Boring? Mon dieu, no! The Met Costume Institute’s annual gala is never a dull affair, thanks to all the elaborate fashions, but this year, the red carpet was downright entertaining. A-list celebrities had some fun outdoing themselves working with the Asian theme: The haute fundraiser for the NYC museum’s Anna Wintour Costume Center on Monday night was inspired by the Upper East Side art institution’s new exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
Destined to be a hot topic at the water cooler for a few days was Sarah Jessica Parker’s gravity-defying Philip Treacy headpiece that made flames appear to be shooting out of the petite star’s perfectly coiffed hair. Social media users had a field day poking fun. But kudos to the dress — from none other than H&M, made with sustainable fabrics.
Princess Charlotte, who? Rihanna dressed the part of the pop royal that she is in a high-drama couture fur-trimmed cape by Chinese designer Guo Pei. Photogs captured three handlers gingerly carrying the end of the thing up the Met’s famed stairs. An adjective that comes to mind: “epic.”
Beyoncé is not one to be upstaged: She arrived fashionably late, smiling with Jay Z in a barely existent — bare being the operative word —Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. One thing is for certain: This woman is definitely not pregnant.
Not so smiley (it causes wrinkles, you know) was Kim Kardashian with her equally stone-faced hubby, Kanye West. Both wore Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli. Kim’s crystal-adorned mermaid-style gown featured a train of white feathers. The reality star buddied up with the indefatigable Jennifer Lopez, who performed at the Radio Disney Music Awards April 25 in L.A. and then the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami three days later and still managed to dazzle in a strategically cut-out scarlet Versace festooned with beads resembling red hot chile peppers. In my next life, can I please come back as J.Lo?
Lady Gaga did feathers, too. Lots of ’em. We’re talking 14,000 hand-embroidered onto a Balenciaga evening coat. Underneath, the sartorial risk taker had on a black jumpsuit sparkling in Swarovski crystals. Sorry, we didn’t catch a number for those.
FKA Twigs had people talking — and not because of her dapper date, fiance Robert Pattinson. The British singer wore a Christopher Kane “Lovers” dress that featured, if you looked closely, a drawing of a male’s privates.
Anne Hathaway must have absorbed something from the “Runway” magazine office in The Devil Wears Prada movie set. Her gold lamé Ralph Lauren Collection gown just worked. Though critics — the actress has her share — thought the hood portion was a little too Princess Leia. Hathaway’s doppleganger, Amal Clooney, rocked a red Maison Margiela by John Galliano with corset top.
With the good comes inevitably the bad: We’re talking to you, Chloë Sevigny, in an ill-fitting JW Anderson shift; Solange Knowles, in a chin-grazing, fan-shaped monstrosity by Giles; and Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose Roland Mouret made her look as if could be auditioning for a reboot of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Katy Perry’s stylist may not have had a job as of Tuesday morning. The Hot and Cold singer showed up in a graffitied-up Moschino number that was strikingly similar to Madonna’s Moschino graffitied-up number. But you better believe Madge’s was custom-made — it had “Rebel Heart,” the name of her latest album, spelled out across the front. The two later posed together, so maybe all is forgiven?
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