But I want to make a few quick observations of my own.
First, my hands down best dressed of the night was Emma Stone in Lanvin. Probably didn’t hurt that she arrived with the adorable designer Alber Elbaz. I thought the dress’s silhouette and color were fun and flirty. The embellishment was interesting and makes me crave a closer look. And the length was perfect for maneuvering the Met’s steep staircase.
(If you watched the live stream, you saw woman after woman stumbling and getting stuck on the staircase because of their long and leg binding dresses.)
Runner up had to go to Karlie Kloss on the arm of Jason Wu. I’m not a huge fan of the color combo hot pink and black generally, but something about the asymmetrical drape of the pink and delicateness of the lace worked in this dress by Wu. I also really like Christina Ricci’s black and nude Thakoon dress in an exaggerated silhouette. The back had a giant bow. I mean, if you are going to rock a nontraditional red carpet gown, this is the venue to do so.
Lena Dunham looked fab in Wes Gordon escorted by Hamish Bowles in Dolce & Gabbana. This was an unexpected pair to turn up together, but I thought it was cool that the Girls star is friends with this fashion wizard. And I’m giving big nods to Lizzie Tisch for donning a surrealist digital print on a Mary Katrantzou dress.
Now for my least favorite. Beyonce was on many best dressed lists, but I cannot stomach what she was wearing. It’s all a little too I’m-going-to-wear-the-craziest-combo-of-design-options-because-this-is-the-Met-Gala. I said before that this was the place to take risks, but this Givenchy haute couture dress was not a risk. It was a bit of a disaster in my opinion. A little too much all in one. Also, I was not a fan of the super, super fashionably late arrival. It’s one thing to want to be the last on the carpet. It’s another to arrive after the red carpet live stream ends.
One last thing to point out — there was definitely a long, sheer skirt trend going on. Not only did Beyonce do it, but also Rooney Mara in Givenchy haute couture, Marion Cotillard in Dior, Heidi Klum in Escada, and Caroline Sieber in Christopher Kane were seen in a similar look.
I would love to know what you thought. Anything particular stand out to you?