For fashion lovers, the Met Gala – the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute – is the biggest red carpet of the year. A night where stars can take changes on their lavish ensembles while celebrating fashion (it’s called the “Costume Institute” for a reason). And that’s a good thing. Because fashion should be fun. And this year’s festivities gave us one of the best and most exciting red carpets in a long time. When’s the last time there was an event where social media had so much fun creating memes of some of the most outrageous outfits?! While some people were slightly nervous about how fashion-loving stars and their stylists would interpret this year’s theme (China: Through the Looking Glass), for the most part attendees came to play and seemingly tried – more than ever – to outdo one another. But once again, Rihanna came out on top and proved what a fashion legend she’s become.
Rihanna in Guo Pei
Many stars came to play but this was hands down the biggest ‘wow’ moment of the night. Only Rihanna could show up in something this elaborate and make it work. And she has this amazing ability to still not seem like she cares that much. Out of all the fashion forward stars who attended last night, she’s the only major star that actually wore Chinese couture. And we’re glad she did. The dress took 20 months to construct and weighed 55 pounds. She’s the QUEEN.
Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M and Philip Treacy Headdress
Parker obviously has fun at the Met Gala and always gets into the theme (remember her legendary mohawk headdress at the 2013 Met Gala when the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture”?). This look was costume-y but it was fun. And the headdress was incredible – totally outrageous but definitely a piece of work. I love it when stars don’t take fashion too seriously and are willing to go for it and laugh at themselves a little.
Beyoncé in Givenchy (see-through dress #1)
A few stars went for the nude look but I’d say Beyoncé was the best of the bunch – and she knew it too. The detail and colour of the beading was outstanding but I feel like we’ve been seeing a lot of this look lately and this was maybe a little too see-through. A Kardashion can try this hard but Beyonce doesn’t need too.
Julianne Moore in Givenchy
Moore’s become a big fan of Givenchy and often wears the label to major award show appearances. And this is a stunning and chic dress but I kind of wish she wore it when she won the Oscar earlier this year (instead of the Chanel Couture dress) because I think it was better suited for the Oscars than the Met Ball. Then she could have worn something more exciting. She has the ability. And the style.
Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela Haute Couture
Clooney is proving herself to be a major player in the fashion world and this was a great example of couture – the bodice part of the dress was like a piece of art and the cascading ruffles were expertly done. I could see Cate Blanchett wearing this dress too. It’s museum quality.
Sienna Miller in Thakoon
Loved it. It was super chic without trying way too hard. The design nicely incorporated the theme and I thought wearing separates was super cool. The color of the beading was spectacular too. Also, I think Thakoon is currently one of the most interesting women’s designer.
Keri Russell in Altuzarra
Another incredible dress and I can’t imagine what it looked like in person. It had a very couture-vibe. I also loved the coordinating makeup as well. One of my favourite looks ever on Russell.
Cher in Marc Jacobs
CHER!! It was so great to see the legendary actress and singer and she looked incredible. The multi jeweled coloured dress is a more simple than we’re used to seeing from the icon but that actually made the whole look fresh – for her. And I bet Marc Jacobs was super excited to dress her. When your Cher, this look is all you need to make an impact.
Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture (and Joshua Jackson)
Kruger is of of my favourite stars to watch on the red carpet. She has amazing taste and while this look may not have had that much to do with the theme, I loved it. She can definitely make beaded sheer pants and sash tied at the waste work. And I loved the soft hair and red lips. Also, she and Jackson couldn’t look better together. They pretty much get it right every time.
Jennifer Lopez in Versace (see-through dress #2)
Lopez has been doing this look for so long and this particular dress was the least impressive of her past looks. It’s way too Donatella Versace (not a good thing). And if actually doesn’t look super well-made. In photos you could see the bunching of the nude fabric throughout. Also, the red eye makeup was a mistake, which was too bad because her makeup is usually awesome.
Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas (see-through dress #3)
I hate to admit that I was actually looking forward to seeing what Peter Dundas was going to do when it was announced he’d be designing her dress – his first after recently being name Creative Director for Cavalli. And while it’s a beautiful dress (the beading, detail and feathers), it’s way too sheer. And it’s almost identical (other than the colour) to the Givenchy dress Beyoncé wore to the Met Gala in 2012.
Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture
From Chanel’s spring 2015 Haute Couture collection, the intricate dress with petal-adorned statement sleeves was perfect on the iconic fashion editor and the most powerful person of the night. It honestly is her party.
Georgia May Jagger in Gucci
Loved everything about this plunging gown. The intricacy and detail were perfection, the colours were beautiful and the matching turquoise flower in her hair was flawless. This was a perfect example of dressing well for the theme of the night. And it makes me intrigued to see more of Alessandro Michele’s designs for Gucci.
Naomi Campbell in Burberry Prorsum
I love being able to write about one of the original supermodels! And Naomi looked incredible. Much like her supermodel friends who rose to fame in the 90s, she doesn’t age. The colour of the dress was stunning and the feathers were worked well too. It had a Gucci vibe from a couple of years ago.
Miley Cyrus and Zoë Kravitz, both in Alexandre Wang
Loved both these looks. They were fresh and young and the perfect amount of edginess for the two unconventional stars. They also looked great together. The beaded neckline on Miley’s was awesome and the metallic/shear fabric of Zoë’s was cool and sexy.
Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier
An incredible and beautifully made dress. I couldn’t believe this was Donna Karan! The detail of the beading, embroidery and subtle feathers were similar to Galliano’s early days at Dior. Caplan totally stepped up her fashion game. Jennifer Lopez wished she wore this.
Lady Gaga in Balenciaga
It was a lot of dress and the design is complex and intense but it’s lady Gaga. And like some of the others who got it right, she took into account what the event is all about. This was a great combination of the theme as interpreted through couture.
Jennifer Laurence in Dior
For fashion sake (see what I did there?), I’d sure wish she’d give up her contract with Dior. This could have been so much better. Especially when she was one of the night’s co-chairs. But Lawrence doesn’t seem like she cares that much about fashion. Her makeup looked pretty though.
Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture
Once again, I find Johnson underwhelming of the red carpet. On someone else at a different event (like on Diane Kruger or Gwen Stefani) I’d probably would have cared about this dress more.
Madonna in Moschino
Her face looked great – she looked fresh and happy but I didn’t like the dress,. I get that the title of her current album “Rebel Heart” is embroidered on it, but it was just kind underwhelming and meh. She’s normally way better at the Met Gala.
Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren
Didn’t like this look at all. In fact it’s one of my least favourite dresses I’ve seen on Hathaway lately. I know it’s the Met Gala and heavy on the drama is not only appropriate, it’s encouraged but this just made me roll my eyes.
Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
Another one who I thought was disappointing. Hudson often has so much presence on the red carpet and but this wasn’t particularly special. And she has a killer figure but the cut of the shoulders doesn’t work and rarely does. It would made more sense if it was long sleeved and worn at a different event. Her hair seemed off too.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy
Chastain is so beautiful and could have done something way more exciting and original. Also, I liked the the similar gold beaded Armani dress she wore to the Oscars in 2013 way more than this one.
Linda Evangelista in Moschino
Evangelista is a living legend and one of the best supermodels of all time. And I hate to say this about one of my favourite 90s gals but…this was unfortunate.
Photos via vogue.com