Back in May, we saw the largest red carpet event of the year: The Met Gala, formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala.
This annual themed event celebrates the opening of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibit. It is a fundraising event with tickets going for $25 000! This price tag results in a star-studded guest list and boasts some of the most exciting formal and couture fashion of the year. Designers, models, actors and anyone who is worth knowing (within the fashion world at least) is in attendance.
This year's theme, inspired as always by the opening exhibition, was "Chine Through the Looking Glass", and resulted with oriental influenced couture; dragons snaked through blazers and accessories, scarlet hues abounded and gold ball gowns shone from every corner (my love of gold has resulted in four of these being in my favourites this year). Textures ranged from the heavily embellished to the aesthetic of liquid metal, and bold trends were continued with the likes of J-Lo and Kim Kardashian dressed in sheer ensembles with a little modesty provided only by a scattering of embroidered gemstones.
It's my all-time favourite red carpet event to illustrate, so without further ado, here are my picks for best dressed:
Who: Cara Delevingne
What: Model (and now Actress)
Wearing: Stella McCartney
Why: Cara, as always, can do no wrong in my eyes, her usual Tom-Boy style dresses up to trouser-jumpsuit chic, accented by a glittering bra with intricate strapping. But the show-stopping aspect of this look is her (temporary) cherry-blossom body art by celebrity NYC tattoo artist Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy which took hours to design and draw. While I prefer her striking black and white outfit from last year's Gala (also by Stella), the incorporation of art and fashion in this look is both beautiful and incredibly appropriate for the event.
Who: Amanda Seyfried
Wearing: Givenchy Haute Couture
Why: I love Amanda's combination of textures in this look, with her slicked back hair (another trend of the evening, as you'll see throughout this post) and streamlined silhouette punctuated with origami-esque floral embellishments and trims draped in sheer layers fabric, all in delicate white to add a beautiful subtlety.
Who: Jessica Chastain
Why: Jessica know's how to dress for her incredible hourglass figure, and this year's Met Gala gown was no exception. The shimmering pale gold Givenchy number accentuated her curves, creating an incredible silhouette which fell elegantly to a train. The intricate texture was as incredible up close as the overall effect it created; pure radiance.
Who: Hailee Steinfield
Wearing: Michael Kors
Why: This look proves that brunettes kill it in red. With her tousled hair and rustic gold bangles Hailee was stunning on the red carpet, but her silk Michael Kors dress was the crowning jewel. Incredibly flattering with it's simple shapes, a stunning classic ballgown with a simple modern elegance.
Who: Justin Bieber
What: Singer (?)
Why: Attending the Gala as Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing's plus one Justin sported my favourite look of the night. Simple trousers with a velvet finish and an eastern take on a classic button up were brought home with an incredible embroidered velvet blazer covered with shining gold Chinese Dragons. This is the future of red carpet menswear. 10/10.
Who: Anne Hathaway
Wearing: Ralph Lauren
Why: This was a look that grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about this streamlined, hooded gown that gives me Princess Leia vibes, but the allure of liquid gold was too much. Then I realised if there's anywhere this dress is valid, it's on the couture runway that is the Met Gala red carpet. Also Anne Hathaway is a goddess and can do no wrong. The silhouette and hood accentuates her height, adding to the beautiful streamlined effect.
Who: Behati Prinsloo
Wearing: Tommy Hilfiger
Why: The first thing that drew me to Behati's stunning gown was the beautiful texture of the deep navy velvet. This texture, combined with the placement of the skirt seams and bodice cutouts creates a gorgeous classic meets contemporary effect overall. Her silver accessories perfectly bring out the blue, which in turn ties in with the theme of her peacock clutch. The ribbon choker is a nice addition too.
Who: Natasha Poly
Why: Natasha's Topshop gown brought another meaning to liquid gold. The way it flows and hangs is simply stunning, not to mention the gorgeously simple shapes of the design. I absolutely love her hairstyle, a nice mix of eastern style, western chic and a dash of Legolas.
Who: Kate Hudson
Wearing: Michael Kors
Why: The gilded, floral lace look of her dress was simply stunning the way it caught the light absolutely breathtaking, not to mention the gorgeous drape of the skirt and train, all combined with the mandarin collar and sleeveless bodice to create a lovely column effect.
So those are my favourites from this year's Met Gala, lots of gold, lots of glamour and a little late I know, but life has been very, very busy with commissions, college and work. As usual photos of the originals are below :)