[Red Carpet] Met Gala ’16: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Last night the most prestigious event in the industry was held; the Met Gala. This event is  formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and this sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme.

This years exposition is “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” head curator Andrew Bolton touched on the traditionally dichotomous relationship between the handmade and machine-made in fashion, and the blurring of the two disciplines in the creation of haute couture and ready-to-wear.

The attendees were not shy to flaunt their unique styles. The men attending the anual event were not one to hold back in there custom designer attire, the attention to detail was immaculate and is what makes menswear unique for this sort of event.

Jaden Smith in custom Louis Vuitton with white pipping, Derek Blasberg in custom detailed collar and cummerbund by Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in classic Dolce & Gabbana and Jared Leto in all white steampunk inspired Gucci.

[L to R] Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton, Derek Blasberg in Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in Dolce & Gabbana and Jared Leto in Gucci.

[L to R] Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton, Derek Blasberg in Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in Dolce & Gabbana & Jared Leto in Gucci.

The artist, models, socialites and starlets that attended the event did not hold back, were completely creative and allowed themselves to venture the different and outrages styles created as Haute Couture and Ready to Wear.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Hamilton inspired Monse with a modern tribute to the past, Jourdan Dunn in  techie Balmain, Kate Hudson in a commixture of a handmade and laser cut Atelier Versace gown, Taylor Swift in  edgy Louis Vuitton and Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

[L to R] Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse, Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton and Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

[L to R] Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse, Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton & Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

Anna Wintour in classically beautiful Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in gothic inspired Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in the always posh Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in  the always breathtaking Alexander McQueen.

[L to R] Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.

[L to R] Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.

The most outlandish and gorgeous dress was worn by Claire Danes and created by Zac Posen. The beautiful design was highly criticized, being called a Cinderella dress. But the gown took on a life of its own, when the couturier surprised everyone with the perfect harmony of “Manus X Machina”, incorporating fiber optics. Reminding us that the machine made can always be impressive, but the handmade infused with technology can create wonders.

Claire Danes in Zac Pose

Claire Danes in Zac Posen.

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[Red Carpet] 88th Annual Academy Awards ’16

Tonight the 88th Annual Academy Awards were held. The starlets wore designer gowns and showed off a more traditional old hollywood feel. It was difficult to pick a best dressed, since so many of them were stunning.

The first five actresses that graced the red carpet were Charlize Theron in Dior Couture, Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, Margot Robbie in Tom Ford, Cate Blanchet in Armani Prive and Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein.

[L to R] Charlize Theron in Valentino, Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, Margot Robbie in Diane Von Furstenburg, Cate Blanchet in Armani Prive and Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein.

[L to R] Charlize Theron, Lady Gaga, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchet and Saoirse Ronan.

The following leading ladies did not fail to impress either Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney, Priyanka Chopra in Zahir Murad, Daisy Ridley in Chanel Haute Couture, Jennifer Garner in Versace and Jessi Cruickshank in our own Luis Antonio.

[L to R] Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney, Priyanka Chopra in Zahir Murad, Daisy Ridley in Chanel Haute Couture, Jennifer Garner in Versace and Jessi Cruickshank in Luis Antonio.

[L to R] Olivia Munn, Priyanka Chopra, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Garner and Jessi Cruickshank.

As for these starlets they went out on a limb and changed up there usual style for things the where more on the edgy and Haute Couture side: Kerry Washington in Versace, Olivia Wild in Valentino Haute Couture, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture, Sophie Vergara in Marchesa and Mindy Kailing in Elizabeth Kennedy.

[L to R] Kerry Washington in Versace, Olivia Wild in Valentino Haute Couture, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture, Sophie Vergara in Marchesa and Mindy Kailing in Elizabeth Kennedy,

[L to R] Kerry Washington, Olivia Wild, Rooney Mara, Sophie Vergara and Mindy Kailing.

The men of the Oscars were no doubt adventurous and stylish. The dared to think out of the box in styling, texture and color scheme. They definitely dressed as hollywood royalty: Jared Leto in Gucci, Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen, Common in Dolce & Gabbana, Sam Smith in Dun Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani.

[L to R] Jared Leto in Gucci, Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen, Common in Dolce & Gabbana, Sam Smith in Dun Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani.

[L to R] Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne, Common, Sam Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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[Runway] Top 5 Menswear Shows F/W ’16

“Fashion reflects. It responds to its environment. Check the headlines, there’s darkness at the edge of town, and protection against that darkness is critical,” wrote Tim Blanks in London at the beginning of the Autumn/Winter 2016 menswear season. Indeed, designers’ pre-occupation with our troubled and uncertain times set the prevailing mood of the season.

The threat of widespread war, a global refugee crisis, a shaky global economy, the continued rise of religious extremism, increasing inequality and the spectre of ecological horrors — these strands of sadness and worry appeared in ways big and small on catwalks across London, Milan and Paris.

Largely, designers fell into two camps. There were those who offered protection, sometimes drawing on miltary themes. And there were others, who, like in 1930s Berlin, sought solace in pure escapism, which sometimes took a hyper-decorative even bacchanalian bent. Despite such a troubling context, a number of designers showed their prodigious skill, reflecting the times we live in with unfettered and powerful creativity.

 1. Raf Simons – designed by Raf Simons

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Raf Simons presentation stepped fearlessly through David Lynch’s nightmarish mirror of apple-pie Americana. Nightmares and Dreams he called it, and it was a brilliant, disturbing descent into a world where imperfections ruled, where youthful idealism had been literally destroyed, where the woods were dark and full of danger.

2. Dries Van Noten – designed by Dries Van Noten

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For his collections, Van Noten has the deep reservoir of his own past to draw on, and he revisited it persuasively. The oversized 1940s-style suits were a reminder that, of all the designers who ever drew inspiration from David Bowie, his fandom was the most convincing.

3. Alexander McQueen – designed by Sarah Burton

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Historicism, romance and science: these were always ingredients in the heady McQueen stew, and it was reassuring to see them make such a strong comeback after Spring’s irresolute offering. The silhouettes were clear and classic, with the incontrovertible masculine edge only a military influence can bring: suits single- and double-breasted suits, trenches, greatcoats, a regimental-red cadet’s jacket.There were plenty of darkly alluring flourishes, like the band of chiffon that edged a soft-shouldered coat, the tulle-shrouded moths embroidered tone on tone on a pinstripe suit, or the silver chain harness of crosses and pearls that anchored a white silk tunic.

4. Louis Vuitton  – designed by Kim Jones

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The collection had an undertow of dark allure, ably assisted by its lushly sombre colour palette and its striking casting. Many of the models looked like they could have been White Russian princelings in another life, washing up in Paris on a wave of revolution at home. They had clothes and accessories to match: dandy tailoring, languid jersey overcoats, and trench-coats belted with fur, ravishing shearlings, silver necklaces, and a whole history-book of Jade Jagger designed charms studding the silk scarves that wrapped their throats. Jones’ Paris was romantic, infused with the spirit of the artists, aesthetes and aristocrats in exile who fed the city’s creative fervour over the past century. The ghost of Cocteau hovered in the scribbles on silk shirts. The artful use of old trunk stamps as new branding was a reminder of the romance of travel that has always been LV’s calling card.

5. Ermenegildo Zegna – designed by Stefano Pilati

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Stefano Pilati’s signatures were on parade this season at Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. His knack for defusing formality, for instance, most obvious with the broken suit, but he’ll also attach a drawstring waist to a pair of pinstripe trousers. Playing with volumes, as with trousers whose bagginess was spotlighted by deep pleats. The Zegna mills showed form with muted but plush jacquards, woven in patterns that were reminiscent of mosaics and tapestries. They were carried over into the footwear, micro-perforated in swirling patterns. But at the same time, there’d be a quilted bomber in recycled polyester, a reminder of the house’s facility with fabric technology. Elegance is a constant.

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