She Wears It Well

Despite claiming that she doesn’t design with herself in mind, 42 year old creative director of womenswear brand Finery, Emma Farrow’s personal aesthetic is undeniably reflected in the clothes she creates: the perfect mix of androgynous and feminine.

”I think about all the women in my life when I’m designing, from my sister, to my Auntie Jane, to my neighbour,” she tells The Telegraph. ”I don’t think about it as age, just woman who love fashion – it seems to work.”

Work, it definitely does. The online label, which launched in 2014 and is sold from Finery’s own website as well as from John Lewis, wields a plethora of unique pieces, from asymmetric printed dresses, to fabulous shirts (the one that Farrow is pictured in commanded lots of oos and ahhs during the shoot), to statement wide-leg trousers, that are just as well suited to work as they are an evening out or weekend away. As a result, they regularly sell out. ”I hope that women now know they don’t have to wear a body-con dress and a suit jacket to look powerful – a statement shirt or a fluid day dress can say it all,” says Farrow.

The shoes and outerwear are also not to be missed: think lemon-yellow boxy leather jackets and buckle-laden suede slingbacks. We’ll take both.

”My usual dress code is a shirt – either a men’s one or something more feminine – worn with a good pair of jeans, a piece of tailoring and a low heel that I can walk from the train to the office in. It’s not rigid though, I do wear dresses,” says Farrow. ”I went through a period of not really wearing jeans, but now I love them,” she adds.

Fluidity is something Farrow considers with regards to her designs as well as her own wardrobe. Rather than creating items that are season-specific, Finery specialises in pieces that can be re-worked all year round. ”We really wanted to do a slower kind of fashion,” Farrow tells The Telegraph. ”I like the idea that our pieces aren’t just throwaway – a printed dress that you buy at Christmas will be just as wearable when the sun comes out.”

Items of clothing that don’t have a two month window within which they can be worn, are appealing not least in terms of sustainability, but also from a financial perspective.

Colourful and patterned clothes are in abundance at Finery, something that Farrow also incorporates into her own wardrobe. ”I used to only like wearing colour as part of a print, but recently I’ve started to appreciate the subtleties of wearing blocks of colour too,” she says. ”That said, I have a floral jumpsuit which is a fail-safe for me – if I know I’m going out I will wear it in the day with a jumper that I can take off in the evening. ”

”I think as I’ve got older, I’ve realised how important it is to wear colour to lift both your mood and the way you look,” Farrow continues, citing Belgian designer, Dries van Noten a source of inspiration: ”He’s always surprising us. The last collection was a magical moment but he’s so classic as well, and he always stays true to himself.”Read more at:evening gowns | formal dresses canberra

The Fashion Sistahs

Rhea and Sonam Kapoor 

(Photo:white formal dresses)Sonam Kapoor is the certified fashionista of Bollywood. So when she launched her new fashion brand along with sister Rhea Kapoor, it became the talk of B-town. Rhea has been styling Sonam for a while now, so it was little wonder that the sisters jumped at the idea of making it big on the fashion scene. Soon, they launched seventeen stores of their brand Rheson. “Quality is key,” Sonam said. “The more we adhere to our quality control, the more it will be liked by all. Moreover, we are trying to be desi in our designs, as we too would like to keep wearing our own brand,” she adds. The sisters have been mindful of the pricing, as Sonam says, “A low-priced line with the best of quality will literally be our motto.”

Launching the brand has been no less than a marathon for Sonam and Rhea who says of their journey, “We opened quite a number of stores. It was pretty stressful.” Stress apart, what didn’t add to their woes was sibling rivalry as is wont to happen. The sisters are very comfortable with one another. Sonam said, “I have always liked competing with myself. We have different tastes and choices and are very different people with diverse interests. I am a person who has always believed in going ahead with my interests, irrespective of the competition. In fact, I am keen on pursuing what I like to do and have tried to excel in it. Thus, in my own space, I have tried to be a good sister, daughter, and so on.”

