Affectionally dubbed “the Oscars of fashion,” the Met Gala is an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The extravagant event is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets, and its extravagant outfits.
Inspired by Susan Sontag‘s 1964 essay, which defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” this year’s exhibition, titled “Camp: Notes on Fashion” features both men’s and womenswear, the exhibition will feature over 200 pieces of fashion from designers including Virgil Abloh, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, Mugler, Bob Mackie, Karl Lagerfeld, and more. The Viktor & Rolf slogan couture gowns that sparked an endless stream of memes will also be on display.
This year, the event was fittingly sponsored by Gucci and hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour.
Embracing the glittery, the tacky, the over-the-top, the gender-bending and the taboo, camp is an aesthetic that flies in the face of Western hetero notions of respectability and good taste, and looks good doing it. The celebrities on the red carpet didn’t disappoint — think over-the-top silhouettes and eccentric styling.
From Lady Gaga’s four outfit changes on the fabulously fitting pink carpet to Jared Leto carrying his own head, we’ve put together a few of our favorite interpretations of camp to celebrate the Costume Institute’s new exhibition.
Lady GaGa in Brandon Maxwell and Tiffany’s
Harry Styles in Gucci
Serena Williams in Atelier Versace and Nike x Off-White sneakers
Florence Walsh in Gucci
Emily Blunt in Michael Kors
Emily Ratajkowski in Dundas
Kendal and Kylie Jenner in Versace Atelier
Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta
Cardi B in Thom Browne
Jared Leto in Gucci
Katy Perry in Moschino
Naomi Campbell in Valentino Couture
“Camp: Notes on Fashion” opens to the public on Thursday, May 9.
Mary Jane Swim Will Keep You Cool, Even When It’s Hot
Founded by Diane Walker and Stacey Demar, Mary Jane Swim is a lifestyle apparel brand dedicated to normalizing cannabis. The two women founded their swimwear company, Sweenie Manufacturing in 2008, producing swimwear for other companies. After discovering the healing potential of cannabis for themselves, they decided to help change the perception of the plant for themselves and Maru Jane Swim was born.
We spoke to them about their fashion-forward styles, beautifully subtle cannabis prints and earth-friendly fabrics and production.
What inspired you to launch Mary Jane Swim?
The idea came about in late 2017 after our rediscovery of cannabis, specifically CBD for wellness, on a trip to Telluride, Colorado. We thought about how we could help destigmatize the plant in our own way.
Diane had been working in fashion and Stacey in fitness for many years, which organically led to the creation of Mary Jane Swim. It showcases both of our expertise and we focused on cannabis base printed apparel.
We launched a very small capsule “OG Kush “collection summer 2018 and just launched our full “Seven Leaflets “2019 SS line this past April which also includes activewear and accessories for both men and women.
What makes Mary Jane Swim unique in the marketplace?
Our focus is to bring elevated cannabis apparel to the market that has historically been promotional items. We have created a line that incorporates fashion-forward styles, beautifully subtle cannabis prints and earth-friendly fabrics and production.
Do you design the prints yourselves or do you source them?
Yes, we design each print ourselves inspired by current world trends and interpret them through the flower and leaf and our perspective.
How do you think Mary Jane Swim helps normalize the opinion of cannabis?
The more that the plant shows up in every day products, the more society starts to see it as a beautiful and beneficial plant and not as an evil gateway drug.
Any plans to develop a collection made from hemp and other more sustainable, eco-friendly products?
We have been researching hemp blends in both woven and knit bases for future products, as well as recycled fabrics.
You donate a portion of each sale to Athletes for Care. How did you become involved with them?
After using CBD daily for everyday use for wellness and pre/post workouts and realizing how powerful it is.
We came across their mission to help promote cannabis in sports and help alleviate the opioid crisis. A portion of the profits will be donated.
How do you want people to feel when wearing Mary Jane Swim?
Empowered and healthy.
What don’t you leave the house without?
CBD of course and a swimsuit!
You Can Now Literally Walk a Mile in Snoop’s Shoes
If you’re looking to pick up a fresh pair of slides or loafers this summer, Snoop Dogg has your back. The rap legend has partnered with luxury English footwear company Duke + Dexter to launch a limited-edition collaboration packed with his unique style baked in.
The Dogg Pack collection brings to life Snoop’s West Coast lifestyle with a fun pool-to-party theme. You can grab yourself a fresh pair of loafers, mules or slide style footwear with dice, cannabis leaf prints and even Snoop’s embroidered face.
“I wanted the collaboration to be sleek and stylish, like me,” Snoop told Forbes. “The design team helped me to put together shoes that represented my style and me. I do things differently; you know that. It was important that we created a first collection that had distinction, but also class. Real class no fakes shit.”
Launched in early June, the ultra-exclusive, limited-edition line is only 1000 pair deep, meaning that snagging a pair means you’re part of an incredibly exclusive club.
Lee Rogers, head of product at Duke + Dexter said via a statement, “I wanted to try to bring something new and fresh to the collaboration and products. Snoop is such a legend and the weight of doing this well was always in mind.
“I really wanted to find a quote/lyric that could help encapsulate what Duke + Dexter are as a brand and what Snoop represents, the lyric we decided to use ‘la di da di, we likes to party we don’t cause no trouble, we don’t bother nobody.’”
Snoop said the partnership came about after he posted a pair of their shoes he liked to his 34.2 million followers.
“They very smartly reached out to me and we started by creating some dope bespoke styles together, I grew my relationship with Archie and we started building a plan… the rest is history!” said the rapper.
While this ultra-exclusive line of footwear might be one of Snoop’s flashiest and newest business ventures, it’s far from his only one. Martha Stewart and Snoop are famously unlikely friends, even co-host a cooking show called “Martha & Snoop” together, he’s launched his very own cannabis strain and his “Leafs by Snoop” collaboration with Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth.
When asked why his fans should try out a pair of Duke + Dexter’s ultra-exclusive footwear line, Snoop said the quality of the brand was the selling point.
“D+D do things differently — they classy, they real,” said Snoop. “There’s so much fake shit out there nowadays, so many copycats. I only admire brands like this, brands who create their own, truly original stories and unique identities.”
If you can’t snag a pair of Duke + Dexter’s line, you can pick up a micro-suede house shoe, two luxury slide-in slippers and baby dogg slippers, all perfect for sipping a gin and juice wherever you might be.
First Look at Rihanna’s New LVMH Fenty Fashion Brand
LVMH, the parent company of Dior and Givenchy, Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, recently announced Rihanna’s Fenty fashion house would launch under their massive umbrella-ella-ella.
Fenty fashion will debut online on May 29 and at a Paris pop-up on Friday, May 24 and we’ve finally got a sneak-peak at what collection — designed be the Bal Gal herself — will look like.
In a new teaser video, Rihanna makes blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos styling looks on a diverse lineup of models that include denim, separates, and shirt dresses, styled with sporty sunglasses and strappy sandals.
“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us. Mr. [Bernard] Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits,” Rihanna said in a statement. “I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”
Bad Gal took to Twitter to share her thoughts her latest business venture.
big day for the culture.
thank you Mr.Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH https://t.co/6ToY8MkDQB pic.twitter.com/Q9eF35576T
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 10, 2019
“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real C.E.O. and a terrific leader,” said LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault in a statement, according to BoF. “She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”
The launch of the new brand will make for a historic one. It marks the first time LVMH has introduced and built a new brand since Christian Lacroix in 1987. More importantly, Rihanna will be the first woman of color to oversee a fashion house under LVMH.
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