Heavenly Bodies @Met

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

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Costume Institute Benefit on May 7 with Co-Chairs Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour, and Honorary Chairs Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view from May 10 through October 8, 2018 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Benefit) is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue—in the medieval galleries, Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art, part of The Robert Lehman Wing, and the Anna Wintour Costume Center—and uptown at The Met Cloisters. The thematic exhibition features a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. A group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican serves as the cornerstone of the exhibition, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers.

The exhibition is made possible by Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Versace.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“The Catholic imagination is rooted in and sustained by artistic practice, and fashion’s embrace of sacred images, objects, and customs continues the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion,” said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. “The Museum’s collection of Byzantine and western medieval art, in combination with the architecture and galleries that house these collections at The Met, provide the perfect context for these remarkable fashions.”

In celebration of the opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, takes place on Monday, May 7. The evening’s co-chairs are Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour. Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman serve as Honorary Chairs. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

“Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another,” said Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion.”

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition features approximately 40 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. Encompassing more than 15 papacies from the 18th to the early 21st century, these masterworks are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras. The last time the Vatican sent a loan of this magnitude to The Met was in 1983, for The Vatican Collections exhibition, which is the Museum’s third most-visited show.

Providing an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism are more than 150 ensembles, primarily womenswear, from the early 20th century to the present, on view in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, in part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters alongside medieval art from The Met collection. The presentation situates these designs within the broader context of religious artistic production to analyze their connection to the historiography of material Christianity and their contribution to the construction of the Catholic imagination.

Designers in the exhibition include A.F.Vandevorst, Azzedine Alaïa, Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Marc Bohan (for House of Dior), Thom Browne, Roberto Capucci, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Gabrielle Chanel, Sorelle Fontana, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (for Dolce & Gabbana), John Galliano (for House of Dior and his own label), Jean Paul Gaultier, Robert Goossens (for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent), Craig Green, Madame Grès (Alix Barton), Demna Gvasalia (for Balenciaga), Rosella Jardini (for Moschino), Stephen Jones, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld (for House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Shaun Leane, Henri Matisse, Claire McCardell, Laura and Kate Mulleavy (for Rodarte), Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Carli Pearson (for Cimone), Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (for Valentino), Pierpaolo Piccioli (for Valentino), Stefano Pilati (for Saint Laurent), Gareth Pugh, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (for his own label and House of Dior), Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (for Viktor & Rolf), Olivier Theyskens, Riccardo Tisci, Jun Takahashi (for Undercover), Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton (for Preen), Philip Treacy, Duke Fulco di Verdura (for Gabrielle Chanel), Donatella Versace (for Versace), Gianni Versace, and Valentina.

Exhibition Credits
A collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, the exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, working together with colleagues in The Met’s Medieval department: C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters; Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters; Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art;  and Melanie Holcomb, Curator.

The interdisciplinary architecture and design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) created the exhibition design with The Met’s Design Department. Select mannequin headpieces are created by Shay Ashual. Raul Avila produced the gala décor, which he has done since 2007.

 

My little holiday gift guide is here❣
Don’t forget to comment below which of the option you liked better – and what you’re planning to buy to give your loved ones!Cute slippers are always a great holiday gift option! These ones are by the brand Loki and are so adorable! I love these flats because they’re made of crushed velvet and are not just super soft and comfortable to wear but ask super cute and festive!Perfumes are one of my favorite things to give to those I’m the closest with! Shopping for gorgeous scents is my bad mood remedy – it gives me a sense of calmness when I’m surrounded by scents. Also, I just love watching people I care about discovering new scents💕If your mom/sister/best friend is makeup addict, give them something that they will not just use – but also that they will put on display. I love this Louboutin lipstick that is made in a form of a Christmas tree ornament. It’s very stylish and any makeup lover would be so excited to get it!A nice watch is another great gift! Doesn’t matter, if you wear it to know time or just as an accessory- just pick something classy and timeless! Btw, with the code RAI15 you’ll get 15%off your purchase (combines with other offers on website), including holiday watch+cuff bundles that saves 10%❣My last gift idea is perfect for your classmates/co-workers – a nice case phone is always a needed item just make sure to pick a good quality case, like this one💙

BALMAIN X VICTORIA’S SECRET

A couple of days ago, I went to VS at 5th Avenue store to take a look at their exclusive pieces made in collaboration with Balmain. 
This collab marks the very first time the lingerie brand teamed up with a high-end designer for runway looks and a retail collection.
The edgy-meets-sexy punk aesthetic was right up Balmain’s and VS’s alley. “We believe in the same kind of woman, a powerful lady, a strong and confident, sexy girl that knows what she wants,” Rousteing commented on the new collection.
The result on the runway included ultra-studded leather jackets, laced-up over-the-knee boots, and all of the plaid, safety pins, spikes, and chains you thought possible.
So, how you like the collection? Comment down below!

my perfume collection: 2017 edition

I am a perfume addict❣ I love trying new scents and I really hope that one day I’ll fell in love completely with a nice perfume. I like many fragrances and I have a little collection, so I’ve decided to share it with you❣
Let’s start with the last two perfumes that I’ve discovered: Black Opium Pure Illusion and Black Opium Sparkle  💕They both are variations of original Black Opium with base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, vanilla and coffee ☕ I like them both, perfect for fall and (hopefully 😂) winter.

Mon Paris Eau de Parfum by YSL
Notes:
Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss.
It’s passionate, sensual and sophisticated. To me, it smells more fruity than flowery but it’s very soft and will be great for middle of spring!

Aldehyde 44 Dallas by Le Labo
Notes: aldehydes, tuberose, jasmine, narcissus, woods, and musk.
It’s a unisex scent, very floral, woody and sparkly. I didn’t have enough time to test it but I’d say it requires specific style (monochrome and leather), but I’m gonna test it out more and update you guys on this!

Florabotanica by Balenciaga 
Notes: Carnation, Wild Mint, Turkish Rose Essence, Hemp Leaves, Vetiver Roots, White Amber. 
Style:
Beautiful. Dangerous. Rare.
I’m currently on my second bottle (which I have since summer 2013). I bought a 30ml bottle in spring 2013 because of Kristen Stewart ( the inspiration behind this scent), and I loved it so much that I’ve used it up in few weeks and bought a big one. And I hate it now (lol) But I’m trying to use it up, it’s good for May and June.

Tuberose by Roja Perfumes
Sweet – Fresh, Fruity, Soft, & Very Sensual
Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Orange Blossom, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Cistus, Peach, Plum, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Musk.
I really like it but not for me:( it’s way too mature and heavy, and I don’t like how it works with my body chemistry. But it’s a really beautiful scent and I’m gonna keep it for now.

Chocolat Mat by Masaki Matsushima
I discovered this scent when I was a teen but only recently decided to actually buy it. It’s chocolaty but it’s pretty light, and it’s a great scent for when you’re feeling you wanna smell like a patisserie 🍫

Red Vanilla by Zara
Have no idea why I have this one but I’m using it in my closets.

La Mia Perla by La Perla
Notes: Mandarin, White Pepper, Sambac Jasmine, White Peony, Orris, Silky Suede Ambrox, Muscenone, and Sandalwood.
I don’t have an actual bottle but I have a mini travel version, and I think it’s a very nice and cute scent to wear on daily basis.

So guys, have you tried any of these scents? And what are some perfumes that you like?

HALLOWEEN LOOK FEATURING HIPS AND CURVES

If there is something you should know about me – I L.O.V.E. Halloween. And every single year I tell myself: this year, I’m gonna have the best costume out there. In August, I’m anticipating how I’m gonna be shopping my new costume, in September I’m waiting for all the Halloween stores to open, and on Halloween day I’m like: okay, I’m just gonna wear cat ears.
It’s actually really hard to find a costume that doesn’t look cheap and, well, slutty – BUT I have actually found a place to shop for gorgeous Halloween costumes – HIPS AND CURVES USE MY CODE raina20 for 20% off your order

They carry sizes 10 to 28 and it’s a perfect destination for sexy gorgeous lingerie (and, Halloween costumes, duh).
This year, I’ve picked Soft Cotton Bell Sleeve Dress that you can wear both as a shirt under this amazing Striped Victorian Bustle Skirt – or as a piece of lingerie that is super sexy and comfy. And to top off this sexy Victorian look – Isabelle Double Steel Boned Underbust Corset. All the pieces are super versatile so you can play around – like I did! I wore the skirts as a dress with the corset and I think it looks amazing!

