'Unfortunately, Ready To Wear' Imagines Clothing For A Global Warming Future

'Unfortunately, Ready To Wear' Reminds Us Of Global Warming's Growing Threat

Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them.

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This past week, 21-year-old creative influencer, model, actor and designer Luka Sabbat released a collection of clothes and gear titled, "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear," created in collaboration with Milk studios and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The line consisted of five pieces, meant to protect their wearers from the future effects of global warming. The line is prepared for infectious diseases, heat waves, air pollution, extreme storms and environmental refugees.

The exhibit opened February 9th at Milk Studios in Chelsea New York. Sabbat designed headphones designed to alert users of incoming weather, a long jacket to protect from environmental extremes and diseases, complete with a netted face mask, a bandana to block out dirty air and a backpack with solar panels that doubled as a sleeping bag. Next to each "fashion" essential were signs describing their importance. Videos showing interviews with Sabbat, clips of the creation process and shots of our world's environment were projected onto two walls. Also around the gallery were photos shot by photographer Noah Dillon. The photos showed models wearing Sabbat's designs in destroyed areas of Malibu, California, where huge wildfires recently wreaked havoc.

The NRDC is a non-profit charity based in the United States that works tirelessly to protect and preserve the environment. Due to their partnership with Sabbat, they set up a table at Milk for the opening of the gallery in order to promote environmentally conscious thinking and to convince event goers to sign a pledge to better and preserve their environment. Displayed on the table were pins and stickers depicting the five threats of global warming that Sabbat focused on within his collection.

At one point in the night, those who attended the opening gathered around Sabbat to listen to the young influencer discuss his project. Sabbat told his listeners that he had made the gallery intentionally hot through the use of fans blowing hot air, in order to underline the event with a taste of the pressing, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous reality of our planet's shifting climate. He reminded those around him that they have a choice in their day to day life to avoid the earth's increasingly unpredictable climate, and that those living in third world countries would feel and suffer from the effects long before those residing in a first world country like the United States. In reply to those complaining about the stuffy room, Sabbat said, "It's conceptual."

Although those attending the event did not seem too preoccupied with the environment, and rather more interested in the open bar and taking photos, collections like Sabbat's have the power to educate a larger audience about important issues like global warming. Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them. Although this new generation is often criticized by its predecessors for an obsession with smartphones, social media and superficiality, empowered, young individuals like Luka Sabbat continue to prove them wrong.

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Met Gala 2019: This Year's Tricky Theme And Who I Think Nailed It

"Camp: Notes On Fashion"

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The Met Gala has a long-standing tradition of coming up with ornate themes which challenge guests and designers to use their creativity and interpretation in order to come up with an outfit that will impress and stand out to the public and medial eye. The Met Gala 2019 was no different in its elaborate natured theme based around Susan Song's influential 1964 essay titled "Notes on Camp."

The theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion" was not referring to summer camp, but rather to a state of a kind of exaggeration and visual boisterousness. The definition of "camp" in this context, like the theme, is open for interpretation but ultimately tends to come down to a form of visual aesthetic that is unexpected. To put it into the simplest terms that I can think of, it is not the opposite of "basic," but the opposite of a basic attempt to be unconventional. A true non-mainstream production, versus an attempt that turns out to be rather predictable.

Ornate, right? Themes like these are exactly what has challenged creatives and the top names and faces in pop culture since its first event in 1948. These themes are also what have critics and public fashion enthusiasts so excited to watch the event every year.

So with the conclusion of the 2019 Gala, who are critics talking about? Who nailed the theme and who misinterpreted? Of course, there is no set rubric for evaluation, but here are some of the outfits that seem to be standing out.

1. Lady Gaga

Undoubtedly if you have been following the chatter the past few days, you have heard much talk about Lady Gaga and her quadruple outfit change on the carpet - yes you heard that right, she gave not one look but FOUR. Another thing that has critiques impressed with her understanding of the theme is that she did not only show up to the event in her camp outfit, but actually showed up to the airport already in character and wearing it earlier that morning.

2. Ezra Miller

To appreciate someone who tried something very different, I decided to take a look at Ezra Miller. What stood out to me and so many others is that rather than interpreting the theme and choosing to go as big as possible like so many, piling on yards of fabric, electrics, and other materials, Ezra's outfit itself was actually fairly simple. He showed up in a black and white pin-striped suit with a jeweled corset and flowing cape.

The shocking element of his fit was his makeup which displayed an illusion of five extra, very realistic eyes upon his face. Additionally, he carried a skin toned mask which could be used to cover and hide the additional eyes. This fairy-tale like costume seemed to carry a message relating to the conciliation of a peculiar identity. A somewhat common message portrayed in a very powerful, clever and unusual way.

3. Billy Porter

I think it is only fair to mention Billy Porter if we are going to talk most attention-catching Met Gala 2019 performances. With what was undoubtedly one of the most if not THE grandest entrance, he came in atop a golden litter carried by six men dressed accordingly to his theme of choice which was inspired by the Egyptian Sun God, Cleopatra. His outfit of almost pure golden material displayed a brilliant set of wings upon the extension of his arms and a full crown-like headpiece.

Recap

Overall, this year's display at the Gala was one of the most astonishing yet. People seemed to go bigger and bolder than ever before, of course, some of that likely had to do with the theme. For this reason, it is very difficult to pick any "bests" and it is really up to each individual person to decide which outfits spoke to them personally the most. If you didn't watch the event already, I encourage further exploration at the very least to see some of these brilliant works of couture art.

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