Met Costume Institute Gala

celebrities at the MET Costume Institute Gala 2014

Fashion Police at the MET Costume Institute Gala 2014

#488352219 / gettyimages.com 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…

Beyonce at the 2012 MET Costume Institute Gala

Fashion Police at the MET Costume Institute Gala: Beyonce

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…

Fashion Police at the MET Gala 2011: Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop

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…

Fashion Police at the 2011 MET Gala: Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

  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.

Fashion Police at the 2011 MET Gala: Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

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.

Alexa Chung Met Ball

Celebrity Style on Trial: Alexa Chung’s menswear-inspired look at the Met Ball

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?

Fashion Police at the Met Costume Institute Ball 2010: Rosario Dawson in Giambattista Valli

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?

Fashion Police at the Met Costume Institute Gala 2010: Melissa George in J. Mendel

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?

Fashion Police at the Met Costume Institute Gala 2010: Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein

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….

Fashion Police at the Met Costume Institute Gala 2010: Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

  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!) 

Fashion Police at the Met Costume Institute Gala 2010: Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston

  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?