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Met Gala 2018: everything you need to know

The most anticipated event for every designer, celebrity and stylist is back: the Met Gala 2018 which will be staged on Monday, May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York.

It‘s now considered one of the most important events for the fashion system, representing an extraordinary opportunity to create business and attention.

Since its birth in the '70s, the Met Ball celebrates the opening of the annual exhibition dedicated to the fashion at the Met in New York and is the main source of annual funding of the Institute for exhibitions, publications and acquisitions of artworks.
Besides being a great charity event, it is also a masterpiece of diplomacy, fame and power. Since, in 1995, Anna Wintour became its president, she has catalysed not only the fashion world "that counts" but also a long list of celebrities, surpassing notoriety and style even the Night of the Oscars. The only way to participate in the sparkling event is to receive an invitation from the Director of Vogue America, which carefully selects the personalities of the Fashion System.

This year "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" will be inaugurated, a show with a mystical connotation that will bring to light the influence of religion and sacred rules of fashion.

From Cristóbal Balenciaga to Donatella Versace, through the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn-Winter 13/14 collection inspired by the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily, to the haute couture from  Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix: more than 150 pieces will be exhibited between objects and artworks, kept in the Museum or in other places in the world, such as the Sistine Chapel.

Like every year the theme of the exhibition is linked to that of the Gala, dictating the style codes and outfits of the guests. The party of the year is therefore a fundamental catwalk for designers, movie stars, singers, top models and VIPs.

The Met Gala is the perfect alliance between art and fashion. Over the years, on its red carpet, there have been some iconic moments that have written the history of Fashion. The theme of this year will certainly give way to a memorable event full of glamour, especially on the Red Carpet that will host Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace.

Virgil Abloh’s first solo exhibition in Chicago

Virgil Abloh, founder of the Off-White label and just recently named the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line, will be the protagonist of the retrospective launched at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Simply entitled by his name "Virgil Abloh”, it will be the first exhibition dedicated to the work of the American designer and will be held at the famous museum from June 8th until September 22nd 2019.

Beside being the worldwide famous producer and established name of his high-end streetwear brand Off-White, Virgil Abloh has also confirmed to be an eclectic designer, lining up over the years successful collaborations with Nike, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Timberland and expanding his artistic universe outside fashion, among which  stands out his project for Ikea, redesigning its famous shopping bag.

Much more than a stylist, Abloh is an artist, architect and engineer with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he learned not only the modernist design but also the concept of multidisciplinary work that has led him to believe in the collaboration and contamination between brands.

The exhibition will go along his career, offering an in-depth look at the continuous expansion of the artist, which encompasses fashion, architecture, music and design.

From his first days with Kanye West to his recent work with Off-White ™, the "Virgil Abloh” Chicago exhibition features the fashion works and videos of his most iconic shows that intersect with other disciplines, such as design of furniture, graphic design, architectural interventions and collaborative projects with other designers.

Focus of the exhibition will also be on the empowerment of young people; indeed, the relationship between his fashion brand and today’s generations will be fully explored and a complete cross-disciplinary program aiming at the youngster offered, which mirrors once again the artist’s wide range of interests.

Martin Margiela, on show in Paris for his twentieth anniversary

Paris honours Martin Margiela, during the Paris Fashion Week  with "Margiela / Galliera, 1989-2009", the first exhibition in the French Capital entirely dedicated to the Belgian fashion designer.

The exhibition, set in the halls of Palais Galliera from March 3rd to July 15th, 2018, traces the designer’s career, from Spring-Summer 1989 to Spring-Summer 2009, using more than 130 silhouettes, videos of défilés, House archival materials and special installations.

Martin Margiela (b. Louvain, 1957) graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in 1980. After a period of apprendiceship as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant between 1984 and 1987, he has become the only Belgian designer of his generation to found his own Fashion House in Paris.

Famous as the mysterious designer “ without a face”, Margiela has never appeared on the catwalk for the twenty years he has exhibited in Paris , always avoiding interviews and public shows. On the contrary, he grants his collections "an opportunity for visibility" by exposing the inside and the portions of garments that normally remain hidden, such as interior trim, folds, straps, motifs and basting. By questioning both the "structure" of the garments and the fashion system, the designer has established himself as one of the greatest innovators of our time.

From the Oversize Collection, where he pushes the scale of his garments to extremes, enlarging the proportions to 200%  to the Barbie Collection, which adapts dolls’ clothes to the life-size human form , by way of the Artisanal Collection, created from vintage garments and recovered materials transformed into unique hand-sewn pieces, Margiela/Galliera, 1989-2009 exhibition  is a trip not to be missed to understand more not only about what lies behind his creations, but also behind a period of great changes in the fashion world.

The retrospective, of which Martin Margiela is also the artistic director, tells the audience about the twenty years of his work and offers an unprecedented look at one of the most influential contemporary fashion designers.

Oscar 2018: Hollywood's most waited golden night

Only a few days left before the Oscar Night, the most important cinematographic, and not only, event of the year, which will be staged on Sunday, March 4th, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

At its 90th edition this year, the "Night of the Oscars" will be, as always, an evening full of emotions and will be presented by the anchorman Jimmy Kimmel, confirmed for the second consecutive time, who hopes to repeat his success of last year..

The films that have received the nomination as "Best Film" are: The Shape of Water, along with Dunkirk, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, The Darkest Hour and Get Out.

In competition there is also the Italian film, Call Me With Your Name by Luca Guadagnino, which has won 4 nominations as best film, best actor, best screenplay and best original song.

Gary Oldman, Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington will challenge each other for the "Best Actor" award.  As for the "Best Actress" award, instead, we will find Meryl Streep once again trying to win her fourth career Oscar so reaching her 21st Academy Award nomination , thanks to her performance in The Post. Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Sally Hawkins and Saoirse Ronan will challenge her.

As to the soundtracks,  many will be the musical performances accompanying the most important acknowledgments of the cinema. All five candidates in the “Best Original Song” category will indeed perform their pieces during the ceremony.

The appointment with the Night of the Oscars starts at 22.50 Italian time on Sunday 4th March and audiences from all over the world will be able to admire the long-awaited parade of stars on the Red Carpet, which will culminate in the real prizegiving  at late night.

This year celebrates the 90th edition of the Oscar Nights, each of them special and somehow unforgettable, although only one, last year’s, will be remembered for the slip of the envelope and the wrong winner.

Let’s then wait a few more hours to find out the 90th Best film and the 90th Best protagonist actors and actresses who will take home  the most coveted award in the cinema world, the golden statuette.

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