Sunday, April 18, 2010


It has been soo soo long since I have written! 
This is mostly due to work, as there are two big events coming up that keep us at the office / on our Blackberries 18 hours a day: the the Met Ball and Cannes. These are two glorious and fantastic events that I have looked forward to happening every year since I was a little girl, so I find very much joy in the exhausting hours-- even though it has taken me away from ESS!

Tired... but happy.

This year, annual host American Vogue is joined by Oprah Winfrey and the Gap's Patrick Robinson to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's exhibition, "American Woman". At work, we have mostly been busy arranging what our designers' guests will wear to the Ball, mostly custom-made. Our office has been inundated with FedEx boxes as if it were our own personal Christmas, bringing huge leather portfolios brimming with sketches, swatches of silver fox fur, filmy organza, rich velvet, and never-before-seen samples of gowns in contention. But of course, the purpose of the Met Ball is to honor the brilliant history of fashion in keeping with the year's theme. This year, the gala honors the American Woman. Here is more on the Met Ball from Vogue:


We have always been revolutionary. As "American Woman," the latest Costume Institute blockbuster at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, demonstrates so beautifully, when we decide to rattle the fashion cage, the clang-clang of change can be heard even centuries later. The GIBSON GIRL rode out toward independence on her liberation vehicle of choice, the bicycle, way back in the 1890s-- and her image of vitality reverberates today in the broad and confident shoulders of, for instance, a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater. During World War I, the PATRIOT pushed the envelope again, unhobbling herself by raising hemlines above the ankle-- and that embrace of utilitarianism remains the core value of military-inspired looks in 2010. A "Diamond as Big as the Ritz" frock by Vera Wang shouts "Party time!" as charmingly as it did when the corset-mocking FLAPPER kicked up her daringly exposed legs. Carolina Herrera's strapless ball dresses still sing of the luxe life (though they aren't nearly as eyebrow-raising as they were when worn by Brenda Frazier, HEIRESS extraordinaire of the Depression era). Mixing multiculti bangles, shawls and head wraps, the iconoclastic midcentury BOHEMIAN pioneered the cultural mash-up that's one of the hottest trends off fall runways. And a glamour formula perfected by the Hollywood SCREEN SIREN during the heyday of the studio system still blows out the flashbulbs on the red carpet when Donna Karan et all let it rip. From the bra to the bob, if it blazed trails and broke rules, 
chances are it was born in the U.S.A.

Be sure to check out Vogue's look back at the last ten years of the Met Ball here. 

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