Alexander McQueen was a fashion great. An icon. An idol. A revolutionary.
And that only made his death that much more tragic.
Two weekends ago, while I was in NYC, I had the pleasure of attending the Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And, oh, goodness, I cannot recommend it enough! Seriously…there is no way to describe how much of a creative genius this man was.
I think, however, it does take a certain person to fully appreciate his work. To some people, it just comes off as bizarre. However, if you take the time to look at each garment as a piece of art and to read all of the plentiful quotes throughout the exhibit, there’s no way you could not appreciate his creativity. He had a unique way of thinking and looking at the world. Were all his pieces meant to be worn by the average 9-to-5 worker? No. But that wasn’t his goal either…he was creating art, and high – runway – fashion was the way to communicate this art (not ready-to-wear fashion).
This is why I highly encourage a visit to the exhibit. Yes, it can be crowded. However, yes, it is truly spectacular. The workmanship? Oh, don’t even get me started – absolute perfection.
The exhibit shows until August 7th. If you get the chance to go, I’d love to hear what you think. If you already have gone, I’d also love to hear your reaction (even if you disagree with me!).
And one last thought: While Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was in fact fabulous, and it was in fact created by Alexander McQueen’s house, do not expect the exhibit to showcase only pieces similar to this. If you go with the expectation of seeing Kate-esque dresses, you will be disappointed. So clear that misconception away right now, and enjoy the show for what it is!
Before I jump into the meat of today’s post: Hi! I’m still here! 🙂 I know excuses are excuses…and sometimes rather annoying, but think of this more as an explanation for the sad fact that this is only my second post this work week. You see, I’ve been having 6:00-8:00, sometimes even past 9:00 long days this entire week. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much time for anything else…even though, believe me, blogging is something I enjoy and try to prioritize. Anyway, unfortunately I’ll be having these long days for the next two (work) weeks. I’m hoping that I can better plan my time though, which means I’ll most likely be getting more posts out (maybe even one every day, if I can!). Thanks for your patience with this, and as soon as these next couple of crazy weeks are over, I’ll be back to normal (although, as I said, I hopefully will do better these next two weeks than I did this week). Thanks again…you guys are awesome! 🙂
But on to today’s post:
Surely we can all agree that Mrs. Michelle Obama is one stylish First Lady. But did you ever think about who helps her achieve her great ensembles? I hadn’t given it much thought…until I read an article recently. I’m going to pull some tidbits from the article throughout this post.
“One appearance in a $34 H&M dress, which [Michelle Obama] wore this month on the Today Show, can make a stock skyrocket, turn an unknown talent into a star, and send millions of shoppers to the mall, even in a sluggish economy. It’s the Mrs. O effect, but it’s not all the work of one woman.”
The last sentence is the ‘duh’ moment…personally, as I mentioned before, I never really gave much thought as to the team that inevitably is behind Mrs. Obama’s looks. Obviously though, there are some people. Who?
“Obama first met [Ikram] Goldman at her Chicago boutique, Ikram, long before her husband hit the campaign trail. With a reputation for ordering a unique selection of newer, avant-garde or under-represented designer looks for her boutique, Obama saw a kindred spirit. ‘Ikram set the stage for what the first lady wanted to have as her image in the White House.’…’Michelle was going to reflect her husband’s motto of change, of new faces, and of all of a younger generation, through her clothing. Ikram facilitated that because she supported those smaller designers in her own boutique.'”
“All of the inaugural looks, including the career-making Jason Wu gown, went through Goldman. For the first day in office, she had several designers, both famed and little-known, provide sketches of their looks. After she made her selections, she had them custom-designed to the first lady’s measurements, adding personalized flourishes befitting Michelle. From there, the decision were whittled down…Goldman’s job was to narrow down the choices, offer a wide range of selections and handle all the details.”
Meredith Koop, who was formerly Mrs. Obama’s assistant, acts as Mrs. Obama’s personal shopper now. She originally worked at Ikram, Goldman’s boutique. “[Koop’s] role includes “advising the first lady on her wardrobe and acting on her behalf in arranging for purchases, including considering the best offered price and buying on discount if discounts are available”.
