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

Reese Witherspoon: MET Gala 2015 Worst Dressed

May 5, 2015 15:33:41 Posted at May 5, 2015 15:33:41
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/ Jamie McCarthy/ Taylor Hill / Larry Busacca/ Getty Images

She’s the one I’ve been alluding to the whole time when asking the question – why are you there if you’re not there to play? Joanna described it as a state dinner dress. She’s right. Reese Witherspoon, in this red column, is going to the White House. It’s a fine dress for a White House dinner. Full Story

Zendaya: Best MET Surprise

May 5, 2015 15:26:11 Posted at May 5, 2015 15:26:11
Duana Posted by Duana
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JOCE /Bauer-Griffin GC Images / Larry Busacca /Dimitrios Kambouris /Rabbani and Solimene Photography /Getty Images

Zendaya is my best MET surprise. I mean, finally. This is what we’re talking about when we talk about the MET Gala. This is a COSTUME, but also a dress that you fervently wish you could wear in real life. She looks like the Khaleesi.  Yes, I know that this is not something that could work on someone who’s older than Zendaya, which is practically everyone. Full Story

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Solange’s Star Wars MET Pearl

May 5, 2015 15:03:25 Posted at May 5, 2015 15:03:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Larry Busacca/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Getty Images

YES, Solange. YES. This, as I’ve noted on several previous occasions, is what Solange should be putting all her efforts into. LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL THING. Giles is the designer. And isn’t this exactly why fashion is art? The interpretation? Because a lot of people are describing this as sci-fi, an homage to yesterday’s May the Fourth. Full Story

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MET Cher, MET sheer, and the MET Beyonce distraction

May 5, 2015 14:34:44 Posted at May 5, 2015 14:34:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Ron Galella /Dimitrios Kambouris/ George Pimentel/ Jamie McCarthy/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Getty Images

Can you imagine how excited Marc Jacobs must have been to dress Cher for the MET Gala? Cher, as we all know, is usually associated with one designer: Bob Mackie. Mackie is apparently too busy to design her costumes for her new tour, appropriately titled Dressed To Kill. She was broken up about it a couple of months ago. Full Story

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Rihanna clears out the MET

May 5, 2015 13:58:08 Posted at May 5, 2015 13:58:08
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Dimitrios Kambouris/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ John Lamparski/George Pimentel/ Karwai Tang/ Getty Images

This is the dress that spawned the memes. Google it. You’ll find pizza and Big Bird and more and yeah, of course. OF COURSE it should be memed. It was made to be memed. It was made to be noticed and admired and ridiculed. It was made to be a MOMENT. And it had to be HER moment. Rihanna. Who had to have most of the carpet and the staircase cleared out so that she could make her way in. Full Story

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Anne Hathaway: Gold and hooded at the MET

May 5, 2015 13:40:31 Posted at May 5, 2015 13:40:31
Duana Posted by Duana
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Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Taylor Hill/ George Pimentel/ John Lamparski/ Getty Images

This is what being disliked gets you: Freedom. I’m not joking. Anne Hathaway knows a bunch of people have decided they can’t stand her, as though this is the fourth grade. “Let’s all hate Anne today, OK?” This is not new news anymore, and I’m sure she’s gone through a wide variety of ways in which she no longer gives a f*ck. Full Story

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The Clooneys first MET Gala

May 5, 2015 13:34:05 Posted at May 5, 2015 13:34:05
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Taylor Hill/ George Pimentel / Kevin Mazur/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY/ Getty Images

Ever since they arrived in New York I’ve been rubbing up the Gossip Genie for it, for Amal and George Clooney to show up at the MET Gala. How could it not happen? Anna Wintour was at their wedding. Anna had the Clooneys seated at her table. Anna Wintour supervised Amal’s fitting with John Galliano for Maison Margiela!   AMAL CLOONEY BEING FITTED BY JOHN GALLIANO FOR TONIGHT AT THE MET GALA. By @MarioTestino #MetByTestino #MetGala #AmalClooney #JohnGalliano @maisonmargiela Full Story

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Sienna’s red MET tuxedo

May 5, 2015 13:22:07 Posted at May 5, 2015 13:22:07
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Andrew Toth/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

This was close, I have to tell you. It was close to be the Best for me. And if it were any other year, or event, sh-t, it probably would have been. But this is why Sienna Miller is so worth waiting for. I want to remember this look. I promise to remember it all year and keep coming back to her as a standard for comparison. Full Story

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Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen: So dark at the MET, lah

May 5, 2015 13:06:32 Posted at May 5, 2015 13:06:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kevin Mazur/ Taylor Hill/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Getty Images

I’ll channel Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians & China Rich Girlfriend “Singlish” for this post about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who decided maintain their funereal style – which, ordinarily, I’m into – for the China MET Gala… Alamak! Such bad luck, lah. Full Story

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Jennifer Lawrence’s two MET dresses

May 5, 2015 12:55:16 Posted at May 5, 2015 12:55:16
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Taylor Hill/ George Pimentel/ Larry Busacca/ Daniel Zuchnik /Getty Images

Hated what Jennifer Lawrence wore to the MET Gala main event, especially as one of the co-hosts. Is it limiting, this Dior deal? Duana wrote earlier about Emily Blunt, about assuming Emily was more fashion forward than she actually is because, hilariously, she was in Devil Wears Prada. And I feel like I’ve done the same with Jennifer because her personality is just so not aligned with what she’s been wearing. Full Story

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FKA twigs & Robert Pattinson: Penis & Tea Hands at the MET

May 5, 2015 12:32:10 Posted at May 5, 2015 12:32:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ Michael Stewart/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ Taylor Hill/ Getty Images

What did I say yesterday when I wrote about FKA twigs and Robert Pattinson making their red carpet debut at the MET Gala? I said I wanted her to go rogue. Well, she wore a Christopher Kane dress with a dick at the slit. That’ll do. When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, Lorella and I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit. Full Story

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Emily Blunt: No MET Risk

May 5, 2015 12:21:49 Posted at May 5, 2015 12:21:49
Duana Posted by Duana
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Larry Busacca/ Andrew Toth/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

You know I love Emily Blunt. And you further know Emily Blunt can take a fashion risk.  Well…. I wrote that sentence, and then I found myself in the position of having to back it up, and actually there isn’t that much. Like, she wore a bright green gown to the SAGs a few years back, and there’s a shot of her from one of the Your Sister’s Sisters premieres where she’s wearing what looks like the black and blue version of The Dress – but I realize that Emily Blunt is not actually the fashion risk-taker I have been giving her credit for. Full Story

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JLO’s MET Dragon

May 5, 2015 11:37:29 Posted at May 5, 2015 11:37:29
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jamie McCarthy/ Larry Busacca/ Kevin Mazur/ Rabbani and Solimene Photography/ John Lamparski/ Getty Images

It’s Versace. But it could also have been Zuhair Murad. What’s the difference? Beading held together by pantyhose – who can tell it apart? Doesn’t matter if there’s a dragon because f-ck, I’m so over it. I’m so over JLO in these kinds of dresses. I’m so over “body-con” as a substitute for imagination. Full Story

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