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.

 

What You Need to Know About Peter Copping’s Oscar de la Renta Debut + See All 55 Looks

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When was the last time you saw a French twist on a girl and thought, “How modern! So chic!” The phrase has images of business women of the ’90s in pinstriped skirt suits bouncing through my head. But then, with his debut collection at Oscar de la Renta, Peter Copping changed all that.

A French twist is exactly what hair stylist Guido Palau fashioned for the models in the fall 2015 collection show. Tight to the head with slight volume at the crown, the look ended up feeling easier and younger than expected. Simple, out of the way. Better than a messy bun.

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The hair contrasted nicely with the makeup by Diane Kendal — a black, thick, exaggerated cat eye. Together with the hair, models like Kendall Jenner, Anna Ewers, Binx Walton, Caroline Trentini, Fei Fei Sun, Kati Nescher, Lindsey Wixson — it was a star model studded show — looked youthful, fun, and poised.

Copping’s debut was one everyone was watching — from the new guard seated on one side of the aisle, like Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift, to the OG socialites on the other, think Barbara Walters and Oscar’s widow Annette de la Renta. Copping, who came to the Oscar’s house from Nina Ricci, found a familiar face in stylist Alex White, who has styled Oscar de la Renta and also worked with Copping on styling his collections at Nina Ricci. White styled Copping’s debut for Oscar de la Renta as well.

The collection was beautiful — true to Oscar without bending too far into the category of straight tribute. It also felt like Copping, whose designs for Nina Ricci were feminine and pretty, just like Oscar’s. This collection felt tinged with a European air — there was more youth and sex than in a typical ODLR collection. The sheer lace panels did that. But you’ll find no complaints here. It’s a beautiful start.

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Insta-Critic: Peter Copping’s Youthful Gowns at Oscar de la Renta

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Everything you need to know about the Oscar de la Renta show, plus see every look from the collection by clicking here.

While the mood must have been bittersweet; after all, Oscar de la Renta was one of the most beloved designers and this was the first show by his house in his absence, Peter Copping’s first collection was also very well received. V.I.F.s (that’s very important friends) showed up too–think the two most famous BFFs there ever were (yes, Karlie and Taylor). Brightening the mood were the gowns themselves: works of art rendered in copious jewel tones, with a youthful feeling thanks to creative cutouts done in very classy, sophisticated ways. “In this, my first collection, I hope to honour Oscar’s legacy and also to start a new chapter for the house.” We think Oscar would be proud.

Teal!

Kendall (and Kris) were v. busy today.

More dreamy looks from @petercopping for #ODLR cc @oscarprgirl

Wouldn’t Allison Williams look gorg in this?

On the runway at #OscardelaRenta. #nyfw

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That back detail makes all the difference.

On the runway at #OscardelaRenta. #nyfw

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The back of this gown is ridiculous.

LOOK WHO SHOWED UP!

Margiela Changes Its Name + 5 Fashion Meltdowns to Remember

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With regard to everything except the clothes, John Galliano‘s much-talked about return, the debut collection for Maison Margiela was a drama free affair. The location? The 4th floor of a new London office tower. As Vanessa Friedman put it for the New York Times, In case you missed it: new building, new businesslike beginning.” All of this quiet professionalism is intentional. The clothes will speak for themselves, giving Galliano a chance to cement his status of “in recovery” from the infamous drunken, anti Semitic rant of 2011. 

Something else happened too, almost silently. What’s been “Maison Martin Margiela” since 1988 became “Maison Margiela.” It seems a wise choice to make this move with little-to-no fanfare–after all the noise surrounding the Saint Laurent rebranding was louder than anything else, for quite some time.

The name change has avoided controversy, perhaps because Galliano himself is already enshrouded in it. With the demands of a countlessly expanding seasonal schedule (spring, fall, resort, pre-fall, couture, and so on,) immense financial pressure, and fierce competition, fashion can break one down and chew one up ’til there’s nothing much to do but pitch a fit. Here’s a look back at a few designers who did:

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1. John Galliano’s Anti-Semitic Rant

First up in our short history of fashion tantrums, let’s revisit the incidents that led to Galliano’s firing from Dior. In 2011, Galliano went on a drunk tirade, one he later said he remembered nothing of, verbally attacking a couple in Paris, starting with ethnic slurs and moving on to criticize the woman’s clothes, thighs, and more.

At trial, he cited the immense pressures he felt on the job and said he was addicted to alcohol, sleeping pills, and valium. The judges disagreed, deeming him to have had “sufficient awareness of his act despite his addiction and his fragile state.” 

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2. The Saint Laurent vs. YSL Debacle

This infamous name change must have had public relations professionals everywhere shaking in their boots, and probably paved the path for Margiela’s approach to rebranding — a what not to do.

Hedi Slimane’s entrance at the house formerly known as YSL was shaky on many grounds. Around 2012, it was a straight-up disaster though. Business of Fashion‘s founder and Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed wrote extensively about the ongoing interactions with the communications team after they were asked to edit a tweet (as BlackBook’s social media manager, I know very well that this is impossible) and ultimately neglected invitations to Slimane’s debut collection “because they were unhappy with the ‘tone of voice’ that we have used when writing about YSL.” There was also mass confusion over the name and to how the company would be referred. A lengthy press release was concocted to divvy up appropriate nomenclature.

