The #MetGala Theme Was What...?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

So besides FIT & Parson's design students who knew exactly what the 2014 Met Ball theme... Charles James: Beyond Fashion really meant? 

OK I can admit, I had no idea! and from the looks at all the totally random (but beautiful) dresses, gown, and crop tops, I had no idea what the theme was supposed to translate too. So of course, I did a little search to find out more.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Charles James is known as on of American's greatest Haute Couture Designers. His gowns became popular with High Society Ladies in the late 1940's and mid 1950's.  "Personally draping and constructing the garments that bear his label, he is considered to be the only American to work in the true couture tradition." *

James's signature styles ....


The Metropolitan Museum of Art - "Swan"
Nancy James in Charles James "Swan" Gown, 1955
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

Swan songs  from last night.... 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Custom-Made Oscar de la Renta via

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabanna via

 Suki Waterhouse in Burberry via

Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen via

"Four-leaf Clover" 

Austine Hearst in Charles James "Four Leaf Clover" Gown, ca. 1953
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographer Unknown, © Bettmann/CORBIS

Dresses that embraced the look of the "Clover-Leaf" gowns from last night's red carpet

Haile Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung via 

 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in Ferre and Chanel via

Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu via
I absolutely LOVE this Look!!

 Jordan Dunn and Toni Garrn in Bespoke TopShop via




Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

 Butterfly inspired gowns on the red carpet last night...
Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta via

Blake Lively in Gucci Premier via

Stunning... but I do feel like she has worn this look before.. doesn't this look similar to her Savages movie premier look? 

Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors via

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta custom-made via

"Evening Gown"


Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Evening Dress, 1948
Black silk satin and black silk velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949 (2009.300.734)

 Working this Charles Jame's look was...

 Zoe Saldana in Bespoke Michael Kors via
I am not sure I love this but it does work with the theme and she still looks gorgeous in it! Making a classic look and feel so modern is nice. 


Shining bright like a diamond where...

Dita Von Tesse in Zac Posen via

Kendal Jenner in Bespoke TopShop via

Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta via

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney via

Others dressed with the theme in mind but it appears they forgot everything and anything else...

WHY? and WTF?

Katie Holmes in Marchesa via

.... or as we have previously known this look, Disney's Bell

I am not sure why this looks so incredibly horrible and like a Disney character. I think even Suri would have said something about it, but maybe Suri is pissed at her mom and got a good laugh out of it. 

On the runway it looks rich and Spanish influenced, like something Frida would wear. Katie clearly screwed it up, lol!@

Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso via

I mean why did she even attend. Clearly she could care less,  and was also going for a Disney princess look. 

What do you think about last nights theme and what people were wearing??

*The Metropolitan Museum of Art