“Journalist Robin Givhan describes Koop’s job as “relentless”, considering the non-stop wardrobe changes expected of a first lady in the style spotlight. That means negotiating with designers for looks, fittings and custom alternations, all with an eye for politics. Depending on who she’s visiting, Mrs. O must consider the statement she’s sending.”
Clearly, as pointed out by this last sentence, dressing Mrs. Obama is not an easy job. Can you imagine taking on the challenge? Would you want to?
Sometimes, mistakes are made…or at least in some people’s eyes. For example, “An uproar [was created] because [Mrs. Obama’s] Alexander McQueen gown wasn’t designed by an American.”
It should be noted that Mrs. Obama replied to this criticism with “‘Wear what you love.'” For the record, I totally agree with Mrs. Obama…and think it was fine for her to wear the fabulous Alexander McQueen dress!
The article goes on to talk about her hair stylist, make up artist, and personal trainer. But let’s me honest…the most interesting part is about the clothes!
And how does any of this have to do with Anthro, you ask? Well, I genuinely found the article to be interesting, and thought you might too. However, we’re also now going to take a look at just a small sampling of some of Mrs. Obama’s looks. Then, you get to vote for one look which will be used as inspiration for a styling! Sounds good? I hope so!
The Oscars are tonight!!! Hoooooray! (You know I’m way more excited for the fashion than finding out of the winners, right?!) So who should we have our eyes on, for hopefully some stunning fashion? I’ll show you each of the ladies’ looks from last year…if possible, along with my reasoning for why we should watch out for them.
Rachel Zoe, the master of all stylists, usually dresses Anne with her keen eye. Do you remember Anne’s Golden Globes dress from this year? Perfection! (Go here to see the dress and stylings inspired by it!) Anne is hosting this year, so with so many possible outfit changes, I’m excited to see what she wears!
*this year will be her first Oscars appearance, so this picture is from the SAGs
Hailee has been dressing perfectly age appropriate in fun, gorgeous, minimalist lines dresses. Naturally, I’m thrilled to see what she wears!
January takes risks galore. Sure, last year’s Oscars risk might not have totally paid off, but because she is so willing to take these risks, I have to be intrigued. Some of her risks definitely do pay off too!
Tina is by no means known as a fashion icon…in fact, she’s known for going oh so wrong on the red carpet. But at the SAGs this year, she really wowed. And therefore, I’m hoping she’ll do just as well this time (key word: hoping!).
*this year will be her first Oscars appearance, so this picture is from the SAGs
Mila has definitely been one to watch this year’s award season. She impressed at both the Golden Globes in Vera Wang and at the SAGs in Alexander McQueen. Here’s to hoping she’ll continue to do well!
*her 2009 Oscars look
Yes, I know some of you are probably thinking, “Heidi Klum? Where’d that come from?!” Well, I do have my reasoning. You see, I watch Fashion Police on E!, and George Kotsiopoulos said on Friday he is dressing Heidi. I really have high hopes for Heidi now, considering I really like George.
Okay, okay…I admit I don’t think she’s done particularly well at all this award season. Being pregnant shouldn’t be hindering her, but I don’t think she’s nailed dressing for her body quite yet. I hope tonight she’ll pleasantly surprise us!
Who else makes my list? Well, to be honest, my list would include everyone! I just love, love, love red carpet award show fashion!
Stay tuned tomorrow for our ritual day-after award show fashion recap, complete with polls and opinions!
And as I close this post, I ask you: who makes your list for can’t-wait-to-see? Please tell me! I’d love to hear!
We’re coming to a close here with our SAG Awards stylings…today I’m revealing our winner, as voted by you of course! Any guesses? To recap, Nicole Kidman and Julie Bowen were our tied second/third place winners (posts here and here!). So who is our grand winner?
It’s Mila Kunis!
This Alexander McQueen gown is just plain gorgeous. Pulling off a print on the red carpet can be tricky, but it works here. That’s probably largely due to the fact that it’s not an overwhelming print and the fact that the actual cut of the dress is quite traditional. A whopping 100% of you said this look was perfection on the poll from the original SAG Awards post. Yep, you read right – 100%!
