10 Unforgettable Met Gala Moments Throughout the Years

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Cher at the 1974 Met Gala in custom Bob Mackie; photo courtesy Ron Galella/WireImage

 

Today is the Met Gala — but you already knew that. With this year’s theme as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” we’re anticipating a lot of vintage McQueen, probably some Gaultier, and of course, a hell of a lot of Dolce & Gabbana.

So, to prepare, we’ve put together a list of of the 10 most memorable past Met Gala moments.

 

Rihanna in Guo Pei

 

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You can’t have a Met Gala roundup without mentioning Rihanna’s infamous dress from 2015. That year, the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and Rih chose Chinese designer Guo Pei for her look. The handmade gown took over 2 years for the designer to make and instantly made her go viral. In fact, there’s currently a new documentary that highlights Pei’s impressive career.

 

Rihanna, again, in Comme des Garçons

 

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Queen Rih also made the list because of her Comme des Garçons F/W ’16 look for the Met Gala last year. The theme actually was Comme des Garçons and Rih was one of the only people who actually wore something by Kawakubo — partly, I think, because she’s one of the only people who could really pull it off.

 

Cher in Bob Mackie

 

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Cher always looks iconic. But it was this custom Bob Mackie gown at the third annnual Met Ball, that set the tone for it to be one of the most fashionable nights of the year. The theme was “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design,” so the singer essentially could’ve shown up naked and — oh wait, she basically did.

 

Katy Perry in Maison Martin Margiela

 

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Who could forget Katy Perry’s look from last year’s Met Gala? I know she can’t, because she still talks about how hard it was for her to pee. But beauty is pain, ladies and gentlemen — especially in custom Maison Martin Margiela (that looked suspiciously like Givenchy F/W ’17).

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

 

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“Anglomania” was the theme in 2006, and Sarah Jessica Parker went full on with the plaid, natch. On the arm of Alexander McQueen, the duo wore custom “Anarchy in the U.K.”-inspired looks by the designer, himself.

 

Lil Kim in god knows what

 

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No one ever really knows what Lil Kim is wearing, and the 1999 Met Gala was no exception. The Hard Core rapper opted for a pink fur trench, pink snakeskin boots and a pink bikini — and no, the theme was not “pink.”

 

Kate Moss in custom Marc Jacobs and a Stephen Jones turban

 

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In 2009, Kate Moss looked the total part for the Met Gala’s “Model As Muse” in a custom Marc Jacobs gold lamé mini, YSL pumps and Stephen Jones turban.

 

Liv Tyler & Stella McCartney in matching halter tops

 

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Sure, the Met Gala wasn’t as big of a deal fashion-wise in 1999 as it now. But halter tops? Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, you both know better. Still, the duo really leaned in to the “Rock Style” theme with matching “Rock Royalty” tank tops.

 

Donatella Versace in Versace

 

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Donatella’s leather Versace look for the 1996 Met Gala was iconic for a couple of reasons: Sadly, this would be Gianni’s last Gala before his death, but also the debut of his bondage-inspired style that would become a trademark for the legendary brand.

 

Jaden Smith and his ponytail in Louis Vuitton

 

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Last but not least, Jaden Smith at last year’s Gala. Yes, the theme was Comme des Garçons, and sure, Rei Kawakubo is known for getting a little avant-garde sometimes. But Jaden Smith took things to a whole different level when he showed up on the red carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, carrying his recently cut dread locks.

 

Fingers crossed he — and everyone else — leaves the gross accessories at home tonight. Though, the theme is Catholicism, so I’m guessing this year’s top trapping will be guilt.

 

BlackBook Premiere: New Video by Cerise Brings Lo-Fi Summer Haze

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With a little help and encouragement from musician Joseph Arthur, LA based model/photographer, Cerise found a natural stride with writing songs and making music. What started as a casual friendship with Arthur led to her hanging around his studio and recording background vocals for whatever he was working on.  Watching the process of recording music unfold captured Cerise’s fascination and ultimately led to her buying a guitar, writing her own songs, and making her own album (which Arthur produced). Cerise’s songs do a great job of melding her influences of The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie And The Banshees to create her own sound that nets out closer to Cat Power but with more drone and fuzz. From her debut album, Smoke Screen Dreams (Self-Released) we bring you the video for the track ‘To Go Away’ which, from the first frame, plunges us right into Cerise’s lo-fi kaleidoscope of emotions, visuals and sound.  Directed by, Tina Rivera, the video is shot entirely underwater to give the feeling of what the song is really all about.

“The song ‘To Go Away’ is about wanting to leave a situation or person and the feeling at that moment. The excitement and need to leave but the fear of leaving what you know so well and feeling pulled back in. [The song] is also about wanting to lose yourself in a moment or feeling whether its good for you or not.” – Cerise 

 

 

Is Hole Reuniting with its Original Lineup?

