Last night saw fashion’s elite assemble on the red carpet for the Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: or “the MET Costume Institute Gala”, as we’ll be calling it for the sake of simplicity. The MET Gala is our favourite red carpet event: it’s not quite “fancy dress”, but the themed nature of the evening allows celebrities and designers to give free reign to their imaginations, so, unlike the Oscars, say, which have become somewhat dull in recent years, the MET Costume Institute Gala provides us with plenty of outrageous and inventive outfits to feast our eyes upon.
Because celebrities have the “dressing to a theme” excuse, it’s hard to accuse any of them of committing crimes of fashion for this event: it would be a little bit arresting someone for their Halloween costume (although don’t think we haven’t considered it…) Nevertheless, we’ve been getting lots of tweets on the subject of “Best Dressed at the Met Costume Institute Gala”, and note with interest the #kristenstewartbestdressed hash tag which some of you have been using in a bid to convince us to crow Kristen as Queen of the MET.
Should we, though? You’ll find photos from last night’s gala below: take a look and don’t forget to tell us what you think of them all. Most importantly: who do YOU think should win Best Dressed?
Oh, and our pick? Karen Elson:
Jay-Z and Beyonce
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Sarah Jessica Parker
People think Kristen Stewart was best dressed at the MET Costume Institute Gala? And they feel strongly enough about this to start a hash tag – #kristenstewartnestdressed? Really?
Is that the Death Star on her dress?
David and Victoria Beckham
Dita Von Teese
Ah, our old friend Side Boob. Whoops, we mean Gwyneth Paltrow. No, seriously, that’s what we meant to say, we promise…
This was, sadly, the only photo we have of Florence Welch’s “lampshade” dress from last night’s Costume Institute Gala.
We think it’s enough, though.
With Florence are Alexander McQueen designer, Sarah Burton, and Cate Blanchett. What do you think of their outfits?
This is what basically passes as “dressed down” for Rihanna. Seriously, it’s probably what she wears to slob out in front of the TV or something. Why did Rihanna choose to dress down for an event like the Costume Institute Ball? We have no idea. We think she looks fabulous, though….
The MET’s Annual Costume Institute Gala is the fashion event of the year, as far as The Fashion Police is concerned. Forget the Oscar’s, with its safe, “let’s all dress as brides” vibe (Oh, how we long for the days of Celine Dion in a back-to-front suit, or Cher in…any of the things Cher likes to wear), the Costume Gala is where celebrities let their fashion flags fly, and don’t care whether we arrest them for it. And good for them,
This year’s theme was “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”. Unless you were Beyonce. If you were Beyonce, the theme was, “Yes, I had a baby recently: SO?” And the conversation she will one day have with Blue Ivy Carter about this dress may not be an “impossible” one, but it WILL definitely be an interesting one…
What do you think of this look?
No, that’s not a typo: amidst all of those high-end designer labels at last night’s MET Gala, there was also a fair bit of good ol’ Topshop. One high-street hero was Ginnifer Goodwin, whose emerald green dress is by Topshop Unique. This particular shade can be a bit “evil queen” sometimes. We mean that in a good way, of course. Well, the theme was ‘Savage Beauty’ after all…
This outfit is very “Beyonce”. It’s also a boob-window dress.
It’s your call, readers: what do you think?
Another Alexander McQueen gown, this time seen on Gisele Bundchen. This is one of our favourites so far – not only does she look stunning, she also looks like she’s really enjoying herself, which makes a nice change.
Given the theme of this year’s MET Costume Institute Gala (“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty), not many celebrities actually WORE Alexander McQueen. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of those who did, and this dress is from the 2005 Fall collection. It’s not one of our favourite looks on her, but we do appreciate the fact that she’s playing an imaginary accordion in this photo. Not enough celebrities do that these days.
Madonna always likes to be different, so while everyone else was busy working out how to interpret the “Savage Beauty” theme of this year’s MET Gala, she just thought “Screw it!” and went for old Hollywood glamour. And looked pretty good in it, too, we thought…
Jennifer Lopez wore bright pink Gucci, with a floral shrug providing the “savage beauty” element (we assume). We know the shrug is the focal point of this outfit, but we’re itching to take the garden shears to it anyway. You?
