Dapper Dan was ‘too nervous’ to meet Anna Wintour at Met Gala

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities. In recent years, Dan has formed …

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities.

In recent years, Dan has formed a partnership with bosses at Gucci, and was thrilled when he was invited to attend the prestigious fashion event with the team in 2018 – though he was disappointed not to meet two style icons at the bash.

“The Met sealed the deal for me in terms of fashion,” he said during a chat with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast. “There was two people I wanted to meet. (Fashion journalist) Andre Leon Talley and, of course, the queen (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour. If I could be acknowledged by the king and queen, that seals the deal. I messed up the first time, I was so nervous I didn’t walk through the right door – I didn’t get to shake her hand!”

Dan, who went on to indicate that he did get to introduce himself to Wintour at the 2019 Met Gala, explained that he was happy to have the support of Graham because he was not used to being in such a star-studded environment.

“You called me from the party, made sure I was alright. I was in a strange land,” the 75-year-old recalled. “I’m standing there and it’s just me, Marco Bizzarri – the CEO of Gucci – and that’s a big deal for me. And so, I’m looking around, the Kardashians are back there, Madonna’s over there, and I’m (thinking), ‘Wait a minute, am I in the right line?’ I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a very big deal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Graham thanked Dan for allowing her to have a hands-on approach when co-designing her look for this year’s event. And the veteran trendsetter insisted that he has always had the same viewpoint when it comes to collaborating.

“I see fashion as primarily something that’s transformative. Not just transformative coming from me, but to be able to transform people that I dress,” he smiled.

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Cher nearly wore different outfit to 2019 Met Gala

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for …

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.

The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for the star-studded crowd.

But while Cher had a whole look planned for the camp-themed night, she opted to stay in her favourite denim jeans, pink camisole, black jacket, and blonde wig when she arrived at the venue.

“I had another outfit to wear but at the last minute, I just thought ‘F**k it. I don’t want to wear anything,” she said in a video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series. “So, this is what I came in, except I had a big fluffy, puffy coat that my friends at Chrome Hearts made me. I’ve had these jeans forever; they are patched over patches. And so, I love them. They’re not particularly attractive but I don’t really care.”

However, Cher went for style over comfort when she attended her first Met Gala back in 1974. The Believe hitmaker selected a nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim for the bash, with the provocative look certainly courting plenty of attention at the time.

“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”

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Kim Kardashian had two versions of Givenchy gown made for 2013 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed f…

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.

The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed fashion event six years ago.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks series, Kim explained that she was still trying to decide between the flower-print dress and a black version of the same style right up until the event started.

“We had a black version of this and then the floral version. And I was like, ‘I think I should just do the black version.’ And Riccardo’s like, ‘No come on you have to do the floral,'” she recalled, adding that the designer felt it better suited the occasion because she was pregnant with her daughter North West at the time. “Riccardo had said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman when she’s pregnant? You send her flowers.’ It was such a sweet message, how Riccardo described it. But I was so insecure, and I could never really speak up at that point ’cause I was so shy and just wanted to make everyone happy.”

Kim went on to note that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had previously told Riccardo that she preferred the floral version. Following the Met Gala, Kim was subjected to a tirade of criticism and Internet memes, with many comparing the look to upholstery or outfits worn by Robin Williams in 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

“I was crying, like, the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it. There were all these memes about me and this couch. I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire. It was like this whole thing, so I just cried,” the 39-year-old remembered.

Yet, Kim found great comfort in the reaction she received from The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

“I just remember (Mary-Kate and Ashley) came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves,” she smiled. “So, none of the critics mattered because the Olsen twins approved.”

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Anna Wintour approved Billy Porter’s extravagant Met Gala arrival

Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun Go…

Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.

In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun God ensemble created by The Blonds.

The show-stopping look featured a gold bejewelled catsuit that included huge 10-foot wings, an opulent 24-carat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewels by Andreoli, John Hardy, and Oscar Heyman.

Billy credited his stylist Sam Ratelle for coming up with the idea of being carried in by six men wearing gold headpieces and make-up, and he confessed he was initially sceptical that they would be allowed to do it until the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief stepped in.

