Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ready for the Ball

The Met Gala has come and gone.  And frankly, I was not as impressed as I expected/hoped to be.  Probably because the red carpet gowns just do not compare to what is on display inside the museum.

I mentioned yesterday that formal dress codes are rarely in effect.  This event was an exception to the rule as Anna Wintour suggested that everyone show up wearing white tie or full evening dress.  There were, however, quite a few people who chose to ignore the invitation.  But what are you going to do when someone pays $25,000 for a ticket . . . kick them out because they are not wearing a white tie and tails?  I think not.

I really wanted Dita to show up in the most glorious gown of the evening, but I was a little bit disappointed.  She looks amazing, to be sure, but I was hoping for something more extravagant.  I think perhaps this dress might not photograph as well as it would look in person.  It is hard to see all the detail that I know is there.  I have also seen this design from Zac Posen before, although the contrasting dipped hem is new and really lovely.

The most showstopping piece was probably this Zac Posen design.  Can you imagine wearing something like this?!  I wonder how many yards of fabric are in there?

I adore Sarah Jessica Parker, but Oscar de la Renta’s knock off of the Charles James Petal Dress was seriously disappointing.  

It looks like a cheap prom version of the original.  And to make matters worse, the designer included his name on the train of the gown.  What the heck?!

And while I am not a fan of Taylor Swift, her dress (also by de la Renta) is really lovely.  Is it too late to have them swap?

Blake Lively’s Gucci is pretty spectacular.  Very vintage glamour – I just love a good dramatic drape that falls from the shoulders!  How amazing would it be in a jewel tone?!

I am not sure who this is, but the dress is pretty perfect – the fit, the color, and well, everything.  Although I am not sure about the hair . . . did she just come from the gym?

I am also strangely drawn to Emma Stone's choice by Thakoon.  It probably has something to do with the color of that skirt.  The top I am not so sure about, although I think it works for her.

This sapphire design by Zac Posen is pretty gorgeous too!

Which would you choose for a special night out?

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  1. Karen Elson's gown. I would look awful in that shade of pink but it was sooooo gorgeous. What a shame it was more the 'meh" gala than MET gala. And with a theme as amazing as this... :(

  2. Loved the Carolina Herrera gown. It was amazing how "dressed down" some people wore. You would have thought there would have been more vintage too. There are always those few gowns that make it worth it to see:)

  3. Can we talk about how Lupita Nyong'o wore the WEIRDEST dress and still looked amazing? I don't know how she does it.

  4. I would love to be able to get inside the first two dresses! Zac Posen really got in synch with Charles James' architecture of dress. I just LOVE how the skirt on Dita's dress is done in dimensional goblet style pleats rather than typical gathering... stunning!

    1. Me too!! The insides are almost more interesting to me these days than the outside of a well made garment.

      And thank you for the terminology lesson - I had no idea how to describe those pleats!

  5. I can only agree Kathleen, it is amazing how Zac Posen skulpts the dresses, love the pleats on Dita's dress. And the red facings on the top, so great. Yes, her's would definitely be my dress to chose. Thank you for the great post and for sharing these gorgeous photos.

  6. Karolina Kurkova's Marchesa gown reminded me of an umbrella with wind flaps. But I am completely enamored with the bottom of Dita's dress.

  7. I thought the same thing! I was really disappointed that some of the designers designed dresses/outfits that weren't reflective of Charles James. I did like Blake's dress, but wasn't that thrilled with several of Zac Posen dresses. Overall, it was just okay because I was hoping for the old world glamour and it just wasn't well represented Monday night! I can't wait to see the exhibit however!!!

    1. Oh my goodness, I am so jealous that you are going to see the exhibit in person - please tell us all about it on your blog - I want to hear about everything!!