The MET Gala is the most prestigious event in the fashion industry with several Hollywood celebrities attending and decked in the best designer outfits. The Mumbai Mix Team tells you how you can incorporate elements from the event into your wardrobe
As designer Rinku Sobti tells us, “The MET Gala is an event where fantasies come alive.” And we couldn’t agree more. “The Met Gala is often fondly called the Oscars of fashion. This year’s theme was Manus X Machina: Fashion in an age of Technology, and most stars paid homage to the theme as they stepped out in metallic, hardware incorporated gowns,” Juby McDonald, an Australian-based designer adds. While we’re still going gaga over Claire Danes’ gown, Beyoncé’s latex ensemble and Gigi Hadid’s manicure, here’s how you can make the style your own.
CAN WE ROCK THE LOOK?
If you’ve been itching to get the edgy, futuristic look yourself, don’t worry. You don’t have to spend thousands to follow the MET Gala style this year. Simply follow this advice.
- It’s all about white “Summer is synonymous with the colour white. A white bikini or a sundress in lightweight cotton or silk would be perfect for a fun day out at the beach. Simply add gold strappy flats and bohemian jewellery to the look and you’re good to go! The best part of this is being able to casually mention how your look has been inspired by the likes of Frieda Pinto, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karlie Kloss and Kate Hudson from the MET Gala this year!” Juby tells us.
- Formals rocked the carpet Okay, so none of our favourite celebrities were really suited up, but Juby does suggest drawing inspiration for corporate events from this year’s theme. She tells us, “You can draw inspiration from Sarah Jessica Parker and Emma Watson and don black and white attire. Add a chunky gold or bronze necklace and carry a leather laptop bag or handbag with metal spikes to complete the look. Spikes can also be incorporated into killer heels!”
- Sozzled style No, we don’t think you should go to any event drunk. “Add some bling to your evening with an embellished gown or a cocktail dress in metallic fabrics. Pair them with a minaudière and geometric jewellery, and finish the look with pumps embellished with spikes or metallic strappy sandals to make heads turn just like Poppy Delevingne and Brie Larson did. If you’re looking for a rockstar look, find inspiration from Taylor Swift’s black Louis Vuitton and Kate Mara’s Paco Rabanne dresses. Put on an embellished black mini dress and make it edgy with chandelier earrings in leather or tassels, a jewelled black box clutch and biker ankle boots,” Juby tells us.
- Metals are in! Aanchal and Sanjana Bubber of Bubber Couture tell us how to incorporate metal into our own looks off the carpet.“Bling and super-glamorous silhouettes have been spotted on the runway and off it as well. Shades like silver, gold, copper and gunmetal never go out of style, and are particularly on-trend this season. If bling is not your thing, opt for muted metallics such as dove grey, silver or champagne gold. Pair a black dress with a gold tote, beige sari (yes, you can turn the look ethnic too!) or a shimmery rose-gold blouse.”
- Keep it subtle You would think the look this year meant going over the top, but keeping things simple always does wonders for your style. “I always suggest amplifying one or two aspects of your outfits and keeping the rest simple. For example, a basic Max Mara white shirt and Zara blue jeans with a statement Chanel bracelet, a great pair of shoes with metal appliqués from Aldo and fresh-faced makeup will keep your look young, clean and still stylish enough to fit the MET Gala trend,” says Julie Shah, fashion designer for Julie by Julie Shah.
KNOW YOUR GALA
If you’re not familiar, MET is short for New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every year, the costume wing of the MET hosts a large party on the occasion of the launch of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit — because it is the only department of the MET that has to fund itself. This is the MET Gala, and it sees celebrities and trendsetters showing up in lavish, sometimes outrageous, style. Anyone who’s anyone in the fashion space wants to make a grand entrance here. The event is held on the first Monday of May every year and is called the party of the year, because ever since Anna Wintour (the editor of American Vogue) took over as chairwoman of the event in 1999, the MET Gala has been transformed from a local fund-raising event to one of the most extravagant global power events. And, who gets to go? Only those who are invited, and those who can afford it — tickets are priced at $30,000 and a table costs all of $275,000! Fashion brands invite celebs as guests at their tables and Wintour handpicks a few promising designers who have been earmarked for the future.
