The 2014 Met Gala: Gowns, Pants & Crop Tops, Oh My!

Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon.

Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon.

On Monday we saw yet another “fashion prom” come and go. Better known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala, or Met gala, the yearly event didn’t disappoint. As always, along with glamour and sophistication, weirdness and questionable choices followed. There were those that followed the theme and those that didn’t (such as gala rule-maker herself, Anna Wintour).

This year’s theme was Charles James: Beyond Fashion. Seeing as Charles James was a mid-century designer of iconic ball gowns, you’d expect to see exactly that. There were some ball gowns, but being an unpredictable crowd, there were of course other looks that included pants, short dresses and crop tops.

Not being one to stick to the rules, I actually liked most of the looks that went against the theme. Ball gowns just aren’t my cup of tea, as pretty as they may be (did not mean for that to rhyme, but I’ll go with it). That being said, below are some of the looks seen at this year’s Met gala, in no particular order.

I’ll discuss my top picks in my next post, but in the meantime, who were your favourites? Let me know!

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Victoria Beckham in a dress by Jacob & Co.

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Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney.

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Rihanna in Stella McCartney.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain.

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry.

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Nicole Richie in Donna Karan.

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Mary Kate and Ashley in vintage Ferré and Chanel, respectively.

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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton.

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Margot Robbie in Prada.

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Lily Allen in Chanel.

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Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci.

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Kim Kardashian in Lanvin.

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Kendall Jenner in TopShop.

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Kate Mara in Valentino.

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Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney.

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Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta.

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Joan Smalls in Vera Wang.

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Jessica Alba in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Olivia Munn in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji.

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Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung.

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Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga.

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Georgia May Jagger in David Koma.

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Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera.

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Emma Stone in Thakoon.

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Elizabeth Olsen in Miu Miu.

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Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss.

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Chloe Moretz in Chanel.

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Charlize Theron in Dior.

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Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney.

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Blake Liveley in Gucci.

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Arizona Muse in a Ralph & Russo gown.

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Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein.

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Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel.

Anna Wintour in Chanel.

Anna Wintour in Chanel.

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Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.

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Katie Holmes in Marchesa.

(All photos courtesy of Vogue.com, Glamour.com, along with Getty Images, PA Images, FilmMagic, WireImage).

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Coachella 2011

I know I’m super late with this post, as in almost a month late, but I’ve been super busy.  Alas, without further ado, here are my favourite looks from last month’s Coachella Festival!
 
Ps. More catch-up posts will follow, including my favourite hats from the Royal Wedding and my favourite looks from the Met Ball!
 
 
 
 

2010 MET Costume Institute Gala: Best Dressed

Last night, one of the biggest social and fashion events of the year took place in New York.  The MET 2010 Costume Institute Gala brought out celebrities, models and designers in full force, and in their best attire.  This year’s theme was American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, so of course many American designers were well represented, but there were also many European names, such as Pucci and Burberry.    Oprah co-chaired the benefit this year along with Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and Patrick Robinson from The Gap.  

There were many lovely gowns to be seen, but then, as with any red carpet event, there were also some very unfortunate choices. 

The bad: Kristin Stewart in a terrible Chanel dress, which I didn’t find flattering at all.  Although I did like Tina Fey’s pantsuit by Yves Saint Laurent, I didn’t think it suited the event, and the same goes for Alexa Chung’s Phillip Lim tux look, and Rachel Bilson’s Louis Vuitton ensemble (and I usually adore both Alexa and Rachel’s styles, so it’s quite unfortunate!).

The good: Emma Watson in none other than Burberry; Jennifer Lopez in a stunning Zuhair Murad gown; Zoe Saldana in a simple but beautiful (possibly my favourite) gown by Calvin Klein; Claire Danes in Burberry; Jessica Alba looking old Hollywood glam in a gown by Sophie Theallet for Gap;  Taylor Swift in a simple yet pretty white Ralph Lauren Collection gown; Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs; Sienna Miller in Pucci; Anne Hathaway in a beautiful Valentino gown; Emmy Rossum in Kenneth Cole; Katy Perry (although many disliked her look, I thought it was great!) in a Cute Circuit gown; Rosie Huntington- Whiteley in Burberry; and Camilla Belle in a wonderful red Jason Wu gown.

Emma Watson in Burberry

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein

Claire Danes in Burberry

Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet for Gap

Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren Collection

Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs

Sienna Miller in Pucci

Anne Hathaway in Valentino

Emmy Rossum in Kenneth Cole

Katy Perry in Cute Circuit

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry

Camilla Belle in Jason Wu

Trends: Shorts with Tights & Socks with Sandals

What do you guys think about both these looks?  With all the crazy hosiery trends going on lately, these are two of the top ones out there.

Both are considered top trends of the season, and will most likely be here for the rest of 2010. I think both have some staying power, with designers showing shorts and tights and socks and sandals on the runways and celebs such as Nicole Richie and Alexa Chung being devoted followers.

I, for one, love both trends, despite the protests of others, haha.  Especially the shorts and tights look – I’m a big fan. It’s such a fun look which can be both casual and dressed up depending on what you pair it with. For example,  denim shorts with coloured or patterned tights and a tank top is a casual and fun look. Meanwhile, a high waisted short with black or dark coloured tights paired with a blazer makes for a dressier appearance.  It can be taken from day to night very effortlessly which is always awesome.

The socks and sandals trend took me a bit longer to come to terms with. I have always said that I absolutely despise socks paired with sandals, but that’s because I always imagine socks with no-heeled sandals or Birkenstocks. It’s such an ugly look which nobody should EVER try! Unfortunately there are the few who get caught wearing them, and I always cringe. (It’s worse when it’s men with socks and sandals, gross).  

 Another similar look is socks with heels or flats, for those who don’t want to pair them with sandals (even if they are more stylish high-heeled ones).  Regardless of whether they are sandals, heels, or flats – not everyone can pull it off.  The shorts with tights trend  is a look which basically anyone and most body types can get away with.  This one, not so much – you can either look fantastic or end up looking like a 5-year-old or a badly dressed tourist.  I have yet to actually try this look for myself, but I shall, eventually.  I just have to find a decent pair of socks along with a cute pair of high-heeled sandals, and the courage to go out in public wearing them.  

All I can say is that it did take me a while to warm up to this trend.  When I saw Alexa Chung donning a pair of flats with socks I thought what the hell is she wearing? Then I saw it on the runways and thought ok I guess this look is here to stay for a while. Now, I’m a fan.  It’s like a song you don’t like at first, but from listening to it on the radio so much it gets stuck in your head and then you end up loving it (a la Rihanna – Rude Boy, as my personal example).

Anyhow, I am going to try this look and hopefully it doesn’t end up being a complete disaster. If I am unable to pull it off, at least I know I always have the shorts and tights look to fall back on.     Feel free to agree or disagree with me.  I know not everyone agreed with my clog obsession, haha.  Fashion is meant to be fun and you should experiment with different looks.  Who knows what trend you may end up loving!  Everybody makes a fashion mistake at some point, even the best of fashionistas 🙂

But I really am curious as to what your thoughts are, let me know!

xox