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I must admit I was never too excited about watching any of the Oceans trilogy but this spin-off  is definitely on my must-see list for this year.  An all-female cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, will be this summer’s chick-flick full of bad ass girl attitude with lots and lots of fashion.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the late Danny Ocean´s sister, who plans a highly sophisticated heist of the Met Gala in New York City after being paroled from prison.

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All eight very different women are characterised by costume designer Sarah Edwards, who dresses these Hollywood heavyweights and other 300 extras in couture and designer dresses. Edwards recently said at an interview that in order to look real they had to have access to authentic designer gowns.

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We will see characters dressed in Valentino, Givenchy, Prada, D&G and lots more.

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It´s the everyday uniforms of these eight women which underlie their personalities, such as Debbie Ocean herself who wears quite clean cut and sombre coloured garments whoops trying to go unnoticed after planning the heist in prison.  Meanwhile, Rihanna´s Rastafarian look with oversized clothes dresses the computer hacks she plays.

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A full combination of highly trendy looks with a great cast just cannot be missed.

Oceans 8 will be released at cinemas from June 5th.  Can’t wait!

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I remember several months ago looking though my friend´s facebook images and being captivated by one of his posts seen above. It was the late Iraki-born British architect Zaha Hadid´s design of Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan. I kept it in my reading list so I could do some more research on this fascinating artist but never got back to it until this weekend.

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Only last Friday, the new Morpheus hotel was unveiled in the southern Chinese city of Macau, in the heart of The City of Dreams resort. This wonderful architectural piece was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and according to them, the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”. As well as its unique appearance, the exoskeleton also allows for flexible interior spaces uninterrupted by columns.

morpheus closupVoids carved into the rectangular block form windows that frame views of the city in a design that was, according to the architects, informed by traditional Chinese jade carving techniques that produce fluid forms from hard minerals.

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Twelve glass elevators run through the Morpheus, giving guests panoramic views of the hotel’s sculptural interiors and Macau spreading out below.

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The building rises to a height of 160 m and takes the form of two towers connected at multiple points.  It is also supported by internal concrete cores that provide additional stability, allowing it to stand up to typhoons and seismic activity.

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A dozen glass elevators move people around and multiple bridges provide choice locations for the hotel’s restaurants, bars and guest lounges.

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Another project which was officially completed earlier in March in New York city was a residential building with steel bands and rounded glass corners. It is named after its address in Chelsea, 520 West 28th Street. It is an 11-storey structure that includes 39 private residences and a number of luxury amenities.

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The building is wrapped in metallic ridges that join across the facade, and jut out from the floor plates to form balconies and terraces with rounded edges. Large floor-to-ceiling windows curve around the corners of the apartments, mirroring glass balustrades.

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The outdoor area is populated with tables and chairs and a stepped design that serves as a water fountain.

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The feature incorporates a glass panel that acts like a skylight for the private swimming pool directly underneath. The 23-metre subterranean lap pool is one of several amenities available to residents, along with an IMAX theatre and a gym.

These and other interior spaces share a futuristic appearance. An entryway has a grey wall with a texture that looks rather extraterrestrial, while planting provides accents for the otherwise monochromatic palette.

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As you may know by now, I can´t get enough of images portraying movement.  For me, it brings the image to life and even though colour mesmerises me, form always beats it.   Here are some shots of some of my favourite dance photographers around.

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Some photographers, like the one above, use simple props to trace the dancer´s movements. This one from Alexander Yakolev, who uses sand as a medium for emphasis, has to be one of the best from this compilation.

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Another prop such as light, is used by Eric Paré which leaves a mark around the dancer illuminating the moves against the dark backgrounds.

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All these images are taken in mid-motion which shows how gracefully the fabric and body move as if the caption is enough to enjoy the dance in a single shot. Such as Ken Browar or Deborah Ory in the image below.

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Or Lois Greenfield and his swerving fabric delicately dancing around.

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Or the repetition of captions put together to show a story-board like image of the dancer as Jan Masny did in the image below.

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Even though I was caught by the free flowing fabric in these former images, I was also captivated by the following images which also convey movement in a more sculptural way by the dancers´ body postures. These below are by Vadim Stein.

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Or this posture in a form X, which in some way is painful to watch from Jordan Matter, but would look so cool as poster with the bright colours background.

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Check out other dance photographers here in mymodernmet.com

Thank for reading.. til next time;)

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After a little bit of thought, I have finally decided to write this post as I was caught in two whether I would end up contradicting myself.

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So, the question is? Was the dress stunning as they make it out to be? I think the word `stunning´ here is overrated as it was nothing special. Let’s be honest. A white silk long-sleeved dress with a boat neck. That’s it. Nothing more to it, and I must agree with Katy Perry’s recent statement, `It needed another fitting´ as she so correctly put it. It hung loosely on the front part without giving it much structure to the chest or waist and we all know she has a cute tiny figure to flaunt, so why have a saggy/creased look on your big day?

On the positive side ( because there is one), her make-up and hair looked so natural it was perfect.  She’s got beautiful features and her olive skin shone wonderfully without having to masquerade it under lots of make-up.

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The veil was definitely the highlight.  Apart from trailing beautifully with the dress so delicately (as veils usually do), it was very clever to have had all the flowers embroidered onto the veil by all 53 countries in the Commonwealth. A true act of uniting people from all backgrounds and rights together.

