What an interesting few weeks it’s been in the world of fashion!
First, while many companies are feeling the pinch of the recession — including Adidas, whose First Quarter profits fell 97% from a year ago – several reported increases: Hermes is up 3.2% and Giorgio Armani SpA sales rose 1.5% from the same period last year. Interesting what’s considered “essential” in times of trouble, eh?The first Saturday in May brought the “Run for the Roses” at the Kentucky Derby – and the annual hat fashion show that goes along with it. While some of the attending celebrities were spot-on with their choices (LeAnn Rimes, Valerie Bertinelli) others just left me scratching my head (Brooke Shields, Bethany Frankel). You can see pictures and read all about the race, the red carpet, and all the great parties from the Louisville Courier-Journal .
Photos courtesy of Frankie Steele, Louisville Courier Journal
A few days later, all eyes turned east to the Met’s annual Costume Institute Gala in New York. While there were amazing dresses and OMG-what-were-you-thinking?! dresses (yes Madonna, I’m talking to YOU!) the real drama came at one of the after parties when bad boy Kiefer Sutherland – forgetting that you can only kick a** AND get away with it on TV – got into an argument with Jack McCollough over Brooke Shields (that girl gets around!), and allegedly head-butted the Proenza Schouler designer, breaking his nose in three places. McCollough filed charges and Sutherland, on probation from a 2007 DUI, could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
You can see the Met photos and hilarious Fug Girl commentary here: