Recently, an event took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which benefits the Met’s Costume Institute. It is also the opening event for the institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year of the gala has a theme and this year was, “Charles James, Beyond Fashion”. Charles James is well known in the fashion industry for his approach to design through sculpture.
With the Met Gala, comes a red carpet that rivals any West Coast event. Some fashion looks on the Met Gala’s red carpet were classic and some were more “artistic”. At the top of the list of fashionable couples are Beyonce and Jay Z. Beyonce looked glamorous in her sheer Givenchy couture gown that was a throw-back to a look from the 1970’s Motown Era. The sheer beaded panels of her dress showed her figure, but covered what needed to be. Also, the vintage head netting and dark maroon lips added just the right touch. Beyonce’s husband Jay Z looked dashing in his James Bond style white tuxedo jacket and black trousers.
Many times each month, celebrities get dressed up to walk the red carpet for a lot of different events. Some celebrities choose fashion that is trendy, some dress classic, and some you are not quite sure why they chose what they are wearing.
For the month of April, there were a few outfits that caught my attention. First, is Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgart, both starring in the movie Divergent, who were seen posing together at the MTV Movie Awards that were held on April 13th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Shailene definitely has her “gladiator” on with this outfit. Her pleated olive leather skirt with the high-waisted, gold-trimmed belt accentuates her long legs and black strappy, ankle-high sandals. Shailene’s long sleeve, knotted matching leather top compliments the bottom half perfectly. Ansel Elgart airs on the conservative side with his all black ensemble, but keeps it interesting with a tonal, micro-pattern blazer, skinny trousers, and a great pair of black leather monk strap boots with decorative buckles.
This week’s celebrity street style includes a few outfits that made the cut and a few that did not. Sometimes, something that may look good on a hanger should stay there and sometimes just one wrong choice can move a look from a great style to a bad one.
The first to make it to the A list is Actor Andrew Garfield, who was spotted on the streets of Berlin, wearing Burberry. Andrew is rocking the chocolate brown suit and mixing in a crisp white button-down shirt, topped with a double-breasted, tan trench coat with shoulder epaulets and a turned up collar. (more…)
Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?
The idea of a man wearing an engagement ring to express his commitment to his fiancé is not a new one, but over the years it has not been a very popular trend. However, this year, some celebrities have brought it back in a big way.
One trend-setting guy who was spotted with a “man-gagement” ring recently on his left ring finger is Johnny Depp. His rather substantially large round diamond solitaire is flanked by graduating diamonds down the shank of the ring and is a nice compliment to Johnny’s fiancé Amber Heard’s sparkling solitaire that is in a slightly more feminine setting.
Another couple who has jumped on board with the “man-gagament” ring trend is Singer Jennifer Hudson and her Wrestler fiancé David Otunga. His commitment ring is a band style ring with raised geometric squares and inset diamonds in between each square and along the profile. It is a modern design by one of the top ring designers, Neil Lane. It has both sparkle and unique interest all in one package.
Considering that engagements can be quite lengthy sometimes and both parties may enjoy professing their love and commitment for each other, the idea of a “man-gagement” ring seems like less of an oddity. Also, in breaking with tradition, the usual engagement ring recipient may really enjoy being able to show their love for their “spouse-to-be” with the gift of a ring in return. Most people may not have the finances to buy a 5 carat diamond set in Platinum that celebrities like Johnny Depp and David Otunga may be wearing, but there are simpler band styles made out of white gold, sterling silver, and stainless steel that may fit the bill.
Concierge has connections to limousine rental services so that you can enjoy the luxury and prestige of arriving in style at any event without dealing with the hassles. The most popular events for limousines are weddings, concerts, proms, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries. But limos are fun no matter what the occasion.
Before you contact us to order your luxury limousine rental, you might want to do a little homework. You want to consider how many people will be with you, how long you need the limo and how far you’ll be going. Rates are usually determined by the hour, so by carefully planning, you can have a pretty good idea of what the limo will cost. You also want to get the right limo—not too small and not too large. Your guests should be comfortable, not crammed in the limo like sardines.
The most common limousines are Lincoln Town Cars, but some companies have Mercedes and specialty vehicles too. A 12 passenger limo will comfortably hold up to ten passengers. Similarly, six, eight and ten passenger limos will hold four, six and eight passengers respectively. If you’re taking your entire posse with you, you’ll want a larger limo, like an Escalade or Navigator. If there are twenty people in your party, a Hummer is probably the best solution. From there, you’ll need a limousine bus. Classic cars, like Rolls Royces, are also available for smaller parties.
Don’t pick the cheapest deal you can find. You get what you pay for, so make sure you’re getting what you need. Ask if the limo has music or if you need to bring your own mix CD or MP3 player. Make sure the limo has enough room for a couple extra guests, just in case you run into some extra friends. Make a budget and stick to it. We can recommend the best companies and the best limo for your needs.
If you plan to drink during the ride, bring along some ice, mixers and the beverage of your choice. Tell the driver where you want to stop and how long you’ll be at each stop.
The best way to deal with the whole limousine rental process is to let VIP Concierge handle the details. You tell us what you need, what you want and when you want it. We’ll take care of the rest. Because we have a long-established record of dealing with limousine rental services, and we can get you the best deal possible. Look at it this way. You hired a florist to handle the floral arrangements for your wedding, so why not hire a professional to set up your limousine needs? It’s important to reserve your limo early for the best selection, especially if you’re planning to celebrate during the busy season, like graduation, Christmas or Valentine’s Day.
Showing up in a limousine to important events is the best way to show that you’ve not only made it, you have arrived. You can be sure that by setting up your limousine rental service through VIP Concierge, you’ll get the best deal and have the best experience.
Melanie Massey works in the luxury entertainment industry and writes about luxury limousine rental.
One shining “fashion spotlight that we all look forward to in the dead of winter is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC. The city buzzes with excitement as veteran and emerging designers put forth their creations for Spring/Summer 2014. From February 6th to the 13th this fashion week’s schedule is packed with designer shows that highlight their efforts over the past year for the up and coming season.
Even though is seems that women’s fashion is the focus for most designers in this Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show, there are several menswear designers on the scene. For example, Libertine is a brand that was created by Johnson Hartig in 2000 and has revolutionized the use of graphic art in traditional clothing. The first runway photo is noted for its unusual subject matter of heads that are boldly distributed over his grey sports jacket and tan trousers. This particular look reminds me of a post card that has been stamped several times over and may be too “graphic” for most tastes.
The second design by Libertine for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a multi-colored, simulation of patterns that looks more like he is wearing a suit made from a piñata! The explosions of colors and patterns would definitely be an attention-getter.
Another men’s designer who caught my eye is Ricardo Seco. He was originally a businessman from Mexico, who’s love of fashion made him a self taught designer who is revered for his clean, unique style. One of my favorite looks is this black and white color-blocked leather jacket with the wide lapels that is paired with a black and grey layered t-shirt and casual tie-waist black trousers. This design by Seco is a very wearable and timeless look. The pants though are less than amazing – perhaps he should look to Edwin Jeans for some inspiration?
Ricardo Seco’s version of graphic design is much simpler with this long men’s tank top with the grey “swimming fish”. It looks great with the fuller leg pants, but I am not so sold on the sleeveless leather baseball jacket. Pair them with some Redwing Boots though and maybe you could pull off a deconstructed military look!