Met Gala 2018 – Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

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?

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JLo

Sarah Jessica Parker

Priyanka Chopra

Evan Rachel Wood

Amber Heard

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

Kate Upton

Olivia Munn

Amal Clooney

Lily Collins

Katherine Langford

Rihanna

 

Amanda Seyfried

Zendaya

Blake Lively

 

 

Whose look did you love?

 

The Met Gala – My favourite looks

Last night saw fashion’s most glamorous night, with the annual Met Gala taking place in New York. Everybody who was anybody, in the fashion world, in Hollywood, in television, turned out in force, showing off an array of some of the most beautiful gowns I have ever seen.

The theme this year was linked to a new exhibition dedicated to Charles James, the 1940s/1950s king of couture. The Beyond Fashion exhibition was opened this week by Michelle Obama, and showcases a range of billowy, dramatic,  sculptured dresses that Charles James was famous for. I was glad to see so many Charles James influenced dresses on the Met red carpet, most notably in the incredible Marchesa dress worn by supermodel (and my best dressed on the night) Karolina Kurkova.

Other looks I loved also harked back to the glorious 1950s era. Karen Elson was almost regal in a stunning pink full gown from Zac Posen, whilst Suki Waterhouse kept the pink theme going in a frothy tiered number from Burberry. Sarah Jessica Parker was loyal to Oscar De La Renta, and had a Carrie Bradshaw moment in a black and white gown which had Oscar’s signature on the train.

The best dresses seemed to come from Zac Posen and Oscar De La Renta, designers who are totally in tune with the era of high polish and elegance that Charles James came from.

Here are my faves in full – would love to know yours?

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

 

Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen

Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen

 

SJP in Oscar De La Renta

SJP in Oscar De La Renta

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Karolina Kurkova in

Karolina Kurkova in Oscar De La Renta

Arizona Muse in Zac Posen

Arizona Muse in Zac Posen

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Diane Kruger in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss

Jessica Alba in Diane Von Furstenberg

Jessica Alba in Diane Von Furstenberg

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue in Marchesa

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors

 

 

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Karen Elson in Zac Posen

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Felicity Jones in Olivier Theyskens

Taylor Swift in Oscar De La Renta

Taylor Swift in Oscar De La Renta

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

 

Blake Lively in Gucci

Blake Lively in Gucci

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