Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Met Gala Superlatives

The Met Gala.  It's the Oscars of fashion.  The one night a year when you can dress like a total man repeller, and no one can judge you for it.  Except for the hordes of styles blogs and tabloids with their "Worst Dressed" lists.  But hey, who ever said I'm one of them?  Which is why I'm bringing you my Met Gala superlatives.   Because perhaps you wanted to be known as the girl most likely to have gotten dressed in the dark.  I'm talking to you and that 80's prom dress, Sandra Lee.  So, without further ado:

1. Most True to Theme: Liu Wen in Zac Posen

Top model and the face of Lancome, Liu Wen truly paid homage to the American couturier Charles James in this massive, architectural gown designed by Jason Wu while many of the attendees seemed to disregard the theme. 

2. Chicest Little Red Riding Hood: Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji
Even Janelle Monae got the drift that the Met gala doesn't mess around.  Despite being loyal to her tried and true tuxedo uniform, Monae opted for an intricate red and black cape to spice things up.  Just make sure you don't get eaten by the big bad wolf.

3. Most Likely to Inspire a Confectioner's Wet Dream: Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso
Can't you just imagine the pastry chef getting off to this?

4. Most Improved Player: Kim Kardashian in Lanvin
What a difference a year makes.  A far cry from the floral print Givenchy number of last year's Met ball, Kim Kardashian opted for a more classic Lanvin dress with an exposed leg à la Gisele at the Oscars.  From worst to first.   

5. Most Likely to Have Gotten Dressed in the Dark: Sandra Lee in Dara Lamb
I'm not quite sure who okay'ed this, but she deserves to fire her stylist, hair and makeup team for making her look like a marshmallow meets cracked out ballerina.

6. Best Appropriation of Troll Doll Hair: Nicole Richie
Is it just me or did one glance at Nicole Richie's hair prompt memories of those weird 90's troll dolls with colorful hair?  A chicer, glossier version nonetheless.

7. Most Likely to Steal Pharell's Thunder: Erykah Badu in Givenchy
The higher the hat, the closer to God?


Oh, and if you're still wondering what the hell I'm talking about?  The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This year, the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," exhibit will open on May 8 and will showcase Charles James' extraordinary satin and tulle ball gowns and explore his design process that employs sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Dubbed "the Einstein of fashion," by legendary photographer Bill Cunningham, Charles James created gowns that tipped the scales at 10, 15, even 25 pounds but were engineered to distribute their weight evenly, rendering them wearable." Voila!

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