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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.

PRE-FALL: Sheer 2011

Labels: Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Temperly London, Yves Saint Laurent

We again look to Givenchy when we begin to discuss the sheer trend that has been prominent in collections for a few seasons now. Last season the blogs buzzed about Abbey Lee Kershaw‘s street style when she wore a sheer skirt, but the trend been popping up on runways since at the least Spring 2010. Finding the right way to wear the trend is sometimes tricky though, and while some don’t have the legs to bare, designers have been particularly focusing on sheer tops for the season that can be covered with a nice jacket or slipped over another shirt.
Ricardo Tisci is another Miuccia Prada with pushing the fashion industry. You may have read about Givenchy in the past few seasons for a variety of reasons, mainly because of his models: Lea T(a transexual), Stephen Thompson(an albino), or the amount of diverse models on the runway for his Fall 2011 menswear showing. While some say he doesn’t purely for press sake, the fact of the matter is, he’s the only major label, or sometimes just the first, to do it. Because in this industry relevance is key, it doesn’t matter who actually does something first, but it’s who you remember and Tisci sure does have a way of making us all remember.

RESORT: Yves Saint Laurent 2011

Yves Saint Laurent is a name we more than likely all know, or atleast you’ve seen the letters, YSL somewhere. Most notably for me I think of the film that Bruce Weber did entitled Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing(WARNING: Male Frontal Nudity). Anyways, the line is back with their Resort 2011 line for women. The message seems to be pretty simple to me though ladies, it’s all about the legs.

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Opened: Ginta Lapina (Women)
Closed: Lindsey Wixson (Marilyn)

Fall 2010: Yves Saint Laurent

So a few days ago I saw a film created by Bruce Weber, a photographer known for his male nudity, for Yves Saint Laurent that discussed his frustrations at getting models to pose nude and made a correlation between himself and Bunny Yeager who did the same thing with women. It was great cinematography, I really loved the vibe that it procured. The only problem was that on the blog, if you have ever noticed, I refrain from showing nudity. The closest is the occasional bare male chest. This film shows frontal nudity and has homoerotic tendancies so… it’s not quite fit for our content. I do mention it though because it was shown along with a film depicting a montage of Bunny Yeager pictures at the start of the YSL show.

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Whereas spectators may have thought that they would be in for a risque show after a film like that, they were sadly mistaken. In all actuality the models were very covered, from their necks to their wrists, and then all the way down to the floor, they were covered in clothes. This languid clothes that could easily be put on a male or female. Cropped, one button jackets, wrapped and fringed coats… all mostly in the neutral colors of the season.
One can see various inspirations, but the line does still pay ode to the YSL man. It puts the artistic man as the man of the moment, the man we should all take tips from.

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