SS 2019 PFW got us obsessed! The dresses we’ve seen during the most sought-after week of fashion month were out of this world. We can’t get over the romantic glamour of Valentino or the fierce designs of John Galliano. Feast your eyes on the dresses that literally made our hearts skip a beat.
As we are approaching the end of another Paris Fashion Week, it’s time for a recap. Since not everyone has the time to spend hours on the internet looking at the Spring 2019 collections, we rounded up the 8 best that were fabulous and out of this world. You’ll see designers such as Alessandro Michele and Gucci, Anthony Vaccarello from Saint Laurent, Virgil Abloh with Off-White and more. They all stuck to their recognizable aesthetics, but strongly respected the DNA of the labels they design for.
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 Crist‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√¢‚Ä¢bal 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.
It seems that the fashion industry is becoming more aware of the importance of using sustainable fabrics. The hype about finding reasonable sources to create and deliver ethical fashion is real. A number of designers have already joined the no-fur club, and some of them even went vegan. The latest high-end fashion house to accept a no-fur policy is Maison Margiela. Their creative director, John Galliano is the one who announced the news.
John has been a long-time friend with the Senior Vice President of PETA Dan Mathews. The first met on a beach in France and have talked about this topic on numerous occasions. The designer and Mathews became very close friends, and the PETA VP had a strong influence on John’s views. First, he convinced him to become a vegetarian, then introduced him to a number of sustainable fabric alternatives. Galliano has been a vegetarian for quite a while, but he admits he didn’t do it for the animals, but for the care of his own body. The eccentric designer got a whole new point of view once he adopted his dog Gypsy.
“I was swimming in the sea with Penélope Cruz in Saint-Tropez. And just then, Dan’s face popped out of the water. It was like in “Jaws’‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Üvery frightening. I knew PETA’s work, I respected them, but their reputation preceded them. You can be outrageous and fun without fur! Come and party with us, you’ll see! Fur used to be associated with luxury ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ what is a true luxury today? It’s authenticity. And inventiveness ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ Today we don’t want a product, we want ethics, a firm that defends the values that we admire.’- Galliano explained.
John is a well-known fur lover. Ever since his early designing days, he was keen on including this animal-derived fabric in his eccentric collections. The designer has had quite a turbulent career, including being fired from Dior and having to go to court for his insulting anti-Semitic comments. He became the creative director of Margiela in 2014 and hasn’t used fur for quite a while on runway shows. Once Dan started sending him samples of PETA-approved materials, Galliano started thinking about all the innovative ways he could use them in Maison Margiela’s collections.
In the past year, a lot of luxury brands pledged to stop using fur in all of their future collections. Gucci announced their decision in October and promised that they will be selling all of their residue fur items on an auction. The proceeds will be donated to animal care groups. Michael Kors, Furla, and Versace are also high-end labels which will be staying away from fur starting from 2018.
Today the fashion world mourns the loss of another giant. Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the founder of the luxury fashion house Givenchy, died at 91. Everyone’s favorite French designer and genius passed away on Saturday, the family announced. Hubert established the high-end brand back in 1952 and worked his way to the top. His immense talent, discipline, and creativity made him one of the most popular designer names in the history.
Givenchy revolutionized the luxury fashion in many ways. He is the first-ever designer to launch a high-end ready-to-wear collection. Hubert debuted his first couture line in 1952 right after founding his fashion house. It was only two years later when the designer introduced the RTW concept. During his career of fifty years, Hubert got to dress an array of iconic women including Jacqueline Kennedy, Jane Fonda, Princess Grace of Monaco and many more. He sold his brand to LVMH in 1988 but kept the position of creative director until 1995.
Hubert was succeeded by a number of up-and-coming designers after his retirement. Alexander McQueen, Ricardo Tisci, and John Galliano are just a part of the popular names that designed for Givenchy over the years. Tisci kept the position from 2005 to 2017 and brought back the old recognizable shine to the French fashion house. Last year Clare Waight Keller made her debut as a creative director of Givenchy.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy. Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the nicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever.’- Clare Waight Keller expressed her sadness.
