Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 Met Costume Institute Gala

I jumped on the first postings from the 2014 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute gala last night and spent an enjoyable hour scrolling through hundreds of hits and misses from this annual extravaganza of models, designers, movie stars, celebrities, and assorted fashion icons. (It's a pricey affair, with each ticket costing $25,000). This year, the event celebrated a lavish new exhibit on Charles James, a legendary dress designer who used elaborate architecture in his creations. (The show opens in a few days, so we'll have to revisit it then.)
Vogue's Anna Wintour, whose name now adorns the Institute, wore a striking Chanel (right), while Kristen Stewart in hers looked a tad pitiful; Beyonce looked hot, hot, hot (while hubbie just seemed a bit puzzled); event co-host Sarah Jessica Parker looked passable from the front but a bit like Cruella DeVille from the back, where her dress was festooned with the signature of the gown's designer, Oscar de la Renta. Gay fashion gurus Tom and Lorenzo commented as follows: "Sarah Jessica flung open her closet doors and exclaimed 'This year, I’m going to go as AN INSANE DRAG QUEEN!'” From the many close-ups on their website, I'd have to agree.
Anne Hathaway was classy in Calvin Klein; ditto Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta. As befits a burlesque icon, Dita Von Teese was characteristically va-va-voom in Zac Posen. I also really liked Janelle Monae's outfit from Tadashi Soji—she certainly has a unique style.

Katie Holmes was a big ole buttercup in Marchesa and Maggie Gyllenhaal looked like she was going in for soothsaying, while Kristen Wiig cleaned up very nicely in basic black Balenciaga. 
As usual, some outfits were cuckoo: Lupita Nyong’o’s (almost literally) and Doogie Howser & husband's (both seemed to have been kitted out by a haberdasher to circus magicians). It just goes to show, one person's peacockery is another person's fashion meltdown.
I'll close with a bit of Tom&Lorenzo's commentary on Lupita's outfit: "Look, we knew this day would come eventually. No one can be fabulous indefinitely. Eventually a little rain is gonna fall on their little patch of the red carpet. And it’s not like she hasn’t had a clunker or two on her red carpet resume already. Still, we don’t think anything could have prepared us for this … this… what? What IS this? Flapper Peter Pan? Caught in a fishnet? Pocahontas at the craft store?"

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9 comments:

  1. IevenlovesayingBalenciagaMay 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    If she hasn't written a book, I don't feel any guilt over not recognizing her face. Note to buttercup: The woman should wear the dress, not the other way around!
    And if ever I saw a Gay Man's (Fashion) Crisis!

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  2. Neil Patrick Harris is definitely looking like his Hedwig persona more than usual. I don't think I've ever seen him wear blush before, but good on him! Perhaps he just wants to stay in character.

    Also, did you hear that Taylor Swift couldn't make it because her cat ruined her dress? True story! (or so I've been told...)

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    1. Her cat just finished reading "I Could Pee on This"!

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    2. Taylor Swift was there, in a dress w/ way too much runaway train on it. (Maybe it was her backup.)

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  3. Gotta say I am definitely diggin' Kristen Wiig's black ensemble and I love that she rocked pants with her get up. She totally gave off a "classy, yet comfy" vibe.

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  4. Am I the only one that thinks that Katie Holmes looks like the Disney Princess Belle (Beauty and the Beast)????

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    1. I agree - it looked way too poufy. I liked Emma Stone's dress - it was youthful and sophisticated. I loved the color!

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