1.5  Evening Dress, Roberto Cavalli, Fall 2005
CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Without question the biggest fashion event of the year (outside of New York fashion week), the yearly Met Gala is an invitation from Anna Wintour to allay any fears that she’s remotely close to that villian portrayed in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. One can hardly argue the success of the fundraising event since she took the helm in 1995. The ‘official’ purpose of the Met Gala “is to serve as an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute in New York City.

We all know that isn’t quite the case. The Met Gala is about one thing, Anna Wintour, and why shouldn’t it be!? When asked by the New York Times to comment on this year’s gala, she declined to be formally interviewed for the article. However, Ms. Wintour agreed to answer three questions via email as long as they did not involve the guest list, the seating plan or financial information. Sounds reasonable to me! Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimea, why should Anna be forced to discuss her strategy to take over the Iron throne?

To argue the cultural merits of such an exhibit is beyond the scope of this blog. However, I find it personally exciting to see such an American staple of fashion, entertainment, culture & society embrace the Chinese culture. When Xi Jinping, the leader of the People’s Republic of China took over leadership in 2013, he spoke of ‘The Chinese Dream’, similar to the one many American’s idealized after WWII. What is nice to see is that American culture isn’t standing in the way of Chinese culture, rather assimilating it into the context of our multicultural fabric. The global conversation today certainly centers around the two countries, and if this is any indication of potential collaboration in the coming years, we have some exciting things to look forward to. Again, this is fashion! The Met Gala isn’t going to hasten the APEC Blue accord between the U.S. and China, moreover, it can serve as a conversation between two cultures who are becoming less suspicious of each other and replacing it with curiosity and respect.

With that in mind, let’s get to the good stuff. Each year, the gala has a theme, because, after all, this is Anna Wintour’s prom, so, every prom needs a theme. 2015’s… China: Through The Looking Glass

Best Dressed

Uma Thurman | Talk about a comeback! While she had everyone talking with her NBC miniseries, ‘The Slap’, she had different kind of buzz last night, turning heads in this stunning white number by Atelier Versace.

Jennifer Lawrence | Co-host of the Gala (with Anna of course!) Ms. Lawrence continued her reputation of the girl who has everything! What shouldn’t work, simply does with her in this flawless, contemporary & appropriate Christian Dior couture gown. Talk about #AmericanHustle!

Solange Knowles | Known by most as “Beyonce’s Sister: The girl who beat up Jay-Z”, she decided to take a different approach to the Met Gala this year. By far the most experimental outfit of the evening, Solange wearing an art installation by Giles, simply nailed it. I’m not sure how the rest of her night went, but, at least this year, we’re still talking about her dress and not the punches she threw in an elevator security tape. Solange needed a win and she got one!

‘Almost famous’ or already iconic!? Kate Hudson stepped out and shined on the red carpet in golden Michael Kors. Known for her bubbly personality and long, lean lines, she avoided the ‘dragon-themed’ cliches of the evening and shimmered her way up the stairway to the ball.

Who says that women should have all the fun?! Seth Meyers, the Late Night Show host showed up looking dapper & charming wearing head to toe Brunello Cucinelli. Also, not to outshine his lovely wife, Alexi Ashe.

Age is just a number, and fashion icon Carolina Herrera showed once again why she is such a timeless beauty. Congratulations to the queen of fashion for aging so gracefully.

Carey Mulligan, who has quietly stolen our hearts over the past few years in her romantic film roles, once again showed why she has now graced the cover of VOGUE magazine  four time. Simple but timeless, she appeared on the red carpet in a muted look, full of careful confidence and grace.

What would the MET Gala be without SOME mention of the Kardashians? HEAVEN! That’s why we have the gift of Kendall Jenner. After having to deal with some very public personal drama, regarding her father and his new identity, Kendall WOW’d the press and fellow attendees with her incredible emerald green Calvin Klein dress. We’re all cheering for you Jenners! (maybe not Kris so much..)