Rhea credits their mother Sunita Kapoor for the bond they share. “Our mom has taught us to balance our love for each other. She has taught us to value the likes and dislikes, know the flaws and good points of each other as well. Thus, accepting our flaws and also correcting each other from time to time is what we sisters do,” Rhea reveals.

Rhea admires the way Sonam has taken criticism in the film industry. “She proved to be a stylish actor ever since she entered the field of glitz and glamour. Our father always taught us to create our own space and then rule. People would embarrass her and say that she’s just ‘into fashion’ and not acting, but she held her place.” Both girls have been vocal about their opinions on the patriarchal nature of the industry. “People don’t even discuss what male actors wear at the Red Carpet. But female actors get noticed. How did she walk? What she wore, etc.” The unfair treatment is also meted out when a woman-oriented story is narrated, feels Rhea. “Everyone will ask, what’s the catch? And then ask why make such a film! Is it a chick-flick? Why? A film is a film! Why even compare and contrast?”

Sonam and Rhea both recall how their parents actor Anil Kapoor and Sunita were extremely supportive and have never been sexist. “I remember when my films were picking up at a slow pace, everyone in the industry would tell me that a girl’s maximum age on the silver screen is not more than 30-35 years. Our father has never ever made us feel that way. He would says, ‘You’re passionate about acting, so go on. There is no age bar whatsoever.’ My parents were always empowering to us. We are proud to have a father like Anil Kapoor, who has never made us feel lesser in any sense for being girls.”

The proud daughters laugh about how they did not like Anil’s earlier fashion sense. “Dad’s old dressing and styling was not so good,” Rhea said. “We are styling him now, so obviously he looks the best.”Read more at:blue formal dresses

It’s time to wear sneakers with, well, everything

It was among the most pleasant fashion experiments I’d ever undertaken: pairing sneakers with things I wouldn’t ordinarily wear together — an ankle-length dress, wide-legged trousers, a sleeveless sheath.

But I did.

It was something I was seeing everywhere, a trend that started in menswear three years ago on celebs from Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon to Pharrell Williams to Justin Timberlake. They were wearing Air Force Ones, Adidas, and Tom Ford kicks with their red-carpet-worthy labels.

With each passing year and social-media post, more celebs, more bloggers, and, finally, those with a fearless fashion sense began to embrace soft, sporty soles with made-to-measure suits and metallic maxis.

“I’m a 21st-century woman, so I want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time,” said Ljupka Neducsin, 32, owner of designer consignment store Remix on Main in Manayunk. I recently whizzed right by Neducin during the grand opening of Arthur Kirsh’s salon at the Bellevue but backtracked with a quickness when I caught a side-eye glimpse of the shiny Gucci sneaks she expertly paired with a long, lacy, pink dress, custom-made in Macedonia.

Impressive.

“It’s about melding two worlds together: high fashion and practicality,” Neducin said. “When there is no trend to support what you want to do, you make your own.”

According to the most recent specialty-store sales numbers by the NPD Group, Neducin is one of many adopting the new style rule.

Though sales of performance-only athletic shoes (such as basketball sneakers) and fashion footwear (everything from ladies’ pumps and ballet flats to classic men’s tie-ups) are declining, leisure footwear sales have increased 9 percent, from 16.3 billion in the 12 months ending March 2016 to $17.9 billion for the same period this year.

“It’s a simpler, more refined look,” Beth Goldstein, industry analyst of fashion footwear for NPD, said as she gleefully admitted to wearing high-top sneakers, ablouse, and Theory leggings as she chatted with me on the phone.

“The recent athletic craze is resulting in a modern blend between dressy and casual,” Goldstein said. “Our lifestyles are forcing fashion to meet us in the middle.”

Athleisure may be one driving force behind today’s comfy-meets-chic movement, but kicks also are finding corporate acceptance because the sneakerheads of the early aughts — you know, the guys who would stand in line for vintage Jordans or Pharrell Williams’ Billionaire Boys Club jawns — have grown up some. And, in the process, they have refused to give up Air Max-like comfort for pinching, classic hardbacks.