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Courtney Love’s 2010 LP Nobody’s Daughter left many longtime Hole fans unsatisfied with a full band of new recruits, though a rare on-stage reunion in 2012 sparked rumors that the ’90s rebel staple could finally be joining forces on a fifth studio album. Years have since gone by and we’ve been left to patiently wait, reminiscing about the glory of iconic singles, like “Malibu,” and deep cuts, like “Retard Girl.”

Are the glory days officially behind us?

This weekend, Love shared an image to Instagram of herself posing alongside Hole drummer Patty Schemel and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, tagging guitarist Eric Erlandson in the caption, below. “With the girls, serving up a Hole lot of something,” she teased, leaving our mouths watering with the ambiguity of a less satisfying, “Maybe.”

Is Hole finally reuniting with its original lineup?

 

with the girls, serving up a Hole lot of something. maybe ?? #rocknroll #girlfriends #hole @pattyschemel @xmadmx

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Visual Xanax: Show Your Spring Colors

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Round up the girls — it’s day one of spring and a perfect evening for celebrating.

Image: Christy Turlington, Nadja Auermann, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, and Claudia Schiffer for the Versace 1994 campaign shot by Richard Avedon

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20 Smoking Hot ’90s TV Stars Who Still Can’t Act

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We remember the ’90s for many things – the invention of fruit roll-ups, the growing up of the gang from Saved by the Bell, and of course, countless ’90s TV stars who were smoking hot – whether we realized it at the time or not. From Kelly Packard to Elizabeth Berkley, the small screen was graced with more than a fair share of attractive women (and, more commonly perhaps, girls). Below we’ve compiled a list of 20 of our favorites that are still easy on the eyes and equally light on the acting chops.

1. Amanda Bynes image image Amanda Bynes was a Nickelodeon staple in the ’90s, and she was cute…real cute. But her hotness came into true fruition after her five-year stint on “All That”. Her delightful spazziness landed her on shows and films like The Amanda Show, What a Girl Wants, She’s The Man and Sydney White. She’s not winning any Oscars, but she’s still the hot girl next door. 2. Amy Jo Johnson image image Amy Jo Johnson stole hearts as Kimberly Hart on that belovedly cheesy show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Sure, Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger was also hot. But the Pink Power Ranger stole our hearts. Critics never did take the show seriously, but that didn’t matter. The villain-fighting hotness of Amy Jo saved the day for us non-child viewers. She was sweet, had a rocking body and kicked some serious mutant ass. Then she showed up on Felicity. Nowadays she’s keeping that body fit with stints on shows like The Division and Wildfire. 3. Carmen Electra image image Tara Leigh Patrick was hot to begin with. Then Prince (then The Artist Formerly Known As…) gave her an even hotter name: Carmen Electra. That’s right. Prince names adults. Since then, this Baywatch and Singled Out diva has wedged her less-than-talented foot into the doors of the music, film, television and modeling industries. And you know what? She hasn’t done too badly for herself. What’s she up to these days? Good question. Total Gym infomercials? Organic chemistry research? Who cares? She’s still attractive… albeit in a plastic, aged sorta way. 4. Christine Lakin image image Chrisitine Lakin got her start acting in commercials, then got cast on the family sitcom, Step By Step. Everyone loves the hot tomboy, and Lakin as Al Lambert was no exception. Sure, she didn’t quite know her lines. Sure, she often looked confused. But man, did she look good trying to dribble a basketball. Nowadays she rolls with Paris Hilton, starring alongside her in 2008’s The Hottie and the Nottie. 5. Elizabeth Berkley image image

Ah, Elizabeth Berkley. She’s like a finely aged wine. So many facets: the naughty Showgirls side, the smart-hot Saved by the Bell side…what else has she done? Men prefer the former, while women prefer to watch her act like an overachieving speed freak on SBTB. 6. Holly Marie Combs image imagepg Holly Marie Combs was known for her role of Kimberly in television’s Picket Fences. The show won some critical acclaim, but it certainly wasn’t for Holly’s acting prowess. Still, she went on to play Piper Halliwell on Charmed, and in its fifth season she began to lend a hand in production. Girl, you should be in front of the camera, not squinting all day at footage and lounging by craft services. She’s still producing pilots today. 7. Jennie Garth image image Jennie Garth got beat out by Tiffani Amber Thiessen for the role of Kelly Kapowski in Saved By the Bell, but casting directors gave her the opportunity to shine in the legendary 1990s drama, Beverly Hills 90210. She played a stuck-up rich type who liked to wear tight designer outfits, and she looked great doing it for 10 years. Lately, she’s been on the spin-off train, playing Kelly Taylor in the new version of the show.

8. Jennifer Love Hewitt image image Jennifer Love Hewitt is the girlfriend we all wanted. As Sarah Reeves Marin, Hewitt played Bailey’s girlfriend on Party Of Five. She wasn’t winning any Oscars, but she had a great, er, smile. Three cheers for J-Love, who made watching this show with our girlfriends a whole lot more tolerable. She moved on to a reasonably successful film career, with roles in awful-but-successful movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Can’t Hardly Wait.

9. Kelly Packard image image

Kelly Packard, a latter-day Baywatch babe, really knew how to wear that red. She rivaled Pamela Anderson in both acting chops and hotness, and certainly made for a steamy half-hour TV sesh. Packard was the only female cast member to cross over from season eight to nine — also known as the Baywatch Bloodbath — and we’re damned glad she did. Today, you can see Packard hosting the late segment on GSN Live.

10. Lucy Lawless image image

Who doesn’t remember badass Lucy Lawless on Xena: Warrior Princess? The dark hair, the dominatrix outfits, the evil gods and demi-gods…It didn’t matter that her New Zealand accent accidentally popped out in dramatic scenes. In fact, that made her even sexier. And if that wasn’t enough, she went on to arouse us in Battlestar Galactica. It’s like a nerd sub’s dream. Not only did Lawless kick some serious mythological ass from 1995 to 2001, she even did her own stunts. She is now trying to make it as a singer, and released a live album and concert DVD in 2007.

11. Meredith Monroe image image

Ah, sweet Meredith. How we miss your Dawson’s Creek love affair with Pacey. It gave us so much hope. A 32-year-old hottie playing a teenager, Monroe was a true inspiration to her cougar contemporaries. She has recently appeared in episodes of House, Cold Case and Californication.

12. Monica Keena image image

Okay, Monica, there’s room for you on this list, too. Why? Because you’re just as terrible at line readings and just as smokin’ as Meredith. Keena’s sexiness was in top form on the first two seasons of Dawson’s Creek, but then her character died. But don’t worry, Monica is busy with other projects today. TV shows and films are in the works, including a remake of Night Of The Demons, due out later this year.

13. Pamela Anderson image image

Maybe it’s cliché to include Pam, but whatever. She’s smoking. And the best part (or maybe the third-best part): she can’t act herself out of a paper bag. So of course she belongs on this list. The quintessential Baywatch babe, her 111 Episodes defined her career, to say the least. Afterward, she modeled, acted, sang and even became a published author. We also hear she’s really into boats. And she was actually pretty damn good in Borat.

14. Tatyana Ali image image

Tatyana Ali was the baby of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but we always knew she’d grow into a fine young woman. A budding music career paralleled her fame on the sitcom and though it seemed she was bound for pop stardom, her acting and singing was lackluster, at best. It’s a good thing she’s so damned cute, even still at age 31!

15. Yasmine Bleeth image image

Yasmine Bleeth was the one for those who got bored of the bleached blondes on Baywatch. Wait, did anyone get bored of the blondes on Baywatch? Either way, Yasmine was a breath of fresh air: sexy, exotic, and a fittingly horrible actress who still managed to give the blondes a run for their money. Bleeth was then in and out of television, with stints on shows like Titans and Nash Bridges.

16. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen image image

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was the girl next door and Ms. Popular all wrapped into one hot bundle on Saved By the Bell. She didn’t do much of anything with conviction in front of the camera, but that doesn’t really matter. She had a great smile, great hair and a great body. You can still catch her “acting” on White Collar on the USA Network.

17. Jessica Biel image image

No doubt about it, Jessica Biel’s tomboy character made 7th Heaven almost watchable. Girls liked it for the sappy plot or something like that, but we watched for Mary Camden and her sweats. Biel leads a promising acting career nowadays, but really isn’t known for her talent so much as for her damned good looks. Her film credits include the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist and Valentine’s Day.

18. Danielle Fishel image image

Ah, Topanga. The girl with the weird name. You came to us in an episode of Boy Meets World”, and we dreamed you’d be ours. This spunky little lady was a welcome treat on a not-so-great sitcom. And it was fun to watch her “develop” from middle school to high school, to say the least. Today, Topanga (we’ll just keep calling her that) is a host on Dish and a correspondent on The Tyra Banks Show, where her lack of talent is, shall we say, upstaged.

19. Larisa Oleynik image image

Larisa Oleynik, you wore lots of crazy hats, then turned into goo after a radioactive accident. But we still turn to goo when we watch you. You have a cute way of always looking concerned, and your male best friend on The Secret World Of Alex Mack never intimidated us. Seriously, though, this Nickelodeon staple was only popular because of Larisa. She moved on to films like The Baby-Sitters Club and 10 Things I Hate About You, then sort of slowly fell off the face of the earth.

20. Tia and Tamera Mowry image image

Tia and Tamera Mowry — two tigers for the price of one. They wore lots of matching outfits on the ABC show, Sister Sister, which somehow lasted four years. Tia was the bookworm, while Tamera was the sexy wild child. And man, did she love her some Coolio. The Mowrys kept their acting up after their breakout show folded, making appearances — though not in tandem — on TV shows like Strong Medicine, Roommates and The Game.

21. Update: Below you’ll find our bonus entry, due to popular demand, the Olsen twins. image image

Mary-Kate and Ashley made a name for themselves on the classic sitcom “Full House” and then went onto star in a bunch of terrible (and by terrible, I mean terribly cute!) made for TV movies. They now have their own clothing line, a gajillion dollars, and the hearts and minds of many old dudes around the world.