“I didn’t have to do anything. My stylist did it. It was his idea to have that moment. That’s a big deal. Miss Anna Wintour said, ‘Yes,'” he told WWD. “My stylist had the idea and I was like, ‘Child, please, that ain’t gonna happen.’

“Two weeks later, he was like, ‘Girl! You’re getting carried in, darling, by six shirtless men…'” Billy laughed.

The 50-year-old worked on the outlandish Egyptian-themed creation with designers Phillipe and David Blond, who are the brains behind their luxury apparel brand The Blonds.

“Their clothes make me feel like a rock star and I’m about to do that s**t, too,” Billy teased. “Grandpa’s coming back to the music industry, y’all get ready.”

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Laverne Cox wears wigs to protect her natural hair

Laverne Cox loves wearing wigs so she can protect her natural hair and scalp.The Orange is the New Black star frequently wears wigs and weaves so she is aware that traction alopecia – hair loss caused by frequent pulling or friction against the hair – …

Laverne Cox loves wearing wigs so she can protect her natural hair and scalp.

The Orange is the New Black star frequently wears wigs and weaves so she is aware that traction alopecia – hair loss caused by frequent pulling or friction against the hair – can develop as a result, so she is always extra cautious when installing extensions and weaves, especially around her delicate hairline, and has loose cornrows underneath her wigs rather than tight braids.

“You want to make sure that under your weave, your hair is braided down – and not too tight,” she explained to InStyle. “When we’re braiding, we braid around (the perimeter) of the hair to really be protecting my edges as much as possible. With wigs, the rubbing of the lace is real, so sometimes changing the position of your wigs helps, also.”

The 47-year-old went completely natural with her hair back in 2011 after hair relaxers destroyed her locks and now goes by the mantra of less is more when it comes to haircare.

“I don’t wash my hair that much – I probably wash my hair every two weeks with the braids. And then depending on my schedule, ideally once a month, sometimes six weeks, I take my braids out. We wash, deep condition, sometimes do a hot oil treatment, and then we braid her back up,” she shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Laverne confessed that she loves “the drama” of wigs and has been inspired to try out different colours following her icy blue look at this year’s Met Gala.

“When (hairstylist) Kiyah (Wright) brought out that ice blue hair, I was like, ‘Yes.’ Then we started playing with colour after that. We did some silver, we did some pink hair, and I want to do more colour,” she added.

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Brooke Shields finally confident in her personal style choices

Brooke Shields finally feels confident in voicing her opinions on clothes and outfits.The model/actress has reflected on some of her memorable outfits from her lengthy Hollywood career in a new interview with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s finally …

Brooke Shields finally feels confident in voicing her opinions on clothes and outfits.

The model/actress has reflected on some of her memorable outfits from her lengthy Hollywood career in a new interview with Vogue.com, and revealed that she’s finally comfortable with having a view on what she wears.

“I think the biggest change in my style from then to now is that I don’t wear something if I don’t love it or feel good in it,” she shared. “It took a while for me to sort of get confident in having an opinion.”

Brooke went on to explain that one of her favourite looks is the navy blue Zac Posen dress she wore to the 2018 Met Gala.

“I was so happy it had pockets, even though I didn’t put anything in the pockets,” the 54-year-old laughed. “And I just felt really regal and beautiful, and appropriate. I wanted it to look really gorgeous, and Zac was just so lovely. I felt like a real star.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Brooke reflected on the outfit she wore to the 1992 premiere of Death Becomes Her, and noted how she had wanted to impress the film’s star, Meryl Streep.

“This was my slick hair, dark, dark red lip, big hoops, lots of crop tops. I was a huge fan of Meryl Streep’s. This was on the off chance I was going to get to meet her. I thought she’d like this outfit,” she smiled.

The Suddenly Susan star also discussed her 2003 Vogue cover, shot by Annie Leibowitz, in which she was heavily pregnant with her daughter Rowan.

However, Brooke confessed that it was “hard” being the second woman to be featured on the cover of a magazine while pregnant, after Demi Moore’s now-iconic cover for Vanity Fair back in 1991.

“It was hard being the second person to be photographed pregnant, because Demi had done it prior, and she had that whole unbelievable tuxedo look, so it was impossible to rival that,” the mother-of-two shared.

