By: Madalyne Staab
Regarded as “fashion’s biggest night,” the Met Gala is sure to bring out every A-lister and fashionista in their absolute best. This year’s theme is “China: Through the Looking Glass” so expect lots of vibrant prints and bright colors.
Last year, the award for best dressed went to Blake Lively, who wore a spectacular curve-hugging Gucci number. Though Victoria Beckham, Emma Stone and of course Beyoncé also looked amazing.
This year, the Met Gala brought out a number of different looks. From the conservative and elegant to the wild and wacky. Many of the best looks harped back to the theme, one reason a lot of starlets chose to wear some shade of red.
Red was definitely the color of the evening. Sarah Jessica Parker once again brought it to the red carpet and went all out in a H&M dress and large, fire headpiece. Model Jessica Hart also wore the color red, though this time in a deeper shade with black intricate details. Her dress, from Valentino, was equal parts sexy and conservative.
Kate Hudson was similarly radiant in a fitted, gold Michael Kors gown. She finished it off with a fun gold headpiece, that, though less intense than Sarah Jessica Parkers, fit the theme and added an extra element to her golden goddess look. Chinese actress Gong Li also chose a dress in the warm color family. Her deep purple Roberto Cavalli gown with black lace detail fit her figure perfectly.
Finally, we have probably one of the most talked about dresses of the night. Rihanna chose to wear a relatively unknown Chinese designer, Guo Pei, for her Met Gala look. The dress and matching cape was a true show-stopper. And while the jury is still out on whether it was amazing or awful, I think we can all agree that she made her presence known and will keep people talking until next year’s event.
On the other side of the spectrum we have some starlets who really missed the mark. While I am all for being an individual and doing something unexpected, this was the Met Gala so a high sense of elegancy seems to be a must.
That is why Grimes, in Louis Vuitton and Dakota Johnson, in Chanel Haute Couture, made this list. While Grimes’s dress was fun, it did not fit the theme and looked like she had just wondered in off the street. Johnson’s dress on the other hand was definitely special but looked more like a dress you would wear to a club than to a gala.
Similarly, Zoe Kravitz’s Alexander Wang dress was just a little too dull, even though it was almost completely see through. Plus, when the theme is all about color and pattern, wearing grey and black is a little too safe, especially for a young, hip artist like Kravitz.
Solange Knowles on the other hand did not play it safe. Her Giles Deacon creation was big and bold, and probably not that comfortable. While she defintiely stood out, Knowles’s dress reminded me more of a fish than an actual dress.
Karen Elson seemed to have mixed up the theme, because her Dolce and Gabbana dress, while beautiful, looked a lot more Romanesqu than Chinese.