On May 4th 2015, the annual Met Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It is a yearly fund-raiser that marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibit, and excuse to show off some of the most elegant menswear and gowns of the moment! A key difference with this event compared to other extravagant displays of fashion is that the attendees are required to select their formal wear according to the “theme” that year. This year’s theme at The Met Gala was, “China: Though the Looking Glass”.
Of all the notable women’s and men’s accessories that were sported by those present, several of the ladies went all out with the China theme and donned headdresses. In the above photo, there is more of a “nature theme” with her crown of golden flowers and stocks to go with her bejeweled neckline and dress. Next, is the flaming red headdress worn by Sara Jessica Parker with a crystal encrusted cap and long side tassels to celebrate the Chinese theme. The photo on the far right is the most ornate with the waves of gold and silver swirls with floral accents that tie right in to her gold-lame, jeweled dress. I’m curious about how much they weigh.
One design house that is always prominent for any red carpet event is Dolce & Gabbana and its array of suits & blazers. Here are three examples of their use of texture to dress up the black tuxedo or suit. The double-breasted suit on the left has a more subtle crinkle texture that adds interest to the black fabric, while the center tuxedo is more of an embossed floral/paisley that is more prominent in design. The last Dolce & Gabbana men’s suit is more boldly adorned with its quilted texture jacket and hanging jewels. I can’t really tell from the existing coverage from the event, but I’d love to know how everyone accessorized, e.g. with cufflinks, to add to these handsome pieces.
Another trend for this year’s Met Gala was the barely there gown. Versions were worn by Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez. These dresses left very little to the imagination and even bordered on tacky as opposed to elegant. The more subdued versions worn by Kendall Jenner and Rosie-Huntington White were still sexy, but less of an open book (so to speak).