The iconic designer was a part of the industry for over fifty years, and in that period of time, he brought an array of fresh changes that will always be remembered. Best known for his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, Hubert’s work is the definition of Parisian chic and elegance. Audrey was his long-time muse and source of inspiration. The two collaborated for over four decades, both on her personal style and her film outfits.
Thanks to his genius mind, we all learned that even classy designs can look fun and sophisticated. Hubert de Givenchy might not be among us anymore, but his work and influence will stay eternal.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is well known for its controversial themes throughout the years. Anyway, considering the fact that we live in politically and religiously challenging times the 2018 theme might be the most controversial yet.
According to many sources, Fashion and Religion will be the 2018 Met Gala theme. Few of the sources claimed that they have access to exclusive information from the preliminary discussions. Until now the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute refused to give any official information. Considering the fact that there is plenty of time until the next Met Gala, the planning of the exhibition is still at its beginning.
The religious motifs aren’t something new in the fashion industry. Renewed designers such as John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci, and Jean Paul Gaultier have included religious symbols in some of their previous collections. John Galliano’s 2007 Couture Collection named The Virgins with the Serpents was all about the religion. The star of the campaign was Kylie Minogue who wore some of Galliano’s spring 2017 couture designs with religious elements. John Galliano also designed papal vestments for Dior Fall 2000 Haute Couture runway show. The fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has been inspired by the religion many times throughout the years. Their Fall 2013 Ready-to-wear Collection was strongly influenced by motifs from the Bible. The former creative director of Givenchy Riccardo Tisci is also known for his religious iconography obsession. Moreover, Christopher Kane fiercely mixed punk with religious motifs for his spring 2017 Ready-to-wear collection.
Considering the fact that the greatest designers of all times often incorporate religious motifs in their designs, the newest Met Gala theme shouldn’t surprise us. Besides designers, many celebrities have included elements of religion in their live performances, music videos, and personal style. The greatest pop star of all times Madonna, as well as the mega popular Lady Gaga, are just a few of the celebrities who celebrated the religion through their style and performances.
The Met Gala 2018 is scheduled as always on the first Monday in May. On Monday 7th May 2018 we should all expect to see the most controversial religion-themed Met Gala Exhibition ever. The Met Gala always has the biggest celebrities on its red carpet wearing the most extreme designs and the next year’s event won’t be an exception. This year’s exhibition was all about the avant garde fashion and was dedicated to the designer Rei Kawakubo and her label Comme des Gar‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√ºons. The 2017 Met Gala “The Art of the In-Between’ exhibition is about to close on September 4.
With Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols playing as the soundtrack for the John Galliano fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection showing, Paris Fashion Week was granted a look at the 40-piece collection full of history in a well-themed and beautifully executed show. Bill Gaytten worked a lot of history into the Galliano show through the use of historical figures that inspired him, starting with Marchesa Luisa Casati.
The Italian heiress has inspired a lot of his looks throughout his career so it is no surprise she showed up on the fall 2017 runway as well. The modern twists and adaptations he incorporated will allow for the design inspiration to show through but not be so dated. My personal favorite were the longer hourglass jackets that fit and flatter the figure and are a good piece to have in your wardrobe.
The textures, prints and colors look incredibly rich and luxurious, keeping perfect alignment and progression since Galliano repositioned itself as a premium and contemporary brand. The colors were very earthy toned choices of green velvet, brown astrakhan and black wool. The accentuated shapes thanks to the flair of the ’40s influence were very flattering in some cases, but oddly placed in others where the sizing seemed adjusted for another silhouette.
The ensemble pieces offered were various in number and featured a lot of incredible tailoring. Accessories were well noted and beautifully utilized in this collection as well, the punctuation that did well in the show. An unexpected showing of fringe and lame caught us off guard, as did a variety of other textures that were offered in the John Galliano fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection. In some cases, the silhouettes were jarring, just a bit to the left of the mark for flattering, but aesthetically they were interested to survey.