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Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awar…

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.

“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.

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Kim Kardashian does ‘everything’ to take care of her skin

Kim Kardashian does “everything” to try and keep her skin in tip-top condition.The reality star and beauty mogul told Vogue.com that is a big believer in a good skincare routine and that there’s no kind of facial treatment that she hasn’t tried. “I rea…

Kim Kardashian does “everything” to try and keep her skin in tip-top condition.

The reality star and beauty mogul told Vogue.com that is a big believer in a good skincare routine and that there’s no kind of facial treatment that she hasn’t tried.

“I really do believe in taking good care of your skin. And I mean laser facials, everything, you name it, I love participating in beauty treatments,” Kim shared, before adding that her favourite is an oxygen facial.

The KKW Beauty founder also takes care of her body and makes sure she stays in shape even while travelling.

“I love massages, all different kinds. If I’m really exhausted, if I’m travelling, I do see a chiropractor as well. I think that’s really important to get aligned and massaged. So I definitely take care of my body as well,” Kim explained.

Back in May, the mother-of-four stunned in a wet-look Mugler creation for the 2019 Met Gala and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star told Vogue that the optical illusion dress was her favourite-ever look.

“I just think it’s so well done and so different for me. I just think it was so well executed, there was so much work into it that I just loved how it turned out,” she gushed.

Elsewhere in the interview, she acknowledged that her style has changed throughout her career, but she’s still a “sucker for a ’90s trend”.

“I really like a winged liner more than I have in the past, I like a lip liner more defined than I have in the past. I don’t know if those specific changes are because I have gotten older or because it’s just on trend,” Kim added.

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Joan Collins dazzles in Valentino’s holiday campaign

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red…

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.

In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red lace dress, matching coat, and gloves, with the look topped off with diamond jewellery and a glittering tiara.

“Well, well, I see it’s not just the Champagne that’s flat,” she tells the guests, before one responds, “We have some tea if you’d like.”

Joan then fires back: “Darling, why don’t you leave the jokes to me.”

The Dynasty actress proceeds to kick off the party by having her assistant bring in boxes and bags full of Valentino goodies, before inviting the youngsters to dance with her in the living room.

“You know I enjoy my own company, as much as you do,” the 86-year-old states to the camera at the conclusion of the clip.

Joan has had a long relationship with Valentino, with creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli designing the white gown with feather trim that she wore to the 2019 Met Gala in May.

And in an interview for Vogue.com regarding her new campaign, the star noted that she still gets a thrill out of dressing up for events.

“Nobody dresses up anymore,” she mused. “If you do, then people stare at you, or make cutting remarks… well, maybe not cutting, but they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look at you! You’re all dressed up.’ I find that very sad, because it will be the end of women buying elegant clothes in stores. Everybody’s going to end up in jeans and T-shirts, which I think is tragic.”

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Cher recalls shock reaction to her first ‘naked dress’

Cher couldn’t believe people’s reactions when she first stepped out in a “naked dress”.In a new video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series, the superstar has broken down 22 of her most famous looks and costumes, with the ensembles extending from the ea…

Cher couldn’t believe people’s reactions when she first stepped out in a “naked dress”.

In a new video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series, the superstar has broken down 22 of her most famous looks and costumes, with the ensembles extending from the early 1960s until the present.

But while Cher has worn many rule-breaking outfits over the years, she pinpointed the nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim that she sported to the 1974 Met Gala and on the March 1975 cover of TIME magazine as one of her most provocative.

“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” she said. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”

Another one of Cher’s iconic outfits has to be the black beaded crop top and skirt, also by Mackie, which she donned when serving as a presenter at the Oscars in 1986.

“This was one of my favourite, favourite outfits. I came to Bob with an idea. I said, ‘I want to have a mohawk, and I want to do something that is not actually Indian, but I want it to be so over-the-top that it’s next week.’ He came back with this. The beautiful shawl was cashmere. I loved the whole thing,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I had the idea mostly because the Academy didn’t really like me. They hated the way I dressed, and I had young boyfriends and they thought I wasn’t serious. So, I came out and said, ‘As you can see, I got my handbook on how to dress like a serious actress.'”

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