Heavenly Couture: The Met Gala's Holy theme for 2018

For many, Vogue Magazine is a fashion bible so it seems only fitting that The Metropolitan Museum of Art's next big Costume Institute exhibit is titled, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."  While it may seem controversial for The Met to take on Catholicism, the theme has more to do with fashion design's interpretation of religion and its use of religious iconography within the world of style and couture.

Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who has worked closely with the Vatican on the exhibit had this to say about it: "The focus is on a shared hypothesis about what we call the Catholic imagination and the way it has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity, as opposed to any kind of theology or sociology. Beauty has often been a bridge between believers and unbelievers.”

Mr. Bolton traveled to Rome eight times before the Vatican "signed off" on the exhibit. The Sistine Chapel sacristy Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff gave the "blessing" for this show to occur. They were receptive to the idea from the start but needed to be cautious and respectful of the Vatican garments that would be on loan to The Met, especially since some of the pieces are still in use by the Pope.

Along with Anna Wintour, Mr. and Mrs. Schwarzman, Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney and Rihanna will be the honorary chairs opening night of the Met Gala.


House of Z - The Zac Posen Documentary

I think it's a fair assessment to say that Zac Posen has become a household name. If you don't know his brand of elegant and sophisticated womenswear, then surely you know him as a permanent judge with Project Runway.

As a young and extremely talented twenty-one year old, Zac Posen rocketed to stardom within the fashion industry - one of fashion's golden boys. His red carpet looks were showstoppers and graced A-list celebs like Gywneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. But as we all know, what goes up, eventually must come down and golden Zac was not exempt. 

This documentary, directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, will premiere on Vogue.com on September 6 and will take us through the highs and lows of Zac Posen's career. 

Watch the House of Z trailer above.


Met Gala: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

taylor swift co-chairs met gala

Anyone else thinking about the Met Gala?!

On Monday, May 2nd, the fashion world's biggest designers will gather to a celebrity packed house for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, more commonly known as the Met Gala - though there is nothing common about it.

The star-studded event, labeled as the Oscars of Fashion by Andre Leon Tally, will deliver a red carpet like no other. Who'll be the most creative, who will play it safe and which celebs will be show-stoppers?

This year's theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” and the Costume Institute exhibition will feature more than 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces.

Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute had this to say about the exhibit to Vogue: “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made... But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”

This exclusive fashion party has a guest list of about 600 A-listers and quite the impressive chairing committee to include Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive and Anna WintourNicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada will serve as honorary chairs.


Keeping fashion new: Vogue's Anna Wintour on Paris Fashion Week

"A woman doesn't need something else in her wardrobe, but we need to seduce her again." Anna Wintour

As a blogger, I look at fashion all day it seems. Womenswear, menswear, couture, season after season. And there are so many seasons now that it's never ending. Not to mention an endless rotation of "fashion weeks." In this brief yet informed video clip, Anna Wintour speaks with Vogue  Magazine about the subject. No-one attends more runway shows than Anna and while we may want to live Chanel and Dior all day, we want (and need) something more.

I will always cover established houses and fashion labels but I also try to give emerging designers a platform. My Paris Fashion Week coverage this season focused on younger designer labels. Nothing is new. Everything's been done, so seeing a fresh perspective and a different point of view on an existing standard always breathes new life into it.



The 2015 CFDA Awards Red Carpet

From the Oscars to the Met Gala, while I'd love to attend every award show, event and banquet, the CFDA Awards would probably leave me the most star-struck. It's the one time a year, even more than the Met Gala, that the biggest designers, legends and newbies alike, come together to to celebrate and honor the year's best. The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards were last night at Lincoln Center in NYC. Congratulations to all the winners. See list below:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year Award: Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year Award: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: Hood by Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Mansur Gavriel

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson  

The Media Award: Instagram

The Founder's Award: Millard “Mickey” Drexler

The Fashion Icon Award: Pharrell Williams 

The International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino