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!

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.
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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?

Met Gala 2017 Worst Dressed

Is there any better way to celebrate the beginning of the May than to share with you guys few thoughts on the Met Gala outfits? This year, I didn’t do the event for any of my freelance jobs, but I’ve decided to do it just for myself – because Met Gala is my fav thing about spring (except magnolias) and talking shit about other people is my lifetime fav (lol). Anyways, let’s get this after-after afterparty started!
Everyone’s talking about the best-dressed (hey, Blake) I’ve decided to go over those I hated – for all the different reasons.
Let me start with Julianne Moore’s Calvin Klein By Appointment dress that was so beautiful and so age-unappropriate! This dress would look amazing on 16-year old (okay, early 20’s would work too), but Julianne is a bit too mature for that.
Next, I cannot go by and not to mention Kim K in Vivienne Westwood. I’m so glad she lost her vulgarity for this night, but seriously? That’s Met Gala, not a beach wedding.
Lena Dunham in Elizabeth Kennedy’s dress looked like a freaking red velvet cake – not sexy, not beautiful, not gorgeous. And not even that delicious.
Rihanna took it way too far with the 3D flower dress by Comme des Garçons – don’t you think so? It’s super appropriate for the stage performance, for the Met’s red carpet – not so much. Image result for rihanna met gala 2017
Bella Hadid is great (they say so), Alexander Wang is amazing – all together, it was a red carpet disaster. Hadid and Kendall Jenner (in La Perla) reminded me a lot of Rose McGown’s famous dress from when she was dating Marilyn Manson. And, she looked less inappropriate than these two supermodels.
Probably, the forecast said “95% possibility of showers” – what else could make Priyanka Chopra wear this coat (sorry, dress) by Ralph Lauren? Darling, they have a roof, and they’d find a way to keep you dry.
So, what are your less favorite outfits from this year’s Met Gala? Share in comments!

Best of NYFW Fall 2017 Collections

This season, I didn’t have time and, honestly, much desire to go to many NYFW shows (which I regret). However, I’ve been still following this fashion week’s shows (thanks to my friends and Instagram), so I’ve picked a few amazing looks that I’ve totally felt for and here to share my personal thought on the upcoming trends and styles. 

Few quick notes: for Fall 2017, designers suggest us to wear heavy fur coats paired with more light weighted dresses, oversized pieces, leather and heavy knots. Embroideries are still a thing for gowns and night outfits, so are sequins and metallics. 

I wanna start with a bunch of dresses by Marchesa, which is probably one of my top-5 favorite brands of all times. The dresses are so beautiful, delicate, elegant and sensual that any woman will look gorgeous wearing them. Nili Lotan‘s collection reminded me of the beginning of 2000’s with all those oversized silhouettes, clear colors and mixed fabrics. When Bella Hadid modeling, everything falls into places. I’m usually not a big fan of Anna Sui, but this particular collection reminds me of my life to Arabian motives that I’ve been using on my clothes when I was about 13-14 years old. Heavy fabrics mixed with silk and rich colors – that’s my Arabian dream came true.J.Mendel collection just caught me by surprise with the amazing combination of light-weight gowns and heavy fur coats. Can I just say, I’m in love?Alice+Olivia is one of those brands that you usually think is suitable only for hipsters, Instagram bloggers and teenagers and this season it’s a complete true (lol). But I actually love the edgy glam of these clothing.When you need to look sexy, elegant and sophisticated – it’s only Zac Posen.Dennis Basso took the choker game to the next level with the collection of fur chokers paired with gorgeous silk gowns and heavy fur coats.Oscar de la Renta… I’ve expected so much more from this collection and was so disappointed to see all the same lines and styles we’ve seen many times in last few seasons. This is the only look I genuiny liked (because I’m a sucker for the oversized coats and no-shoulder tops).Badgley Mishka‘s sequined clothes are my personal sort of (oops). The Fall 2017 collection was a bit dark yet chic and gorgeous and had outfits that are appropriate for many types of occasions.This season’s Carolina Herrera‘s collection took my heart. It’s classic, a bit dark, simple and reminds me of a private school’s uniform – all things I love.Escada Fall 2017 is something I personally enjoyed because of the 80’s vibes that reminded me of old New York’s fashion and 9 1/2 weeks movie. Simple pieces, amazing fabrics and clear cuts are perfect for a cozy autumn in a city.

nyfw spring 2017 best details: makeup, accessories, hair and nails

They say the Devil is in the details, right?

I’m still not over this past fashion week and sharing my obsession with you. Here, I’ve picked my favorite details from the past NYFW for Spring 2017 including makeup looks, hair, nail art, jewelry, shoes and many, many other things. Even though I didn’t like most of the outfits that were shown during the past seven days, I should admit that I genuine liked most of the makeup trends: ‘no makeup’ looks with either bold lips or emphasized eyes – or none of it. Just the most natural and simple look that is (IMO) is the best look.

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HairImage result for david gallagherAlexander Wang showJ. MendelNicholas K

Nailsminkoff-clp-rs17-5934Rebecca MinkoffMonseNaeem KhanNovis

ClothingCushnie Et OchsRodarte MarchesaErin FetherstonPamella Roland

AccessorisesCoachBeaufilleAltuzarraDelpozoThom BrowneRebecca Minkoff