By far my favourite fashion night of the year is the Met Gala. Each year it takes a theme that is either embraced or ignored by the glitterati of the fashion and film world which makes for memorable viewing for us mere mortals. This year the Gala also had God on its side with the theme which was Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition has pieces from the Vatican collection which have not been seen by the public, and with a myriad of religious art, and artefacts as inspiration, it has to be said that some of the looks on display were incredible. Some however, were more fancy dress costume than works of fashion fantasy and reduced me to fits of giggles.
Rihanna for instance. I love that she always totally embraces the theme, and I follow twitter seeing all those tweets about ‘she killed it’, and ‘everybody else go home’. but her look, a sort of glam rock Pope, left me in bits. Similarly Katy Perry and Madonna. Madonna looked like Queen Victoria in her widows weeds, whilst Katy Perry turned up as an archangel in the back of what look like the Pope mobile with an enormous pair of wings. It sort of reminded me of Jacob Epstein’s Gabriel sculpture, and only the Lord knows he she managed to sit down, or eat her dinner for that matter. Sarah Jessica Parker is another who can be relied upon to embrace the theme, but, on this occasion, her gold Dolce and Gabbana gown and headdress was just to much. Embrace the theme sure, but don’t wear a fugly dress doing it.
Thankfully, there were looks of sheer beauty. Ariana Grande was incredible in a Vera Wang ballgown which was based on a painting from the Sistene chapel. I loved the Vatican yellow dress chosen by Amanda Seyfried, taking inspiration from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with flowing renaissance looks to compliment it. Rosie Huntington Whiteley was breathtaking in gold, looking like a celestial body, whilst Kate Bosworth showed the theme could be embraced with elegance. And then there was the incredible Jennifer Lopez, who proved you could take the most heavenly of themes, and make it as sexy as hell. Does that woman ever age?
The 2017 Met Gala was always going to be a tough one in terms of outfits. The theme , which often seems to cause problems or is ignored altogether, was Rei Kawakubo, founder of Commes Des Garcons and Dover Street Market, an avant garde fashion legend to say the least. Many of Rei’s designs could be classed as works of art rather than wearable fashion, and this meant that this year’s celebration would either follow the theme and (if we are being honest) look a like bit crazy and ridiculous, or would ignore it completely (like the Victoria’s Secret models and the Jenner girls do every year) and then risk being safe and off theme. It was a hard decision to make.
Rihanna, a real fashion Queen, followed the theme and did look like a walking piece of art, but others who made an attempt, from Celine Dion to Tracee Ellis Ross wore looks that divided watchers due to outfits being oversized and slightly unkempt and de-constructed. (Same goes for Gigi Hadid). I applaud their bravery and vision, but it’s not really the beautiful style that I love to see – call me boring, but Pharell’s wife with no arms looked like something from ‘It’s a Knockout’, whilst the normally amazing Chrissie Teigan looked like an exploding chicken – not a good look.
Giving a nod to the theme
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
But there were some glorious looks on the red carpet, and so this post is dedicated to the style that I enjoyed, from Thandie Newton giving it all in 1940s styling, to Reese Witherspoon with the tiniest of nods to the theme in exquisite structured pleated sleeves. Rose Byrne was another favourite in red, which seemed to be the big colour on the night. Jennifer Lopez showed that she continues to turn back the clock, looking incredible and totally ageless in a demure blue dress, whilst Lily Rose Depp was one to watch in a mouthwatering pink shade.
Met Gala – My fave looks
Lily Rose Depp
Did you have a favourite look from the 2017 Met Gala?
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
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
To see more from the Met Gala, check out my Met Gala 2016 Pinterest page here.