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3. Christophe Decarnin Ordered to Stay in Bed

The crowd was confused when the 2011 Balmain show closed and then-designer Decarnin was nowhere to be found to take a bow. Immediately, conflicting reports emerged. Had the designer suffered a mental breakdown, was his absence due to drugs, or had he simply stayed up too late the night before, putting finishing touches on the collection?

Reps for Balmain cited “Doctor’s Orders” to account for his absence. Decarnin was reportedly recovering from nervous exhaustion, reigniting a frequent discussion about the potentially dangerous pace of the fashion industry today.

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4. Cathy Horyn Calls Oscar de la Renta a “hot dog”

After a harsh review with a colorful if misunderstood quasi-insult from Cathy Horyn (“far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion,”) the late ODLR wasted no words nor money to address his response, which he issued vis-à-vis a full page ad in WWD, entitled “An Open Letter to Cathy Horyn from Oscar De La Renta.”

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5. Is Jil Sander at Jil Sander?

Jil Sander founded her eponymous house in 1968. Since then, she’s exited and re-entered so many times that her comings and goings are both hard to keep track of, and met with incredulity.

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Honoring Oscar De La Renta: A Collection of Fashion’s Commemorations

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Oscar De La Renta, a designer whose name is synonymous with elegance and beauty, has passed away at age 82. The industry took to Instagram to share memories of the designer and his collections. Here are the commemorations made by models who walked for him, photographers who shot for him, celebrities who wore him, and everyone in between, honoring the life and work of Oscar de la Renta.

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The “King of Evening” will be forever remembered. #RIP #OscardelaRenta

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And Confirmed…Guillaume Henry Will be Nina Ricci’s Creative Director

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Another hunch has been confirmed in the guessing game that is the fashion-merry-go-round aftermath of PFW, it’s been confirmed that Carven’s Guillaume Henry is off to Nina Ricci. Henry will officially begin his tenure on January 5th and show his first Nina Ricci collection for the Fall/Winter 2015-16 season.

Ricci’s previous creative director, Peter Copping, is all but confirmed to be on his way to Oscar de la Renta, which leaves only the question of who will take over at Carven. We’ll keep you posted!

Carven to Nina Ricci to Oscar de la Renta: Fashion Rumor Mill Musings

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Guillaume Henry. Photo courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Carven has long been at the top of my list of brands I would wear almost exclusively if my wallet allowed. Guillaume Henry put the house back on the map when he came in in 2009, making the brand a necessity for Parisian and wannabe-Parisian girls everywhere.

Now it’s been confirmed that after November, he will exit the house he help to rebuild. Carven’s CEO Henri Sebaoun told WWD that the company will continue uninterrupted with expansions and store openings and that they are in the process of appointing Henry’s replacement now.

Fashion gossip has us thinking Henry is headed to Nina Ricci to replace Peter Copping who will head to Oscar de la Renta– but the house has not yet confirmed. So, ears to the ground on that one.

While that might be the bigger news, personally, I will be eagerly anticipating Carven’s latest with the hope that the line retains the charming, feminine insouciance I’ve come to admire it for.

Who’s In At Oscar? Not Galliano.

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This is what happens to prodigal designers who out-price themselves. After failed negotiations (Oscar wouldn’t front the money John Galliano wanted) Oscar de la Renta is reportedly looking for a new creative director, one who will work with Oscar for now, then take over when the 81-year old retires.

Galliano didn’t make the cut, but names like Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens (the designer who currently oversees Theory) have been thrown into the hat. Jason Wu’s name was on the list too, until he accepted a gig with Hugo Boss last year.

Prabal’s red carpet style is a great fit for Oscar… and Olivier’s been at Nina Ricci  — beautiful dresses are what both designers do.

Good luck to both.

Prabal Gurung


Olivier Theyskens

Calling Jimmy Choo a Cobbler, and Other Famous Fashion Feuds

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Thanks to an extraordinarily forthcoming Tamara Mellon (formerly of Jimmy Choo, currently anti Jimmy Choo,) the word on the street is that the man for which the shoes were named never actually designed anything. Now, Mellon has publicly called him a “cobbler”. (Burn!) Mellon, who departed Jimmy Choo to focus on her own brand, continues to air her dirty laundry for our horrified amusement (in interviews, a book, and excerpts published everywhere.) So what other fashion feuds gathered us in the schoolyard to watch?

But a year ago, respected fashion writer Cathy Horyn disrespected Oscar de la Renta in her review of his spring 2013 collection, calling de la Renta a “hotdog,” (in the surfer lingo sense of the word, meaning a showman, obviously.) A seething ODLR retorted with a full-page ad in WWD, calling Horyn a “stale, 3-day old hamburger.” The two have sort of since made up.

That time Keifer Sutherland head butted Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough at the Met Ball in 2009, breaking the designer’s nose. McCollough was supposedly defending the honor of Brooke Shields, who Sutherland had bumped into. Let’s assume Sutherland will never attend one of Proenza Schouler’s shows.

Hedi Slimane versus everyone ever. A few of his grievances include: making sure Cathy Horyn wasn’t invited to his debut show at YSL Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent because of comments she made in 2004, and cutting ties with retailer Colette (and losing hundreds of thousands of wholesale business for one season alone) over those AIN’T LAURENT without Yves tees. More to come, probably. 

Nicolas Ghesquière v. Balenciaga. When the designer left his post at Balenciaga, he broke his contracts by speaking ill in an interview with System magazine. Now the house is seeking about $7 million in damages. But who knows, maybe we’ll see him turn up at Louis Vuitton, and this will all be history.