Just about every major designer and model has descended on New York last night ahead of the Met Gala on Monday but ahead of the event, Balmain's Olivier Rousteing threw a big party last night at Chelsea's Hotel Americano. At the event the designer spoke about the launch of the brand's new Twitter and Facebook accounts that became live this week, revealing that he plans to get in on the Twitter action himself. 'It's a good way to understand what [customers[ feel about the collection, about the clothes and they can see the details, and they can be more a part of my soul,' he told The Cut at the event. 'I hope they will 'like us' and enjoy what we enjoyed to create.'
Aside from that, what was more interesting was his revelation that Joan Smalls is his guest at Monday's event. The partnership definitely works. Smalls looks good in everything but it will be interesting to see how she looks in a piece that showcases the new direction that the young designer is taking the brand.
That wasn't the only Met Gala confirmation from last night. Karlie Kloss will accompany Jason Wu, Anja Rubik is going with Anthony Vaccarello and Constance Jablonski will attend with Haider Ackermann. New in today is that Arizona Muse is teaming up with Erdem, Thakoon with Christina Ricci and Doutzen Kroes with Roland Mouret. The most interesting confirmation is that Karolina Kurkova will attend with Rachel Zoe, cementing her as a designer to be reckoned with.
See images from the Balmain party in the slideshow.
Karl Lagerfeld hasn't been allowed to live down those comments he said about Adele's weight. After the interview went out, the comments were constantly the subject of conversation and now they are back in the spotlight as Beth Ditto weighed in on the issue in a recent interview with the Evening Standard:
I don’t think Adele would deny that she was fat. And I bet she doesn’t. Karl Lagerfeld used to be fat himself, so you gotta think about that. He’s obviously not proud of that fact. I also think that people give him way too much power! He’s just an eccentric designer who makes amazing art but doesn’t always say the coolest shit.
And…the way I feel about Adele is, I doubt, and I hope, and I’m pretty confident, that she does not think about Karl Lagerfeld, ever. I bet that is the last thing on her mind at night. She’s falling asleep on her 85 Grammys and however many millions of albums she’s sold and however many millions of pounds that she has, and is just probably thinking, like, “You know what – all right!
Since I've accepted that the musical chairs in the industry will not end anytime soon, reports this morning about more changes doesn't come as a surprise.
The latest brand having a reshuffle is Paco Rabanne. This morning the French house confirmed that Manish Arora will leave his role as artistic director after only two seasons. Both parties have said that the decision was mutual but have not explained what promoted the change, nor has the house announced who his replacement will be.
Unlike the current penchant for celebrities to do that now cliche naked pregnancy shot, Julia's is actually really good and she has her mother Carine Roitfeld to thank. Rather than going nude, the former Vogue Paris editor styled her in a sheer Alexander McQueen and olive coloured bra. 'Pregnancy's a moment in a woman's life when it's really important to feel seductive,' she told the magazine. 'I loved that my mum dressed me sexy like that.'
As far as her style is concerned, being pregnant hasn't changed anything. 'I still dress how I used to dress and sometimes people look at me weird on the street, as if because I’m pregnant I stop being a woman,' she continued. 'That’s really something I want to make a point of: that I’m going to be a mother but I’m still a woman, I still want to feel good about myself and feel pretty.'
Arlenis Sosa Peña has always been one of my favourite models but despite making it big early on in her career (she's a spokesperson for Lancome), she's been noticeably absent from the shows and magazines recently. But it looks like that's all changing because this month she marked her return with this editorial for Harper's Bazaar Mexico.
In the story, Arlenis sports the bright prints that have been making the rounds this season from the likes of Preen and Mary Katrantzou styled by Andrew Holden and shot by Kevin Sinclair.
When it comes to red carpet events it doesn't get much bigger than the Met Gala. Unlike other big carpet events, this one is particularly special as it sees designers collaborate with their chosen celebrities on never before seen looks that tie in to the selected theme.
In the past we've had 'model as muse' as a theme and last year was all about Alexander McQueen but this year's event celebrates the opening of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's much-anticipated Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit. So with the excitement for this year's event in full swing, take a look back at some of the best looks from last year.
Which look is your favourite and who are you looking forward to see this year?
It's a business that for all its innovativeness and creativity is very slow in adapting to change in business terms. The prime example is how long it took brands to embrace the internet - there are still so many major fashion brands and luxury houses with no e-commerce or social media networks!