I loved watching every minute of The Met Gala Red Carpet arrivals, and one of the things that makes this event so much fun is the mix of invitees. It's not the same as award show red carpets where there is an expectation as to the formality or appropriateness of a certain dress or outfit. The designated Theme poses an interesting challenge to guests, and the result is an anything goes spectacle, which is a visual gift for all to see.
It also means it's incredibly hard to critique, which the hosts of E News would probably tell you. Watching Giuliana Rancic and gang avoid the pitfalls of offending industry insiders, friends, clients, and influencers was like watching a game of hot potato. "Hmmm...pretty...pretty...I just don't know if it's on theme...who would like to comment on this one...?"
Well, the theme was Manus x Machina ~ Fashion in the Age of Technology.
This Marchesa gown was not only stunning, it lit up different colors according to the mood of the texts it was receiving! There's gotta be a prize for that.
Topping my list of I wish I was Her, Kate Hudson looked amazing in this Atelier Versace.
And if there's one time in your life you should grab the opportunity to rock a train, posing on the steps to the Met is it.
Rita Ora just blew everyone away in this Vera Wang.
Has anyone ever looked sweeter with half her derriere exposed? I think not.
Certainly not Chloe Sevigny.
That's kinda weird.
There goes Zoe Saldana, taking herself way too seriously once again. She does look amazing, though. I do have to give her that.
I don't know why, but this was one of my favorite looks ~ Bee Shaffer, Anna Wintour's daughter, in Alexander McQueen.
Lupita wins the FUN award. Her hair was cray-cray fabulous. Nyongo in Calvin Klein.
First of all, this is the best Clare Danes has ever looked. I love this Zac Posen on her, although I couldn't really figure out how it fit in the theme...
and then...what? It glows in the dark!
So, now I'm just assuming that all those super pretty dresses have some sort of hidden talent.
I wonder what this one does?
I loved the simplicity of the Thakoon on Elle Fanning. It was just perfect.
And this was one of my favorites ~ insanely gorgeous ~ Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace. The blue bits are all strategically placed sequins.
I don't usually react this way, but I feel an intense wave of jealousy every time I look at this picture.
This look struck me for some reason.
Honorable Mention and Good Sport Award:
Most interesting Couples:
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham were the most beautiful couple.
Best Bestie Baby Bumps
Ciara was stunning with her platinum waves. I just hate that the dress is H&M. It would be nice to see Anna Wintour use her influence to guide fashion away from the practices of fast fashion retailers.
Balmain ruled the sleek silver sparkly column category.
Kylie Jenner looked all growed up. The makeup and hair was perfection.
Besides Kylie, Cindy Crawford was my favorite of the Balmain representatives.
Louis Vuitton's take on the theme was interesting. The sleek, shaped halters I kind of get. This was the Vuitton look I liked best; Selena Gomez looked so sweet. But, all the Vuitton looks seemed a bit off the mark for the Met, or any event with 'Gala' in the title.
And this. Just. No.
Nicolas Ghesquiere redeems himself with Taylor Swift's perfect look. I wonder if all the other Vuitton girls were sitting at the designer's table looking down at Tay-Tay's cool boots and thinking "Bitch".
Not crazy about Beyonce's latex Givenchy number. I literally get hot flashes just looking at it.
Brie Larsen's Proenza Schouler look was cuter in motion. The shoes aren't my favorite, and the harsh dark lips were a popular makeup theme, it's just not the most flattering.
I really wanted to like Amy Schumer in Alexander Wang. I just couldn't.
I tried to keep an open mind, but there were quite a few looks I just didn't get.
My choices for Worst Dressed:
At some point...even if you're technically an iconic rock star...should one maybe give it up?
Lady Gaga isn't there yet. I just don't like this outfit. It's half an outfit. It's an out.
I feel like a traitor and it pains me to say...my Worst Dressed goes to...Sarah Jessica Parker.
I know! I'm sorry.
She defended her look on the technology front, but...No.
But, in the end, if the Chairwoman herself chose this Chanel dress for this particular theme, then I guess everyone gets a pass and can do anything they like. Anna's reported response to the question What is your favorite machine? "A Bicycle."