Monday, May 5, 2014

No more “Halla!” at the Met Gala

Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said that man should go back to nature – and Vogue’s editor in chief Anna Wintour is doing just that for this year’s Costume Institute Gala; at least in her own way. Now that the Met’s Costume Institute has been officially renamed to Anna Wintour Costume Center – ribbon cut by Michelle Obama and all – the Queen of fashion is dictating new rules regarding the dress code, or better yet, recycling the ones known as ‘old Hollywood glamour’.
Charles James' gowns photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue June 1, 1948
You’re probably wondering why? The official theory that came out of Vogue is that the reinvented dress code consisted of “ball gowns and gloves for the ladies and top hats and tails for the gentlemen, plus decorations” is supposed to match this year’s theme honoring America’s first couturier Charles James, who was ironically British. However, we all seem to believe gossip much more than the facts stated so here we go: the reinvention of the dress code is supposed to make the event “even more exclusive”, denying access to B-list celebrities and other “nobodies” who cannot shell out 25.000$ for a seat as opposed to last year’s ‘10 grand minus’ price tag.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at
last year's Met Gala
Now re-read the last part of that paragraph, add in the fact that Kim Kardashian will be attending along with her stepsister Kendall Jenner, apparently dressed by Pucci, and question the fact that you weren't invited to the Gala over and over again. Fortunately these blips of tackiness – which also include characters like Rita Ora and Selena Gomez – are balanced out by the attendance of fashion’s new darling Lupita Nyong’o, confirmed to be wearing Prada, Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy, Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior and the regular Sarah Jessica Parker who is also co-hosting the event along with actor Bradley Cooper.

Regarding the fashion – like the first three paragraphs were anything but – all of us catching up from home should expect big gowns, Hollywood hairstyles and an excessive amount of blinding diamonds complementing the clothing. But that’s not all! Since Vogue generously offered the attendees advice on how to get fit for the “big night” in order to withstand the heaviness of the dresses, basically bullying them into working out expect to see toned arms and arched backs. Lots of ‘em.

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