Met Gala 2015 … In The Theme of Things!

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So, the 2015 Met Gala was last night and I couldn’t  wait to share my thoughts on the buzz about the fashions! But first, how about a little background on this coveted event.  I sometimes wonder if the celebrities really put a lot of effort in staying with the “theme” of things or has it just become another night to be seen wearing the most daring and unique gowns and dresses created by the best of designers, and photographed by hundreds of the most well know photographers.  Well I guess, both are what makes this night one of the most fashionable nights of the year!

The Gala, formally called the “Costume Institute Gala” and also known as the Met Ball, is a fundraising event held each year to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York.   It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, and, each year it’s celebrated with a theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guest are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. This year’s theme “China: Through the Looking Glass” is actually a subject for a documentary directed by Andrew Rossi and produced by Conde’ Nast Entertainment, Vogue and Relativity Studios.  The theme not only sets the tone for the annual exhibit, but also for the guests who attempt to dress to uphold the theme of the year, oftentimes causing runs on certain fashion themes among the world’s leading fashion retailers.

Okay, so what’s your thoughts on Monday nights extravaganza?  … I’ll start with one of my favorites, …. drum-roll please,  RIHANNA!  Speaking of upholding the theme, Rihanna wins hands down, donning a bright yellow exceptionally dramatic cape gown by Chinese couturier Guo Pei!  Pei has dressed many Chinese celebrities and also designed an outfit for the 20o8 Olympic games, which were held in Beijing.  If this is not beholding to the theme “China: Through the Looking Glass”, I’m not sure what would be!  As reported by Vanity Fair, Guo Pei had not even heard of Rihanna before and no one had worn that dress of the runway, which by the way took two years to make.  “Only women who have the confidence of a queen could wear it.” she reportedly said.  After putting it on, Rihanna herself told the designer, “It feels like a dress for the queen of China.” And I say, … “nuff said”!                                     (http://fashionista.com/2015/05/guo-pei-rihanna-met-ball-dress-interview)

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I re-posted earlier this week Mrs. KimYe’s announcement via Twitter that she had just wrapped up a fitting with Peter Dundas” and she would be wearing his first creation for the house (Roberto Caballo) to the Met Ball.  Yes, I got extremely excited to see what she would be gracing us with! I happen to love me some Kim Kardashian/West, and contrary to what you may think of her, she can slay the red carpet with the best!  So keeping up with the “theme” of things, I expected to see something more on the “China” side. But, if you are anything like me, you were slightly disappointed!  I mean she looked great, … but the buzz is, she basically wore the same gown Bey wore at the 2012 Met Ball! Let’s be real though, we know it wasn’t the same gown, but the details were basically the same, … figure-hugging sheer dress with amazingly sewn details and a to die for feathered train, not to mention, oh did I say sheer! Quite frankly for me, the dress had nothing to do with the theme, not to mention, all of these dresses are starting to look the same … the infamous “Naked Look”.  And, if you want to keep it real, … Bey copied Bey’s look!  Her dress this year was very much like her own look in 2012 as well, … minus the feathered train and a lot more sheerness!

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I don’t know about you, but is there a contest as to who can bare the most! These are the looks that are popping just about every red carpet!

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So enough of the copied and the naked! My favs for the night:

Best in keeping with the “theme” of things:

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Most elegant:

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I’d love to hear from you!  Tell us your favorites for the night, or just your thoughts!

 

 

Age Appropriate? The rules have changed! … or has it?

Trust me when I say, … the older I get, the more I think a little differently about things! And, if you’re like me,  you change the rules based on what’s comfortable. Yes, we are again talking fashion and style. And for the “seasoned” fashionista, … comfort is #1 in my book! I know, you probably have heard sayings like, “Fashion Hurts” or “In Fashion, There Are No Rules” or “Do You”.  Not this kid, … if it’s uncomfortable or it hurts, or makes me feel I’m trying to hard, I ditch the idea, even if at some point in my life it was “me”!  Let’s be clear though, … I am a big proponent of personal style.  Meaning, create outfits that fit your personality regardless of “trend”, are age appropriate and makes you feel amazing!  Choosing clothing that enhances, flatters, fit well and are comfortable,  … to me, that is classic style!

