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Met Gala 2013 | Red Carpet Fashion Round Up | Part 2

Rocking up for part number 2 of my the Met Gala round up. Make sure to check up in part 1 to see what you missed too!
Two sets of, literally, satorial sisters next. First up the fashionable Fannings. Normally rather demure and fashion forward on the red carpet, Dakota Fanning went revealing and simple for this event. Dakota’s Rodarte gown showcased some midriff, cleavage and back. The embroidered detailing on the back is gorgeous but the whole look left me thinking whether or not she could’ve pulled something a little riskier. You could tell Elle Fanning had fun with this one. Her Rodarte gown, in subtle red, white and blue (yes I saw that tribute Elle) was a great choice for her not to mention her dramatic eye-make up (also in red,white and blue).
Next the Knowles’. Beyonce at a do’ celebrating punk certainly feels like an oxymoron, but nope Queen B manages to work that red carpet like she was born on it. As if the fire-y print skirt and snakeskin bodice on her Givenchy gown weren’t enough, she also wore matching flaming boots and dominatrix style gloves. This may not be Sid Vicious punk but the whole look definitely has enough attitude to fit within the night’s theme. 
Solange Knowles pulled out a funky look for the Gala in bold printed Kenzo dress. Complete with mega afro and geometric earrings, Solange looks like she’s could’ve stepped out of a Rolling Stones concert from the 60’s.
It’s no surprise the music stars were also out to pay homage to punk culture and in true musician style, they were an ecclectic bunch. My girl Taylor Swift shoved the pretty princess act for the night in a high neck J.Mendel gown. Though Mendel is her favourites for red carpet events, this is quite a departure from the usual. No red lipstick, no floaty tulle, ruffled bed head…though she can’t quite let go of her sequins with the gown’s neckline. I like the more ruffled and harder edged looks on Taylor, wish she’d pull out something like this more often.
Rita Ora’s first outing at the Met Gala was surprisingly elegant for the singer. Usually one to look like she’s trying too hard, this simple white Thakoon gown with tiny chain details looks effortless on her. I don’t even mind the orange lip colour either!

If there was one woman who was going to nail this year’s theme, it was gonna be Gwen Stefani. So of course I’m loving her custom Maison Martin Margiela two piece. It may be a monochromatic look but it’s not boring paired with Gwen’s trademark red pout and No Doubt attitude.

Ms Katy Perry decked herself out in gold and silver on the night. Not only was her Dolce & Gabbana midi dress embellished within an inch of its life, but she also wore huge cruxafix earrings and a crown…yes. A freaking crown. It’s been a while since Katy went for an OTT look on the red carpet so this was a nice surprise.
Gin Goodwin went for a golden Tory Burch gown on the night. The Once Upon A Time actress plays Snow White, but she’s channelling the Evil Queen here. The gown is great but the OTT Black Swan make up is a perhaps too much, even for punk.
Amanda Seyfried went bold with prints in a Givenchy couture gown (from 2007). This kinda of print could’ve been in danger of drowning her, but she carried it off with a little flair.
It was a big no, no, no for Kim Kardashian’s latest step onto the red carpet. Her Givenchy gown, with built in gloves, was a complete mess of print and all kinds of wrong. It’s a wonder why Ms Wintour even let her into the event and no wonder why Kanye looks so baffled.
Kristen Dunst wore a green and feathered Louis Vuittonnumber on the night that I can’t get behind. The styling feels lazy and her shy and sweet attitude doesn’t quite pull off the drama behind this gown.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but this Tommy Hilfiger gown is far too subtle for Nikki Minaj and I want more eccentric from her…I know right? Off all the awards ceremonies and red carpets Nikki chooses the MET GALA to tone it down. I can’t win with her can I?
It wasn’t all about the grungy black gowns. Kate Beckinsalewent for a sophisticated Alberta Ferretti mini dress with amazing architectural detailing on the skirt. Had it not been hot pink I probably would’ve written this off as dull, but alas, this plus the shard-like earrings are a winner for me.
I had to take a second look at Minka Kelly’s photo…I thought it was Leighton Meester. Oops! Nevertheless her plum coloured Carolina Herrera is more steam-punk than hard edge punk, but it still looks amazing on her.
The winner of the ‘Sorry I didn’t get the theme memo’ goes to actress Uma Thurman. As gorgeously old school Hollywood her Zac Posen gown is, it’s completely wrong for the Met Gala this year. The event is called PUNK: CHAOS COUTURE, save a dress like this for the Oscars Uma.
If there was one person who can get away with going ‘screw the dress code’ it’s Anna Wintour. She didn’t stray far away from her usual style, this time a flora floor length Chanel gown. But y’know what? She’s Anna freakin’ Wintour. She can do what she wants.
Someone who definitely read the dress code memo was actress Lily Collins who went all out in a Moshino dress, embellished biker jacket and even had a blue streak in her hair. Her age and model-esque looks carry this look and keep it from looking like a total disaster.
Blake Lively also went for an edgier look than normal and strutted the red carpet in a two-tone grey Gucci Premiere gown. At first it’s pretty standard for Blake, but a closer peek at the skirt detailing and that’s where the ode to the punk theme comes in. The silver embellishments around the waistline matched well with her edgy earrings and seem to flow into a feather-like black train.
The Olsen twins went for a more 70’s spin on the punk theme. Ashley Olsen wore a faded Dior gown, draped with lace, with embellishment peeking out from underneath, Mary-Kate Olsen went for her typical boho look with Chanel and fur coat. Both ladies were, unsurprisingly, wearing vintage looks from the two designers but I have to wonder whether they’ll ever change their tune on the red carpet?
And finally, Sarah Jessica Parker is used to making an entrance when it comes to the Met Gala (anyone her famous McQueen ballgown?). So when she stepped out in her gold-leaf print Giles gown, velvet Louboutin boots and impressive Philip Treacy headpiece, it stopped people in their tracks. I think this one’s a grower, but you have to give kudos to SJP for letting go and having fun with this look.

