Stylist: Gabriella Karefa-Johnson assisted by
Elliot Soriano, Oliwia Jakubik, Julio César Delgado,
plus vintage experts Tabitha Hodgson and Marie Laboucarié
Outfit: vintage Christian Lacroix
Tailor: Raul Zevallos
Makeup Artist: Keita Moore using Estée Lauder
Hairstylist: Latisha Chong assisted by
Kay-raza and Katie Marie using Bumble and bumble.
Manicurist: Dawn Sterling
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Chopard | Van Cleef & Arpels
I would like to preface this article by saying that we tend to let some time pass when big events such as the MET Gala take place. We are all about quality and accuracy and we let all the professionals share their work and photographs before writing an article worthy of your attention. I’m sure that you appreciate it, if you are an avid reader of this website.
That being said, we also update articles whenever we find new information, but we want to make sure that the basic points are already written here whenever we publish.
Let’s start the 2022 MET Gala coverage by talking about one of its queens: Adut Akech.
Adut looked otherworldly in a green vintage Christian Lacroix gown from the Autumn/Winter 2003 Couture show, sourced by Shrimpton Couture (aka Cherie Balch).
The original model stemmed from the Christian Lacroix Fall 2003 Couture show, while the one Adut wore was a declination of the runway number, simplified and made sexier for a client with the same ingredients by Christian Lacroix. The most interesting thing? Following the advice of her styling team, Akech wore it backwards, adding a reversible tack on the silk straps so it was held in place.
Cherie Balch was kind enough to share her conversation with the famed designer before the event, and all these important details (we mentioned above) on her Instagram, so everyone could understand what went into creating such an incredible moment, as well as the pleasure of wearing vintage.
Her jewelry felt like an arrow straight to our heart: a Chopard necklace, plus earrings and cocktail ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. To complete the look, a pair of matching satin Jimmy Choo sandals.
Makeup artist Keita Moore told Estée Lauder what was the inspiration behind the look: “I saw the dress and I wanted her to shine and use the makeup to enhance her natural beauty and give her an incredible glow”.
The brand detailed the whole makeup process on its website, here it is, if you were curious:
“- First, I moisturized her skin with DayWear 72H-Hydration Sorbet Creme SPF 15. Then, I added a bit of Advanced Night Repair Serum for an extra boost of hydration and glowy skin.
– For her eyes, I wanted to give her a bit of sparkle on her lid and used the Pure Color Envy Luxe EyeShadow Quad in Desert Dunes. I used the Sparkle shade on her lid and applied it with my finger; it lit up her whole eyelid.
Then, I used the Satin shade in her crease for definition and to make the shadow on her lids pop. It was a very simple beautiful eye that I finished with Sumptuous Extreme Mascara.
– For blush, I used the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Rose Exposed—it was the perfect blush to pop against her skin tone.”
– He then added some color to the model’s lips, using the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Decadent 150.
Manicurist Dawn Sterling created sheer ombré tapered square nails for the Black beauty, while her hairstylist Latisha Chong styled her hair in a voluminous ponytail cascading on her back.
VINTAGE SPOTLIGHT: SHRIMPTON COUTURE
“Shrimpton Couture is the world’s premiere online source for curated vintage and vintage couture. From its humble beginnings in 2006 with just a dozen or so vintage pieces, Shrimpton Couture has grown to be one of the most respected online shopping destinations for vintage lovers world-wide.”
Check her website www.shrimptoncouture.com and (if you can) invest in vintage for a more sustainable world.