2016 Met Gala – The best dresses

My favourite fashion event of the year is always the Met Gala, every single fashion icon and model worth their salt turn out in a string of unforgettable looks, which set Twitter and the fashion magazines and websites alight. Every year there is a theme that corresponds to the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition, this year the theme was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.’ Unfortunately, this theme led to some of the worst dresses and looks I have ever seen at a Met Gala – when someone on Twitter asked the theme I said ‘Beautiful people – bad dresses’ and got a lot of agreement.

The principal problem seemed that everyone had either been dressed by Louis Vuitton, and looked frankly horrendous, with Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander key examples of really ugly dresses on gorgeous women. The second problem was  that everyone had looked at the theme and thought ‘metallics – that will work’, which made things a little on the dull side. People who usually impressed failed to, including Sarah Jessica Parker as Little Bo Peep, Beyonce in what looked like an embellished condom, Taylor Swift in a cheap looking 80s roller disco queen frock, and Selena Gomez, who took a pretty dress and added bondage gear. The bad looks kept coming and  coming, Saoirse Ronan seemed to be wearing a Joan Rivers Cast off, Emma Watson had draped her coat around her trousers, Zayn Malik was wearing Iron Man style arm pieces and as for Madonna and Katy Perry, one had her ass on show (again!!!!) and one was channeling Marge Simpson – less said.

But there were some beautiful looks too, with my best dressed being the exquisite Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa. She looked so stunning in a heavily embellished silver gown that was just beautiful. I also loved Kate Bosworth in the sort of couture gown that could never be created by a machine, even in our modern age – surely a good tie in with the theme. A special mention must also go to the incredible gown worn by Claire Danes, and designed by Zac Posen, this is a stunning Cinderella style dress that, quite literally, lit up the red carpet. A simply stunning design.

Met Gala – Good dresses

Claire Danes

Claire Danes

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Liberty Ross

Liberty Ross

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Brie Larson

Brie Larson

Willow Smith

Willow Smith

Rpse Byrne

Rose Byrne

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Ann Ewers

Ann Ewers

Poppy Delevingne

Poppy Delevingne

To see more from the Met Gala, check out my Met Gala 2016 Pinterest page here.

 

Teen Choice awards – My favourite looks

The Teen Choice awards are always an excuse for young Hollywood’s stars of television, music and film to have a bit of fun with fashion. This means we get to see a little too much skin, outfits sometimes more suited to the beach, and looks more akin to outfits chosen for ‘the mall’ or a barbecue than those you normally see on a red carpet. And this means I often struggle to see looks that I actually like.

But there are always stars who buck the trend and show off choices that are definitely A*. Here are my three favourite looks this year, and a few ideas on how you can get a similar look. I have also added a few other looks that I think were also successful.

Whose look did you rate?

Selena Gomez

In bottle green Cushnie et Ochs, Selena Gomez surprised in so many ways. The dress was sophisticated, avoiding the summery shades that so many of the lady guests chose. Minimal accessories completed this look, and with her hair super sleek, she was definitely on the best dressed list.

Get the look – Green dresses

Green pleat bodycon dress Was £40.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Green capped sleeve tube dress Was £18.00 Now £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Khaki midi tube dress Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington chose something that was fun but still age appropriate for the Teen Choice awards. Her white dress from Stella McCartney could almost be a collaboration with Lulu Guinness, full of Lulu’s favourite motifs, lips and lovehearts. I also loved the long sleeves in the sea of bra tops.

Get the look – lip prints

Tenki Blue and Pink Lips Print Skirt £19.00 click to visit New Look

Navy check lips print snood now £4 click to visit New Look

Lulu Guinness Lips and stripes foldaway shopper £35 click to visit House of Fraser

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev chose a J Mendal top and trouser combination which showed why she is considered one of the most stylish stars of the minute. Her tapered trousers were seriously sexy, and the deep v of the top worked well on her slim frame. A slightly messy ponytail only added to the look, which was another standout.

Get the look – printed trousers

leopard print satin-finish trousers £34.99 click to visit Mango

printed flowy trousers £29.99 click to visit Mango

 

slim-fit foulard print trousers £29.99 click to visit Mango

 More looks I loved.

 

Michelle Rodriguez

Holland Roden