2013 MET Gala Ball Exhibition and Fashion Notables

Everyone is salivating over what the celebrities wore to the 2013 MET Gala Ball, when the real fashion moments were courtesy of the Costume Institute‘s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition. Those who were lucky enough to participate in the event, barely put forth the effort to follow the theme. The majority simply wore what they wanted or let their hair and makeup do the talking.

The Costume Institute’s exhibition, led by Andrew Bolton, mixed distress with luxury to tell the history of punk and how it inspired and continues to influence today’s fashion. At this very moment, punk is surging as a trend; so did the MET’s theme influence what’s next, or is this just a coincidence? There was a total of seven galleries, some were interactive, but all of them offered visual homages to a style that will never die. Take a look at a sample gallery of what the exhibition offered and for more pictures visit – Costume Institute: Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition.

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I was so excited about the punk theme for the 2013 MET Gala Ball’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition, because every fashion icon still breathing was there and  punk, THE ‘no rules’ style was being honored. I was anxious to see how creative the participants would be. I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of effort. With the exception of Madonna, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, and a few others, the majority neglected to take the theme seriously, or dressed to impress no one but themselves. Perhaps their anarchist attitude was punk enough?

The one person I wanted to see in reimagined punk was Anna Wintour. Apparently, this floral Chanel couture gown from the Spring 2013 collection, is as punk as she gets. This was her show, and she didn’t even bother to play along. As lovely as that Chanel gown is, it isn’t remotely MET worthy. Boo, Anna! Boo!

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Anna Wintour punk’d everyone by showing up dressed for a garden party. Photo courtesy of Refinery29.com

Let’s give a shout out and a round of applause to those who made an effort and paid attention to the memo.

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Best Dressed ~ Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles. She knocked it out of the park in re-imagined punk & topped it off with Philip Treacy’s mohawk headdress. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com

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Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge looked like they knew what they were doing. She kept her dress simple and let her studded Burberry jacket and nails handle it. The studded headband was another great choice. Photo Courtesy of Instyle.com

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Ginnifer Goodwin’s look is a complete departure from her Snow White persona wouldn’t you say? She punked it up head-to-toe with dark eye makeup, punked out nails, and a Tory Burch gown. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com..

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Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci ~ Go ahead diva, show them how it’s done. She took the theme seriously, down to the shredded fish net dress. Who else was this daring? I love that she wore Casedei pink blade heels that complimented her ageless body. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs ~ This is her category so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Simply and elegantly punk. Sometimes you can make your point without all the bells and whistles. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Nicole Richie in Topshop ~ This is another style icon that thinks outside the box. Thank you Nicole for dressing for the occasion and straying away from clichés. Her Bordeaux lips, silver hair, and white Topshop gown were the very definition of anarchy. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Even though I was disappointed with the lack of punk fashion, there were some outfits worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway, and other fashion notables that made up for it.

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Not Punk But Who Cares?

For more pictures from the 2013 MET Gala Ball visit InStyle’s Photo Gallery.

Azature’s Black Diamond Collection Are Your Nail’s Best Friend

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I was a fan of Azature Pogosian’s black diamond jewelry long before Kelly Osborne wore his super-expensive nail polish to the 2012 Emmy’s and then had to defend wearing the ultra expensive manicure to her haters, as if they wouldn’t wear it if they had the chance. That lone bottle of black diamond nail polish is $250,000 and on display at Selfridges still waiting on a buyer. I am so excited that he decided to take away a few zeros and bring black diamond luxury to the masses with the “Black Diamond Collection” of nail polishes.

Azature is a Los Angeles luxury jewelry designer that specializes in black diamonds and the handsome provacateur has boutiques scattered around the U.S., Paris, London,Riyadh, and Moscow. The Kelly Osbourne stunt was genius really, and a great way to transition further into the beauty and fashion niche really especially since Azature studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. What better way to introduce yourself to consumers who have never heard of you then making sure they hear of you?

I mentioned this collection last month, and I am going to get my hands on the blue, black, green, and red shades from the Black Diamond Collection. I have paid more (Chanel had this iridescent blue shade about 10 years ago that was around $30, and I bought two)  for nail polish, so why not? At $25 a bottle I think it will make one hell of a manicure, and a great excuse to get out of housework. If you want a reason to be a diva, pick up a bottle or two at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols Saudi Arabia, Ron Robinson, Ron Herman Japan and Kitson.

