Met Gala 2018 by Mike Tyle

There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said but I am very impressed with how many of the invitees actually stayed on theme this year compared to years past (I'm looking at you Punk: Chaos to Couture). Have a look at the Vogue instagram compilation video to get a feel for some of the amazing looks of the evening and check out my fave looks below.

Alaïa by Mike Tyle

The Alaïa exhibit at the NRW Forum here in Düsseldorf opened up this past week and I finally had the chance to go today. Sadly, I knew camera would be banned so I had to go the spy route and use my iPhone... so not the same. Nevertheless I have a few gems to share!

The layout for the exhibit was based on the fabric: velvet, fur, wool, leather, cotton, animal skins, chiffon and knitwear. This allowed the viewer to see the relationship between the garments and how his style translates to different materials while remaining consistent. 

If you are in the area you should really check it out, it isn't often one can be inches away from a diverse selection of detailed and hand-crafted couture pieces from the past decade.


Hermès: Festival des Métiers by Mike Tyle

Stunning! Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have had the chance to see the master craftsmen at work at the traveling Hermès exhibit.  The world tour has finally made it's way to Düsseldorf after last weeks stop in London.

I find it fascinating to see not only where such beloved items as the Kelly bag and iconic scarves are created but also to learn more of the history of Hermès. It really brings the product to life and shows the thought and care put into designing more than just clothing but art.

Now onto the pictures, which more or less speak for themselves...

Follow the orange tools!

Me- sadly sans Hermès instead Cos t-shirt and vintage Czech army backpack

Saddle making, where it all started.

First one must choose the correct color.

Patterns are lazed out and pieces are sewn together.

Hard at work.

Now to put it all together!

Finished product: the Kelly Bag.

Print design!

Preparing the screens for the layers of ink used on the scarves.

Hand flocking the finished scarves!

Between sketch and landing in store it is a 2 year process!

Such vibrant colors!

I'm not usually a big watch fan, but in this case I have different feelings!

Astounding to see how many little pieces it take to make it tick.