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The Met Ball


Last Night the fashion crowd glitzed and glamoured themselves for one of the most important events in the fashion calender, The Met Ball. With a preview of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition and a performance from Florence and the Machine, it seems like the night added up to its expectations. Here are some of the photos.

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

Stella McCartney in her own design with Alasdhair Willis

Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen

Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture with her Daughter Bee Shaffer in Balenciaga

Tom Brady with Gisele Bündchen in Alexander McQueen

Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Anna Dello Russo in Alexander McQueen

Blake Lively in Chanel Haute Couture with Karl Lagerfeld in Tom Ford

Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent with Stefano Pilati

My best dressed award has to go to Vogue’s west coast editor Hamish Bowels, who arrived in Alexander McQueen’s signature tartan print. It even matched the invitation!

Hamish Bowels in Alexander McQueen

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The Met Ball 2011


Tomorrow (May 2nd) is one of fashions most important events. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala or Met Ball for short, is being held in New York. The ball always opens the fashion exhibition that runs for two months. This year it is Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. It will be hosted by Anna Wintour, Colin Firth and Salma Hayek. It is the tradition that each designer who attends, tags along their current muse in a creation by the designer. This makes it even more exciting to see what fashion’s elite will wear. There is no time for mistakes, and as always I will be giving my best dressed.

Anna Wintour at The Met Ball in Chanel Couture

Tomorrow evening before the Met Ball, a very brave Daphne Guinness has agreed to get ready in the windows of Barneys. It has been confirmed that Ms. Guinness will be wearing a feathery Alexander McQueen. I hope she does not disapoint as she will be honoring a true friend. She told the New York Times “I am not doing a burlesque — no way. I’m going to be getting dressed behind something. I’m not Dita Von Teese, nor shall I be.” Guinness, who is known for her elaborate outfits, is starting a six week long exhibition with Barneys New York titled ‘Fashion As Art’. It includes a documentary, performances and installations of her esteemed collection of clothes.

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Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

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The Bride Wore McQueen


As Kate Middelton stepped out onto the long and luxurious red crapet at Westminster Abbey, the designer was revealed. It was the best kept secret, even for the embroiders of the dress were not even told that it was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It could not have been any better. It had a timeless look to it, mixed with a modern feel.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

The dress was made of hand cut English lace and french chantilly lace used on the bodice and on the skirt which was also made of silk gazar. It reminded me of Grace Kelly’s royal wedding dress, which also consisted of lace on the bodice. Not only did Burton design the wedding dress, she also designed kate’s shoes and bridesmaid Pippa’s long, lean and simple gown with a cowl neck. It was pure Alexander McQueen.

Pippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen

At a wedding of course there has to be guests. If there’s guests, then there’s a best dressed. It was hard for me to choose one person out of  2000, but in the end, it had to go to someone who really stood out from the crowd, and who I remembered after seeing Kate step out in true British masterpiece. Through all the tweed, Top hat’s and tiara’s, I finally came to a conclusion. Tara Palmer Tomkinson (TPT) looked electrifying in kingfisher blue. With the hat by Philip Treacy (of course), shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood and an unknown dress designer, she really pulled a perfect outfit together. Well done TPT!

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Tara Palmer Tomkinson

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Who Will Kate Wear?


Temperley – Will kate follow her Bridesmaids and go with an Alice Temperley dress too?

Temperley

Erdem – Known for his elegant prints and beautiful lace, will Kate go for a young designer like Erdem?

Erdem

Roland Mouret – Could she have chosen the master of silk and drape?

Roland Mouret

Alexander McQueen – Everybody thinks it will be McQueen. They must have got the idea from somewhere.

Alexander McQueen

Issa –  It’s one of her favourite labels, so why not?

Issa

Matthew Williamson – Will Kate arrive at Westminster Abbey in a flowy or feathery Matthew Williamson?

Matthew Williamson

Osman Yousefzada – He is new to the fashion world and was nominated for a Vogue Fashion Fund award earlier this year. It would be nice to give him a boost in his career.

Osman Yousefzada

Vivienne Westwood – Will Kate go in the same direction as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City?

Vivienne Westwood

Victoria Beckham – She is invited to the wedding- Hmmm suspicious!

Victoria Beckham

Roksanda Ilincic – Will the dame of divine get the once in a lifetime opportunity?

Roksanda Ilincic

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The Time Has Come


Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for. The Royal Wedding. As Ms. Middleton takes her first steps down the aisle, revealing her dream dress to the whole world, I hope it lives up to everyones expectations. It could make or brake the day.

The Engagement Picture

Almost More importantly, who will the designer be? For a while it was rumoured to be John Galliano, but after he hit a personal low earlier this year, the rumours suddenly disappeared. After that it was Stella Mc Cartney, but that did not last long. When Alexander McQueen’s collection at Paris Fashion Week consisted of mostly white and ending in wedding dresses, everyone tipped Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen) as the lucky designer. I must admit for quite a while I thought it was Burton too. Even Editor-at-Large of American Vogue – Andre Leon Talley – said she is the designer to do it. As it is getting closer to the day I now feel the designer might be unkown.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011

There are so many questions to be answered. Will it be big and flamboyant or simple and elegant? Will she have a vail or tiara? Who is designing the shoes? What about make-up and hair? I just hope her dress compliments her well and is as beautiful as we hope and please God do not let her trip down the aisle!

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Model Material


Lindsey Wixson is one of this seasons ‘breakout models’. Known for her defined ‘bee sting’ pout and gapped front teeth, she has managed to land major campaigns such as Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu. She began modeling in 2009 after leaving Wichita, Kansas were she was born and bred. At the age of 15, esteemed photographer Steven Meisel hand picked her for a shoot with Italian Vogue, opening many more doors for her to lead the way. For fall she walked 44 runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris and had her first major magazine cover for i-D. She is currently with Marilyn model agency, and one more thing….she is only 16!

Lindsay Wixson

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


Autumn/Winter 2010

On May 4th, something magical and inspiring is coming to the Metropolitan Museum. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is an exhibition celebrating McQueen’s contribution to fashion. Featuring 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from the brilliantly disturbing designer ‘s 19 year career. From his Central St. Martins collection bought by the late Isabella Blow, to his final presentation held 2 weeks after his death.

Spring/Summer 2001

Autumn/Winter 2010

The exhibition’s opening night will be held at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala on May 2nd, with honorary chairs Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek and Co-Chairs Colin Firth, Stella McCartney and Anna Wintour. “His mind was extraordinary. His influence was everywhere. He inspired designers to become daring. Runway was not about a nice Beige suit, it was about expressing yourself and exploring the imagination” said Ms. Wintour about the tremendous, talented designer.

Spring/Summer 2006

Autumn/Winter 2009

“He was not afraid to push the boundaries” said Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. “He was a huge force in digital technology. He always wanted to investigate the new and did not want to play around with the old and excepted.”

Spring/Summer 2007

Spring/Summer 2010

I would suggest booking a flight to New York, if you are not there already, and experience this imaginative exhibition of a man with a mind extremely talented. I can kindly agree you will not go home dissapointed. However, if you can not make it, then why not buy the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty book out now. With interviews from Sarah Burton who was appointed Creative Director at Alexander McQueen after his death and Photos of the exhibition from Sølve Sundsbø. It’s time to celebrate a true legend.

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