The 2018 Met Gala is less than a week away. The biggest names in the showbiz are already having their final fittings! Before you get to go through the images from this year’s Met Ball, here is everything that you need to know about the most glamorous night of the year.
1. Where and When is the Met Gala Happening?
Traditionally every first Monday of May the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors to the richest and most famous people on earth. Everyone from the biggest stars in the showbiz to other influential people gets to walk the Met Gala’s red carpet. This year’s Met Ball will take place on Monday, May 7.
2. Who is the host and the co-chairs of 2018 Met Gala?
Since 1995, the Met Gala has been hosted by the US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. She chooses other public figures to co-chair the event. This year’s Met Gala will be co-chaired by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace.
3. What is This Year’s Theme?
We are about to have a very exciting 2018 Met Gala considering this year’s theme. “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is the latest Met Gala theme and the most controversial one yet. The event will feature 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies. Pieces that have never left the Vatican will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of this year’s theme. Expect to also see pieces by Coco Chanel who was educated by nuns, and designers such as John Galliano and Cristóbal Balenciaga who’s work has been influenced by religion.
4. Who Gets Invited?
Unless you are among the wealthiest people from industries such as fashion, film, music, art, or you are insanely rich for some reason don’t expect an invitation to the Met Gala. Only the biggest A-listers get to attend. The list is subject to change, but many influential figures get invited every year.
5. What is the Price of The Tickets?
Being a celebrity comes with many advantages. The most famous figures get free designer gowns and makeovers for the event! Between 500-700 people make it on Anna Wintour’s official list and some of them even get paid by brands to be a part of the Met Ball. However, everyone from designers and companies to other people has to spare between $30 000 – $275 000 (for a table). On the bright side, all of the money goes to the museum.
6. What is The Dress Code?
Since we have a controversial theme this year, it’s expected that many designers will try to stay neutral. Connecting religion to fashion might look disrespectful to some people. However, the die-hard dress code followers such as Katy Perry and Rihanna will for sure take risks when it comes to their 2018 Met Gala looks.
7. Who is on the Guest List This Year?
The official list hasn’t been revealed yet. Anyway, it’s very exciting to know that fashion icons Rihanna and Amal Clooney will be there since they are co-hosting the event.
8. Will there be a Met Gala Live Stream?
Cameras are never allowed inside the event, so there will be no live stream. On the bright side, E! will have a live red carpet coverage that will start at 6 p.m EST.
Kering, the giant conglomerate of high-end goods, teamed up with London College of Fashion to release the first-ever digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. The company put their best sustainability specialists to collaborate with LCF in creating an all-access online programme, that will educate and help young, emerging designers. The whole point of the launch is to accent the importance of finding alternative eco-friendly sources and using them properly.
The renowned luxury company stands behind brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and many more. Most of its fashion houses already announced that they will go fur-free in the near future. According to Kering, it will be a six-week course, available for everyone who wants to sign up and learn more. The primary goal is to influence all the designers, who are already a part of the fashion industry by helping them implement sustainable principles in their future work.
“We actively work with our houses to craft tomorrow’s luxury via our 2025 sustainability strategy but also wish to contribute to the evolution of luxury fashion as a whole, by sharing our expertise with industry counterparts and educating future generations. Today I am proud that Kering’s partnership with London College of Fashion takes a new step, making education accessible outside of the classroom with this the world’s first open-access digital course on sustainable luxury fashion.”- explained Kering’s CEO, Francois Henri Pinault.
The online course ‘Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World’ is the first digital one in the world of its kind. Thanks to Kering’s efforts in making the industry a better place, they will influence a large audience in many positive ways. We are talking about MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), meant to educate through real examples drawn from fashion houses such as Stella McCartney, Gucci and more. During those six weeks, all of the participants will be able to follow different podcasts, activities, movies and more. In order to stimulate talented designers, Kering and LCF made the six-week programme accessible online from mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.
Recently, Kering was rewarded with the acknowledgment as the most sustainable fashion conglomerate in the world by Corporate Knights. The company and London College of Fashion already set up a platform, where applicants can sign up and follow the daily activities of the online course. It was constructed in a way that participants can access it at any time, all they need is an Internet connection. The official start date is April 9.
Photo Credit: Kering
Balenciaga debuted their Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, inspired by paparazzi shots. The fashion house took it to Instagram to reveal their authentic ad material for the new collection. All of the shots were taken by real French paparazzi. Balenciaga collaborated with Agence Bestimage, which is, in fact, the French version of Getty Images.
