Thursday, May 5, 2016

Met Gala 2016: Fashion veers into tech on the Red Carpet

Met Gala 2016:

Fashion veers into tech on the Red Carpet

Featuring a flurry of silver, lustrous and futuristic looks, the fashion elite gathered Monday evening for the Met Museum's annual black-tie extravaganza.
This year, the Costume Institute ball was centered around the idea of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," exploring the relationship between clothes created by hand (or "manus") versus the machine.
As expected with a technology-tied theme, metallic accents paired with sleek, slick-backed hairstyles featured prominently on the night.
Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Cindy Crawford, and the Kardashians' youngest Kylie Jenner were among those who opted for sterling-hued looks.
Singer Rita Ora donned a metallic grey, feathered Hunger Games-like get up while actress Kate Hudson's white dress was more of a sculptural and deconstructed take.
Much of what was paraded out could be described as a sort of artificial intelligence chic.  
'Homeland' star Claire Danes was glowing, quite literally, with a dress that could light up designed for her by Zac Posen.
Even the famously stern 'Vogue' editor-in-chief Anna Wintour took on a futuristic vibe.
The exhibition itself charts the evolution of fashion from the invention of the sewing machine to the onset of mass production that's enabled fast fashion juggernauts like Zara and H&M to thrive.
In fact, H&M outfits made it onto the night's red carpet via actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Valletta.
Hallowed haute couture -- painstakingly crafted by teams of artisans -- is pitted against the "gotta-have-it" now mentality of ready-to-wear and the high street.
Apple's chief design officer Jonathan Ive joined Wintour as co-chair of the event.
Although the company's most fashion-oriented venture -- Apple Watch, along with other wearables like Google Glass have failed to impress so far -- it was the high profile departure two years ago of Angela Ahrendts, who ditched her role as CEO at historic British fashion house Burberry for Apple that alerted the world to the increasing collaboration between the two arenas.
Driven by the advent of 3D printing, computer modeling and laser cutting techniques, fashion and technology are moving closer than ever.
Met Museum Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton said the exhibition will hopefully "debunk some of the mythologies of the handmade and machine."
"Traditionally the handmade has been seen as being about luxury, about superiority and it's also been seen as something that's elitist," Bolton explained. "Whereas the machine has been about progress and the future. On the other side, it's been about mediocrity and dehumanization."
"I'm finding those values don't really hold up," Bolton continued. "Sometimes a garment that's been machine-made actually has more hours spent on it, is more luxurious than doing it by hand."

The 2016 Met Gala red carpet: Fashion meets technology at star-studded soirée

Didn't score an invitation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala last night? That's OK; neither did anyone else who isn't fashion royalty or (at the very least) Rihanna-level famous.

The Met Gala is, by and large, the most exclusive party of the year in New York City, one that requires a personal invitation approved by Vogue's Anna Wintour to attend, regardless of whether you can afford a $30,000 US ticket.
Some call it "the Super Bowl of fashion," or "fashion prom," while publicist Paul Wilmot refers to the event as "an ATM for the Met." With more than $12.5 million raised for the museum's Costume Institute last year alone, he's not entirely wrong.  
Still, "the Oscars of fashion" is what you'll hear most in discussions about the Met Gala, because in some ways it is — minus the actual award show part, and with wilder couture outfits.
Co-chaired by Wintour, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, the theme of this year's gala was more about looking forward than looking back upon the Costume Institute's roughly 35,000 pieces spanning seven centuries of fashion.
They called it "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" a theme that some guests took more literally than others.
From chainmail gowns to Madonna's butt, the red carpet saw saw more than its fair share of head-turning looks this year. Replay our live blog below to see more of how celebrities, style icons, politicians and tycoons interpreted the 2016 Met Gala's futuristic theme.

The Met Gala 2016: The History


 What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?

Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department), the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself.
Unofficially, Monday night’s festivities in New York have been called many things, including “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” (mostly because of the star quotient and the elaborate red carpet, in which guests pose on the grand entrance stairs to the museum) and, somewhat pointedly, “an A.T.M. for the Met,” by the publicist Paul Wilmot.
The party signals the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster show, and it is known for its celebrity and fashion hosts.
This year, the exhibit is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” and the hosts are Anna Wintour, chairwoman of the gala; Jonathan Ive, chief design officer of Apple; Taylor Swift; and the actor Idris Elba.
he honorary chairs are the Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld; Miuccia Prada; and Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director. All will be in attendance except for Mr. Lagerfeld, who will be in Cuba because the Chanel Cruise show is in Havana the day after the gala.
Why is it called the party of the year?
Ms. Wintour, the editor of American Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, took over as chairwoman of the gala in 1999. Since then, she has been instrumental in transforming a local philanthropic event into the ultimate global celebrity/power cocktail: Take a jigger of famous names from fashion, add film, politics and business, and mix. It is among the hardest party tickets of the year to get — and thus intensely coveted.

How much does it cost?

