New York’s Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala was the hot spot of choice tonight for any A-lister. The world’s of Hollywood, fashion, film and art collided at this year’s Met Ball (as it’s affectionately known) – and it was quite the throwdown.
Arriving at her third Met Gala, amid a couture red carpet crush and screaming press, Kristen Stewart rocked a fiercely, individual Balenciaga leather mid-length dress with upper black and silver asymmetric detail, and red, black and blue skirt panels. It was a bold, modern choice for the actress, complemented by punky white and black pumps – also by Balenciaga.
Accompanied by Balenciaga head designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, Kristen is also the newest ‘face’ of the fashion house’s fragrance lines. Some Kristen Stewart fans had travelled from all over the world to get a glimpse of her, and online reactions suggest most of them were delighted by the actress’s ensemble.
To detractors, it’s probably worth saying: if the point about fashion is to wear the clothes and not let them wear ‘you’ – then tonight, Kristen Stewart rocked it. Hard.
This year, the Met Gala (or Ball, as its affectionately known) upped its game. For the first time ever, a live stream (funded by Amazon and produced by Vogue, the hosts), made it possible for millions around the world to see the red carpet arrivals.
Widely considered the Oscar’s of the fashion calendar and hosted by Vogue’s William Norwich and model/face of Lancome, Elettra Wiederman, along with the Gala’s co-chairs – Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Carey Mulligan and Miuccia Prada – an eye- watering guest list ensured the world’s press thronged the famous museum steps.
Too many stellar guests to name all of them, they included: Beyonce, Nina Dobrev, Christina Ricci, Heidi Klum, Scarlet Johansson, Ginny Goodwin, Garrett Hedlund, Cameron Diaz, Dakota Fanning, Leighton Meester, Claire Danes, Emma Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Deborah Messing, Emma Roberts, Tom Ford, Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Zoe (of course), Ashley Greene, Alexa Chung, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Marc Jacobs, Eva Mendes, Kanye West, Gisele and husband Tom Brady.
Solange Knowles, Mario Testino, Emma Stone, Stella Tennant, Lana del Rey, Coco Rocha, Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Linda Evangelista, Tim Tebow, Chase Crawford, Ed Westwick, Zoe Zaldana, The Jonas Brothers, Hilary Swank, Rooney Mara, Donatella Versace and daughter Allegra, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, January Jones, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Dempsey, director Baz Luhrmann and – literally – an entire flotilla more.
From the look of scenes from the livestream, New York had gone totally Met mad. Even Prada’s Fifth Avenue store windows were dedicated to the Met exhibit. Not suprising, since this year’s event honored Schiaparelli and Prada in an evening called “Impossible Conversations.” A phrase that could have been coined for the dinner menu itself.
Served at the high octane event a dinner of baby lobsters and veal Milanese with arugula, fennel and apricot salad. For desserts, bespoke Schiap and Prada violet tarts, petit fours with red lips. With that kind of layout, a to-die-for guest list and music by Bruno Mars, it’s not hard to see why this year’s fashion-fest broke records, raising a stonking $11 million for the Costume Institute.
Here’s a look at the some of the ‘beautiful people’ at this year’s Met Gala.