If there’s one date on the social calendar that is guaranteed to get a fashionista excited it has to be The Met Gala. Whilst awards season sees thousands of pretty but ultimately safe gowns trawl the red carpet, The Met Gala pulls in the fashion glitterati like no other event and whether it’s breathtaking or a breathtakingly bad, the fashion is always a talking point. This year was of course no exception with even Justin Bieber scoring high in the style stakes in a beautiful embroidered Balmain jacket.
As this years Met Gala was celebrating the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, the official dress code was ‘Chinese White Tie.’ Admittedly that’s a slightly difficult dress code to read and whilst many guests were clearly thrown by the obscurity and either opted for safe or downright strange ensembles, some managed with spectacular results.
For me, Bee Shaffer (the beautiful daughter of Anna Wintour) stole the show in an exquisite custom Alexander McQueen gown. The embroidery snaking up the deep red train of her dress ensured many a show stopping photograph and she managed to work the theme without looking like she was wearing a costume.
Whilst Rihanna received ALOT of flack for her bold choice (many tabloids likened her train to a pizza) it was a bold choice that I just loved. The extravagant look by Chinese designer Guo Pei was the type of daring, over the top look that the Met Gala demands and I think it’s safe to say that Rihanna is one of the few women who could pull this style off.
Unlike her sister Kim Kardashian (who’s feathered, beaded disaster must not be spoken about!), Kendall Jenner was resplendent in a beaded marine green Calvin Klein collection dress that balanced a high collar with a seductive lace up detail to the sides.
Emily Blunt’s Prada dress, rendered in pale blue Chinese silk was a beautiful homage to the theme that brought the fashion edge with the addition of a jewelled cape, nonchalantly draped across the shoulders. And whilst Karen Elson’s look was more pre-raphalite than Chinese white tie she oozed regal drama in a Dolce & Gabbana dress that was comprised of a bejewelled gold corset and full tulle skirt that she accessorised with a matching crown.
All images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk