It's that time of year sparkly chumlets, for last night held the notoriously drama fulfilling, glamtastic Met Gala! Now, some style fans eagerly await London Fashion Week, some movie mavericks favour the Oscars, but I let out a wee yelp when I saw the media photos pour in for this overly theatrical of events- the annual fund raising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
Having studied costume design and construction myself, and harbouring a life long love dedicated to the film industry and anything remotely theatrical, of course this excites me; but this is the one night when the glittering stars of the big screen gather, in some of the most outrageously over the top outfits, and throw caution to the wind with their usually strict fashion rules.
Here are my favourite looks from the event:
Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney
What is not to love about this, the gown is beautifully fitted and packs a punch with this delicious colour. The delicate yet modern design of the bodice is just wacky enough, and Reese gives Hollywood glamour with her classic hair and make up, creating just the right balance altogether.
Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu
I'm not sure what it is about the Met Ball that brings out the opera gloves in people, but over looking the slight bizarrity of this accessory, I love the delicacy of this dress. The colour is rich and deep, the fabric looks expensive and sumptuous and I love the sweet shape and hint of sparkle.
Blake Lively in Gucci Première
Bringing out the Hollywood big guns here, Blake looks truly stunning in this shimmering beauty. Such a flattering and jaw dropping silhouette, Blake bounces in all the right places, and the cape trail is super old school in the perfectly glamorous kind of way. I suppose having Ryan Reynolds on her arm doesn't offend the eyes either...
Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren & Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli
From one hot couple to another; Johnny looks all kinds of kooky yet damn fine in his spats and tail echoing the timeless style of his young love Amber Heard. The metallic lace is a work of art and just so pretty with its bracelet length sleeve and funnel skirt. Paired with vampy make up and drop earrings, she looks every bit a match for Mr Depp.
Florence Welch in Valentino Couture
I know, in this setting perhaps not an obvious choice, but for me this outfit stands out from the puffball skirts and wishy washy colours of the safer options on the red carpet. Florence looks ethereal in this smokey stone grey and wonderfully patterned top layer. Bringing something unique in way of two piece and striking a powerful image in a subtle way.
Nicole Richie in Donna Karan
Again, perhaps a controversial selection, but there is something about the fluidity and deconstructed texture here, that I can not take my eyes off. Such a simple shaped gown, cut on a bias to allow for this almost stretched, draping. The brushed velvet gives elegance and richness and is a high contrast to the finer, paleness of the rest of the dress.
Of course, there were so many gorgeous frocks hitting the red carpet, and also some questionable numbers, but here are just a few others that I thought absolutely worth a mention:
Emma Stone in Thakoon
Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler
Suki Waterhouse in Burberry
Gisele Bündchen in Balenciaga
For more information on the up coming costume institute exhibition, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, head over here where you can dive into the super sculpted works of Charles James, British couture master. I also suggest you take a look at the Vogue website for some fantastic behind the scenes photographs, from what seemed to be one heck of a night. Keep an eye out for some show stopping gowns by Zac Posen, who reigned supreme at the gala, dressing the likes of Dita Von Teese, Liu Wen and Karen Elson- seriously, you'll spot them a mile off!
I'm off to wrap myself in something floaty and twirl around the house. Have a great week folks!