Camp at the Met Gala

Camp

Camp is the the theme for this year’s Met Gala, the fundraising fest for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City, held yesterday May 6th. As we all know the Met Gala is one of the most important red-carpet events of the year. It’s also the place were celebs take fashion the most serious, because the party is hosted by Anna Wintour. This evening is also the opening night for the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition: “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (opens on May 9, 2019 but more on that later on this blog)
What is Camp?

“Camp is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.”

More is More

Above a quote from Wikipedia, we, at Mimi Berlin, like to make it easy on ourselves, but we will give an example which we came up with. Joan Collins, she is the embodiment of Camp. For those who don’t know her; she is an actress born in 1933(!), who became the Queen of Camp playing Alexis Carringon in the 80s soap-opera Dynasty.

We picked our favorite outfits or most suitably camp from eonline.com. They are (Getty) images (for the Met Museum/Vogue)

Comfort Zones

Joan Collins’ outfit is also the best example of (Old-School) Camp. Wearing an age-apropriate glittery Tiara ànd a big ruffled romantic (wedding) dress with feathers is camp. What sets Ms Collins apart, is her awareness of the fact that she’s perceived as camp and she’s having fun with it on a high level. We are not sure if Nickie Minaj knows that she’s (New-School) camp, but that actually really doesn’t matter, she probably does and she is. That makes her one of the best-dressed women of this gala, according to us at Mimi Berlin. Donatella Versace is old enough to know that she doesn’t need to dress far away from her own taste. She added ‘Divine‘ to her outfit, a witty hommage to the late and famous Drag Queen we suppose. Naomi and Lizzo look very comfortable in their outfits, which are very lovely detailed and Campy indeed.

Fashionable Drag

Model Doutzen Kroes, actresses Elizabeth Debicki and Hailee Steinfeld were glad that bows and ruffles are all the rage right now. Their outfits are very fashionable and come with the “camp-part” for free, but they don’t look really at ease, don’t you think? But these dresses look very pretty on them! Well, they are beautiful dresses and women!

Costume Party

The major part of the celebs on the pink carpet were far too dressed up. We aren’t going to upload images ’cause they aren’t favorites of us. Look them up online if you haven’t seen them yet. We guess RuPaul just needs to be noticed, so he put on a clowns suit. Kendall Jenner dressed as a showgirl, which is more drag and not camp at all, in our opinion. We like the fact that Gwen Stefani is channeling Liberace, but she too looked far to “dressed up”. We didn’t get the campiness of Cardi B’s outfit at all, can somebody please explain? Well our list goes on, but we won’t bother you with that.

Below a two and a half our video by Now This News on YouTube, it’s a live stream of the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet Arrivals. We haven’t seen it yet, but maybe you have the stamina to watch it?!

Margot van Huijkelom at The Grand Amsterdam

Margot van Huijkelom

Margot Huijkelom is an artist with a background in fashion, she’s based in France; to be exact in Barbizon. She was born, raised and educated in the Netherlands, so you could say that she came back to her roots with this exhibition at The Grand Hotel in Amsterdam.

We, at Mimi Berlin, met Margot the other day to have a look at her most recent works. Ms Huijkelom was so kind to take us on a tour around the ground floor, where the walls are covered with her paintings and illustrations.

Fashion Illustrator

Margot’s career has been a divers one, within the bounderies of fashion. She made illustrations, for Vogue Japan, L’officiel and numerous other glossy magazines. She sat next to the haute-couture runways for Le Monde and she has had her work published in several books, she also worked as the art-director for Gerbe in Paris. (more on that later on this blog, promised!) Next to this commisioned work she found out that she could fulfill more of her creative inspirations by painting. As mentioned above; she is based in Barbizon and that’s where she has an atelier where she creates ‘free work’, mostly on canvas made with natural pigments. These works are also on show at The Grand.

On exhibit at the Grand

Huijkelom’s exhibition will run through to the end of August 2019 so you have plenty of time to take a stroll through the hallways of the hotel and enjoy her work for yourself. @margot_van_huijkelom
And here’s a link to The Grand, Amsterdam.

See more about fashion Illustrations and illustrators here on Mimi Berlin’s Blog

Window Shopping with Mimi Berlin in Milan during Designweek 2019

Window Shopping Fashionfix

Window shopping in Milan is one of Mimi’s greatest pleasures. This week is all about furniture and industrial design ’cause it’s Milan Design Week #mdw19, but we do need our fashionfix so we took a stroll along the shop windows of the high-end fashion brands in the area around the Via Montenapoleone. Below some pictures we made for y’all, who don’t have the time to go shopping for fashion design.

From Industrial to Discotheque to Safari

From the top of our heads (and thus in a nutshell) we could not help but spot the following ‘trends’. ‘Discotheque’ with neon colors, hologram, shine and glitter in silver, gold and bright colors. ‘Industrial’ with neon lights, concrete, silver detailing and transparency or plastic. On the ‘Safari’ side of the ‘shop-window-spectrum’ in Milan: animals, in particular the giraffe, monkeys and birds. Furthermore we’ve seen some tie-dye, at Prada and Stella McCartney only, and of course the color pink in all kinds of romantic shades.

