Fashion’s most fashionable event, the Met Costume Institute Gala came off on Monday night at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum and as usual, some high-profile islandistas were in attendance.
By the way, this is probably the last year we can call it the Met Costume Institute Gala since the institute has formally been renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Centre – in honour of the $125M the Vogue editrix-in-chief has raised for the institute in the last 15 years.
Rihanna, Jourdan Dunn, Zoe Saldana, Naomi Campbell and Lala Anthony were all in attendance, in dramatically different looks.
With this year’s exhibition theme paying tribute to the great American couturier Charles James, the dress code was white tie and ball gowns. For all the concern about how difficult it would be for men to do white tie, the guys actually committed to the theme way more than the ladies did, to my mind and did it well too!
Carmelo even went out there and sported a top hat with his suit – well played sir!
On the other hand, we felt a bit iffy about his islandista wife LaLa’s Cushnie et Ochs design though we give her a hat-tip for wearing a (half) islandista designer label! The cut out in the body-con design, while being classically Cushnie et Ochs just throws all the attention up to LaLa’s cleavage – which, while impressive is a bit disproportionate to her much skinnier bottom. The design makes her look a wee bit top-heavy. But we love the colour and her lipstick!
Unlike Carmelo, a lot of the ladies were just too cool for school and we did not see as many dramatic, haute couture ball gowns and elbow-length gloves as we were hoping for.
For instance, Rihanna was stunning in all-white Stella McCartney but the crop-topped, two-piece, slinky outfit was not exactly a ball gown.
However, as per usual and befitting her upcoming CFDA Style Icon status, Riri showed herself to be cutting edge as crop tops were definitely a significant trend on Monday night.
Islandistas Jourdan Dunn, Zoe Saldana and Naomi Campbell all came closer to theme with modern ball gowns – Jourdan’s lemon-yellow custom Top Shop was one of our favourites of the night.
However, when it came to committing to the theme of the night, Zac Posen was the way to go. Showing himself to be the true heir to James’ American couture legacy, Posen’s gowns were everything the theme asked for and more. He constructed (yes, constructed!) stand out gowns that were both a nod to the past and looking to the future. They were some of our favourites of the night.