On May 4, 2015, stars, models and celebs turned up and out for fashion's biggest night- the Met Gala! The dazzling fundraising event is held every year to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City and includes an awesome mix of fashion, arts, high society, film and music personalities.
The ball has come a long way since the first one in 1948 where guests paid $50 to wear a designer outfit for a midnight dance and dinner. With the Hollywood/fashion influence of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and the help of the often outlandish themes- this event has become the most watched red carpet fashion parade of the year. A ticket to this exclusive event will now set you back about $25,000 for a cocktail hour, a tour of the exhibit, a formal dinner and entertainment by the hottest stars of the moment. Want more history behind the Met? Read about it here...
Now on to the fashion! The theme of the night was "China: Through the Looking Glass", and as per usual, some attendees straight up ignored or misunderstood the prompt, while others took it very literal, which some observers initially feared could turn out to be a culturally insensitive disaster- read that here and here- but as far as I know, no one came dressed in a full geisha costume with Kabuki style makeup and chopsticks in their hair. But honestly imo, with all the sheer, see through dresses that were seen- it seemed more like the theme was Through the looking Ass lol.
1. Rihanna: It's not hard for me to admit that I am and probably always will be a Rihanna stan as far as style goes. In my eyes, she can do no wrong sartorially and she proves me right time and time again. The Met Gala was no exception. Not only did she wear a gorgeous yellow mega cape by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei which she found herself (trust me when I say Wintour's influence is far and wide) but the vibrant color of her embroidered ensemble is extremely significant in Chinese culture and is associated with royalty and heroism. She looked great from every angle and slayed fully clothed!
2. Fan Bing Bing: Fan's majestic technicolor cape played off that shimmery column dress so lovely that it gave me chills! Her hair and makeup were both elegant and understated and was just enough drama.
3. Solange: I absolutely loved the audacity and the drama of Solange's printed 3D fan dress! She took a very interesting fashion risk (as she is known to do) and killed it! I loved her styling, including her hair and makeup and wanted to actually touch the dress to see if the structured pleats were hard or soft.
4. Janelle Monae: Clean, classic styling and I loved that she stayed true to her personal style with the crisp combo of black and white. Her look was minimalist and quiet, but screamed understated elegance starting with the cheongsam collar, and dramatic cape, pompadour hairdo, red lips and I loved how her accessories mimicked the trim on her two piece crop top and pencil skirt.
5. Justin Beiber: I know, I know! But come on ya'll the Biebs is growing up and stylewise he has never looked better! The golden dragon emblazed blazer set off the whole look, but for me it was all about the details- with his Mao collar shirt and the asymmetrical buttons and the belt. The black skinny jeans, suede boots and dark shades kept the look modern and fresh.
*Worth a mention (not necessarily honorable but still)...
* Beyonce: I always feel like I should live for Beyonce more than I do, but fashion and style wise I'm never really checking for her. This time was no exception- first of all this look has been seen time and time again from some of everybody- nude fabric, bedazzled for the gods to not so discretely highlight and hide intimate body parts. Secondly, I am just tired of this silhouette from Queen Bey and truth be told, the only thing I really truly lived for was her ponytail, which critics kept trying to reference as "I Dream of Jeanie" inspired when we all know every teen age girl in Cleveland (including myself) was rocking this fierce side pony heavy in the late 90s and early 2000s lol.
*Zendaya: There was something that I both loved and hated about Zendaya's dress- I think I loved the idea, but hated the execution.
*Sarah Jessica Parker: If fashion has a modern day muse, SJP would definitely be it! There is a reason why so many designers and fashion houses love her- she can wear almost anything and take risks that no other actress is willing to take. Besides that, you can tell she has fun with it and this time was no different. It's not my favorite on her, but I really did like her whole look and how every piece worked together, but separately would have made no sense... That dragon lady headdress was extremely overwhelming, but the somewhat simple one shoulder number she had on balanced it out nicely- SJP is fashion personified...
Who did you love or hate? Would you have changed anyone's shoes, hair or makeup? Do you agree with my list? Who would you add or subtract from it? Comment below!
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