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Met Gala 2011


Jay-Z in Tom Ford and Beyonce in Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 at the 2011 Met Gala

On Monday, heavy hitters from industries around the world attended the 2011 Met Gala in New York hosted by Vogue Magazine. With the official name of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit, the event, hosted by Anna Wintour, has grown from it’s simple small $50 a head beginnings, to one of the largest arts fundraisers in the world. This year, as every in every year, there was a theme. In light of Lee McQueen‘s tragic death, the theme was a retrospective entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, built around McQueen’s creations for his namesake label, Alexander McQueen.
At an event of this magnitude with these names in fashion involved, the red carpet is sure to be filled with custom/off the runway looks. Most certainly one of the most premiere red carpet events, right up under the Oscars, stylists and celebrities pull out top designs to display on the carpet and this year was no different.


celebs: Beyonce, Daphne Guinness, Diane Kruger, Florence Welch
dresses: Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, YSL

A few of my favorites of the night included of course Beyonce’s Emilio Pucci look. The Fall 2011 gown was so tight that the international performer had a hard time going up the stairs and because of this decided to not stop for photos. It was this that caused the paparazzi to boo her and husband, Jay-Z as they ascended into the exhibit. Another big name that I enjoyed was Daphne Guinness. Always known for her strong wardrobe choices, Daphne wore a Spring 2011 Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown that she donned in the window at Barney’s. Florence Welch was another favorite dressed in a custom Yves Saint Laurent gown. Florence has become a regular on best/worst dressed lists this past red carpet season with her sartorial choices. Diane Kruger chose a Jason Wu Fall 2011 gown for the carpet with a high slit showing a good amount of leg. The dress came off just as well off the runway as it did on it.


celebs: Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooklyn Decker, Claire Daines, Sarah Jessica Parker
dresses: Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen

Of course as in ever red carpet showing there were trends. It seems that the penchant for sleeves, simplicity, and shine carried on even to the Met Gala. Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney and Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors both chose gowns that look similar to some of the Calvin Klein gowns we saw during red carpet season. The dresses touched on a few trends: simplicity, splits, and sleeves. While Claire Daines went sleeveless with her Calvin Klein, there was still a simplicity and bit of shine to the piece that held it within the parameters of the trend of the night. Francisco Costa is undoubtedly proud of his work and the way it has come to define different celebrities on the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker appeared in a flesh toned Alexander McQueen gown, that while wasn’t stunning, was a solid choice.
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FILM: Anna Wintour on Bloomberg

There’s not much to say, it’s Anna Wintour we’re talking about. Chronicling her journey up until now, this feature sheds light into places I’ve never known about. For example, I wasn’t aware that her journey to the top of the masthead was preceded by so many other positions. I had only heard about Home and Garden in addition to Vogue UK. To be honest the video is meant as inspiration. Now it’s time to set your sights and climb.

Vogue November 2010

Magazine Cover
Model: Anne Hathaway
Photographer: Mario Testino
Publication: Vogue November 2010
So I’ve said it time and time again but after a while one gets tired of saying it and it’s just time to do it. I’ve finally gotten around to blogging about the magazines I get. Let’s not give excuses as to why it has taken me so long to get around to it, let’s just jump into Vogue‘s November 2010 issue, featuring Anne Hathaway on the cover in a burgundy Oscar de la Renta dress, antique diamond earrings from Dary’s and a Bulgari diamond-and-yellow-gold-bracelet. While I didn’t love the cover, I did like it. I felt that it was appropriate, which is the adjective that I have begun to use to describe Vogue as a whole. The publication, the cover, and this issue, were all very appropriate.

Flipping through the issue I couldn’t help but notice how wordy it seemed. The body copy seemed to go on for days! Take Hamish Bowles‘s article for example, I counted 4 pages. Vogue subscribers are actually finding that they actually have to read Vogue now. Oddly though, the amount to read about fashion seemed lacking.

