It's the first Monday in May, so as is tradition, tonight is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala. Say what you will about the Academy Awards, this is the most important night in American fashion. (For the record, this was my intro to last years Met Gala blog...I thought it held up well so I used it again.)
Sponsored by Vogue, Anna Wintour is the the Queen of the Hive. Her honorary Co-Chairs this year are Sarah Jessica Parker, Bradley Cooper, Aerin Lauder and Johnathan and Lizzie Tisch.
The event marks the opening of the Charles James exhibit (May 8th-August 10th) The Anglo-American designer, though not formally trained, created exquisite couture quality dresses and revolutionary ball gowns, thus earning his reputation as one of America's greatest designers.
As such, Anna wanted this to be a more formal night, requesting the men in attendance to don white tie and the women to consider high end vintage looks and long gloves. She may have had another motive for wanting everyone to look their best; this evening no less than First Lady Michele Obama was on hand to cut the ribbon on the newly named and renovated Anna Wintour Costume Center.
|Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour|
(I can't imagine anyone hugging Anna and for that
matter, Michele. What an odd photo opp.)
Anna of course looked divine in Chanel,completely nailing the marriage of modern and all out glam perfectly.
There were a few gowns that left me breathless, but overall there were some horrible ones, too many to list and those who simply looked under dressed in short dresses, unbefitting of the dress code, occasion and $25k per person ticket (a hefty 15k bump) I will be adding some tomorrow to the A and F lists, but right now it is heavily weighted towards the latter.
The Fabulist: My faves were in shades of blue and blush, tones that James himself adored.
|Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa|
|Suki Waterhouse in Burberry Prossum|
|Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta|
Let's just leave it OMG!!!
|Blake Lively in Gucci|
|Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta|
|Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture|
|The Biggest Disappointment of the night-|
Lupita Nyong'o in a Prada Pocahontas costume
|Sarah Paulson in Prada for Walt Disney|
(Tinkerbell wants her costume back)
|Michelle Williams dressed for church|
|Tabitha Simons playing dress up in Nana's attic|
|Shaileene Woodley in Rodarte|
There is nothing redeemable here. Nothing.
|Katie Bo Peep|
in a Marchesa Mexican Quincianera dress
|Chloe Moretz in a couture Chanel dressed like an Eskimo Cowgirl|
|Beyonce in Givenchy, I just don't know what it is|
|Maggie Gyllenhaal in a Valentino Jack-in-the-box costume|
|Kate Upton looking like the barkeep at a Bordello|
|Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli|
|Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte|
Other worldly...not in a good way
|Sarah Jessica Parker in a Carrie Bradshaw costume|
by Oscar de la Renta
|Margot Robbie in Prada|