The story behind the beige-carpet look.
In the context of red carpets, it might seem odd to imagine that wearing a ball gown is a risky choice. But that's how Billie Eilish saw it.
When Mrs. Eilish, the 19-year-old gothic pop star, decided to wear a dress in nude tulle from Oscar de la Renta, "she was very interested in surprising everyone with a look that she had never done before " said Fernando Garcia, creative director of the brand, describing the dress as "very clean and sultry ".
"It looked like a risk to her - it was like something that made her feel nervous in the bon sense ", he said. " At the end of the day, it's a girl, and she wants to be pretty. "
Ms. Eilish has never worn Oscar de la Renta on a red carpet. She is more of a logo enthusiast, historically opting for oversized and monochrome trouser and jacket sets from Gucci, Burberry and Chanel, and occasionally matching her clothes to her black and neon green hair.
Except Mrs. Eilish 's hair hasn't looked like this for a while. This summer, she has showcased a new bulging blonde face on the cover of British Vogue, dressed in pink lingerie and nude latex. During her Met Gala debut, she sought out another traditionally feminine aesthetic, providing Oscar de la Renta with benchmark images of Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe during the design process.
"She was super excited to wear ahe beautiful dress, ”said Laura Kim, the brand's other creative director - a statement that would have been somewhat unbelievable two years ago. But when she walked the museum's red carpet on Monday night as the gala's youngest co-chair, Ms. Eilish looked like the glamorous starlet.
Elle dress corseted had a gargantuan skirt with a 15 foot train. Seeing Ms. Eilish in such a grown-up ensemble, it's easy to forget that she's still a teenager. When she first met the creators, she brought her mom, who took so many pictures her phone froze, Ms. Kim said.
Ms. Eilish is also perhaps the only Met Gala guest in history to bring about a change in a company's ethics policy as a condition of wearing her dress to the fashionable version of the Super Bowl.
Oscar de la Renta will put fin to all fur sales at the request of Ms. Eilish, who is a vegan and animal rights activist. Mr Garcia and Ms Kim haven't used fur in their designs for a few years now - since they told Alex Bolen, the brand's general manager, that they don't think the fur is fancy. , modern or relevant. Mr Bolen disagreed, he said, but told them it was okay to stop using fur on the track. However, the company still sold fur products in stores. While declining to provide figures, Mr Bolen said fur represented a "significant amount of sales and profit" for Oscar de la Renta.
For years Mr. Bolen has made calls to stop using fur, including from his wife, Eliza, a longtime executive in the company, and his stepmother, Annette de la Dnta (widow of Oscar), who told him that the practice was barbaric.
Mr. . Bolen thought it over but ultimately resisted those calls, until this summer, when Ms Eilish's team informed the company that they did not work with trademarks in the fur business. He realized that maybe now was a good time to quit.
"I've been thinking a lot about what Oscar said - he was a huge fan of fur, by the way - that the only thing that really worried him in the fashion business was that his eye was getting old, ”Bolen said. It reminded her to listen to what young people, in particular, had to say. "I have to surround myself with people with different points of view.
Ms. Eilish said in a statement to The Times that she found "shocking that wearing fur is not completely banned at this point in 2021 " and "I am honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this issue ".