“I think they communicate to people that I err on the side of whimsical, not stodgy,” said Nigel Richards, a 46-year-old Philly menswear designer whose once completely athletic 611 Lifestyle brand now includes tailored button-downs and close-fitting drawstring trousers. He was wearing a pair of those pants with shoes that were much more sneaker than tie-up at Thursday night’s Neiman Marcus charity fashion show. “But the truth of the matter is, we [guys] are really walking. And this is just more comfortable.”

All this sneakers-with-everything love has helped classic brands such as Tretorn, Converse, and Keds find new relevance.

“It’s been great for our business,” said Emily Culp, Keds chief marketing director. The easy-walking footwear trend is behind a 25 percent climb in Keds e-commerce sales in the last year. And, said Culp, a Wyndmoor native, the brand has been sought out by designers such as Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Co. for collaborations: Keds’ floral print sneakers by Rifle sold out at Anthropologie this spring.

Now, companies that typically would never have toyed with tennis shoes are getting in on the action — even Tory Burch introduced a collection of enviable sneakers two years ago with her Tory Sport line. Luxury labels Gucci and Prada have dressed down their traditionally all-business shoes. And a multitude of brands, from Converse to Tom Ford, all seem to offer a chocolate suede sneaker. (Note for next fall.)

“It’s reached a tipping point,” said Emily Evans, Ann Taylor’s style expert, who also fessed up to wearing sneakers during our phone interview. Ann Taylor released a marketing campaign this spring featuring models in chambray shirtwaists, sleeveless jumpsuits, and wide-legged trousers paired with plain white tennis shoes.

“And women aren’t taking the sneakers off when they get into the office, like they did in the 1980s,” Evans said. “The look is firmly entrenched and accepted in their lifestyle.”

Which brings me back to my personal style experiment. Could I pull this off? We all talk a good game about breaking rules, but would I look like I was trying too hard? There was only one way to find out.

I pulled out a floral maxi that I don’t often wear because I tend to think it requires painfully high heels and wore it to the grand opening of the Moshulu deck with white slip-on sneakers I got from Target. Instead of wobbling from from stem to stern, I glided. The next night, instead of carrying a pair of black T-straps to an after-work fashion show, I wore the same sneakers. And, just like that, my dress was versatile.

Not to mention, my feet were in heaven when I had to walk across the mall parking lot after the show.

I’m a fan.

Not sure how to make the sneakers-with-everything trend work for you? Here are some looks to duplicate, worn by Donovan Holloway, 19, of Philadelphia, and Mely Duong, 25, of Lansdale — on your own budget, of course.Read more at:princess formal dresses | red formal dresses

When fashion turns into your passion

Sadaf Khan creates memorable events for Dubai’s happening scene The jetsetters, fashionistas and style mongers of Dubai always seek the latest trends. Seeing the huge demand to design exceptional experiences, Sadaf Khan, founder of specialised events management firm Boulevard One, has converted her passion for luxurious events into a business model.

Khan, along with Niti Gupta, launched the company in 2012 “to pursue our passion in fashion and events”.

“The city was buzzing with a wave of young businesses; we wanted to be part of the movement. We were determined to develop a brand that would reflect our love for fashion and event management, so we combined the two to bring an evolution in retail experience,” says Khan.

“Since then we have produced private fashion viewings, high-profile charity gala receptions, fashion and lifestyle exhibitions as well as mega musical concerts. We also handle our own seasonal fashion exhibitions and pop ups showcasing designers from India and Pakistan. We continue to attract new designers keen to expand into the Gulf region through our trunk shows,” she says.

Khan is now the solo partner as Gupta has returned to India.

Khan worked for 13 years at American Express TRS. She says the experience has made her look at things in a corporate perspective; with discipline, sense of urgency and business structure.

“Time and crisis management has contributed to my role at Boulevard One, especially during the set up when we were working on a business plan,” she says.