So what did you guys think of the Met Gala? And who were your hits and misses?

*all images via Zimbio

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Met Gala 2013 | Red Carpet Fashion Round Up | Part 1

Possibly the glitziest and, arguably, most outrageous night of fashion the Met Gala was held this past Monday night in New York City. The event kickstarts the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition and is themed every year accordingly. This year’s theme Punk: Chaos to Couture was a controversial one this year and even more interesting to judge. I was on the look out for looks that both encompassed the theme but also worked the red carpet with elegance…tough criteria? This first part of two (there were over 60 looks to review!) looks at who managed to catch my eye for all the right, and wrong, reasons.

First up a trio of wonderfully dresses ladies, all showcasing the theme in their own way.
I can always count on Paloma Faith to show up and steal the show. The British singer wore a shimmering ombre Michael Cinco gown. Not only was the gown backless, which showed off her event appropriate tattoos, but the gown has built in gloves which blend seamlessly into the whole look. Classic-ly simple make up and an eye-catching headpiece captured the perfect blend of punk and couture, so much so that I’d go out on a limb and say she was the ambassador of the Met Gala theme this year!
Anne Hathaway showcased one of the most daring looks of the night, in fact I had to double take to make sure this was actually her. Anne not only looked killer in her sheer and sequined Valentino gown, but her now famous cropped do been given a new lease of life. Namely the peroxide blonde treatment. The whole look certainly turned head and I’m loving this new ‘throw caution to the wind’ Hathaway.
Emmy Rossum’s look shoots up to one of my best dressed of the night for many reasons. 1. The gorgeous Donna Karan gown in all it’s sequin, frayed tulle and embellished glory 2. The accessories, from the knuckle ring to chainmail earrings 3. The beauty/hair. The backcombed updo and oh-so smokey eyeshadow…4? Emmy Rossum throwing a 180 on what she usually goes for and pulling off beautiful punk princess glamour. Brava!
The next set of women opted for the typical gothic black look as an ode to the theme.
Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev donned a vampish Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit/gown hybrid. Whatever it was, it was definitely one of the most eye-catching gowns of the evening and she looks uttering stunning in it. 
Indie princess Florence Welch went for a soft gothic glam instead of full blown punk in a fringed Givenchy gown. The dress was actually one of the ones from the collection I was hoping she would pick up and wear, and she didn’t let me down with this sultry look.
Ashley Greene seemed to skip punk and headed into gothic territory with this elegant looking Marchesa gown. The gown is gorgeous, but the fit’s a little funny around her stomach and bust?


