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This Year's Met Gala Theme Could Be the Most Controversial One Yet

Here are all the interesting fashion news you missed over the weekend.
This Year's Met Gala Theme Could Be the Most Controversial One Yet Here are all the interesting fashion news you missed over the weekend.

From the controversial Met Gala 2018 theme, to Vogue Italia's cover boo-boo, to Gucci's attempt to bring back in-store shopping joy, here's a roundup of all the relevant fashion news you need to know now. 

1. Dior sponsors Marie-Antoinette's Retreat House Restoration in Versailles.

Marie-Antoinette's Maison de la Reine will soon see the light of day again as it opens to the public on May 12. The reopening follows a three-year long restoration project sponsored by luxury house Dior. The rustic retreat house sits at the Château de Versailles, amidst the gardens of the Petit Trianon, where Marie-Antoinette sought refuge from the pressures of court life.

In an interview with WWDCatherine Pégard, president of the Château de Versailles, notes that "nobody has set foot in the Maison de la Reine since 1848. It was closed to the public due to the fragile state of the buildings. It’s a miracle to have found the funding—thanks to the house of Dior and to French know-how—to be able to rediscover the original atmosphere of the site. To experience it just as Marie-Antoinette had imagined it, even if she only got to enjoy it for two or three years of her life."


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2. Gucci opens its first flagship store in New York.

Gucci is about to recreate your in-store shopping experience as the brand opens its first flagship store in New York. The brand brought its eclectic vibe to transform an old pencil factory into a new creative space at 63 Wooster Street in SoHo, NYC. 

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Gucci's CEO Marco Bizarri tells Business of Fashion that they're doing away with the indimidating vibe and snobbish details that "create distance between a brand and its customer." He adds, “The younger generation [isn't] interested in the retail experience because the retail experience is not interesting." Instead, they're bringing in Alessandro Michele's fun aesthetic to create a candy shop-like atmosphere where "you come, you pick, you enjoy," Marco explains.

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3. Gigi Hadid apologizes over Vogue Italia cover.

Gigi Hadid's cover with Vogue Italia sparks controversy as readers point out that Gigi, along with male model Justin Martin, was heavily bronzed. Fans were quick to point out that Gigi looks unrecognizable and allegedly did blackface. The cover was shot by Steven Klein and Gigi was wearing Dolce & Gabbana for the publication's May issue.


Gigi took to Twitter to voice out her position on the matter. She writes, "Although I understand what Vogue Italia's intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid. Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different. Regardless, I want to apologize because my intention is never to diminish these concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else."


Meanwhile, Vogue Italia also issued an apology over the incident via Instagram.


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4. Miley Cyrus models new Converse collection with her fans.

Miley Cyrus' Converse collection is finally here, featuring an array of clothing and shoes filled with bandana patterns and glittered iterations. Fashionista reports: "The lookbook for the collection, shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, features Miley and 'some of her biggest fans' wearing the collection while rolling about in glittery confetti."

"I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating," Miley adds. "I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design... No age, no gender, no sex—I wanted everyone to feel included."


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5. Met Gala's 2018 theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

On the first Monday of May, "The Costume Institute will sanctify its love of fashion as it presents Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," Vogue reports. This year's theme taps on the connection between fashion and religious art. The Met Gala 2018 is said to be its most controversial one yet owing to the fact that the exhibit will juxtapose fashion pieces next to sacred artifacts like "Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies, which curator Andrew Bolton is said to have visited at least 10 times to secure pieces which have never left the Vatican's possession before." Vogue also discloses that "items such as Pope Benedict XV's white silk cape embroidered with gold thread and the pointed bishop's hat of Pope Leo XIII will go on display alongside pieces by Coco ChanelJohn Galliano, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Donatella Versace, who is a sponsor of the exhibition."


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