This Year's Met Gala May Be The Most Controversial Yet | Clozette


The Met Gala, officially known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, supposedly holds the purpose to be a black-tie extravaganza to raise money for the Costume Institute. The significance lies in the Institute housing over 35,000 costumes and accessories that represent seven centuries of 'fashion meeting art' and basically retells parts of history through fashion's perspective. 


A couple of the few celebs who followed last year's theme were Rihanna and Zendaya


However, through the years, the essence of the event itself started to take the backseat — and even a fine print to every story — as it has become a brag-show of its own, from the 'exclusive' guest list to the most buzz-worthy outfits that have nothing to do with the year's theme. Even "Queen of Met Gala" and one of this year's hosts Rihanna had a lot to say about it last year, shading those who seemed to have forgotten that the annual event actually has a theme and a message. The multi-hyphenated superstar shared her thoughts by liking a now deleted post that summarises the looks showcased at the event. 




(Photo from Twitter)


Celebrities and designers go neck-in-neck in producing what seemed to be glammed up Coachella outfits that aim to be the most viral on social media. Even personalities like Tina Fey and Demi Lovato openly expressed how they find the event snooty and clique-ish at the very least, making us think that the supposed benefit is nothing more than a 'high horse' affair.





And needless to say that even antics in the event's closed doors — like certain celebs being called out by the donors last year for turning the bathroom into just a few beer bottles shy of a spring break party — made the event earn its namesake of being one of the grandest yet probably the most scandalous events of all, too.  


This year is no exception. Knowing how touchy the subject of religion is, this year's event features the theme 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination'. 



To be fair, the theme was consulted and created in consideration of ecclesiastical pieces inspired by religion and liturgy, like pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, and so on. But this cross between faith and fashion is definitely a much-anticipated gathering not just for Anna Wintour's select invitees but also for curious minds and prying eyes that will look closely for any brow-raising scenarios given such a sensitive theme.




Anna Wintour's co-hosts this year are Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace


Given some celebrities' risque choices for pieces in the past, the culmination of the term 'Heavenly Bodies' in contrast with the overarching presence of 'Catholic Imagination' in the same sentence may prove to be just the kind of 'technicality' we need to expect some of the most notable looks from the event. 


Looking at the bigger picture, it might just be an attempt to actually bring back the dialogue of what the event truly is about, making the guests more cautious of their actions and fashion choices given such a powerful idea to work with. And we'd like to think it worked! Ahead, our favourite looks.


Blake Lively



Blake Lively looks ethereal in this Versace number, which — get this — took 600 hours to make. It's definitely worth it, though! She looks amazing.


Zendaya



Zendaya was like a modern-day Joan of Arc in this gunmetal ensemble. She was armed and ready for a fashion battle and arose victoriously.


Rihanna



We always expect Rihanna to deliver an outstanding look and she definitely did with this papal-ensemble-inspired outfit.


(Cover photo from: @voguemagazine)



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We're sure your summer to-do list is already packed with adventures and out-of-town trips. But might we interest you to squeeze in a little shopping, too? Match the memories you'll be making with outfits that are breathtaking. From having a quick smoothie run to lounging with your friends, this week, we put the spotlight on summer weekend vibes. For inspiration, enjoy these sizzling summer outfits put together by some of our favourite fashion mavens.


Boho Babe


(Photo from: blondaholik) 

Top: SOMETHING BORROWED Lace Trim Camisole Top, PHP649; Outerwear: ZALORA Long Printed Kimono, PHP1799; Shoes: ZALORA Embelished Slip-On Mule, PHP899


Elevate your everyday look by pairing a camisole with a robe. Think of it as the chicer sister of the pyjama trend. Whether you're having a casual day out or brunch with your girls, this look is effortlessly on-point.


Tropic Chick


(Photo from: Sheiladytiu)

Dress: ZALORA Wrap Ruffle Front Dress, PHP1169 Bag: ZALORA Basket Bag, PHP1299 Shoes: ZALORA Canvas Detail Sandals, PHP999


Summer's the season to wear anything and everything fun and bright. So go ahead and play with cheeky prints and flirty hems. Head to the beach or go poolside; no matter your destination, this flowy look will go with it well.

Green Queen


(Photo from: MandaOlivia)

Jumpsuit: ZALORA Kimono Sleeve Wrap Jumpsuit, PHP1799 Bag: ZALORA Large Easy Tote Bag, PHP1299

Shoes: ZALORA Cross Strap Sandals, PHP1299


There's something refreshing about the colour green. Pair the hue with an easy style that can go from day to night like this kimono-inspired jumpsuit and you're ready to paint the town all season-long.


Print Princess


(Photo from: suzanneooi)

Dress: SOMETHING BORROWED Fluted Dip Hem Midi Dress, Buy similar at PHP1995 Shoes: ZALORA Faux Leather Woven Slip-On Flats, Buy similar at PHP799 Bag: ZALORA Lock Flap Sling Bag, PHP1299


Throwing on a dress is the easiest way to look polished. But don't just settle for something simple. It's all in the details, and this piece definitely has some we can't get enough of. From the line art print to the ruffled hem, this dress is the perfect conversation piece for days at the museum or catching up with friends.



Blue Belle


(Photo from: Chessica)

Dress: SOMETHING BORROWED Striped Rib Tank Dress, PHP499 Bag: ZALORA Fringe Boxy Evening Bag, PHP449 Shoes: SOMETHING BORROWED Ribbon Slingback Heels, Buy Similar at PHP899


Comfort is key when it comes to dressing up during days when temperatures are high. But that doesn't mean you have to take your personal style for granted! Go for an easy dress in a cool hue for a good contrast with the heat. Fun little details like black piping or wearing a statement shoe or bag can jazz it up and give you the perfect simple but striking ensemble.


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Woohoo! The weekend is almost here. But we're not hopping off to our destinations just yet. As a bit of refresher and a little breather, we're indulging in the latest and hottest pieces of news today.


Manilacaba



Christian Louboutin has released bags that feature textiles from the Philippines such as T'Nalak and bear some Filipino culture-inspired design such as the jeepney and the word Makati. The bags are available for purchase online at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman but are currently sold out.


Manolo Blahnik boutique




From news about one shoe mogul to another, we're happy to share that Manolo Blahnik is opening a stand-alone store in Singapore, which will open this month. Watch out for it at Marina Bay Sands.


Rihanna's makeup tutorial



Rihanna's makeup tutorial for Vogue's Beauty Secrets series on YouTube has been making rounds on the internet, and we can't blame those sharing and watching it. Aside from the tips we got from Rih, we also may have been given a little peek into unreleased Fenty Beauty items. Did you catch those new Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duos?


It's all gold



Kat von D Beauty is releasing a gold-inspired collection for their 10th anniversary. Shop the lipstick above and more starting 5 May on their website.


(Cover photo from: neimanmarcus.com)


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