The Met Gala, the benefit event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, is considered the highlight of New York's social calendar, attracting fashion designers and stars from around the world. By Holy Correspondent of the Holy See
It is known for its expensive tickets, exclusive guest list, and extravagant outfits that are based around a different theme each year.
This year, the theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, which showcases how Catholicism has influenced fashion throughout history.
Celebrities hit the red carpet on Monday night, sporting papal-inspired gowns, chainmail costumes reminiscent of the Crusades and in singer Katy Perry's case - oversized angel wings.
Ali Hewson’s ethical initiative includes vegan leather bags made from Ugandan trees By Suzy Menkes
Ali Hewson is standing on the tiled floor of a Tribeca gallery, explaining how Edun's ethical programme has moved forward since I spotted a vegan bag made from pineapple last season.
“Now we have bags made from tree bark in an environment-friendly process to turn it into leather,” Ali said. “Having the store gives us great feedback; we need to have somewhere people can see the whole collection together and we can move forward slowly, and also online.”
This Out of Africa vision starts with a colourfully decorated, hand-customised motorcycle taxi from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Rich with jewels and joyful in its crazy additions, it draws crowds to the gallery window.
When they come inside, there are plenty of tempting accessories, from a Kenyan ‘Bibi’ bag with a giraffe print to ceramic jewellery and vases made from Kenyan clay by Kazuri Beads, which employs 300 local women. There are faux-fur embroideries and up-cycled leather weaves from an Ethical Fashion Initiative in Burkina Faso, while a shaggy faux-fur knit is another innovative eco-fabric made in Madagascar.
Now that it is owned by LVMH, Edun’s fashion collection is recognised for both its individuality and attention to detail, including hand-made embroideries in an alphabet pattern.
With a circle of ‘trees’ as background, the new collection looked both tribal and sophisticated, meaning that a graphic play on diagonal stripes and more regular checks were combined; or that a playful mix of miniature elephants, giraffes and other animals appeared on a sharply-tailored coat.
The online ‘e-shop’ has images of the handwork being made in different African territories, suggesting that clients are beginning to see something special and luxurious in ethically sourced and produced clothes and accessories made by hand.
The right timing, personality, and, of course, looks go into creating a supermodel - but a new study suggests that the rise of a new fashion star is not as random as it seems.
By Lauren Milligan
Researchers from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing looked at "the social and professional determinants of success in the fashion industry" to find who the coming season's catwalk star would be - and, unlike many areas of mathematics, this is one formula we can wrap our heads round easily. Which is no surprise since this formula is called "The Kendall Jenner Effect".
Between September and December 2014, the school's research assistant professor, Emilio Ferrara, and his team counted how many Instagram posts a range of top models did, and assessed how many likes and comments each post got on average. Then, using the Fashion Model Directory, they aggregated portfolio data - including how many times they had appeared on the catwalk so far, as well as other statistics including their height and shoe size. This information was then fed into multiple algorithms, which enabled the team to predict how "popular" the model would be at the forthcoming fashion month - as defined by how many catwalks she would appear on - with 80 per cent accuracy.
What the researchers perhaps didn't take into account, which New York Magazine also notes, is that walking the maximum number of catwalk shows is not necessarily a measure of supermodel status and, in fact, once a model gets to the point when she only has to walk in a few shows, for a few choice brands - in the way that Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, and (until recently) Gisele Bündchen have done - that is the true measure of supermodel success.
The forthcoming American Crime Story series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which stars Edgar Ramirez as the late designer and Penelope Cruz as his sister Donatella. By Katie Berrington
I am thrilled that another season of American Crime Story is coming to our screens. Ryan Murphy and his team created something truly special with The People vs O.J Simpson, winning a much merited BAFTA amongst a host of other awards," Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, said. "With British writer Tom Rob Smith, one of the most exciting talents in television drama, across season two, The Assassination of Gianni Versace promises to be captivating viewing”.
Accompanying the announcement are new images of the cast on set, one of which shows Cruz wearing a black lace veil covering the platinum blonde hair that she has had dyed for the role of the distinctive designer.
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Part with convention: summer in the city calls for fuchsia suiting and decadent marabou trims by day. Here's Vogue's edit of the sun-soaked street style looks to love now. by Julia Hobbs
The Pink Pant Suit
A fuchsia pant suit against a blue sky summer sky? In terms of Insta-worthy outfit choices, it doesn't get any better than this. Navy corporate suiting is a major trend for autumn, but while we're still in holiday mode, it's about a pulse-racing shade of pink (and a razor-sharp bob).
Image: JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE
The White City Dress
2017's street style has deemed that the white cotton sundress is a major part of a slick city wardrobe (rather than beach bound). The knee-grazing spaghetti-strap style is this year's freshest cut for warmer weekdays when it pays to be dressed and out of the door in under five minutes.
Image: JONATHAN DANIEL PRYCE
The Feather Trim
Thanks to Mrs. Prada's intervention, kitsch marabou trims are now a high-fashion indicator, subject to two rules; first, wear in daylight hours for intended high-vis effect; two, add sneakers so you can easily shimmy down the pavement.
The Summer Beret
Admittedly this street style trend (born on the Dior runway) demands bags of confidence. Imagine you are an extra on Gregg Araki's cult 1995 movie The Doom Generation, and pair your beret with Nineties Cobain frames.
