By Alexander Allen

May 1, 2023, the first Monday in May, is when the annual Met Gala was held, which is known as the Oscars of fashion. This highbrow event draws the who’s who from fashion, Broadway, tv, film, sports, etc..

This year’s theme was a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, the world’s most famous fashion designer and one of my personal favorites. Throughout my 25 years as a celebrity fashion stylist, I’ve incorporated Karl’s designs within my projects. Whether he was designing for Chloe, Chanel, Fendi, or his namesake brand, I’ve worked with them all.

In July 2004, I was fortunate enough to have met the man, himself, after attending a Chanel fashion show, in Paris. What a surreal experience?! To honor Karl, I decided to debut drop number three from my Brella Bag Festival Collection

Karl was unorthodox and hated nostalgia. In knowing that, I concentrated on the future with hints of Karl. Hence, the white semi-transparent suit (poncho and matching wide-legged slacks). From two authentic, vintage H&M x Karl Lagerfeld t-shirts from their 2004 collaboration, that I had rhinestoned 19 years ago, I had them altered into a black and white, rhinestone hood.

Before fashion hits the runway, it starts in the streets and that’s exactly where Bougie, a transgender model that represent, and I, took this progressive look to. Enjoy several images from this celebratory night.

Hood – H&M x Karl Lagerfeld authentic vintage t-shirts

Shirt – Tom Ford for Gucci tuxedo shirt tailored into a sleeveless shirt

Cuffs – From the shirt sleeves, I made French cuffs. 

Cufflinks – DSquared2 

Tie – Louis Vuitton authentic vintage runway rhinestone tie 

Poncho and pants – Brella Bag Festival Collection 

Socks – Wolford black script logo socks.

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