Met Gala 2014 Best Dressed

Yesterday was the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition. This year the show is a retrospective of Charles James’ work. I can’t wait to see it!


red carpet for the Met Gala, photo from @metmuseum’s Instagram

And last night was the Met Gala. I could dissect all the fashion on the red carpet, but, honestly, let’s just skip to the best. No point in wasting time on the ensembles that were ill fitting, revealed too much skin, or just didn’t fit with the theme.

James is called the Architect of Fashion, and his gowns lived up to that name based on complicated understructures that supported them. Only a lady with a strong presence could pull one off properly. So it’s only fitting that the best from last night made their wearers look like ladies and had pronounced architectural elements.

First honorable mentions go to Dita von Teese and Karen Elson in Zac Posen, Tabitha Simmons in Dolce and Gabbana, and Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen.


Zac Posen and Dita von Teese, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times


Karen Elson in Zac Posen, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times


Tabith Simmons in Dolce and Gabbana, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times


Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times

And here are my top three gowns.


Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times

Taylor Swift looked so pretty in this Oscar de la Renta gown. I love the bustle that cascades into a sweeping train. It has just the right amount of embroidery, and the color complements her tone too.


Taylor Swift at the Met Gala, photo from @annstreetstudio’s Instagram


Lui Wen in Zac Posen, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times

I follow Zac Posen’s Instagram feed, and have been anticipating his dominance on this red carpet for months based on the behind-the-scenes photos he posts. I mean, come on! Liu Wen looks like a proper lady in this stunner that is clearly inspired by Charles James. This gown requires a “presence” in order to carry it off, and its construction certainly rivals James’ gowns.


Karolína Kurková in Marchesa, photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times

But my top choice goes to Karolína Kurková in Marchesa. Marchesa! Who knew?! This gown has some serious architecture and a little edge. The floral design pops right off of the fabric into three dimensional form. Superb!


Lui Wen and Karolína Kurková on the Met Gala red carpet, photo from @annstreetstudio’s Instagram

EDIT: When I woke up this morning, I finally saw Hamish Bowles on his Instagram feed. He was certainly the best dressed gent last night and belatedly deserves to be on my list!

Oscar’s Red Carpet

The cold I was fighting off at the end of last week hit me hard this weekend, and it was confirmed that I have strep throat. So my lovely weekend plans with my parents were scrapped, and we spent most of it at home.

But I did stay up and watch the Oscars last night, because that kind of thing is up my alley. Unfortunately, I thought the red carpet was a bit dull this year. Nothing stood out as particularly stunning, but there were a few I enjoyed.


Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, photo by Jordan Stauss/Invision/AP

Lupita Nyong’o looked light and youthful in her pretty Prada gown. I thought Sandra Bullock was alluring in a very figure-flattering McQueen. I liked the way Cate Blanchett’s Giorgio Armani gown glittered as she moved. And Emma Watson looked smashing in her understated Vera Wang.


Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen, photo by Jordan Stauss/Invision/AP


Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, photo by Jordan Stauss/Invision/AP


Emma Watson in Vera Wang, photo by Jordan Stauss/Invision/AP

Who were your favorites last night? I’m curious if you also thought things were pretty tame, and if there was anything good I missed. There sure are a lot of celebrities, so I’m sure I didn’t see everything.


Kevin Spacey in Burberry, photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Update: Also, I would be remiss not to point out the great Burberry suit Kevin Spacey wore last night. I love the black peaked lapel contrasting the navy blue of his suit. This was a great look for him.