Beads, velvet and more adorned the collection in a very positive way ” eye-catching details that your brain intended to clarify for you but could not. Being unsure of what to expect is not typically a problem, here from one look to another the fits, fabrics and colors were cohesive yet so different that it was delightful to see the next option stroll forward.
Where some looks were sleek, others were voluminous, where others were bright and flowing, others were dark and offered little to no movement, some options were chaste and others risqué. It was a well-rounded offering of designs that will certainly be an interesting set of options once offered to the public.
The shoes were simple offerings that worked well with the John Galliano fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection in a great array of colors, and the coats were delightful, especially the very full and textured option that closed out the show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The first look on the John Galliano spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection was a pair of mottled faun low-waisted pants and a sheer floral printed white on white button-up shirt only fastened one third of the way up with the sleeves rolled up. It appeared that it was done so to show off the nude colored undergarments, which were high waisted briefs and a lacy demi bra. The jewelry seemed the most delicate pieces of the ensemble as two necklaces ” one simple, and the other dangling charms.
This motif ” the Thirties-inspired visible underwear ” appears throughout the collection, though not in every ensemble. This is how creative director Bill Gaytten started off his spring 2017 ready-to-wear runway, and the style made several appearances throughout the show so it was not forgotten.
Wide legged pants are a staple this year, showing up on the majority of runways throughout the spring and summer 2017 fashion weeks, showing that they are sure to be a trend. In Galliano’s spring collection, there were several different low hanging wide-legged pants that seemed to be fashionable and comfortable without appearing careless or disheveled but rather intentional, especially when paired with the high waisted panties.
There were not many stripes on Bill Gaytten’s runway, honestly just the one striped print, but the striped pattern made a pair of wide legged pants very interesting, managing to miss the ‘sailor’ aspect a lot of striped garments take on. This was also true for the striped jacket that followed these pants down the runway.
Another trend that was adamantly presented on this runway was patterned sheers. The sheers were seen in black see-through dresses, white three-quarter-length dresses and sheer tops with floral and smooth textural finishes.
The sheers continued to dominate John Galliano’s spring 2017 ready-to-wear runway during Paris Fashion Week with a black and white polka dot dress, black and blue floral sequin embellished lace. There was also a micro striped black sheer dress and a set of rose sheer ensembles, one of which was a dress with a layered skirt and soft sheer periwinkle dresses featuring draping and layers as well.
Varying hemlines played a part in the collection as well; several different staggered, layered and even pleated hemlines were shown during the runway presentation. John Galliano’s spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection was light and flowing, feeling very spring like without bright colors presented anywhere in the collection.
The satiny options that also made it down the runway featured interesting keyholes though as interesting goes; the belts presented by Bill Gaytten in this collection drew attention in spades.
As an overall collection, the John Galliano Spring 2017 ready-to-wear lineup seemed to be laid back and easy going while still being intentionally fashionable with an air of sexiness displayed.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
With just a few days left to bid adieu to another grand fashion week season that is definitely to have its say in the fashion history, the John Galliano fall/winter 2016-2017 collection is sneaking to us with all its transparency, purity and softness mixed with tomboyish vibes and a noble twist. The fact that all and sundry are hoping for the extravagant and scandalous John Galliano to be back at the helm of his eponymous brand, does in no way prevent us from extolling Bill Gaytten’s flair for fashion and his unique architectural (Gayten studied architecture) injections into the brand.
This is a unique eclectic period to mix and match anything you have at your disposal and when it comes to Bill Gaytten he seems to buck the trend in no way but strongly adhering to that surge and marrying eveningwear with sporty vibes. At first blush everything seemed to be bizarre and off-kilter, but then gradually we acquired a taste for Gaytten’s delicious offerings.
