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