Articles

  • I did enjoy reading about “It Girl”, Karlie Kloss‘s, experiences at Fashion’s Night Out. Then again, I love Karlie to bits.
  • Marc Jacob’s Spring 2011 collection was flawless-modern, pragmatic, and wearable

    Andre Leon Talley

  • Andre Leon Talley‘s review of the Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 collection began with that before going on to speak of it as hedonistic, directional and relevant. You know that I only lapped that review up.
  • The Aluminati” was a nice feature as well but I found myself only interested in Alexander Wang, the 2008 CFDA winner. Luckily, he received the biggest feature of the bunch.

CFDA Finalists

So this issue included small features on the CFDA Finalists and these would have to be my favorite two. As you all know Prabal Gurung(left)was no doubt one of my favorite shows of the Summer/Spring 2011 show season and it just so happens that I didn’t really pay attention to the menswear shows that happened during New York Fashion Week. Because of this Loden Dager(right) almost slipped through the cracks. Thankfully though, the brand did not and has in fact secured a place in my heart… now only if we can transfer that to my closet!

Editorial
This editorial, shot by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman, was my favorite of the issue. It was a tough decision, with Grace Coddington‘s two spreads putting up a good fight, but in the end, Sasha Pivovarova won out.



Whip Your Hair!

Collection: Willow
Season: Spring 2011
Location: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (New York Fashion Week)
Song: Whip My Hair by Willow Smith
And it has begun. Like a whirlwind, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is upon us… ohkay maybe the whirlwind part has yet to hit us but three shows are up and out at least: Willow(featured above), Organic by John Patrick, and Sanchin + Babi. Now we’re not going to say for sure that they are barometers for the industry but I would like to point out the distinct similarities in Organic and Sanchin. I mean muted colors, draping… the pretty much absence of the actual stiletto..it seems as if the fashion pendulum is taking a hefty swing away from the stripper heel, as well as the bodycon that had oh so quickly taken the industry by storm. But out of all of the collections I saw tonight… Willow was the best.

See more information about Fashion Week below the clip

So with fashion weeks upcoming there is undoubtedly a MOUND of catty-ness to be had. I mean fashion is high school, and September is like the August of school. It’s the time that the lines are drawn, cliques are formed, and we find out just who everyone is who’s important. Yeah yeah yeah, there’s the fashion weeks in February but those are like our return from Christmas Break. You know who’s who… and besides a few changes, everyone stays in their lane. But what some people don’t realize about New York is that unlike most other cities that have ONE fashion week… New York is blessed with two. Mercedes Benz fashion Week, that everyone fawns over, has a edgier, artsier… more presentation/culture driven counterpart: Milk Made, a series of shows sponsored by Milk Studios and MAC. Their SS10 video had me feeling like a giddy school girl wanting to run from the cheerleaders and into the shadows to her true friends.

But now onto the things that our industry is more known for… DRAMA. Yes, that is a screenshot of the new Vogue.com which is now no longer associated with Style.com. I’d like to say that while the layout is VICIOUS, it can never replace Style.com which is more of a resource to me, while Vogue.com is something that I would lazily peruse. But this isn’t to say that Style.com doesn’t feel any pressure… I mean they did happen to release their iPad app today, which happens to be the same day that Vogue.com officially relaunched. This isn’t the only drama though, I mean it’s Fashion Week! There’s things like the Jews who are on holiday until Friday at sundown, so they can’t attend shows, models who accidentally blab to WWD that they are walking womenswear for designers like Tom Ford who haven’t yet confirmed that they are showing womenswear, oh and the front row… the coveted front row! There have been so many masthead changes that PR companies are going to find it a nightmare to sit everyone in a seat that shows their importance but doesn’t place them by either a former employer or employee that may or may not ruffle their feathers.

P.S. What are we going to do with feathers for Spring 2011?? I say leave them on the birds!

MOVIE: The September Issue

http://www.megavideo.com/v/56N1EV89a3b56bcaf685ce26a41697a6735e272d

Undoubtedly one of the more noted fashion industry documentaries, The September Issue shows the inner workings of American Vogue during one of the most demanding times, the makings of their September Issue. Billed as the January of fashion, September is when fall fashion makes it’s debut and really normally sets the tone for the rest of the year. Magazines put out their largest issues during this time so we see here as Anna presides over the fashion bible while interacting with such heavy hitters like Grace Coddington and Andre Leon Talley. Her influence and clout in the industry is palpable as they explain what she has done and we see how other industry personnel such as Thakoon as well as retailers, seem to revere her.