Khan says her secret of success in the business is persistence, hard work and determination.

“As an event organiser, we are constantly improvising, putting out fires, running against time – so there is never a dull moment. We’ve had so many situations – some hilarious, some stressful, some mind blowing. Lost in translation moments are daily occurrences whether dealing with suppliers, designers or clients,” she points out.

Khan is in the thick of the fashion scene in Dubai. This also means catering to the tastes and perceptions of different nationalities.

“Dubai is a beautiful place with people from around the world – it is a cosmopolitan city giving us the best of the international perspective. As a firm, we are able to interact and work alongside people of different nationalities with each contributing to ideas and creativity,” she elaborates.

Khan says Dubai continues to be a competitive market. This means as an entrepreneur you are constantly pushed to be different, to perfect your craft and remain relevant to your audience.

“We have a copycat culture, so you find yourself in a saturated market as soon as you hit the ground running. Demand versus supply don’t match,” she says. “As an event organiser for fashion concepts, we come across many other companies imitating the idea, flooding the market and ultimately ruining the potential. The audience gets fed up with similar events. To sustain yourself you have to diversify, collaborate and create unique and niche campaigns to attract new clients but more importantly retain the loyal ones,” she says.

Khan says competition is healthy as it gives you an opportunity to be efficient, enhance your services and deliver beyond expectations. “At Boulevard One we focus on a specific niche in the fashion segment that we have become known for amidst the large number of events,” she adds.

Regarding the current fashion scene in Dubai, Khan says the concept of fashion pop ups and trunk shows is evolving and as an organiser they are not confined to rules.

She says: “We are beginning to see non-conventional great ideas coming to life – from locations to sets to specialisation. Boulevard One is attracting more international designers and brands eager to participate in our exhibitions; this means we need to enhance our style to develop a network of new designers constantly.”

Khan says Boulevard One is a growing company and she is keen to introduce the brand across the Gulf. “We are also in talks with emerging designers to organise and develop exclusive fashion events to introduce them through presentations, private viewings as well as pop up events,” she adds.

Khan says her journey so far has been amazing, one that continues to give her great satisfaction.

“Like any venture, it is scary to start because we seem to be focusing on the challenges ahead and the risks. This is only natural but it’s important to have a mindset that allows you to consider every stumbling block as a learning process. This will give you the boost to motivate yourself when you venture out,” she says.

Khan is grateful to be blessed with a support system in the shape of her family, “they continue to push me to succeed and build myself”, she says.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | mermaid formal dresses

Hot pink eyeshadow

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez 

(Photo:backless formal dresses)There were many bold beauty choices at the recent Met Gala in New York.

But one standout trend had to be the hot pink eyeshadow sported by Selena Gomez, which was created for her by make-up artist Hugo Vanngo to complement her gorgeous Coach gown.

If you’re brave enough to try the bright-eyed look for yourself, Lord & Berry make-up artist Abbi-Rose Crook recommends starting by prepping the eyelids.

“Firstly, create a canvas for the pigment by using an eyeshadow primer, such as Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion,” she told Cover Media.

Then take a light pink eyeshadow, like Lord & Berry’s Seta Eyeshadow in Desert Sand, and shade in the inner corners and outer edges of the eye. Add a pop of deep colour in the centre of lid, using a hot pink eyeshadow, or a swipe of Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in the candy pink hue of (Pop)ular 49 on the upper and lower lashes and blend out. Top the look off with lashings of your favourite black mascara.

And if you don’t have the perfect pink eyeshadow on hand, Abbi-Rose suggests digging through your beauty bag for a similarly hued product.

“If you don’t want to invest in a bright pink eyeshadow you can always use your blusher, providing it still contains a bright-ish pigment,” the make-up expert explained. “If it’s a powder formulation, it can be used in the same way as an eyeshadow.”

