The Met Gala is one of the many anticipated sartorial fashion showcases of the year. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this year’s annual charity event paid homage to couturier Charles James. The code of dress was an enchanting ‘White Tie and Decorations’ theme, which was emphasised in a billowing sea of dresses.
A Cinderella story was envisioned, as the evening’s host, US Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour led the entourage of celebrities in cascading couture up the stairs from the red carpet. With guests including Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian dressed in aesthetic extravagance, from classic to glamour via Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Chanel. Fashion houses scrambled for stars to wear their latest silhouettes, as recognition was the forefront. Being one of the biggest opportunities to flaunt anything and everything, social networking and media coverage was heavily utilised, bringing an epidemic of photographers from publications and newspapers to outreach maximum publicity worldwide.
However, the event would not be complete without the ‘Best Dressed and Worst Dressed’ notorious fashion stamp. As critics (and the public) eagerly awaited live photos from the carpet to be uploaded, eyes were firmly glued to computer screens, ready to judge and determine which celebrities successfully accomplished ‘classical glamour’, and which forgot to check The Galas’ dress code. The pressure of wearing the right dress on a night out has never been so detrimental.
For the fashion designers whose dresses were to be showcased, it was a nervous wait on whether the PR move was worthwhile. For those who didn’t come out on top, and for those who didn’t even make the list of go-to designers for the event, the prep work has already begun ready for next year.
So who’s got some work to do ready for next year? Katie Holmes in her yellow Marchesa dress was labelled an outright disaster, Rita Ora was described as a drowned mermaid in her Donna Karan Atelier dress and the jury is still out on Kristen Stewart’s Chanel number.
Better luck next year guys!