Met Gala 2018 – Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

By far my favourite fashion night of the year is the Met Gala. Each year it takes a theme that is either embraced or ignored by the glitterati of the fashion and film world which makes for memorable viewing for us mere mortals. This year the Gala also had God on its side with the theme which was Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition has pieces from the Vatican collection which have not been seen by the public, and with a myriad of religious art, and artefacts as inspiration, it has to be said that some of the looks on display were incredible. Some however, were more fancy dress costume than works of fashion fantasy and reduced me to fits of giggles.

Rihanna for instance. I love that she always totally embraces the theme, and I follow twitter seeing all those tweets about ‘she killed it’, and ‘everybody else go home’. but her look, a sort of glam rock Pope, left me in bits. Similarly Katy Perry and Madonna. Madonna looked like Queen Victoria in her widows weeds, whilst Katy Perry turned up as an archangel in the back of what look like the Pope mobile with an enormous pair of wings. It sort of reminded me of Jacob Epstein’s Gabriel sculpture, and only the Lord knows he she managed to sit down, or eat her dinner for that matter. Sarah Jessica Parker is another who can be relied upon to embrace the theme, but, on this occasion, her gold Dolce and Gabbana gown and headdress was just to much. Embrace the theme sure, but don’t wear a fugly dress doing it.

Thankfully, there were looks of sheer beauty. Ariana Grande was incredible in a Vera Wang ballgown which was based on a painting from the Sistene chapel. I loved the Vatican yellow dress chosen by Amanda Seyfried, taking inspiration from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with flowing renaissance looks to compliment it. Rosie Huntington Whiteley was breathtaking in gold, looking like a celestial body, whilst Kate Bosworth showed the theme could be embraced with elegance. And then there was the incredible Jennifer Lopez, who proved you could take the most heavenly of themes, and make it as sexy as hell. Does that woman ever age?

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JLo

Sarah Jessica Parker

Priyanka Chopra

Evan Rachel Wood

Amber Heard

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

Kate Upton

Olivia Munn

Amal Clooney

Lily Collins

Katherine Langford

Rihanna

 

Amanda Seyfried

Zendaya

Blake Lively

 

 

Whose look did you love?

 

Cannes 2016 – Fave looks so far

Oh the glamour! The Cannes film festival has to be the most glorious confection of fashion that you will see anywhere. As someone who is a total glutton for fashion that is full of elegance and beauty, Cannes always ticks all the boxes. Quite simply put, Cannes if the film festival where movie stars are MOVIE STARS, in the retro, vintage, old Hollywood sense of the word. Add in stunning models and singers, and more yachts than you can shake a stick at, and the 69th annual Cannes film Festival has glitz and sparkle in abundance.

This year Blake Lively is a strong contender for Queen of Cannes, wearing a series of looks that are both versatile and striking. She has strong competition from the ever beautiful Naomi Watts and Anna Kendrick, who never seem to get it wrong. Other Cannes ever presents include Eva Longoria and Cheryl Cole, who are there representing L’Oreal, and Kirsten Dunst, another lady with a strong fashion tradition at Cannes, and a previous best actress winner.

My favourite looks so far include the retro look worn by Anna Kendrick for the daytime Trolls photocall, the unusual gown covered in a spoon (yes that does say spoon – as in cutlery) print worn by the flawless Kirsten Dunst, and Blake Lively in a very floaty Vivienne Westwood gown. I also love the final gown in this parade, the sequined glamorous number worn by Julianne Moore, very grown up and elegant.

What is your favourite gown so far?

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Eva Longoria

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Cheryl Cole

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Blake Lively in Vivienne Westwood

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Kirsten Dunst attends the Jury Photocall during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Kirsten Dunst

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5682110m) Anna Kendrick 'Trolls' photocall, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May 2016

Anna Kendrick at the ‘Trolls’ photocall

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock (5682156l) Bella Hadid 'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May 2016

Bella Hadid at ‘Cafe Society’ premiere and opening ceremony

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kirsten Dunst arrives at the Chopard Trophy Ceremony at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Chopard)

Kirsten Dunst arrives at the Chopard Trophy Ceremony

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Us actress Julia Roberts attends the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Julia Roberts attends the “Money Monster” premiere

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5682983al) Jessica Chastain 'Money Monster' premiere, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 12 May 2016

Jessica Chastain at the ‘Money Monster’ premiere

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5682983at) George Clooney and Amal Clooney 'Money Monster' premiere, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 12 May 2016

George Clooney and Amal Clooney at the ‘Money Monster’ premiere

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock (5682156ag) Anna Kendrick 'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May 2016

Anna Kendrick at the ‘Cafe Society’ premiere

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Naomi Watts arrives at the Opening Gala Dinner during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

Naomi Watts arrives at the Opening Gala Dinner

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5682155cm) Jessica Chastain 'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May 2016

Jessica Chastain at the ‘Cafe Society’ premiere

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Julianne Moore attends the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

Julianne Moore attends the Chopard Trophy Ceremony

Cool shoe trends making a comeback

Many of the styles made popular in past fashion trends are making a chic comeback. For example, the funky boat-shoes and Sperry’s of the 1980’s are one of the hottest looks in footwear currently, appealing to men and women of all ages. The question arise as to where to find these retro shoes, as some may not be interested in combing through thrift stores or vintage shops to find these clever, versatile items.

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Duchess Kate loves boat shoes

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Blake Lively in Sperry’s

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Online retailers appeal to buyers looking for hard-to-find items, and that want to comparison shop to save the most money. For instance, it is possible and quite easy to find new Sperry’s in a wide range of styles, colors, and sizes from SneakerKing.com and there is nothing that can compare to the convenience of door-to-door delivery! The prices of online boat-shoes and top-siders vary, but shoppers that find online merchants and compare pricing as well as shipping fees, will likely be able to save some money on their purchase.

 

Women's Bretton Striped Angelfish Boat Shoe

Women’s Bretton Striped Angelfish Boat Shoe

When buying boat-shoes, such as those made by Sperry, look for styles that will offer the same timeless wear that the older versions do. The two-eye, basic boat-shoe has remained popular,and the simplicity and slip-on style is alluring to many wearers. There are some new fur-lined variations that may provide added warmth and protection for feet that are exposed to inclement conditions or cold temperatures.

Women's Floral Perf Leather Angelfish Boat Shoe

Women’s Floral Perf Leather Angelfish Boat Shoe

It is also great to find some classic favorites, such as the Sperry Chukka boot for men, on these online sites at affordable prices. These boots were popular for good reason; they are weather-resilient and water-resistant footwear, while still being the most comfortable shoes around. Men love the simple styling and details, but also appreciate the durability and function. It is good to see that some companies and manufacturers don’t attempt to change a classic favorite with trendy or dated characteristics. The old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies to shoes, and in particular Sperry’s. They were loved for their quality craftsmanship and longevity, and these shoes continue to live up to the expectations of their consumer audience.

Men's Washable Bahama 2-Eye

Men’s Washable Bahama 2-Eye