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This week THE fashion extravaganza (or ‘fashion prom’ as some models have coined it) that is the Met Gala took place, which honoured avant-garde designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons as the theme. Everyone from Rihanna to Cara Delevigne in bejewelled Chanel, Bella Hadid in a black Altsexander Wang bodysuit to Edward Enninful took to the carpet outfitted in Garcons-inspired (or actual Garcons in Rihanna’s case) pieces. The annual fundraising gala (which primarily celebrates the opening of the Met’s new annual exhibition) raised a massive $12.5 million last year for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, so this year looks hopeful for even more money to be raised in name of art. The Kardashian/Jenner clan were of course in attendance; Kylie donned embellished, Balmain-esque figure-sculpting Versace, Kendall wore a La Perla Haute Couture number that left little to the imagination, and Kim went with a simplistic white ‘Grecian goddess vibe’ Vivienne Westwood off-shoulder dress in an effort to be unique. I highly recommend flicking through the plethora of fabulous looks yourself…
Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 resort collection debuted this week, with Karl Lagerfeld drawing inspiration from ancient Greek civilisation. His “modern mythology”, La Modernité de l’Antiquité, revived the ideal vision of ancient Greece – the origin of beauty and culture, according to Lagerfeld. The collection was absolutely stunning – one of my personal favourites of his for a long time – featuring exquisite cat eyes, voluminous silken prints, wrap-up Grecian sandals in unexpected pops of blue and yellow and a rich, golden colour palette (all beautifully interspersed with tweed, of course). The setting was equally stunning, as it always is at Chanel, with enormous ruined pillars and a painted dusky sunset transporting the frow (and further).
Since Candice Swanepoel’s recent foray into motherhood, she has only dipped her toe back into modelling (the campaign for Biotherm solely springs to mind). However, this week the shots from her partnership with Gap for its new Mama Said campaign were released – which feature shots of her with her baby boy Anacã (the first on-shoot experience with her son). “It was definitely a different dynamic on set to what I’m used to!” she laughed. “He’s actually so good and I think we’ve taken so many pictures of him since he was born that he’s actually quite used to the camera. It was a definite shift because I was thinking about him instead of myself. It wasn’t long after I arrived back in New York so I hadn’t really seen anyone yet, so it was lovely to be back on set with other mums and babies. It was a fun thing for us to do, and I just loved the cause.” Aiming to celebrate “the joys and optimism of motherhood”, the campaign suits Swanepoel perfectly. “It’s all so new to me and I think, especially in the beginning, that everything is such a joy; you’re excited about every moment,” she said. “Becoming a mother makes the world feel so much better. Nothing can get me down. I just look at him and see him seeing the world for the first time, and it’s just such a pleasure to see it through his eyes. I’m loving being a mum and this new stage in my life. It’s always been about me, and my career, and it’s so nice to have this shift and put all my love and energy into something else.”
Mario Testino revealed Vogue India’s 10th anniversary cover, which stars Kendall Jenner clad in lace, via Instagram. He captioned the post: “I am very thankful for the opportunity of editing my 12th Vogue takeover.”
More Met action (there is never enough): it was Ashley Graham’s first Met Ball and, whilst tweeting live at the event, posted this ‘@KimKardashian just picked spinach out of my teeth… my first #MetGala has officially been MADE!’ sharing the (could-be) embarrassing news with her fans.