The Spring/Summer 2018 collection is in Demna’s recognizable statement style. You can feel a throwback vibe in the looks, mixed with logomania and vibrant colors. Lotta Volkova is Demna’s long-term collaborator and the styling guru behind the looks. Although we are months away from spring, in the fashion world it’s already time to think about spring trending pieces. The plaid fabric is going to continue its reign during the warmer months, seen in many different colors, styles, and combinations. Everyone’s favorite Knife Pumps are upgraded with spikes for an even fiercer appearance.
Balenciaga’s celebrity models are trying to hide their faces from the paps by using the brand’s latest chic bags. Each one of them carries a different one, perfectly combined with the contemporary outfits. Most of the handbags are available in striking colors and prints such as green, magenta, and orange. The brand’s logo is plastered all over the accessories, which points out to another season full of logomania.
The infamous fashion house tapped a diverse cast of models, including Dipti Sharma, Eliza Douglas, Stella Tennant, Kennah Lau, Alek Wek, Raphaele Godin and her son, Marjitta Nissinen, and Christine Willis. The ladies are trying to get their way between the crowd of photographers while wearing Balenciaga’s ultra-stylish pieces from the brand’s new collection. Shot in front of two Balenciaga store locations at Rue Saint-Honore and Avenue Montaigne, the ads were strategically set at the busiest spots that are always crowded with paparazzi. It’s almost like seeing Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid leaving the brand’s store after a shopping spree.
The full collection will be released in stores on February 25. Until then you can visit balenciaga.com to pre-order your favorites. This is not the first time that celebs and pap shots have served as an inspiration for a campaign. Back in 1991, for the September issue of Italian Vogue, Tim Walker captured his models while they were hiding their faces with handbags. Another legend, Steve Meisel adopted a similar approach for Vogue in 2005. In that photo shoot, he wanted to deliver the message that celebrities are regular people just like all of us. Gvasalia is a passionate admirer of the past decades, so aside from taking design inspiration from the past, he also relied on those times for the campaign.
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Last year was marked by a lot of unexpected but exciting collaborations in the fashion world. A number of high-end brands and retailers decided to team up on exclusive capsules that sold out in minutes. Guided by the same trend, Balenciaga decided to partner with two of the most famous online retailers at the moment, Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter. This is such great news for all the fans of Demna Gvasalia and his unique way of transforming what seems like old-fashioned designs into the trendiest pieces around.
“Balenciaga is one of the most exciting brands in luxury fashion, and we are honored to collaborate with the House. This project was a wonderful partnership and a first of its kind with Balenciaga’s campaign creators, Johnny Dufort and Lotta Volkova, photographing and styling our own teams wearing the exclusive collections against the backdrop of our offices.”- said the President of Mr Porter and Net-A-Porter, Alison Loehnis.
The British sites are well-known for their exclusive collaborations with the most in-demand brands. Net-A-Porter carries only women’s clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories. The collaboration with Balenciaga results in a 53-piece collection created exclusively for the site. Ladies can expect chic bags, mules, 70s-inspired dresses, fashionable check blazers, shoes, jewelry and more.
Mr Porter, on the other hand, is delivering the menswear part of the exclusive capsule with 34 brand new additions. This collection will feature hoodies, the infamous Triple S sneakers, biker jackets, denim jackets, jeans.
The full range of the line is not revealed yet, but the brands already gave everyone a sneak peek of what to expect. Demna worked closely with Johnny and Lotta in creating all his signature looks. They wanted to recreate some of the most popular Balenciaga designs that rocked the fashion world in 2017. Also, the designer wanted to incorporate the retailer’s suggestions, to satisfy the needs of their customers.
“The exclusive collection for NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER creates a complete wardrobe of Balenciaga styles known from previous seasons. We have redesigned this selection of styles for women and men in new and special fabrics and dedicated colors.”- Demna told in his statement.
Both capsules will debut on the sites on January 22. The price range as expected will be on the higher side of the budget. Balenciaga is currently among the top three most popular fashion houses in the world, so their designs are sold at a price which is not as affordable. The prices for the exclusive collections start at € 600 and go
up to € 3840.
For Spring 2018 Demna Gvasalia decided that is enough of Cristóbal Balenciaga tributes. For his past collections, the designer would go through the archives and try to incorporate recognizable elements from the fashion house. At times in a very aggressive way. After several seasons in the role of creative director of the fashion house, Gvasalia finally felt comfortable to add a personal touch to Balenciaga. You could feel his brand Vetements in the Balenciaga Spring 2018 collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. The collection had a gothic vibe.
Demna Gvasalia used the same approach he uses when he creates for his brand Vetements. Backstage the Balenciaga show he stood in a hoodie with FBI printed on it. “I’m investigating!” – he explained. And he truly did. As a creative director of Balenciaga and leading designer at Vetements, he observes what people like to wear, their habits, and the current trends. Then he tells stories through clothes.
