Thursday, May 8, 2014

Met Gala 2014 - Best Looks

 From left: Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung, Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture, Naomi Watts in Givenchy

 From left: Rihanna in Stella McCartney, Beyonce in Givenchy, Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji

 From left: Georgia Jagger in Thierry Mugler, Suki Waterhouse in Burberry Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain

From left: Arizona Muse in Ralph & Russo Haute Couture, Chanel Iman in Topshop, Liu Wen in Zac Posen

From left: Ming Xi in Michael Kors, Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney, Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen 

Looking at pictures of all the splendor that is the Met Gala, left me clicking the arrow button for a solid hour. Observing details, accessories, noting the designer who made it and the celebrity that rocked it. This is all part of the annual task of obsessing over the MET. There were many strong looks this year, prompting me to choose my favorites from the night. For me, Chanel Iman wore my favorite piece. To think, that asymmetrical necklined beauty came from Topshop. WHAT. 

While last year the theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture (my favorite), this year went back to a far more glamorous era of ball gowns and sculptural design; to master couturier Charles James. A man who approached his work like an artist, he defied commercialism. He was known for his mastery of sculptural designs, although never formally trained. His skill was so great that even Christian Dior cited that his inspiration for the "New Look" came from James. Although he's more associated with ball gowns, James even pioneered the sports bra, puffer coat, and the wrap dress. His legacy was translated well as designers like Zac Posen created extravagant gowns for his beauties. 

Who do you think, in the spirit of Charles James, takes "best dressed" this year?

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