Whats Poppington: Schiaparelli vs Prada: IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS

What happens when two generations of iconic Italian fashion talent sit down and discuss the intersection of fashion, politics, art and beauty? Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli sharing a glass of wine and a few choice bon mots; wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation? The Costume institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art certainly thinks so and their Impossible Conversations exhibit, creates a dialogue between the doyennes of eccentric chic. Its an exhibit that any fashion head needs to visit one day of the other. Films were created by director Baz Luhrman and designed by Nathan Crowley.

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: Anna Wintour on the cover of WSJ

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She’s more famous for having order a cover shoot for Mario testino rather than being on the front cover for one of his works, but shes made the April 2011 issue for Wall Street Journal Magazine. She’s profiled in her signature look, perfectly bangs swept over her brows, and a mod neck-length bob. If you’ve seen THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (by the way, shes wearing prada on the cover) you already know that Anna is a powerful lady when it comes to making things happen so stay tuned.