Everyone’s just going to need to stop what they’re doing for a second, and acknowledge this day that has become sacred in the world of fashion. That’s right, it’s Met Gala day.
If you haven’t seen our coverage in the past, let me recap what this event is all about. Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue in the US, hosts a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute in New York. While Wintour carefully creates the guest list herself, it’s definitely not free. Guests pay about $30,000 for their ticket. It’s known as the fashion Super Bowl, and for a good reason. Wintour also chooses a theme for the event, and the unspoken rule is that guests dress to compliment the theme. This year’s theme was ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’, and as usual there were different levels of taking it literally; some good, some so so bad.
The theme wasn’t the only rule Wintour made this year; the invites apparently also stipulated that the use of phones for photography and social media would not be permitted inside the gala. Kimmy K almost died from lack of selfie-taking. Apparently the rule was to ensure the privacy and enjoyment of all guests, but some of the younger attendees decided to #YOLO it with classic bathroom selfies.
As usual, there are plenty of guests who wear the most boring dress they can find so as to avoid Perez Hilton’s radar (I’m looking at you Behati), and then there’s those who want to make sure they’re the most re-tweeted photo of the night. Then there’s those who get it so, so right. We saw a lot of the regular attendees – actors, models, designers and singers – but also a new crop of talent who have been making a name for themselves since the last Gala; Dakota Johnson, Gigi Hadid, FKA Twigs, and dear old Kris Jenner finally got a guernsey this year.
It was battle of the barely-there skin-tight gowns, with a three way race to the title between J-Lo, Kim Kardashian West and Beyonce. After 2 seconds of deliberation, it’s clear Queen Bey is still everything, and absolutely killed in her Givenchy gown. Also, her makeup and hair choices were the perfect way to subtly honour the theme. I am done.
It would take all day to talk about every dress, as fun as that would be, so here’s just a selection of some of the best and worst from the Met Gala red carpet.
Not sure if srs Constance Jablonski. I’m all for being comfortable, but this is the Met Gala honey. Your $30,000 ticket does not deserve pool slides.
Sarah Jessica Parker did her usual head-dress statement with this Philip Treacy headdress, and an obviously Asian-inspired H&M dress
Sienna Miller went for Spanish Matador in Thakoon
Rihanna was one of the few guests to actually wear a Chinese designer: this one is Chinese couture designer Guo Pei. Make whatever comparisons you will, but Rihanna slays. If your train is twice the length of your body height, you basically win the night.
It’s kind of gorgeous, but then Anne Hathaway is trying a little bit too hard to evoke some kind of regalness she had for a brief period while filming The Princess Diaries.
Looking less Angel and more Devil in Marc Jacobs, Adriana Lima cut bangs into her classic Victoria’s Secret waves
While it’s nothing new for Jennifer Lawrence to wear Dior, I’m just thankful it’s not another strapless gown with a lovely updo to compliment. I’m over that. This is beautiful, but can someone please tell her how to pose?
Georgia May Jagger took the theme to heart with this Asian-inspired Gucci kimono-style dress. I can’t say I love it, but it’s definitely not as tacky as it could potentially be.
It’s nice that Kris Jenner finally got an invite – although she probably blatantly asked Anna Wintour for one – but unfortunately missed the mark in her look. Wearing 8kgs of fabric doesn’t make anyone look good, and the hair/makeup situation ages her much more than necessary. Ya tried Krissy, better luck next year.
Solange Knowles nailed the costume vibes in Giles Deacon, and I’m sure she couldn’t kick Jay-Z wearing this dress even if she wanted to.
YAASSS Rosie Huntington-Whiteley! The Atelier Versace is gorge, but you are a dead set Goddess.
Yes, Jennifer Connelly still exists and yes, she is still a timeless beauty. Her Louis Vuitton is amazing, and is just the right amount of lace and coverage before we hit Nanna territory.
Wearing vintage Dior, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen went all black erry-thang.
She is a regular hottie in Diane von Furstenberg, and Gigi Hadid obviously understands the unspoken rule that your first Met Gala is for looking gorgeous, and not going all out in something outrageous.
It was Kim Kardashian West’s 3rd Met Gala, and her wardrobe choice of Jason Dundas for Roberto Cavalli was inspired by Cher’s first Met Gala gown. It’s borderline Vegas Showgirl, but it’s amazing. Who doesn’t love feathers?
I’m all for fashion for the sake of fashion, but this Jeremy Scott dress is plain awful, soz Katy Perry.
So Cara Delevingne is wearing the same Stella McCartney pants and top she wore last year in slightly different colours, and she’s covered herself in fake body art. Each to their own.
Whatever phallic object may be appearing on her dress, FKA Twigs is absolutely on point in this Christopher Kane. Also, shoutout to R-Patz for wearing coattails and shooting his lady love all the cute glances throughout the night.
Miranda Kerr went understated in a Louis Vuitton mini, throwing back to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s look from the 2014 Met Gala.
Olivia Munn nailed the Chinese inspo in J. Mendel.
It’s simple, but yellow is always a brave move. Kristen Wiig rocks another red carpet in Prabal Gurung.
Kate Hudson in Michael Kors; amazing, as per usual.
J-Lo earnt the bronze medal in the sheer body-con competition. Her Versace gown is beautiful, but it’s one of those reds that slightly blends into the carpet. However, can we just acknowledge that this woman is 45? Goddamn.