The Granddad Blazer
Wearing an oversized blazer is nothing new - what's inspiring here is the silk pyjamas underneath. Short of going out in a pair of boxers, this is the most relaxed take on office attire now.
Everyone knows the stylish Summer appeal of cutoffs and how to wear them, but do you know how to make the best cutoff shorts from those old jeans of yours? We turned to denim guru Chantel Valentene, formerly of Resin denim. We asked Chantel — with her foolproof tips for making cutoff shorts for Summer that won't be too short, too long, or too uneven — to be our resident cutoffs expert (and model).
Occasion: all day, every day. "Granted they are way too big for me, but I love wearing these shorts. They're so comfortable, so relaxed, so chill, so we are going to make these into a pair of tomboy shorts."
Step 1: Invert and Smooth -- "Whenever you're working with something that is 100-percent cotton you want to turn it inside out, it usually helps, because you can make sure you don't cut through your pockets — they're so long you would never know you were cutting a short short. Then smooth the legs down straight."0:00
Step 2: Measure -- "Since the rise is so long we cut them pretty short, because they'll hang down pretty low on our bodies. I'll do a 2 or 3 inch inseam, but we start at 3 inches. We're going to curve the inseam up because on men's jeans they're so baggy that following the curve of the pocket makes them a little bit sexier. I'll measure it out from my crotch point 3 inches with my measuring tape."
Step 3: Even It Out -- "You want to match your point. Fold it over, making sure the crotch is folded, so you can make sure you're at the exact same point on both sides because the worst thing is uneven shorts!"
Start pulling some of your yarns out. It works really well when your fabric is 100 percent cotton, because there is no kind of spandex to draw it back so the cotton just lays flat. A lot of men's jeans are 100 percent cotton and a lot of boyfriend-fitting jeans are a 100-percent cotton, so that's fine.
Occasion: a night out. "I'm really a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but you can do a fancy vest top or a beaded shirt if you're going out at night, and/or a denim jacket with it. I would wear it with a white tee and a hat. Maybe a really awesome blazer, a long blazer. I'd do that."
Step 1: Measure -- Measure the length, either for a five- or seven-inch inseam. "I am going to cut it at seven, then see if I like. And if I don't, I can go up shorter. The worst thing to do would be to cut it at five inches and you hate it, but then you're stuck. Start measuring from your crotch point."
Step 2: Cut -- "Cut one side first, then the other. Never cut both sides at one time, or don't try to cut straight across. Cut the front piece first then the back piece. Put a little incision at your starting point. Then cut straight across on my top layer only and make sure it's laying flat. Use the back end of your scissors, because that's always the sharpest point."
Step 3: Even It Out -- You want to match your point. Fold it over, making sure the crotch is folded, so you can make sure you're at the exact same point on both sides."
Step 4: Customise -- "I nip the sides 'cause I like to fold them up. Jeans get narrower to your knee, so when you're cuffing it up you split it a little bit to give more room and avoid sausage leg."
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Towards the end of the Nineties, say from 1997 onwards, every Friday and Saturday night getting-ready-to-go-out conversation would go something like this: “What are you going to wear? Jeans and a top, right?”, “Yeah, jeans and a top.” By Sarah Harris
As dictated by J-Lo, Destiny’s Child and the supermodels of the era, there wasn’t an alternative going-out uniform worth considering. A spangled cocktail dress? Forget it. A skirt situation? Nope. Le Smoking? Certainly not. For cocktails at the Met Bar – or any bar in the lobby of a Schrager hotel – it would be jeans and some kind of sensational top (ideally, one that glittered or was otherwise decorative, and exposed a sliver of taut midriff) that would get you past the velvet rope. That sartorial fail-safe is back with a vengeance this season as designers revive the look. At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello teamed faded denim with plush sweetheart-neckline tops in black velvet; at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton partnered opulent jacquard corsets with patchwork jeans; while Roberto Cavalli went all-out bohemian, pairing hipster styles with beaded jackets and skinny silk scarves.
The first bit of good news? This time around, it isn’t vital to expose your midriff (choose high-waisted jeans and a top that neatly tucks in). And the second? In essence, this is a look that requires little more from you than a rummage in the wardrobe.
A brain scientist's guide to fashion. By Claire Maldarelli
The truisms of fashionistas are ingrained in all of us: Clothing adorned with vertical stripes makes you appear slimmer and taller, while garb with horizontal bands makes you look wider—and perhaps a bit chubby. Except, maybe not. Compare these squares of black and white stripes. The horizontally striped one looks taller and the vertically striped square seems wider, right?
Hermann von Helmholtz was first to note this illusion (now called the Helmholtz squares) in 1867. But he gave little insight into its cause. Even today, neuroscientists have no compelling theories to offer. In his note, Helmholtz did make a brief but compelling ode to fashion: “Ladies’ frocks with cross stripes make the figure look taller.”
His style guide is, in reality, more valid than ours. In 2011, psychologists at the University of York in England tested whether the illusion seen in the 2-D version was also true in 3-D. Two identical female mannequins wore either horizontal- or vertical-striped outfits. The team found that the figure sporting vertical stripes appeared wider; in fact, the one donning horizontal stripes would need to be 10.7 percent broader for the two to visually match up. A reminder that fashion is as much a science as it is an art.