When it comes to the rest of your make-up, take a page out of Selena’s book and opt for a minimal, dewy look. To compliment the high-fashion eyeshadow trend, Abbi-Rose would simply use a touch of Becca Backlight Filter Face Primer to make the skin “pop” before adding a little powder highlighter on the top of the cheekbones.

“Lips should be kept understated, so it’s a good idea to line the lips with a pencil such as MAC’s lip pencil in Soar, a rose pink colour, before adding a little of Lord & Berry’s Active Spa Moisture Lip Balm,” she added.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

For new professional look, buy less – but buy better

Congratulations on your graduation. Your professional life awaits. That includes impressing a new boss, controlling your own impatient ambition and learning that networking is an art, not a contact sport. And that what you wear matters.

“Fast fashion” will be tempting. Those bargain prices will be alluring. And with a new college degree in one hand and a job offer in the other, it will be easy to wander into one of the many chains selling disposable fashion in an attempt to create an entire workday wardrobe as cheaply and as quickly as possible. Resist.

Buy less. Buy better.

It’ll benefit your finances in the long run. It’s gentler on the environment. It can help encourage fairer wages and working conditions for garment workers. And ultimately, it’s a way of acknowledging that we’re all linked together in one big global economy.

This is not an argument for investing in designer sportswear. There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a single pair of trousers when money is tight and the list of things to buy when you’re starting a new life is long.

But there’s no need to be beholden to fashion trends, either. For most people, the goal should be to simply look polished, relevant and modern. Which is to say, not like you just rolled in from the 1980s, bed head, shoulder pads and all — Balenciaga notwithstanding.

As every wardrobe guide advises, start with the basics — pieces that work well together and straddle the seasons. If you’d wear it to the beach or yoga class, it doesn’t count as workwear. Yes, that includes flip-flops. No, leggings aren’t pants. But it also doesn’t mean forcing yourself to dress like a personality-less robot. Colors! Prints! Be an individual, but not a lone wolf.

If winter where you live means cold weather, not just a chill in the air, invest in a good overcoat — and a lint brush. Cheap shoes are not worth the foot pain. Spray leather ones with water repellent so they will survive salty slush.

Instead of Forever 21, think of the online brand Everlane. Rather than Topshop, consider COS, the London-born brand that’s owned by H&M and specializes in clean lines and admirable quality. Explore men’s clothier Bonobos.

The argument for buying better-quality clothes includes the likelihood that they will last longer and look better after multiple washings — or dry cleanings. You will probably enjoy wearing them more than you would something that feels flimsy or vaguely flammable.

All clothes benefit from tailoring. Don’t ask a seamstress to rebuild a jacket that is obviously unflattering or is several sizes away from fitting properly. But have a professional make minor, not terribly expensive adjustments. Have trousers properly hemmed; have a waistband nipped in if it gaps in the back. Shorten jacket sleeves so they don’t flop over your hands. Tailoring improves clothes’ quality, and if something fits well, it looks better, and that means one fewer thing to worry about on a daily basis.

It used to be that buying less and buying better was the default philosophy of shoppers in places like France and Italy — the sorts of locales known for a generally well-dressed population. American-style consumption is seeping into the consciousness there, but there are still lessons to be learned from the old country. The most important is probably the idea that new doesn’t equal better. See the beauty in imperfections: gently worn tweed, sun-bleached linen. There’s also nothing wrong with proudly wearing the same pair of pants or the same dress multiple times a week. Save the constant costume changes for Instagram.

Deciding which garments and manufacturers are better for the environment is complicated. Organic cotton means fewer pesticides, but cotton growing can stress communities because of the amount of water required. Fast fashion merchant H&M has pushed for higher wages in countries where it manufactures, such as Cambodia and Bangladesh, and has sought to encourage recycling. But the reality is that most clothing ends up in landfills.

In 2014, for example, while nearly 65 percent of paper products in the United States were recycled, only 16.2 percent of textiles were, according to the most recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Put another way, 65 percent of textiles end their days in landfills. (About 19 percent is “combusted,” or burned.)

