Next to The Academy Awards, the Met Gala has got to be the most anticipated events to witness fashion in its truest over-the-top form without any filter for wearability. At the annual event, all of today’s hottest stars will be draped in custom pieces and upcoming season’s looks by world most renowned designers. Despite the impossibly exclusive invite, Met Gala is a fantasy playground for any fashion enthusiast due to its wide coverage and live updates on social media.
Reality star and full-time attention seeker Kim Kardashian used to be just like the rest of us who checked all the live-tweets and online coverage of the event because she was not on Anna Wintour’s guest list. Thanks to her then fiance Kanye West who according to entertainment news sources, ‘begged’ people to let her in, Kim took her first climb up the famous carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute while heavily pregnant but still rocking a custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Unfortunately, she instantly become the butt of internet jokes (pun intended) comparing her look to granny sofa and rose bush.
This year, two other Kardashians made it to the prestigious event. The momager, Kris Jenner and the model little sister, Kendall Jenner were seen walking the red-carpet along with Kim and Kanye West. Will the rest of the clan be seen at the Met Gala next year? Nothing is impossible. these days, even a former sex-tape star can make it to the cover of Vogue.
But this article is not about Kim or the Kardashians. We are here to discuss all the trends seen on the red-carpet of the Costume Institute Gala this year. With an exhibition titled “China: Through the Looking Glass”, expect a lot of red, silk, hand-fan and tassels among other Oriental and not-so-Oriental influence on the red-carpet looks.
SJP in H&M
Sarah Jessica Parker really nailed it in this Chinese emperor head-dress by Philip Treacy. Her dress is by H&M which she helped design to suit the theme of the of the night. Dolce & Gabbana crown was also seen at the event which does not really go with the theme but looked divine on Karen Elson. She looked like she was part of the cast of Game of Thrones.
Go Big or Go Home
Solange in Giles
Rihanna’s Guo Pei dress made headlines because of how big and intricate it was. The fur-trimmed yellow satin gown by the Chinese couturier is so huge that the long train ‘melted’ down the staircase like omelette but in a good way. Solange’s Giles dress was also huge but in a different way. It is the kind of dress that makes one wonder “How does she sit down in that?”.
Rihanna in Guo Pei
Chloe Sevigny in J. W Anderson
Some fashion critics thought that Chloe Sevigny was a little too literal in her interpretation of the theme with her J.W Anderson satin number. It was a two-piece and has oriental written all over it with the use of frogs and Chinese motives. Karolina Kurkova’s take is a little bit more modern with her Tommy Hilfiger’s creation. The mandarin collar and bell sleeves short dress hit even higher note with a pair of red and gold strappy high-heels.
Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger
Alexa Chung in Erdem
Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela
Sienna Miller in Thakoon
Red next to green and yellow is considered the lucky color among Chinese. It was also the ultimate color of choice at The Met Gala with Amal Clooney wearing a flamenco Maison Margiela dress with an intricate bodice. Sienna Miller skipped the train and frou-frou for a fiery red jumpsuit by Thakoon. The Chinese element comes in the form of tasselled obi belt around her waist.
Jlo in Versace
Beyonce broke the internet with her see-through Givenchy dress but it was a little too naked and highly expected of her. There is nothing new to it and a further research revealed that it was inspired by Vanessa Bell Calloway’s outfit and hair in the movie Coming to America from 1988. This see-through Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez on the other hand seemed a little bit more original and not as in-your-face as Beyonce’s. Jlo gets extra points for sticking to the color red for the theme of the night.
What will be the theme forThe Met Gala in 2016? We will have to just wait and see. Will the entire Kardashian clan be there? Very unlikely but then again, nothing is impossible.