Dragons, royal reds, and embroidered silks flooded the red carpet on Monday’s Met Gala. The most important fashion event of the year, the gala is where industry stars and celebrities of every caliber wine and dine to fundraise for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and show off their stuff while they’re at it. Since 1999, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour has transformed the benefit from a well attended socialite event to a celebrity-centered media frenzy and corporate power house capable of raising hundreds of millions. The dress code is based each year on the Met’s current exhibit, and this time around gala attendees interpreted “China: Through the Looking Glass” to both subtle and dramatic ends. The impact of Chinese culture on Western fashion is the show’s theme, and Chinese designers like Vera Wang, Phillip Lim, and Christopher Bu, along with their creations, were at the gala to prove it.
Rihanna stole the show when she arrived wrapped up in a massive trailing, fur trimmed, yellow gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei. It took two years for the designer to hand make the queen-sized, intricately embroidered masterpiece after the pop-star commissioned him to make her a golden gown. The Oriental imperial sentiment also came through in a series of headdresses and crowns, the most theatrical being Sarah Jessica Parker’s towering flame headpiece by Philip Treacy. Anne Hathaway opted for a different kind of head-piece statement, with a gold Ralph Lauren column hooded dress that gave a touch of mysterious glamour in lieu of more costume-based looks.
J-Lo, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce created their own curvy category when the three divas wore ravishing, sheer dresses embroidered with barely-there fancywork . Mrs. Lopez brought fierceness to the night's theme with her sheer, beaded Versace gown. Some rebels skipped the dress code in favor of unique designs of their own conception. Stars of this category include Dakota Johnson who wore a stunning black and white metallic sequined mini cocktail dress by Chanel. FKA twigs,as always, took the cake for originality with her Christopher Kane body-parts collaged dress. The designer/ model dream team of the night was Cher and Marc Jacobs; the iconic singer, not seen at the gala since 1997 , appeared fabulously bedazzled by a shiny red and silver Jacobs’ original and arm in arm with dress’s proud designer.
Monday, April 13, was a nice day for a white wedding when the bridal shows took to the runway. Christos Costarellos presented an especially relevant Spring 2016 line that traded its classic silhouettes for free-flowing and truly bohemian designs. With the '70s back as a leading trend period, there is no better time than the present to embrace the era’s romantic earthiness . The result has an almost Renaissance effect. The sheer lace dresses are gorgeous. It’s as if the delicate, under-layers, usually hid from view under heavy frills, came out and showed themselves in all their ghostly beauty. Galia Lahav and especially Vera Wang mined inspiration from lingerie to produce slip-like dresses, hemmed with lavish layers of tulle. Alternatives to the white dress came from Theia in form of a white wedding power suit, with a plunging neck line and crisp flared pants that is both sensual and empowering. By far, Houghton presented the most innovative and experimental line, with flouncy 60’s and 20’s shapes embroidered with fur and fringe for the brides and oversized shirts and elegant baggy, pants for the grooms. Exquisite use of color; silk expresso brown, hues of pink and cream along with playful florals broke up the genre’s placid sea of white. Last but not least, Houghton might have given the bridal world something entirely new: white lace overalls.
When you hear “Silicon Valley,” you may think mostly of power suits at best and men rocking socks and sandals at worst. But with all the current hype surrounding wearable tech, industry moguls have taken the next step and created tech’s own fashion week. Silicon Valley Fashion Week? (the question mark included in its title especially for its skeptics) will debut in San Francisco on May 12-14. Each day of the three day event at The Chapel concert venue on Valencia Street will focus on an a particular theme: movement and lighting, wearable tech and crowd-funded fashion designers. Event host Betabrand, a crowdfunding fashion app company, has said it will have drones, not models, float its garments down the runway. The time for such an event is right and tickets have sold out. Remember, San Francisco may be simply following it fashion lineage, because beside being home to Levi’s and Gap, it is a home to the future of tech.
Every season has its shapes, and at the moment, they are especially bold. The lady power suit has had a facelift thanks to Acne in form of a print-coordinated body con dress over skinny flared pants. Babyghost’s ready wear Fall 2015 line made the case for long hippy dresses with melting hems paired with saggy cardigans for a new heavy hemline cool. Banana Republic’s fresh take on the classic pleated skirt and blouse combo gives an old classic modern hype. The new set is a mono-chromatic combo: a boxy top over above-the-knee pleated skirt is perfect for both work and play.
You can see Lucky Brand’s enormous art-deco style building headquarters if you pass by Santa Fe Ave in downtown L.A’s Arts District. The So-Cal company put down its roots in Feb 2012 and since has further molded it’s OG vintage-wash jean brand into a complete showcase for So-Cal boho style. For those thinking about an ideal post-grad work space, check out the Racked L.A photo tour of the office. Inside the tiled and wood-floored offices are the sample racks, airy cubicles and bulletin boards pinned with inspirational cut-outs. The two story building is flanked with greenery and complete with an outdoor patio and a company bike rack for quick rides around the industrial hip neighborhood. Corporate yet conscientious, the company will also re-launch its non-profit Lucky Brand Foundation that provides paid days for employee community service and free employee yoga classes. Lucky Brand is also poised to open its biggest store yet; a 6,000-square-foot flagship that will open this August in El Segundo at the new high-end outdoor-shopping mall, The Point.
Mother’s day is on Sunday and there is no better place to find an original gift for her (and yourself) than this weekend’s Echo Park Craft Fair. More than 70 local vendors will exhibit their their indie wares at Silverlake’s Max Sennett Studios and the goodies go beyond wearables. This year the fair boasts a curated selection of delicious eats as well as a beauty and wellness lounge. Perfect for Mom will be the Mother’s day portrait studio and flower bouquet’s by renowned florists Moon Canyon Designs. You can bet that the So-Cal style will be top-notch, so expect lots of cacti, crystals, leather, pottery, eco-friendly clothes and jewelry. With gems by Dream Collective, handmade shoes by fair founder Beatrice Valenzuela and textiles by Heather Taylor, there is almost too much to be excited about. Limited free parking will be provided at Children’s Hospital on Sunset, as well as a quick shuttle ride to the fair. Tickets can be purchased for $8 online at http://echoparkcraftfair.com.
Networking can be fun, especially on a rooftop overlooking the downtown skyline surrounded by a slew of fabulously talented women. On May 11 at 11 a.m., get your inspiration on at a one-of-a-kind professional weekly mingle fest hosted by The Working Women’s Club at the Ace Hotel in downtown. The WW Club was founded in 2014 by super-smart Londoner Phoebe Lovatt who saw a need to provide spaces to connect working women world-wide. The work party is held every Wednesday and is free! Bringing your laptops, sketchpads and resumes/ business cards is recommended. RSVP.