Demna took cheesy screensaver prints from the Nineties and turned them into high fashion statement pieces. The well-known sunset and mountainscape screensavers were all over trousers and boots.
The fun prints didn’t stop here. Gvasalia took dollar and euro bills and placed them on multiple pieces in the collection. Maybe there was a message behind the outfits that would cover you in money from head to toe. After all, we live in a time where money makes the world go round.
The newspaper print was another attention-grabbing moment in the collection. According to Demna Gvasalia, the text means nothing. He just wanted to add pictures of happy people. In a time when we are surrounded by bad news, the designer wanted to bring fake good news.
The Spring 2018 Balenciaga collection involved crocs. The ugly comfort family-friendly shoes once again entered the world of high-fashion. Christopher Kane also collaborated with the shoe producer for his Spring 2018 collection. Gvasalia upgraded the classic crocs with high platforms. Honestly, that didn’t make things visually better, but at least some designers care about the wellbeing of your feet. After all, Gvasalia has mastered the street fashion. If he says crocs are cool, we can’t argue.
The Balenciaga Spring 2018 collection was based on appropriation. Maybe Gvasalia wanted to say that nothing new can be invented in fashion. And everything can be reinvented. Anyway, his designs always feel cool fresh and new.
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The Paris Fashion Week always has the biggest shows. All the big names somehow love Paris. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli, Valentino and more brought their ideas of spring 2018 fashion in Paris this season. Opulent shows, out of this world designs and many influencers and celebrities were part of the SS 2018 PFW. The Paris Fashion week, as well as the fashion month, ended yesterday, so let’s take a moment to recall the best runway looks of this season.
Sarah Burton paid attention to the craftsmanship for her latest collection. English aristocrats have a tradition to keep pieces of clothing in the family for decades. So the designer made sure to bring the same idea to her Spring 2018 collection for Alexander McQueen. Blooming gardens were all over the collection in a clothing form. Sarah’s intricate gowns made our hears skip a beat.
Giambattista Valli put together bohemian and aristocratic for the latest collection of his eponymous brand. The designer got out of his comfort feminine zone and for the first time involved masculine silhouettes and unisex pieces in his collection. Additionally, the mesmerizing dresses the designer is known for were also present in the Giambattista Valli Spring 2018 collection. The voluminous gowns were decorated with ruffles and floral print.
Pierpaolo Piccioli took us to the moon with his breathtaking designs for Valentino. His collection involved both futuristic and romantic elements. Besides the futuristic plastic transparent jackets, we had a chance to see elegant gowns.
The legendary Rei Kawakubo stayed faithful to her eccentric design aesthetic. The Japanese designer once again presented out of this world designs for Comme des Garcons that only a few would dare to wear. Her edgy pieces involved a lot of graphics and unordinary shapes.
Feast your eyes on the best runway looks from the SS 2018 PFW.
Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of Balenciaga celebrated the first day of summer with his Spring 2018 Menswear Collection. This collection is all about cool dads taking their kids to the park. That is exactly where Gvasalia found his inspiration. The designs are meant for the off-duty working fathers, that want to spend time with their kids while looking cool.
“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing young dads with their kids. This collection began with looking at a lot of pictures of them. The casting wasn’t difficult, he added. We just asked our usual models whether they had kids.”- says Gvasalia.
Demna is just another designer that chose to implement a bit of politics into his designs. Several of the pieces carried the slogans “Europe” and “The Power of Dreams”. Gvasalia is definitely not the first one to openly show that the political situation affects every aspect of life. He also showed that he is a big enthusiast and believes in a better tomorrow.
Demna decided to show the collection in one of the biggest parks in Paris- Bois de Boulogne. All of the guests were seated on plastic chairs, while some of the models strolled the runway accompanied by kids. Seven of the models walked with their own kids or siblings, all of them dressed up in Balenciaga. In the background, you could hear loud techno music. Besides the youngest ones, Gvasalia included older models, which is a real refreshment on the runway.
The collection had a very 80s and 90s vibe. It is one of those collections that not everyone will like, and it takes a bold and stylish person to pull off the looks that Demna put together this time. All of the designs are loose and over-sized, and even the models that wore blazers looked very comfortable in them.
The most noticeable part of the collection were the pants and the jeans. There was a wide variety of contemporary patched jeans, striped pants and much more. The wide short-sleeved shirts with tropical prints were probably the most unexpected part of the collection.
Once again Demna Gvasalia left everyone speechless with his unique approach to fashion and his distinctive designs. The collection will be available for pre-order starting from 22 June (see now-buy now approach), at Balenciaga’s website.
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