NYFW SS’18 BEST OUTFITS AND TRENDS

It’s done: New York Fashion Week is officially over and I went to just 3 shows this time as I got super lazy – but, I’ve been watching it from aside all the time.Zimmermann RS18 0392
Traditionally, after the week is over, I share with you guys my favorite looks and little comments – sometimes witty, sometimes cute, sometimes just angry (lol).
Unfortunately, most designers are not nearly done with past years so there were lots of colors, silly prints, baggy and asymmetric clothes and just basically I’m so done with those. Can we just accept the fact we’re leaving in an era when it’s so hard to come up with something new – and just stop pulling ideas from the past and try to be just effortlessly classy, and simple, and don’t pretend we’re leaving in the 80’s or 90’s.
Maybe it’s time to accept that past is past – and, you know, move on?Idan Cohen PO HC RF17 0005Idan Cohen PO HC RF17 0011IDAN COHENMARCHESA NOTTE/RESORTShoji RS18 1355Shoji RS18 1368TADASHI SHOJIKors RS18 0030Kors RS18 0107Kors RS18 0218MICHAEL KORS COLLECTIONJosie Natori PO RS18 0006Josie Natori PO RS18 0015JOSIE NATORINaeem Khan RS18 0866Naeem Khan RS18 0904Naeem Khan RS18 0923Naeem Khan RS18 0983NAEEM KHAN – WHAT THE HELL IS ON HER FACELa Petite Robe RS18 1968CHIARA BONI LA PETITEDe La Renta bks M RS18 0638OSCAR DE LA RENTAZimmermann RS18 0314ZIMMERMANNLanyu RS18 6495Lanyu RS18 6726Lanyu RS18 6906LANYURoland RS18 0066Roland RS18 0082Roland RS18 0168Roland RS18 0181PAMELLA ROLANDMurad HC RF17 0217Murad HC RF17 0241Murad HC RF17 0296Murad HC RF17 0420Murad HC RF17 0486ZUHAIR MURADMichael Costello RS18 0522MICHAEL COSTELLOMARCHESAMACDUGGAL

Hot Summer Nights Lingerie

Hot summer nights…. Lately, I’ve been feeling more comfortable in my own skin, and I’ve decided to explore the world of lingerie and found this amazing website that has dozens of super cute stuff, including lounge wear.


I usually shop at VS for something on the sexy yet not slutty side, and I was really surprised to find something with the same nice quality and pretty designs. This Dark Romance Black Camisole with Shorts immediately stole my heart.
It’s a little bit see-through, so when you put it on you immediately feel super sexy and seductive – but since it’s black and doesn’t have many details except lace, it doesn’t look too much or vulgar.


The fabric is super soft and almost weightless – which is perfect for those hot summer nights. OR, you can wear it in winter to add some warmth – #yaknowhatimean.


So guys, what’s your favorite lingerie brand?

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition

Recently, I went to Met to see yet another fashion exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – and now I have a lot to say (lol).
Maybe it’s just me, and I should’ve been banned from fashion community and never be allowed to go to fashion weeks, but I definitely didn’t get it. The first moment I walked into the room, I immediately thought of mental institutions and creepy American Horror Story outfits.
The exhibition “examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.”
The exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.
So, guys, what do you think?

