Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

I LOVE the MET Gala. I’ve covered it twice for etalk. It’s the best b-roll of the year. It’s the best dress porn. It’s non-stop fashion masturbation. And amazingly, even though the theme was China: Through The Looking Glass, and it could have been a disaster, it ended up being one of the strongest showings in a while, even though, as I predicted, there was a chopsticks incident. Thanks Nicki Minaj.

Before we begin (and argue), just a quick word on MET Gala criteria. This is not, as Joanna noted, a state dinner. Not the Oscars. It’s OK to play. Play!!! Some played by the invitation – which is why there was so much red, gold, and green. All lucky Chinese colours. And… um… verging on tacky? I’m OK with this for this year. Because, well, think of it like a Chinese wedding. Think of my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken. Think of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. (Click here to read my new column at FLARE about Chinese extra and superficiality. And by the way… the last line of this piece? Read it. I’m boasting now.) We are a little tacky. Dragons? Fine. Phoenixes work too. And fish. Fish are very good luck. Ching-chong eye makeup however is not acceptable.

But if you don’t want to go Chinese, or risk offending, go fashion forward. Imagination. Statements. Theatre. Costumes! It’s the Costume Institute Gala. Boring is unforgivable.

And then… there’s Beyonce.

We have so much to talk about. And it’s so worth an all-nighter. Keep refreshing. There will likely be close to 50 posts overnight and into the morning. And definitely send us your thoughts.

I’ll begin with Gong Li, one of the co-chairs of this year’s gala, and one of the finest Chinese actresses of all time. Look at the exquisite detail at the back and how the fan almost becomes the head of a goldfish. She’s perfect.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Jessica Chastain: MET Most Frustrating

May 5, 2015 10:04:27 Posted at May 5, 2015 10:04:27
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jamie McCarthy/ Kevin Mazur/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

Jessica Chastain wore gold Givenchy at the MET Gala. She also wore Givenchy at the Oscars. I don’t ever want to see that dress again but if you do, or if you can’t recall it, click here for a refresher. As I said at the time, I love her. Full Story

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Carey Mulligan: MET Gala wrong shoes

May 5, 2015 09:54:04 Posted at May 5, 2015 09:54:04
Duana Posted by Duana
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Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

I like Carey Mulligan from afar better than I like it up close. One of the best things about her is that she always kind of seems amused in pictures – I think it’s just the way she places her mouth – but this utterly matte lip works for that. She looks amused.  But I feel like there was a whole thought put into this look, which is very Red Queen from the Looking Glass, red notwithstanding, and then put it with sensible pumps. Full Story

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Olivia Munn: MET Gala ombre

May 5, 2015 09:47:37 Posted at May 5, 2015 09:47:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Dimitrios Kambouris/ Kevin Mazur/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

This J Mendel on Olivia Munn is a shrug for me…at the MET Gala. At the Golden Globes? All over it. The falling sleeves really flatter the shoulders. And it’s still sexy without being tight and clingy. What do you think of her nails though? The matching ombre. Too much?   LOVING my ombre nails to match my @jmendel dress #metball Full Story

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Karen Elson: MET Gala Also-Ran

May 5, 2015 09:34:40 Posted at May 5, 2015 09:34:40
Duana Posted by Duana
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Kevin Mazur/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

Karen Elson looks awesome, but her night was ruined as soon as SJP hit the carpet, because she became the ‘other’ one in a headpiece. Every dramatic move that Elson made – big red skirt, big gold necklace, who are we kidding, that tiara, which under any other circumstances would have been a showstopper – is in serious ‘what else have you got?’ territory, primarily because with such a wide reaching theme, you have to go pretty far to be the one on the extreme side. Full Story

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Rachel Weisz: Worst MET Disappointment

May 5, 2015 06:50:05 Posted at May 5, 2015 06:50:05
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Taylor Hill/ Getty Images

Was it a last minute decision? Like, she wasn’t intending to go but decided to go anyway and just yanked something serviceable out of the closet that didn’t need to be pressed? Then again, it’s Chanel. I’ve no doubt Rachel Weisz has some Chanel lying around but this is couture so… it probably wasn’t yanked from anywhere. Full Story

Allison Williams at the MET Gala: her best dress

May 5, 2015 06:26:23 Posted at May 5, 2015 06:26:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Jamie McCarthy/ Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Allison Williams doesn’t usually do it for me on a red carpet. And I don’t often enjoy a red dress on a red carpet either. Especially this shade of red, where you can’t tell the difference between the dress and the carpet. Also, tulle. Don’t have much time for it. But I quite like this choice. Full Story

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Michael B Jordan’s first MET Gala

May 5, 2015 06:16:03 Posted at May 5, 2015 06:16:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Andrew Toth/ Getty Images

Well done. Michael B Jordan is the male counterpart to Courtney Easton. They’re both in Dolce&Gabbana. And it’s the fabric that sets this apart from just a regular tuxedo. It’s luxurious. It’s old and modern at the same time. It has to be worn with confidence. And this guy…clearly… as we’ve seen on several occasions lately, he has the flash. Full Story

Eddie Redmayne & Hannah Bagshawe: MET Gala black & white

May 5, 2015 06:03:03 Posted at May 5, 2015 06:03:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Taylor Hill/ Jamie McCarthy/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images

Julia Roberts. That’s who popped into my mind when Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe arrived at the MET Gala. Julia Roberts at the Oscars. Winning at the Oscars in vintage Valentino. I just feel like annoying you so I’ll post this to get you going:  Full Story

Courtney Eaton: MET Virgin Princess

May 5, 2015 05:50:23 Posted at May 5, 2015 05:50:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Andrew Toth/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

Well it’s gold. But it’s definitely not Chinese. Still… I appreciate the drama of this look (while you’re still wondering who she is. Answer: actress, Mad Max: Fury Road). It’s Dolce&Gabbana and it reminds me of their Fall 2012 collection which Stefano described as “something between princesses and virgins”. Full Story

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Katie Holmes at the MET: Return of the Bob

May 5, 2015 05:31:54 Posted at May 5, 2015 05:31:54
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

Almost anything would have been an improvement on last year. The WTF yellow Marchesa. What? You forgot? How? Here. For 2015, Katie Holmes wore Zac Posen. And it’s fine. Full Story

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Fan Bingbing: Best MET Cape

May 5, 2015 05:13:54 Posted at May 5, 2015 05:13:54
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Kate Hudson’s gold dress was worn like a dishrag. And then there’s a gold dress the way Fan Bingbing wears a gold dress. By covering it with a cape. I wish I could show you more photos of her but photographers at these events tend to ignore international stars. But you really don’t need a lot of angles to appreciate that Bingbing understands that the MET Gala is about theatre. Full Story

Kate Hudson: Worst Gold at the MET

May 5, 2015 05:01:25 Posted at May 5, 2015 05:01:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

As I noted in the open, gold, red, and green, these are the favoured Chinese colours. There was a lot of gold, red, and green at the MET Gala. Some of it done well, with just the right amount of Chinese cheesy, and some of it… well… Kate Hudson in Michael Kors was a mess. The problem is the hair. Full Story

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Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade: MET Military

May 5, 2015 04:44:53 Posted at May 5, 2015 04:44:53
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Mark Sagliocco/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

I love what’s happening underneath Dwyane Wade’s jacket. And I apologise in advance for mixing up my references but it reminds me of an old European army uniform; it reminds me of Les Miserables. Exciting, right? Because men’s fashion doesn’t often surprise you. This is flair. Full Story

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