Monday, May 12, 2014

What should this year's Met Gala have looked like?

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2008 Haute Couture Met Costume Institute Gala 2014
A Christian Dior gown from the label's
S/S '08 HC collection illustrated by me
After watching Anna Wintour's and Sarah Jessica Parker's appearance on the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" show post-Met Gala, where they basically trashed the male attendees for not following the white tie dress-code and said nothing about the women, I got myself thinking.

The first thing I actually discussed in my head was why Ms. Wintour, the notorious Queen of fashion with an instant opi-nion on any possible subject, does not allow herself to pub-licly say what she really thinks of this year's failed attempt to get everyone to dress according to the theme. Yes, it's true that it's easier to criticize a man in this particular situation where the only given choice for him was a black tuxedo with tails, along with the obligatory white tie and decorations - but 
I strongly believe that the ladies were to blame for the unin-spired and lackluster evening the 2014 Met Gala really was.

In my opinion, the Charles James theme was one of the most exciting yet and very easy to attend to. What the women really had to do is have a Cinderella moment and embrace the honoree's style by donning a perfectly tailored outfit, whether it is a structured corseted gown in royal blue from Christian Dior's S/S '08 Haute Couture collection, a similarly built sheer black gown from Theyskens' Nina Ricci, a padded satin suit from the designer two years before that or one of the whimsical couture gowns in powder shades shown in Givenchy's collection that same year.

I am giving you a moment to imagine all these masterpieces on one red carpet. Now that would be an ideal fashion night.

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