Last night New York saw the annual Costume Institute Gala Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or in short, the Met Gala. If you don’t know what it is, consider this the Oscars of fashion, hosted by the Queen herself, Anna Wintour (above, in Chanel). Everyone who’s anyone in fashion vies for an invite to this benefit, designers will save their most showstopping pieces to dress the supermodels or actresses accompanying them on the evening. “Who are you wearing?” is the only important question to be asked all night, and ending up on this worst-dressed list is every designer’s worst nightmare. This time they were celebrating the opening of the “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” exhibition, which is perhaps the reason why so many chose for homegrown talent this year.
So last night (or tonight rather, as I sit here writing this at 3am) was the night. Some shockers, some disappointments, some amazing gowns, some I’ve already forgotten about. Better pictures are still coming in, so I may change them and I don’t have details on all the dresses yet, so this list may still change. But here’s some of the best and the worst, according to yours truly.
Let’s begin with the easiest bit, my best dressed of the night. This has to be Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein (she was just named the new face of Calvin Klein Perfumes this week, so no shocker there). Classy, understated, chic. From hair to makeup to accessories (yes, even Pacey – I mean, Joshua Jackson looked wonderfully well-matched) were so chic and a perfect reminder what this night is about. Less is more (yes, Katy Perry, I’m looking at you).
Whites and nudes were definitely the colour of the evening, but only few can pull it off as well as Miss Kruger. Emma Watson is one of those. She stayed loyal to her Burberry roots in this white one-shoulder creation, which was just lovely. Although in some pictures it seemed the slit was just a little too high. Oh well. Also staying true to brand was Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Haute Couture, proving that French glamour really is done best by the French.
Other people having ‘a moment’ included – and I can’t believe I’m about to say this – Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad and Rachel Weisz in Oscar de la Renta. Yes, this year I’m really going for old school glamour. Isn’t that what the Met Gala is about?
Sienna Milller looked gorgeous in a navy Emilio Pucci (and with Jude Law back on her arm, even better). The shoes are also a perfect choice for her shorter-length hem at the front. Yet another navy winner was Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein. Now her name didn’t actually ring a bell, but a quick google search told me she was the blue princess from Avatar, so how appropriate for her to wear blue, non? Again, so classy, understated and très très chic! The Calvin Klein PR’s will be sleeping soundly this week…
I think a big shout out needs to go to young Emma Roberts, at just 19 she managed to pull off looking both stylish, glamorous and still age-appropriate. When you’re that young you can pull off the shortest of dresses, but that doesn’t mean you have to EVERY SINGLE TIME (see Blake Lively below). This black Marni number is simple, sweet, classic, but has an open back to spice things up a little. Her heels are also perfectly appropriate, the hair in a classy chignon, makeup not too heavy. I wholeheartedly approve of this girl. If only the Lindsay Lohans of the world could take a look at Emma to see how it’s done… Another positive rolemodel showing young girls how it should be done, is Rachel Bilson, here in Louis Vuitton. Taking the brand’s AW10 ultra-feminine look to the max, the simple strappy sandals, wavy hair and NO jewellery whatsoever let the dress speak for itself.
Others I really liked: Gwen Stefani in own label L.A.M.B., Naomi Campbell looking her supermodel best in chic black Dolce & Gabbana and Gossip Girl Jessica Szohr in Atelier Versace.
Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends. The following bit isn’t the awful list yet, but these could have done a little better, just a few tweaks. Or at least my really amazing advice.
Supermodel Coco Rocha in Zac Posen. The dress probably would have made it on my nice list if it weren’t for that hoochie face you’re pulling. Suddenly the dress becomes a little hoochie too. Hmm… I just love saying hoochie today. Hoochie! Hoochie! Hoochie! All better now…
Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. One of my favourite people in one of my favourite designers’ dresses? Why isn’t she number one, you say?! Well, I love this dress and I adore her in it. But I just don’t think the Met Gala was the right place for her to wear it. A premiere, a dinner, anything else, but not this one…
January Jones’ Yves Saint Laurent magenta and black dress was more than lovely, but ruined by overstyling. The armlong gloves and superhero-mask eyeshadow ruin it. Dommage.
