Is the fashion world stealing the seats at the art world’s parties? I read an interesting article on style.com by Nicole Phelps that brought up this question. It is an interview with Gavin Brown who references the tensions between the fashion world and the art world. He calls the fashion world empty and says that fashion people don’t understand art people but that they think they do. I find this really annoying, not because it’s right or wrong, but because fashion and art are even considered rivaling worlds when at the end of the day they are essentially the same thing. It’s frustrating that fashion has to work so hard to prove itself as an art form and it’s sad that an artist isn’t able to recognize fashion or even art as more than an invitation to a party.
This interview is everything. It makes me want to re-read The Virgin Suicides for the millionth time. It’s so interesting that he modeled the Lisbon sisters after the declining auto-industry… an obvious symbol in the book, but never would have guessed it was part of the basis of the book.
I locked myself in my room like a crazy person and frantically sat at my computer with twitter on one side of the screen and the livestreaming of the Met gala on the other. One hand clicked to refresh the twitter feeds and one rotated between two cupcakes that I ate like popcorn and my phone for refreshing my instagram feed. (I couldn’t miss a beat, but I had to do it with good food, of course.)
BEST DRESSED in no particular order because I can’t decide:
Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, Rooney Mara, Dakota Fanning, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Hillary Rhoda, Bee Schaffer, Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung
Some beautiful dresses would normally make the list, but were so far off from the theme that I couldn’t justify them as best dressed.
While not best dressed, two fabulous interviews were with my spirit animals Lena Dunham and Sofia Coppola. Lena Dunham’s dog ate a safety pin while she was making her dress and possibly became the most tweeted about dog since the Obama pooch. Sofia Coppola casually explained that she simply didn’t feel like wearing a dress and showed up in pajamas. Punk points.
You’ve heard me speak endlessly of my love for The Great Gatsby, which is why it was such a special treat to attend a screening at The Museum of Modern Art tonight of the new version.
It was an incredible experience and an incredible movie. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said in the book, “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” Well, The Great Gatsby seen in any film version is like seeing The Great Gatsby for the first time.
This new version was not at all how I had imagined it to be. There was no twenties music. Instead it was Jay-Z music and rap and it was kind of confusing. I’m a fan of twenties music so I was a little disappointed, but it was definitely fit for a modern remake. Also, there was an obvious technology upgrade – the film is in 3D. This part was super cool. You know the part where Gatsby is in his closet throwing all of his colorful shirts on the floor? Picture that in 3D! It was surreal.
THE COSTUMES. Brooks Brothers did all of the mens costumes, and they used some of the original pieces and fabrics of the garments from their archives in the 20s. Miuccia Prada designed the womens dresses, which were ABSOLUTELY SO STUNNING and it was hard to focus on the movie not the dresses. My favorites were the two ruffly white ones, one Daisy wears in the beginning when Nick first comes to her house, and the other was the cream meshy dress Daisy wears when they they go to the Plaza.
THE JEWELRY. There were two pieces of absolutely stunning jewelry that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the entire movie. Daisy’s wedding ring is the most beautiful thing that ever was, besides the headpiece she wore in this photo below. Tiffany’s did a line for the movie and the headpiece is actually stunning and costs five trillion dollars if you feel like buying it or any of the other jaw dropping pieces from the film.
On Tuesday I’ll share what I wore to the screening, but tomorrow is all about the Met Ball! I will be glued to my computer watching it online live! Check back tomorrow night for a best dressed list. I’m curious how everyone will react to the punk rock theme…
There are so many brilliant street style photographers. It’s every New Yorker’s dream to run into Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton on the street or to see Bill Cunningham zip by in his blue jacket on his bicycle. Scott Schuman, Phil Oh, and Tommy Ton are also among the list of photographers that capture New York’s style in the raw.
If you had the option to be photographed by any one of the photographers, who would you choose? I would pick Bill Cunningham because his photos are in the future and in the past. I like the way he puts one photograph with others in his weekly collection to document the present moment, but if you saw the documentary on him you can remember that he keeps all his photos he ever took filed in his home. Give him the name of a person and he can find their file. So even when your photo is tossed in the garbage with last week’s newspaper, you’re still a permanent record of a moment that you very much owned.
Who would you pick?
I was recently asked what my style is and I didn’t know how to answer. I like what I like and I dress the way I feel like, but it doesn’t fit (or at least I don’t think) under any of the typical stereotypes of dressing. Is it better to have a defined taste and define your style but limit yourself to 1/10000000 of the fashion world? I’ve been thinking about this for a little bit… I think maybe it’s not because then you can continue to reinvent yourself in the way you want to that day… I can’t decide!
I went to the Fashion and Technology exhibit at the FIT Museum yesterday. It was an incredibly curated exhibit that featured the technological advancements originally in fabrics, textile making, and later in electronics that revolutionized what fashion was at the time of its creation. It was so interesting to pay close attention to the evolution of the fabrics and thus the broader uses of different garments such as “dusters”, which were like trench coats for cars to keep whatever dust flew around while you drove from getting all over your clothes. They had to be made out of certain durable and waterproof fabrics. Also, the invention of the machine that turned cotton into thread, allowing for the mass production of cotton clothing which was previously less commonly worn an much more expensive. It is small things like these that make the history of fashion so interesting.
I especially love the way that designers are currently taking advantage of the technological advances and incorporating them into their runway shows. Burberry had a holographic runway show in Beijing in 2011, Alexander McQueen used robots to spray paint a model wearing a dress while on the runway, and Diane von Furstenberg paired up with Google last year and had the models wear the new Google glasses down the runway. (See the videos below)
Here are some not too ridiculously priced online clothes and accessories worth talking yourself into buying. Or just listen to me talk you into it… BUY THIS. All of these pieces have been on my bookmarks bar lately. They’re tailored to this season but are classic enough to have staying power and thus are perfectly justified buying pieces. (Plus, you know you have to own a pair of glittery lace-up shoes, obviously.)
I haven’t been into fashion as much lately, or at least into surrounding myself with it. This happens to me sometimes. It’s not like I’m even having a bad week or anything, I just haven’t found my mind working together in that way that I analyze a look for it’s story and I haven’t been looking at style.com updates (or blogging as much for that matter). It’s a weird phase that I hope will end as quickly as it came on.
However, I do have to point out one of my new favorite websites, Article &. I’ve shopped on there and discussed their products on here before, but recently they’ve been adding a lot of new items that everyone should definitely check out! I particularly LOVE their shoes.