Never have I ever struggled so much to write a best and worst post in my life. Basically because I went from being either grossly disgusted to grossly underwhelmed and there was not much in between.
Before I get to the goods, I have to explain a few things. In my mind Red Carpet fashion has to follow a few guidelines to really be considered a job well done. Looking fabulous is much much more than just a good outfit.
1) the dress/outfit has to fit the persons body correctly
a dress can be gorgeous but if it fits like shit, it’s going to look like shit. plain and simple.
2) the dress/outfit has to be appropriate for the given occasion
There’s nothing worse than a beautiful dress than is so wrong for the occasion it’s being worn at. It’s like wearing a floor length gown to a bar in the middle of nowhere, the gown might be pretty, but people are just going to look at you like you’re stupid. It’s not the time or place for such an outfit.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk some about what exactly the Met Gala is. The Met Gala, (which is formally called the Costume Institute Gala) is an annual fundraising benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Each year the event has a theme and guests (which include celebrities and members of high society in the entertainment and fashion industries) are encouraged to dress to reflect that theme. Some guests oblige, others do not. This years theme was China: Through the Looking Glass.
With that in mind, I gave certain people a pass on looking horrible, because it was clearly obvious they were only trying to oblige to this years theme.
Emily Blunt in Prada
I do not like this look. I think it truly looks pretty awful, BUT in fairness of RULE #2 this is event appropriate. Doesn’t mean I like it, which also means it doesn’t make the best dressed list.
also getting a pass..
Lady Gaga in Balenciaga
Again, this is horrible, truly it is, but you can tell this look is inspired by the theme so for now she will be spared from the worst-dressed list.
Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace
This dress has nothing to do with the theme, but holy balls does she look smoking! Before we even talk about her dress, lets just look at her hair and make-up. Her skin looks flawless, and the green earrings only make her look that much more stunning. This is how you do sexy without being basically naked (we’ll hear more about that later).
Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu
Reese has pretty much been nailing the Red Carpet lately in my opinion, and this is another notch in her belt. The fit is perfect for her (RULE #1), and I love how the square neckline and slicked back hair are minor touches to correlate to the Asian theme.
Kate Beckinsale in DVF
Again nothing theme related here, but she looks fabulous. Because the neckline of this dress comes so far up I would have like to have seen her hair pulled back off her shoulder to accentuate the neckline more. Other than that, fabulous.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace
VA-VA-VA-VOOM!!! That’s literally what went through my mind when I first saw this dress. This dress looks like it was actually stitched to her body (meaning the fit is perfect, again RULE #1). The detailing and movement of the fabric is mesmerizing, and her body is incredible. Again, THIS is how you do sexy without walking down the carpet basically naked.
Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung
While this dress lacks a real shape (which I am normally against), I have to say I love this look! Yellow can be a hard color for a blonde to pull off, but Kristen does it flawlessly. When I saw her in this dress my first thought was simply, “beautiful”. I’m not sure someone else could have pulled this off as well as she did.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
This is how you dabble in the theme without looking ridiculous.
Hair? Make-up? CHECK! CHECK!
Well done J Law!
NOTE: regularly this would have just been meh to me, but RULE #2 comes into effect and this dress fits the occasion very nicely.
Ruth Wilson in Oscar de le Renta
I love the playfulness of this dress. The colors are a great combination and the top bow is adorable. However, I would have liked to have seen the skirt go all the way to the floor. The mid-calf length is, in my opinion, hard to pull off and usually looks awkward. Here is the perfect example, bring the skirt to the floor and this dress is on the next level immediately. Also, that shoe is atrocious.
Rihanna in Guo Pei
I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about this look. I’m on the fence about it. On one hand it is ridiculous, on another hand, it’s is an impressive and beautiful work of art. The color and the detailing proves that it was inspired by the Asian theme. I’m not sure where the fur influence comes from? In fact I think if you lost all of the fur on the trim and on her shoulders it would have shown off the detail of the fabric a little bit more and been easier for people to appreciate. Above all, I like this gown more than I dislike it.
Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER!!! This. Is. Perfect! Let me tell you why:
RULE #1 fit is perfect.
RULE #2 high neckline, pattern on the fabric and hair are true to theme and occasion of the event.
A) took part in the theme
B) doesn’t look ridiculous
HORRAY!!! BRAVO MY GIRL!