The Super Bowl of Fashion occurs tonight at the Met Gala in support of the Costume Institute. The new exhibit spotlights designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons. She is the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent to be honored with the exhibit. BIG STUFF.
So why should we mere mortals care about a fancy party we can’t attend happening in New York City?
Because believe it or not, it will be affecting our clothes, accessories, movies, music, homes and any other thing which intersects between design and entertainment over the next few years. (Lemon yellow.)
The theme is announced in the fall of the previous year to allow designers time to study the work being spotlighted in the upcoming exhibit and become inspired to make new creations for celebrity clients attending the party.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
The designers can choose to be influenced by the theme OR they can choose to design clothing that is suitable for a red carpet occasion.
Regardless of which path is chosen, the designers all now have the theme rattling around in their minds whether they want it or not. Seeds planted. Remember that color “Lemon yellow” randomly added a few lines up in this post? That’s how it happens. You will see that color or be sensitive to it everywhere until another color takes precedence.
Why should it matter this year?
If you haven’t seen any of the Comme des Garcons looks throughout the years, imagine every outrageous avante grade look you’ve seen and multiply it by a factor of two. So this should be a very interesting red carpet to see who will wear looks Lady Gaga or Katy Perry (one of the chairs this year) would feel comfortable wearing for a performance.
How does entertainment fit into this? Because most of the invited guests are strategically seated to introduce new people to one another and cross-pollinate connections across the movie, music and fashion design industry to foster new collaborations and ideas.
So get ready for a wild ride. It can be a great thing to disrupt the status quo and see what comes.
Now I’m off to find some Lemon Meringue pie to eat after watching the red carpet shows…
Movies to stream to get a fashion fix:
Books to get inspired by:
- Charles James: Beyond Fashion (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (2014 theme)
- Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012 theme)
- Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011 theme)
Fashion Images from Vogue.com.
Image of Lemon Meringue pie from the Village Inn.