The First Arrivals On The 2016 Met Gala Red Carpet

The stars are shining bright tonight.

May 2, 2016

The Charles James Brand Revival

The spotlight is on luxury brand Charles James as of late, after being honoured by the Metropolitan Museum last week at the annual ball rumours circulated that the fashion house would be resurrected. On May 8, Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein confirmed he would relaunch the iconic label.

The movie entrepreneur will work along side his designer wife, Georgina Chapman, who will serve as the brand’s first creative director since the death of James in 1978. Many people are concerned Weinstein will tarnish the reputation and classic look of the brand but hopefully the respect and vision his wife has of Charles James will influence Weinstein’s business decisions.

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Georgina says:

“Charles James designs and gowns took everyone’s breath away at the Met Ball. He’s long been an inspiration to me and everyone at Marchesa. We’re thrilled to help bring the Met exhibit to museums around the country and to bring the spirit and style of Charles James back into the fashion marketplace.”

The proposal to license the brand was approved by The Weinstein Company with the option to purchase it as well from the late couturier’s estate. The currently featured exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York was opened and celebrated on May 5 2014 and TWC hope to take the exhibition to other major cities, to show off the amazing talent.

Harvey says:

“Charles James was one of the most incredible couturiers in the history of fashion and this label deserves to be a household name in the same ranks as Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta.

“There isn’t a single designer in high fashion who wouldn’t name him as a major influence. We are beyond thrilled to be spearheading the revival of this brand and bringing it back to the world’s finest retailers.”

Let’s hope we see some fresh and glamorous pieces at Australian retailers in the near future. I know I can’t wait to get hands on a Charles James! Stay tuned for more information.

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By Amy Miller

May 14, 2014

White Tie Fashion At The 2014 Met Ball Gala

The Met Ball has come and gone for another year, and this year’s theme, ‘White Tie and Decorations’, brought a flock of glamorous celebrities, much more well-dressed than the results of last year’s ‘Punk’ theme. White tie is traditionally the most formal dress code, well-above black tie, consisting of beautiful ball gowns for women and full suits with waistcoats for men. 

Sarah Jessica Parker, co-chair of the ball, once again strictly stuck to the theme (remember that stunning punk-inspired headpiece from 2013) with a beautiful black and white gown by Oscar de la Renta and gloves to match. Oh and just incase you forget who designed it, Oscar’s name is stitched on the dress. Other stylish ladies who donned beautiful gowns for the occasion included model Arizona Muse dressed by Ralph & Russo and Claire Danes in another Oscar de la Renta.

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Celebrities including Rihanna (Stella McCartney) and Emma Stone (Thakoon) took an edgier approach to white tie by baring their midriffs with crop tops, whilst Blake Lively (Gucci), Zoe Saldana (bespoke Michael Kors) and Olivia Munn (Diane Von Furstenberg) just to name a few did white tie sexy with plunging necklines. Cara Delevingne showed her rebellious side by breaking the rules with white pants and a black crop by Stella McCartney.

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Lupita Nyong’o who was recently named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person was the biggest fashion risk taker of the night wearing a feathered and beaded mini dress by Italian fashion house Prada, a very different look to the style Lupita was praised for during this years awards season.

Kim Kardashian was there again with Kanye West right by her side, and she was a definite improvement on last years floral fiasco, wearing a side-split navy and black Lanvin dress. But it was younger sister Kendall Jenner who really shined at her first Met Ball appearance in a bespoke fishtail gown by Topshop. Swimmingly Stunning.

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By Natasha Price

May 7, 2014