It wasn’t a complete dark gloomfest of blacks and khol eyeliner, these ladies opted for shining whites for the Gala instead. It’s been a while since I’ve been wowed by Rooney Mara so I suppose the Met Gala would be the perfect place for her to get back into my good books. Which she did in a white lace, Victorian inspired Givenchy gown. Bold lips and minimal styling keep this looking less angelic and oh so good. 
At first Hailee Steinfeld’s look is rather adorable. Take a closer glance and you’ll spot the subtle use of safety pins to create the golden starburts on her Donna Karan dress, bed head hair and smokey eyes. Well played Steinfeld, both pretty and punk at the same time.
A very ethereal looking Katie Holmes attended the Gala in a white Calvin Klein gown. It’s a gorgeous look, but the only thing keeping her within theme is her punk-ish quiff.
The Met Gala is famous for attracting designers and their muses, so this next photo set I’m simply gonna call…the models.
As one of Burberry’s babes (as I like to call them) it’s no wonder Cara Delevinge wore the designer on the night. It’s a simple black gown, but the golden studs, gothic make up and ear cuff hit the theme right on the head. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitley went for a daring Gucci look with a silk skirt, revealing cleavage and gothic lace detailing. It’s unusual and it stands out, but Rosie’s had better looks in the past. A black cut out dress, yet despite the cut outs why does this feel so tame for Miranda Kerr? Her Michael Kors gown was elegant, but a blended behind the more daring looks of the night.
It wouldn’t be a Met Gala night without a little animal print right? Coco Rocha’s Emmanuel Ungaro fit the bill here, but shoulder detailing felt a little too distracting and her ankle boots too heavy for a gown like this. It’s Heidi Klum in Marchesa, so this should be good right? Well for someone who loves a good ol’ OTT Halloween costume you would’ve though Ms Klum would’ve first to hit the costume couture but no. Her white, silk gown with silver bejewelled bodice was positively angelic…not very Hell’s Angels at all. Must do better Heidi!
Only supermodel Giselle could get away with this Anthony Vaccarello mini. It’s tiny, it’s revealing but have you seen what this Brazilian model looks like? I can cut her a break I think.Emma-Watson-Jennifer-Lawrence-Kristen-Stewart
A trio, famous for being in franchises with famous trios…hehe ^_^ aka Emma, Jen & KStew somehow didn’t seem to make the best dressed cut for me…
Oh Emma. I was expecting huge things from Emma Watson at the Gala this year (I mean c’mon the girl wore De La Renta for the HP7 world premiere!) but her Prabal Gurung dress isn’t remotely edgy enough to carry into the theme or catch my attention. Yes, it’s something different for her, but the Met Gala is all about the drama and Emma simply fades into the background. Better luck next time!
Jennifer Lawrence, I do love you. But this is the Met Gala dah’ling and a pretty princess Christian Dior gown simply won’t do, even with the netted veil. We’ve seen Jennifer do rockstar edge before, so this look (despite the fact that she looks incredibly gorgeous here) was more than a little bit of disappointment. 
This year’s theme should’ve been a breeze for tom-boy Kristen Stewart. However, though her hair has been given the quiff treatment, there’ something a little off with her Stella McCartney jumpsuit. I’m not sure whether it’s the cut or colour of the jumpsuit but it make Kristen look a little frumpy…ah well. 


There felt like a distinct lake of punk looks on the night…until this duo rocked up. Take this next look from the neckline down and I would’ve been happy to call it one of the more fitting couture pieces of the night. I can’t be too harsh on Miley Cyrus here. She did follow the theme in her Marc Jacobs gown but she took it one step too far with the styling. The hair would’ve done better in the side-swept look she’s been sporting recently and, dare I say it, she may have been hoisted up to one of the best dressed of the night!…dammit Miley!
Jesus take the wheel, what have we here? Oh yes, Madonna. Yes taking on the punk theme with both hands. This Givenchy number alone would’ve sufficed on it’s own, but no she had to add the studs…and the heels…and the chains…and the hosiery…and the dog collar…oh and the wig. Oh dear.
It wasn’t all a lost cause though! Three women who went for the hard edge. Sienna Miller went for classic British designer Burberry for her look on the night. Had it not been for the studded leather jacket and rockstar accessories, I would’ve brushed this look under the carpet. She’s definitely channelling a Kate Moss vibe here and it totally works. 
Think punk. Think Vivienne Westwood. And Christina Ricci did with her high-low tartan number. It’s classic Westwood, and Christina’s styled this very simply with retro waves and platform pumps. The dress does the talking here. 
Hunger Games gal Elizabeth Banks, shunned the fancy gown or rockstar mini in favour of a golden Atelier Versace blazer. But it’s her Brian Atwood heels that grabbed my attention with their gold accents and fringing detail.
The Met Gala is all about trying something a little different, a little fashion forward and having fun with the look. Cameron Diaz almost slipped by my in her electric blue Stella McCartney gown. She’s usually one for a sexier look on the red carpet but this is caped and minimalist, with a not so subtle spiked belt and sleek bleached blonde hair. This is quite the departure for Cameron and I kinda like it. Fashion lovely Alexa Chung went for a little black Erdem dress. But don’t be fooled by the simple premise, the detailing on this is immense. From the sheer midriff, peek-a-book pants, cut out details and Victorian inspired neckline this look is daring for Alexa, yet completely fresh too.

Keep an eye out for part 2 coming soon!

*all images via Zimbio
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