 

Are You Fashion Savvy? Create Fashion Sets With StylEnigma’s Stylemaker On Facebook

Create Memorable Fashion Images With StylEnigma on Facebook

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled into Polyvore and have been hooked ever since. I blame Pinterest. If you have followed the Shoe-aholics Dilemma series, you know that I have used Polyvore to create the images. I have had a blast discovering different brands, seeing how other’s are wearing the current trends, and most importantly, seeing how the fashion savvy are creating trends on their own. I have been truly inspired and revitalized with the amazing fashion sets I have seen.

The image displayed above is called “Feeling Dainty” and I created it with the Polyvore “mini editor” on StylEnigma’s Facebook page. I would have loved to have the mini-editor here, but WordPress doesn’t support the application, which is a travesty in my opinion. Thankfully, Facebook does, and I would love to see what my blog followers can come up with, seeing as many of you are fashion bloggers, or are otherwise creative creatures. I don’t consider myself to be particularly artistic, and I impressed myself creating Feeling Dainty, so I know you guys will blow me away.

Please visit my Facebook page and play with the mini editor and don’t forget to follow PLEASE!!! All images will be saved in the mini editor gallery for others to enjoy, you can pick your favorites and I can feature them here. I am excited, and I hope to see you there – and here.

Hermés $91,500 Crocodile Shirt Found Slumming in New York City

We all know that Hermés is the crème de la crème of luxury fashion brands, so we shouldn’t be surprised that a $91,500 T-shirt exists. Should we?  The black crew-neck T-shirt was discovered by a blogger at The Awl, while browsing at the Hermés boutique on Madison Avenue. According to The Awl, “Literally, the entire shirt is just luxurious, beautifully sewn swaths of crocodile“, and it was hanging inconspicuously on a shelf, slumming with the less expensive clothing. (The poor shirt probably doesn’t have a choice. How many 100k T- shirts could there be?)  Unfortunately, the blogger couldn’t take a picture of the shirt, but managed to capture  a picture of the price tag. The taxes on that beauty is roughly $8,000, and I think for that kind of money, that shirt should be your personal stylist and dress you in the morning.

Photo: Courtesy of The Awl

The shirt showed in Paris last year for Hermés 2012 Men’s Spring collection, and I keep wondering “Where do you wear a crocodile shirt?” It’s not a breathable fabric, and it is probably heavy, so showing it off at the club is out. Really, everything is out because sweating will ruin it. Where these special crocodiles? Because no matter how beautifully  the crocodile is sewn, $91,500 is ridiculous. Oh, and you know PETA is livid over the demise of the poor crocodiles that lost their lives to outrageously priced fashion.

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Hermés is not the only fashion label to slap a ridiculous price on an item. The Row, the Olsen Twins upscale clothing line, collaborated with artist Damien Hirst and JUST ONE EYE, and created 12 limited edition crocodile backpacks for $55,000. The backpacks were sprinkled with prescription pills or dots and sold out in no time.  If you missed out, you can still purchase the unadorned, alligator version for $34,000.

Believe it or not, the  Hermés crocodile shirt is not the most expensive shirt in the world. Datta Phuge, an Indian millionaire, nicknamed the “Gold Man of Primpi”  has a 22-carat shirt that cost $235,000. Phuge commissioned Ranka Jewelers to make the shirt as an investment to leave to his loved ones when he dies.

You wouldn’t expect a bottle of fingernail polish to cost more than Phuge’s gold shirt, but Azature’s Black Diamond nail polish contains 267-carats of real black diamonds, and will only set you back a measly $250,000. This couture nail lacquer is definitely for the one percent, like Kelly Osbourne, who flaunted her expensive Azature manicure at the 2012 Emmys.

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Prabal Gurung

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A look from the Prabal Gurung runway show.

 

Prabal Gurung is my new favorite designer. Not that I don’t still love my Chanel and Alexander Wang, but every time I see an outfit that I fall in love with on sight, it’s a Prabal Gurung. I am really drawn to his aesthetic.  He is destined to be in my closet and I want my wallet to agree without constantly reminding me it’s impossible… Mission Impossible.

There is no doubt that Prabal Gurung has arrived.  He launched his capsule collection for Target on February 10th, and according to Business Insider,  it almost sold out in one day. The 93-piece line has clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. The collection is colorful but not overwhelmingly bright because there is black incorporated to give it some balance. The florals are more classic than trendy, and the line print is a bit abstract, but not enough to make you lose interest. Top the collection off with the bold jewelry if you still feel the need to kick it up a notch. Everything is meant to match and swap, and the possibilities are endless.

 

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A look from the Prabal Gurung for Target capsule collection.

 

You can definitely see Prabal in his collection for Target, and it cost a fraction of his high-end line. Prices start a $19.99 and top off at $199.99? So if you always wanted a Prabal Gurung but couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars,  Target is giving you the opportunity to start your Prabal Gurung collection. If you’re a super-fan this nail art tutorial is inspired by one of his prints.

