The Metropolitan museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala was this past Monday and as with traditional the event saw the who is who of the fashion world both celebrities and designers alike descend upon the upper east side of Manhattan, this year in honour of the late great British artist and costume designer Charles James known in the fashion world as ‘America’s first couturier’. This overdue and touching tribute comes some thirty-six years after his death.
Speaking of couture and ball gowns which was the theme of this year’s gala, the fashionistas who donned ball gowns were the center of attention and the bigger the better it seemed. One of such show stoppers was supermodel Liu Wen who was a sight for sore eyes in a beautiful mint blue ball gown designed by Zac Posen who accompanied her on the red carpet along with all the bevy of other beauties wearing his designs. Of course there were as many misfires as there were hits on displays, new fashion favourite Lupita Nyong’o is one of such disappointments looking like a green-flapper-fairy-maiden in a bizarre (Tinkerbell inspired???) outfit from the house of Prada. In fact when I first saw her, I thought the theme had something to do with Disney or cartoons then I saw Kirsten Dunst in her lunar death star inspired frock and I absolutely was sure the theme had something to do with cartoons or movies with cult followings. Imagine my shock when I actually found out the theme was about couture and ball gowns honouring such a pioneer in designing such riveting ensembles. Would it kill people to just stick to a theme instead of treating the steps of the MET ball like their own private boat cruise or the VMAs, not that there is anything wrong with those two events but as you wouldn’t wear a ball gown to the VMAs or on your yacht DO NOT don resort wear or disheveled-out-of-character-or-theme looks to the MET ball!
The Ones Who Hit The Fashion Jackpot Include: Sarah Jessica Parker (the belle of the ball) in Oscar De La Renta, Liu Wen In Zac Posen, Emmy Rosum in Carolina Herrera, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Kendall Jenner in Top Shop, Arizona Muse in Ralph and Russo, Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors and Charlize Theron in Dior among many others.
The Ones Who Played It Safe Include: Emma Stone in Thakoon, Rachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren, Selena Gomez in DVF, Taylor Swift in Oscar De La Renta, Blake Lively in Gucci, Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney, Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss and Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein among just a few others.
The Ones Who Missed The Mark Include: Lupita Nyong’o and Gabrielle Union in Prada, Shailene Woodley and Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte, Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji, Rita Ora in Donna Karan Atelier, Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana, Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture and a slew of others who probably didn’t get the memo containing the dress code.
The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit will be open to the visiting public at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan as from Thursday May 8th and will run through August 10th, 2014.