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Best and Weird in the Oscars and Grammy Awards

Fashion plays a very important part in the Oscars and Grammy Awards, superstars’ and celebrities’ best moments are either on stage or on the red carpet.

Walking the red carpet is a golden opportunity for them to show off their unique and stylish clothing accompanied with expensive branded jewelry, with hopes that their choice of fashion would appeal to the paparazzi and journalists. Every year, there are always ones who capture the spotlight with their fantastic taste in fashion while some would appear with the most unusual and unexpected gowns. This year, most of the VIPs that attended both these awards emphasized on being elegant and graceful. Of course there were also a few who tried too hard to impress. 

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“WOW” Factor

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Each year around 60,000 people flock to New Zealand to experience the magical world of World of Wearable Art (WOW). This year, WOW celebrates its 30th year as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular art shows and single largest theatrical production. WOW is a renowned international wearable art competition providing artists from all over the world a platform to showcase their work. Featuring a total of 140 extraordinary finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries in this edition, the Awards Show 2018 was taken to a whole new level that wowed the audience across 18 days in Wellington, New Zealand.

The winners of this year’s Supreme WOW Award, which is also the most prestigious award of all, has shown incredible potential and creativity in their work. Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry from New Zealand bagged the Supreme WOW Award with their stunning creation, WAR sTOrY. The sisters are also the first ever two-time Supreme WOW Award winners, having taken the top award in 2013 for The Exchange.

This event was initially launched by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in 1987 to put art on the human form, but without an amazing and capable team each year, it would not have turned into such a resounding success. The WOW 2018 Creative Team had Show Director Malia Johnston coordinate the entire show, Set and Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham design a world of magical lights and Music Director Paul McLaney direct compositions into the body of this consolidated show.

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Guo Pei – Chinese Folklore Reimagined as High Fashion Couture Photo Shoots

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As one of the world’s most renowned Chinese couture designers, Guo Pei creates show-stopping ensembles that blend majestic opulence with theatrical fantasy. The designer’s bejeweled gowns, headpieces, and sculptural shoes were recently styled and photographed by HOWL Collective, who created a series of shots in celebration of the fashion visionary.

Published by Rizzoli as a monograph, the HOWL team’s 122 fairytale shots (titled Guo Pei – Couture Beyond) provide insight into Pei’s incredible designs and their connection with ancient Chinese culture through series of images from themed settings depicting mythical narratives such as Legend of the Dragon and One Thousand and Two Nights.

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HOWL Collective announced, “The first major book on China’s leading couture visionary reveals the intricate craftsmanship and imperial glamour that has fashion publications worldwide declaring Guo Pei’s creations ‘the Empire’s new clothes.’”

More of HOWL Collective’s projects on their website and the Guo Pei – Couture Beyond photobook is now available on Amazon.

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Goddess of Wheat in Fashion 小麦女神时尚姿态

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Born of a Lebanese descent, Ziad Nakad is famous for his ability to reveal the feminine side of every woman.

This year for his Spring Summer collection, Ziad decided to celebrate the ‘Goddess of Wheat’ and ‘Mother of the Earth’ in his recent creation capturing the sacred offering where the Goddess gather fruits of the earth and offers them to humanity. This designer cleverly absorbs the colors of Mother Nature’s creation such as gold for wheat, blue for sky, green for earth etc. into the dresses paying tribute to the most iconic representation of the goddess Demeter. This is a collection designed specially for a strong woman, assumed, voluntary but also and especially generous, inspired by one of the most favorable deities to humans, as a symbol of accomplishment and peace.

Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and The Catholic Imagination

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Emma Stone wearing Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Ghesquière
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Winnie Harlow wearing Tommy Hilfiger
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Rihanna wearing Maison Margiela by John Galliano

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit or commonly known as the Met Gala is undeniably one of the most celebrated fashion night in the world. This year Met Gala 2018 its theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ saw celebrity took on the red carpet flexing their creativities and competing to top the list of finest.

A night of saints to sinners, some were amazingly beautiful and stylish dressing to the theme whereas others were rather boring with safe and conventional formal appearance. As usual a few handfuls would appear in their wildest and craziest designs that sometimes may be over the board.

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Jennifer Lopez wearing Balmain with Tiffany & Co jewellery
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Katy Perry wearing Versace
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Haute Couture Lives On 高级时装映现

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In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia recently presented the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, Paris, and features a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.

The NGV has announced that two Dior haute couture works, especially commissioned for and acquired by the gallery, will be on display in the exhibition. They are Essence d’Herbier from the spring–summer 2017 collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Look 10, Bar coat from the autumn-winter 2012–13 collection, designed by Raf Simons. Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive and the NGV Collection, the exhibition also features accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles (prototypes) and multimedia.

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The exhibition, first outside of Paris, will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior. It is also featuring the iconic grand, sweeping staircase used in countless photo shoots and fashion parades over the House’s 70-year history.

The exhibition opening was celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.

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The Hot Culture of Haute Couture 高级定制文化价值

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How does fashion transcend virtuosity and timelessness? In a 1953 etching that turned up in the Dior archives, Albert Decaris retraces Dior’s expansion around the world in a map. Then, there’s the couturier’s assertion in his autobiography titled ‘Dior by Dior: “A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.” These inspirations have led Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Artistic Director of women’s collections, in creating the Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture collection that celebrates the House’s 70th anniversary.

Chiuri’s designs is a symbolism of a desire for faraway lands, the need to travel to discover the world and oneself, to feel emotion, grow and evolve; her own journey from Rome to Paris and her exploration of the Dior heritage. She is inspired to draw elements from the masculine wardrobe and mixing them with ethnic pieces. Stephen Jones, the milliner celebrates his 20th anniversary this year as Dior’s hat designer and artist Pietro Ruffo designed the décor that retraces the Earth and the celestial sphere with poetic grace.

时尚如何超越艺术和永恒?法国艺术家 Albert Decaris 创作于 1953 年的版画,在迪奥典藏中重现天日,以世界地图的方式重现了品牌在全球的发展历程。品牌创始人的自传《Dior by Dior》里有一句谏言:“一个完整的系列应该面向所有国家的所有女性”。迪奥女装创意总监 Maria Grazia Chiuri 在灵感指引下,设计出 2017-2018 秋冬高级定制服系列,以纪念品牌 70 周年悠久历程。

Maria Grazia Chiuri 的设计象征了对别处的渴望、对旅行的期盼、感受内心情感及探索自我。这也令她回想到自己从罗马飞到巴黎的旅程,让她得以探索迪奥的历史财富。Maria Grazia Chiuri 从男装中汲取元素,并将之和民族文化融合。已和迪奥合作 20 年的制帽大师 Stephen Jones 和艺术家 Pietro Ruffo 也共同打造出充满诗意的苍穹大地秀场布景。