Yesterday I read a very interesting article in the NY Post. WINTOUR'S WONDERLAND – ANNA RUFFLES SOCIETY FEATHERS AT MET BALL. It seems tonight's ball — considered by many to be the New York society event of the
year — has become more about Anna's minions and less about art, much to the chagrin of many art aficionados. The ball is expected to feature about 700 of the world's best-dressed luminaries,
a mix of hot Hollywood and high culture.
But that elevation of
celebrity (this year's theme: models!) sickens those who value the
Met's reputation as the oldest, most-prestigious museum in America,
says Michael Gross, author of "Rogues' Gallery," an unauthorized
history of the 139-year-old institution. And he blames Anna Wintour 100%. It's fashion vs. art!
It's really more of a battle of popularity between Anna and Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter, and this is where it gets really interesting…
"Graydon and Anna are competing for the social crown. It's the
social-status factor that defines those magazines, and anything that
gets your name and your magazine's name in the papers is going to get
the king's attention," Gross continues.
"The party gives Anna Wintour a way to compete with Graydon Carter within Condé Nast. The oldest and most illustrious museum in North America, after all, should have an image that's timeless.
"Fashion," Gross adds, "is the opposite of timeless."
Read the full article here and tomorrow we will have photos of some of the celebs that attended.
Oh, and there is even more drama with designer Azzedine Alaïa pulling his gowns from the ball. Read Cathy Horyn's "Alaïa Pulls His Dresses From the Met Gala" for the NY Times.
And there is even more madness at NY Mag's The Cut!
Source: NY Post
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