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The Best of the Met Ball in prep for tonight!

THE fashion event of the here is finally upon us and now that you are fully downloaded on the fashion icon and legend, Charles James, let’s discuss my 3 most memorable looks that have graced Costume Institute Ball’s red carpet.

In chronological order let’s start with this look from 2009.  This freshly dubbed style icon showcased to a tee how your own personal style should always resonate in anything you wear.  Rihanna pulled together one of my most memorable looks from the Met Ball red carpet by stepping away from the traditional floor length ball gown and giving us a new modern option: a Dolce & Cabbana tuxedo suit.  And can we just have moment for how everyone (myself included) was obsessed with this haircut?

Rihanna in Dolce & Gabbana-2009

Sheer, bare, lace, beading and feathers.  This coupled with an awe inspiring train is the perfect formula for why Beyonce is and will always be a red carpet “Best Dressed” mainstay.  In 2012, the Queen is probably the only star to carry such a noteworthy Givenchy gown on this super bowl of red carpets because while I can not take my eyes off of this jaw dropping gown it’s just as equally breathtaking because she is the one wearing it.  We find too often on this red carpet a gown that is just too much for the wearer and therefore leaves us feeling really underwhelmed and naming a list of others who we wish were wearing that gown.  She pairs this gown perfecting with a a simple pulled back ponytail and complementing the luxe of this gown with a fresh nude face.

Beyonce in Givenchy-2012

And last but certainly not least was the only star who fully embraced and let her style creativity reign at last year’s 2013 red carpet where the them was “Punk: Chaos to Couture”.  Many attendees were total red carpet let downs because with such a broad and robust theme there was definitely a chance to go extremely wrong or hit a red carpet style home run.  SJP (better known as Sarah Jessica Parker) was on my shortlist of style mavens to watch sashay down the red carpet runway and with majority of my list letting me down in the creativity department it was such a breath of fresh air to see her show everyone how to style to this theme with perfection!  She wore a Giles ensemble with the most talked about Philip Treacy headpiece of the year.  Seriously, SJP was utter perfection!

SJP in Giles-2013

Set your clocks for tonight at 5pm CST (6pm EST) for live updates from the red carpet!  Make sure you are following Vogue, The Metroplitan Museum and myself on social media for up to the minute updates of who is wearing what.

 

 

Charles James: Beyond Fashion #MetBall2014

Charles James Board 1The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Ball is literally around the corner and the biggest night of the year for the fashion industry.  One red carpet night a year the fashion elite showcase their stylistic interpretations of each year’s themes.  Last year’s theme was dedicated to the great impact that punk has contributed to the fashion industry and I could not have been more excited.  This year’s theme is a complete dichotomy of punk but the influence and insurmountable contributions is bar none.  The theme of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” is in dedication to the life and work of courtier Charles James.  The name and significance of Charles James is not well known outside of the fashion community so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to Charles James and his legendary work.

  • Who’s the Designer:  Charles James, otherwise known as the “Great American Courtier”.  James started his design career in London, and then Paris, and arrived in New York City in 1940 (fun fact is that before he officially settled in New York City he spent time here in Chicago).  While he had no formal training, he is regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of the Haute Couture.   His fascination with complex cut and seaming led to the creation of key design elements that he updated throughout his career: wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes & dresses, spiral-cut garments, and poufs.   In addition to these design elements he also has a long list of iconic ball gowns from the late 1940s and early 1950s which are the Four-Leaf Clover, Butterfly, Tree, Swan, and Diamond.
  • What’s the inspiration & relevance:  The exhibit is a focus on exploring James’s design process, his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today.  Approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs will be on display.   
  • Who’s wearing what? :    That is the big question but here are a few predictions so tune in to see if they happen to be right-Prada will be represented by brand face Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery; Prabal Gurung by Zoe Saldana; Givenchy by Amanda Seyfried; J. Mendel by Taylor Swift; Diane von Furstenberg by Margot Robbie and Olivia Munn; Tommy Hilfiger by Zooey Deschanel; with Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williamsalso attending. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz will be there with a mystery celeb, but not usual house model Emma Stone.

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