JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN…

Doesn’t mean you should.

We know celebrities crave attention, but trying too hard smacks of desperation. I actually think Beyoncé, though wearing the sheerest and more daring creation, pulls it off best – although her weave is too blonde and her make up too subtle – oh the irony!

The theme of the Met Gala this year was China: Through the Looking Glass. As expected, there was a lot of heavily embroidered silk, although most celebrities wore creations designed to get them headlines – although not always in a good way.

We had the usual outrageousness from Miley in a provocative cut out dress; Lady Gaga in some ridiculous kimono get up; Rihanna in a bright yellow gown with an over sized train and Madonna in tiny black shorts and fish nets for the after party – business as usual really.

Perhaps not the most flattering angle to be photographed at for these ladies, although this is a rare photograph of JLo with her mouth closed.

JLOBEYONCEKIMMETGALATaking a risk at such a high fashion event is always a gamble, but for Diane Kruger (lovely soft waves in her hair and understated make up), and Anne Hathaway (love the liquid gold effect of the material), it didn’t work – a couple of bizarre choices.

DianeKrugerAnneHathawayTalking of erm unusual choices…

Here are two ‘optical illusion’ gowns i.e. they make the women wearing them look bigger than they are.

Kris Jenner is always good for a laugh, outfit wise, but she’s surpassed herself here in this hideous Balmain gown. She must’ve misread the memo, it’s the 70s that are coming back, not the 80s. All that material around the hips is so unflattering and it makes her legs look stumpy.

And what was the beautiful Kerry Washington thinking when she agreed to wear this Prada creation? Again too much material, and the fit is terrible. I also hate the bows around the neckline that makes the top part look like a life jacket! Don’t even get me started on the green satin shoes. Oh Kerry!

optical illusionBack in the ‘I wore it for a bet’ corner.

Jessica Parker in her much ridiculed Philip Treacy headdress – although kudos for daring to be different and wearing it with confidence. As crazy as it is, Jessica’s wearing the headdress – it’s not wearing her.

Oh Solange, if you were pissed off last year, wait until you see the photos of yourself in your Giles Deacon dress. The thing is, I love the pleating and the pattern, it just fell apart at the front, it reminds me of a skate with a human head.

woreitforabet Of course, some people can pull off quirky and once again FKA Twigs nails it in this funky frock. *Tries to work out body parts*

FKA Twigs
Cheap looking fabric. I’m sure all three gowns are outrageously expensive (even if they were loaned to the celebs), but to my eye, the material looks a bit cheap.

Kate Beckinsale is looking effortlessly beautiful as usual, with gorgeous on trend side swept wavy hair and heavy glam make up, but doesn’t the gold lame dress look a bit nylon-y, as if it would catch fire easily? The same goes for Rachel’s insipid grey dress – maybe it’s just the way they photograph.

As for the print on Jessica Alba’s dress, it looks like the material we used at school to make aprons in Home Economics. Certainly not special or glamorous enough for the Met Gala.

cheapfabricGoing from one extreme to another and an oyster coloured Donna Karan gown that looks anything but cheap, is Lizzy Caplan (raise a smile love), wearing this beautifully cut, draped crêpe dress. This exquisite gown is easily my favourite dress of the night,

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Two very different, but equally stunning gowns with trains: Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer, (Anna’s Chanel dress is too hideous to be shown) and Kate Hudson’s ‘not too sheer really’ gold dress.

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Knowing what suits you and sticking to it doesn’t have to be boring.

A glowing Emily Blunt in a slim fit embroidered Prada gown – waistband a little sumo wrestler-esque perhaps? Reece Witherspoon in a fail safe Jason Wu strapless gown – effortless.

suitsme Working it too: A polished Ivanka Trump in Prabal Gurung.

Prabal Gurung
A trio of stunning reds.

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Playing it safe in black.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy and Claire Danes in Valentino (although she won’t like that little bit of arm pit spillage).

safeinblack And not so safe in black.

Cara Delevingne – love the tattoo, don’t like the trousers and Mulligan in shapeless and ageing Balenciaga.black Best looking couple Colin and Livia Firth.

However, there’s something rather special about Livia’s Antonio Berardi gown – it’s crafted from Newlife yarns, a material created from recycled plastic bottles. Livia is a passionate eco-fashion activist, and set herself a challenge a few years ago to promote sustainable and ethical fashions when walking the red carpet at events – I’m sure it cost an arm and leg (which is not very green), but the result is beautiful.

Colin and Livia Firth
The rest of them! Photos courtesy of Mashable.

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