It seems there was a significant omission in yesterday’s round-up of the best dressed attendees at the 9th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala the night before last – the queen bee herself, Anna Wintour. The editor-in-chief of Vogue stepped out in one of the most incredible trench coats I’ve ever seen (on my laptop screen), a peacock-feathered creation from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2013 collection.
This is no standard Burberry trench coat fare. The coat is covered in iridescent peacock plumage, each delicate feather placed by hand and carefully stitched into a stunning pattern of rosettes. It also features a satin collar, epaulets, and a tie belt. In short, it’s utterly divine. Never mind owning it – it will retail for a cool $35,000! – I’d give anything just to see it. Maybe even try it on for a few brief moments. What do you say, Mr. Bailey?
Images via Fashionologie, Burberry
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced its spring exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear designs inspired by punk. The show, which will be co-chaired by actress Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, Moda Operandi’s co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, will run from May 9 to August 11, 2013.
Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, whom we had the pleasure of meeting at the Alexander McQueen exhibit last year, said, “Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion… Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.” Santo Domingo added, “History is one of the greatest sources of inspiration in fashion, and we are especially excited for this exhibit because of punk’s long-lasting impact upon fashion today.”
The exhibition will feature about 100 men’s and women’s creations, including designs by Haider Ackermann, Miguel Adrover, Azzedine Alaïa, Boudicca, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Andrew Groves, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, and more. Items on display will be organized under the themes of “Rebel Heroes,” “The Couturiers Situationists”, “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” “Punk Couture,” “DIY Style” and “La Mode Destroy.”
After disappointing attendance for this year’s Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit, this is all sounding like the makings of an epic exhibition that will definitely require a trip to New York on our part. Based on what you’re hearing so far, will you be joining us?
Images via WWD
This year’s Costume Institute Gala, aka the Oscars of the fashion industry, is just around the corner on May 7 – and you’re invited! Sort of. WWD reports that, for the very first time, the Met Ball will be livestreaming the red carpet arrivals, as well as select portions of the gala itself.
Hosts William Norwich and Elettra Wiedemann (thankfully not Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic!) will be interviewing the evening’s co-chairs, Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada and Carey Mulligan and asking attendees questions submitted through Twitter via the #metquestions hashtag. The broadcast will be on Vogue.com, Metmuseum.org, and Amazon.com from 6:30 to 8:30pm EST.
My invitation for this year’s Met Ball seems to have gotten lost in the mail and Anna (yes, we’re on a first name basis) has yet to return my phone calls about getting my name on the guest list, but I can breathe just a little easier now knowing that at the very least I can watch the livestream. A small consolation.
I was asked recently, over Twitter, to sum up 2011 in one word. I replied, “Life-changing. Does that count as one word?” It did, but let’s face it, one word or even 140 characters, just isn’t enough to describe the 365 days over which life, as we at The Backseat Stylers knew it, changed forever. So we thought we’d do better than that. A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a 1,000 words; here are 10 that represent some of the most incredible moments of our 2011.
In March, The Backseat Stylers got an invite from Paris to attend the Roger Vivier Fall/Winter 2011 presentation and meet Creative Director Bruno Frisoni and muse Inès de la Fressange. We couldn’t make it and were, of course, heartbroken. But it’s the invite that counts, and for that we were delighted.
Later that month, we signed on with Global TV to contribute to their website’s Toronto Fashion Week coverage. Not only did this largely make up for not being able to attend Paris Fashion Week, but it also really got the ball rolling here at The Backseat Stylers.
Here’s proof: a photo of me with the one and only Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large for Vogue Nippon, at The Room at the Bay’s ‘When Tommy Met Anna’ shindig in April. Ask me a year ago if I thought I’d ever have the opportunity to chat with Ms. Dello Russo and I would’ve laughed at (and with) you. And yet there we are, looking all chummy.
The starstruck moments didn’t end there, thanks once again to The Room. This time, it was the boys from Proenza Schouler. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I left that particular party with more than a little crush on Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Talented and charming – could you blame me, really?
Unbelievably, the celebrity encounters continued. In August, on the very last day of the McQueen exhibit, T and I flew out to New York and lined up for almost 5 hours outside The Met to see Savage Beauty. At the end of our visit was an unexpected surprise even we couldn’t have dreamed up: an autograph session with Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. She even mistook me for someone who works in fashion – the stuff of dreams, I tell you!