Tickets this year are $30,000 apiece, and tables are $275,000. The party and exhibit are sponsored (this year Apple is the main underwriter), so all the money raised from ticket sales goes to the Costume Institute. Last year, more than $12.5 million was raised. Of course, not everyone pays for a ticket. Brands often invite celebrities to be their guests and sit at their table, and Ms. Wintour also often invites up-and-coming designers who might not be able to afford a ticket and scatters them around the event.

How many people attend?Last year, there were about 600 attendees.

So if I can afford a ticket, can I go?

Dream on. Unlike other cultural fund-raisers, like the New York City Ballet gala or the Frick Collection’s Young Fellows Ball, the Met gala is invitation-only, and there is a waiting list to get on the invitation list. Qualifications for inclusion have to do with buzz and achievement (and beauty) more than money. Ms. Wintour has final say over every invitation and attendee, which means that even if a brand buys a table, it cannot choose everyone who sits at its table: The brand must clear it with her, and Vogue.

O.K., you’re saying I can’t go. So why should I care?

It’s reality TV at its most glamorous. Watch Justin Bieber schmooze with Rihanna! See Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady greet Donatella Versace! Check out Chelsea Clinton kissing Diane von Furstenberg! Judge whether you approve of their outfits! You get the idea.

Speaking of outfits, do attendees have to dress in theme?

It isn’t explicitly stated that attendees have to dress like the exhibition, but it is encouraged. This can sometimes backfire. In 2013, for example, the theme was “Punk,” and  which featured Sarah Jessica Parker in a Philip Treacy fauxhawk hat and graffiti gown, and Madonna in fishnet shorts and a studded plaid jacket, was widely panned.
Last year, the exhibit was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and it created some politically incorrect moments when celebrities and the designers who dressed them got their Asian references muddled. (Lady Gaga, for example, wore a Balenciaga kimonolike look, which seemed to lean toward the Japanese; ditto Georgia May Jagger in Gucci.) Generally, it is advisable to play it safe and just get really, really dressed up.
That said, what is not negotiable is that if celebrities are invited to the gala by a brand, they have to wear clothes from that brand. This encourages brands to get the best celebrities because they can act as something of an advertisement for a house. It is also why, whenever designers are photographed on the red carpet, their “dates” are almost always famous people. Last year, for example, Marc Jacobs took Cher; Christopher Kane, FKA Twigs; Alexander Wang, Taraji P. Henson; and Jeremy Scott, Katy Perry.

How long has this been going on?

The publicist Eleanor Lambert started the gala in 1948 as a typical philanthropic endeavor for the great and good of New York society. Pat Buckley, the wife of the conservative pundit William F. Buckley Jr., took over as chairwoman in 1979, but it has morphed into its current form only since the turn of the millennium. Ms. Wintour now oversees every detail, down to timed entrances for guests.

What happens when guests get inside?

It’s a secret! Since last year, posting on social media has been banned after the red carpet. What I can tell you is this: There is a receiving line inside with all the hosts, and guests have to file by and air-kiss them; then they tour the exhibit on their way to the cocktail party, so they are at least theoretically forced to see the culture. After cocktails, they are called in to dinner, and there is always some form of entertainment (last year, it was Rihanna; the year before, Frank Ocean). This is good, because as the red carpet part of the evening has become a giant marketing event, the fact that the main part of the event is private allows guests to relax and have fun.
Or so they tell me.

Premiere Interview: Claudio Valdivia Part 2

Claudio Valdivia

Male SuperModel

One on One  

By Christopher Uvenio

- Let's give some tips to new models, tell me What is the most important thing that a girl/boy should do to present herself/himself well in castings?

Being in an optimal physical shape, self-confidence, being humble and being funny. The most important thing; self-confidence, they like to see you are sure of what you´re doing.

Do you have an interesting anecdote from a photo shoot, a casting or a show?

On a fashion show once i got confused with the instructions in the rehearsals so instead of walking on the runway I walked off the runway, Lol

- Your career is unique, what do you think made you stand out among other guys?

Being humble, professional and nice with the people. I think those are good values and the people appreciate them.

Turning to some personal questions, how would you describe your way to have fun, the places you usually go, and your way to enjoy life?

I would describe it like if I was an explorer; I always like to try new things and i´m not afraid about it. For example if i´m traveling I love to try local food and doing some typical local activities or sports. If i´m hanging out with my friends I always like to try new places and new shows, and if I like something I did; i do it again. Also sometimes I enjoy simple things like hang out at home with a movie and a coffee, it depends my mood. That is how I enjoy life. 

Tell me about your professional plans: apart from modeling, what else would you like to pursue or are you already pursuing?

My dream is to become an attorney at international law working in international business. As I said before I enjoy traveling a lot and if I can work and travel at the same time; that´s my best choice to work.

On the fashion industry: who are the people that you really loved to work with?

Well, first of all I loved working with you, I had a blast in the FIT, the people were nice and I enjoyed the show very much, besides I made good friends.

I also loved to work in the Uptown New York Fashion week in past february; I walked for Dario Mohr and I like his designs and I had a good experience working there.

- What is your favorite sport and how often do you play it?

