At The Oscars of the fashion world -The Met Gala - second best is just not good enough, in fashion terms that is. Staten Island fashion and art enthusiasts, the night was filled with fashion risks, gambles, fumbles and near-misses. However these looks helped weed out the hot from the well cool. Here is a look at some of the good, bad, and just plain ugly fashions that graced The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, commonly known as The Met Gala in fashion circles. Today many blogs and newspapers gave their thumbs up and down to the looks that made the red carpet last night at the event that helped open the Costume Institute’s summer exhibition entitled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” The British-born couturier had many well-heeled clients in the mid twentieth century, including William Randolph Hearst and heiress Millicent Rogers that helped make him a New York celebrity in his era. Well the 21st century celebrities, models, designers, and fashion elite helped give their seal of approval to the event in appropriate fashion last night. The National Post added today (May 6) that “for the $25,000-a-plate affair, it was a dress code of white tie for gentlemen, presumably because of British-born event doyenne (oh and Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast creative director) Anna Wintour’s Downton Abbey fantasy of liveried foot soldiers at every turn. If she ever had a cameo the show, you just know she’d be in cahoots with Thomas. Accordingly, London-based Turkish-Canadian designer Erdem (Moraglioglu) instagrammed a photo of himself getting ready in Gieves & Hawkes white tie, ever the accommodating Canuck.”
Added The National Post, “Anna Wintour herself, the hostess who rules with the mostest iron fistest, arrived first: in FW 2013 Chanel haute couture. With illusion net neckline, it is a dress festooned with petal-like fabric and then given an allover black lattice pattern (at a distance, it’s little as though Debbie Travis had gotten at her with a stencil and a can of spray paint).”
Added The National Post:“A couple of starlets also opted for that storybook palette. Hayden Panettiere wore Dennis Basso satin florals and Suki Waterhouse’s gown was a spiky tiered gown by Burberry. Another starlet in a very short, ice-skating dress length? Elizabeth Olsen. How short is too short for a glam red carpet?”
“Gala co-chair Sarah Jessica Parker is always all-in for these sorts of events. We love how game she was with last year’s Punk mohawk headpiece. For better or for worse. This year she opted for Oscar de la Renta, a black bodice and petal-like peplum with voluminous white skirt (and a cage-motif panel in the back of the skirt). Ever proper, SJP donned the opera-length gloves of the white-tie dress code,” according to the blog.
Added The National Post, “Kristen Stewart went for Chanel (she’s the face of the house’s campaign — in this case, the mostly petulant face) — a gown with feathers, an embroidered net skirt and a sweater.”
Added the report: “Ivanka Trump wore poison-green Oscar de la Renta jacquard with abstract, painterly blooms to Katie Holmes’ embellished, crunchy crinkled saffron by Marchesa (the tousled hair was perhaps a bit rumpled for the artfully-rumpled dress). Jennifer Lopez did magenta chiffon, first wound and wrapped halter-style then around her neck, with was further festooned in a bolero of blooms. She would not be out-festooned! But then, she was — by Sari Mercer in a blush pink embellished gown — embellished in bands on the skirt, the sleeves and the bodice. Sorry, J.Lo — better gardening next time, perhaps at the Chelsea Flower Show?”
Great celebrity moments
Added CNN: “It wasn't enough to come to Monday's Met Gala and outshine all the other stars in attendance. No, Jay Z and Beyoncé had to make us swoon, too.” According to http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/06/met-gala-2014-jay-z-saves-the-day/“The rapper came to his wife's rescue on the red carpet Monday night as they arrived at New York's annual high-fashion soiree.” The blog added, “When Beyonce lost one of her rings - which is probably worth more than our lives - Jay Z stepped in and found the wandering piece of jewelry. He then staged a mock proposal for the cameras, bending down to slip the ring on his wife's finger.”
Lupita Nyong’o was both a hit and a miss
Added The Huffington Post:” Lupita Nyong'o has quickly become not only the sweetheart of the fashion world, but of the whole world. Everyone has waited with bated breath to see what amazing gown she shows up in on the red carpet next. So it's no surprise that she knocked it out of the park again for the 2014 Met Gala in a jaw-dropping Prada dress. What is a surprise is how literal the starlet took the "decorations" aspect of the theme, sporting a headband and feather embellishments.” http://www.huffungtonpost.com/2014/05/05lupita-nyongo-met-gala-2014-dress-photos_n_5269526.html asks its readers: What do you think of Lupita's bold look?
Added The New York Post: “Lupita Nyong’o fumbled at the Super Bowl of fashion.
The actress, who became a global icon after her Oscar win for “12 Years a Slave,” went to Monday night’s annual Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute gala in a beaded flapper-esque Prada outfit.”
Added The Post: “Lupita Nyong'o losing the perfect score she had been keeping until now,” tweeted Simple Style Guy. E Online added, “Um...did Lupita Nyong’o just make her first fashion misstep?” Nyong’o was one of hundreds of A-list of fashion legends, Hollywood stars, sports figures, politicians and musicians that turn the Met ball into a glittering galaxy of glamour. This year, the event celebrated a new exhibit on Charles James, a midcentury artist who favored elaborate architecture in his dresses.”
The Post added about other celebrities in attendance: “Katie Holmes looked ready for spring in crumpled Marchesa. “I really wanted to celebrate the dress,” she said to The Post. “They gave me a tight corset which I'm really happy about.”
“Earlier in the day, First Lady Michelle Obama drew tears from ice queen Wintour when she formally cut the ribbon on the institute at the Met’s Temple of Dendur. Not to be outdone by the A-listers at the gala, Obama wore a forest-green floral embroidered frock by Indian-born American designer Naeem Khan," added The Post.
Staten Island fashion followers and those who just love fashion, tell us what you think were the hits and misses of The Met Gala 2014!