OUTFITS THAT FELL FLAT
We love it when fashion icons take risks with their outfit choices, but while these celebrities did think out of the box, the result wasn’t as appealing for fashion enthusiasts.
We admire that she dared to try something different for the MET. But, there weren’t too many takers for the babydoll dress or the colour combination. Better luck next time Alicia.
We have high expectations from Yeezy, considering that he is known for designing $5,600 worth of sweatshirts and light-up fluorescent sneakers. But frankly, those light lenses were just creepy — and the torn jeans and denim jacket (albeit embellished) didn’t do much.
We’re big advocates of empowering daring outfits regardless of age, and we admire Madonna for sporting this risque outfit — and for speaking out against those who were offended by it. But, purely as a fashion choice, the black-lace-jewellery-sheer situation going on here was a bit too much of a mess. The thigh-high leather boots are winners though!
We love the lime-green of Solange’s outfit, but the silhouette didn’t do much to impress us. It would work better as a runway look, but sometimes, what goes on the ramp should stay on the ramp.
FASHION WITH A GOOD MESSAGE
If you think that turning towards sustainability puts fashion on the back burner, you’re wrong! Here are a few celebrities that stole the show with their eco-friendly gowns.
- Emma Watson in a Calvin Klein and Eco Age gown Emma Watson sent out a strong message with her appearance in a Calvin Klein and Eco Age gown. With a unique yarn engineered gown, which was entirely made up of used plastic bottles, every element of the look was made considering an aesthetic perspective. This included the lining crafted from organic silk and cotton, and even the zippers that were made out of recycled plastic.
- Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection The 12 Years A Slave actor also took up the Green Carpet Challenge with a stunning green Calvin Klein sequin dress with velvet straps that was entirely handcrafted in New York in an attempt to get the intricate embroidery and under structure of the dress right. The dress was created to celebrate craftsmanship.
- Margot Robbie in Calvin Klein Collection Margot wore an elegant white strapless dress with cutouts made from silk fabrics in Italy, but this beautiful dress was also lined in organic silk and had zippers made out of recycled material.
KEEP IT COOL
If you’re wondering how to get red-carpet ready for your next party but don’t want to be drenched in sweat before the camera clicks, we’ve got some tips you can use
- Pick carefully Aanchal and Sanjana Bubber tells us, “Keep it effortless and easy with flowing, semi-fitted dresses and tops. These will make you feel airy, comfortable and chic. Wear a choker or lace-up shoes to make a statement.” Juby adds, “Cool summer colours that do not trap heat, breathable fabrics that do the trick for a long day and light makeup to keep your look fresh, are all handy tips to keep in mind.”
- Accessorise right Rahul Aggarwal, director of SRS Jewells says, “Indian summers and metals are not a good combination so getting the MET Gala look can be difficult. But you can still accessorise well by keeping it simple and loose. Add a little zing to your look with a long shimmering metal chain with a relic pendant.These accessories will make just as much of an impact as a lot of jewellery.”
- Matching comforts “Everything should be tailored to your body. Don’t compromise on size. Buy a bigger size if needed, so that it fits right in the right places. It’s really important. Wear something that’s fitted, but not too tight,” says Ridhi Arora, a designer based in Delhi.
- Keep it light The MET Gala may have been about dark, bold statements, but there were also several light, airy pieces floating around that our designers suggest taking note of. “Try wearing floral fabrics, off-shoulder dresses and tube dresses or gowns. You can pair them with stamen earrings or studs, or a cocktail ring with a nice hair updo or luscious curls. Opt for a light off-shoulder gown with a crystal choker and earrings,” jewellery designer Shilpa Puri advises. Shilpa Bhatia, founder of The Clothing Rental, adds, “Pick clothes with more volume, different textures and cooler tones. Add a slight sparkle with mirrors or sequins. When it comes to makeup, stick to natural tones. If your outfit is dark, do up your eyes in dark shades and use a deep pink lipstick. Volume curls or a bouffant could work for your hair. Go all-out and amp up the drama with an essential clutch bag and embellished heels such as a pair of Ralph & Russo ornate heels.”
Finally, study how your favourite celebrity was carrying off her MET look and ape the style. After all, as Sri Vyshnavi Annush, founder of Pookari.com, says, “Anything that is carried off with confidence is a winner.”