Buying one or two pairs of quality trousers, instead of four throwaway ones, won’t save the planet or raise the standard of living for factory workers. But it’s something. It’s money well spent in the pursuit of looking good.Read more at:formal dresses canberra | celebrity dresses

Aficianado wants African fabrics adopted as official outfits

 

(Photo:vintage formal dresses)Ronke Ademiluyi, Founder, Africa Fashion Week, London and Nigeria, says that Nigerians and indeed Africans should adopt African prints (Ankara) as official attires since they are becoming household wears.

Ademiluyi, who made the assertion while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos about the upcoming Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, said Nigerians should be proud of their own.

She said that it was not enough wearing Ankara mostly on Fridays, adding: “It should be adopted officially for workers and even by schools.

“We adopted the wax print over 150 years ago, but we have turned it into our own.

“Our traditional symbols have been used on the fabrics to pass massages,’’ she said.

According to her, particular prints are synonymous with passing different messages and most of our textile factories adopt patterns of prints that evolve around our African cultures.

“If great men and public figures in international communities put on the Ankara proudly, then why can’t we promote what is our own?

“If we don’t blow our trumpet, who will do it for us?’’

She also noted that if given the right skills through training and opportunities, the business of fashion could lift a lot of people out of poverty.

“Promoting our local fabrics is a step to achieving this,’’ she said.

Ademiluyi described adopting local fabrics as official wears as promoting Africa’s colourful and rich heritage, bringing spunk and new energy to style and fashion across the continent.

She said the African fashion had grown so big in London that it had become a promotional tool for the country and it currently had a high demand internationally.

“African fashion industry is currently worth 31 billion dollars; so, we must collaborate to promote it within our country; we should be proud of our culture because it is rich.

“In trying to infuse our culture with the western world, we must not forget the values it is worth.

“People should not fail to see the beauty and richness of the Nigerian culture,’’ she said.

She further advised groups and organisations to make local fabrics compulsory dress codes for their staff as a way of boosting sales and promoting designers.

“We should transform our local fabrics to official wears just as the international community use suits as formal dress code,’’ she said.

Ademiluyi said that the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN), scheduled to hold between June 3 and June 4, was committed to staying true to its African heritage.

“We tend to achieve this in conjunction with governments by organising cultural promotion through fashion,’’ she said.

NAN reports that the AFWN with the theme, “Celebrating the Vibrant Pulse of Africa’’, will hold at the National Theatre on June 3 and June 4.

According to her, the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, where Africa’s culture was showcased in all its grandeur and splendour 40 years ago, represents the nation’s pride.

The programme, she said, was dedicated to the promotion of Africa’s heritage with designers creating concepts from African prints and fabrics.

“Long term growth of the fashion industry is grounded on developing initiatives to ensure that Nigeria remains the centre of fashion and a leader at the forefront of creativity.

“The best of Africa’s emerging and established fashion talents will be showcased at this historic monument to reflect the dynamism of African fashion and a reflection of our roots,’’ she said.

Africa Fashion Week is based both in Nigeria and London and it is the biggest platform for young and upcoming Nigerian and African designers to promote Nigerian made fabrics and designs.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses

C W Sellors transforms five centuries of Chatsworth fashion into modern jewels

C W Sellors unveils new House Style collection inspired by five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House. 

(Photo:short formal dresses australia)The new range has been designed exclusively by C W Sellors to complement the new ‘House Style’ exhibition at Chatsworth, one of Britain’s most magnificent stately homes.

Inspired by five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House, the new collection draws upon the striking jewellery owned and worn by family over the generations; from exotic headdresses to glittering diamond tiaras and the renowned insect brooches which belonged to Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, the last of the celebrated Mitford sisters.

“It has been a privilege to create this jewellery range inspired by some of Chatsworth’s hidden gems,” says Chris Sellors, the company’s founder and managing director. “In doing so we share our affection and esteem for this incredible stately home and the past and present generations of the family who live there.”

