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

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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Kristen Wiig: MET Yellow

May 5, 2015 04:32:25 Posted at May 5, 2015 04:32:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Dimitrios Kambouris/ Jamie McCarthy/ Kevin Mazur/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

Please note that yellow is not gold. On this night, it doesn’t substitute for gold. Here’s what Duana texted me about Kristen Wiig’s dress: Also f-ck off, Kristen Wiig. Stop it now. And my response: That yellow made me ANGRY. Angry because … Prabal Gurung isn’t usually this unremarkable. Full Story

Carina Lau: Best MET 50

May 5, 2015 04:26:30 Posted at May 5, 2015 04:26:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Andrew Toth/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

I’ve seen Carina Lau in way more over the top dresses. But you can’t do a one-armed cape and get too crazy everywhere else. Carina turns 50 at the end of this year. 50! With a (Molly Shannon) kick! Like I always say, the doctors over in Asia know what they’re doing, man, because she’s not the only one. Full Story

Derek & Hannah: MET Substitute for Tom & Gisele

May 5, 2015 04:16:40 Posted at May 5, 2015 04:16:40
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jamie McCarthy/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

I’m still not over the fact that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen weren’t there. Instead we got Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis. OK. I can work with this. Because… I can’t remember the last time Derek Jeter walked a red carpet with a girlfriend. And he never, ever walked the MET Gala with Minka Kelly. Full Story

Emma Roberts: the other MET Chopsticks

May 5, 2015 03:58:32 Posted at May 5, 2015 03:58:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images

Not gonna rage too hard on Emma Roberts for the dumbass chopsticks in her hair. You know why? Her dress is punishment enough. She’s like the Kate Upton of 2015. You remember Kate Upton’s appearances at the MET Gala, don’t you? They’re tragic. When Kate Upton shows up at the MET Gala, she’s almost always in a “here just wear this” dress. Full Story

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Lisa & Lenny: Best MET Parents

May 5, 2015 03:46:46 Posted at May 5, 2015 03:46:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Jamie McCarthy/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images

Their daughter will be seen in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, due out in a couple of weeks. So they decided to come together, the entire family. Although, generous, understanding parents that they are, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz were OK with not posing with Zoe on the carpet. They walked together instead. Full Story

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A love song for Bobby & Rose at the MET

May 5, 2015 03:36:45 Posted at May 5, 2015 03:36:45
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Larry Busacca/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Ilya S. Savenok/ Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Sexiest couple on the Met Gala red carpet last night. Yes, I know the Clooneys attended, as did Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet (!) but no pair out-smouldered Rose and Bobby, both in bordeaux Calvin Klein. The pick might be basic, but you can't deny their physical chemistry. It's intoxicating. Full Story

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Anna Wintour: MET Gala Tai Tai

May 5, 2015 03:19:34 Posted at May 5, 2015 03:19:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Dimitrios Kambouris/ Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY/ Getty Images

Some years, the theme doesn’t work for Anna Wintour. You remember when it was punk? She just couldn’t. China 2015 however was exactly where Anna lives. Chanel, always, at the MET for Anna Wintour. And this time she played the part of Chanel Tai Tai. Anna’s basically wearing the Tai Tai uniform. Full Story

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Monday, May 4, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

The only conversation I want to continue about The Fight is about the coverage. And specifically the two prominent female journalists who’d been critical of Floyd Mayweather and were not initially issued credentials. Several journalists, in fact, were allegedly banned by Team Mayweather because they called him out for his pattern of domestic abuse.

Michelle Beadle was then subsequently attacked on social media for… speaking up? This is a woman who has a voice and is willing to use it to remind us that we’ve glorified a man who has repeatedly abused women, a man who once compared women to cars

“Even though you can’t drive ten cars at one time, you got people that got ten cars.  Read Full Intro

Brangeless MET

May 4, 2015 20:28:14 Posted at May 4, 2015 20:28:14
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Not that it was a possibility. I don’t think Angelina Jolie has ever been to a MET Gala. But then again, when has fashion been her thing? (By the way, Jennifer Anison hasn’t either.) Would it be unseemly of the Jolie, given her brand now, to show up at an event like the MET Gala? The MET Gala is questionable but the little league soccer game with her daughters is totally on-brand. Full Story

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Smutty Social Media, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 20:19:06 Posted at May 4, 2015 20:19:06
Maria Posted by Maria
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Roger Wong /INFphoto.com, Felipe Ramales /Splash News

Draper James is starting to become more active on social media, which means a launch is imminent. I’m actually very excited for this, but use Draper James Girl and not Draper James for an Instagram handle? Both seem to be legit, but DJ refers users to DJG. What does it all mean? Here’s Reese with a couple of… Storm Troopers? Oh god don’t yell at me I really don’t know!   You excited?! #SomethingBig #DraperJames Full Story

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