met gala 2013

Guess who's taking these celebs to the 2013 Met Gala?!
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Considering the time of year, the prep work, and the formality of it all, it's not really that surprising that people refer to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum as the fashion world's version of prom. While both events have a theme (we hear this year's, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," is, uh, causing attendees some wardrobe struggles), let's be real— the high concentration of really talented, really famous, and really good looking people walking those Met steps on Monday night ensures that you won't get THIS party confused with your average school dance. We already told you about how you can get in on the action from home, whether it's buying "Chaos and Couture"-inspired clothing or splurging on the celebs' dresses themselves, but what we really want to know is, who's taking who?! There might not be adorable promposals this time around, but many of the designers HAVE picked their celebrity dates for the night. Not surprisingly, Dior is bringing the brand's new face and recently crowned Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence to the fete.

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Carey Mulligan wearing Prada as Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby'.
Photo: Warner Bros.

You may have to wait another 11 days until The Great Gatsby is released, but if you're in New York City tonight and you want to get an up close and personal preview of some of the sartorial aspects of the film, you're in luck. Prada will be showcasing a collection of the dresses from the film at the SoHo flagship store, beginning this evening and running through May 12th, at which point it will migrate across the Pacific to Tokyo. Miuccia Prada worked closely with costume director Catherine Martin to choose 40 looks for the film, all showcased in the two major party scenes. The designer spoke with Women's Wear Daily about the collaboration, highlighting the way that her designs took on new meaning within the context of the film. In one of the film's pivotal scenes, and no spoilers because all this is in the trailer, Carey Mulligan wears Prada's spring 2010 "chandelier dress," a gown that is all beading and movement, and, Prada says, “[the dress] was meant to be about light,” speaking of her original concept, but going on to say that for the film “it became about money, because [Luhrmann] wanted to show her as the most beautiful and rich woman on earth.”

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Rihanna A/W River Island Collection

Adam Selman and Rihanna working on the autumn/winter 2013 River Island collection.
Photo: Rihanna's Instagram

Listen, we know it feels like Rihanna JUST released her debut spring 2013 River Island collection (co-designed with Adam Selman), but she's already showing us previews for her upcoming autumn/winter line. RiRi Instagrammed a pic of her and Adam working on her fall-ready pieces, which, judging from this one image, looks like it features LOTS of prints and metallics. We ain't mad at that! Rihanna sported a backward snapback hat, comfy tee, leather pencil skirt and stacked bangles while designing her second range, which is totally a reflection of her wearable, '90s-grunge-meets-streetwear pieces from her debut line. Back in March, we caught up with Adam at the Opening Ceremony "RIHtrospective" event, and he told us straight-up that they started working on the second collection the day after her London Fashion Week show. Dang, they waste no time, y'all! We obvi can't WAIT to see what the creative twosome will bring to the table for the fall, but until then, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Adam below!

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Rihanna Givenchy Tee

Rihanna at a Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat game on April 21.
Photo: Getty Images/Rihanna's Instagram

Serious question, y'all: Would you ever wear a T-shirt with your face on it? Believe it or not, this is an actual thing Rihanna had to ponder recently thanks to that custom Givenchy jersey she received back in February. In case you forgot, Riccardo Tisci sent her a black tee with a GIANT impressionistic painting of her visage on it (red lips and all!), and we've been dying to know when she'd bust that bad boy out to wear IRL. Well, we finally spotted RiRi sporting the tee in question at a Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat game yesterday, and it looked a lot less, uh, creepy than we imagined.

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Beyonce wears Alon Livne on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
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Just when you think you can't get any more excited about Beyonce's headline-making wardrobe The Mrs. Carter Show tour wardrobe, she goes and uploads a bajillion unseen designer sketches of her impossibly high fashion performance outfits. It's enough to make any Bey Stan and/or fashion nerd's head spin! *selects answer D: all of the above* Posted alongside brand new concert snaps, Mrs. Hov unveils a slew of inspired mock-up drawings, from the vibrant red Alon Livne gown with waist-high slits (which BTW gives us grown-up vibes of the orange mini Bey wore for her wind machine dance in the "Crazy In Love" music video) to her SECOND gold nipple outfit of the tour courtesy of Ralph & Russo.

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Rihanna wears Tom Ford at the 2012 Met Gala.
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As the presumed man behind Justin Timberlake's slick makeover for The 20/20 Experience, it's not exactly a secret that Tom Ford likes to dip his fingers into the music world every now and then. But it turns out JT is only one in Ford's lengthy love affair with performers. In a new interview with WWD, the designer tells editor Bridget Foley about his re-entry into the runway world, how he handles critics, and why shocking audiences can sometimes be a good thing. And really, who's better proof of that last point than Rihanna?! Ford dishes that the singer is one of his favorite muses because she can rock the eponymous label's signature eye-popping looks with serious swagger. Recalling a tricky head-to-toe pink patchwork look from his Fall 2013 collection, Ford says, "And if you’re Rihanna, if you’re that kind of person who can pull off matching hot-pink boots, skirt and jacket, and patchwork multimaterials, I think it's great." Great. Yet another skill Rihanna magically possesses that 99% of the population can only DREAM of having...

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Mick Jones

The Clash's Mick Jones.
Photo:Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Facebook

We are SO excited for this year's Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum. The evening is one of our favorite red carpet nights of the entire year, and with this year's theme being punk, we're in heaven. Just imagine the gowns! While we're swimming through visions of pyramid spikes and creatively utilized safety pins, the exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, just keeps getting more and more amazing. Just today, runway-to-retail giant Moda Operandi announced that not only will it be sponsoring the exhibit, but M'O will also be creating an exclusive high fashion capsule collection based on the themes explored within it. Founder Lauren Santo Domingo told WWD that the collection will "offer women the opportunity to capture the spirit of punk with pieces that balance high fashion and rebellion."

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Daft Punk shot by Hedi Slimane.
Photo: Dazed Digital

Many of us have been having summertime shimmying fantasies since the release of a new teaser for Daft Punk's new song "Get Lucky" with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers this weekend, and just today Dazed Digital posted two new images from Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent Paris musicians project. The photo series, which you may recall also features Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink, depicts musicians self-styled in new and iconic Saint Laurent looks. Like Kim Gordon, the robots of Daft Punk chose to go with perhaps the most iconic of Yves' creations: Le Smoking. The tuxedo jacket was originally designed as an androgynous alternative for an evening dress, making menswear oh-so-very-sexy for women, but overtime it has become such a classic example of exquisite tailoring that it's no longer entirely gender specific.

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Nicola Formichetti's work with Mugler, Lady Gaga, and others.
Photo: Nicola Formichetti's Tumblr

Whoa. Big news in fashion as Nicola Formichetti parts ways with Mugler after two years as creative designer. According to the hot fashion goss, the Gaga collaborator and Kim K stylist may be landing at Diesel, in either a creative director capacity or for a "major collaboration." In any case, we've covered Nico's tenure at Mugler over the seasons and while I'm a huge fan of his fluid, elongated silhouettes and exoskeletons-in-outerspace aesthetic, it's his continued dedication to social-media stalking the exact the same musicians we do (ahem, Azealia Banks and G-Dragon) that keeps him on our radar. Plus, the new music that's debuted at his shows as a result of these Internet unions, ranging from Lady Gaga's "Government Hooker" at A/W 2011, to his collaboration with aforementioned K-pop star, G-Dragon, for A/W 2013 mens, is also major.

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Courtney Love for Saint Laurent Paris.
Photo: Hedi Slimane/Dazed Digital

As far as fashion rock stars are concerned, Hedi Slimane is the top of the heap, so it's only natural that he would enlist the help of some actual rock stars for his latest Saint Laurent Paris portrait series. We already shared the first glorious image, of Marilyn Manson, with you last week, and now we have not one but THREE more images from the campaign for you to feast your eyes upon. Slimane recruited Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink to style themselves in looks from past and present collections, and the results are austere, brooding portraits that function almost as a branded extension of Slimane's ongoing Rock Diary project. Initially we thought this was Slimane's latest SLP campaign, but further info courtesy of Dazed has revealed that like with all of his endeavors the boundary pushing designer-slash-photographer isn't doing anything the traditional way.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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