The Met Ball 2012; what they wore
I have to say, this is a very spontaneous post only inspired by my routine browse of magazine websites 5 minutes ago! However, I was stunned when I stumbled across the pictures from this years Met Ball hosted by VOGUE. I appreciate that the event is somewhat an art exhibit (as in the aim of the event is to 'dress to impress') but I had a little trouble understanding the wardrobe choices of a few certain female celebrities.
I'm all for brave choices of wardrobe, but there is an almost invisible line when it comes to the 'do's' and 'oh dear god please do nots' of wearing something 'different'. No matter which way I tilt my head, how hard squint or how long I spend staring at the following image, I cannot see how this Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière dress came to be Kristen Stewart's choice for the biggest fashion event in NY.
The reason I've made this image so big is so you can see the detail of the top half of the dress because personally, I think it's beautiful. The cut gives her more of a feminine look to her boyish figure and the pattern and materials used are stunning. If at Kristens waist however, the dress hadn't turned into a block combination of gym mats and fancy dress costumes, I may actually love this dress. In fact even if the whole dress was leather and block, it could possibly be made to work. But, if this dress were a meal, it would be chocolate and tomato soup. Two very enjoyable items of food that should under no circumstances ever be consumed at the same time.
Another look I was intrigued by shall we say, is that of Mary-Kate Olsen. I could not help but let my mind run to thoughts of Edward scissor hands and Michael Jackson when I saw this picture of her from the event. I think it's mainly the hair-do and 'I'm drowning in my dress' look that turned this from a yes to a no for me.
Last but not least, actually...yes least, is Florence Welch. I love the lady don't get me wrong, and honestly if anyone was going to wear this dress it would be her but it was just too much! Put the dress on a mannequin and I'll swoon and stare along with everyone, even comment on the beauty of the design and detail. But on a person? I cannot appreciate it. Florence looks like a walking wedding cake.
From an art perspective, I can see how these choices are a yes. They make you think, they require imagination and are undoubtedly, impressive. But despite the event being a celebration of top end design/fashion, they just don't do it for me. On a more positive note, here are some that do...
Gwyneth Paltrow in a Prada ice blue satin gown worn with Prada heels and Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie earrings.
Scarlett Johansson in a Dolce & Gabbana gown with full tulle skirt with Fred Leighton jewels.
Solange Knowles wearing a marigold yellow Rachel Roy gown.
Emma Stone wore a red dress custom-designed by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin.
Beyonce wearing a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci embellished gown with feather train.
Cameron Diaz in a Stella McCartney custom-made gown, made from organic, certified silk.
These are just a very few of the wonderful dresses on show at the Met Ball 2012 and I strongly encourage you to visit one of the magazine websites covering the event to check out the rest. They get better and better I promise!