We look forward to the Met Gala every year not only because we love fund-raising events that benefit the arts, but because it’s the eccentric aunt of other fashion-centric parties like the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival—a place where all the jaw-dropping, wacky couture that doesn’t make the cut for more sedate events comes out to play. Sure, we got a kick out of Rhianna’s glorious, furred omelet of a gown and its plethora of train handlers, Lady Gaga channeling a turn-of-the-century Russian ballet mistress, Sarah Jessica Parker’s flaming headdress, and Solange Knowles rocking a sculptural optical-illusion fan dress. But our vote for best dressed goes to Emily Blunt in this exquisitely crystal-and-glass-beaded steel blue Prada duchesse satin column dress with a keyhole front and attached indigo organza cape.
In honor of the Metropolitan Museum’s new exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, which takes a look at how Chinese design has influenced Western fashion, the Met Gala also had an Eastern theme that lent itself to dramatic shapes and over-the-top embellishment. Unlike several of the evening’s most-talked-about looks, Emily’s didn’t rely on strategically placed beads and paillettes on nude mesh to make a statement. Instead she went for a figure-flattering silhouette in a phenomenally beautiful fabric, and wore the heck out it . . . and those spectacular diamond and sapphire earrings by designer Anna Hu. It’s the essence of chic, elegant dressing that doesn’t try to be cool—it just is.
Today we’re taking a page from Emily’s book, and translating her Met Gala look into some modern Asian decorating: