[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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[Fashion Video] Reverie by Nick Knight

Moods of freedom and restriction both appear in Nick Knight‘s film starring Tessa Kuragi in designs by the likes of Celine, Maison Margiela, Gucci and Valentino. Intrigued by the dual lives of the model – days spent pondering psychoanalysis, evenings spent freely exploring her sexuality and engaging in shibari bondage – Nick Knight looks at fetish in this editorial for AnOther magazine’s. The shoot focuses on escapism, and the ability to form new realities through fantasy, and features styling by Katy England. Having begun communication with Kuragi on Instagram, Knight spent time understanding her passions and fixations before beginning the shoot, relying on her expertise and agency to inform the narrative of the story and thus playing with the power dynamic between photographer and model. The notion of reverie and the dance between waking life and dreams is something that has interested Kuragi for years, and informs the dynamic of the shoot. The fogged, black and white nature of the prints suggests a lack of clarity, nodding to the transient, ever-changing and fleeting nature of our fantasies.

  • Photography: Nick Knight
  • Model: Tessa Kuragi at Premier
  • Styling: Katy England at Intrepid
  • Make-up: Lucia Pieroni at Streeters
  • Hair: Cyndia Harvey at Streeters
  • Manicurist: Marian Newman at Streeters
  • Set Design: Andrea Cellerino
  • Seamstress: Tina Kalivas

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