The first Monday of May is my favorite Monday of the year because it’s Met Gala Monday!! Celebrities and fashionistas alike come together to celebrate the newest Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I love the Met Gala because it’s a chance for fashion geeks like me to salivate over some of the most beautiful couture, inspired by the exhibit’s theme.
image via metmuseum.org
This year’s exhibit is China: Through the Looking Glass and explores how Chinese aesthetics, art and culture has influenced Western designers and the pieces they create. The museum’s website describes the exhibit as “[h]igh fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery,” and that it “will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art.
Some attendees really took the Chinese theme to heart and incorporated these looks in their ensembles, while others may have stayed away from the theme but still looked utterly gorgeous in their gowns. Take a look at my favorite looks below!
According to new reports Rihanna has trademarked her last name, Fenty, in connection with several retails goods. A trademark search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website shows that Rihanna has trademarked the following: Fenty Swimwear, Fenty Swim, Fenty Nails, Fenty Makeup, Fenty Lingerie, Fenty Intimates, Fenty Face, Fenty Cosmetics, Fenty Clothing, Fenty Beauty, Fenty Apparel.
The number of trademarks and the fact that they are all associated with retail goods somewhat indicates that the Bahamian singer is considering expanding her empire to include fashion goods. In the past, Rihanna co-designed or created products for larger lines, such as MAC Cosmetics, River Island, and her own perfume lines, which have done very well in the marketplace.
What is interesting to me is that Rihanna was able to trademark her last name at all. Oftentimes, when a person or business attempts to trademark a personal name, the USPTO will only grant the trademark if the person or business shows that the name has acquired secondary meaning. Under trademark law, secondary meaning is when consumers associate the mark to the specific company.