Skiing, just in winter season if i´m in Chile or Argentina. I have to try ski centers here in the US yet.

What is your favorite kind of movies and the last film you watched?

I love independent, classic Italian and also some commercials films; my fauvorites directors: Woody Allen, Tim Burton, Pedro Almodóvar, Ludovico Visconti and Federico Fellini. The last film I watched was “Hello my name is Doris” with Sally Field, she was hilarious.

Your favorite female model?

Karlie Kloss

-Where have you been traveling recently?

I went in march on a cruise through the Caribbean Sea. I visited Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Beautiful landscapes and good company with friends. It was wonderful.

Thank you for your time Claudio! I Look forward to more interview with you in the near future!!

What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

 That I have a lot of free time probably, which I´m not, because I´m very busy during the week; studying for my big exam in Chile, modeling and working out, going to events or shows with friends and sometimes even working from home with companies in Chile.


Who makes You laugh?

Melissa McCarthy, she rocks.

What was the last gift that you bought yourself?

A Hugo Boss pair of sunglasses

If you were a professional Athlete instead of a Male Model, what sport would you play?

Road Running. I used to run in Chile half marathons sometimes. I enjoy the good energy of the events and the landscapes if i´m in a nice town.


What is the last song you caught yourself singing in the shower?

"Drop it like it´s Hot" by Snoop Dog!!

What quality is most important in a friend?

Trust, that´s what friends are made for, to keep our deepest secrets, lol.


What was your favorite television show when you were a kid?

Tales from the Grave

Do you prefer planes, trains or automobiles?

Planes, because the beautiful view from the sky.

Where would you like to live besides the USA?

Italy, absolutely, Either Rome or Milano. I love the culture and the food in Italy.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever fallen asleep?

In a night club!!

Who is your favorite cartoon character?

Homer Simpson

What Item have you kept from Childhood?

My violin, I still play it sometimes but just a few times.

THANK YOU Claudio! I can’t wait to see you rock in my menswear designs!!!

World Premiere Interview: Tayte Hanson talks Underwear!

Just when you thought you couldn’t experience Tayte Hanson on a more personal level, the  exclusive model opens up for an interview with Me. He goes surprisingly deep, revealing not-so-secrets such as a versatile belly button (he can make it an innie or an outie) and a love for jumping from staggering heights. I also asked him about his underwear, of course. Spoiler alert: he likes to exercise in jockstraps.

 There is a Q&A below, but first things first: watch the video interview. Tayte wears a white Dolce & Gabanna brief under a pair of blue jeans. Did we mention he does so while soaking in a river? Well he does. And all of a sudden, it’s been far too long since we’ve skinny dipped.

What is a smell you absolutely love? 
I LOVE wood. Okay, man wood sure, but mostly pine, oak, and cedar. Something about nature is so incredibly sensual and sexy to me. If I ever come out with a fragrance it’s basically gonna be a tree branch in a bottle.

What is your favorite city in the world?
Solden, Austria! It’s a small ski village in the state of Tyrol and is utterly perfect. Beautiful, friendly people, landscapes so gorgeous you’ll drop your camera, and tons of peach schnapps.
Favorite style (not brand) of underwear and why?
I love boxer briefs. It may be because that’s what I wore growing up and what feels best on my body, but I also love it aesthetically on myself and others. They seem to give off a gruff essence.

How important is underwear to you and why?
Eh. I love cute underwear and use it as an accessory, but at the end of the day if underwear didn’t exist I’d get by–I’m 100% cool with going commando.
How do you feel about jockstraps? 
I love jockstraps, but mostly when working out. They were designed for comfort when exercising and I truly feel that they fulfill that need very well. I also like how they look, but I’d much prefer the outline of everything than seeing it all.

What food totally grosses you out?
Raw onions.
Do you have a secret talent? What?
I can pull my belly button out to make an innie or outie and I can blow balloons up with my nose.

Guilty Pleasure: What is your favorite reality TV or Competition show?
None. I love sitcoms and stand up comedy. If I had a guilty pleasure on TV it’d be re-watching “American Ham” by Nick Offerman. I also really enjoy most shows centered around homo culture because I enjoy seeing the opinions and views of others on the culture I find myself most attached to.
If you could live in any era of history (excluding present/future) which would it be and why?
I want to live in the medieval era. I love swords and horses and farms and dirty peasants. It’d probably be a really shitty time to live, but the idea of it is so interesting. Maybe if we ever get time travel I’ll go for a week!

What’s one thing you wish you could already do? (i.e. juggle, play an instrument, etc)
I want to be able to sing so badly. If anyone give singing lessons and think they can make anyone into a singer PLEASE email me.
What’s the scariest/riskiest thing you’ve ever done not related to modeling?
I love heights and have jumped, flown, and fallen from many a tall place and love it. The most dangerous was probably cliff diving in Mexico–we were jumping from around 60 feet and the fall was amazing.

At the end of the day, when all is said and done, what’s the most important characteristic a person should have?
Honesty. If you aren’t honest, to yourself especially, you will be lost.