The effortless drape and carefree attitude of the look was something I knew I had to capture in the stylings. And without further ado, I present to you the stylings!
Sure this seems like an extremely simple look – only three pieces! – but it’s simplicity is part of what makes it work so well! Of course, you could add a necklace, but I think the way it is, as is, really speaks to our inspiration. The fluidity of the dress in itself is a perfect representation of Mila’s dress in a nutshell, so to speak.
Yes, yet again this is only three pieces! No, I’m not trying to stick to only three pieces, but rather it works for this look (and the previous). Yay for pattern mixing with this look!!! Tuck in the shirt to the skirt for a thoroughly young and modern vibe. No accessories are really needed, but of course you could add some subtle details if you wished. Although I personally love this look, if the two prints are a bit much you could try this top instead, which still offers pattern mixing while being a little bit lower key:
Either way you wear this look will capture Mila’s beautiful look!
And that wraps up not only this post, but the posts on the SAG Awards 2011! Have no fear though – award season is not over yet! In fact, the Grammy Awards are on Sunday! And then you know that that Monday, Valentine’s Day, is also a very exciting day for the Anthro community….the unveiling of the wedding line! (Wow! So much happening at once!) I’m beyond excited!
But, for now, tell me….which of these looks is your favorite?!
So, what did you think of the fashion last night at the SAG Awards?! My overall verdict? Not too shabby! No, I’m not totally swooning over anyone’s look, but there really weren’t too many total disasters either! Shall we take a closer look?
Natalie, oh, Natalie! I watched the red carpet arrivals on E! with Guiliana Rancic acting as the interviewer and it was said many times, “Baby bumps are the new black!” Whether you want to believe this or not is up to you, but I can certainly say that I’m, once again, disappointed with Natalie’s look! I know I said this for the Golden Globes, but I really would have liked to see her in something fitted. Nonetheless, even if I’m just judging what she actually wore, I’m still not happy! The dress didn’t seem to fit her right – it was a wrinkled mess underneath her bump. When she came on stage to present, you could tell it was freshly steamed – and when she won, not too long after this, the dress was already a huge wrinkled mess (luckily you could only really see her from the bust up once she got on stage!). I mean, this picture even shows some of the wrinkles (they were worse when she won her award). And the hair? Although it doesn’t look too, too bad in this picture, it actually didn’t seem to flatter her face at all.
Oh, my. Well, Helena definitely improved from the Globes. Hey – she’s wearing matching shoes, at least! Obviously, this look is far from good though. Do you think she should continue to try to be more subdued or do you think she should just be her crazy self and accept not being best dressed (or would that make her best dressed for you?)? I want to hear your thoughts!
Yes, this is pretty enough. Is it stunning? Not really. But I’m okay with it. It’s not too shabby. And what do you think of the hair? I wasn’t a huge fan…
Yay! Nicole didn’t wear white! I would still love to see her in color though (not red…but another color). I really don’t mind this dress though. The back was stunning (loved the exaggerated fabric zipper pull) and I like the boning-like lines throughout the dress. The necklace worked well. Her hair though? A bit stringy. Overall, she’s not best dressed, but definitely not worst dressed!
First, let’s just say, “Way to go, Amy!” She recently had a baby, and she looks terrific. This fabric definitely shows everything. When she was being interviewed by Giuliana, I thought that, for that reason, the dress didn’t work as well. However, from a picture like this, it doesn’t look half bad! I do think the dress made her look a bit flat-chested though.
Sure from the bust up this looks fine, but otherwise, not so much. I mean, it’s just not flattering! And the fact that you can easily make out those seams isn’t great (that wasn’t what the designer was looking for)….
I know this may seem harsh, but I’m just saying that I don’t think the dress does her justice. She could do better.
I definitely can appreciate where Jennifer was going with this…however, the shoes just made it way too clunky. Oscar de la Renta (the designer of this dress) is known for his soft, feminine designs, so her choice of hairstyle seems like she was trying to go a different direction. In the end, it seems like a bit disjointed of a look. And probably the biggest question under debate with this dress is: should the bow be black or pink? You tell me.
