Once again, the Met Gala, held each year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has come and gone, bringing with it all the glitz and glam of Hollywood. The Met ball, formally called the Costume Institute Gala, is an annual fundraising event which takes place for the benefit of the Museum’s Costume Institute, which is known for its outrageously innovative themes. Marking the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, the red carpet is flooded every year with big names in the world of fashion and film, who bring their theme-appropriate fashion A-game with them.
This year’s gala, which is always held on the first Monday of May, was centered around the controversial theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”Although a million things could have gone wrong, most of the stars aced the theme without committing any significant faux pas. But among the sea of stars who came dressed-to-impress, there were some that stood out beautifully, making our best dressed list for this year’s Met Gala.
Blake Lively may have hands-down won this year’s best ensemble tag in her ornate custom-made Versace gown. Her dress – a crimson, embroidered bodice with sheer panels on the sides and a train that went on for miles – was an instant show-stopper. The bodice showed off Lively’s lithe figure, and the intricate and extensive beading on the masterpiece took more than 600 hours to create (by hand!) – no surprise, considering the detailing on it. Her spiked halo headpiece made her look like a goddess, and the eye-catching Lorraine Schwartz jewellery perfectly complemented the look with regal grandeur. The train was so long and grand that the actress had to take a party bus to the event! To top it all off, her gown was paired with Christian Louboutin heels, while her Judith Leiber clutch, which was designed with Austrian crystals, featured a bleeding-heart Mary on one side, while the other has “Reynolds” written on it in crystals, along with the shape of a cross, with the points highlighting the initials B, R, J and I. Those letters are the first initials of each member of the Reynolds family with her husband of six years, Ryan Reynolds, who was absent from the carpet. The pair have two children, James and Ines.
Another favourite at this year’s gala was Jennifer Lopez. She hit the red carpet in a jewel-encrusted, structured Balmain gown, hand in hand with her boyfriend, former professional athlete Alex Rodriguez, who was wearing the same designer. Her dress was a body-hugging number, custom-made for the singer by Balmain designer, Olivier Rousting. Inspired by the iconic Anna Wintour’s first high-low cover for Vogue in ’88, the dress was so intricate that it took over a month to made and involved the jewels being sewn into the ostrich-feather train itself. The gown showed off her toned legs, thanks to a thigh-high slit. The entire thing was covered in multi-coloured blue, red and black gems. A huge beaded mosaic crucifix highlighted the front of her outfit while helping her blend perfectly with the theme of the event. The cut-outback added the needed drama, as did her intense eye-makeup. The rest of her make-up was left nude and her locks were slicked back into a chic and sexy look. The make-up used was from JLo’s own make-up for Ingot, and her Tiffany and Co. jewellery matched perfectly. The dress is now being auctioned off, along with A-Rod’s black Balmain suit, with all the proceeds going to RED, a charity organisation created to fight AIDS.
Indian Actress Priyanka Chopra, was among the A-listers who made quite the impression on the Met’s red carpet. The Quantico star, who is often praised for her daring fashion choices, dazzled in a glamorous wine-red off-shoulder Ralph Lauren evening gown, accessorised with a be-jeweled hoodie. Her wimple/coif style headgear, which took over 250 hours of painstaking hand work, was encrusted with precious jewels such as rubies and sapphires, crafted in India. The shimmery eyes and red pout by make-up veteran Christina Ehrlich was the perfect addition to her ensemble, which stayed true to the exhibit’s theme. Though it must have been a challenge to pair any jewellery with the gem-studded outfit, Pee Cee chose to go with Cartier jewellery which, surprisingly, went well with the ensemble.
Model Cara Delevigne has been known to make bold fashion statements in the past, making her red-carpet appearance highly anticipated. Lo and behold, the quirky Brit did not disappoint! Waltzing in adorning a Christian Dior Haute Couture creation, the 25-year-olddonned a fishnet gown made up of sheer paneling in a cross-stitch pattern. The entire piece was a fashion interpretation of a Catholic confessional box, making her one of the stars that really stuck to the theme of the evening. She wore a simple Commando black bikini beneath the dress, not leaving much to the imagination. The only part covered up was her face, due to her bead-encrusted Marianna Harurunian crown-cum-veil, which added to the evening’s theme of elaborate headpieces. The hanging face shade hid her striking features, which were highlighted with bright colours. The make-up was brilliantly orchestrated, featuring some serious gold highlighting above her brow bone and a deep berry lip. That and her cropped blonde pixie hair – dyed purple by Mark Roszak – were the only touches of colour in her outfit. She finished up with Noudar jewellery and, although a bit out there, the look was breathtaking and emanated a gothic glow.
Ariana Grande pulled her look straight from one of the most famous places of worship in the world. She floated onto the red carpet in a Vera Wang ball gown, effectively taking everyone’s breath away. The dress drew inspiration from Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” – the famous work of art inside the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, completed in 1541. It covers the altar wall and depicts humanity awaiting their eternal judgement by God. The young songstress transformed her iconic long ponytail into a flowing golden mesh bow, looking like she stepped straight out of a painting herself. The entire dress was covered in an exact replica of the famous painting, and a closer look at the bodice revealed that the image of Jesus Christ takes centre stage. The drama of the dress was toned down by the layered tulle, and her makeup was kept simple and classic. Grande stuck to the classic cat-eye which was, as always is the case with her liner, flawless. Distracting from the gown only with a simple pair of Butani diamond studs, she nailed the theme and looked ethereal and angelic, making heads turn all evening.
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