LAW OF ATTRACTION 101

After almost two months of absence, I’m finally back! Just wanted to tell every one of you how grateful I am that you read my blog, it means the world to me.
This brings me to the actual topic: the law of attraction. First time I ever started to use it was back in middle school, and back then, I more believed in karma and that there’s always a balance in the universe. If something unpleasant would happen, I’d just tell myself that ‘there’s something good on its way.’ And the greatest part, it was always true.
But with time, I got caught up in my fears, and insecurities, and I lost my faith in… well, everything. That was the moment when everything started to get out of control.
Fast forward many-many-many years: in 2015, I watched ‘The Secret’ and realized, that I always knew that like attracts like. Everything you think – you become. My only problem was that I cannot control my thinking. My brain wouldn’t let me stop the negative self-talk.
But I’m trying now just to relax and just repeat a word or a sentence – something, that I want to attract. I do believe that we can attract (and we do attract) things in our lives. For example, when I was about 14, I wanted to live in NYC – I was 14, and I was living in Moscow, and none of my friends took me seriously. Now, I live in New York (unfortunately, I don’t really want to).
However, I figured these simple things regarding how to use the law of attraction without creating the reality you’d hate to live in.
1. Be as specific as possible.
Don’t say I want love/job/car. Specify everything: create a vivid image, how you’d FEEL if you had this thing that you want. The more clear the picture, the more chances to attract the exact thing and feeling of having this thing that you desire.
2. Live your life as if you have it
If you want love, act like you’re in love. Smile, feel the butterflies, make sure your home looks like there are two people living there.
3. Do something
After sending the Universe your request, don’t sit still. Do something, don’t expect that your love will find you if the only thing you do is staying at home.
4. Let it go
After you manifested what you wanted, and started living the productive ‘as if’ life, just stop thinking of it. Don’t think about how long it’s gonna take, and what if it won’t work – just believe. You have to believe.
5. Never feel the lack.
Don’t think of something you DON’T have – it brings more lack into your life. Don’t say ‘i don’t have money’ or ‘I hate bills’ – think that ‘my life is full of abundance.’
Ask – believe – receive.
Sounds simple, right?

So guys, do you believe in law of attraction, or maybe you’re already using it? Share in comments!

about me, vol.2

(на русском после фото)
It’s been awhile since I did a little ‘about me’ blog post and I figured that I owe you guys a bit more info about me and my life than I gave you yet.
So, I was born and raised in Moscow, and the most of my life I’ve spent thinking that being a writer is my calling. Honestly, I still do. Sometimes. Not often.
I moved to NYC in January 2013 to get my MA., and 4 and a half years later, I still live here, I work full-time in Soho as social media manager and secretly dreaming about Spike.
I’m not really good at talking about myself, or opening up, or being friends. I am a firm believer in keeping my personal life personal, I have a cat Lia, and for now, my biggest goal is to feel comfortable with who I am, where I am with my life and to be more open to, you know, life.
I wish I could write more, but now I just don’t have time for that, and it frustrates me. I hope that one day I will move to Dublin or Seattle, and sometimes I just don’t want to get up in the morning.
Now it’s your turn! Tell me more about yourself, and what you want to read about on my blog next!
С тех пор, как я в последний раз писала о себе, прошло уже месяцев 10, так что я решила, что пора рассказать чуть больше подробностей о том, кто я и чем живу.
Я выросла в Москве, и, думаю, это сразу многое объясняет. Благодаря обществу, в котором я с детства вращалась, я прониклась твердой убежденностью, что мое призвание – быть писателем. Иногда я все еще так думаю.
В январе 2013-го я переехала жить в Нью Йорк – точнее, тогда я переехала, чтобы получить степень магистра. С тех пор прошло четыре с половиной года, а я все так же живу здесь, работаю в Сохо и иногда мечтаю о том, что ко мне заявится Спайк и мы с ним уйдем в ночь (здесь большой LOL).
Я не умею говорить о себе, никому не открываюсь и не умею дружить. Я твердо убеждена, что личная жизнь должна всегда быть только личной, у меня есть кошка Лия и на данный момент моя цель ощущать, что я живу в ладу с собой, с тем, какая моя жизнь сейчас – и вообще, научиться быть более открытой к жизни.
Я бы хотела больше писать, но сейчас на это нет времени. А еще я лелею мечту о переезде в Дублин или Сиэттл, и иногда мне не хочется вставать по утрам с постели.
Что ж, теперь ваша очередь: расскажите немного о себе и напишите, о чем бы вы хотели читать в моем блоге.