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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute presented its annual benefit, known as the Met Gala, last night in New York City. The event kicks off the museum’s fashion exhibit, this year called, “China: Through The Looking Glass” which explores the impact Chinese aesthetics have had on Western fashion.
It was interesting to see how the attendees at the Gala interpreted the theme and paid homage to Chinese culture, while maintaining a balance between appreciation and appropriation. Below are a few of my favorite looks from the event:
Rihanna made the entrance of the night in a fur trimmed, embroidered cape by couturier Guo Pei, who is known as the Coco Chanel of China.
According to the singer, she found the dress while researching Chinese couture online. Kudos to Rihanna for making an effort to learn more about the theme of this year’s Gala and actually wearing a piece from a Chinese designer.
The extravagant train and eye popping color made for the perfect fashion moment on steps of the Met.
The person I was most excited to see at this year’s event was Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who brings it to every red carpet she’s on – and she did not disappoint. Fan wore a gold sequined dress and cape by one her favorite designers, Christopher Bu.
Lady Gaga struck just the right note between inspiration and imitation in a stunning Balenciaga design.
Fashion risk taker, Sarah Jessica Parker, like Gaga, likes to embrace the theatrical aspect of fashion, especially at an event like the Met Gala, where she consistently sets the bar for fashion and creativity. Parker wore a dress of her own design in collaboration with H&M and a Philip Treacy headpiece, which was inspired by the “phoenix crowns” worn by traditional Chinese brides.
However, most of the celebrities who attended the Gala wore the night’s theme in a more subtle way. Here are a few who got it right.
Kendall Jenner in a jade green Calvin Klein Collection gown.
Jessica Hart in Valentino
Zang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera
Sienna Miller in Thakoon
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy
Lizzie Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier
Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi. The dress, by the way, was specially crafted from yarn created by recycled plastic bottles as part of the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative launched by Firth to promote sustainable and ethical fashions on the red carpet.
Which red carpet look was your favorite of the night?