Tuesday 6 December 2016

Met Gala: More class, less ass please...

Published 06/05/2015 | 16:50

Left to Right: J-Lo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian attempt to steal the show at the 2015 Met Gala
Left to Right: J-Lo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian attempt to steal the show at the 2015 Met Gala

The Met Ball is nicknamed the ‘Fashion Oscars’ and it is the industry’s most illustrious red carpet of the year. Therefore, it’s not exactly surprising that these three high profile women tried to go above and beyond to steal the show.

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If there’s one way to guarantee column inches, it’s by donning a sheer dress with strategically placed rhinestones. Exactly one year on from her husband and sister’s infamous elevator bust up, Beyoncé Knowles ensured her name was on everyone’s lips by arriving at the Met Ball in a dress that practically bared all.

Beyonce in Givenchy.
Beyonce in Givenchy.

The global superstar was the last person to arrive at the event, turning up a staggering two hours late. Upon making her entrance, the 33-year-old spent ten minutes posing seductively for the cameras in her sheer Givenchy Couture gown while her own Instagram upload garnered over a million likes.

As red carpet events go, the Met Gala routinely welcomes the most daring and fashion forward outfits. The evening always embraces everything that is creative and unabashedly glamorous - but here’s the clincher, Beyoncé’s outfit had absolutely no relevance to the theme.

Rihanna
Rihanna

The night was intended to open this year’s exhibition - China Through The Looking Glass. Say what you want about Rihanna’s yellow gown, but that piece of couture took Beijing-based designer Guo Pei over two years to make and at least it was befitting of the dress code. (Two years of painstaking work and craftsmanship, only to be compared to omelettes and pizzas by spectators!)

Likewise, Sarah Jessica Parker’s towering headpiece by Irish milliner Philip Treacy was mocked widely online. The flame like headdress made reference to a traditional Phoenix Crown, but it was likened to cartoon characters and iPhone emojis in memes that poked fun at the actress’s outfit. However, like Rihanna, SJP at least showed an interpretation of the theme, which is more than can be said for donning a sheer, bedazzled body stocking.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker

An expert at courting attention herself, Kim Kardashian is evidently from the Beyoncé school of thought. The reality star certainly caused heads to turn as she arrived at the Metropolitan Museum in a revealing dress by Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas.

In fact, eagle eyed fashion fans were quick to notice that the dress bore a striking resemblance to Beyoncé’s 2012 Givenchy number. Clearing things up, she took to Instagram to notify her legions of followers that Cher's 1974 Bob Mackie ensemble was in fact the inspiration.

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

While Kim's gown showed intricate embellishment and a stunning feathered train, I couldn’t help but groan when Kim arrived. Her attempt to remain relevant and dominate coverage of the evening is frustrating, particularly so when you question why she was there in the first place.

Joining Kim and Beyoncé in the attempt to flash as much skin as possible was 45-year-old Jennifer Lopez. For Monday night’s event, Lopez also opted for a nude mesh dress which left little to the imagination. Ironically, the singer's infamous Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards can be blamed for kick starting the trend for racy red carpet outfits in the first place.

Jennifer Lopez attends the
Jennifer Lopez attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Fashion critics are divided over the three women’s outfits. I suppose there’s something to be said for the old adage “if you’ve got it flaunt it,” but for me, their sheer ensembles just seemed tacky and desperate for publicity. It worked too, as theirs were the ones that were given the most air time - completely outshining the more demure and stylish celebrities in attendance.

The Met Gala is an event conceived in 1948 and is one of the most prestigious nights of the year. Its red carpet has welcomed the most stellar attendees over the last 60 years but it now feels as if the tone of the dress code has been irrevocably lowered, thanks to these three women and their bid to outdo one another.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

Now, instead of class...we’re just left with a whole lotta ass. I dread to see what they will turn up in next year.

Beyonce attends the
Beyonce attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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