The biggest fashion event of the year usually takes place on the first Monday of May but due to the ranging pandemic it was cancelled last year and postponed this year for the same reason. Leaving it to take place in the middle of fashion month with only a third of the amount of guests that usually attend. We’re of course talking about the Met Gala 2021.
The Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where stars, young creatives and industry paragons are invited. This year the Costume Institute will host a two-part exhibition on the theme American fashion. Part one, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021, and will remain on display when “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” opens on May 5, 2022 in the period rooms of the American Wing.
The theme for this year was “American Independence” which gave the attendees the ability to let their imagination roam free to interpret their founding fathers, Lady Liberty and all things red, white and blue. Even so, no look was like the other. We had Billie Eilish, a Marilyn Monroe vision in her blonde cropped hairdo and peachy tulle ballgown from Oscar de la Renta. Gemma Chan in a dragon-embroidered Prabal Gurunge dress that paid homage to Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American star of Hollywood’s golden era. We can’t talk about the Met Gala 2021 and not mention Kim K’s head to toe t-shirt dress from Balenciaga, covering every inch of her body. Was it beautiful? No. Did it make a statement? Yes. And isn’t that what America is all about? To embrace individuality, freedom of speech, religion and the list goes on. The red carpet was in a way a walking, fashionable, demonstration with statements. Both more discreetly through looks with a deeper meaning but also messages written directly on the clothes. Like Cara Delevinge in her power suit from Dior with the message “Peg the Patriarchy” and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies with “Tax the Rich” on her back.
Fashion is a language. It communicates who we are, how we feel and what we want to radiate. It’s the most complex language there is and only the ones who truly look beyond the clothes on the person’s back will be able to tell the story being told through an outfit. But of course, sometimes fashion is nothing more than just really beautiful pieces to look at, and we thank the yearly Met Gala for giving us both.
Coat from FILIPPA HÄGG. Sweater from TOTÊME. Trousers from ARKET. Shoes from COS. Stool from ZARA HOME. Vase from H&M HOME. Lip balm from AESOP. Candle from LE LABO.
Fall is approaching and we’re stocking up on all things cozy, especially candles and knits to keep us warm. Another fall favorite is the tailored wool trousers, preferably in a chocolate brown shade that matches perfectly with all shades of beige. We’d love to style our home in similar shades with wooden furniture and earthy decorations.
Coat from FILIPPA HÄGG. Knit from TOTÊME. Jeans from ARKET. Bag from CELINE. Loafers from PRADA. Perfume from SANA JARDIN.
A black wool coat is the backbone of every fall-winter wardrobe, an oversized silhouette makes it work for every occasion – dressed up or dressed down. For fall, we style the coat with other wardrobe staples like the loafer and a cozy knit.
Historically the black dress originates from the Victorians wardrobe as a sign of mourning (as Queen Victoria herself wore on for 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert). So the black dresses had been along for centuries long before Coco Chanel gave it a new meaning in the 1920’s. Coco Chanel created pieces that were simple and accessible for women of all social classes. She re-invented the concept of black dressing and turned it from a statement of sadness to a uniform of class, wealth and chicness.
The true turning point for when the LBD became a must have piece wasn’t until 1961 when Audry Hepburn wore it in the opening scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. As the character Holly Gollightly gracefully walked down 5th Avenue in her fabulous Hubert de Givenchy full length black dress all women everywhere fell in love and also wanted to be swept away by the power of the black dress.
The concept of the LBD is a black evening or cocktail dress with a simple cut. Intended to be a long-lasting and versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The LBD has taken on a variety of shapes and forms over the years but is still an essential to complete every woman’s wardrobe.
For a youthful modern look wear with it an oversized blazer and combat boots, or keep it classic with a pair of embellished pumps and a full length trench coat. It’s sexy, versatile and simple, a true fashion statement. The little black dress, one of fashion’s most iconic staples and will never go out of style.
In this fashionable interview series Wardrobe Diaries, Filippa Hägg deep dives into some of the world’s most inspiring closets. We get to know their fashion memories, secrets and favourites. Featuring imagery shot through their own lens. Wardrobe Diaries allows you to get a glimpse into their own fashion journey and relationship with clothes.
Known from her previous screen name NYC Bambi, Christie Tyler takes the concept of minimalism to another level. Throughout her personal style, interior and artistic photographs. With her refined and clean looks you could almost mistake her for a Scandinavian as her feed is filled with the beautiful color scheme of neutrals. Here, she talks with Filippa Hägg about her personal style, her ever first fashion memory and why being comfortable is the most stylish option.
FH: Christie, how would you best describe your style?
CT: I would describe my style as neutral, minimal, and simplistic. I try to keep my wardrobe as timeless as possible to keep it sustainable and effortless — I love looks that feel comfortable yet chic. Sticking to neutrals really helps me navigate that too. There is something about minimalism that I never get tired of.
FH: Your first fashion memory?
CT: My grandma was a seamstress and so she was really the first one to introduce me to sewing and making my own garments. I don’t do that anymore, but flipping through her old magazines whilst she sewed remains a keen memory of mine. My mom also always dresses up for date nights with my dad, and I loved waiting for her debut her look when I was a kid. I used to help her pick out accessories and jewelry. My family has always had a casual love for fashion and that has rubbed off on me…though I wouldn’t say my love is casual, it’s quite an infatuation at this point!
FH: An item with sentimental value you never use but will never get rid of?
CT: My grandfathers ring — it’s a big signet ring with a ruby but my fingers are small so it doesn’t fit well, and I would absolutely hate to lose it. It will forever be in my collection in remembrance of him.
FH: Your favourite fashion era?
CT: Definitely the 90s. Old Calvin Klein, Prada, and Gucci by Tom Ford are my favorite runway shows to watch. It was peak minimalism, simplicity, and there is something about fashion during that time that was so captivating and cool.
FH: What has been your biggest fashion faux pas?
CT: I think the beauty of fashion is that there really can’t be any faux pas. Unless it’s at the expense of someone or something else—like real fur or overly excessive fast fashion. But in terms of styling, there is not really much I look down upon. Everyone has their own style and uniqueness and I think that’s beautiful.
FH: Do you prefer new or vintage?
FH: What is your best tip in finding your own personal style?
CT: I think it’s truly about comfort. What you feel comfortable in, what shapes you feel confident in, what colors you like and make you feel your best…that’s how you find your personal style.
FH: One fashion item you can’t live without?
CT: Would have to be my vintage trench coat. Fall, spring, even layered in the winter — it’s my perfect go to for any look. Comfortable, chic, and practical!
Coat from FILIPPA HÄGG. Mini dress from FILIPPA HÄGG. Modernist Midcentury Wicker and Iron Chairsfrom 1STDIBS. Necklace from AGMESNYC. Lamp from 1STDIBS. Coffee jug from RWGUILD.
Oversized Coat from FILIPPA HÄGG. Tights from ARKET. Bag from THE ROW. Sneakers from CONVERSE.
We love a pair of yoga tights for busy days. With an oversized coat on top and a sleek-looking bag, the outfit becomes more sophisticated yet comfy. Match the sporty tights with equally sporty dad sneakers or the chic Converse “Chuck 70” sneakers that we’ve seen all over Instagram the past year.
Coat from FILIPPA HÄGG. T-shirt from ARKET. Trousers from THE ROW. Sneakers from NEW BALANCE. Bag from CELINE.
Getting back into the office this fall? No work wardrobe is complete without tailored trousers, the key to looking effortlessly put-together is to style them with more relaxed pieces, like a t-shirt and a sneaker. The oversized coat in fishbone grey has a structured look and reminds us of that perfect vintage menswear coat.