Met Gala 2014
Everyone found their top hats and extended their hemlines far below the ankle for this year’s Met Gala. The white tie theme of this year’s ball was ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’. However, as many reached yonder to the fashion futures, many stayed subtle and stationary. Fashion stars and big name celebs alike played it safe this year, perhaps they exhausted themselves on the trials and tribulations of 2013’s punked up outfits.
Charles James is well known in the fashion world as a man of many-a-ball gown. Elegant, voluminous representations of femininity. Only a select few lived up to James’ legacy, and boy did they stand out. Karolina Kurkov, known for her head to toe sparkle number of the 2012 gala, matured her daring taste. Dakota Johnson and The Olsen’s kept it dark and mysterious. Karlie Kloss sported a tail like a Boss. Chinese model Liu Wen stole the proverbial show in teal Zac Posen.
A multitude of others struck a fashion chord, but barely hit a high note. This clan of understated beauty provided a perfect anti-hero to those who swung big, leaving us with a well-rounded account of fashion in 2014. The Beckham’s wore white, instead of black. So did Rihanna, who looked to be channelling herself circa 2008. Alex Chung, the queen of cute, looked cute in dusty blue Nina Ricci. Gisele Bundchen was evidently ecstatic about her black Balenciaga. The ladies in pink kept on trend and it totally worked for them. It seems Rachel McAdams knew the lighter shades made the bolder statements.
Power couples went head to head; Kimye and Beyonce-Z battled it out in midnight hues but it was Neil Patrick-Harris and David Burtka, the underdogs, who wowed.
Whether they went with or against the dress code, there’s got to be pride in being on Anna Wintour’s exclusive list of fashionable favourites. Everyone’s a winner.
By Pascale Lamy