The Bold Scoop #1 :: May 2-8

Sunday, May 01, 2016

It's that time of the year again when A-list celebrities flock to NY to celebrate the opening of Met's annual fashion exhibit at the museum's fundraiser, the Met Gala. This year's theme is Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology which highlights how modern technology has changed the traditional distinctions of haute couture and ready-to-wear. The show is sponsored by Apple and in addition to having more than a 100 fashion pieces will also include "in process" workshops (i.e. 3D printers popping out garments). Taylor Swift is co-chairing so expect her full #girlsquad (and possibly her bf) to be in attendance... and the ladies are likely to rock some seriously teched out gear (T-Swizzle as a robot?! Watch her answer Vogue's #73Questions here).

The guest list boasts just under 700 people with the majority not having to contribute anything other than their paparazzi-ready smiles. The rest of us mere mortals can gain entrance by forking out close to $25,000 per ticket... a whopping $10,000 more than a seat cost in 2013 when the Editrix herself decided that a price hike was necessary to keep more of the new money out add to the exclusivity of the event.

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New Yorkers and those planning to visit the Big Apple can view the exhibit from May 5 to August 14. Keep in mind that these shows attract more visitors than most (last year's China: Through the Looking Glass had just under 816,000 gawkers in the 4 months it was up) so expect sold out tickets and long lines. For those with an aversion to queues a members-only preview might be just the thing... for $110 Individual membership to the Met you can attend the exhibit on May 3 or 4 before it opens to the general public (score!) and also during an after hours viewing on May 13. 

If you're not in the area but want a piece of the action take a look at the exhibition catalogue which will surely make for a wonderful coffee table book. There's also a documentary aptly titled First Monday in May that promises to give you an inside look at the planning of last year's exhibit and gala. Don't expect any earth shattering insights though (we hear you never do find out what Rihanna was paid for her performance) with those looking to learn more about the Dragon Lady being better served rewatching the September Issue. Check out the First Monday in May trailer or click here for showtimes near you.

PS. For a first look at all the Met Gala fashion watch the red carpet live at 7pm EST on E!.

Brooklyn has long been known as the home of street style and vintage finds so it's not surprising that the borough has claimed its own official fashion week for showcasing local and international talent. The bi-annual event is in its 10th season and is funded by the BK|Style Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to assist emerging and under-privilaged creative talent.

Fashion weeks have historically been hosted for buyers and the media but the focus is increasingly shifting towards us, the consumers. With the growth of e-commerce and social media it's all about instant gratification and brands are taking note. Marketing-driven designers such as Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler have embraced the "see now, buy now" model where what you see on the runway is available for purchase immediately. Meanwhile the more traditional French design houses are resisting the change and sticking to their usual modus operandi which sees new season items in stores a whopping 6 months after the shows.

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The Fashion Celebration runs May 1 to 8 and hosts a variety of events... shop the FWBK pop-up shop on May 4 for local offerings, stop by the Kimera Design Fashion Tea Party for meticulously handcrafted occasion and bridal wear (plus get 10% off) or experience the art of bespoke dress making with Que Sal Mah. To get a taste of a traditional fashion show, visit the young designers runway show at the Albee Square Plaza on May 5. See the full list of events here.

Churchill Downs hosts the annual Kentucky Derby this Saturday and starts the chase for the Triple Crown... yes, that elusive title bestowed on a 3-year old thoroughbred that manages to win the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, all in a short 5-week period. With only a dozen winners in the history of the US Triple Crown this is harder than it sounds. American Pharoah made history last year by being the first horse to claim the title since 1978. The other famous name to come out of the competition... Secretariat, the one from that movie with Diane Lane... if you haven't seen it, watch it this weekend.

The mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938 with over 120,000 of this bourbon and mint cocktail sold each year. For the past 10 years a premium julep has also been on offer... this special drink will set you back a $1000 and is made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint imported from Ireland, ice made of Bavarian Alp spring water and sugar from Australia. It's also served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw if that helps you justify the purchase. Faaaaaancy.

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While the official Kentucky Derby tickets are mostly sold out, you can still get your passes via the official Ticket Exchange. If you do make the trip over.... remember that wearing a hat or a fascinator is key and takes precedence over the outfit you choose. Starting to panic? Read our "What to wear" guide for ideas. Alternatively, you could just host a viewing party and make these kick ass juleps for your posse.

The 142nd Run for the Roses will air at 6:34pm EST on NBC Sports.

If endless email promos and Hallmark filled aisles haven't tipped you off yet, we're just a week away from Mother's Day... the one day of the year when we're reminded to be extra nice to the woman who tolerated our teenage tantrums and nursed our broken hearts... cue panic as you try to find a gift that makes up for all those difficult years you put her through.

Mother's Day spending in the US has close to doubled in the last 10 years, from $11.5bn in 2005 to $21.2bn in 2015, while our daddies our missing out... Father's Day spending was comparetively just $12.7bn in 2015. The average person forked out $173 on their gift last year with us in the 25-34 year bracket being the biggest spenders. Cards and flowers were the most popular gifts (good news for Hallmark) followed by "special outings" and gift cards.

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Want to get something a bit more unexpected? Take a look at our Mother's Day Yummie Mummie Gift Guide.

 ✈️ Memorial Day is only 4 weeks away... May 30 this year... which means it's time to start making plans and booking flights for that long weekend away. Outfit inspo here.

🍹 Cinco de Mayo aka your excuse to be hungover on Friday is on May 5 (doh)... grab some grub at one of these amazing Mexican joints.

💪 It's the year of superhero flicks... Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6. Everyone will be talking about it so you might as well give Chris Evans in that tight suit a chance.

🏇 If you're going to miss the Kentucky Derby but want to dust off your fascinator anyway, then you still have time to catch the Preakness on May 21 (Baltimore, MD) and the Belmont Stakes on June 11 (Elmont, NY).

Met Gala 2015 :: The theme was China: Through the Looking Glass... The dresses were see-through and sparkly, some opted to wear pants. Rihanna stole the show with her fur stole and social media was banned, unsuccessfully.  

Rihanna/Guo Pei

Kendall Jenner/Calvin Klein

Diane Kruger/Chanel


Bee Shaffer/McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker/SJPxH&M

Kim Kardashian

Behati Prinsloo

Cara Delevingne & Co.

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