Fashion and the Catholic Imagination: My Met Gala Predictions

The first Monday in May is almost upon us, and many couturiers are no doubt stitching and designing wildly in order to ensure that their outfit is the most admired of the evening. I, myself, am by no means a design magnate, I cannot conjure up a tulle spring daydream out of my teenage head, but I can most certainly make predictions of the themic manner with regards to the Met Gala.

  1. Lapis Lazuli

The tone of blue used to depict the virgin will no doubt have presence on the red carpet, especially considering it is the most consistently used colour in Catholic religious art. I used it here on an image I created from an instagram post of Kylie Jenner’s to create her shawl, perhaps she’ll be donning something similar the Monday after next?

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2.  Versace

Given her home country is the womb which encompasses the church itself and her presence at the press day, Donatella has no doubt got a few ideas cooking away for those invited to wear Atelier Versace.

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3.  Virginal whites, cardinal reds and papal silhouettes.

When we think of the pope, we often think of his white garb surrounded by a sea of red cardinal cloaks. The met gala will surely be no different, but with Kim Kardashian taking the lead role of the evening rather than his holiness.

4. Dolce and Gabbana

These guys take pride in the religious backgrounds of their collections, from gilded tiaras to Giotto-esque and Byzantine images printed onto full-length ballgowns.

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5.  Rosary bead accessories

The go-to accessory associated with any catholic granny dripping in black, this particular accessory will certainly be a centre piece feature.

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The LVMH-Supreme Relationship

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know of the Louis Vuitton Supreme collaboration. Slapped onto every imaginable instagrammer’s feed, if you were anyone or wanted to be anyone, you’d need something red, white and LV all over in your wardrobe. The supreme-LV monogram phone case became a staple piece for the elite and a somewhat membership requirement to be considered “relevant”.

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Then, in more recent times, as the initial explosion that followed the collision of these two massive presences translated into a soft lull, in comes the RIMOWA. As if it has almost been dipped into a vat of supreme logos, then quickly removed, this case would be unmissable on any luggage belt in the airport, although, I’m pretty sure the main demographic of purchasers of this particular release would be flying through the world by less public methods.

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So the firm LVMH have not only bagged one, but now TWO Supreme collaborations. I have no doubt that this was no small accident. This is for two reasons:

ONE – LVMH, despite its success, is a company that always bids for keeping up with the current market. Where many firms have been left stuck in their tracks, the ability of LVMH to maintain a presence and relevance in a modern market is certainly praiseworthy. I believe this lies in a lack of complacency, a somewhat necessary trait in an industry that is so fast-paced. LVMH, being as omniscient of the fashion industry, could probably have smelt the success of Supreme a mile off, and therefore could get in there early in terms of building a relationship with the brand. LVMH is not afraid of evolution, or confronting new and controversial ideas. LVMH also has the rare gift of setting out to be ‘cool’ and actually pulling it off, this comes with a lot of insider knowledge.

TWO – for a while, they had an inside man. Now I want to emphasise that until more information comes to light, this could be purely speculative. I have very few sources from which to deduce information, but I believe I may have struck gold with this one, we shall see.

Pauline J Brown served as Chairman for North America at LVMH for two years until 2015, just as Supreme was really hitting all those investor notes and getting a lot of attention from the luxury market. Pauline then moved onto Carlyle, the only investment fund associated with Supreme, as a Managing Director. Although the point at which Carlyle first began a relationship with Supreme is unclear, if it was around this time, then it would make a lot of sense if Ms Brown played a part in bridging a relationship between LVMH and Supreme using her previous work contacts. It could even be suggested that maybe this is why Supreme chose Carlyle as investors in the first place, with the promise of not only communication but collaboration with the biggest luxury conglomerate in the world. If so, this woman deserves a whole lot of credit, she’s definitely united two fashion forces in a powerful and certainly profitable way.

Issi x

BFAM: A fleeting cultural update_

Hi guys,

I haven’t written anything in ages. That, let me clarify, is not due to a distinct lazy trait in my personality, rather, I have a bad case of deep-fashion-thoughts writers block. Articles about the more philosophical and economic side of the fashion industry are unsurprisingly quite difficult to muster up. I have the occasional one that I’m saving for a later date, but rather than keep you all waiting, I thought I’d lighten the tone a little bit.

I want to reiterate, this is not about to become a blog where I tell you all about my daily routine, what I eat for lunch, my workouts or my organisational tips. I am not at all a person attached to routines, nor do I think much about what I put in my body unless it is gooooood, I definitely don’t workout half as much as I should, and by taking one look at my bedroom and many of you would understand why I won’t be giving you guys wholesome advice about stationery or labelling your clothes drawers.

This, however, is also not intended as a subliminal stab at the more conventional blogger. I’m just not a conventional blogger. It’s not ME and I feel like anyone who reads my stuff is entitled to a depiction as close to my personality as possible. I want everyone who reads my blog to know and (granted, perhaps not always) understand me. That is why, I’ve decided to do an FCU (fleeting cultural update) as often as I can. What books I’m reading, what films I’m watching, what music I’m listening to and the places I’ve been to might interest you, or at the very least, give you an insight into what I’m all about.

So, without further ado, here is your first FCU

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Films I’ve watched and enjoyed:

I’m a self confessed horror movie buff to the extent that I have watched every good (and bad) one that you’ll find in that genre on Netflix. I’ve also found a new love: spanish horror films. Given the last film I watched, this is a saga I definitely see continuing.

My most recent escapade into the plane of spanish horror involved the viewing of the film “The Orphanage”. Obviously, if you don’t like horror, you needn’t read about this one.

Without giving too much away, it’s a very beautifully shot film, full of clever allegory. There was little to no use of special effects (apart from the occasional deformed and gory face, but no CGI), something indicative of a good horror, and a plot line that baffles and yet solves itself all at one time. You slowly become more and more attached to the protagonist, shifting through her emotions with her as the story (and she) unravels. It’s an exploration of nostalgia and childhood mixed in with a hint of fate and faith.

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I’ve also developed an interest for coming-of-age films. One of which is a film entitled “The Dreamers”, which is a film filled to the brim with the fascination, passion and both sexual, intellectual awakening an adolescent might experience regardless of time or place. The film really does make me want to spend forever in Paris, watch black and white films all day and bathe in my youth while it lasts.

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Now, onto BARS!:

Last night was supposed to be a low key evening, with a maximum of one drink, no bank breaking whatsoever, and yet, I found myself deep in the underground of Florence, at my new home, Rasputin; a mahogany candlelit paradise. The bar beneath the street can only be found behind a series of paintings in a wall, the perfect facade for a speakeasy door in Florence, the home of the Italian renaissance.  A framed sketch slides back and you’re greeted with welcoming eyes. You delve down into chandeliers and darkened rooms and a lull of chat descends upon your ears. I ordered an admittedly extortionate “Rose of the Underground”, the most aromatic yet homely drink I’ve ever had.

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And to round off this little rant, let’s finish with books:

First off, Dante’s Divine Comedy. I’m in Florence, of course I’m going to read it… It’s classic and surprisingly accessible.

I’ve picked up a habit of reading a critical analysis of Alfred Hitchcock films then watching the films, spotting things as I go along. As someone who knows very little about the semantics of film, I would recommend that method of watching any vaguely iconic film, the appreciation of them is always vastly increased.

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Hope you enjoyed this little moment,

Yours truly,

Issi,

your BFAM x