Met Gala 2013. This Year: Punk!

It’s that time of year again when Hollywood’s finest get together for the annual MET Gala hosted by Vogue. This year they were celebrating the opening of the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This led to some very interesting interpretations and visions of the look by designers, make-up artists, and stars wearing the creations.

Here is a glimpse of some of what was seen on the red carpet……

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To start with is Chloe Green,  Jourdan Dunn, Ashley Madekwe, and Nicole Ritchie sporting designs which were custom designed for Vogue by the retailer adored by millions of students by the name of Topshop. Not so sure about Nicole’s hair style though, I’m thinking it’s more Halloween than punk!

I’ve got to say Ann Hathaway looks amazing here. Her new blonde hair colouring is a dramatic (but good) change from the hair she had to have for Les Miserables.

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Beyonce was bound to have something creative on that night, and she sure didn’t fail to impress with this interesting ensemble designed by Givency. The gloves I can handle, but the boots not so much!Gwyneth Paltrow vintage Valentino
Miley Cyrus Marc Jacobs

I think this vintage Valentino dress worn by Gweneth Paltrow was either loved or hated.. I’m personally liking this dress. Ok, so it doesn’t channel punk, but it’s an interesting design with the 3/4 sleeves and sheer panel.

Miley Cyrus on the other hand? Well it’s rather punk and even though it’s by one of my favourite designers, (Marc Jacobs), I just can’t bring myself to like this!

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Above is Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard. The peach asymmetrical is lovely, and is given an extra twist with the gorgeous houndstooth shoes.

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SJP was sure to raise eyebrows doing this pose on the red carpet! Her head-piece is designed by none other than the king of millinery, Sir Philip Treacy.

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Katy Perry & Jlo wearing their take on punk. In love with Jlo’s quiff and make-up.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

These are a few of my favourites from the night. Rooney Mara’s gown by Givenchy is a beautiful mix of lace and hard lines from the neck-line and zips.

Cara Delivine is wearing Burberry Prorsum, and Jamie King was a definite winner in the style stakes with her custom designed Topshop outfit. To finish is this beautiful photo of Taylor Swift with striking smoky eyes, & wearing J Mendel.

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OBEY : SS13

OBEY is a brand which is linked with punk rock and skateboarding due to it’s roots and base as a platform for the creator to express his art and message to the people . It was once a cult name but has increasingly gained popularity, much like the way BOY London has in the recent years. Here we see a few pieces from the new Summer lookbook:

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With its’ tie dye and vintage 80’s rock-band style vests, this collection gives a 90’s skater vibe which I’m loving.

LFW 2013 : A/W Trend Roundup

The Telegraph have given a roundup of the trends to expect in 2013, and while there are a few familiar trends making a comeback, there seems to be some interesting fashions coming our way this winter..

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Perfect Pinks – Dusty pinks were featured in many catwalks, with soft fabrics, and a glimpse of sheen and fur thrown in. Clockwise from top left: Simone Rocha, Mulberry, Eudon Choi, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique.

Return of the Cape – It looks like the cape will be coming back; if it means designs will be similar to the cream/white ones above then I think this winter will be the time to invest in my first cape. From left:  Peter Pilotto, Marios Schwab, and J.W.Anderson

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Lady in Lace – After last winters’ heavy wannabe goth look, I’m hoping this year won’t end up a repeat. There seems to be a ‘darker’ mood with these pieces, with layers of lace accented by chiffon and hints of velvet. Fingers crossed a ‘grown up’ gothic look will prevail on the high street this time instead. Clockwise from top left: Giles, Meadham Kirchhoff, Mulberry, Michael van der Ham, Erdem, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

Turtle Necks – I’m just going to put this out there.. I hate turtle necks! As a woman who admittedly loves low neck-lines more than they should, and takes adores any garb that shows off a figure, turtle necklines are the devil to me. Traditionally thought of as a jumper neckline of choice by greying men, it will be interesting to see whether this will take off. If it can be paired with a cape by Peter Pilotto as seen on the bottom right, I might just be convinced.

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Blue Velvet – After short absence, velvet fabrics may be returning to stores once more, and boy am I excited! (This might actually be because I bought this velvet dress from Asos, and I only got to wear it once before it became out of fashion), and I think because I no longer associate velvet with teachers (As a 90’s child velvet waistcoats were favoured by many a school teacher). I look forward to seeing some new designs made from the sumptuous fabric and in traditional winter jewel colours such as the sapphire blue in the Marios Schwab dress on the left, and deep emerald or ruby tones. Middle to right,  Christopher Kane & Issa.

The Split Skirt – I’m sure this trend will go down well with young teenagers and students. These  first appeared on the summer catwalks but will continue into autumn, with some slits going as high as the thigh. Clockwise from top left: Peter Pilotto, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, J.W.Anderson, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Tophshop Unique.

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Leopard Print – This age old classic will be making an appearance this A/W once again. I feel like it’s the print that never dies, but I’m not complaining, any chance to release the inner Kat Slater is fine by me. Clockwise from top left: Simone Rocha, Clements Ribeiro, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Burberry, Sister by Sibling, Tom Ford.

PVC – I was surprised to see more PVC on the catwalks, personally I think leather and pvc seem to have been done to death, but maybe there will be more variation in design this time round. It’s something a lot of people over the age of 25 could probably struggle to pull off, but a leather jacket with pvc panelling similar to the one by Meadham Kirchhoff on the bottom right might do the trick. Clockwise from top left: Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders, Simone Rocha, Marios Schwab, Topshop Unique, Meadham Kirchhoff

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And lastly, we have Medieval Sleeves – This trend I find rather interesting, I don’t think I could ever pull this one off but at least its’ different. It will be a micro-trend but something that fashion-conscious buyers might was to tap into. Marios Schwab makes another appearance with his design on the far right, and of course that one is my favourite. If toned down a little, this little trend may be quite wearable. From left: Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson & Marios Schwab.

 

Source : Telegraph

Photos : Vladimir Potop

The Corset: A Cultural History

As I say many times on here, I have a passion for lingerie and its’ history, particularly corsets and how they evolved through the decades in England and in Europe. One of the books I had purchased a while ago was The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele, and it is literally one of my favourite fashion books due to the amount of information in there.

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Valerie Steele is also the chief curator and acting director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and writes in a way in which it doesn’t feel like it’s hard work to read, as can be the case with a lot of informative books. In it, she explores the history, social norms, and fabrics and styles worn over time. The book also dispels the myth of tight-lacing and the notion that men were responsible for what would now be considered a micro-trend, because it was not as popular as we are led to believe.Overall, I highly recommend this book for anybody with an interest in corsetry and the evolution into what we wear today.

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