Let’s face it,  our body’s change as we reach the “back nine” (the last 9 holes of life), lol.  You know, the occasional bat wing, or a slightly softer version of what used to be.  And in this era of being fit, there are the Ernestine Shepherd’s of the world, (oldest female body builder) and is in better shape than most people, decades her junior.  But even she admits that things in her body are older and she takes it slow. Even though she could wear any of the trending styles of clothing (and look damn amazing in it), she respects her age. Trends for the most part are for today’s millenniums or “Gen Y” as they are called, meaning the hemlines are short (mini’s), most dresses are tight with cut-outs and peekaboo’s and 6 inch stiletto’s (all of what we once wore back in the day)!  Agreed Ms. Shepherd would have no problem rocking any of these trends, and look absolutely great in them, but at mid to late 70’s would you consider it age appropriate?  (BTW, I would give anything to have her body, … that does it, off to the gym I go after I finish here!)  Seriously, … it doesn’t matter how fit you are, or how great the clothes look on your body, … It’s about how great the clothes look on the entire package, … at some point the clothes you’re wearing my not match the aging face.  There are a lot of miraculous anti-aging creams and plastic surgeons out there, but the fact of the matter is, as smart as man is, he has not mastered the aging process, yet!  And as we continue to redefine the concept of aging, just as we’ve redefined everything else, we must redefine our choice of clothing.  Style is not about competing with your daughters or dressing like the girl you were 20 years ago; it’s about dressing like the woman you are today.

The point is, we can rock our style at any age! And as Stacy London (What Not to Wear) puts it, “It’s not about should I wear it, it’s about, is it flattering on me?

Know the rules that are perfectly safe to break and those that never should be broken if you are over 50!

“Breakable” Rule 1: Always Match Your Shoes, Bag, and Belt!

Matchy matchy!  Matching accessories can make you look a little dated.  Being a little eclectic allows you to be your creative self, adding style and freshness to your outfit. As Stacy London says, ” Your accessories should complement your outfit, not carbon copy it. If you’re wearing really bold print, keep your bag and shoes solid, and visa-verso, a more neutral outfit should be paired with a bolder shoe and/or bag, ie prints or patterns.

“Breakable” Rule 2: When the age rises, the hemlines fall!

Now, this one I say be careful, be very careful, … there are rules to breaking the rules! So the experts say, Hot pants are a definite no-no, but if you can rock a short skirt, by all means do! says, Amy Tara Koch, a Chicago-based style expert and author of the style guide Bump it Up! “You can wear a shorter dress and a higher heel as you get older. You can layer it with a sweater or jacket, and keep proportion short below and tight above. And if you do not feel comfortable showing leg, (as in my case), you can always pair a short skirt with opaque tights.

There are many other rules that can be broken, but my focus is on those that never should!

I’ll just give it to you straight up no chaser: A Few Rules You Should Never Break Over 50!

Unbreakable Rule 1: Blue Eyeshadow: No, No and No! Actually, I’m not sure who this looks good on, with the exception of drag queens! And I’m still not sold.

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Unbreakable Rule 2: Sparkly Pants: Unless of course it’s New Years Eve! Even then do not make it a skinny pant!

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Unbreakable Rule 3: Tube Tops: Really not sure why these are still around for anyone!

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Unbreakable Rule 4: Overalls: Just Say No!

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Unbreakable Rule 5: Crop Tops: Even if you are built like Ernestine Shepherd, leave these to the young folk. Unless of course you’re at the gym in your workout top!

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Unbreakable Rule 6: Booty Shorts: Must I elaborate!

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Going Long for Spring! …

 

                               “Love That Skirt on You!” …

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I am drunk in love with longs skirts! A trend that keeps coming back year after year, and I know, it’s probably on of the most must have trends of the season, … but my obsession has nothing to do with trend and everything to do with dressing that’s stylish, effortless, comfortable, and key to a fresh and current look at any age! This look comfortably transitions from office to happy hour without loosing a step.  pair it with a tee or no-collar shirt for a casual relaxed look, or match with a collared shirt, jacket and light jewelry, and you’re fit for the office.  On a cool comfortable day throw on a short denim jacket for a look that’s sure to turn heads!  From vertical stripes, prints to ombre, this look takes street style to a whole other level!  Just accessorize to express your mood and the rest is style history! 

Take a look at these looks and share your comments!

 

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