Met Gala 2015 – My fave looks

The Met Gala 2015 will go down as one of the most memorable in recent history. The theme this year was ‘China: Through the looking glass; and this gave way to a host of plays on this theme. Unfortunately, for many fashionista’s this meant some sort of poppy display and very questionable eye make-up (I’m talking to you Kris Jenner, and frankly still shuddering at the thought nearly 24hours on.) There was also a lot of flesh on display, as Cher’s fright frocks of the 1980s were resurrected on Beyonce, JLo and Kim Kardashian – all of whom should frankly sack the stylist and put some clothes on.

Fortunately, there were some absolutely stunning looks on display too, and some that will become legendary for the sheer daring interpretation that they gave to the theme. Because, let’s be honest, we probably wouldn’t wear the Crazy World of Arthur Brown Phillip Treacy headdress that SJP wore to the proceedings, but we’re still really glad that she did. Drama, decadence and some stunningly beautiful gowns worn by the world’s most beautiful women is what the Met Ball is all about, and this one had that in spades.

Here are the looks that I loved, albeit for many different reasons.

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Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

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Sienna Miller in Thaykoon

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Gong Li in Roberto Cavalli

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SJP in H&M and Phillip Treacy

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Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Atelier Versace

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My absolute winner – Fan BingBing in Christopher Bu

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Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren

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Amal Clooney in John Galliano

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors

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Vanessa Hudgens in H&M

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

So there are my key picks. There was a lot of red, beautiful prints, ladies who opted for trousers instead of dresses and SJP wearing a flaming headdress. Clearly a memorable, fashionable night.

Did you have a favourite look from the night? I would love to know your thoughts.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker – The style icon is back!

Like most women, I adore Sarah Jessica Parker and her inimitable style. She is, after all, Carrie Bradshaw – the women with the most lusted after wardrobe on both the small and silver screen. But lately, things have been quiet on the Carrie Bradshaw front. The critical mauling that Sex in the City 2 took means that it is looking very unlikely that there will be a Sex in the City 3,whilst Sarah herself had been a little quiet, seeming be photographed only when she was looking casual on the school run.

But May has seen the  re-emergence of a true style icon. From a triumphant appearance at the met ball wearing a stunning dress by Alexander McQueen, to the beautiful lace Valentino gown she wore to the New York Ballet Spring gala performance, there have been amazing look after amazing look from SJP. Last week saw her stealing the fashion headlines in D &G and Elie Saab at the Cannes Film Festival.

There have been a few jarring points. The Cheryl Cole doing Tammy Wynette on ‘Stars in their eyes’ hairstyle is best avoided unless you are a Tammy or Dolly tribute act living in Nashville (But don’t let that detract attention from the purple dress – a seriously sexy number.) I would also like to see a jewelled clutch with the Valentino rather than the cross body bag which is a little bit daytime for such an ornate dress. But on the whole these looks rock. And the most astonishing thing about the looks is the lack of flesh on display. These are looks that women will love and cherish, rather than men.

So rejoice ladies, for while we may not now have Carrie, we’ll always have SJP!

In Alexander McQueen at the Met Ball

In Valentino at ballet gala