The Met Gala, formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last night in New York City. Set to the theme of China: Through the Looking Glass, celebrities gathered en force to show off their most daring and decadent fashions. As one might expect, the night was all about making a statement. From fabulous diamonds, to trendy tassel earrings, everything was about being seen and the dresses were no different. Beaded and embellished gowns took center stage. Beads had quite the fashion moment last night and here are a few of my favorites from the event.
Katie Holmes walked the red carpet with Zac Posen, again acting as his muse in a custom navy blue gown. Featuring celestial beaded details along the bottom, Katie looked every bit as elegant as always. She shocked us all by showing up to the event with a brand new bob that looked to be inspired by Anna Wintour, herself. I always love seeing Katie Holmes on the red carpet.
Vanessa Hudgens, known for her bohemian-chic street style, really brought the Hollywood-glam to the red carpet last night. In a flirty, crystal embellished dress by H&M, she was both edgy and on theme. Her makeup managed to look both dramatic and fresh, which perfectly complimented her look. She was able to look age appropriate without looking too risqué and a little modest without looking matronly.
Wearing a blush colored Donna Karan Atelier gown, Lizzy Caplan was the picture of elegance. The beading and embroidered details of the gown are absolutely exquisite and this is my favorite look of the entire night. Her skin glows against the champagne color of the dress and the wine-stained lips and ruby ring are just the right pop of color for this other wise monochromatic look.
I’ve never been a fan of gloves on the red carpet, and unfortunately for Olivia Wilde, she won’t be changing my mind. That said, she is absolutely working this intricately embellished Prada gown. While it doesn’t quite fit the theme, she looks beautiful and her accessories (maybe not the gloves… okay, maybe even the gloves) all work together to complete her fun and edgy look. Most importantly, you can tell she loves what she is wearing and that is a major win in my book.
Walking the red carpet with some handsome man candy on her arm (Hello, Joel McHale!), Allison Brie stuns in this embellished jewel-toned Prabal Gurung dress. The deep eggplant color is rich and looks incredible on her. I love the rectangle shaped sequins and the way they cascade down the dress. On a differently cut dress, the lace may have been too much but it actually serves to soften the entire look and creates an interesting silhouette. Topping off her look with neutral make up and a faux-bob hair style, Allison Brie is one of my favorites of the night.
I’ll be the first to admit, this dress was not my favorite the first time I saw it. Once I realized this gown was not just another lacy, floral gown but was an intricately cut leather and beaded masterpiece, I fell in love. This Calvin Klein dress, custom-made for Rose Byrne herself, is gorgeous. It’s both interesting and unexpected, especially from Rose, who tends to be more reserved on the red carpet.
Sienna Miller is always one to take risks on the red carpet and this look is no different. With China being the theme of the night, it would have been nice to see her in something that looked less like a matador costume. While I love that she went with this intricately beaded pants suit by Thakoon, the entire look falls a bit flat to me. Maybe if the cut was a little different and it didn’t just look like fancy pajamas, I would like it more. The craftsmanship is beautiful and with the beading, I’m sure it looked much better in person. Perhaps this is one of those looks that just doesn’t translate well in pictures.
Everything about Taraji P. Henson’s look is on pointe. Invited by Belenciaga creative director, Alexander Wang, she served as his date and his muse in this custom-made, gorgeous beaded dress. The elegant column gown was constructed of black seed beads, rhinestones and tiny chain links and took over 120 hours of painstaking workmanship to complete. I especially love her whimsical Fred Leighton earrings. You might just see a DIY version of those in the future.
Generally a showcase for women’s fashion, a few men still like to get in on the fun. One of those men, Adrien Brody, decided to go big or go him in his embellished oxblood blazer by Dolce & Gabbana Alla Sartoria. Not many people could pull off such a statement look but Brody manages it quite well. Perfectly styled for the theme of the event, his playful look is a win for the red carpet.
What did you think about last nights Met Gala fashions? I was very impressed overall and felt like this years looks did not disappoint. Be sure to check out some of the links provided because there are so many more creative and amazing looks that I didn’t cover! Tell me, who do you think was best dressed last night at the Met Gala?