Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Met Gala 2015 Favorites

"People will stare. Make it worth their while."
~Harry Winston

I promise this is not turning into a fashion blog. It's simply that I want to spend more time blogging on the other things and then, I just continue to procrastinate the good blog posts. So... I will try to rectify that. Slowly but surely. In the meantime, here is more fashion fluff.

The Met Gala (do you even know what that is?) lured out of hiding many funky fashion choices just waiting for their opportunity to shock and surprise. Many of the truly fashion-headline-worthy shockers will not be posted here because let's face it... there were quite a few that were meant to dazzle that just really weren't my thing. See-through gowns seemed to be a trend this year (Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Donatella Versace, to name a few, none of which will be posted because... well, I didn't like them).

Apparently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit (The Met Gala) is the event the whole fashion industry looks forward to the most. Imagine your senior prom, New Year’s, Halloween, and your wedding celebration all rolled into one, and I think we can imagine the anticipation most feel about what they'll be wearing and what other people will wear to this event.

This year's theme, "China: Through the Looking Glass," elicited red, red, and more red with a touch of gold.

Some of my favorite gowns in no particular order... (by the way, all these pictures came from Yahoo.)

Let's start with Helen Mirren because you can't go wrong with starting with Helen Mirren. She continues to prove she can do no wrong on the red carpet. The 69-year old actress is stunning in the one see-through dress I liked from this year's Gala. The red bra was a must. Very subtle and made the see-through cut-outs very classy.

Helen Mirren at the 2015 Met Gala in Dolce & Gabbana

And then we have Madonna. Her skin caught my eye long before her dress. That skin is awfully radiant and wrinkle-free for her 56 years. Don't you think? She looks 26 maybe and has a bit of Drew Barrymore in her in this shot. And let's be honest, the dress doesn't do anything for me; I included her because of that skin. Or that nose. Or those cheekbones. Is this even really Madonna?

Madonna at the 2015 Met Gala in Moschino by Jeremy Scott

This red number worn on Hailee Steinfeld is a classic look.

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2015 Met Gala in Michael Kors

Then we have Allison Williams. I don't even know who she is, but that's okay. I don't know Hailee Steinfeld or a couple of the following women either. This dress intrigued me with the black sequined accents. The tulle is interesting, but it adds some nice flair.

Allison Williams at the 2015 Met Gala in Giambattista Valli

Behati Prinsloo, another one I don't know, looks radiant in this see-through piece. I thought it was tasteful and elegant. The fabric looks black to me, but the edges make it seem like navy blue maybe. Possibly a blue-black velvet? I like it.

Behati Prinsloo at the 2015 Met Gala in Tommy Hilfiger

And you know that I couldn't NOT include Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney. Although Amal is not my fashion icon, I do think most everything she wears is quite elegant. This dress is elegant but fun with the layers and ruffles and sequins. Good choice.

Amal Alamuddin (with husband, George Clooney) at the 2015 Met Gala
in John Galliano for Maison Margiela

And let's show you a couple of the out there numbers I can appreciate. Sarah Jessica Parker and her headpiece, which is meant to be based on traditional Chinese bridal design. That's an eye-catcher, all right.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2015 Met Gala in H&M gown and Philip Treacy headpiece

And here's another interesting piece. Zendaya. I feel like I should know who that is. Anyone whose is only known by one name and it starts with a Z? Yeah, feel like I should know her. Oh, but I don't.

Zendaya at the 2015 Met Gala in Fausto Puglisi

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! President and CEO, wore an understated but lovely red gown. I thought she looked great.

Marissa Mayer at the 2015 Met Gala in Oscar de la Renta

Anne Hathaway knocked my socks off with her stance, the look on her face, and that hood! She's got presence.

Anne Hathaway at the 2015 Met Gala in Ralph Lauren

And lastly, Bee Shaffer (who's she?) in a lovely gown covered in beautiful cherry blossoms. Lovely.

Bee Shaffer at the 2015 Met Gala in Alexander McQueen

There you have it. Just what you always wanted: my red carpet opinions. Until next time...

And next time, I promise I'll come up with something a little more substantial.