Speaking of dreams coming true, mere days before our encounter with Ms. Wintour, the most epic email we’ve received since we signed up for our Hotmail accounts way back when landed in our inbox. It was from Sarah Casselman, Senior Fashion News Editor at FASHION Magazine, and she wanted to write a feature on us. I wish I had a video of our reactions to this news, but suffice to say we were over the moon. And still are, really. Outfitted in VAWK in our very own one-page feature in FASHION‘s November 2011 issue? I have no words, even now.
And then? More press. This time in Flare Magazine‘s ‘Wear Canada’ round-up of 22 bloggers from across the country, sporting their most prized Canadian designs. My Smythe tartan equestrian jacket and Pink Tartan trompe l’oeil blouse pairing resulted in one of my favourite ensembles of the year. It was an honour to be included the feature.
Where, pray tell, do you go from there? To Breakfast at Tiffany, apparently. On one sunny October morning, I found myself doing precisely that: chatting about handbags with Tiffany Leather designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex over lobster scrambled eggs and coffee at Tiffany & Co.’s Toronto flagship.
Continuing on with the theme of invites I never thought would land in my lap, a few days after my date at Tiffany, I found myself in yet another rather unexpected locale: model Jessica Stam‘s hotel room. I’d been invited by IMG to live tweet the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Start Up finale during Toronto Fashion Week on their behalf. Of course, my very first task as official tweeter was to cover guest judge Stam’s preparations for the show. Tough gig, right?
Finally, just when I thought the year was winding down and all its surprises already revealed, one last one arrived in the form of a tweet: a photo of a gorgeous statement necklace by TOODLEBUNNY that was inspired by yours truly. Dubbed the ‘Lady S’ by designer Trudy Winans, the necklace came home with me when we eventually met at the One of Kind Christmas Show & Sale in November, and is now one of the most beloved pieces in my jewelry box.
From an invite to a Paris Fashion Week presentation to kick off the year to a necklace named after to me to close it out, and all the fashion shows, charity galas and industry events that happened in between, 2011 turned out to be The Backseat Stylers’ most epic to date. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the readers, designers, retailers, PR companies and plain ol’ supporters who helped make our last year everything that it was!
It’s going to be tough to top all of this in 2012, but that’s a challenge we can’t wait to take on. We look forward to another incredible year, and hope you’ll come along with us for the ride!
Earlier this week, I tweeted this from New York City:
“ANNA effing WINTOUR. That’s who we chatted with briefly yesterday at The Met. No word of a lie. Epic!!”
Well, here’s the photographic evidence. I was completely starstruck during our brief encounter, but managed to respond coherently when Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, asked me how I was (just dandy!), whether I’d enjoyed the Savage Beauty exhibition (OMG, yes), and whether I work in fashion (no, I…blog).
Andrew Bolton, the curator of the exhibit was on hand as well, and both were signing copies of Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition catalogue. In fact, that’s T’s copy he’s signing in the photo below.
By the time T and I had gotten through the exhibit and had our books signed, we’d been at The Met for over 7 hours, mostly in line-ups and lacking any food or drink. But it was all worth it!
How the fashion elite stay warm during NYFW…
Image Credits: Style.com
Tyra Banks recently announced via Twitter that the 5th season of ‘The Tyra Show’ will be its last
, but her other show, ANTM, shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Tyra’s pulling out all the stops; she’s somehow managed to convince André Leon Talley to join the judging panel
. Without watching a single episode of the upcoming 15th season, I already feel that ALT will give the show just a slight air of legitimacy that none of the other judges that have vacated that fourth chair have been able to – not Twiggy, not Paulina Porizkova, and certainly not Janice Dickinson.
There seems to be a bit of a scandal surrounding ALT’s new role, however, as Fashionologie reports that Anna Wintour apparently doesn’t approve. Having watched pretty much all of the last 14 seasons of ANTM and seeing the success (or lack thereof) of the Top Model winners, I really don’t blame Ms. Wintour. I’m a little surprised ALT signed on at all from that perspective, but as a viewer I’m really not complaining. Between the gorgeousness of Nigel Barker and the fabulosity of André Leon Talley, it’ll be difficult to pay much attention to the would-be models.
Image via LA Times