scattered blooms by Monique Lhullier.

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift shunned her usual sparkles for a beautiful bicolored Carolina Herrera ball gown.

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick glowed in coral.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Amy Adams’ Valentino gown in red and burgundy, may have been one of the simplest, yet most striking looks of the night.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

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Emma Watson was youthful and trendy in her backless Dior coral dress over skinny black pants .

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New York Fashion Week Wrap-Up

February 21, 2012

New York Fashion Weekhas come to a close, with more than 280 designers showing their collections for  Fall 2012-13  over the course of 9 days. While it was somewhat of a conservative season, there were overarching trends that emerged. Here are a few of the “must haves,” New York style:

  1. Burgundy was the #1 color shown by many designers. It is a deep warm red that plays well off of all the black and white shown. Also look for rich blues, and emerald green as runners up.
  2. Chunky Sweaters were abundant, whether mixed with something soft and ethereal, or back to clean leather bottoms.
  3. Leather sportswear cropped up virtually everywhere, in simple easy cut pants, lean pencil skirts and tops, dresses or jackets of all kinds. A great fitting leather bottom is a must have for the season.
  4. Military madness is sweeping the catwalks again, and the military inspired jacket or coat is a key piece.
  5. Menswear influences, through classic fabrics and new takes on haberdashery styling permeated the runways.  Mix it up, with new proportions and items.
  6. Metallic fabrics, whether in gold or jewel toned colors added an unexpected twist to the looks. Shine in general, through finishes and technical aspects to fabrics are still important.
  7. Fur is still gaining momentum with everything from shaggy outerwear, to handbags and even a raccoon tail as an accessory being prominent across designers.
  8. Black is the new black, and head to toe winter white was a showstopper.
  9. Flower power continues into fall, where the spring trend morphs onto leather, soft fabrics and jacquards.

10. Blanket stripes and patched fabrics add a cozy outdoorsy feel to fashion. 11. Below the knee looks, from skirts to an influx of cropped trousers gave a new proportion to the season.

12. Peplums made a comeback for spring, and are continuing to rule the runways in modern iterations of the vintage silhouette. Some of these items may be sitting in your closet, waiting for a renaissance. Try putting them together in new and exciting ways, and give your current wardrobe an instant upgrade!

Too School for Cool

April 4, 2011

It’s prom season and girls around the country have been eagerly planning their attire for the festivities.  For most, that entails some type of evening gown.

In my day, they were either fluffy pastel colored confections, or Quiana halter dresses (a nasty synthetic fabric that gave polyester it’s bad rap). The boys tended to match their ruffled shirts to the girl’s dress, or in some cases, (horror of all horrors), they selected a coordinating colored tux.

Even then, this went against my fashion instincts. As a high school senior, and a fashionista in training, I knew I would rather skip the party than dress like that. The eternally chic Bianca Jagger was photographed wearing a tuxedo to Studio 54, the disco in New York City where all of the fabulous fashion crowd partied the nights away. An inspiration was born…

I was headed to New York in September to seek my fame and fortune, and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology to study design. What better statement to make in my last days of oblivion in a midwestern high school than to wear “Le Smoking” as Yves St. Laurent called his iconic version of the tuxedo for women.

I set out to rent a suit, but my 5’4” and 95 pound frame did not quite work in a boy’s tuxedo.  Being a budding young designer, I found a women’s black suit, tailored it to fit, and added the satin touches to make it work. Accented with some fierce Lucite wedges, I think I created quite the desired stir on prom night.

Today, as I was trolling the Internet, I was shocked to discover that many young women are being banned from attending their proms if they choose to wear a tuxedo.

Many of the cases featured were lesbians, challenging their rights to equality by choosing to wear what is considered “gender inappropriate” formal wear to the prom. As appalling as this is on a human rights level, it is also abhorrent on a fashion level. Who are these people to dictate sexuality or personal style?

The recent runway shows featured many iterations of women’s tuxedos for the coming fall season. Illustrious designers, from Ralph Lauren to Jason Wu, showed new takes on the look, ranging from the more classic to modern variations of the white dinner jacket. In my opinion, any of these might be a better look than forcing a self conscious young women to stuff into a dress that does not flatter her body, or make her feel comfortable.

Thankfully, several of these cases were brought before the court, and deemed unconstitutional.  The girls will be going to the prom with their same sex dates, and rocking their tuxedos. For the time being, the United States legal system, and the fashion police have prevailed.

When Bad Things Happen To Great Designers

May 7, 2010

Even some of the best fashion designers in the world have off moments. Today we premiere a new feature about the occasional lapses in sartorial judgment by some of the best in the business.

Reed Krakoff, the creative genius behind the renaissance of Coach, and a Ralph Lauren /Tommy Hilfiger alumni, premiered his first collection under his own label for Fall 2010.

Here we see his suspendered fur pouches shown over a simple sweater and trouser. Really Reed? Really? I mean, what woman wants to have straps pulled across her bust and 2 large poufs of fur accentuating her hips?

photo: style.com


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