Jony Ive and Taylor Swift to cohost next Met Gala star-studded fashion event

“Just months after Swift spoke out against artists not being paid during a free trial period for streaming service Apple Music (convincing Apple to reverse course), the pop star and one of Apple’s top execs will be co-hosting a fashion party together in New York City,” Teresa Novellino reports for New York Business Journal.

“Apple is backing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition next spring titled, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” as well as the 2016 Met Gala, which means the tech giant will have a presence at what is easily New York City’s most star-studded fashion event of the year,” Novellino reports. “Ive, Apple’s chief design officer will host the May 2 soiree alongside Swift, British actor and musician Idris Elba, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.”

Novellino reports, “The exhibition will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.”

Apple Watch Hermès with Double Tour leather band
Apple Watch Hermès with Double Tour leather band
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MacDailyNews Take: Burnishing Apple’s fashion credentials is a good thing as the age of truly useful wearables dawns, thanks to Apple Watch.

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12 Comments

  1. Did I just read it wrong, Jony Ive and Taylor Swift to cohost next Met Gala star-studded fashion event?. A stage phobia, Jony Ive hosts star-studded fashion event.

    1. It is thought that Ive is shy in public. Those white videos of his are understood to compensate for his absence on the product introduction stage. Also they are heavily edited, suggesting that the man can’t string three sentences together without stuttering.

      On the other hand, Ive has appeared at public functions, and done interviews alone and in the company of other Apple brass, with no sign of stage fright.

      My own idea of it is that Ive prefers to avoid the hot polloi, which certainly includes technology reporters and third-party software developers. His comfort zone is the red carpet gala, the museum opening, the cigar salon. He is a fashionista.

      So, when Apple trots out their flashy new inventions, Ive will gladly cede the stage barker act to the likes of Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller. Besides, he’d be loath to stick around for the concluding music act…his personal iPod playlist is surely limited to string quartets.

      1. I don’t think this is an event where you get up on stage and speak. You’re just hobnobbing with celebrities and drinking champagne. Of course Ive can speak on stage but he’d prefer not to. And since there are better speakers at Apple he doesn’t have to.

  2. The fact that Ives is willing to head up this schlock but can’t/won’t present anything during an Apple event speaks volumes about where his priorities are. Get him away from software and hardware, he’s now working at cross purposes to Apple users.

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