Red Carpet Review – 2015 Met Gala

2015 Met Gala Red Carpet Recap

The Costume Institute Gala is, by far, the most interesting red carpet event in the states. So it’s shocking to me that I’ve only done one other recap, back in 2012. I feel like such a slacker. Arguably fashion’s biggest night of the year, it’s the best of the best – in terms of what gets worn on the red carpet. It also used to be only the most accomplished and relevant star power wearing the jewels. However, this year even Kris Kardashian got an invite. Apparently they’ll let just anyone in, these days.

Necessary background: The Costume Institute Gala (aka Met Gala) is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. The Gala serves as the symbolic opening for the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This year, the exhibit is China: Through the Looking Glass. Traditionally, the attendees at the Met Gala are expected to choose their attire based on the theme, whether in direct homage or a more creative interpretation.

Less officially, it’s a chance for fashion to take the most elegant of risks. Gowns are elaborate, imaginative and unique, yet always refined. It is my humble opinion that some of the attendees missed that memo this year. There were some seriously snooze-worthy looks. What passes as a gorgeous gown at the Oscars can be terribly boring at the Met Gala. It’s about cut and shape and color, yes, but it’s about that something extra. That moment where inspiration truly strikes the designer.

Here are the gowns that truly nailed it at the 2015 Met Gala:

Zhang Ziyi wearing, and standing with, Carolina Herrera. Photo Credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Zhang Ziyi wearing, and standing with, Carolina Herrera. Photo Credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Diane Van Furstenberg

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Diane Van Furstenberg

Janelle Monae in H&M Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Janelle Monae in H&M Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Helen Mirren wearing Dolce & Gabbana Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Helen Mirren wearing Dolce & Gabbana Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Kata Mara in custom Diane Von Furstenberg Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Kata Mara in custom Diane Von Furstenberg

And, with full understanding that I could be angering the most powerful woman in the fashion industry… I needed to finish with this photo. On the right is Bee Shaffer, Anna Wintour’s daughter. Her gown was exquisite. Perfect for the event, meticulously finished and stunning on Shaffer. However. I am not only sharing this photo because of Shaffer’s gorgeous Alexander McQueen creation, but also the stark contrast between Shaffer and Wintour. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer (Shaffer in Alexander McQueen) Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer (Shaffer in Alexander McQueen) Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

No, I need to add one more. Sarah Jessica Parker in Phillip Treacy (hat) and H&M (dress). As usual, with SJP, it’s a love-it-or-hate-it vision. Personally I love the dress, and I love Phillip Treacy’s hats. So, despite the fact that there is a LOT going on here, and I’m not necessarily sold on the two pieces together, I’m loving it.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Phillip Treacy hat and H&M dress Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker in Phillip Treacy hat and H&M dress Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Is it love or hate for you? And what about the rest – do you think I’ve left someone out?

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6 Comments
  • Katie
    May 5, 2015

    Your round up was SO much more interesting than the ones I saw elsewhere today. I also thought the red carpet was a bit of a snooze this year, based on the aforementioned reviews, but you found the best of the bunch! That Carolina Hererra is GORGEOUS, and Gyllenhaal killed it.

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      May 6, 2015

      Thanks, Katie! Yes, that Carolina Herrera is magical – have you seen close-up photos of the flower detail? If you haven’t, Google it now. Exquisite!

  • Kasey
    May 5, 2015

    I’m just glad to see some pictures of ladies wearing clothes in general. because the highlights I saw were mostly naked with some sparkles.

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      May 6, 2015

      Right? It does make me snicker a little, to think of the celebs wearing those three swarovski-and-sheer creations. Not quite the jaw-dropping moment they were hoping for when there are two other people doing the exact same thing. ?YAWN.

  • Hel On Heels
    May 5, 2015

    I loved keeping up with the fashion last night…mostly via snapchat. I did love Rhianna’s dress just because it was so dramatic, and the amount of internet memes that came out of it has kept me entertained all day.

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/news/a40032/rihanna-met-gala-memes/

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      May 6, 2015

      Those memes were great! After looking them it’s hard to NOT see Rihanna’s dress as a big skillet of eggs. Thanks, Helen!

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