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Stars Go All Out for the 2019 Met Gala
Last night, guests of the Met Gala took the exhibit’s theme — camp — to heart with wildly fun looks and some pretty theatrical entrances. Lady Gaga, one of the evening’s hosts, kicked off the red carpet in not one but four Brandon Maxwell-designed looks.
Billy Porter also had a jaw-dropping entrance, being carried in on a palanquin by six well muscled (and well oiled) men. His full look included gold wings.
Because “camp” is loosely defined, there were many ways to interpret the theme. There was also more than one way to be over-the-top. Kim Kardashian, for example, caught a lot of attention for how tiny her corseted waist looked. Meanwhile Céline Dion went full showgirl with a fringed Oscar de la Renta bodysuit that weighed over 22 pounds. And Cardi B showed up in a Thom Browne gown that featured 30,000 feathers.
Stay tuned to the Daily today for more roundups of the Met gala’s best looks, and what everyone wore to the afterparties. Though the Met’s exhibit Camp: Notes on Fashion doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow, you can see a sneak peek here.
Max Azria Has Passed Away (WWD)
Max Azria died from lung cancer yesterday. He was 70 years old. Azria was a retail giant, best known for his BCBG boutiques, founded in 1989. He later expanded with the high-end lines Max Azria Atelier and Hervé Léger, which he bought from its namesake designer and relaunched in 2007, as well as BCBGeneration. Azria has been a member of the CFDA since 1998. He is survived by his wife, Lubov Azria, and his children.
Alastair McKimm Becomes Global Editor-in-Chief of i-D
Vice Media has appointed Alastair McKimm the global editor-in-chief of i-D, beginning in June. The job is something of a homecoming for McKimm, who has worked with the publication for decades, including a five-year stint as its fashion director. “i-D changed my life,” he says. “I started collecting the magazine in the ’90s and I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the brand in some capacity for my entire career, from assistant to stylist to fashion director and now to be part of the big picture and future vision is beyond my wildest dreams… As we approach our 40th year in 2020, I will be focusing on how we continue to build on the success of what I consider to be the ultimate brand.”
Ralph & Russo Launches a Couture Apprenticeship Program (Vogue Business)
Ralph & Russo co-founder Tamara Ralph claims the label gets hundreds of applications for design positions every year, but very few for roles that actually construct the garments. To bolster excitement for couture craftsmanship, and to train more people with technical sewing skills, the house has launched a couture apprenticeship program. Ralph & Russo has partnered with the UK’s Fashion Technology Academy to recruit students. The program will see three students spending four days a week in the atelier, and one day a week in class for a two-year period.
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NBC Is Making TV Shoppable (The Hollywood Reporter)
Yesterday, NBCUniversal launched ShoppableTV, which allows viewers to shop shows by holding their phones up to the screen during “on-air shoppable moments.” Viewers will be alerted to theses moments and will then be directed to the product’s website. The technology was tested during NBC’s Today show, and the company claims it saw “tens of thousands of scans and six figures in sales” within minutes.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Take to Instagram to Celebrate Their Nephew
Instagram seems the be the preferred method of communication for the British royal family these days. Prince William and Kate Middleton reposted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s birth announcement, adding the caption: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son today, and look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family.” Cute!
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