Carmen dell’Orifice, Marie Colvin and The Met Gala

Carmen dell Orifice for Peter Alexander

Carmen dell Orifice for Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander's Mother's Day catalogue

Peter Alexander’s Mother’s Day catalogue

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Carmen dell’Orifice, who I have featured on this blog before, has fronted Peter Alexander’s Mother’s Day campaign. She is a beautiful woman and at 82 is one of the world’s oldest working models. She is amazing in this shoot and brings just the right amount and balance of fun and sensuality. The sleepwear is pretty and feminine and I love the mix of prints, plains and lace. I think it’s important as you get older to keep buying lovely nightwear and underwear, it’s too easy to consider them unimportant items and not worth spending money on but they can make you feel wonderful which is the only excuse you need to buy them!

Marie Colvin the extraordinary journalist who first lost her eyeSri Lanka and then ultimately her life in Syria in 2012, was known for her collection of stunning La Perla and Myla underwear. In fact when her hotel room in East Timor was broken into and ransacked, the only thing stolen was all her underwear.  She reported from combat zones around the world and highlighted the plight of woman and children in areas of conflict.She spent weeks holed up in unspeakable conditions witnessing unspeakable horrors and she said she always felt better with beautiful underwear under her cargo pants and flak jacket. When she was attacked and injured while covering the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2001 and the media televised her evacuation and medical treatment she joked that at least she was wearing beautiful underwear when they cut her jacket off her on camera! I think we should take a leaf out of her book, there should never be a time when boring beige underwear takes preference over pretty coloured lace, even in war zones.

Marie Colvin image from Vanity Fair

Marie Colvin image from Vanity Fair

Victoria Secret on line

Victoria Secret on line

Victoria Secret on line

Victoria Secret on line

Victoria Secret on line

Victoria Secret on line

The Met Gala was held this week with the theme Punk . It was an unusual choice of theme but it ties in with an exhibit that has opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art entitled ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture . This spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols.

The Gala is probably one of the most important dates on the New York social calender and invitations are highly sought after. This year the gala was chaired by Richardo Tisci whose Givenchy Fall 13 collection has been described as punk inspired. It is a difficult theme for a ball and while some people tried to get into the spirit of it others did not even try. Anna Wintour, the doyen of fashion, wore a long pink and white floral column dress by Chanel that had nothing whatsoever to do with punk.  The following photo’s are of people who interpreted the punk theme in their own way. Unless stated all the images are from the Cut magazine website.

Sarah Jessica Parker in dress by Giles Deacon and hat by Phillip Treacy image from vogue.co.uk

Sarah Jessica Parker in dress by Giles Deacon and mohawk hat by Phillip Treacy image from vogue.co.uk

Sarah Jessica Parker in Glies Deacon

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon

Joley Richardson, Daisy Bevan and Vanessa Redgrave image from The Cut

Joley Richardson, Daisy Bevan and Vanessa Redgrave

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi

Vivienne Westwood in her own design

Vivienne Westwood in her own design

Greta Gerwig in Saint Laurent

Greta Gerwig in Saint Laurent

Dee and Tommy Hilfiger in Tommy Hilfiger

Dee and Tommy Hilfiger in Tommy Hilfiger

Liya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti

Liya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti

Stacy Keibler in Rachel Roy

Stacy Keibler in Rachel Roy

Sienna Miller in Burberry

Sienna Miller in Burberry

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy

Leelee Sobieski in Dior Couture

Leelee Sobieski in Dior Couture

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

Madonna in Givenchy

Madonna in Givenchy

Lauren Santo Domingo in Dolce and Gabbana

Lauren Santo Domingo in Dolce and Gabbana

Eve

Eve

Ashley Greene in Marchesa

Ashley Greene in Marchesa

Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes

Florence Welch in Givenchy

Florence Welch in Givenchy

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabbana

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabbana

Doutzen Kroes in Theyskens Theory

Doutzen Kroes in Theyskens Theory

Donatella Versace in Versace

Donatella Versace in Versace

Blake Lively in Gucci

Blake Lively in Gucci

Hilary Rhoda in Wes Gordon

Hilary Rhoda in Wes Gordon

Kerry Washington and Vera Wang

Kerry Washington and Vera Wang

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Marion Cotillard in Dior

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