English nobleman three-piece suits or two-piece outfits at times styled with golden pocket watches somewhere on the chest or cinched around the waist as a belt and matched with cool sneakers looked somehow symphonic and on the same wavelength. But those ethereal see-through pieces matched with same style footwear threw us into equilibrium and in deep thoughts whether it would be worth following this craziness which kicked it with higher gear when a red-carpet-ready full-skirted strapless gown appeared in the middle of the show with rocky surface and paired with sporty sneakers.
White and black were the dominating colors in the John Galliano fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection with some ash grey, navy blue, olive green, blush pink and Byzantium purple in between. Diaphanous black and white lace or tulle pieces were beaming over and could easily pass off as lingerie pieces. Another unique combination we appreciated greatly was a frothy see-through black skirt topped with a navy blue blazer with frogging all over.
And then came those knitted soft sweaters in white and blue that were demonstrating elongated sleeves entirely covering the hands and swinging to and fro in an effortless manner. One of the all-white peasant dresses was evocative of Pride and Prejudice; another white stunner with sequined lattice embellishing the bodice and with sneakers in combination had some prankish and elfish twist to it, while a celestial powdery pink gown with a romantic bow on one shoulder was so delicate and fragile that a touch could cause it some damage.
Not only was the lace to spread intimacy around but also those lingerie-style silk dresses that were frosty, with some chaotic waves and second to none neckline designs. And if you also hanker for some vertiginous aroma to touch your nose, look to that black transparent dress with one shoulder going in bow style and with myriads of tiny blush pink flowers densely spread all over the board.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
At the helm of John Galliano since 2011 (when Galliano himself was dismissed both from his eponymous line and Dior for making anti-semitic remarks), Bill Gaytten’s creations have so far contrastingly embodied newness, freshness and a nostalgic melancholy that, along with a more affordable range of price tags, make everything look at least more appealing. For his John Galliano pre-fall 2016 collection Gaytten remained true to the label’s roots (after all, he worked with Galliano for over 23 years), while delivering a more wearable and commercial lineup that is not too exciting, nor too plain and simple.
Overall the lineup embraces the most na‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤ve side of fashion, loosening the waists and making ample use of trumpet skirts, slouchy lines and oversized pieces. Although the na‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤ve designs inevitably take the lead, the lineup somehow manages to vary in styles, starting off with more sensual looks and ending up delivering solid mannish outfits that radiate some retro roaring Twenties vibes too (which is something we will probably never get tired of). Refined and well-tailored, the lineup navigates French and Great Britain’s territories, both in literature and fashion, not only alternating maudit bohemian items with Dickens-approved looks, but also celebrating “The National Dress of Scotland’, namely the kilt.
When it comes to the color palette used, the John Galliano pre-fall 2016 collection solely embraces the dark side of fashion, soaking its items in black, burgundy and dark blue hues. Animal prints and white shirts interrupt the line at times, adding a modern zest that keeps things interesting. Patchwork and denim combine the perfect amount of romanticism the lineup is known for with Gayetten’s remarkable sharp tailoring and architectural background.
Single and double breasted long and short coats, button-up shirts and asymmetrical long dresses surely are the collection’s key pieces that can at least be layered and played with. John Galliano’s renowned bias cut tops and dresses are easily to be found in the collection too, while gauzy fabrics, ankle boots and thin scarves add a modern bit of soigné dazzle.
Given the fact that this is a transitional outerwear collection where sheepskin jackets, pea-coats in wool and leather items are indispensible must-haves, Gaytten chose to highlight their importance by adding black vinyl detailing and accessories, succeeding in his goal of creating versatile yet fancy and affordable looks.
Although being not at the center of the collection’s attention, there’s one item in particular that stands out of the crowd: an oversized pair of gingham trousers. Paired with an asymmetrical roomy coat and a plain simple v-neck wool sweater, it perfectly recalls Gaytten’s ideas on fashion, making us wonder what this label will look like in the future.
Photos courtesy of Vogue