Whether you like it or not, you have probably been exposed to some “interesting” pictures from last night’s Met Gala. While it is an event notorious for crazy fashion displays, the real purpose of this $25,000 per ticket event (no joke) is to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Given the astronomically high price of tickets for this event, I can imagine the Institute is decently funded.
Vogue matron Anna Wintour chairs the event and is responsible for the guest list and annual theme. This year’s theme was China, Through the Looking Glass, and if you ask me, celebrities interpreted this to mean wear something as see through as a looking-glass.
Last night, there were a few key trends that stood out. The first of course is the sheer look. While designers like Ellie Saab, Zuhair Murad, and Valentino have managed to incorporate the trend in an elegant way, the sheer looks of last night screamed “look at me…I’m desperate for attention.” Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Zoe Kravitz were a few of the celebrities sporting the naked look. Personally, I hated them all. These specific ladies have become so predictable in their styling. Kim’s look was sadly more conservative perhaps than usual, and Jennifer and Beyonce constantly embrace showing off everything. If you ask me, it was the ladies that covered up that appeared most beautiful.
Last night’s biggest trend was the sea of red on the red carpet. In the Chinese culture, red represents fire, good fortune, and wealth. In fact, children are given money inside red packages as gifts, and brides wear red dresses at their weddings. Given the significance of red in the Chinese culture, it made perfect sense to see red at every corner. Jessica Hart’s Valentino gown was one of my favorites of the night, and Helen Mirren killed it last night in Dolce & Gabbana.
As the Met Gala signifies the opening of one of the most famous fashion exhibits in the world, it only makes sense to see more artsy pieces. Rihanna was at the top of the list sporting a look by Chinese designer Guo Pei. Zendaya, Lady Gaga, and Poppy Delvingne also sported gowns easily characterized as works of art. While I may call them works of art, the one I actually liked was the Marchesa dress worn by Poppy.
*Google the memes inspired by Rihanna’s dress. You won’t regret it (and you may get hungry). 🙂
My absolute favorite look from last night was Bee Shaffer’s Alexander McQueen gown. I absolute loved both the cut of the dress as well as the actual incorporation of the theme into the train. I also loved Gigi Hadid’s Diane von Furstenberg gown, and as previously referenced Jessica Hart’s Valentino masterpiece. Kerri Russell’s daring Altuzarra gown was a force to be reckoned with, and the shade of green was just stunning on her skin.
This post would be nothing without highlighting some of the cringe worth dresses. Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry’s looks had absolutely nothing to do with the theme. Sarah Jessica Parker’s H&M dress was hideous, and while I appreciate Solange’s attempt to be unique, I thought she looked ridiculous. I also hated Cara Delevingne’s look. It just seemed harsh, and she looked like she tried way too hard to be more casual and daring.
In my view, this event really is an excuse for celebrities to use fashion to gain attention. Some of you may find this view to be on the pessimistic side, but I am rarely ever impressed with the fashions on display.
What are some of your favorite and least favorite looks?