2017 Met Gala - Not Your Father's Suit

There was a surprising number of pants worn at this year's Met Gala. Unexpected, but a lot of fun! Let's take look.

Aymeline Valade in Marnie
French model and actress, Aymeline Valade rocked this Marnie suit. The vintage vibe, the bright colors, the sparkle - I loved it all! Perfectly styled from head to toe. Nicely done, Aymeline!

Claire Danes in Monse
Claire Danes got her puffy shirt on in this black and white ensemble. That's a whole lot of ruffles (notice the train too), but I think she's mostly pulling it off. Honestly, I think it's the head styling and shoes that anchor this look and keep it from getting too needlessly frilly. The sharpness of those elements pulls the whole look together. Not bad, Claire.

Keri Russell in Rag & Bone
Kerri Russell is looking a little sad in her Rag & Bone pant suit. I think the no shirt was a missed opportunity. I would have loved to see a pop of red there to balance the look. Although, it's the hair and make-up that are the real disappointment. A look like this needs super sleek hair or super big hair - not, whatever this is. Then, the eyes are bit too heavy and the lip a bit too light. This one was a miss for me.

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera
Actress, Emmy Rossum, looked lovely in this black and white combo. The simple black pant and shoe let the flowy white top take center stage. Sleek hair, bright red lip, and a great pair of earrings all complimented the look well. Good job, Emmy.

Hailee Steinfeld in Vera Wang
Hailee Steinfeld is still young enough to risk a look like this and not look completely ridiculous. I liked the slight military feel, but the baggy sleeves makes it feel droopy. Luckily, the short shorts and top knot help balance effect. Actually, I'd say the entire looked was saved by some pretty fierce head styling. Not my favorite look, but not a complete miss either.

Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra
Actress, Evan Rachel Wood fell short in this midnight blue and black look. I'm normally a fan of black and blue together, but something here is off kilter. There's not enough contrast between the top and the pants. Also, not a fan of the hair or eye make-up. This was another miss for me.

Bella Hadid in Alexander Wang
Model, Bella Hadid, wore this bold Alexander Wang catsuit. If you're going to wear something like this, the Met Gala is the place to do it. Surprisingly, I don't hate this. She's got the body for it, it's visually interesting, and styled well. Go for it, Bella!


Cara Delevingne in Chanel
Actress and model, Cara Delevingne looked out of this world in this silver Chanel suit. The suit itself is amazing enough, but all the little silver style details of the shoes, nails, and body glitter really elevated the look. The make-up is gorgeous, and hello, she painted her bald head silver!! This is a woman who gets what the Met Gala is all about. Gorgeous!!

All photos from here.


2017 Met Gala - The Avant-Garde

The first Monday in May has passed, which means it's Met Gala time!! My absolute favorite red carpet event. This year's theme was Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garçons. In case you aren't quite up on your fashion houses, Rei Kawakubo is the designer behind the label Commes des Garçons. The annual Met exhibit and correlating Gala don't usually honor living designers, so I was curious to see how the attendees would interpret the somewhat difficult theme.

Let's start with those that dared to go there. You won't see these looks at the Oscars.

Katy Perry in Maison Margiela
Katy Perry, who co-hosted the event, wore this intricate and layered red on red look. The dress actually looks pretty amazing to me, and I would have liked to see more of it. There's some cool bead-work going on under there and an interesting silhouette too. The veil,'s much more of a distractor than an enhancer. Still, appropriately weird enough for the event. Good job, Katie! 

 Tracee Ellis Ross in Commes des Garçons
There were a surprisingly small amount of ladies that actually dared to wear the Commes des Garçons brand. Tracee Ellis Ross was one of them, and I think she hit it out of the park. This is absolutely gorgeous from the color to the fabric to the interesting structure the brand is known for. It's a great example of making high fashion work in the real world. The simple hair and make-up let the dress shine and the shoes and clutch compliment the look well. Way to go, Tracee!!

Grace Hartzel in Dior Haute Couture
Model, Grace Hartzel, completely transformed herself in this black goth/baby doll look. The hoodie (yes, that's a hoodie), skirt, and shoes are actually quite simple, but the make-up, ringlets, and perfect IDGAF attitude elevate the entire ensemble; making for quite the memorable look. Not bad, Grace.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
Actress, Priyanka Chopra, is making the most of this dramatic trench coach gown. However, just adding a huge train to a look doesn't always translate into high style. There's too much boring beige here - like she's dragging a tarp behind her. The boot was the wrong choice as well; it shortens her leg. A sleek black stiletto would have been a far better choice. Still, she's so damn gorgeous she really doesn't ever look bad in anything, and from the neckline up, she looks stunning.

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana
Actress, Zendaya, is quickly becoming a Met Gala favorite of mine. The girl just gets it. This gown is bold and gorgeous; the colors look amazing on her. She kept the jewelry and make-up to a minimum, then went big with the hair. Yet, it's the dress that is still the star. Absolutely stunning!

Niki Minaj in H&M
Nicki Minaj slayed in this red and black number. I'm not even sure this is a dress, but it's definitely cool looking. There's a ton of visual interest and the hair and make-up may be a personal best for her. Great job, Nicki!

 Solange in Thom Browne
I don't quite get Solange in general, and I don't even particularly love this look, but she does get what the Met Gala is about. I gotta give her that. While there are elements of ridiculous here, the simple black and white (love the cuffs!) makes this look feel surprisingly classic.

Helen Lasichanh in Commes des Garçons
Helen Lasichanh (otherwise known as Mrs. Pharrell Williams) opted to wear this risky Commes des Garçons number. I'm really torn on this one. It's completely absurd and not even particularly pretty; but for the Met Gala honoring Commes des Garçons? It's kind of spot-on. We're talking fashion as art here. Whether or not this is considered good art is up for interpretation, but as far as a good fashion choice for the Met Gala, she nailed it.

Anna Cleveland in Commes des Garçons
Another Commes des Garçons look worn by fashion model, Anna Cleveland. It's again, a more real world version of this brand's particular aesthetic. I'm digging the Marie Antoinette feel of this look - so many bows! The shoes, clutch, and hair all complimented the look well. I especially loved the pop of red from her lipstick. Well done, Anna!


Rihanna in Commes des Garçons
Rihanna went for broke with this rose and floral Commes des Garçons creation. I'm not sure how one functions in a dress such as this, but who cares, there's just so much to look at! Loved the head styling too. A top knot was probably the logical choice for hair, and that eye make-up is gorgeous. It is an absolutely insane look, but an absolutely perfect look for the Met Gala. You rock, Rihanna!!

What do you guys think? Do you see art here, or just crazy? Would you ever wear any of these? It takes a lot of confidence to pull off. Love all these ladies for making the effort.

All images from here.


Fan Girl - Outlander Season 3

The first trailers are out for Outlander Season 3! I'm so excited!

Season 3 is based off the third novel, Voyager, which I am right in the midst of rereading at the moment. Claire and Jamie are apart for many years during this one, so I'll be interested to see how that all plays out on screen.  Last season I couldn't wait for all the fancy French Louis XV costuming. This season, with Claire's story primarily set in the 1960's, we should see lots of fun mid-century styling for her this time around. Jamie is still in 1700's Scotland though, so they'll still be a lot of period costuming too. Yay!

I know, sounds crazy, but it's one of my favorite book series and now television series ever!!

Also, Lord John! Trust me, you'll love him.

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