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.


Met Gala announces 2017 theme: Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” said the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

This is not only exciting but big, big news since Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer to serve as the theme and inspiration of the Met Gala since Yves Saint Laurent. 

Vogue's Met Gala is fashion's biggest soiree bringing out an elite guest list of fashion designers and celebrities. Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will cochair the event along with Anna Wintour of course. The Met Gala will take place on May 1, 2017. 

The Costume Institute exhibit will feature 120 looks from Comme des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo.



The 24th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is right around the corner and will once again give patrons the opportunity to bid on an array of silent and live auction items including lavish trips, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, designer jewelry and handbags, and much more. Benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), on Monday, August 29th beginning at 7 p.m., attendees are invited to mix and mingle in a completely transformed environment in Phipps Plaza while enjoying a pre-show cocktail reception, a silent auction, a high-energy live auction, a runway show featuring style selections from high-end designers such as Lanvin, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  

A sampling of this year’s silent and live auction items includes:

·   Vogue Fantasy Trip for Two to NYC – One of the most iconic and prolific fashion magazines in the world, two lucky patrons will get to attend an exclusive event at New York Fashion Week. The package includes airfare, hotel and lunch with a Vogue Market Stylist. 

·    Private Jet Experience and an Atlanta Falcons Game – More than $9000 value, take a deluxe private jet to and from Atlanta to Philadelphia to watch the Falcons take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

·   South African Safari at Thulani Game Lodge & Eco Estate – This once in a lifetime experience includes lodging for two couples for one week, two game drives per day, and breakfast daily prepared by a personal chef.  The luxuriously beautiful lodge features five impeccably-appointed bedrooms, elegant ensuite baths, a private wine chamber and a falling waters pool.

·   Crystal Cruises “Azure Reflections” Voyage – An all-inclusive, 10-day luxury cruise for two aboard Crystal Cruises’ Six-Star ship, Crystal Serenity, from Barbados/Bridgetown, British West Indies to Miami, FL.  

·   MONIQUE PÉAN Earrings – Known for creating fine jewelry with a conscience, Péan employs unusual, ethically sourced materials to create her avant-garde designs and works to raise awareness of global issues. For this year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares live auction, Péan has donated a stunning pair of earrings valued at more than $21,000.

·      Four VIP Passes to LIVE! With Kelly

·      Four VIP Passes to Good Morning America

·      Marc Jacobs Snapshot Double Take signature camera bag.

·      Marc Jacobs West End Top Handle Shoulder Handbag. 

·      Barton Perreira and Tom Ford sunglasses. 

·      Eva Fehren necklace with a signature “X” beveled pendant in 18K yellow gold.

The official kick-off to the fall social season, Jeffrey Fashion Cares was founded by Jeffrey Kalinsky, arbiter of style and creator of two namesake boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan.  This year, Kalinsky will once again join Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams in producing an unforgettable evening filled with philanthropy and fashion. Last year’s sold-out event raised $700,000 for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).  In its history, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. 

Jeffrey Fashion Cares will once again be held at Phipps Plaza Phipps Plaza at 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326. Tickets and Patron and Sponsors Packages are available starting at $500 for reserved seating via www.jeffreyfashioncares.com


The 25 Best Street Style Pics from Paris Fashion Week Men

Photographer Phil Oh captured some of the best street style photos from the men's collections during Paris Fashion Week. If there is a take-away from these images is that personal style reigns supreme in the fashion world. It's not who you wear so much as how you wear it. 


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.


Adele covers Vogue for March 2016

Adele "25" has been playing in my car since the first week of January. And when I'm not in the car, I find myself humming the album, so Vogue's March cover makes me quite happy.

Adele is a stunning woman on every level. I love her powerhouse pipes, the lyrics to her songs and her modesty and humility. Adele is featured on the March Cover of Vogue and her interview with Hamish Bowles for Vogue will make you fall in love with Adele even more. She opens up and speaks candidly about everything from fame to family. Adele talks about [her] weight and image, the red carpet, wining Grammys and to my pleasant surprise, reveals one of her favorite albums.

Annie Leibovitz photographed Adele for the Vogue cover and for the gorgeous images inside. There's a Springtime romanticism with a touch of Renaissance about the photos that are sooooo Adele. The "fabulous frocks" on Adele's back are Gucci, Burberry, Giambattista Valli, Erdem, Ferragamo and one of the most dramatic pics in McQueen.


Event Recap: The Frye Company Atlanta Grand Opening with Vogue Magazine

The Frye Company Atlanta Opening -  Photos: Tomas Espinoza

The Frye Company Atlanta Opening - Photos: Tomas Espinoza

Last Thursday, more than 200 Atlantans descended upon Ponce City Market to celebrate the grand opening of The Frye Company's Atlanta flagship store during a private event hosted by actress Ashley Greene and Vogue Magazine

As guests perused Frye's Fall Collection for men and women, they were treated to a mix of savory and sweet southern bites created by Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Catering Co. including homemade mac n’ cheese tartlets, mini “Memphis” pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and red velvet baby cakes with cream cheese icing, brandy pecan cups, and key lime tartlets. Guests also sipped on signature libations from Copper Fox Distillery and enjoyed local craft brews from Wild Heaven Craft Brewery while DJ Pat O’Brien curated the soundtrack of the evening. 

Ashley Greene and I chatted for a while. I went up to say hello to her with my friend Anna. We couldn't resist letting Ashley know that she is our favorite vampire in the Twilight Saga Series.  Photo: Paras Griffin/The Photoman Life

Ashley Greene and I chatted for a while. I went up to say hello to her with my friend Anna. We couldn't resist letting Ashley know that she is our favorite vampire in the Twilight Saga Series. Photo: Paras Griffin/The Photoman Life

Ashley Greene, sporting Diana Cut Stud Frye booties and a grey Frye Heidi Fringe Crossbody clutch, mixed and mingled with guests, helped them shop and snapped photos throughout the evening. And I wore: Blazer - Banana Republic; shirt - Hugo Boss; jeans - Helmut Lang; pocket square - Etro AND boots, of course - FRYE!