Fashion

CFDA Awards: The Rise of the Influencer – Kim Kardashian

An abundance of fashion aficionados and celebrated celebrities adorned in heavenly gowns sauntered down the red carpet Monday evening for the annual Met Gala’s exhibition opening for, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” In particular, one golden goddess wearing a Versace chainmail gown embellished with crucifixes looked less ethereal, and more like the eternal influencer: Kim Kardashian.

Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner

Sisters, Kylie Jenner in Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian in Versace, Kendall Jenner in Off-White at the 2018 Met Gala.

Just announced, Kim Kardashian will be honoured at the upcoming CFDA Awards on June 4 as the first recipient of the CFDA Influencer Award.

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Fur-Free baby, it’s about time

A few years ago, I arrived at a cocktail reception wearing a lavender dress, with a fabulous matching lavender faux fur coat, a combination of Burberry and Whistles, an entire Brit ensemble. While I felt comforted by the fact that I was fur-free and not wearing a dead animal and patriotic in my selection, disapproving stares recoiled in complete indignation—oh my gosh she’s wearing a fake fur!

Perhaps finally, the stigma of a tatty-old faux (no, my faux was not tatty) that looks cheap and tarty (yes, Brit term for slutty with bad taste) is finally minimised. The most recent iterations of fur in their faux glory are praiseworthy imitable imitations—case in point below.

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

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Elvis & Kresse x Burberry

As the adage quips, one man’s rubbish may be another man’s treasure, for Burberry and Elvis & Kresse, this statement rings true as they embark on a five-year partnership recycling leather waste from Burberry factories.

Elvis and Kresse x Burberry

Fashion and sustainability are a neoteric duo, embracing fast fashion and luxury brands as an ethically minded consciousness that questions our wardrobe selection. In these conscientious times, wearing fur is indeed outdated and it’s finally possible to banish the need for real fur styles. As the Business of Fashion story shared last month, Gucci Bans fur: ‘It’s Not Modern’ creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele is now my spirit #furfree animal in more ways than one.

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A Masterpiece Collaboration by Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons

Style: An invitation to dine with Mona Lisa at the Louvre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be declined. Last night in Paris, Louis Vuitton invited guests to an intimate dinner in celebration of its latest collaboration with American artist Jeff Koons, titled ‘Masters’. Noting the first time the Louvre has hosted guests within the Denon wing room, Salle des Etats, aka the Mona Lisa room, to dine amidst the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.

The Masters, Jeff Koons collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Jeff Koons collaboration with Louis Vuitton, ‘Masters’, Da Vinci

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Palmer//Harding aka The Shirt Boys

Chat: In the East end of London, near Old Street, resides the studio of fashion designers Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding, aka The Shirt Boys. A merging of creative minds from Dallas and London, this innovative duo—alumni from Central Saint Martins, have finely-tuned their skills in the form of wearable, everyday styles in shirts.

Matthew Harding, Levi Palmer - Palmer Harding

Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer – Palmer//Harding at Forty Five Ten

Levi returned home to Texas this past December to visit his family for the holidays, along with Matthew, his British business and life partner. With a pit stop in Dallas to visit the newly opened Forty Five Ten where their line is carried, I joined them for lunch at the store’s restaurant Mirador for a chat.

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OMG at Ylang 23 with jewellery designer Raphaele Canot

Accessories: OMG! And I’m not kidding; that’s the reaction I uttered under my breath when I slipped on a gold bracelet by Parisian, London-based jewellery designer Raphaele Canot. Not merely an emphatic statement of admiration, but also the title of Canot’s collection—OMG!

Jewelry designer Raphaele Canot

Jewellery designer Raphaele Canot

The symbol of a pair of lips set in an open-mouth style is a witty yet whimsical design offered in gold, or with red, black and white enamel, trimmed with Pavé diamonds. OMG!, bracelets, rings—single or stacked, and a necklace that doubles as a ring, play well with her collection Keep Smiling, more lips, this time a tad more pouty that just makes you smile.

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