When the theme of this year’s Met Gala – China Through the Looking Glass – was announced, fashion’s feminists groaned and prepared for the inevitable: vaguely “Asian” fashion tropes getting chucked in a blender and emerging as red carpet looks that felt about as culturally sensitive as the bindis adorning the tanned foreheads of Coachella festival goers. To everyone’s surprise, last night things didn’t actually go as badly as predicted. Yes, there were some questionable tassels and confusion between China and Japan, but there seems to have been a ‘no chopsticks in hair’ memo. Thank fuck. Here’s what did go down on the fashion front:
Sparking comparisons to Jafar, a Troll doll, and a Chinese Olympic mascot, Sarah Jessica Parker ensured all eyes were firmly fixed in her direction with this towering headpiece. Only Philip Treacy knows what was going on here.
THE DRESS THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND MEMES
Rihanna always manages to steal the show. While the likes of Kim Kardashian, J-Lo and Beyoncé opted to flash the flesh (beneath layers of crystals), that was been there, done that territory for Bad Gal RiRi. She instead went down the ‘bigger is better’ route, with a giant yellow dress by designer Guo Pei, that had the internet head straight for photoshop. Props to Rihanna for actually wearing a design by a Chinese designer, though.
MARC JACOBS WENT WITH CHER
After taking another cult woman – Jessica Lange – as his date last year, Marc Jacobs showed up with Cher on his arm, looking killer in a design from his AW15 collection. Also, the idea of Cher and Marc Jacobs belting out power ballads together in the Uber home is kind of everything.
KIM WORE PETER DUNDAS’S FIRST DRESS FOR ROBERTO CAVALLI
After leaving his post at Pucci for a new role at Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas needed a suitably illustrious moment (and woman) to show off his first design. It came in the form of a flowing, sheer, bedazzled gown donned by Kim Kardashian West, which has already earned the reality star 710,000 likes on Instagram.
Since taking over last year, John Galliano’sMaison Margiela red carpet creations have been scarce but striking. Last night saw Amal Clooney in a hand-painted Artisanal gown custom made by Galliano, before Rihanna took to the stage to perform in an antique Chinese jacket, transformed by the designer into a bustier and paired with silk trousers.
GRIMES ROCKED UP IN LOUIS VUITTON
Throwing out a special thank you to Nicolas Ghesquière on Instagram, Grimes showed up kitted out in a leopard print look from Louis Vuitton’s AW15 collection. It’s not the first time she’s been seen sporting the brand – earlier in Feb she stepped out at the house’s Series 2 exhibition in LA. Will Grimes be their next campaign girl? Watch this space...
A NEWLY 60 DONATELLA IS STILL KILLING IT
Having just turned 60 this week, Donatella Versace debuted something of a new look – her signature mermaid-like tresses were cropped to her shoulders as she strutted in her own designs. But as ‘How Old Do I Look’ proved last week – she doesn’t look a day over 36.
CHLOË SEVIGNY WORE CUSTOM J.W.ANDERSON
J.W. Anderson is not a someone who often creates items for the red carpet, so cult style icon Chloë Sevigny wearing a custom look is a pretty big moment for the London-based designer.