This week one of the biggest annual fundraising events took place at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City, the Met Gala. Showcasing a spectacular range of designer outfits worn by A-list celebrities, including the likes of Jlo, Cardi B, Hailey Beiber and many more.
The extravagant red carpet event has a different theme every year, this year’s theme for the Met Gala was Camp: Notes On Fashion. Prior to the annual event, designers are paired with attendees and have the hands-on task to design and make an outfit reflecting the chosen theme for their celebrity guest.
Lady Gaga attended the Met in a cerise pink Brandon Maxwell gown, which surprised by standing press after the gown then split into another three outfits.
Kim Kardashian West attended in custom wet look gown by Manfred Thierry Mugler finished with pleats and raindrop embellishments.
Anna Wintour attends in a floral floor-length gown with candyfloss pink feather embellishments by Chanel.
Serena Williams catches attention in a canary yellow Versace gown covered in pink embellished flowers and a tailback trail.
Ashley Graham wears a retro look designed by the iconic Dan Dapper in Gucci
Kylie and Kendal Jenner both wear Versace gowns with elaborate feather detailing in lilac and mango orange.
Ciara arrived in an emerald green dress with a high side split by Dundas finished with an exaggerated ruffle feathered trail and off the shoulder sleeves.
Jlo wore a silver heavy embellished deep neckline gown by Versace, which took over 60 days to complete with each fringe beaded by hand.
Cardi B turned heads in a deep rouge custom Thom Browne gown, the down filled silk organza dress was hand embroidered with 3 million feathers.
Great British Roots, the new collection by Belstaff for their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, is presented in the heart of their Belstaff home in Mayfair. The most ideal setting to remind us all of the remarkable story the brand carries.
The collection is the first by Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore who showcases incredible British designs, evolved and entirely driven by the spirit of adventure.
The staple pieces were displayed in a space of four packing crates, each area with its own focus compass points in reference to Belstaff’s past. Simultaneously a different vibe was in each corner to signify the contemporary growth of the brand.
The first compass point was “Outward Bound” a setting from the 1920s, where Belstaff made protective outdoor gear mainly for traveling and exploring. The second compass was “Dockland” that was inspired by the military/navy, which incorporated a more extreme protective kit, in scenes with ropes, pulleys, and chains. “The Machine Age” being the third compass was encouraged by motorcyclists and equipped drivers, a scene more adventurous and associated with a love for machines. And lastly “Northern Grit” was the final compass point, the setting with the most down to earth functionality with areas in reference to potteries and coal mining.
Garments included a black leather biking cape, thick woolen jumpers, the best quality brown suede coats, cotton and cashmere as well as shearling pieces, knits and hand waxed leather to support Belstaff’s solid brand identity, great materials that capture the modern day Belstaff trademark. The tones supported the industrial influence with blacks, browns, greys, and shades of navy blue, in addition, clothing details in reference to the military uniforms.
The interior and aesthetic of the room also supported that same vibe with a space of autumn leaves, logs, a vintage British motorcycle, and mechanical accents. An environment for the guests invited to really take in and captivate the story of “Great British Roots”. Guests that were present included, Richard Biedel, Stefan Pierre, Craig McGinley, David Gandy, and Oliver Proudlock. All of which who also honoured the Belstaff presentation with incredible style and flair.
This debut for Sean Lehnhardt-Moore spoke volumes in celebrating the brand's British heritage and we believe it’ll be the first of many outstanding collections to exhibit technical innovation, forthcoming development, and beautifully crafted British design.
Annelise Michelson is not one to blend in, "I don't want to make women look pretty and harmless", "Women are sexy, desirable, and complex. I want to give them weapons." with her bold, structured cutting edge pieces she does exactly that.
Fashion designer turned Jewellery designer, Annelise Michelson's vision is captured effortlessly with her take on jewellery being contemporary but bewitching, she is in a league of her own. With dark glamour at the core, but a fine line between feminine, and butch Annelise still manages to keep her pieces couture. Thanks to her bohemian upbringing, she remains in touch with the quirkier side of design, but Annelise's Parisienne haute couture education is what keeps her collections articulated.
British singer-song writer FKA twigs, was spotted at The Brit Awards 2015 Nominations Launch wearing the draped choker, cuffs ring and carnivore ring, all from the Sculptural and Carnivore collection. From starting out in 2010 i would say Annelise Michelson's feet are firmly set in the Jewellery world, with her reputation as an upcoming jewellery maven said to be becoming increasingly concrete.