The MET Costume Institute Gala is the Fashion Police’s favourite fashion event of the year, purely because the themed gala gives celebrities a great excuse for some very “interesting” costumes.
The theme of this year’s event was “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, in tribute to the late designer. Christina Ricci isn’t wearing Alexander McQueen here, but has interpreted the theme pretty well in this gothic gown by Zac Posen.
Although there seems to be widespread agreement within the fashion world that Alexa Chung can do no wrong, menswear-inspired looks can be hard to pull off, which makes us wonder what you think of this Phillip Lim suit, which comes complete with ribbon tie?
It certainly stood out among the much more conventional party dresses on show at this week’s Costume Institute Gala, but did it stand out in a good way or a bad way? One thing’s for sure, and that’s the fact that Alexa looks comfortable and confident in this look, which always goes a long way towards making an outfit work. Has she convinced you that it does?
We saved the best – or possibly the worst, and we’re going to leave that up to you – of the Costume Institute Gala’s red carpet offerings until last: Katy Perry in a glow-in-the-dark dress which came complete with LED bulbs for that, um, special “glow”.
To see what it looked like BEFORE the lights came on, take a look under the jump…
A welcome splash of lavender amongst all those metallic gowns, Rosario Dawson wore Giambattista Valli to the Met’s Costume Institute Ball last night, and was escorted by the designer himself. Dresses like this one always remind us of toilet paper dolls, or those cakes we used to love as children, which came with a Barbie doll stuck into the centre of them. The bodice is beautiful, though, and we like the way Rosario has kept everything else super-simple, right down to the minimal makeup and pulled-back hair. What do you think?
Melissa George can be a little bit hit and miss, fashion-wise, but this J. Mendel gown is a definite “hit” for us: we love the colour, which makes a nice change from all of the white and silver gowns (as much as we loved those too!), and it has an air of simple glamour about it which brings to mind the screen goddesses of yesteryear, which is perhaps what Melissa was aiming for (in which case our only criticism would be that a slightly more coiffed hairdo and some red lippy might have helped further that aim, although she looks beautiful as she is, too). What do you think?
So far, this is one of the few outfits we’ve seen from the Met Costume Institute Gala that hints at the theme of the evening, which was American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity. Diane Kruger’s dress is very “Calvin Klein” (and, indeed IS Calvin Klein), and, combined with the slicked-back hair, brings to mind the era of the American supermodels of the late 80s and early 90s.
All of that said, this gown is very unforgiving, and not many women would be brave enough to attempt it without the assistance of some industrial-strength Spanx, because it’s the kind of thing that will show up every lump and bump you posses, and possibly even a few that you weren’t even aware of. (And even WITH Spanx, we wouldn’t be brave enough to wear it on account of the fact that we’d be guaranteed to spill something down its pristine whiteness. Probably red wine. Or chocolate. Or both.)
If we could’ve picked anyone to try and pull off a dress like this, though, we’d almost definitely have picked Diane Kruger, who seems to have the ability to wear ANYTHING and make it look amazing. This is as simple as it gets, but it’s almost as stunning as it gets, too: brava, Diane!
Our first photo of Jennifer Lopez at the Met Costume Institute Gala didn’t do this beautiful gown justice, so here are a few bonus shots of J.Lo looking like the belle of the ball in Zuhair Murad.
Actually, looking at these images , we’d like to revise our earlier opinion that Anne Hathaway was Best Dressed, and crown Jennifer Lopez Queen of the Met instead. Sorry, Anne, you’re ousted. All hail Queen J.Lo! (And that’s another one for the “Things We Never Thought We’d Say” files!)
Uh-oh. Kristen Stewart tends to bring controversy to The Fashion Police every time she pops up here, so all we’ll say about this is that:
a) It’s a demi-shress: half dress, half net curtain
b) Actually, let’s just leave it at that, shall we?
Keeping with the unofficial “long and shimmery” theme of the night, Sarah Jessica Parker wore Halston to last night’s Costume Institute Ball at the Met, and looked to be having a fabulous time: that dress is just made for twirling in, isn’t it? With her hair in loose waves, complete with a Carrie Bradshaw-esque corsage, there’s a healthy glow to SJP here that works well with the colour of the dress, don’t you think?