Last year's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition following it's incorporation as the the theme of the Met Gala was a big success - record breaking, in fact - so the pressure has been on for the Costume Institute to collaborate with a new designer this year to match the success. As expected, today they confirmed that next year's exhibit will showcase the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's designs at Prada.
“Once we got Schiaparelli as the core part of what we wanted to do, it became a logical jump to Miuccia. They are both Italian women, and even though Miuccia might not describe herself as a feminist, what we see is these two very strong women with a very strong aesthetic,” Harold Koda, Curator in charge of The Costume Institute, explained when asked about their decision to choose the designers for next year's exhibit. “They are both very provocative for their time,” he continued. “We thought it would be very interesting to pit these two women together in an anachronistic conversation.”
For some reason excitement for the Versace-H&M partnership was slow but with only a month to go, anticipation is starting to build up especially since these images from the campaign were revealed.
The line-up isn't surprising. Versace favourites Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld all appear with bright blonde hair styled by Joe McKenna and shot by Mert & Marcus.
Just because we know you love a good shoe, let us introduce you to the latest collectiom by Nicholas Kirkwood. Like many designers this season, Kirkwood was inspired by the outdoors and gardens, which translated onto multi-coloured floral prints. The collection also featured more graphic floral styles in white on a pink heeled and yellow soled design and metallics, bows and leopard print also make an appearance.
I have a soft spot for Coco Rocha. Yes, she's a big model and kills the Irish jig, but it goes beyond that. As she explained recently at this year's IFB Conference, over the last few years she's really used her strong position in the modelling arena to spearhead discussions on important issues and this week she did just that on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, Anderson.
Joined by fellow model Carré Otis, Rocha explained the constant pressure on models to be a certain size revealing that she's been rejected by clients for being both 'too big' and now 'too small'. Like Karlie Kloss did last month in a video for The Cut, both models also expressed a concern about the increasing use of young models.