Month: May 2015

Met or Meh Gala….

Hello, my fellow readers. Finally, had some downtime to relax and soak up the sun. I know this post is a bit late, three days to be exact, but alas it is something that needed to get done.

Let’s dive right in.

Monday’s night Met Gala, an annual fundraiser that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York. It is known as a fashion mecca where designers are paired with celebrities, models and are dressed to that annuals fashion exhibit themes. Now this year’s theme was China: Through The Looking Glass, which exhibited China’s art through fashion, art and China ware. Personally, I think it was a brilliant theme and was looking forward for the fashion. As the photos came in through VOGUE, Style.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I was a bit appalled that these “celebrities” are considered the fashion innovators, the ones that are pushing fashion forward. I know that as a blogger, not nearly making a six-figure income like they are, they are the ones exposed to fashion first and it trickles down to street wear.

Like has fashion really sold out to the Kardashians, the Beyonces, the Rhiannas, the Cyrus’ and all the in-between? Who are to blame, the designers, the magazines editors or us the bloggers that look at them for the latest fashion trends? I can honestly say that I am not a followers of the formers but I acknowledge whenever they do seem to be covered up.

My blog is dedicated to mostly mens fashion but I think I had to make an exemption from all the horrific fashion I saw at the Met Gala. It took me this long to look through photographs from all types of sources. I blog about what I think and who I think is pushing fashion forward, after all fashion must be going in that direction. I like to share new designers and explore other markets that is sometimes shadowed by the big brands in the 4 major markets of the world. What I blog about may not be what you like but it is my opinion.

In this review about the Met Gala, you will not find any of the top celebrities or any sheer by that matter. Well, the only exception is Zoe Kravitz’s Alexander Wang dress. She wore it in a tasteful manner and was covered in all the right places. I AM DONE WITH SHEER DRESSES ON THE RED CARPET!! GIVE ME SOMETHING ELSE! “WOW” ME!! After all you (designer) is the creative one. you are the one making the garment at the end.  So let’s begin.

Fan BingBing. Source: The Denver Newspaper
Fan BingBing. Source: The Denver Newspaper

Fan Bingbing looks amazing in Christopher Bu. The gold, copper strapless gown is amazingly paired with that gem tone colored cape. It reminded me a lot of the movie “Curse of the Golden Flower.” The capes were so rich and ravishing. So colorful and costume like. Totally fit the nights theme.

Rihanna in Guo Pei Couture. Source: Style.com
Rihanna in Guo Pei Couture. Source: Style.com

What an amazing dress and so Rihanna to wear. It is like her to go full-out, remember her next to nothing “gown” for last year CFDA Awards? This dress was made to be worn by her. The dress weighted about 50 lbs. and in an interview with the pop artists she is quoted to have said that “it was difficult to move around”. The designer said it took about 2 years to complete and has a mixture of fabrics and furs all dyed to one color. I love this!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/REX Shutterstock (4745449bw) Zoe Kravitz Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating China: Through the Looking Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, America - 04 May 2015
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/REX Zoe Kravitz

Now this is how someone should wear sheer, mesh and the see through fabrics ever made. It is an elegant Alexander Wang dress nonetheless. It is fashion forward and edgy without it being vulgar. This beauty does not need to expose herself to be considered beautiful, her parents are hot as hell!! It fit the theme in the way that Chinese fashion is going in a rock/punk sense of way. It’s good to me.

Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen. Source: Vougue.com
Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen. Source: Vougue.com

Bee Shaffer daughter of Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief and Met Gala head honcho, look ravishing in Alexander McQueen. Bee has always looked amazing for the Met Galas, I believe it was the same designer that dressed her for the James Charles last year exhibit and Erdem for the Prada and Schiaperelli the year before. This Late Night with Seth Meyers staff member knows her fashion. I mean why wouldn’t she, right? I love how this dress is all about the details from cut to embroidery.

Zang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera. Source: Style.com
Zang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera. Source: Style.com

I adore Zang Ziyi and this beautiful Carolina Herrera gown. It is in white yes, and no it’s not bridal. The details of this dress are magnificent and those red petals are a nice touch. It is an elegant gown for such an elegant actress. It fits the theme perfectly and I loved it the minute I saw it. It is chic and a Carolina Herrera gown indeed.

