Oversized bows, exaggerated puffed sleeves and luxe jewel tones. Everything sparkled with sequins at Badgley Mischka's show Saturday which played up the glamour of "Downton Abbey," with the Beatles' bohemian Abbey Road era.
In an interview backstage, Mark Badgley said the label is designing for the woman who "still wants to take time and make herself feel special and indulge and buy a beautiful piece of clothing."
"She can wear them over and over again or let her daughters have them," he said.
Mother and daughter Hilaria Baldwin sat in the front row next to husband Alec Baldwin. On his lap, he held their young daughter Carmen, who wore a black bow headband. The family said they were delighted to cheer on the fashion duo.
"These two men are such titans of the fashion world and it's really — we're happy to come and help celebrate them and what they're doing," Alec Baldwin told The Associated Press.
Rapper Jeezy, who wore a burgundy suit and sat next girlfriend and TV host Jeannie Mae, said he loves playing with fashion and reusing pieces in different ways.
"The whole experience ... just getting the vibe, love it. Fashion week is dope," he said.
The gowns had more minimal silhouettes but every piece had a special touch, an oversized bell sleeve, ruffled collar, giant bow or a plunging beaded neckline.
The dowager would certainly raise an eyebrow if Lady Mary and Lady Edith came dressed to dinner in a showstopping gown with a pale gold, beaded bodice that dipped straight to the belly button into a full skirt pleated skirt with whimsical puffs of feathers and leaf like appliques.
A ho-hum everyday grey tweed suit skirt was glamorized with subtle sparkles, exaggerated puff sleeves and belted waist. Bold florals featured heavily in the collection, including a modern take on a coat dress with a plunging neckline and asymmetrical skirt.
Everything shimmered, from everyday coats to strapless, evening gowns to a stunning pantsuit tied effortlessly at the waist. The models wore a bold ruby lip and were heavy on accessories including ornately beaded almost backward headbands that turned into ear cuffs.
Velvets and jewel tons, including rich emerald greens and burgundies inspired by the painter John Singer Sargent who was known for his Edwardian-era luxury, featured prominently, along with shimmering black, gold and silver evening looks.
Even the designer took a cue from the collection. Badgley embellished his broken arm with a black sequin sling.
James Mischka noted the collection will hit the stores this fall during a pivotal election year and what may be a "very fraught time in this country." The focus was to armor women with clothes to make her feel "empowered and beautiful and safe."
"When an airplane flies above the clouds instead of through the storm, that's what we're dressing her for," he said.
Kaia Gerber walked the runway and brand ambassador Kendall Jenner sat front row at Longchamp's celebrity filled show Saturday, that included model Coco Rocha and actresses Ashley Benson and Storm Reid.
It was all about the boots and bags for the Paris fashion house where creative director Sophie Delafontaine sent models down the runway in uber shiny, patent leather knee-high boots in eye-catching red, green, yellow, silver and black, all adorned with silver balls and chains across the toe.
"I wanted to push a little bit more the Parisian vibe. I was happy to bring the femininity, but with a lot of character," Delafontaine said during a backstage interview.
The show featured bomber jackets with pronounced shearling collars and chunky knits over flowing, gauzy printed dresses.
Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, walked the show in an olive green suede military style suit and cropped jacket with silver boots.
"It's amazing. It's so pretty," Gerber said of the collection during an interview backstage with The Associated Press.
Jenner, who didn't walk in the show, but sat front row dressed in black leather gaucho style shorts and tall black boots, said "I always have a (Longchamp) bag with me."
The brand revived the Roseau bag this year, updating it with larger, more modern portions, while keeping the bamboo hardware. Longchamp is known for its iconic nylon Le Pliage bag, which also featured heavily in the show, in various sizes from teeny tiny to oversized.
Delafontaine said she uses the arm candy "to finish the silhouette and give the attitude of strongness."
The collection also gave a nod to the athleisure trend with the sneaker boot, a cool black and white sneaker base with a sock-like texture that came to the knee.
"It's the shoes of our century, I think. I really wanted to have high boots in the collection because I wanted it to feel warm and confident, so the sneaker became a sneaker boot."
enner said being the face of Longchamp and several other major labels is "definitely a dream come true. These are designers and creatives that I've been seeing since I was born pretty much so to be a part of it, to see their creative process behind the scenes is really cool."
The model said she's fueled by the energy surrounding fashion week and especially enjoys travelling with her pals.
"It's like a little world tour I get to do with my friends because we all have similar jobs. We get to just hang out in different cities," Jenner said.
Longtime fashion model Carolyn Murphy, who also walked in the show, described the collection as having "a modern folk vibe. I would steal a few pieces for sure."
Model Coco Rocha, who walked in Christian Siriano's show earlier this week, sat in the front row lamenting the future of fashion week.
"I feel like fashion is kind of transitioning into something else. I think in a few more years I don't know if we're going to have runways and fashion shows. I don't know if it's e-commerce and how online works and live streaming," she said. "This is the slowest it's ever been."
Monse founders Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are stars in the fashion business — they're also the creatives behind Oscar de la Renta — but they see themselves as outsiders in the industry.
"We're not like mean people," Garcia told The Associated Press backstage after a runway show Friday for Monse's fall-winter 2020 collection.
"We're not like cool people," added Kim.
So when a mischievous rat character caught their eye in Wes Anderson's animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox," they thought he was the perfect launch point for their new collection.
"He had a striped sweater on which we loved," Garcia said. "We love stripes."
The pair started to research punk, but as self-professed anti-cool kids decided to disrupt those concepts.
"It was kind of like doing (a) punk collection through an eye of someone who doesn't really know what it is," Kim said.
