The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”. I remember loving it, though honestly all I can recall at the moment is Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler and this fantastic photo shoot for Vogue by Craig McDean featuring wonder poser Coco Rocha dressed as various fashion warriors. Dig Coco as a Nici Ricci clad Poison Ivy and a perfect Catwoman in a Dolce & Gabbana molded corset, Swarovski crystal studded mask, and Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spiked heels that will SLAY ALL. Marvel at Coco as Gaultier’s Little Mermaid, the fiercest Batman in Rick Owens cashmere, and an angelic retro glam Dawnstar in Dior Haute Couture.
Arthur Elgort is an American photographer primarily known for his work with US Vogue. His photographs celebrate the classic look of femininity, emphasizing glamorous elements like make up and styling. He’s also done extensive portraits of young ballerinas, capturing the grace and poise of a dancer.
Two joyful designers, in two very different places in their careers, showed collections yesterday. Long time favorite Jean Paul Gaultier and relevative new-comer Olympia Le-Tan both put on fun-filled shows yesterday, embracing camp, spectacle, and all the different roles a woman can play.
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015
This was JPG’s final ready-to-wear collection, after almost 40 years of collections. He has been one of my favorite designers since I was in high school in the early 90s and his designs, like Madonna’s cone bra, were defining culture and style. His career has been filled with risks, innovation, and above all else, a sense of caring and fun. It’s easy to see why stylists, editors, collectors, fashionistas, models and photographers love him – his consistent smile, the playfulness of his clothes, and his constant challenging of fashion norms. Having everyone from Dita Von Teese to Madonna to drag queens to older women to plus size models, he has never played by the fashion world’s rules. This collection, based around a beauty pageant, celebrated many of his peak moments in RTW, including that iconic cone bra dress, lots of corseting, the menswear as womenswear, the celebratory sexiness and the insistence that fashion belongs to everyone.
Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2015
Starting off as a small company that turns infamous book covers into embroidered hand bags, Olympia Le-Tan has taken this retro-influenced style and made it into a series of adorable collections, full of playful designs and above all else, some of the best prints currently available. This English schoolgirl inspired collection played off conventions – a pencil skirts made of pencil appliques, knees socks, ribbons, and lots of swinging ponytails. So many of my favorite looks here I could never pick just one.
British photographer Tim Walker‘s unique style of whimsical, romantic scenes are marked by their combining of nature and the man made, chaos on the civility of the English manor house, decay on the luxurious, the strangely beautiful. Beautifully demonstrated in this random selection of his work over the last 10 plus years, mainly for Vogue UK, you can see what’s made Walker’s photographs the modern aesthetic for English fashion photography.