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5.09.2017

2017 Met Gala - Lady In Red

A lot of ladies seemed to interpret this year's Met Gala Theme (Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garçons) to mean just wear red! Let's take a look.

Thandie Newton in Monse
Thandie Newton wore this red dress and headpiece. I thought she looked great from the neck up. The heavy eye make-up, earrings, and updo were the perfect backdrop to showcase that floral fascinator. The dress looks far too big for her, and the ruching and fabric are unfortunately coming off as looking quite cheap. This one was a miss for me.

Joan Smalls in Topshop
Joan Smalls looked like an ocean siren come ashore in this slinky red number. The dress is quite simple, but she makes it look fierce. The spaghetti straps, plunging v-neck, and high slit are anchored by the silver trim that then gets echoed in the choice of shoe. Then, there's the face. Whew! The wet hair look, smoky eye, and lip-ring pull the whole look together. Gorgeous job, Joan!

Katie Lee in CD Greene
Katie Lee's red velvet column dress was another miss for me. She looks cute enough, but the entire look is wrong for the Met Gala. This seems more appropriate for a high school prom than the most prestigious high fashion event of the year. This was a miss for me as well.

Natasha Poly in Michael Kors
Natasha Poly looked chic in this sparkly red cut-out gown. The random circles feel surprisingly fresh, and the asymmetry brings a lot of visual interest as well. I love how the arm is bare on one side and the leg on the other. The sleek hair and simple make-up let her natural beauty shine through. The shoe works and I loved the white nail polish on the hands and the black on the toes. Great attention to detail there make for a great look. Well done, Natasha.

Doutzen Kroes in Brock Collection
Model, Doutzen Kroes, wore this off-the-shoulder red gown. I wasn't a fan of the slouchy top half. Combined with the undone hair and natural face, the whole look came off far too casual for the event. She seems to be resting on pretty here, so this one was another miss for me.

Emma Roberts in Diane von Furstenberg
Emma Roberts wore this form-fitting red satin gown. The pink stole was an unfortunate choice. With her perpetually young looking face and slim figure, she should avoid anything juvenile in her style choices. The dress is sleek and her face and hair (love that color on her) look great; but the bubble gum pink fur makes it look like she is playing dress-up at the grown-ups' party. Better luck next time, Emma.

Ashley Graham in H&M
There were aspects of Ashley's red and white dress that really worked, like the silhouette and the fun frills along the shoulder and hem. I would have preferred if the entire dress was red though, and I found whatever that is running down the center of the skirt to be distracting. This was another miss for me.

Rita Ora in Marchesa
Rita Ora's red ribbon number was a great choice for the event. Its intricately constructed and complicated, but still reads as, well...pretty. I would have preferred all red to the blush colored bottom, but that's my only quibble. Her hair, make-up, and jewelry keep the look feeling more fierce than feminine too. Good job, Rita!

AND FINALLY...

Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren
Rose Byrne's red tulle gown was my favorite red look of the night. Even though I didn't love the gown (great skirt, weird top) the styling here made for a memorable look. Loved the make-up and accessories, and seriously, this may be my favorite hairstyle of the night! Lookin' good, Rose!


All photos from here.

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