Pink

Shop windows with a very romantic and girlie vibe, in pink: from pastel to shocking. Pink. The larger-than-life easter egg is made by Cova

See more shopping reports we made in Milan on this blog. clicketyclick

Maison The Faux Presents: Maison Pour Maison at AFWStudio 2019

Amsterdam Fashion Week Studio 2019

AFWStudio

“Friday March 8, 2019, Amsterdam Fashion Week, AFWStudio.
The Arnhem based fashionable collective ‘Maison The Faux’ (a creative studio posing as a grand couture fashion house) presented ‘Maison Pour Maison’, “a multidisciplinary performance exploring all the facets of a home/maison”, in particular the bedroom and bedroom-behavior.

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team attended ‘Maison pour Maison’ at the Compagnie-theatre in the city-center of Amsterdam. If you missed this show make sure to read on, if you can’t be bothered: that’s okay. Next stop for this perfomance will be in Tokio, it’s a second chance to see the show live, for yourself.

Maison pour Maison

‘Maison Pour Maison’ is Maison The Faux’s interpretation of leisure wear. Home-wear in it’s most ultimate and elegant form, according to designers Joris Suk and Tessa de Boer. The collection consists of two-piece pyjama’s, bedroom gowns, negligee sets and a selection of robes combined with sleeping hats, sweaters and t-shirts. Various interior products were used as not-your-average styling devices. Pillows, duvets, sleep masks and even mattresses had a main part in the presentation.

Mimi Berlin’s thoughts during the performance

‘Maison Pour Maison’ the fashion-performance, is a story with a proper begining and ending. Starting out very calm, with people moving in slow motion on 2 separate twin-size beds, surrounded by curtains.

In our minds Marie-Antoinette popped up, because of the printed French doors on the curtains, also because of the fact we were watching a bed-scene.

Slowly but surely the tempo becomes more fast, going on into exaltation or hysteria, . The transparent and frilly outfits and the repetive movements of the models made clear this story aslo has to do with sex and/or erotica. During the middle part of the show the vibe becomes less friendly. The scene transforms into a hospital or even an asylum. The outfits adapted perfectly to this shift in atmosphere.

“There’s no place like MAISON.”
“a House is made of Bricks and Beams, a MAISON is made of Hopes and Dreams”
maisonthefaux.com

News from Maison The Faux

“The company of MAISON the FAUX is also subject to renovation: MAISON the FAUX is expanding their multidisciplinary ways. The creative studio is no longer accepting whole sale orders and is increasingly focusing on their work as a creative design studio (art-direction, spatial design, costume design etc.) and e-commerce.
MAISON the FAUX will present “MAISON pour MAISON” during Tokyo Fashion Week, introducing various home products as an addition to the “MAISON pour MAISON” presentation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.” (maisonthefaux.com)


More Maison the Faux stories here on this blog,

Fiorucci Fashion is Back

Fiorucci is back. The fashion brand, named after it’s founder Elio Fiorucci, is seriously open for business again. After 2 decades of offering cheaply produced licensed garments, they now (Feb 2019) have a collaboration capsule-collection with Adidas in a store near you.

#AdidasOriginalsByFiorucci

#AdidasOriginalsByFiorucci
#AdidasOriginalsByFiorucci (image fiorruci.com)

Working with Adidas gets a brand some kind of standing, they don’t collaborate with just any brand or designer. Well known designers such as Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, and Jeremy Scott (who now is the art-director at Moschino) are collaborating with Adidas, so Fiorucci is in good company. #AdidasOriginalsByFiorucci offers limited editions of streetwear, trainers and accessories carrying the signature fun-discotheque-vibe of the brand.

Relaunch

Fiorucci was relaunched In 2017 when the ‘eighties-revival’ was at its peak. A smart move also was publishing the Fiorucci (history) book alongside. (Rizzoli ISBN100847860159) Introduction to the brand was also done by the first campaign for that summer-season, shot by Josh Wilks with Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) in the the main role. The new team re-created the old Fiorucci vibe and images. (more info to be found on fiorucci.com)

Bright Flowers on a Black Background Fashion Winter 2019

The Pret-a-Porter runway shows for the Winter of 2019 are just about to finish. Mimi Berlin is very fond of prints and thus noticed a mini trend: How to make your summer flowers suitable for the winter season? Use huge bright flowers and place them on a black background. Add black and yellow solids, and, presto! You have yourself a wonderful and easy to sell capsule-collection.

Your Welcome! xoxo Mimi Berlin @mbmodebüro

As seen at Prada, Marc Jacobs and Dries van Noten during fashionweek Milan, New-York and Paris. Below more outfits by Prada. (imagecredits: Peter Stigter)