Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

My favorite shot: Clemence Poesy in Nina Ricci
Photo: Julian Mackler / BFAnyc.com
Every magazine and blog out there has plastered photos of Hollywood and fashion celebrities attending the Met Gala last night that you cannot miss it. I've combed through these galleries and I would have to say there were more "worst dressed" candidates than best dressed. There were lots of feathers and metallics and some risque dresses, which some attendees managed to pull off. Of course, there was lots of Prada (worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes, and event co-chair Care Mulligan) to honour one of co-exhibitors. And I don't know what was in the water, pomade, or make up brushes; but some of the makeup was a bit severe. Only a handful of the guests looked natural and radiant. But that is just my two cents worth- it counts for just that!

For those that wonder what all the hype is about the $25,000-a-ticket event, it is gala benefit takes place every year to raise funds for the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and to kick off the year's exhibit. The story that Vogue Editor Anna Wintour runs the guest list is probably true; but in fact the 2012 Gala Benefit's Honorary Chair is Jeff Bezos and Co-Chairs are Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour. Baz Luhrmann serves as the Exhibition Creative Consultant with Nathan Crowley as Production Design. A much longer list than just one powerful fashion editor, non?

This year's exhibit runs from May 10 to August 19, 2012 and it highlights "impossible conversations" between two Italian designers from two different eras: Elsa Schiaparelli of the 1920-30's and modern day Muiccia Prada. Schiaparelli was Coco Chanel's competitor in their era, and although she closed down in 1954 after WWII, she was considered more successful at the time than our beloved Chanel. And of course, Prada requires no introduction, really.

“Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past,” said Henry Koda, the Met Curator in Charge.

If you have the opportunity to visit NYC during the exhibit, I encourage you to check it out. My last visit to New York took place in September, so I missed it that year. Instead I had Hurricane Hanna to keep things interesting. :)

The photos I've shared are all from www.style.com's coverage of the event, "Le Shocking Story".

Natalia Vodianova and Antione Arnault (LV Head of Communciations)
Guess what they're both wearing... Lous Vuitton!
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Love this colour! Diane Kruger in Prada
Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

No comments:

Post a Comment