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.
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.
Chinese actress and pop singer Fan Bingbing shined in this cape and bedazzled dress. She looks like an empress from a forgotten dynasty. Stunning!
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.
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:
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.
Honourable mention goes to the original sheer dress worn by Cher at the Met Gala in 1974.
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.
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?