The countdown on your laptop has finally hit zero, and you’re like a child on a present-laden holiday of your religious choice. More than that, you are ecstatic, exuberant, and a ready for thrills. You are ready for every possible consumable photo of the Met Gala – the single biggest night in fashion of the year, or, if you’ve purchased one of the incredibly hard to attained $25,000 tickets, you can see the style in person yourself. For those of us who are less than fortunate, Stripe has assembled a list of Best and Worst Dressed attendees you can see for yourself below, with those who adhered to the theme of Chinese fashion receiving some bonus points.
The long-reining host’s Chanel gown balanced simplicity with sophistication, featuring a bold combination of orange, pink, red, and yellow florals that gathered around the hips and flared at the floor. The addition of roses to her sleeves added an appropriate touch of regality, though did little to reflect the theme of her event.
Jennifer’s Dior Haute Couture dress was lovely in its own accord – but perhaps not quite right given for this year’s Gala. The cut was too modern, and the floral additions not relevant enough for the theme. Though her choice of a gown by Dior was not unsurprising, we had hoped she would have selected a more exemplary piece, given her role as co-host.
With her red and black color scheme, tassled accents (and earrings), and mixed textures of velvet, appliqué, and satin, Sienna Miller’s matching separates, made by Thakoon were the dream combination of this season’s hottest trends and the stylistic elements of historical Chinese fashion.
The model’s dress featured a combination of maroon and red, embellished with crystals in a Chinoise – style and Mandarin collar, evoking vintage Yves St. Laurent, though the dress was designed by Valentino. She topped off the look with an adorable velvet black clutch featuring a kitten face.
Joan’s choice of a purple and black Roberto Cavalli masterpiece was exceedingly clever – not only did it set her apart from a sea of red, the obvious choice, it also remained in theme and was a great color for a more edgy floral pattern, combined with both solid and sheer black silk to wow the crowd.
In a custom Burberry masterpiece, Naomi, too, set herself apart from the crowd with her choice of color – electric green. Popping against both her skin and the feathered, black, bottom of her gown, the sequin patch overlaid on sheer fabric evoked natural imagery that was simply stunning.
With her high bun, stunning drop earrings, fitted red gown and tassled-wrap, the Oscar-winning actor’s wife oozed class and embodied the night’s theme with the gown’s bold red color and embroidery, as well as its lotus-esque neckline. Designed by Antonio Berardi, Livia’s dress was entirely spun from Newlife yarns, which are made from recycled plastic bottles.
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While the golden hue was a smart choice, given its importance in Chinese color, the hood of Anne’s Ralph Lauren creation invoked more of a Star Wars feel than anything else – a complete pity given how stunning the texture and cut were.
Though her Giles Deacon creation was reminiscent of a Chinese paper fan, Solange’s dress swamped her figure with its over-the-top size, and blindingly reflected the lights of the photographers because of its metallic hue.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Elements of SJP’s outfits had potential – the intricate headdress by Philip Treacy, the original and detailed gown (a collaboration with H&M) that featured a stunning train complete with a smart nod to the theme with a poppy embroidery. But thrown together, each addition ruined the other.
Unfortunately for Katy, no aspect of her dress (designed by Jeremy Scott) was readily relevant to the night’s theme, and neither was any part of it flattering. A bizarre combination of black, electric blue, white, yellow, and red, the strapless gown featured strange cinching and even stranger designs – possibly a graffiti-esque pattern, but one that was more muddled rather than magical.
The Jenner matriarch’s overly-swamped red gown, paired with outrageously heavy gold earrings and an excessively large matching gold belt evoked more of the 80s than any aspect of the history of Chinese fashion. Topped off with make up that was far too bold and hair far too coiffed landed her on this list (and looking worse than two of her children and fellow attendees).
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