Whats Poppington: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Met May 4 – July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum in NY

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We all Know that Alexander McQueen was one of fashions first and true innovators, but that doesnt make the MET’s voyage of his oeuvre less powerful. The exhibit was created by the Costumes Institute’s Andrew Bolton, the ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibit documents the designers work as well as teh worldview that his designs were influenced by. Beyond his mannequins, he created a dynamic atmosphere, bringing you into the world McQueen always created on the runways each season. All the longtime and true friends of McQueens work will be treated to an amazing look back at the monumental collections. s/s/ 2001 blood ostrich feathered gown greets the entrance along a varnished made of clamshells and high fashion high drama garments that set the tone for the entire show.

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Every piece of clothing is a thrill, and adventure, seeing the texture, and the pieces close up is a personal experience within itself I can imagine. The exhibit also includes Interviews with McQueen’s colleagues, teachers and friends add a new layer of intimacy to the designs. Tales from his days at St. Martins mixed in with anecdotes from the likes of Sarah Burton and Phillip Treacy allow a window into the world of Lee McQueen and offer a greater understanding of one of fashion’s true masters. So if your in NY pleeeeeease check this out, this is a innovative designer that has made a impact in fashion’s personal life. Check out of more pics below -Quinton Molanzi

Whats Poppington: Daphne Guinness open dressing room for The Met Gala

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Daphne Guinness(yes the Heiress to the Guinness fortune) is no stranger to turning heads with her over the top poppington couture gowns, and ensembles. But she drew more than enough attention to herself than usual at last nights dressing event for the Met Gala ball in the window of Barneys New York. The 43 year old heiress and artist gave Madison Avenue a early sneak peek of the feathered Alexander McQueen creation she wore to the costume institute gala, as she went about her business behind the opaque glass.

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The crowd outside gathered more and more during the 8 minute performance, while she also striked several poses on a lucite table and dancing silhouette. As the dress, which was the finale gown from Sarah Burton’s second solo collection for Alexander McQueen, Ms Guinness’s silhouette became ever more dramatic. When she finally emerged, there was an explosion of camera flashbulbs as the duck and ostrich feather creation was unveiled in all its glory.

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The only part left to reveal, then, was her face and Ms Guinness sat at the table to unravel the scarf concealing her hair and make-up.The display includes some of the incredible millinery created for Blow by Philip Treacy, as well as one-off masterpieces by Chanel, John Galliano, and Oscar de la Renta. Also in the storefront displays are ensembles from Haider Ackermann, Balmain, Viktor & Rolf, David Koma, Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh. Vintage pieces and some of Ms Guinness’s own designs also form part of the installation.

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Whats Poppington:Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ Metroplitan Gala Party

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Okay so its here!! It has arrived…its the Met Gala Party..Met for Metropolitan by the way. The Metropolitan Gala is an annual exhibit that always draws the heavy hitters of fashion, any celeb or designer of the moment, and past will be there slaying the red carpet….sometimes. To the fashion world, its bigger than the Grammys, because its all blood sweat, and tears for fashion, and next year’s fete will no doubt be even more explosive, thanks to the theme of this year’s exhibit: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”

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Since Mc Queens’s dresses have become the subject of “cult- like devotion” among alot of fashion insighters and laymen alike. The Costume Institute’s annual party has become, in many ways, the fashion community’s biggest red carpet night (last year’s dresses ranged from a Zac Posen meringue to a light-up Katy Perry), and adding a McQueen tribute to the mix will no doubt up both the fashion ante and the emotional energy at the event.

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The party to end all parties originated in 1948 when the Costume Institute was founded at the Metropolitan Museum. At its inception, it was decided that the American fashion industry would both help to curate the institute and supply its entire operating budget. Eleanor Lambert, who founded the CFDA (among other accomplishments), originally ran the party. Matrons paid $50 to wear some of the Costume Institute’s gowns at a midnight supper in December. Following Lambert, society figures like Diana Vreeland and Pat Buckley took turns co-chairing. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour took over in 1995, and is credited with bringing a Hollywood element to the party.

Rihanna in Stella McCartney

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Ciara in Prabal Gurung

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Christina Ricci and Zac Posen, both in Zac Posen

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Liv Tyler in Givenchy

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Solange Knowles in Dries Van Noten

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Cassie in Rag n Bone
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Rosario Dawson

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Jennifer Hudson in Vera Wang with Designer Vera Wang

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Nicole Richie in old hollywood vintage

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Eva Mendez in Lanvin

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Super Uber Model Iman in Stella McCartney

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Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

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…and last but not least..my favorite queen besides McQueen himself, Beyonce in Emilio Pucci

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According the WWD, the exhibit which runs May 4th through July 31st, with the benefit gala on May 2nd, will also include pieces collected from a few sources: McQueen’s graduate collection at Central St. Martins, selections from his tenure at Givenchy, custom-made items from the closet of Isabella Blow, and more. There’ll even be a “Cabinet of Curiosities” including pieces McQueen made in collaboration with fellow designers like Philip Treacy. As Andrew Bolton, who is spearheading the exhibit, told WWD, ““After McQueen’s death, we wanted to stage an exhibition to celebrate his legacy in fashion history and his contributions to fashion … McQueen had such a singular voice and he was a remarkable technician.”

Source: www.nbcnewyork.com, www.stylebistro.com

Whats Poppington: The Royal Wedding

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The press has been buzzing since the engagement about Kate’s dress designer. As she left the Goring Hotel, the world got a glimpse of her Alexander McQueen gown and a sigh of approval was heard around the world. The McQueen dream was designed by Sarah Burton and featured a tasteful v-neck with long lace sleeves, a corseted top and a full skirt. The train of the dress was the perfect length, very elegant. Of course no princess’s look would be complete without a tiara. Middleton’s was a diamond studded Cartier number lent to her by Queen Elizabeth………and I so want Prince Harry’s jacket with a pair of jeans and a loose tee. #MYLOOK, Poppington

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“She’s your queen to be a queen to be forever a queen who’ll do whatever his Highness desires she’s your queen to be a vision of perfection an object of affection to quench your royal fire completely free from infection o be used at your discretion waiting only for your direction your queen…to…be!!!!!!”

Whats Poppington: The Queen wears McQueen

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Another day, another Beyonce leak. Can you feeeeeel it! Beyonce rocks the designs of designer Alexander McQueen in the latest leak from the set off her new video, ‘Girl’. These leaks are wearing a guy out! A leak of Beyonce’s song “Girl” also leaked today as well……Hmmm i’ll patiently wait for the song though.

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Beyonce donned these Alexander McQueen Mock-Croc Buckle Over the Knee Boot’s on the set of “Girl”. The boots are from the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

The leather boots come accented with a gold floral-engraved heel that measures approximately 150mm/ 6 inches with a 40mm/ 1.5 inch platform The pointed toe also has contrasting textured-leather buckle-fastening straps, gold floral engraving at platform, cutout bridge detail at heel, mock-croc detailing on heel and toe, a tab at back, an exposed gold zip fastening at front and a concealed zip fastening at side. Naomi Campbell was noticed wearing these lately as well.

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What’s poppington: Alexander McQueen SS/11

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What’s Poppington: it’s hip to be…PUNK

Punk fashion is going to be very huge in 2011, so many versatile styles to use. The punk style was a rebellious statement that started in Britain years ago. Along with punk style came punk music, and a cult following of the artistic youth looking to express their own voices. Ripped T-shirts, extravagant piercings, and spiked hair in bright colors represented this non-conformist group. Think Sid Vicious meets Courtney Love for a lovely date on a Friday night.

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