For the rest of the world, the biggest red carpet even of the year is the Oscars, or maybe Cannes. But, for anyone remotely interested in fashion, it’s the Met Gala that gets excitement going. Hosted annually the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Met Gala serves as a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. Not only that, but it also marks the opening of the Institute’s newest exhibit, the subject of which also serves as the theme of the Gala. Needless to say, the red carpet leading into the venue is pretty much a who’s-who of the fashion industry, so much so that the event is often referred to as “Vogue Prom”.
As one might expect from a fundraiser who’s guest list includes everyone from Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace to Alexa Chung and Gigi Hadid, these are not you everyday red carpet ensembles. The party’s theme encouraged the sartorially ambitious guests to go even further out then they already would. Last year’s tribute to couturier Charles James saw a plethora of gowns that gave new meaning to the word “sculptural”. This year, the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass”, the same name as the Costume Institute’s latest installment. The exhibit itself examines Chinese fashion and its effect on Western designers, and includes everything from pieces belonging to 18th-century French courtesans to numbers by the like of Tom Ford. From the looks of the carpet Monday night, the attendees embraced the idea head-on. To say that I was refreshing my Instagram feed every few seconds would be an understatement (it’s times like these that I thank God for social media).
Without further ado, here are my picks for best-dressed at the 2015 Met Gala. Because it’s never to early to reminisce, right?
Kate Hudson in Micheal Kors
How can you not love Kate Hudson in this body-hugging Michael Kors number?! The silhouette and filigree-reminiscent fabric details pays homage to the theme without being campy, which makes it a winner in my book.
Sienna Miller in Thakoon
I love the fiery red (not to mention the sparkle!) of this playfully elegant pantsuit.
Lauren Santo Domingo in Proenza Schouler
As per usual, the LSD knocks them all out of the park, this time in a highlighter-yellow creation by (who else?) Proenza Schouler.
Julianne Moorie in Givenchy Haute Couture
Julianne Moore is already having on heck of a year, fashion-wise: in February she nabbed her first Oscar wearing custom Chanel, and subsequently followed it up with this stunning Givenchy number.
Nicola Peltz in Boss
Jason Wu’s clique of fashionable best friends just keeps growing! The group now includes up-and-coming ingenue Nicola Peltz, who made us all jealous by donning his dreamy white confection by the designer.
Diane Kruger in Chanel
Sienna wasn’t the only one to wear pants Monday night! Style star Diane Kruger kept us guessing by showing up in this embellished pant-and-tunic set by Chanel.
Elizabeth Cordrey Schaffer in Altuzarra
Leave in to Anna Wintour’s daughter-in-law to have one seriously gorgeous dress. She positively stunned in this eye-catching red gown by Altuzarra.
Karlie Kloss in Versace
All of the supermodels (of which there were many) on the Met Gala carpet looked fabulous, but Karlie Kloss definitely stood out. Her edgy Versace look was just ther ight amount of daring and sophisticated: in other words, perfect for the occasion.
Keri Russell in Altuzarra
And, finally, Keri Russell. The actress’ look truly blew me away: the feathers, the silhouette, even the leg slit were flawless, and she couldn’t pulled it off any better. After seeing this, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for her future red carpet looks.
Looking back at all these stunning looks already has me excited for the 2016 Met Gala! Any guesses as to what the exhibit/theme will be?
And, also, who are your picks for best-dressed on the 2015 carpet? Be sure to share below!