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The Best of the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017

Each year during the Cannes Film festival guests of the festival, including donors, researchers and celebrity spokesmen for the organization gather for the one of the big ticket festival items, the annual AmfAR Gala, one of the largest charitable events of the year. 

In honor of Rei Kawakobo/Commes des Garcons

Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.

Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.

Manus x Machina

All the interweb is abuzz with the talk of the 2016 Met Ball, and like everyone else I was all too excited to see the red carpet looks. Manus x Machina is an interesting theme given the growing influence of technology on how most of the world’s fashions are created – with the dawn of 3-D printing, and print productions. etc.

Through The Looking Glass

     Last night celebrities and donors alike flocked to the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 charity Met Gala, one of the most epic nights in fashion.

     The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, which sets the tone for the formal dress guest are expected to choose for the evening as their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months. Attended by personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film and music, the Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in New York and one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city. The affair has been held at the Met since 1946 and is considered to be the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event. 

     Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and chair of the event since 1995, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list. 

Gown on Exhibit at the Metropoliatn Museum of Art Costume Institute's "China: Through the Looking Glass" 2015 exhibit
 Gown on Exhibit at the Metropoliatn Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” 2015 exhibit

     This year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass” is dedicated to Chinese fashion. The inspiration for this year’s theme was drawn from the spring 2015 Costume Institute of the same name. It showcases Chinese art and rare artifacts as well as garments (dresses interpreting Chinese designs) from Western designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Laurence Xu, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Tom Ford. The exhibit which incorporates paintings, decorative arts, and filmic representations of China is quite possibly the biggest the museum has ever put together!

Festival Season

     With Festival season having kicked off earlier this year in March with the South by SouthWest Music Festival the anticipation for another summer of music, fun and free spirited revelry has begun. The last two weekends have only added to the angst in the wake of one of the largest festivals of the season, Coachella, kicking off with record turn outs and amazing performances.

     Feeding off of energy of the recently ended festival that has kicked both the fashion and music worlds into high gear let’s take a look at some of the other greatly anticipated festivals to come this summer!

     The New Orleans Jazz Festival neworleans_jazzfest_header_20151

     One of the most diverse concert series, the festival will feature twelve stages that will host performers such as Elton John, The Who, Keith Urban, Pitbull, T.I. Jimmy Cliff, Anthony Hamilton, The O’jays, John Legend and Estelle as well as artists from across every genre. Not only will the festival be home to exceptional showcases but also Louisiana’s own unique culture. This lineup does not sound like one to be missed.

The Roots Picnic revo_onsalenowinfo

     With featured artists the roots, fellow hip-hop and rap performers such as A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, The Weekend and Afrika Bambaataa join in celebrating the culture that raised generations in the City of Brotherly Love.

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      With performances by Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machines, Bj√∂rk, The Districts and Echosmith, this three day festival of non-stop parties and excitement in the heart of New York City will be one for the books. Will you be booking your tickets?

The New York City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Concert Series


     Usually one of the most anticipated free concert series for city dwellers like myself. The annual summer series has seen the likes of Janelle Monae, John Legend, Kes and the Band and several other international artists from across the music world bless the city’s parks. I am especially excited to see what’s in store for this summer. *fingers crossed.

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     Taking over the MetLife Stadium with explosive performances by Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill and Omarion. Music by Funk Master Flex and Ebro as well as Festival stage performances by Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor. The Festival village will feature street art, grafitti booths and cooling stations amongst other attractions to add to what is boasted to be the most epic night in hip hop.

Bonnaroo – June 11th – 14th (Manchester, TN)


     For the free-spirited adventurers this music festival features arts, music, dancing, open air and nature to the tune of artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Childish Gambino, SZA and Mumford and Sons.

Glastonbury 2015 Music Festival (Pilton, UK)Glastonbury_Logo-300x150

     And across the pond from June 24th to the 28th the British version of Coachella kicks into full swing drawing celebrity crowds to rival those on our side of the Atlantic. The bill markets the series as a series of electronic, indie, pop and rock music. Started the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world with the grounds encompassing eight and a half miles and big ticket acts like the Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie for starts. Sounds like good fun!

Essence Music Festival – July 2nd – 5thstd_header_2015

      One of the largest Music festivals, the Essence Music festival is not just about the music but also the gathering of thousands of African Americans and fans of the festival for a celebration of culture mingled with the history and essence of New Orleans. Be on the look out for repeat performers Erykah Badu, India Arie, Mary J Blige, Doug E Fresh and Common as well as a new generation of artists like Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar and music Veterans Missy Elliot, Tweet, Usher, Tank and the Bangas and Raheem Devaughn. Besides the festivals performers some of the country’s top Djs will also be spinning at the hottest events of the season, so you don’t want to miss out!

Lollapalooza – July 31st -Aug.2nd (Chicago, IL)

      Taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park this amazing festival hosts a multitude of artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Sam Smith to Metallica, The Weekend, Kid Cudi, Kaskade, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs and Charli XCX. This is an ultimate summer line up for music fans everywhere. Keep an ear out for any further announcements to the already burgeoning list of hit-makers set to grace the stage. Seems like it will be a great one!

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     A local Brooklyn Music festival taking place in late August the newly started series has seen popularity on par with Governor’s Ball. Featuring artists like ?uestlove, Theophilus London, The Coup, The Skins, D’Angelo and Alice Smith the festival draws crowds from everywhere not just for the festivities but the eclectic fashions and cultural attractions and displays. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s in store for this year’s weekend and the wonderful festivities in store.

The Budweiser Made in America Concert Seriesmia-inside-4

     For the first time since it’s inception the concert series will be featured on both the east and the west coast with headliners like Kanye West rotating nights. Alongside Kanye other fellow musicians Big Daddy Kane, DJ Mustard, Pharell Williams, Rita Ora, Cypress Hill, and John Mayer amongst others will hit the Made in America stage. So for a final round up of all things music before heading into Labor Day, how does this series sound?

Electric Zoo  September 4th -6th (Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY)safe_image

     Head on back to the Big Apple to close out the summer festival fun on Labor Day weekend with the ultimate EDM dance party housed on Randall’s Island…also home of summer’s Governor’s Ball. The series promises the best on electronic dance music and the most outrageous party experience – hop on over to the official site to take a look at last year’s gallery! Stay tuned for the official line up news.

     Be Sure to mark your calenders – and get your tickets early because we all know it sucks reading about all the great things that we missed on the blogs! Hope to see you all there.

     p.s. I am also patiently awaiting the release of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert series line-up. Looking back at last year’s performers like Anthony Hamilton, and Gyptian with special guest Maxi Priest just makes me giddy with excitement.