The seventy-four piece House Style collection has been fashioned into distinct design styles which reflect the glamour, elegance and history encapsulated by Chatsworth. The Diamond Palmette range is based on the famous Devonshire Lotus and Plamette diamond tiara, while the Chatelaine collection transforms another treasure on display at the exhibition into a series of sterling silver pendants. Elsewhere, the Chatsworth Heritage range turns the House Style logo into a pendant and brooch, and Inspired by a Duchess brings to life insect motifs.

Pieces have been designed by founder and managing director, Chris Sellors, and his daughter, Hot 100 Trendsetter Rebecca Sellors. The duo worked closely with Lady Burlington, married to the Duke and Duchess’s elder son, William to make the exhibition pieces.Read more at:marieaustralia

Red all the rage at fashion’s big night

 

(Photo:plus size formal dresses)The colour red made a dramatic show on Monday night (US time) in the grand parade of fashion at the Met Gala, with co-chair Katy Perry in a veiled look created just for her by John Galliano and Pharrell’s wife, Helen Lasichanh, in one of honoree Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde, armless jumpsuits.

Perry wore a veil with a silver head piece and black accents around the eyes with an embroidered wool coat layered over a red tulle and silk chiffon dress, her sleeves elongated, all by Maison Margiela Artisanal.

Lasichanh, her blond hair high on her head, wore a signature Kawakubo balloon-like, red suit.

Claire Danes also channelled the designer, whose work is featured in the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.” The sleeves of Dane’s blouse extended well beyond her hands, paired with a simple pair of black pants.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour kicked off the star-studded gala a bit earlier as the evening’s co-host.

The gala feeds the annual budget of the Costume Institute. Wintour opted for encrusted gold and ostrich feathers from Chanel and said of Kawakubo and her Comme des Garcons brand: “She’s a genius. Not only does she think outside of the box, she doesn’t acknowledge the box.”

Mega-stars from the worlds of film, TV, fashion, sports and music attend the glittery Met Gala each year. Some honour the work of the Costume Insitute’s spring theme and some just, well, do their own thing.

Priyanka Chopra’s floor-sweeping trench coat evening gown from Ralph Lauren took up a lot of real estate on the carpet, which is actually blue this year.

Lilly Collins, her hair in a black, banged crop with dark red lips, paid homage to Kawakubo in a black strapless bodice paired with a high-waisted full skirt in pink.Read more at:evening dresses

Lady Amelia Windsor to star in fashion campaign for favourite designer of Duchess of Cambridge

Lady Amelia Windsor is 36th in line to the British throne; and has been named by Tattler as “the most beautiful member of the Royal Family. ” ith the success of her latest modelling appearance where she took to the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan, Lady Amelia will participate in a campaign of one of the favourite designers of Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.

With the success of her latest modelling appearance where she took to the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan, Lady Amelia will participate in a campaign of one of the favourite designers of Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.

Penelope Chilvers boots have been worn by The Duchess of Cambridge for over a decade. She wore a pair of boots by the designer during the 2016 royal tour of Bhutan and India.

Lady Amelia can be seen in a short promotional film that was shot in Andalucia, Spain at the El Rocío, a massive spring annual festival. Lady Amelia is shown enjoying the sights and sounds of Spain, before joining the festivities after changing into local fashion and a pair of Penelope Chilvers boots, of course.

“I invited her to join us at El Rocío because I knew she would genuinely enjoy the experience,” designer Penelope told Hello Canada.

The designer went on to say that although they were in Spain to work, the two made sure to have a little fun and explore as many sights that Andalucia has to offer tourists. She also praised the young royal for her work ethic and for delving into the local culture before shooting the film.

Lady Amelia is the third child of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and his wife, Sylvana Tomaselli. The two married in 1988. The Earl of St. Andrews is the son of Edward, The Duke of Kent who is cousin to Her Majesty. Lady Amelia has two older siblings, Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick and Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor.Read more at:long evening dresses | formal dress shops sydney