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Met Ball Gala 2015

The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Gala held in New York is a star studded event with celebrities trying to out-do each other with couture outfits on the red carpet. This year’s theme was China Fashion with Hong Kong billionaire Silas Chou hosting the gala with tickets starting at $25,000.

The thing to note here is that the Met Gala is where attendees are expected to dress to the theme and wear haute couture. The gowns are meant to be over the top artistic, bold and high fashion. This is where they can take risks as opposed to the stuffiness at the Oscars or Golden Globes.

Here are some whom I thought took up the challenge well, and others who took the safe route and dressed up like any other occasion.

Winners:

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Let’s be honest, Rihanna won. Hands down. She went with the theme and boldly took a risk that no one would do. The bright canary yellow cape, the endless train, the head piece, the eyebrows and necklace. All glamorously daring and exquisitely done. The designer is Guo Pei and also designed the ceremony dresses at the Beijing Olympics.

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Chinese actress and pop singer Fan Bingbing shined in this cape and bedazzled dress. She looks like an empress from a forgotten dynasty. Stunning!

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Princess Zendaya has been killing it on the red carpets lately and last night she didn’t fail. Rocking a Fausto Puglisi outfit that combined a high skirt and train, she looked the part. The head piece was a great touch.

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Ever the risk taker, Solange was a show stopper in this number. She rarely shows off her legs, often preferring floor length pieces. This dress by Giles looked like a painting and Solange pulled her hair back to allow the dress to take centre stage.

The thanks-for-coming-but-you-shouldn’t-have crew:

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I get it. When you work so hard to be fit, or in Kim’s case spend that much money to buy the appearance of looking fit, you want to show it off. But these three ladies wore basically the exact same dress. The theme for them must have been ‘Show Off Your Assets’ because that’s all it was. Nothing to do with couture, being bold or China for that matter. Yes, there’s a dragon in JLo’s dress. It’s dwarfed by other things…ahem.

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Honourable mention goes to the original sheer dress worn by Cher at the Met Gala in 1974.

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I’m convinced Kerry Washington doesn’t have a stylist. Or possibly friends. Because these mishaps aren’t coincidence anymore. I don’t understand this Prada dress at all. It doesn’t flatter here and she looks like an unfinished wedding cake. The shoes just add to the nonsense.

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WTF? Katy Perry didn’t even look at the invite. She just decided to wear whatever she wants. And with her it’s often wanting to look like a cartoon character. I’m not sure if going with Jeremy Scott was a good idea for the Met, but as with a lot of things Katy does very little thought is put into it.

What were some of your faves? What did you think of my choices?

Now Is The Time: Jean-Michel Basquiat

When art can still move audiences decades after its creation, it becomes timeless. It denotes the oratory nature of the artist, to put on canvas the stories occurring around them/to them and leave room for the audience to see themselves. To me, there is so much power in that narrative. When the artist lets themselves be a vessel to create pieces that reflect the times, whether good or bad.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibit Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now Is The Time last night and I’m still processing a lot of what I saw. I spent two hours viewing Jean-Michel’s work and that still wasn’t enough time. Another trip is already planned.

‘Provocative. Ground-breaking. Powerful.’ are just some of the words used to describe Jean-Michel’s work. He was influenced by jazz, hip hop, graffiti and African culture which is all visible in his captivating work. The duality in his work stood out to me the most. There is a social consciousness and commentary in many of his pieces, that is still relevant to this day. From modern slavery, police brutality, commercialization of black art, mistreatment of immigrant workers, etc.

A lot of his work was done 34 years ago and it made me wonder ‘how far or how little have we come?’ Although he died very young at 27 years old, he has made a huge impact in the art world. Its unfortunate that while he was alive, his work didn’t receive as much attention as it does now.

I didn’t take any pictures not only because you’re not permitted to, but I want to encourage those of you in Toronto to go and take in his work for yourself.