Fashion Police: The Met Gala 2012

I think the Met Ball needs no introduction and it probably was the highlight of every fashion girl’s week (even if you are not attending, watching the livestream and tweeting about people’s outfits is pretty fun). For those who might not know, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in association with Vogue, organises an annual Gala, to launch its new exhibition. This year the exhibition focuses on  the works of two iconic female designers, Miuccia Prada and Elsa Sciaparelli, in order to address the question: are designers artists?

But for the moment, let’s focus on the guests’ sartorial choices. Just like every celebrity-studded event, there was the good, the bad and the ugly…

Starting with the good, the very good in fact:  three fabulous ladies in three fabulous Mary Katrantzou dresses. Whoever knows me, will also know that my love for anything Mary Katrantzou is endless, so I was over the moon to see three Mary K dresses on the red carpet. Lizzie Tisch, a chair of the event, wore one of the most talked about floral dresses from the S/S ’12 runway, Princess Elizabeth Von Thurn und Taxis wore a dress from the A/W ’12 runway, which I remember seeing a few months ago and thinking ‘it’s such a princess dress’ so it seems like a real fairytale moment to see it on a real Princess on the red carpet of THE fashion event of the year. Now when it comes to Elizabeth Banks, she made the most daring choice I’d say and not it the obvious sense of the dress being revealing, but of it being extremely fashion forward (not everyone can pull off Mary’s digital prints and architectural silhouettes after all) and she deserves a huge applause for that. As for those who disapproved of Banks’ choice, I’d just say you need an open mind, especially when critiquing the dresses at an event which is meant to celebrate fashion-forward women.

Another choice that had mixed responses: Coco Rocha’s vintage Givenchy jumpsuit and pink locks. I personally loved it, first of all because she purchased the outfit and did not rely on a stylist to hand her a gown and also, because it was refreshing to see something other than a dress, for once. As for the pink locks, I say why not? The Met Ball is all about being bold and experimental with fashion, plus shocking pink is know to be a Schiaparelli signature, so this could be Rocha’s unique, fashionable way of paying homage.

Lana Del Ray in Altuzarra was another favourite. I absolutely love the dramatic cape and the dark lips that create a mysterious, vampy chic look, that also happen to fit her image and her music.

When I saw Karolina Kurkova arrive on the red carpet with Rachel Zoe, my jaw literally dropped. The dress is undoubtedly stunning, what could not be stunning about a long, gold sequined, open-back, skin-tight dress, on one of the world’s most gorgeous super models? But what really made the statement for me was the matching headpiece and the subtle yet statement making cocktail rings and diamond studs, proving that the Rachel Zoe mantra of ‘more is more’ is indeed true. Hands down, Rachel Zoe has got to be the best stylist in the industry!

Jason Wu was accompanied by Karlie Kloss, who wore one of his dresses of course. This dress might have been less statement making and fashion forward but it was still extremely beautiful, there’s something about shocking pink and black lace…

Now as far as the girls in Prada were concerned I had mixed feelings. Miss Wintour wore Prada of course, to honour the designer (the devil wears Prada much?) and she did it extremely well, in a white floor length, embellished gown and not surprisingly, her signature fur collar. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a baby blue asymmetrical, mini dress, which had two very unexpected sequined pockets on the sides; not an easy dress to pull off, but matched with neutral accessories, extremely simple hair and make up and a whole lot of confidence, she managed just fine. And what would be my favourite Prada look of the evening, Cate Bosworth in a mini black-feathered dress, which was sexy, statement making, daring and very mysterious, especially matched with those gorgeous dark lips.

Some other Prada looks were not so successful however. Chloe Sevigny for instance was showing way to much skin if you ask me, Carey Mulligan was way too shiny, something that did not exactly compliment her pale skin and  blond hair and the feather situation on Diane Kruger’s dress got a little way out of hand. But that’s just my opinion…

If I had to pick a worst dressed, it would have to be Florence Welch. With all due respect to McQueen and Sara Burton who made the dress, I felt it was way to busy, there was too many ruffles and it was almost overwhelming the singer. Even if the event is all about being bold and fashion forward, this seemed a little too out of line.

Bianca Bardolini chose a gold sequined Dolce&Gabbana dress. Even though I am a die hard Dolce fan and attracted by anything that sparkles, I think this was a little too much shine for one outfit…

Another lady who took things a little too far, Christina Ricci in Thakoon. The dress did not seem bad from the front, but a few second later, she turned around and showed off a gianormous bow overwhelming her petite figure. Not so chic…

Who were your best and worst dressed?

Natalie xoxo

About Natalie_lebonchic

Currently a student at King's College London and Sorbonne Paris, exploring the wonders of French Literature. Every free second I get however I trade Rousseau and Baudelaire for Vogue and ELLE and obsess over red-soled shoes, leopard print Dolce & Gabbana dresses and anything with Karl Lagerfeld's signature on it, hoping to follow Miss Wintour's steps one day.
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