What a night and so much talk about who was best-dressed. One of the keys to being a gracious party guest is playing along when a host dictates a party theme. But it’s definitely an art, darling, don’t you think? Go too far and you’ll look like you’re headed to a costume party. Ignore it and risk offending the host. The fashion directive for this year’s Met Gala was “White Tie and Decorations” in honor of couturier Charles James (1906-1978), the subject of a soon-to-open exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute. Below are our picks for the best-dressed ladies at the Gala. All were chosen for their artful ability to honor the event with a look that was simultaneously thematic and completely chic and completely modern.
We loved Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa who gave the biggest nod of the night to the designer’s structured aesthetic shown, which is captured in this Charles James gown from 1953.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta channeled the designer’s 1951 “Petal” gown with a fun, fresh twist. Proving that fashion is art, Sarah Jessica Parker’s gown featured Oscar de la Renta’s signature at the hem.
Emma Stone looked fresh and on-trend in this look from Thakoon that captured perfectly the shades of pink that Charles James used in this 1950s confection.
Katie Couric looked chic and elegant in a timeless look by Angel Sanchez that echoed this 1953 Charles James gown.
Lily Aldridge sparkled in diamonds and a silver Michael Kors gown that captured the look of Hollywood glamour that also defines this 1951 gown from Charles James.
We loved model Karen Elson in this blush-colored satin gown by Zac Posen, a gorgeous take on this Charles James look from 1955.
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