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Now for the evening gown, I truly have nothing negative to say.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Simplicity was also key and this Stella McCartney´s Ivory halter neck gown gave her the glamorous look she suits best in.  In comparison to Kate´s evening gown in 2011, which was very princess-like with the nipped in waist and sweetheart neckline, Meghan´s was modern, sexy and ideal for this American sweetheart.

 

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After taking notes on which features will be in vogue in the following seasons, this particular designer caught my eye.  His name is Rok Hwang and he is said to be major in the next few months.

Seeing that deconstructed garments are hot on the catwalk, this fella will be king of deconstruction as he gets inspirations by taking apart second-hand clothes he finds in flea-markets and car-boot sales in London and Belgium and rethinks how to make it his own.

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Apart from putting together his own idea of aesthetics into the garment, we can see he’s included key elements which are coming to stay, such as, utilitarian features with front pockets and loose-hanging straps.

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Silky exaggerated blouses with front bow as we can see in this camel coloured blouse above. And as you may have seen he also uses lots of buttons, which in his eyes, allows garments to be opened and transformed giving it a different movement to them.

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In the garment above, a double sleeve is hidden with a layer that can be pushed up with a casual effect, but without compromising warmth.

Rokh has worked for Céline and Louis Vuitton and has mastered luxury items.  He is also one of the nine finalists for the LVMH prize on June 6th, with an intimidating panel including Karl Lagerfeld and Nicholas Ghesquière. So watch this space if he gets his hands on the 300k prize and hopefully see him at next year´s London Fashion Week.

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If you’ve never heard of this London-born Chinese-Vietnamese CSM grad student, you will from now on.  His name is A Sai Ta. He launched his brand Asai in February 2017 with Fashion East and here is some of his work. He describes his work as `Exploring the nuances of British-Chinese-Vietnamese cultural heritage as a first-generation Londoner´ using his interlocking-embroidery technique which gives all his garments a magnificent edgy flow to them.  The dress in the image above is from his SS 17 collection so as the more sombre-coloured dress in the image below.  Either one of them would certainly be fascinating to watch down the catwalk.

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Neither one of his Spring/ Summer and Autumn Winter 18 collections have failed to surprise as we can still see lots of movement in skirts and dresses, such as in his metal chain dress below.  And we even caught a glimpse of cycling pants styled with his delicate denim-like bomber jacket, which I think is absolutely gorgeous. Don’t miss out on the the nunchaku handbag neither.

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And as for his A/W 18 collection I mentioned earlier, this too wowed fans with vibrant colours, such as this furry sun-yellow parka or his marble-like effect all-one suit (including extra-long leg warmers).

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And I cannot end without mentioning the cowboy-influenced detailing in his pieces such as these rolled-up jeans or use of patchwork in his denim pants, without forgetting his fringing at the bottom.  Fringes never looked so god damn cool!

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Ever lost your favourite sunnies? If so, this summer’s staple will avoid that happening once again. Sunglasses Chains are coming back strong in the next few months and these vintage 90´s Chanel version are selling out like hot cakes in Etsy for a staggering $1,700.

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unknownThis pair have been seen on celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and most recently on Bella Hadid.

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I, however, prefer these more delicate versions from Chloé which accessorise specs lightly without overpowering the face. Both sunglasses chains are available on Net-a-Porter for $195.

 

Designer, Virgil Abloh, also jazzed up his version for a more sporty finish with this sunglasses strap, $120 at Ssense.

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When I came across Connecticut´s prop stylist and designer Kristen Meyer´s work, I was mesmerised.  Her meticulous pieces are constructed by organic gatherings she collects and represents them in precise circles or squares.

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Among the natural materials, she uses everything from stones, pebbles, shells to flowers, food and even biscuits.

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Her precise geometric designs are compounded carefully into harmonious images working with colour and texture.

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You can find more of Meyer´s incredible work here on instagram or shop prints of her images on her website Salvage Design.

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Click here to watch a quick video of the making of one of her designs.

Images taken from My Modern Met.com

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Last weekend, we said goodbye to one of the greatest bag designers of all time, Judith Leiber.

Her oh so cute yet very expensive bags are memories of her fun creations and these will be truly missed. Famous for turning food and luxurious items into these sparkling accessories is something I always enjoyed looking at.

Here are some of her little treasures, which suits everyone’s tastes. These are fab for the sweet-tooth girl in you…

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Or for the more glamorous side in you, this lipstick clutch can only be described as hot and sexy.

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One of her last collaborations was with Alexander Wang when she created the $100 rolled note bag which was seen in Wang´s S/S 18 runway and below worn by Beyoncé.

 

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Check out more about Judith Leiber and her exclusive bags in JudithLeiber.com

 

Lately, I’ve been doing my research in the history of fashion and part of it I´ve done it by watching documentaries on designers.  I’ve loved each and every one of them, but the one that moved me the most was the story about Alexander McQueen.

So, when I heard about the new documentary on the designer, McQueen, I was jumping with excitement.

This great artist, as troubled as he was, really had a true talent on wowing the audience.  His legend will live forever and hope this upcoming film will show many viewers like me the value of his work.

Check out the full article in Vogue UK