Thursday 29 June 2017

Show-stopping style at NYC's Met Gala

Rihanna
Rihanna
Kim Kardashian
Beyonce
Kerry Washington
Jennifer Lopez
Solange Knowles
Lady Gaga
Anne Hathaway
Amal Clooney
Sarah Jessica Parker

The stars got all dressed up for the annual catwalk that is the Met Ball. This year's theme was 'China: Through The Looking Glass' but not everyone got the memo...

Solange Knowles

Last year's Met Ball was notorious for one reason, and it had nothing to do with fashion. All anyone was talking about was Solange and brother-in-law Jay-Z's row in a lift. Beyoncé clearly decided it was time to give us something else to talk about when she opted to wear the barest of barely there dresses (see panel). Solange took a different approach, but her origami-inspired dress was just as shocking

Amal Clooney

Lady in red Amal Clooney cut a ruffled figure in Maison Margiela Couture, but ran the risk of being likened to a frilly loo roll

Sarah Jessica Parker

Talk about making a statement… SJP made sure all eyes were on her by accessorising her H&M dress (yes, really, she designed it herself in collaboration with the brand…) with a fiery Philip Treacy headdress. Words (almost) fail us

Kerry Washington

Those with a sweet tooth might admire Kerry Washington's saccharine pink Prada, but, for us, it's a dab of sherbet too many

Lady Gaga

You can always count on Lady Gaga for an entrance. The outlandish dresser embraced the Asian theme head-on with a mammoth Balenciaga coat dress-come-kimono with black feathers woven through

Rihanna

Rihanna looked to Chinese designer Guo Pei for a majestic showstopper, complete with fur rim and elaborate embroidery. The lengthy train was unfortunately likened to an omelette numerous times on social media

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway surprised in a Ralph Lauren gold lamé hooded evening dress and earned herself a high-five from us for being original

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson gilded herself in Michael Kors's gold leaf

The Met Gala's bum note: a sheer step too far? As Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez bare all at fashion's biggest event, flesh-flashing seems to have had its day

Coverage is soooo overrated. Not press coverage (that's always great in Celeb World), body coverage. In fact, a lack of the latter greatly improves the chances of the former. See this very article for evidence.

Perhaps it was Anna Wintour's apparent ban on social media that made various stars at Monday night's Met Gala feel the need to bare all and turn up practically naked; a kind of panic-induced reaction to not being able to post 5,000 selfies during the event and therefore having to pack an evening's worth of attention-grabbing snaps into the time it took to saunter up the red carpet.

Arguably, it was Beyoncé who stole the sheer (or should we say rear...) show. The singer peacocked her way passed hoards of waiting photographers in a Givenchy creation that barely qualified for inclusion in the 'dress' category. Sheer nude silk spattered with 'strategically' placed gems, it left nothing to the imagination (except for undergarment ponderings) - one false move and Beyoncé's Yoncé would have been the night's main attraction. At least it would have overshadowed last year's unfortunate lift incident...

But wherever Beyoncé triumphs, Kim Kardashian follows in her shadow. Cue a body-baring number by Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli, the designer's first as creative director of the label. Seemingly Dundas felt that the only bit of the reality star that required coverage was her shoulders, which were incased in some out-of-place shoulder pads; everything else was there for all to see.

Not that it's anything we haven't seen before. According to Instagram, Kardashian was channeling Cher at the first ever Met Gala in 1974, when the singer wore a sheer dress by her long-time costume designer Bob Mackie.

And when there's a whiff of bottom-baring in the air you know JLo is never far away. The original queen of the 'booty', Lopez encased her curves in a sheer Versace number which was embellished with a winding sequinned Chinese dragon. But even her risquè dress was relatively tame by comparison to Beyoncé and Kim K. Well, if tame means that at least your lady lumps are covered.

So, if we take one thing from 2015's Met Gala, let it be this: baring all, just like anything that's rehashed over and over, doesn't shock anymore. Let's have a more imagination, and indeed a lot more left to the imagination, next time. Please.

- Bibby Sowray

Irish Independent

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