Alana Zimmer in Vogue Beauty


Whereas I don’t have the name of this editorial, I do love it. The color palette, the flowy textures, all of the fabric. I fell completely in love with the editorial in Vogue Italia. Kenzo and Versace are shot on Alana Zimmer by Greg Lotus. The jewelry pieces anchored the very airy editorial. There are no words to describe my love for this particular editorial.

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See the rest of the editorial here.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week F/W 2010: Alexis Mabille

When I saw the schedule, I didn’t recognize the name. Then again, I’m not as into the fashion industry as I would like to think I am, so I did what any respectable apprentice of a craft would do, I began to research him. I found a few articles about ALEXIS MABILLE before eventually happening upon his website and biography. I found the picture above at HIGH SNOBIETY, and decided that it would be a good opening since before this show many pegged ALEXIS MABILLE as the bow tie guy, this Ken doll bow tie, being one of the many he designed.

Mabille’s biography a love of fashion, sparked by museums and attics. As a teenager, young Mabille got his first taste for design when he began creating theatre and party costumes, as well as designing for friends and family. After studying at Paris’ CHAMBRE SYNDICALE, he began partaking in apprenticeships at NINA RICCI and UNGARO before settling at CHRISTIAN DIOR. The nine years spent there created fine jewelry for JOHN GALLIANO and the DIOR HOMME line overseen by HEDI SLIMANE. He told VOGUE “I was an intern at the beginning when I started with Dior and I stayed for nine years because it was a great place to work. It was a crazy time, very fun: everything was open. It taught me that something not very beautiful, something from daily life, can be made amazing. I had a very good relationship with Galliano and with the label, but I felt it was time to follow my own vision,” about the time spent there. Mabille also told VOGUE that he would really love to dress the Queen.

Choosing pictures for this line proved a tad more difficult than for DIOR, but I did it. The following 4 pictures, I found at STYLE, where the entire collection and an accompanying article, can be viewed. Sadly, I couldn’t find the board for the models but that only means we can plunge right into the show!

I bring you this first dress because unlike my friends over at TLo, I like bows on a woman, if placed correctly. Whereas I do believe that there is a better positioning for this particular bow(which I saw by my “Best Dressed” winner’s dress for my prom this year,) I still like the look. It, like most of the collection, is kind of like wearable couture. It’s couture that really and truly, I could see a variety of women wearing.

For this next number, a tasteful sheer concoction, I will give you background. Style reports that Mabille’s story line dictated a girl waking from a night of fitfull sleeping to find herself entangled in her pajamas. Now these are not the flannels, that my family wears but apparently sheer, flowing, and silken pieces. They quote Mabille saying “I wanted it to look loose and casual-fitting, so she can wear things with the attitude of pulling on a T-shirt,” which is what I see in this look. It looks very comfortable and very fluid. To me it seems as if anyone wearing it would have the comfortability of a T-shirt while the look of something much more priceless.

This look, is just that, alot of look. Mabille rolls his many signatures into one look: the sheer fluidity and the bow tie leave me, hours after I saw it for the first time, still trying to decide if I like it or not. My mind wants to say somethings off but, I just can bring myself to say it, especially being a lover of movement like I am. The sheer material seems to create a visual aura around the model, and truthfully I’m still undecided.

Lastly I present you with this, a look that I am decided upon. This chic evening suit with it’s white scalloped edged peacoat Made me actually decide to post. The golden buttons, and what I’m going to bet is a black bow in the back make me smile. The sheer material cum scarf around her neck is an added plus and really and truly I’m not positive what makes the look so right in my eyes. Maybe it’s the clean and chic quality… I don’t know but I do know… I like… I like.

Mr. Mabille himself came out with a small bit of couture on his pants… probably just found it’s way there in all that hard craftsmanship.

The September Issue

I absolutely can’t wait and I’m guessing that you can’t either, so take a gander at the trailer!!

Anna Wintour On 60 Minutes

I absolutely love her! One part of me wants to raise itself to her status, because she knows what she’s doing and carries a good bit of clout wherever she goes!

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