A number of years ago I was invited to a costume party in Midtown (red flag number one). I was June Cleaver in a red vintage house dress circa 1950s, a sweet red/white/blue vintage half-apron and corresponding oven mitt (same era). Tom was Ward with Brill cream in his hair and the requisite cardigan. We showed up with a big bottle of Belvedere and departed moments later when the hostess stashed away our contribution (red flag number two: "I'm going to save this for when I'm drinking alone!") and ushered us to a table with one opened, but almost finished, jug of wine (red flag number three). We headed straight back to Brooklyn to attend a party which ended up to be a terrific and perfect rager (Kerri Russel was there and rumors were floating that Bill Murray was there too). And that concluded my days of attending costume parties - I like to end on a high note. Despite the story I just related, I will still ogle costume parties! Especially when they also happen to be the biggest social event in the city: The Met Gala. This year's theme was "China: Through the Looking Glass." Yes, dear readers, I have intuited your thoughts: Who in their right mind would allow celebrities to interpret this tricky cultural theme? The answer is Anna Wintour. She's like a police man who sits in a speed trap. Let's review those who did it well and those who will require a translator for any future events.
Standing O for Rihanna, above and below, in Guo Pei. The Met Ball is not only about the interpretation of the theme but also about the level of drama a look delivers. Ri Ri scores BIG, literally and figuratively, on each front.
Karolina Kurkova, as usual, knocked it out of the park: the color, the satin fabric, the chinoiserie, and the snake pumps all expressed the theme perfectly! The Chinese should find a way to take credit for her legs too because they look magnificent. Standing-O! Keep them coming...
Again we see red and chinoiserie but this floor length stunner includes a giant bird on the back! Who can resist the scale of that thing? Marvelous and on point, evocative but not offensive. Standing O, Bee Shaffer. Next, please:
There's always someone who does the anti-dress and, in my opinion, it either goes very well or very, very poorly. Cara Delevingne delivered this atypical interpretation and I give her a Standing O! The tattoos are not only in her wheel-house but also in the wheel-house (pagoda?) of the event.
Pray tell, fashion lovers, what the next string of outfits have to do with ANYTHING, least of all the Chinese influence on Western fashion:
I feel that at the core of this idea exists some Kanye-style rhyme starting with the night's theme, "Looking-GLASS" and ending with "Kim's A*s." I just accidentally typed Standing No. But I think it applies here so I will leave it.
And, finally, (although I could go on and on...) this choice number: