All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

10 Unforgettable Met Gala Moments Throughout the Years

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.

 

This Documentary Spotlights the Designer of Rihanna’s Yellow Met Gala Gown

 

A new documentary profiles the career and life of legendary Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, who, among other gowns, designed Rihanna’s iconic furry yellow masterpiece for the 2015 Met Gala.

The film is titled Yellow is Forbidden and is an official selection of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Pietra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth, The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins), the film charts Pei’s childhood, rise to fame, and her mission to receive recognition from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris.

Pei explains in the documentary’s trailer that as a child, she’d asked her grandmother for a yellow dress, to which she was told the color is reserved only for the emperor, and forbidden to the working class. Clearly, she decided to defy those rules when she constructed a bright yellow fur-lined gown with a 16-foot train.

Take a look at the trailer below.

 

A Naked Guy Squished Into A Box Crashed The Met Gala

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Some people wear archival Commes des Garçons to the Met Ball. Some wear custom Atelier Versace. And for some, a clear plastic box makes the most sense.

Russian performance artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich was left on the Met steps during the height of red carpet arrivals on Monday by his colleagues, completely naked, all six foot two inches of him squashed inside a clear plastic box. Who wore it better: him, or a box of household offic supplies?

Naturally, the artist was promptly removed from the event by security, though it seems guards were pretty chill about it. One of the artist’s reps explained over Facebook that his intention was to “see how the institution reacts to the passive harmless box with an artist inside. Even though the security and policeman who were interacting with him directly found it funny, it did not stop them from… treating him as a real criminal due to the top scale of the event and high-alert situation in the country in general.”

Pavlov-Andreevich faces charges of public lewdness, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct, and spent 22 hours in jail Monday night.

It’s not the first time he’s had the idea of hitting the red carpet in a gown fit for all your old high school junk you can’t seem to get rid of. Pavlov-Andreevich has attended parties for prominent museums and publications such as Vanity Fair in London, São Paulo, Moscow, and Venice.

Check out the artist’s own video of the experience below:

Met Gala Best Dressed: 16 of the Ball’s Impeccable Style Stars

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The red carpet: where celebrities (and their stylists) show their best stuff. For the Met Gala, the ante is upped considerably — this is where the fashion industry watches with a meticulous eye, where style stars are exalted, and where fashion fails are hard to forget. With Monday evening’s Met Gala theme of China: Through the Looking Glass, there were a certain few who really hit it out of the park, from Rihanna (in custom Guo Pei, a Chinese couturier whose gilded piece welcomes visitors to the exhibit), to a glittering Fan Bing Bing, to Lady Gaga, an empress in Balenciaga. Beyoncé showed off a Givenchy we’ll not soon forget, and Kim Kardashian‘s look reminded us too much of a Beyoncé look (and a Cher look) we’d already seen. So without further ado, here is the Met Gala Best Dressed.

Rihanna, incredible in Guo Pei

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Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen
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All hail Grace Coddington in Michael Kors PAJAMAS.
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Karen Elson stunning in Dolce & Gabbana, and P.S., her top stands up on its own
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Rose Byrne, glamorous in Calvin Klein
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Zhang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera
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Rita Ora in Tom Ford
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A glittering Fan Bing Bing
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Kate Hudson, golden in Michael Kors
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Lady Gaga in Balenciaga by Alexander Wang
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Chloe Sevigny in custom J.W. Anderson
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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
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Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen
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Karl Schedules a Show for the Same Date as the Met Ball… So, Would You Rather: Chanel or Vogue?

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It’s a fashionista’s scheduling nightmare, and the morbid dream is coming to reality quicker than the stitching of a Chanel tweed suit. What happens when the matriarch and patriarch of the fashion industry, Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel throw events on the same day in different countries? We will soon find out, because apparently May 4th is fashion’s hottest date.

MOMA Film Benefit Presented by CHANELTilda Swinton creating a barrier between Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, rightfully so. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Exhibition Gala has been the hottest ticket in New York since Wintour first organized it back in 1995. But that ticket could soon lose its shine as Chanel’s always elaborate cruise show is being held in Seoul, the exact same day.

CHANEL DINNER CELEBRATING N°5 THE FILM BY BAZ LUHRMANNKarl doing his best at promoting Chanel. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Where will the editors go? What will the top models do? Will Rihanna be sitting front row in Korea or tripping in Tom Ford up the steps of the Met? Which one would you rather attend? The $25,000 a plate Met Gala or front row at one of the years hottest shows? Anna, if Kendall or Cara are too busy walking in the Chanel show I am always available to be a seat filler.

CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 2 After PartyWhere will these fashion favorites be on March 4th? Karl Lagerfeld pictured with Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan and Kanye West. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Met Gala Fashion: Second to Prada, Givenchy Ruled the Carpet

The day after the Met Costume Institute Gala is always a blur of best-dressed lists and gossip. We watched the red carpet arrivals live yesterday (you can see a replay of it here) and—save for a few high slits and sheer numbers—guests played it sartorially safe for the most part and opted to provide a proper salute to the night’s honorees, Schiaparelli and Prada. Speaking of Prada, we saw a lot of it: Carey Mulligan rocked a glitzy gold and silver halter dress, Gwyneth Paltrow graced a blue embroidered number, and Kate Bosworth wore a sassy bordeaux ostrich feather mini. There was one other designer that shared equal time on the carpet this year: Givenchy.

Arriving arm-in-arm with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, Rooney Mara killed it in a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci black one-sleeve lace dress with laser cut leather lace. A few more Tisci-designed winners:

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From left: Gisele Bundchen, Carine Roitfeld, Liv Tyler, and her highness Beyonce.

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Salon Spotlight: Tracie Martyn’s MET Gala Spa Day

I’m not exactly jealous I wasn’t invited to the Met Gala this year, more miffed about missing out on the prep time—kicking back in a salon chatting with famous people as I wait for my designer gown to arrive. Imagine, for example, what the Tracie Martyn Salon was like the morning of the mega-fete. Tracie, A-list skin wizard to the stars, was prepping supermodel Lara Stone and actors Liv Tyler and Kate Winslet for the ball.

Martyn, a British-born New Yorker, is widely sought out for her Resculpting Facial, a $600 treatment that she customizes specially for each client using only natural ingredients. Her signature Resculpting Facials and Resculpting Body Treatments improve the appearance of the skin, and focus on relaxing and centering the client. Though nothing can rival the handiwork of Martyn herself and the expertise she’s gleaned over nearly 30 years in the beauty industry, her specially-formulated products are famous among beauty editors and beauty junkies alike. She even offers what’s now known as “The Famous Purple Bag,” a tote that features her entire facial product collection, which earned it’s title after the audience went nuts for it during her Oprah appearance (oh, yeah—she knows Oprah too). You can get it for around $435, sans MET Gala invite.

If you’d like to test your luck and try for an appointment, her beautiful private salon location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is certainly worth the wait. She’s spared no expense on the design and aura of the space, paying close attention to detail. She’s particular about ginger tea-scented candles and floral arrangements by Antony Todd. But the effect is worth it.

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Anna Dello Russo Wears an Egg & Other Met Gala Surprises

A safe place for extravagant taste, the annual Costume Institute Gala is the ultimate platform for fashion’s finest to bring their sartorial A-game. Considering last night’s Met Gala was a tribute to Alexander McQueen, we were surprised to see only a handful of guests wearing his famously outré designs. In fact, many attendees played it safe this year, which only made the risk-takers shine even more on the red carpet. One guest who didn’t skimp (does she ever?) was Anna Dello Russo, who wowed in a tuxedo by Sarah Burton topped off with a glitter egg fascinator. See a few other gala surprises after the jump.

image Karl Lagerfeld donned a Tom Ford dinner jacket, while his muse Blake Lively worked a Grecian-inspired 2009 Chanel couture gown. McQueen’s muse, Daphne Guinness, opted for a fantastic 2011 McQueen feathered frock, and Beyonce wore a skin-tight 2011 Pucci gown that she had trouble walking in.

image Another unexpected moment was Christina Ricci in a gothic Zac Posen frock with perhaps the longest train of the night. The oddest couple was definitely Kanye West and Tory Burch, with the rapper rocking a look from the designer’s debut menswear line. People are already knocking Naomi Campbell for her bold Alexander McQueen haute couture gown, but it’s Naomi Campbell–she can do what she wants.

image And finally, in a sea of neutrals there were but a few colorful moments, which surprisingly came from actresses instead of fashion folks. Ginnifer Goodwin was perfection in a custom green silk gown by Topshop Unique (Topshop at the Met! So good), while Kristen Stewart wore a red geometric-print gown by Proenza Schouler. Eva Mendes donned an electric blue Stella McCartney silk pleated dress, and model-turned-actor Brooklyn Decker wore a hot-pink Michael Kors gown.

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