Ahh Anne Hathaway. Always a princess, never the queen. I get that you like your Cinderella moments, but this Valentino creation is a little too sparkly, too sweet, too young. The Princess Diaries were almost 10 years ago, so I say move on.
Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson all in Stella McCartney. All perfectly fine, but where’s the wow factor? Kate’s new boobs look good though.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston. Distinct déja-vu feeling. Try something new, and eat something whilst you’re at it.
First prize has to go to Katy Perry. Girl, you’re really pissing me off now. You’re one of the biggest stars on the planet. You have a killer body and could wear just about anything. Despite your sometimes questionable taste you still had the honour of being invited to a prestigious fashion event. I bet every designer wanted to dress you and you show up wearing this? A dress with LED lights from top to bottom that change colours may be appropriate for the Nickelodeon awards, but dear Katy, here you were just taking the piss. At the time of writing, I still can’t find who it was by (nor do I really want to know) but I’m sure you’ll get all the attention you wanted. In terms of fashion and the event you were at, it was a little childish, yes? Let’s blame it on youthful ignorance. Not cool.
UPDATE: The dress is by CuteCircuit, a brand specialising in wearable technology. A brand I actually like. Still, this one’s a big no.
Next up is Kristen Stewart in Chanel. Chanel is one of my favourite brands, but this is just bad on many levels. I actually think it’s a combination of factors that makes this dress look really bad on her. If you look at the original, you’ll see that the train has been shortened to an unflattering length. The hem of the actual dress is too short and despite having a long train, it’s still a little… well… hoochie. It almost looks like she’s covering herself with her Chanel clutch as well. I’m not too keen on the hair either. Shame, could have been a great moment for both.
Superhot mama Gisele has backed to her pre-baby finest, and wants to show it off it. Logical. She looks fierce, but I’m no fan of this fringed Alexander Wang leather woven dress. Especially not for this kind of event.
Renee Zelleweger wears yet another Caroline Herrera strapless gown and it would literally bore me to tears if it weren’t for her frightening face, haircut and thin frame. Now I’m just scared. Bring back Bridget and her knickers.
This year the Met Gala was co-hosted with GAP, so for the occasion the high street brand teamed up with a few big designers for a couple of dresses. Although I love that idea, it really annoys me too. Can you really call it Rodarte for Gap if the dress looks just like a Rodarte dress and there’s no way the dress will ever actually make it into GAP stores? Either way…
Kirsten Dunst wore the Rodarte dress, a white lace affair, combined with some very cowboy-esque shoes to complete her country diva look. Fail.
MIA wore the creation made by Alexander Wang. The grotesque cobweb piece was such an avant-garde piece there was absolutely no GAP in there, that I see no point in calling it a collaboration.
Riley Keough showed up on the arm of designer Thakoon in a pink ruffled dress. It was definitely the best out of the 3, but I’m still not convinced about the merit of having a high street brand sponsor an event like this, if this is the outcome. Meauuwww.
The award for the biggest disappointment of the year goes to Marchesa. Sorry guys, but you always blow me away, and this season… not so much. First off, there was Blake Lively aqua mini dress. Now Serena, Blake, whatever, we all KNOW you have endless long legs, stop showing them off, will you? That dress walked a very thin line between couture and hoochie. I’d love to see her in something long, with a train even. That would be shocking. And on a side note – did she fall into a tub of St Tropez spraytan?
Second Marchesa disappointment came from Joy Bryant. The off-white was the right colour, yes, but the tulle shoulders and train just didn’t do it for me. Sorry. The third and final straw came with Eva Longoria Parker‘s dress. Another whitish affair, this time strapless with some kind of beaded detailing and a long, long train. And her hair/face/makeup! I am massively underwhelmed. Marchesa is the brand that always made the dresses I had yet to dream about, but none of these will appear in my dreams I’m afraid. Sort it out, girls?
Last but not least, my WHAT THE F*CK award goes to Whoopi Goldberg and Andre Leon Talley both dressed in Chado Ralph Rucci. All I can say to this odd pair is… WHAT THE F*CK?!! Supposedly one of the most powerful men in fashion, and well… Whoopi… shouldn’t they know better by now?
This is only a small selection from so many to choose from. The full line up you can find here. Which were your favourites? Which ones did you hate? I’d love to hear!