Uni | Met Gala 2019

The first Monday in May is the annual MET Gala in which brings fashion, film and music altogether for one very special event. And so this morning we woke up to floods of  photos all over our Instagram feeds, showcasing the best and worst looks of 2019

This year’s theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ and so I really expected to see the most extravagant, flamboyant and adventurous costumes to ever grace the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts. Some looks were absolutely stunning but didn’t fit the theme all that well, some absolutely killed theme and others should have just stayed at home.

I absolutely loved seeing everyone share their favourite looks and opinions, and so I thought I would do a blog post analysing a few of the looks and share my thoughts on whether it was camp or needed a revamp.

CAMP – Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell

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CAMP – Kim Kardashian West wearing custom Manfred Thierry Mugler

This just made the camp mark. I think her make up was quite dramatic for her for some who normally likes a more natural look, and the emphasis on her body shape was over the top and quite extra.

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REVAMP – Katy Perry wearing Moschino

What was camp about this I do not know, definitely more lamp vibes Katy.

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CAMP – Bella Hadid wearing Moschino

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CAMP – Harry Styles wearing Gucci

I feel like Harry was one of the only heterosexual guys to rock this theme well.

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CAMP – Serena Williams wearing Versace

It was bright, it was beautiful and it was bold.

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CAMP – Kylie and Kendall Jenner wearing Versace

I feel like they could have done better, but they still were fierce and fabulous.

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CAMP – Charli XCX wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

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REVAMP – Frank Ocean wearing Prada

I was very disappointed in Frank Ocean, but I feel like he was trying to make a point that camp doesn’t have to be all bright colours and dramatic costumes.

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CAMP – Naomi Campbell wearing Valentino Haute Couture

I mean what can’t Naomi Campbell do?

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CAMP – Ciara wearing Dundas

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REVAMP – Mary Kate and Ashely Olsen wearing vintage Chanel

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REVAMP – Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth wearing Saint Laurent

I mean there was just zero effort made here.

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REVAMP – Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Chloe

Beautiful, absolutely stunning. This is one of my favourite looks actually, but its just not camp.

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CAMP – Emily Ratajkowski wearing Dundas

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CAMP – Dua Lipa wearing Versace

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CAMP – Jeremy Scott and Sarah Paulson wearing Moschino

I mean we all knew Jeremy Scott would serve, he’s one of my favourite designers and I love how he always shows an element of his personality in his looks. As a couple they killed it.

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CAMP – Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner wearing Versace

As a couple I think they were one of the best, I like Travis’ twist on the word camp and how he gave it a military meaning, however it was very similar to his MET Gala look last year.

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What look do you think killed the camp theme? And What do you think the theme should be next year?

Comment below.

Love always

AHVBX

Uni | It’s Just The Beginning For Glossier – Space

Glossier is a brand that I first heard about late last year after starting my fashion course, what really fascinated me about the digital beauty brand was it’s retail revelation, and so since then I have always kept up with everything surrounding them.

‘Experience is at the forefront of Glossier’s operations and this strongly appeals to the modern day shopper’ says Bouncepad, and whilst in New York in January I got to see this for myself.  It’s crazy to think that a retail store was on our bucket list whilst in New York, but its true, somewhere in-between The Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building was Glossier.

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CEO Emily Weiss revealed “We’re not focused on selling you stuff, we don’t have people working on commission. when you’re in such a transactional time – a time of Amazon having engineers working on cross-selling and up-selling and better and better algorithms to get you to buy stuff – its really important to create spaces and experiences that help you feel things’ and this is something Glossier do really well. Personally I really enjoyed the experience, it felt like a cool hang out place somewhere you could go and just spend the whole day with friends. We was in there for a few hours ourselves, taking photos for the gram, trying out products in the wet bar and talking to the lovely ladies who worked there. The staff, who are called ‘offline editors’ are the most approachable and friendly people I’ve ever met, and really made you feel like you were discussing beauty products with your bestie. And it is all these elements that are becoming the three c’s of the digital era: community, conversation and content.

But I didn’t come on here to discuss the New York store, because let’s be honest that’s old Glossier news, I want to discuss their brand new pop-up in Miami and their plans to expand.

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I first saw of the new pop-up on Glossier’s official Instagram page, and what really caught my attention was the collaboration between the brand and multidisciplinary artist and mental health advocate Jacquie Comrie. I was intrigued to know more about the collaboration and how mental health would be incorporated. From my research I have discovered that the store is based around the concept of a mental reset, whilst staying true to the heart and soul of Miami with a ray of pastel colours, tropical arrangements and lots of greenery. The store also has made sure to fit in plenty of mirrors that are emblazoned with Glossier’s logo and self-confidence affirmations such as “You look good” to encourage positive thinking and positive body image.

