You win this time, Bieber.
I had a lot of difficulty deciding on my favourite looks from the Met Gala. This is because when it comes to an event like this, the main thing you have to consider is theme, and then you go from there and implement your personal style and design preferences.
I think I should start off by saying something nice, because I think that this year’s Met Gala was probably the most boring and uninspired of them all.
Okay, I know, I was meant to say nice things and I didn’t get off to a good start…
I’m not going to lie, I liked Kim Kardashian’s gown and thought that the details were incredible, however, I don’t think it suited the theme of this year’s Met Gala, which was China: Through the looking glass. Same with Beyoncé; I think we all know that I absolutely love her, but Bey, I do not get the inspiration behind your dress (or rather, lack of). For any other occasion, I think Beyoncé looked absolutely stunning. Seriously, she looked incredible, but I think the attention from her gown deterred attention from the overarching theme of the night.
Moving on to my favourite looks of the night, I think Rihanna nailed it.
Rih was in Guo Pei, and I think that the detailing on the dress achieved an oriental look, and the fabrics worked fabulously together to create an outstanding look.
Out of the men, Justin Bieber hit the nail on the head.
Like I said before, embrace the theme but put your own spin to it, and that’s exactly what the Biebs did. This Balmain look was sophisticated and has the ability to be worn off of the red carpet. 10/10.
Okay, can I get a round of applause for Jessica Hart?
Out of all the women, Rihanna aside, Jessica Hart had my vote for best dressed. It is a perfect combination of the design aspects of the Chinese culture, and equal part modern style. The colour is gorgeous and it’s a perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. It’s just, like I said, perfect. We should also give a standing ovation to the Valentino team.
While I planned this post I though “yes, I am going to have my favourites in order” but honestly I think these are all actually equal favourites, yes, some stood out more than others but I appreciate them all the same.
Next is Fan Bingbing. I’m going to be completely honest and say I didn’t know who she was until I saw this incredible emerald cape gliding down the red carpet, then she turned around. It was like a Cinderella moment, I needed to know who she was, and I really hoped she would drop the cape so I could fly over there and pick it up and
keep it find her to give it back.
I feel I should also mention Kendall Jenner, who looked absolutely stunning in this Calvin Klein gown.
This is probably my only exception to the ‘theme rule’ because when you think about it, Calvin Klein is known for simplicity, and I guess the colour matches the theme. I’m going to justify it because I love this look and I think Kendall looked stunning.
I think what disappointed me most was that the whole concept of the ball was forgotten by most. It is a themed costume benefit gala, and we have actresses like Reece Witherspoon and the Olsen twins who wore the most basic pieces in history. There was no costume aspect to it. None, it purely seemed like the haute couture version of lazy.
Finally, my last bone to pick is with these people. First thing’s first, in 2014 Beyoncé wowed everyone with her Michael Costello floral-lace dress at the Grammy’s, and now these women, including Beyoncé herself, have tried to replicate the look but make it look like they didn’t (does that make sense?)
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Don’t get me wrong, they all look absolutely incredible, but come on ladies, be creative, I get this is a trend and making a statement on a world wide platform is the goal, but every gown has the right occasion, and this wasn’t it.
Then there are these ladies, who are ready for the after party before the ball even began.
To end this on a good note, I’d like to point out my favourite gowns in general, regardless of the occasion.
Let me be the one to tell you how difficult it is to rush home from a long and busy day out, only to get ready for the long night ahead with little to no time to make any decent changes!
This edit showcases a great and easy way to go from a casual, every day look (which is so so á la mode and easily transform it into a sophisticated look, perfect for a night out!
Included in this edit are some of my favourite pieces, like the Valentino Rock Studded flats and heels, and Mimco purses!
Finally, the neutral pallet of both looks inspire me. For what, exactly? Maybe to embrace a more mature life, to work hard enough so that I can enjoy everything that life has to offer… It’s funny how an outfit, more, an edit of an outfit can make you think this way. It could be the sophistication of the colours and pieces, or more the personal thought that went into it. I was thinking about an outfit that I would wear in a heartbeat, that could take me from work to dinners, events, anything. I have big plans for my life, and I don’t intend on approaching them in mediocre clothes!
$360 – mytheresa.com
$6,365 – balmain.com
$665 – net-a-porter.com
$185 – farfetch.com
$170 – mimco.com.au
Block colours. My favourite two words that I refer to when I plan an outfit.
What I love about block colours is that they match no matter what. Want to add a colourful accessorie? Go ahead, it won’t clash! Want to match your jewellery to your handbag? Sure, no worries!
Using block colours gives you instant style points because there is no way you can go wrong by mixing the wrong colours… As long as you make sure that your statement block colours are actually shades, then you should be fine!
I always like to use a basic white or grey top as the basis for any outfit, because this way I can become flexible with the colours I choose for my accessories. I haven’t decided whether it’s a good or bad habit but I always like my outfit to match. Never would I team printed pants with shaggy jackets and printed tops… It just doesn’t give the “Elegant, ready-to-party but I can wear this to work too” type of impression, which is the impression that I subconsciously go for when putting together my outfits.
Give blocking a go and let me know what you think below!
$195 – bymalenebirger.com
$1,015 – shopmrsh.com
$13 – hm.com
$16 – janenorman.co.uk
$150 – temperleylondon.com
$99 – selfridges.com
$725 – coggles.com