While we all love a red carpet, none compare to the glamour that graces the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Met Gala. This years theme, Charles James: Beyond Fashion,may not have been as controversial as last, but raised a few eyebrows instating a white tie dress code for the first time, a nod to the honoured designer, and for a few first time guests.
IN FINE (DRESS) FORM
The gowns this year also paid tribute honour of the titular designer, often called America’s First Couturier, with many opting for artfully sculpted gowns. Karen Elson stunned in her gorgeous blush gown by Zac Posen. The full pleats of the skirt were perfectly balanced by the sculpted shoulders. Wearing her red hair in a low bun with a bold lip perfectly completed her look.
None embraced the theme more so than Sarah Jessica Parker. Wearing a custom princess gown by Oscar de la Renta, the black and white look was created in the image of a dress form mannequin, complete with de la Renta’s signature on the train. White gloves and an intricate up-do completed her look.
50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson also chose gloves for her look, a strappy Jason Wu gown. The sequinned bodice against the silk skirt kept the look youthful, and tousled hair kept the look from looking over done. Simple accessories and a smokey eye completed her look.
DARE TO BARE
With more youthful attendees than ever, it’s no surprise that the trends on the carpet are inspired by the high street. Among the guests opting for two pieces, Anne Hathaway looked amazing in a red two piece Calvin Klein look. Keeping to the designers minimal aesthetic, hair and make up were kept clean and accessories were kept simple.
Emma Stone opted for a custom Thakoon two-piece pink and magenta gown. The colour was a welcome change from the sea of black and white, and the cut injected her personality to her carpet look.
Fashion darling Rihanna kept her consistent best dressed streak going in a stunning Stella McCartney two piece look. The backless crop showed just a hint of her chest tattoo, and the sculpted shoulders against the Grecian skirt added drama. A messy high pony and a frosted pink lip completed the look.
SLEEK AND STRUCTURED
While there were no shortages of big gowns, there were those who opted for a sleeker silhouette. Zoë Kravitz looked amazing in a slip dress custom designed for her by Topshop. The mulberry palate against her newly blonde hair was a striking look on the carpet, and the addition of strappy heels mirroring the body harness was a perfect addition.
Also in custom Topshop was Kendall Jenner, in a sleek figure hugging mermaid gown. The overlocking detail along the neckline and seams kept the look youthful, and tousled back hair and simple accessories completed the look.
Girls actress Allison Williams looked amazing in a watermelon Oscar de la Renta gown. The dress was immaculately fit and by keeping hair, make up and accessories simple, the colour of the dress was allowed to shine.
What’s a Met Gala without a little drama? While we’ve been praising sleek, simple looks, we love a little embellishment! Kirsten Stewart led the pack in a Chanel cocktail dress, complete with embellishment and feathers. The length kept the look youthful, and the cinched waist showed her figure. Her newly dyed fiery hair was pulled back in a messy fishtail braid, and her signature smokey eye completed the look.
The fashion world’s latest It Girl, Lupita Nyong’o’s look courtesy of Prada was a 2014 version of a flapper. The jewelled netting, the trim of feathers, and the headpiece could have read costumey, but with her confidence, it was a winner.
Gabrielle Union, also in Prada, mixed two of the nights biggest trends, showing off her midriff and in a feather trimmed skirt. The look may have been a little on the casual side for the event, but the completed look was a showstopper.
LIGHT, BRIGHT, AND FLIRTY
There is always white, or light, on the red carpet, but the gowns on the Met Gala were a cut above. Chloe Mortez looked both stunning and age appropriate in Chanel Couture. The black accents and embellishments against the white tulle treaded the line between the classic Chanel aesthetic and her youthful personality. The pushed back hair and a smokey eye completed the look.
Suki Waterhouse also opted for tiered tulle, in a stunning Burberry gown. The blush pink colour palate was accented with silver, and her hair was pulled back into a messy bun with a red lip completed her look.
Kylie Minogue continued her trend of Grecian gowns with a white and gold embellished Marchesa dress. The brocade along the bodice added interest to the look, and loose waves and simple makeup completed the look.
GIRLS BEING BOYS
Androgynous fashion has been a major trend this season, and it was quickly translated onto the carpet. Georgia May Jagger opted for a deconstructed tuxedo dress by Thierry Mugler. Simple waves and dewy make up completed her look.
Fashion wild card, Cara Delevigne left her gown at home, and chose a crop top and pants for her look. The monochrome Stella McCartney outfit was perfectly suited to her personality, and was a standout on the carpet.
Music and fashion royalty, Riley Keough also bucked the trend of wearing a gown, choosing rather a Louis Vuitton pantsuit. The accent lapel against her hair coupled with a red lip added interest, and patent leather accessories completed the look.
BEST DRESSED COUPLES
It wasn’t all about the gowns, though (well, not entirely). Our favourite couples turned out some amazing his and hers look. The Beckhams completely embraced the white tie introduction with David in Ralph Lauren Black Label tux, complete with white dinner jacket, and she in a white column gown from her eponymous label.
Music’s royal couple, the Carters opted for his and hers Givenchy. Jay-Z chose a traditional tux for the Riccardo Tisci-helmed fashion house, while Beyoncé stunned in a sheer, embellished gown. The dress read like a grown up version of her Grammy opening costume, and the veil added further intrigue.
Gucci darlings, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds continued their love affair with the fashion label both opting for the label. Blake looked radiant in a flesh toned gown with cape, and her husband looked every part of the leading man in his tux.
Did we get it right? Who were your favourite looks?