Glossier are also supporting the community by releasing limited edition Glossier Miami keychains, in which $5 worth of proceeds from each one will be donated to Lambda Legal, who are a legal defence organisations for the LGBTQ community and those with HIV.

I love what Glossier are doing as a brand to be innovative and disruptive, and I think it is really shaking up the beauty industry. They are really bringing back that fun and creative element to the industry that we were slowly starting to lose. I think this really is the beginning for Glossier and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

What innovative beauty brands are you loving atm?

Love always

AHVB X

 

Uni | Reading Week Book Review

For my reading week this week I spent most of my days with my head buried in ‘The Tipping Point’ by Malcolm Gladwell. This best-seller was a fascinating read for me, and this really surprised me as it wasn’t the typical book I would go for but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a lot of insight throughout the book relating to marketing which was very eye opening, and is great for my course. 

To sum it up Malcolm Gladwell explores the idea that little changes can have big effects, and how when a small number of people start doing something new or different, that behaviour can ripple and in turn can create a tipping point. Within the book we are  introduced to the three key principles within the concept of epidemics. 

Principle one is ‘The Law is the Few’ which looks at three personality types – Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen. Principle two is ‘The Sickness Factor’ which explores why some people catch an idea and spread it, whilst other ideas aren’t caught at all. Then lastly the third principle is ‘The Power of Context’ which analyses the sensitivity of some epidemics to certain circumstances and conditions like time, space and place. 

For me the book is a study of human behaviour within a range of scenarios and that I found to be very interesting. I feel that by the end of the book I was given a whole new view on the world we live in, and was able to clearly see how these principles work and make sense within my generation. This was especially evident when looking at the three personality types, in particular the maven’s , who of our time are the bloggers, Youtubers and Instagram influencers. It was crazy to sit and think of the role I play within the concept and the effect I have as a person in the development of new ideas, products and trends. After a while I did find the book to be quite repetitive, and would have been an easier read if the book with narrowed down to the main points. I will definitely be keeping this book to return to for insights throughout my studies, and would highly recommend as a great read.

Love always

AHVB X

Travel | In New York – Day One

I’ve just landed back into the UK from what was an amazing week in New York City, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all what I was upto while I was there. I did attempt to vlog my trip, however I did struggle to find the balance between vlogging and living in the moment and so I did eventually give up. However each evening I documented my day in the notes of my iPhone and decided to put them into daily post for you guys. 

Day one 

So I arrived in New York at 1pm today and got to our hotel at around 3pm. After settling into the hotel after about an hour, the girls and I decided to start planning out what we wanted to do for our first day, we all had done a New York bucket list but hadn’t actually planned anything before arriving. We all had on our bucket list to see a NBA game, and after doing some research the only NBA game on the week we were here was Brooklyn Nets Vs Boston Celtics, and that was on tonight. After debating on what to do we decided to quickly get ready, grab some food and head to the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn to try and get some tickets for the game. 

I was a little nervous heading out just us 3 girls at night in such a big city, however the excitement of the adventure ahead took over. For our dinner on our first night we went to Bareburger, which ended up being one of our favourite spots in Nee York. I had an all American cheeseburger with a sunny side egg, avocado and dill pickles inside with a strawberry lemonade. The burger was absolutely unreal and was exactly what I needed after such a long flight, the portion wasn’t overly massive as I had been told about but was very filling and was worth the price. The staff were incredible friendly and so helpful and really made the experience even more enjoyable. 

After such a lovely dinner we decided to get an Uber to the Barclays Centre, it was way too far to walk and we hadn’t quite figured out the subway yet, and with little time an Uber was our only option. On our way we crossed the Brooklyn bridge and it really sunk in that we was actually in New York. We managed to grab some tickets from the box office and there we were at our very first NBA game. 

Firstly I want to say everyone needs to go to a NBA game once in their life. It really is a whole experience, from the food stalls to the game itself and the entertainment during the breaks. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the cheerleaders, as well as the entertainment from the hype team and the kiss cam. I also never knew that they played music during the game and that I loved. Me and the girls enjoyed a little sing along and boogey in our seats to a few of the songs. We also saw designer Steve Madden, rappers ASAP Ferg and Joey Badass at the game too which was quite exciting.

After the game we headed back to the hotel, we did initially try to get the Subway but decided to get off after hearing an announcement for the NYPD to be called to a situation. I really wasn’t trying to get into any situations on my first night and so we got another Uber back.

Day two will be posted later on tonight, look out for the time on my Instagram story.

Love always

AHVB X