Just in the knick of time I snuck in a viewing of First Monday In May. From the first shot of the outside of the Metropolitan Museum I got flutters in my stomach. Two of my favorite pleasures in the world together in one documentary – fashion and museums!!
Last year, filmmaker Andrew Rossi, who directed Page One: Inside the New York Times, followed Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour as they planned 2015’s exhibition and gala “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Over a course of almost a year they clearly demonstrated the hard, and sometimes tedious, work that goes into creating such a lavish production. Starting eight months out the weeks turn into days and then into hours; as the pressure mounts they work against the clock to ensure every art display is beautifully lit and every hem line is perfectly coiffed.
While there isn’t a red carpet I don’t love (with the Met being my favorite), and I adored looking at all the gowns of the stars as they made there entrance, I would have preferred a little more discourse on the question, ” is fashion art?”. Such a provocative and much debated topic deserves more attention and stronger light shown upon it.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary and recommend trying to see it before the first monday in this May’s new Met exhibit — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Streaming live at vogue.com this Monday at 7:00 pm (EST).
Some of my favorite gowns from The Met Galas over the years.
Cher In Bob Mackie 1974 // Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss 1995 // Madonna In Stella McCartney 2011 // Daphne Guinness In Alexander McQueen 2011 // Lauren Santo Domingo In Oscar Del La Renta 2013 // Sarah Jessica Parker In Giles Deacon 2013 // Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa 2014 // Gwyneth Paltrow In Prada 2012 // Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Couture 2010
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Mum, she changed our nappies, cleared our snot, railed on us to clean our room, often drove us crazy, but more often was our best friend. I often think of all the valuable lessons my mom has taught me over the years (grudgingly at times); all the times she held my hand when I felt like a failure; all the unconditional love I felt from her, and my heart swells.
I can’t wait to honor her next Sunday, May 8th with one of the above gifts! Which ones do you fancy for your mum? Or, is there a different gift idea in mind? Please share in the comments.
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Stuffed on cheese burgers, chips, wine and the best key-lime pie I’ve ever had, listening to Mr. Jeans radio on Pandora, myself and a few of my uber talented friends (in various subjects) sat (slumped) around the living room discussing the pros and cons of our favorite summertime beauty products. One of the best ways I know of getting the latest and most reliable info on any subject matter!
Below is a list of the favorites from our gab session with the following as the run-out-tonight-and-buy must have’s:
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum – Great as a bronzer or try mixing it with your favorite body moisturizer for a satin glow.
Kerastase – A little too expensive to use twice a week, but every other week this hair mask replenishes lost moisture and elasticity resulting in shiny, silky gorgeous hair. For weekly use try Blow Pro Damage Control Daily Repairing Conditioner.
Julep Tinted Lip Oil Treatment – The perfect light pink shade of shine with treatment oils that smooths and plumps lips from the inside out while increasing collagen production for ultra kissable lips.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Pro Foot Buffer – Summer is the time when your feet need to look their very best, and that translates to smooth and silky. Gets rid of callouses and dry skin built up over the past winter and keep it off with the top rated electric pedicure foot buffer.
La Roche – Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen // Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM // Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne // Blow Pro Damage Control Daily Repairing Conditioner or splurge on Kerastase // Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum // CND Vinylux Pink Pursuit Weekly Nail Polish // M-61 Hydraboost Moisturizer // Emjoi Micro-Pedi Pro Foot Buffer // Hourglass Illume Sheer Color trio In Sunset // Julep Tinted Lip Oil Treatment
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Summer night dates are my idea of happiness. You can wear what ever you desire with no worries about the elements. Once I saw this Nicholas cascade frill bustier top it I knew I had to have it — the perfect top for a warm weather date night.
Nicholas Cascade Frill Bustier Top // Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt // Uribe Wren Reversible Gold and Rhodium-Plated Choke // Warby Parker Cecily Sunglasses // Stuart Weitzman The Stringdown Flat // Coach Ace Satchel 14 In Printed Calf Hair
My heart is so broken, I am beyond words. Just two nights ago I watched Purple Rain for the umpteenth time and thought I will never tire of it. Such a prolific, brilliant musician. Such a sweet, gentle soul. You will be missed.
Oh, if wishing made it so…….. I’d own all the above goodies. Instead I’ll have to start with my absolute favorites — Aquazurra’s nude fringed suede sandals and T by Alexander Wang’s long slip dress — and work my way from there!
What would you start with? Share in the comment section.
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It’s here!! Festival season starts tomorrow with Coachella weekend one. If you’ve waited to the last-minute to prepare what you’ll wear, don’t fret, I’ve curated an inspiration board that will have you putting together musical festival sartorial looks in minutes.
My must haves for the festivals: Sun hat, water bottle, sunscreen and music schedule so you don’t miss your fav bands! Make sure you scroll to the bottom to read up on sure-fire tips for surviving Coachella.
