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CULTURE, FASHION / May 7 2012 10:30 AM

10 Fashion Feats and Fails at the Met Costume Institute Gala

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s annual Costume Institute Gala is tirelessly referred to as the Oscars of fashion and it certainly ranks as the industry’s glitziest and most glamorous night.  But unlike the Oscars red carpet, where actresses willfully play it safe for fear of a career-defining performance on the worst dressed list, at the Met Gala the balls are to the haute couture wall. This is Fashion with a capital effin’ F. Sometimes the results are truly stunning and other times they’re…how can I put this gently…god-awful. Let’s take a look back at the Met Gala’s greatest hits and misses.

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NEWS / May 4 2012 4:40 PM

Tan Mom Tells It Like It Is…or Something, Manish Arora Exits Paco Rabanne and Beyonce’s a Literary Prize-Winner

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- When you exit through the gift shop of The Met‘s “Impossible Conversations” exhibit, you’ll find surreal (and severely overpriced) souvenirs like a lips pin and a Prada flame shoe ornament. [Met Museum]

Tan Mom may well be the best thing to come out of New Jersey since…well, my mind’s gone blank on that front. While discretely hiding the box of Franzia in her handbag, Patricia Krentcil lashed out at those who accused her of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning salon, saying that “they’re jealous, they’re fat and they’re ugly.” [Jezebel]

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NEWS / January 18 2012 7:16 AM

Backpedalling with Prada: Brand Insists Miuccia’s Met Exhibit Comments “Taken Out of Context”

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The Elsa Schiaparelli-Miuccia Prada Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is still months away, but why not get the buzz rolling early on? Backstage after her celebrity-filled men’s show in Milan, Prada appeared not too enthused about the upcoming exhibit, saying: ”It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite. I told them, but they don’t care.” Now, her namesake label claims these comments were “taken out of context.”

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NEWS / November 2 2011 7:56 AM

Sarah Burton Couldn’t Even Tell Her Parents About the Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

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Keeping a secret in this day and age is pretty much unheard of, so the fact that the designer of Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress wasn’t revealed until the future Duchess of Cambridge elegantly alighted at Buckingham Palace was somewhat of a small miracle. But the Royal Family doesn’t eff around and had Alexander McQueen‘s creative head, Sarah Burton, sign a confidentiality agreement, meaning she couldn’t even tell her parents about the once in a lifetime opportunity. 

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CULTURE, NEWS / October 28 2011 8:45 AM

ALT Has a Gallery and Now an Exhibit to Put in It

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Caped crusader, Vogue editor and Top Model judger André Leon Talley has curated the first exhibit to be featurd in the André Leon Talley Gallery of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Talley, a board member of the college, will focus the exhibit on past recipients of the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. And next year, SCAD’s just going to throw up its figurative hands and rename itself the André Leon Talley College of Art, Design and Openly Yelling in People’s Faces. 

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