One of the biggest events for the fashion industry and the city of New York is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala. Held this Monday, the event’s red carpet arrivals were live-streamed to the public for the very first time on Vogue.com, Amazon.com and the museum’s own website. Social media and fashion lovers world wide went gaga over the immediate viewing of the eccentric fashions the Met’s feature exhibit inspired. This year’s exhibit, Elsa Schiaparelli & Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the “striking affinities” and surrealistic approach taken by the two designers from different eras.
Numerous guests embraced the creativity and shocking qualities that Prada and Schiaparelli weaved into their designs. In fact, Prada dressed more than 40 attendees of the ball, including co-host of the event Anna Wintour, hoards of shinning stars, fashion editors and brand ambassadors. As for Prada’s partner in crime, vintage Schiaparelli was worn by actress and muse Farida Khelfa, who was named spokeswoman for the brand. One versus forty, but that will no longer be the case. Diego Della Valle, chairman of the Tod’s Group, quiet owner of the Schiaparelli brand rights since 2006, revealed that Schiaparelli will be relaunched in March 2013, with the opening of Maison Schiaparelli on the Place Vendôme in Paris. This will be the brand’s first collection in nearly 60 years. I was shocked at the news and filled with anticipation. I cannot wait to discover the designer behind the relaunch and the modernization of Schiaparelli’s 1920’s eccentric aesthetic.
Kristen Wiig in Stella McCartney
Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe