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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!
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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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Take a Shine to It

July 10, 2012

Metallic fabrics turned up on the runway this season, adding an unexpected sparkle to men’s fashion for Spring 2013.

Lanvin chose a classic platinum for their head to toe sportswear  looks.

Burberry took a shine to outerwear and shirts in colored metallic.

Neil Barrett paired a metallic leather jacket with easy khaki shorts.

Roberto Cavalli mixed matte and shine in monochromatic shades of lilac.

Cavalli also used silver pants as a foil to a classic white peacoat.

Futuristic fabrics add a modern and unexpected edge to familiar pieces. Are you ready to shine?

photos: style.com

The Match Game

July 4, 2012

As the men’s fashion shows come to a close across Europe, some new trends are emerging for Spring 2013.

One of the most prevalent themes is matching, in a much more literal way than we’ve previously seen.

Here are just a few of the ways designers are playing the Match Game:

Riccardo Tisci is tickled pink to cut his impeccably tailored pieces in all one hue at Givenchy:

Artful layers are completely aligned, also at Givenchy:

Acne takes a directional approach to stripes:

Henry Guillaume cuts his checks on the bias for a short suit, matching shirt and shoes at Carven:

Roberto Cavalli likes head to toe aqua:


Salvatore Ferragamo matches the shirt,sweater and jacket, but chooses a contrasting tone for the pants:

Monochromatic dressing took the catwalks by a storm this season. All we can say is, “Game, set MATCH!”


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