Our trunk show guests get first pick from our large collection of one of a kind jewels. Most styles NEVER hit the website! There is a new collection of these beauties at each event! Join us for all things sparkly and bubbly as the sun sets overlooking Times Square next Friday for our Private Trunk Show. This is an open invite, feel free to bring anyone that would be interested!
THE MET GALA: A celebration of historical fashion or just celebrity shock value?
(Left to right, Rihanna 2014, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, J.Lo 2015 MET Gala)
It was hard to miss the MET Gala's red carpet Tuesday night, as top celebrities used this opportunity to compete with Rihanna’s last nudity stunt.
Can we not forget why there is a MET Gala? Since 1971, the MET Gala began with the purpose of bringing attention to Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion archives, with curated fashion collections from living and dead designers, cultural costume from all over the world, and that of social movements. Now being the $25K/seat, star studded gala that it is today, the MET Ball actually funds the Costume Institute’s entire operating budget!
As the only major event combining ART & FASHION, guests are encouraged to dress in the theme of the opening Met fashion exhibit, this year being “China: through a looking glass”. This is the venue where all of the crazy runway show-stoppers could actually BE WORN. With unlimited money and top designers at their beck and call, I wonder: why would the guests NOT indulge in the fantasy? Despite the fact that nudity has its own place in the art world, I would have loved to see more artistically inspired looks worthy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opening. View the full VOGUE gallery here
Sadly, with social media praising nudity and punishing artistic inspired fashions, (see below), I hate to imagine the future of the MET Gala, and artistic fashion for that matter!
Diana Vreeland: A Fashion Movement
Anna Wintour may currently be the guns behind the MET Gala, the Editor of Vogue, and the character depicted in film "The Devil Wears Prada", but she is only walking down the path paved by the late Diana Vreeland. If you have not seen the documentary “The Eye Has to Travel” you are missing out on an incredible life story! Before Diana Vreeland, fashion magazines were like Macy’s mailers combined with Martha Stewart Living. Think of women blankly posing in clothing, and stories about how to make the best pie. Watch the trailer here:
Diana worked at Harpers Bazaar from 1936-1962, moved on to be the self-proclaimed first and “only fashion editor” while working at Vogue from 1963-1971, and then curated the Costume exhibitions at the Met from 1971-1984. She even has a film character based on her waaay before "The Devil wears Prada". "Who are you Polly Magoo" -1966 and next on my to watch list!
During this time, Vreeland completely changed the idea of fashion and fashion magazines. She not only had brilliant artistic vision, but also truly felt the pulse of societal change; creating the first magazine to transport you to another place, and one that embraced diversity.
Being teased by her mother for being an ugly duckling, she created a style and persona for herself, and pushed the fashion photographers to make the subject’s biggest flaw the most beautiful thing about them. She helped brand designers by creating visual stories around their clothing. It was said if she fixed her eye on someone, they would blossom. She discovered and encouraged many of the most famous designers, photographers and models, like Oscar de la Renta, Twiggy, Lauren Bacall, Richard Avedon, and Cher, to name a few. Vreeland's office memos were so outspoken, outlandish, and revolutionary that they have their own book! She is said to have been the first blogger, read some of her quotes here and here . Her life story and vision are truly an inspiration. If she were alive today, she would have been the ONLY reality star I'd be watching!