After two years of toned down, limited capacity events, the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre saw the return of a full force red carpet glamour display of high fashion and beautiful celebrities. Hardly any masks was in sight and the social distancing rule was very much relaxed. This year the celebrities and movie stars came in their best fashion outfits that did not disappoint the critics and the cameras. There were sparkles aplenty, creative silhouettes, classic black, bright and bold colours and amazing jaw-dropping necklines. The stars will push their limits in every edition with the intention to stand out and make statements be it political, their personal projects or relationships in their personal styles. However, it was not surprising when some stars chose to shine on Ukraine but the golden moment of the evening definitely belonged to Will Smith who walked up the stage and smacked Chris Rock on the face when the latter made a joke about his wife, Jada Pickett-Smith and then picking up the Best Actor award for his role in “King Richard” a few moments after.
The Dior Fall/ Winter 2021-2022 Haute Couture Show was presented against an exceptional backdrop installation designed by distinguished French artist, Eva Jospin, in the heart of the Rodin Museum in Paris. This backdrop of silk-embroidered panels perfectly harmonised with the threads theme that inspired Dior Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Based on the unique design by Jospin, this 40-meter-long immersive gallery is entirely hand-embroidered by the highly skilled artists of the Chanakya School of Craft and Chanakya workshop in Mumbai.
This phenomenal work of art is the outcome of an extensive process with a dialogue of multiple voices. It also references both Virginia Woolf’s feminist manifesto ‘A Room of One’s Own’ and the Indian-inspired Embroidery Room at the Palazzo Colonna in Rome.
Images courtesy of dior.com
Celebrate yourself, be kind, mask up.”
– Lady Gaga
The biggest winner at the 2020 Video Music Awards was none other than Lady Gaga. This music sensation was up for nine trophies, with seven for “Rain on Me”, Artist of the Year, and Best Quarantine Performance for “Smile”. For every acceptance speech, Lady Gaga rocked the stage with completely different looks that revolved around a futuristic theme. She also wore spectacular face masks and reminded the audience to stay safe. “Celebrate yourself, be kind, mask up,” she said while performing her medley. Lady Gaga never fails to amaze us all!
While some housewives would probably stich up the left over pieces of cloth and make them into patch blankets, Viktor&Rolf selected some of the most luxurious fabric samples left in their archives all these years and patched them into beautiful couture pieces for the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 encompassing an air of soft poetry and innocent romance. These creations were loosely inspired by their childhood memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and Denise Holly Hobbie-Ulinskas’ eponymous ‘70’s illustration character.
By reusing their high-end couture fabric samples in this way, Viktor&Rolf create a surreal paradox that underlines the beauty of imperfection. This collection highlights the creative principle of conscious design.
The collection shows a series of voluminous, free-flowing dresses and capes, embellished with tiers, ruffles, and crochet galloons. Ranging from floor-length to calf to ultra-mini, several outfits are complemented with wide-brimmed, spontaneously shaped surreal hats. Elaborate glamorous makeup is juxtaposed with faux tattoos, proclaiming messages of love and happiness.
“A disruptive timeline of fashion history from 1870 to the present.”
As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary celebration, the Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present—along a disruptive timeline. Employing Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future. Virginia Woolf will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition.
A timeline of 120 fashions will unfold in two adjacent galleries fabricated as enormous clock faces and organized around the principle of sixty minutes of fashion. Each “minute” will feature a pair of garments—the primary work representing the linear nature of fashion and the secondary work its cyclical character. Each pair will be connected through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration.
The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability. The exhibition is made possible by Louis Vuitton.
The 5th edition of the fashion week, which took place at Gurney Paragon Mall from 3rd to 5th May 2019, launched with a grand opening gala and had a large audience which included international celebrities, fashion designers, key opinion leaders in the fashion industry, social elites and members of the media.
Dancers from Euphoria Penang raised the curtain during the opening gala with their spectacular performance. It was then followed by a cameo from Christinna Kuan, the uprising fashion and beauty blogger. The 21-year-old presented her new cover song “Room” in front of approximately 300 invited guests.
The main focus of the Penang Fashion Week 2019 was the collaboration between Gurney Paragon Mall and the ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase. Twelve reputable designers from ASEAN countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, Brunei, Myanmar and China who have accelerated the fashion dialogue in their respective countries showcased their masterpieces during the second day of the
Penang Fashion Week. The 12 designers are:
• Hayden Ng (Singapore) – HAYDEN
• Sylvia Lim & Jennifer Neo (Singapore) – TRIOLOGIE
• Natacha Van (Cambodia) – NATACHA VAN COLLECTION
• Lenny Agustin (Indonesia) – LENNY AGUSTIN
• Bandid Lasavong (Laos) – MEN Folder
• Micheal Ooi (Malaysia) – MOFactory
• Pitnapat Yotinratanachai (Thailand) – PITNAPAT
• Ho Thu Dang Thao (Vietnam) – TSAFARI
• Pat Santos (Philippines) – PAT SANTOS COUTURE
• Fadzil Hadin (Brunei) – CHANTIQUE BRUNEI
• Zin Myat Myat Win (Myanmar) – ZIN
• Li Zhen (China) – The ZRSH
Emerging designers form an essential part of the fashion industry, and they need to be supported and encouraged through a platform like Penang Fashion Week.
Fendi has celebrated the presentation of its Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collections in Shanghai with an exclusive and memorable event, titled Roma in Shanghai. The first ever joint Fashion Show of the Maison was staged at the Powerlong Museum, the 23,000 square meter modern art museum committed to the promotion of domestic and international contemporary art.
By presenting the two iconic Collections, FENDI celebrated Karl Lagerfeld’s heritage, his unparalleled creativity and 54 years collaboration with the Roman Maison – the longest in fashion history.
The Men’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collection, presented on January 14th, has seen the exclusive collaboration of Karl Lagerfeld as guest artist, chosen by Silvia Venturini Fendi to explicit their lifetime creative relationship. On February 21st, the Women’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collection is the final Collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Maison, representing a lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today.
The Collections include ten additional never-seen-before looks – five for Men and five for Women – created exclusively for the Shanghai Fashion Show, which featured a line-up of international models and celebrities, including which Chinese actor and singer Timmy Xu and model You Tianyi.
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.
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.
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.
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.