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Prabal Gurung Inspired Nail Art by Elizabeth Monson

 

I need every single Prabal Gurung outfit I saw from his New York Fashion Week show. His Fall 2013 RTW collection is… Badass. Sorry, if there are any sensitive ears out there, but I was actually sugar-coating my description. There really is no room for political correctness here. The olive green military inspired outfits are embellished with fur, belt straps, and leather gloves, and the results are striking. The collection is inspired by Asgardа, a  Ukrainian martial art that has been recreated to accommodate a woman’s physique, and many of the outfits have authentic Ukrainian embroidery. The dresses are seductive, and feature strategically placed cutouts and thigh-high slits that flow seductively in white, olive green, royal blue, and red silk.  The message is clear; look but don’t touch. It’s hard and soft and reeks of attitude. There is very little in his 2013 Fall collection that I didn’t like. Check out the gallery of my favorites and tell me what you think about the collection.

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101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon

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Who doesn’t need beauty tips? A fool doesn’t need beauty tips, that’s who. When I say “beauty” I don’t necessarily mean makeup; it can be about how to improve skin texture and tone, or beauty alternatives found in the refrigerator.

My favorites:

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

79. During summer, “Its easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM.

55. If you don’t have nail polish remover, apply clear nail polish over and then wipe off. It will remove old polish.

44.”You should always go to a hair-removal specialist, where waxing, laser etc. is their main business – don’t go to a nail salon for a wax”- Cindy Barshop, Completely Bare and Bravo’s RHONYC.

35.There are always cheap, natural and effective homemade beauty recipes.

23.”Don’t be too serious: It’s only Makeup! “- Francois NARS insists you play around with new colors.

18. If you choose to use false eyelashes, remember to use the dark glue as it will blend in with the lashes.

For the rest of the list visit:

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon.

How to Make Nail Art Last Longer

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I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more frustrating than getting a cute manicure and having it chip before you can you can enjoy it. It is even more frustrating when you are doing your own do-it-yourself nail art and it doesn’t last long enough to show off. It’s not a secret that nail art is the biggest trend since ombré colored hair. It’s an accessory, and an alternate way to update an outfit or give it a little oomph. Here are some great tips to give your manicure a little longevity.

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A great place to shop for nail art is Sephora. They have the newest brands, colors, and nail kits. Many of their nail art kits have tutorials, and I have found brands I have never heard of, or only saw in the U.K. Sephora is product junkie heaven. (Hi, my name is Lynnette and I am a product-aholic. Hi Lynnette!) It’s nice to go there online, or in person and window shop, or try to window shop. I am not always successful; like I said, product junkie.

     
   

Do You Have a Point to Make?

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Project Runway (season 8) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Saturday mornings start with Project Runway or America’s Next Top Model. I hear that ANTM will have male models and I can’t see that being the same (not that I don’t love the boys) so I might have to check out for the next cycle. I find Project Runway to be inspirational and I am rooting for Uli or Emilio to win Project Runway All Stars 2. I would have had a serious fit if Mondo didn’t win the first season of All Stars and I know I’m not alone. He was robbed in season 8. ROBBED!!

I have recently become obsessed with nail art which is what provoked me to start a Pinterest account. I found so many designs I liked that it was the only way to keep track.  Nail art is the biggest trend of 2012; I think that’s indisputable, with sheer clothing coming in second. With nail art, the rules are there are no rules; anything goes. Even those who consider themselves to be conservative are straying away from traditional colors and opting for striking visuals with bright colors, textures, and lavish embellishments. I remember when nail art was considered ghetto, but let’s not get me started on that.

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Sharp Stilettos by Sarah Payne (Photo Credit: Nails Magazine)

Celebrities like Rhianna and Lady Gaga are showcasing pointy nails or “stiletto nails” so of course, the look is very popular, but I just can’t get on board. the reality that these nails could do double-duty as a weapon and a fashion accessory is not lost on me. And as beautiful as some designs are and as feisty as I am, no one is worth going to jail over. 

That was until I saw these:

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A Rose By Any Other Name by Greg Salo (Photo Credit:Nails Magazine)

I know… and you should see the workmanship that Greg Salo put into creating these masterpieces. I typically wear short nails with dark polish, but recently I have started wearing them a bit longer in a square-oval shape in order to try some nail art tutorials. I once had a torrid love affair with long acrylic nails, but they’re just not practical for my lifestyle. The stiletto nails aren’t practical either, but in another life… I’ll just have to admire them from afar. What do you think about the long pointed talons that are trending?