Despite the Met Gala taking its cue from the latest show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled “China Through the Looking Glass”, not many celebrities had the show’s theme in mind when they dressed for the red carpet on Monday night.
But heads still turned, the Twitter fashion police were heard and Instagram timelines were filled with talk of the #metgala2015, one of New York’s hottest events, attended by A-list film stars, singers and models, moguls and fashion designers.
The ball is the annual fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute and kicks off the exhibition, which explores Chinese influences on Western fashion. It positions haute couture from some of the world’s most celebrated designers alongside works of Chinese art, with the focus on Imperial China, 1920 to 1940s Shanghai and the People’s Republic of China.
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With haute couture pieces by fashion houses like Givenchy, worn by Beyonce, and Balenciaga, who dressed Lady Gaga, the red carpet had tags wagging while other outfits were more of a let down. We take a look at some of last night’s high and low lights, as well as some social media reactions. – Additional reporting by AFP
After last year’s Met Gala drama, in which singer Solange Knowles kicked Jay Z in an elevator, singer Beyonce decided not to go unnoticed like she did on that CCTV footage from the elevator. Bringing her A-game, the star arrived fashionably late and posed for the cameras in her sheer Givenchy ensemble. Werk!
Kim Kardashian West played it safe in a figure hugging sheer gown by Roberto Cavalli that was inspired by Cher’s gown at her first Met Gala appearance in 1974. Mrs West showed off her best assets and looked stunning. But we will never forget her Mrs Doubtfire-like gown at the 2013 Met Gala.
This year Wrecking Ball singer Miley Cyrus avoided looking like a train wreck. She was edgy with her new a blue/green hair and studded turtle neck cutout creation by Alexander Wang.
Evoking a Disney princess, Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Prada pink satin dress and frog-green heels left much to be desired. Yes, the bow and strap details on back were pretty, but looking back at her 2014 look at the Met Gala, Washington might need to consider a stylist change.
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The Sex and the City famed actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s ensemble became the ultimate source for meme fodder on Monday night. Keeping to the night’s Eastern theme, the usually fashion-forward star seemed to have taken the wrong step in her H&M gown and Philip Treacy head piece. Despite the backlash, it’s safe to say that the 50-year-old’s look is in line with her usually dramatic red carpet entrances.
We love Rihanna, but the singer’s Takalani Sesame-like yellow, fur-trimmed, embroidered Guo Pei dress was over the top and not much else. Part of the night’s head piece brigade, the American Oxygen singer left a trail of egg-yolk memes in her dress’s train.
Reactions, and the rest…
The singer wore a Balenciaga outfit, covered in 14 000 sheared feathers and rhinestones, according to MTV.
The award-winning songstress played it safe in Jean Paul Gaultier, standing next to her.
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