The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual fundraising event during which celebrities, models, and designers dress to the nines in a theme consistent with the newest exhibit on display. This year it is “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” – a collection of evening gowns by the British-American designer known both for his idiosyncrasies and his beautifully fashioned floor length dresses fit for movie stars and aristocrats alike. His aesthetic was steeped in structure and often infused with scientific innovations to enhance the design.
Every year famous attendees walk the red carpet, photographers furiously clicking away their shutters so as not to miss a single nuance of these often breathtaking pieces of clothing. Sometimes adhering literally to the theme, sometimes flaunting a look for the sake of donning haute couture fashion, the stars come out in full force and here’s a smattering of my favorite ones from this year’s Met Gala:
Statuesque as ever, Charlize Theron unsurprisingly wore black & white Dior with a black jacket, and some jaw-dropping 80’s inspired ear candy.
Diane Kruger served up icy cool elegance in her Hugo Boss halter style gown complete with minimal accessories and a beautifully coiffed bun.
Emma Stone proved that redheads can wear pink and still look drop dead gorgeous. Opting for two different shades of the energetic color, she selected a top-and-skirt look by Thakoon, accented only by dewy makeup, a few dainty rings, and a simple rectangular clutch.
Probably my top choice, Sports Illustrated model, Chrissy Teigen wore a slinky Ralph Lauren backless halter column gown covered in crystals and finished with face-framing translucent ruffles around her neck. Walking alongside hubby, John Legend, didn’t hurt either.
While these stunning dresses were not my favorites, the proceeding women honored Charles James with their commitment to structured gowns on this year’s red carpet so they deserve some recognition. Ahem…
Model, Liu Wen wore shamrock green Zac Posen, her dark hair swept off her face, and a dark red lip for an utterly timeless effect.
Model, Karen Elson also chose Zac Posen to design her Met Gala look and the results are splendid. Swathed in frothy light pink, Elson’s short-sleeved high neck dress with its sculpted bodice and artfully draped pleats allowed her striking coloring to be on equally full display.
Supermodel, Karolina Kurkova opted for the most architectural dress of the night, courtesy of Marchesa. Opulent curvilinear fins comprised the two-tier skirt while an asymmetrical bodice bound the model’s torso. A light over-sized floral print was enhanced by 3D floral appliques trailing from the waist down the side, and with such a statement making dress, Kurkova kept her hair simple, makeup neutral, and accessories classic.
Taking the idea of a classic strapless gown to a modern place, our favorite Girl, Ms. Lena Dunham, wore Giambattista Valli straight off the runway! The cropped gown fused classic concepts with modern approaches including a perfectly springy addition of rosettes in pink & blue around her bust and waist.
And, what would Fashion Prom be without SELFIES? :