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More and more I find jeans, t-shirts and a pair of ankle boots could be an everyday uniform for me. I simply count on accessories to elevate my basics to a befitting sartorial level. One of the quickest and sure-fire ways for me to feel chic and glamorous is to toss on a statement jacket over my jeans — it works as well with my other simple attired looks (ie. t-shirts dresses, pencil skirts, etc.). Whether it’s an embellished bomber jacket (Needle and Jackets ornate floral design is divine), or a maxi duster (the priced just right Mango version above is a winner), or your standard leather jacket (Zara’s faux leather jacket with a pop of color is ideal) now is the time to add one or three to your closet. A foolproof anecdote to looking and feeling your fashionable best every time you walk out your door!
Givenchy Cropped Bomber Jacket // Zara Embroidered Jacket // Mango Satined Trench // Zara Faux Leather Jacket // Needle & Thread Embellished Georgette Bomber Jacket // Gary Graham Leather-Detailed Crop Jacket
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I’ve been dreaming about this Salvatore Ferragamo stripe on stripe look. The combo of the striped silk-blend knit dress and rainbow striped Aileen shoulder bag is the perfect combo of bohemian and ladylike chic. The sheer fabric and light ruffles are simple and romantic while the black sash/wrap belt lends a 70’s relevancy.
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Zimmerman Ticking Striped Silk-Crepe Wrap Midi Dress // Ted Baker Stripe Clutch Bag With Handle Detail // Stuart Weitzman The Gilligan Flat // Mark Cross Laura Baby Shoulder Bag // Self Portrait Azaelea Dress // J.O.A Lace Fit & Flare Midi Dress //
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If you’re a jazz aficionado or simply a music fan in general, Don Cheadle’s tribute, Miles Ahead, to the late legendary Miles Davis is a must see. Cheadle who stars — in a magnificent and nuanced performance, also directs (his debut), and cowrote the script with Steven Baigelman. It was a ten-year long journey of passion before it debuted in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend. “I wanted to be Miles Davis, not depict Miles Davis,” Cheadle told ABC News. “I wanted to actually go through the exercises and be in the creative space that he seemed to live his entire life in.”
The movie opens with a tense interview between Miles and a fictional Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor); “When you’re creating your own shit,” Miles asserts in his raspy voice. “Man, even the sky’s not the limit.” From there Cheadle takes us on an energized conjecture of what Miles Davis was up to during a 5 year self-imposed retirement in the late 70’s.
The film works best when in flash backs either to his turbulent first marriage to Broadway star and dancer Frances Taylor (the terrific Emayatzy Corinealdi), or exploring Davis’ music making process — the scene of Davis composing moments of his 1960 album Sketches of Spain while working with musicians is particularly satisifying. All in all the movie flows with an intensity akin to Davis’ improvisational spirit which as all of us jazz (or social music as Davis prefers) enthusiasts know is pure genius.
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The aroma of orange blossoms and jasmine are permeating the air. The sunsets are arriving later and later. And it’s finally feeling like spring! I love this time of year, when the thaw of winter (not so much in Santa Monica, but for all of you that have been residing in frosty temperatures) is upon us and we find ourselves wanting to spend more and more of our precious time out doors.
May’s Harper’s Bazaar UK features supermodel Daria Webowy looking fresh and gorgeous in romantic, flowing looks by Alexander McQueen, Etro, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini & Chloe — just right for these spring days and the even more delicious weather we are about to blessed with. Daria is photographed by Nico Bustos, and styled beautifully by Miranda Almond. Hair by Karim Belghiran and make-up by Alex Babsky.
Check out the issue on newsstands now. Harper’s Bazzar UK
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Add some zest to a basic denim on denim look by pairing an uber chic statement jean jacket to trending cropped jeans. The one above is Gucci but a vintage denim jacket will make a strong impact as well.
Don’t be afraid to wear a basic black ensemble this season. Olivia Palermo gives a black top and bottoms that spring-ready look with a shot of floral printed loafers and an embroidered bomber.
If you think black leather on leather is too goth, think again. These flared pants, classic bag and thick-heeled boots lend a certain casual elegance (and a nod to the 70’s trend) to Bella Hadid’s leather ensemble.
This spring we all need a pair of statement shoes and cropped jeans that highlight them. This street style star adds a soft rose denim jacket for another fantastic denim on denim look.
Loafers and fringe = chic prep. Complete this seminary school look with sleek high-waisted cropped trousers paired with a corduroy blazer for texture. Try swapping out the turtle-neck for a classic fitted tee.
Lend a ladylike vibe to cropped wide leg pants and a white blouse. Follow Jessica Alba’s lead by adding a small hand-held satchel bag, embellished pointy toed heels and an polished cropped jacket.
Kate Hudson keeps her wide leg trousers looking sexy with a cropped bandeau top yet classic with a basic black and white color scheme. Make sure to wear minimal jewelry and a classic small bag to keep the look elegant.
Not only are midi skirts big this season but their counter part in jackets are as well. Wearing a slim suede duster is a great way to give a pair of skinnies both a 70’s vibe and an updated look.
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