Hailee really impressed with her age appropriate look at the Globes, and again, she did not disappoint (she’s 15). She wore one of the trends of the night – bright colors…orange and red primarily. The simplicity of the dress is refreshing and suits her well.
Annette’s tamed hair certainly looked better than it did at the Globes! I also can appreciate her age appropriate dress that still has an interesting cut (the back was really nice). She’s definitely not my best dressed though.
The handbag definitely is not working for Winona, but other than that, it’s not too, too bad. However, the whole look is a bit wedding-ish, don’t-cha think?
I really appreciated Kim’s apparent desire to look a bit more classy with this look! The Marchesa dress look nice, and her make-up wasn’t too heavy!
This, too, even though it was a pale pink, seemed a little wedding dress-reminiscent to me (for those of you who watch Say Yes to the Dress, tell me it wasn’t a bit Pnina Tornai like – I mean, wasn’t it?!)! I didn’t think this dress was anything we haven’t seen before either, so while Angie’s not worst dressed, she’s not best dressed either.
Sofia certainly showed off her body in this dress, which I think worked for the most part. Not my best dressed though…
I really appreciate the risk Julie took with this jumpsuit…it was a lot different from her Globes dress! At first I wasn’t so sure, but it’s started to grow on me…she looks fresh and modern!
Jenna! You could do so much better than this! It’s not worst-dressed material, but still!
This was a nice change from Lea’s Globes dress. It makes her look young, fresh, and modern. Is it love though? No.
I really appreciate that Jane went out of her comfort zone with this, but I’m not so sure it worked.
This difficult color to wear worked pretty well, and the dress was pretty enough. Her hair and make up were nice too, but she’s not best dressed worthy.
Amber, once again, picked a great dress that works for her body perfectly!
Dianna took a risk with this hemline! I’m not totally in love with the look though. I’m thinking the dress probably was a lot more stunning in person. What do you think?
Heather looks beautiful in this dress…but she’s not best dressed for me!
I really liked the colors of this look – the contrast between her earrings and the dress is great! The dress probably could have done a little more for her though…
This was pretty enough – it definitely had simplicity going for it. Not best dressed though…
This was really nice. I liked the earrings that paired perfectly and helped to add interest!
No. Sorry, but no.
Hooray! Hooray! Seriously guys – hooray! Tina usually is in need of major help when it comes to her red carpet looks, but she nailed it this time! I’m not even going to say, “Oh, this is an improvement!” but rather, “Man! I love this!” The dress is oh so pretty, and her hair complements it nicely! I’m not saying she’s my best dressed, but she’s up in my top 10 for sure, maybe even top 5!
Jane looked like an age appropriate, glowing mother-to-be!
I loved how Claire, who looked divine at the Globes, went for something quite different this time around. I think it really was lovely, although the belt doesn’t work 100% for me.
Yes, this is a gorgeously draped dress, but if you’re just looking at the cut, it’s rather unoriginal. The coloring definitely adds some flair, but I’m not so sure I love it. Actually, I know I don’t love it. Not close to worst dressed though!
I’m glad Eva took a risk and strayed from her norm, but Eva…oh, Eva! It just doesn’t work! It looks as though she wore the tall version instead of the needed petite. The waist hits her too low, making her look shorter than she is!
And now, for my personally two favorites:
There is absolutely no denying that this is one gorgeous dress (Alexander McQueen!)! She carried it off beautifully too!
I know some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy – this look is probably one of the most controversial of the night (her Globes dress was too!). Granted, I don’t think this is the best photograph, and I’ll also admit it took a bit for this to grow on me, but grow on me it did! It was different and fit her perfectly. Her hair was also the perfect complement! Love!
Now, please vote for your best dressed! Then, please vote for three (3 each!!) ladies whose looks you want to be used as inspiration for an Anthro head-to-toe styling! Thanks!
Thanks for voting! If you have any other thoughts, I’d be excited to hear in the comments!