Met Gala 2015 – Best Dressed

I know you’ve probably seen a billion of these lists already, but I thought I’d chip in too. I love the Met Gala/Ball/whatever term you prefer, and look forward to the red carpet every year. It’s like the Oscars but better, because not only is there actors, but there’s musicians, models, designers, and basically anybody famous enough to warrant an invite – or rich enough to pay the $20,000ish for a ticket (which I’m sure some of the guests did…). The event is a fundraiser after all.

Each year there is a theme, based on whatever the theme of the exhibition is in the Costume Institute at the Met that year. The Chinese Whispers theme, later retitled China: Through the Looking Glass, seemed a tricky one from the start. How do non-Chinese people dress up in Chinese clothes without appropriating culture? And then when you see previews from inside the exhibition, it doesn’t just feature Chinese (or Eastern Asian) designers, but many Western designers who have been inspired by the East, the Orient… The whole idea of the exhibition was later described as a look at how fashion has been influenced and inspired by Chinese designs and traditions, or the idea of Orientalism as a whole. Read this Refinery29 article for a deeper understanding, because I don’t know too much about the topic. Basically, this year’s theme was tricky, perhaps why most people strayed from it.

Very few celebrities wore Chinese designers (shoutout to Rihanna for wearing a real Chinese couturier’s design), and most people just wore typical red carpet dresses. But hey, that doesn’t matter as long as they looked good, right? My personal favourite of the night was Beyonce because she’s literally the hottest woman ever, and she knows it. There were a few total misses (as expected), a few looks that just didn’t make sense in the Met Gala context (Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors for one, too everyday maxi dress, not a gown, but her body is insane!), and lots of mediocre looks. Here are my top picks below…

Adriana Lima in Marc Jacobs
Adriana Lima in Marc Jacobs
Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela (by Galliano)
Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela (by Galliano)
The Queen of the World, Beyonce, in Givenchy Haute Couture
The Queen of the World, Beyonce, in Givenchy Haute Couture
Emily Ratajkowski in custom Topshop
Emily Ratajkowski in custom Topshop
Georgia May Jagger in Gucci
Georgia May Jagger in Gucci
Gigi Hadid in Diane Von Furstenberg
Gigi Hadid in Diane Von Furstenberg
JLo in Atelier Versace
JLo in Atelier Versace
Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger
Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger
Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein She totally outshined all her family members who attended (including Kim in the Beyonce, not Cher, inspired dress)
Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein
She totally outshined all her family members who attended (including Kim in the Beyonce, not Cher, inspired dress)
Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale (one of my fave couples, more for him since he's so damn handsome). Rose wears Calvin Klein.
Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale (one of my fave couples, more for him since he’s so damn handsome). Rose wears Calvin Klein.
Selena Gomez in Vera Wang
Selena Gomez in Vera Wang
Solange Knowles in Giles
Solange Knowles in Giles
Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi
Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi
Anna Ewers & Sasha Pivovarova in Balenciaga (2 of my fave models together)
Anna Ewers & Sasha Pivovarova in Balenciaga (2 of my fave models together)
Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing

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