Alexa Chung in Erdem. Source: Style.com
Alexa Chung in Erdem. Source: Style.com

I really liked Erdem’s Fall 15/16 women’s collection. I think I wrote about it in my blog. I remember saying that the collection was inspired by home furnishings but done in a luxuries ways in the worlds best silk fabrics. I had to look back at Erdem’s collection to get a feel of it again. It was a collection about prints and embroideries, very up the Met Gala’s night theme alley. Seeing Alexa Chung wear this dress was amazing. Alexa is a fashion icon that she is pushing the fashion boundaries and exploring her fashion tastes. She is confident in everything she wears and it shows.

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci with Gucci Designer Alessandro Michele Source: Style.com
Georgia May Jagger in Gucci with Gucci Designer Alessandro Michele
Source: Style.com

Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Geri Hall looked ravishing in a kimono style gown by Gucci. The gown had all the details about the night themes. From the silhouette to the embroidered motifs. It was styled amazing with strap heels and that amazing hairstyle. Jagger was in my eyes one of the best dressed.

Lorde in Calvin Klein. Source: Style.com
Lorde in Calvin Klein. Source: Style.com

I liked Lorde’s gem stone Calvin Klein gown. The color popped beautifully on the red carpet as well as the white curtains in the museum. Lorde has been exploring her fashion senses and she looked amazing.

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FKA in Christopher Kane with the designer. Source: Style.com

I was waiting for someone to wear this Christopher Kane dress. FKA twigs has been on the fashion radar lately. She has been photographed with her fiancé Robert Pattinson looking stylish on and off the stage. She is definitely not afraid of pushing the boundaries either. This dress was the talk of the town for Kane’s Fall 15 collection. Where else would you wear it if not to a museum!?

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Hannah Bagshawe in Valentino Couture with Eddie Redmayne. Source: Style.com

Hannah has been a fashion favorite this past award season. Yet, again she shined in a Valentino Haute Couture gown for the night. I love the flower detail running from top to bottom. The look seems to have three parts to is, the white top half, with a skirt and what may look like bustier underneath. Nonetheless, Hannah looks amazing in it.

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Liya Kebede in 3.1 Philip Lim. Source:Style.com

Liya can not do no wrong. She has such amazing taste that everything looks good on her. Well, from what I have seen on her. She can dress up or down and look like a million bucks. Here they styled perfectly layered clothes making her look chic.

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Lily Collins in Chanel Haute Couture. Source: Style.com

I like the simplicity of this Chanel ensemble. It is tasteful without looking cheap amongst the other gowns in the crowd. I bet she was the most comfortable amongst the bunch. The details of the skirt fits the theme in a non-literal way.

Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi. Source: Vogue.com
Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi. Source: Vogue.com

Talk about pushing the boundaries. Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi, really nailed the theme of the night. This was elegant yet youthful without being offensive. After all, it is for a costume benefit cause. I liked this.

Actress Zhao Wei (second from left), fashion editor Zhang Yu (third from left), designer Vivienne Tam (fourth from left), actress Li Bingbing (center), actress Fan Bingbing(fourth from right), actor Wu Yifan (behind), actress Gao Yuanyuan (third from right), actress Zhou Xun (second from right) and South Korean actor Rain. Source: The New Horizon News
Actress Zhao Wei (second from left), fashion editor Zhang Yu (third from left), designer Vivienne Tam (fourth from left), actress Li Bingbing (center), actress Fan Bingbing(fourth from right), actor Wu Yifan (behind), actress Gao Yuanyuan (third from right), actress Zhou Xun (second from right) and South Korean actor Rain.
Source: The New Horizon News

If I have not bored you to death by now. Let me just say that I love fashion. It is an industry that has fascinated me since I was a teenager. I am up for fashion to evolve. I want it to move forward and in this forever changing market. Yet, that doesn’t mean wear something that leaves little to the imagination. At that point just paste some leaves and walk out of the house. And if you can rock that look. Then Kudos to you!!

Tabitha Simmons and Coco Brandolini D'Adda in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Source: Vogue.com
Tabitha Simmons and Coco Brandolini D’Adda in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda
Source: Vogue.com

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