The collection mixed primary colors showcased on layers of heavy knits with both Scottish and '80s punk-grunge influences in plaid kilts and sweaters accessorized with combat style boots.
Other looks came in pops of animal print and the word "Monse" on shoes and some of the knits.
Kim and Garcia said they loved the idea of playing with textures, layering silk dresses and tops over silver sequins. They paired skirts, jackets and dresses with intricately beaded net stockings and sleeves. Many of the looks were adorned with safety pins — a punk staple — ranging in different sizes and shapes from tiny drop earrings to large clothing fasteners.
With the Oscars on Sunday, it was a busy time to prep for two fashion shows — de la Renta included — but Kim and Garcia said they were ready.
"You just have to plan ahead," Garcia said. "So as long as you get your ducks in order you should be fine."
One celebrity they've dressed lately in Monse was best supporting actress nominee Florence Pugh, who turned heads at the Oscars nominees luncheon in an orange silk one-shoulder dress.
"When I heard the nominations and she was a part of that it was so exciting for me," Garcia said. "When Rebecca Corbin-Murray, her stylist, brought her to us one year ago, she was unknown. And the work that she has done in the last year or two has been possibly my favorite of the whole year so we were just really proud of the fact that she championed us early on, and now when she went to the Oscar luncheon she championed us one more time."
Country’s prolific visual artist Nazia Andaleed Preema performed her thematic visual art ‘Infinity’, as part of her solo exhibition PREEMA DONNA: An Infinite Journey on Saturday.
The exclusive performance took place at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum, being an intense performative collaboration between visual artists Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Founder, Performance Art Bangladesh and Francesca Carol Rolla (Venice), Performance Art Curator & Founder of Collective Signatures.
As part of the performance, Preema performed including a special visual performance. It was performed on a stage named ‘Shahosh’, which featured a mirror on the floor reflecting a huge canvas placed against a wall.
The two hours long performance enthralled the visual art lovers, who also came as audiences at the exclusive solo exhibition.
The exhibition PREEMA DONNA: An Infinite Journey was inaugurated on February 2 at Bangladesh National Museum. State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid inaugurated the retrospective exhibition featuring Preema’s versatile works, with around 30 artworks, comprising mixed media canvases, art installations, video art pieces etc.
The inauguration also featured a launching ceremony of Preema’s book, Preema Donna – An Infinite Journey, published by Cosmos Books which was first unveiled at Dhaka Lit Fest 2019.
Vice-President of International Chambers of Commerce Bangladesh and Chairperson of Mediaworld Limited Rokia Afzal Rahman, Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khair, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken, renowned artist Monirul Islam, University Grants Commission’s former Chairman Professor Nazrul Islam, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum Reaz Ahmed, among other special guests, attended the event which was presided over by Chairman of board of trustees of Bangladesh National Museum Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan.
Being the Director and Creative Editor of Bangladesh Brand Forum, Founder of Bangladesh Creative Forum and President of Women in Leadership- Nazia Andaleeb Preema is one of the leading visual artists of Bangladesh, portraying feminism in metaphorical sense through both traditional and digital art. She represented Bangladesh at the 58th Venice Biennale, Italy in 2019.
The two-week exhibition will continue till February 15 and is open for all.
The 5th edition of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), known as South Asia’s biggest art and painting biennale exhibition, was inaugurated at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the nine-day event. Dhaka Art Summit Organising Committee Chairman Farooq Sobhan and Co-Founder and Director of Samdani Art Foundation Nadia Samdani delivered welcome speeches at the ceremony, presided over by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky.
“The Dhaka Art Summit has provided an opportunity as a place of harmony by putting both international and Bangladeshi artists and their artworks on display under one roof, side by side. For building a global platform, I thank the organisers of this summit,” Khalid said.
Nadia Samdani said this year’s summit theme is ‘Seismic Movements’, where different artworks related to geological movements, colonial movements, independence movement, social movements are on display.
The opening day witnessed performance by Bangladeshi artist Ariful Kabir and live art by Otobong Enkangar apart from a panel discussion.
Photo: Adnan Adid/UNB
Performance action titled ‘Movimientos Emisores de Existencia’ under the direction of Hector Zamorah was displayed in the lobby of the first floor of the National Picture gallery. A puppet show for children titled ‘Golpo ta shobar’ by Gidori Bauli also took place on Friday.
The last performance of the opening day, ‘Together’, took place in the National Art Gallery performed by Arunaddhyachal and Alexix Vozia.
This edition of DAS is being billed as 'plastic-free’ and no air-conditioning is being used.
A special exhibition titled 'Lighting the Fire of Freedom Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ is on display at the first floor of the Academy throughout the exhibition marking the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s founding father.
The exhibition is being held under the overall supervision of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) with support from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. A huge number of historical photographs of Bangabandhu are on display.
Along with 290 participating Bangladeshi artists, a total of 500 painters, sculptors, curators, art critics, art professionals, art collectors, architects and media personalities from 44 countries are scheduled to take part in the nine-day art extravaganza.
Photo: Adnan Adid/UNB
Biswajit Goswami is the curator of Bangladeshi artists at the summit. A special exhibition titled ‘Shekor’ will take place under the supervision of Goswami in this year's summit. The life and works of Joynul Abedin, SM Sultan and Kamrun Hasan and other painters who contributed a lot to the development of painting education is being highlighted through different arrangements.
Samdani Art Foundation Director Nadia is serving as the Chief Coordinator of the summit while Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation, is serving as Chief Curator of the team consisting of 32 curators from home and abroad.
The summit is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Art Academy. Title sponsor of this year’s summit is Golden Harvest.
DAS-2020 is open for all till February 15, every day from 10am to 8pm.